August 2011 Archives

August 31

I want to get on game shows. Got any tips?

I want to get on game shows. Got any tips? [more inside]
posted by world b free at 11:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Stray Kitten

Stray kitten in real time. [more inside]
posted by granted at 11:38 PM PST - 24 comments

One Way to Amsterdam

UK to Europe: One Way Car Hire is it possible? I want to move some personal effects with me from London to The Netherlands and thought I'd investigate One Way Car/Van Hire options but I can't seem to find anything. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 11:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Error in This is your brain on music regarding "Yesterday"?

Does "Yesterday" by the Beatles really contain a 7/4 measure, as Daniel Levitin claims in "This is your Brain on Music"? [more inside]
posted by spacediver at 10:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Limited time to explore Seattle - what is REALLY worth it?

Limited time to explore Seattle - what is REALLY worth it? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 9:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Did my kitten break her tail?

My 5 month old kitten is behaving oddly- could she have a broken tail? If not, what could possibly be wrong? [more inside]
posted by kro at 9:06 PM PST - 13 comments

weight a sec

Please concoct me a free-weights routine. Pretty much beginner. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 8:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me illustrate Descartes' visions

Need help illustrating Descartes' three visions! What would the college he dreamt about look like? How would a stove in his room (Germany, 1619) look like? How do you write LATIN POETS in Latin? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 8:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I let the girl I'm dating off the hook without hurting her feelings (that much)?

How do I let the girl I'm dating off the hook without hurting her feelings (that much)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 PM PST - 59 comments

Tea@ asian market.. give me your best

Large asian food market, korean to be specific but carry japanese and chinese items too. Give me your tea choices and brands that I should try.
posted by radsqd at 7:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me unstall an hp printer.

I've got Windows 7 and a new hp printer, which isn't installing despite the update from hp. Now I just want to uninstall it, but it won't uninstall. I've uninstalled stuff before, I know it's not hard, so what am I doing wrong here?
posted by puddinghead at 7:49 PM PST - 1 comment

It's all about my personal best

What should my speed goal be to walk a 5k? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 7:47 PM PST - 22 comments

But I already shared it with you!

Why are people sending me requests to share my Google doc, when it's already public on the Web? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 7:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Best of Burlington

I just moved to the Burlington, VT. I don't know a lot of people here and I certainly don't have the lay of the land yet. Who is the best _________ in Burlington? Please fill in the blank with hairstylist/honest auto mechanic/housekeeper/shoe repair guy/guy who makes the best local maple syrup/lady who sells the best homemade cookies/gynecologist/eye doctor/barista/dentist/other person who makes your life better because they do what they do so well you would travel back to VT just to let them do their thing for you if you moved out of state. All other recommendations on how to settle into VT life after extended time in NYC welcome as well.
posted by slateyness at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

haha, I need a massage ... NOT

How would you handle this inappropriate work scenario? [more inside]
posted by seesom at 7:19 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I get two different justifications in an Excel cell?

Excel question: I'm making a calendar/schedule in Excel, and I have the dates (numbers) aligned in the bottom right corner. I want to add information and text, though, starting in the top left corner. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How to find out which roads are flooded after Irene?

The MP and I are headed to Canada tomorrow; huzzah! We're supposed to be driving through western Connecticut, Massachusetts, and central Vermont, though, and through upstate New York on the way back. How do I find out which roads are flooded?
posted by ocherdraco at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I improve my 800 meter dash time, without doing much speedwork?

How can I improve my 800 meter dash time, without doing much speedwork? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 6:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Bitter Gnomes & Garbage

Where can I find DIY backyard remodeling ideas outside of the Sunset magazine aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by queensissy at 6:36 PM PST - 10 comments

I need a new line of work.

I need a new line of work. [more inside]
posted by spungfoo at 6:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Money money money..

Where do i find sound, reliable and clearly-presented information on companies for the purpose of intelligent investing? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 6:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Generic Water or Branded Water?

Are no-name stainless steel water bottles just as safe as the big brand ones? [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 6:00 PM PST - 10 comments

My feet are killing me.

Please help me find boots/shoes with sufficient arch and ankle support! [more inside]
posted by Logic Sheep at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

I know I must be missing something

I have a Word document with Word-generated bar graphs, and an InDesign document. I have to get the graphs into the InDesign document and I'm getting a little stuck. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get stuck on adhesive like stain off my laminate dresser?

We left a t-shirt with a decal on it on top of a white laminate dresser for a few weeks and I guess from the heat of the room, bits of the decal have sort of melted into the laminate. Can I get this off? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 5:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Masters in Creative Sexytimes

Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Law school (and beyond) worries

I am a rising 2L at a T6 school. My first year grades were really bad, and I'm trying to figure out my future. Many snowflake extras inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:23 PM PST - 21 comments

How to move across the country with no job lined up?

Will a few thousand dollars be enough for me to move out of the Midwest (where I am currently) and make it in Oregon without a job lined up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments

What laptop bag should I buy?

Please recommend a laptop bag that is significantly padded and can hold a 17" widescreen laptop, cables and mouse. Bonus if it looks nice. [more inside]
posted by michaelh at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments


Cheapskate who doesn't buy into the netbook craze wants to fall in love with a >$500 laptop. Introduce us! [more inside]
posted by quelindo at 4:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Paying for cleanup NJ rental

Isn't my landlord responsible for payment in cleanup of heavy Hurricaine flood damage to rental? I was told to get Flood insurance for my possessions, which I have, with a limited policy I could only get with Management pulling strings. Now multimillionaire landlord wants me to pay for cleanup through my insurance (which doesn't cover that.) Is this legal in NJ?
posted by Summer05 at 3:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Bookkeeping sucks.

Mac small business accounting software for Australia. [more inside]
posted by goshling at 3:55 PM PST - 2 comments

In terms of the timing of Apple laptop new product releases, is this a good time to buy one?

I'm thinking about buying a 17-inch MacBook Pro, but I don't want to spend $$$ and then the next day have Apple be all "Just released! MacBook SuperPro with HyperCore processor 10 billion times faster reads your mind and completes your work for you, etc. etc." (You know the drill.) Where are we in the current high-end OS X laptop product cycle? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 3:41 PM PST - 15 comments

What Should I Ask For To Present Three Guest Lectures?

I've been asked by a university professor to present three separate lectures to a group of graduate students on a relatively arcane -- but not overly complicated -- topic. Each lecture will probably last about an 1.5 hours, not including travel time to and from the campus. The professor mentioned that he has funds available to compensate me for these lectures, but won't give any indication of budget. He's asked me to provide a proposal outlining fees. I haven't done this before, so I don't know whether it's fair to ask for my normal hourly billing rate -- which I'm assuming is probably high. On the other hand, I don't want to do this for free. So my question is... What compensation is reasonable to ask for as a first-time guest lecturer? (Oh yeah: This is an elite private Midwestern University. They aint going broke.)
posted by silkyd at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Pick an instrument and stick to it!

I love music, but every time I try to take up an instrument I get frustrated with sucking and give up. How do I not do this? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 3:38 PM PST - 21 comments

How to deal with Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction?

I am a 21 year old male who took paxil for a little over a year. I took the medication in order to deal with the depression an anxiety associated with transferring colleges. Some of the sexual side effects that I experienced while on the medication was difficulty achieving orgasm and at one point I lost my sex drive. [more inside]
posted by bringdaruckus at 3:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Can't draw. In drawing class. Imminent failure?

How are students typically graded in low-level art classes at a large university with a fairly serious art school? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 3:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Everybody gets the newest, awesomest fonts before me. What foundries should I be lurking to get the next next next?

Everybody gets the newest, awesomest fonts before me. What foundries should I be lurking to get the next next next? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Textbook advice for Japanese Language Proficiency Tests

Can you recommend textbooks and offer any other advice for me to work my way up the JLPT tests. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 2:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Organ donor, or not?

Should I sign up to be an organ donor? I like the idea of individuals getting my heart, lungs, kidney, liver, eyes, etc. I do not like the idea of having my body sent to a corporation to harvest my tissues and then packaging them and selling them for profit. I've read that this does happen, hospitals and transplant centers can thereby profit from the sales as well. How can one prevent that from happening and yet allow organs to be used by those needing them. My state donation site has a blanket consent form that reads as if my body could be taken to 'another facility' and "tissues" harvested. No mention of by whom, what for, and at what price they would be sold.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 2:51 PM PST - 41 comments

Are US appellate decisions binding in district courts in other circuits?

To what extent are US Circuit Court of Appeals decisions binding on District Courts in other Circuits where there is no authority in that Circuit? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

I never thought I'd say the words... All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku!

Who currently owns the rights to All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Selling used cds in Madison, WI

Where can I maximize the chance of getting the best price for ~300 used CDs in Madison, WI? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

My hair keeps TOUCHING me, so I'm cutting it off. Help me pick a style.

I need your recommendations for lady haircuts. Key points: needs to be away from my eyes, and truly 'wash and wear'. [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude at 2:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Coax Installer in Atlanta?

This is a case of not knowing the right words to google for. I'm looking to have someone come out to the house and run coax cable. I'm trying to search, but I'm not coming up with anything useful. [more inside]
posted by WetherMan at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find statistical information on the effects of piracy on American shipping in the nineteenth century?

Where can I find statistical information on the effects of piracy on American shipping in the nineteenth century? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 1:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Little Rhody for Little Girls (and their parents)?

Heading to Newport, RI for the long weekend with my kids. Tell me what we shouldn't miss. [more inside]
posted by padraigin at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I expect from laparoscopic appendectomy on a previously ruptured appendix?

Laparoscopic appendectomy on a previously ruptured appendix? [more inside]
posted by ratita at 1:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Escaping NYC for a Few Months

My girlfriend and I are considering moving for a fairly short period (probably 3-6 months) from our expensive NYC apartment to an inexpensive, secluded house somewhere in the Northeast (upstate NY, Vermont, etc.) We would like advice on where/how to do this. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Fetish at 1:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Help Me Brush Up on My Production Assistant Skills

I haven't been a production assistant on a film/TV crew since 2000. What do I need to know about the changes in the industry, protocol, etc. for my Big Comeback this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Back issues of the Providence Phoenix

I need every back issue from 2000-2010 (weekly) of the Providence Phoenix. I've checked with the public libraries in Providence and Cramston, but they only keep the issues for 6 months. What's my best option now?
posted by scunning at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find livemusic I l like

Is there an application or website that'll let me track when and where my favorite bands, singer-songwriters are performing in my city and a neighboring city or two? [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 1:12 PM PST - 9 comments

kickstarter pricing?

I am working on a card game, and eventually want to put it up on kickstarter. I have a few questions regarding this... [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 1:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Is Ocean Parkway's bike lane currently construction-free?

Can anyone tell me if the Ocean Parkway bike lane in Brooklyn is still blocked off at the southern end due to construction? (It was last time I was there, but that was in November.)
posted by mlle valentine at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Changing my last name.

Changing my last name. How do I do it and how do I explain it? [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 12:38 PM PST - 47 comments

Good tools for project proposal effort?

Are there good third-party software packages or tools that can be used to manage labor and material estimates during a project proposal process? It's a little bit of project management and a little bit of sales. Specific needs include... [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Tell me about Boston.

Potential move to Boston coming up. What's the area like? Its personality, its cost of living aside from rent? Is commuting via car/motorcycle awful? What are some safe, quiet neighborhoods with good schools near(ish) Cambridge?* [more inside]
posted by moira at 12:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Disqualified from an award for winning it too often?

What is it called when you're disqualified from an award for winning it too often? [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 12:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Cough gasp wheeze

Suggestions for a translucent/transparent shower curtain that is not vinyl? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Poverty Food Ideas on a Renal Diet?

For the next month or two, I need to tighten up my already very small budget. I'd like ideas for easy-to-cook meals that I can make very cheaply. Complications: chronic illness, restricted diet, and an ineffective air conditioner. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Help Me Make My Dream Laptop Cover

How can I find a pattern to sew my dream laptop case? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 11:37 AM PST - 2 comments

what is being a carer like?

What is being a carer like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Forwarding calls to the US

What's the cheapest/easiest way to forward telephone calls from a Canadian number to a US number? [more inside]
posted by mrgavins at 11:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Choose which beater to keep

Which beater would you keep? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:14 AM PST - 27 comments

What determines my primary residence?

What determines which residence is my 'primary residence' when applying for health insurance, etc? [more inside]
posted by mxmm at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How to nicely DTMFA?

How do I gently and nicely dump him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM PST - 52 comments

Help me get out of my head.

My brain/body balance is way off. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 10:35 AM PST - 29 comments

How to Embed Video in E-mail for Dummies

I just got an iPhone 4. On it, I can take video and then e-mail it, and the video will be embedded in the e-mail. Is there a simple way to do this from my MacBook as well--take video from iPhoto and send it so that it's a nice, small, reasonably high quality video embedded in an e-mail? Everything I've been able to find online seems so complicated. I just want to click a button and have it go.
posted by HotToddy at 10:26 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to be a therapist, not a social worker.

I'm looking into earning an MSW in hopes to become an LCSW/therapist. I do not want to work in direct action social work. What can I do during my time in grad school to make myself a really good candidate for private practice? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Lawyer recommendation for a small IT consulting company?

Can anyone recommend an attorney for a small IT consulting company in the Chicago/North Shore area? My husband hopes to embark on a new contract with a Big Firm, and it's time to revisit some legal aspects involved in this type of adventure. Many thanks in advance.
posted by onepot at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Blood in urine can't be good.

My 18 year old cat has blood in her pee, but the vet says she is fine. How can this be? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 9:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Too much white chocolate: a delicious problem.

I bought a lot of white chocolate for a friend's wedding cake. The wedding is over, the cake is eaten, and I still have a lot of white chocolate. It's in chips, Callebaut. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 9:44 AM PST - 25 comments

What to do with a fairly substantial business sale that is life changing but not enough to retire on?

What to do with a fairly substantial business sale that is life changing but not enough to retire on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Resolving a Tricky SSL Issue.

I have a very odd problem and am not sure where to turn since I have run into silence on various tech forums. Here's my issue. I have a site Magento site that is a combination of Wordpress header and footer and Magento creamy center. When checking out you the customer see's that the site is unsecure. Not good. [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick at 9:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Please help me figure out the name/author of a fantasy book.

I read this book for the first time a few years ago and really enjoyed it, and have been itching to reread it. I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi but the title isn't coming to me, and my books are in storage so a cursory riffling of assorted tomes isn't possible. [more inside]
posted by judomadonna at 9:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Canadian Seeks DirecTV HD DVR

I'm a Canadian who currently has a DirectTV subscription with a non-HD receiver. I want to be able to purchase an HD DVR and wanted to make sure I know everything before hand. [more inside]
posted by Peeekay at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

"I believe I can flyyyyyy, I believe I can touch the sky," without a kid who looks just like me having identification. True?

Do very young children (she's 20 months) need--as in absolutely required, not simply 'discretionary,' 'recommended,' or 'helpful'--any sort of identification in order to board a domestic U.S. flight and fly in a parent's lap? [more inside]
posted by resurrexit at 8:41 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I mix noodles into a stir-fry?

Whenever I stir-fry with noodles, I end up with a lump of noodles surrounded by the other ingredients, instead of a well-mixed stir-fry. Help! [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 8:40 AM PST - 16 comments

Psychological Profiles / Analysis resources?

Psychological profiles and analysis: Help me get inside your head! [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

am i being strung along by potential employer?

am i being strung along by potential employer? [more inside]
posted by kleenkat at 8:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Is Dc bike friendly?

We are going to DC this weekend through Tuesday.and would like to know how Bike friendly it is in the Central area of the city. We will be staying close to the convention center and are considering biking around to the attractions from there. Easy peasy? or watch out?
posted by citybuddha at 8:08 AM PST - 14 comments

What can one expect after lap surgery for endometriosis?

Lap surgery for endometriosis. What can I expect after? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 7:55 AM PST - 18 comments

What do I ask the money guy?

I have learned that I will inherit, with my sibling, a good sized estate including a house and some investments and a few trusts. These assets also come, if I want, with a "money guy" who was my parent's money guy. I have met this man and he has helped me with some basic early estate stuff and has indicated he'd like to work with me. I have a meeting with him and my sibling next week and I'd like to make sure I'm prepared and know what to ask him and could use some help generating questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Truck or Van for Towing?

Wifey and I are talking about buying a used vehicle with some internal storage and/or seating for 4 that can tow a 5x8 trailer. We're looking for recommendations for a vehicle that will do the towing -- with a little more criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Save my kindle!

Can I fix my stepped on kindle? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Treasure this, jerkfaces! (very sorry nice but wimpy people)

A couple of friends and I thought it would be fun to form a film club for our local community. How wrong we were! But now I feel like I'm stuck and can't quit. Or can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for race/sex statistics for reality TV shows.

Looking for race/sex statistics for reality TV shows. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for online email aggregator

I'm looking for a web-based email aggregator to make checking 10 or 12 different email addresses a little easier/faster. [more inside]
posted by strega_bianca at 6:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Chinese ditty

You know that stereotypical, cartoonish little jingle that in the past (prior to more enlightened views on race) was used whenever a clearly stereotyped chinese person entered the scene in movies/television/cartoons? Where the hell did that come from and why is that little tune supposed to mean "CHINA"?? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 6:26 AM PST - 21 comments

"Why don't you make a bread everyone can enjoy?"

Salty, nutty, sweet bread recipes? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 6:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Extra-special destination for wife's birthday

Where's a fantastic destination for an extra-special short break? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 6:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a good book on English grammar.

Looking for a good book on English grammar. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 6:04 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a new roommate!

Looking for ways to broaden my roommate search. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 5:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Was this what I think it was?

Was this what I think it was? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 AM PST - 75 comments

Know any good spots for social network analysis methods advice?

Where can a fellow (who has access to online academic resources but is 1000mi+ from a quality academic library) get some hands-on advice for gathering data for social network analysis? Bonus substantive questions inside. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo at 5:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Certification for ELL Students

Need help quick: is there a standard certification for ELL students? [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises at 4:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I get thirty kilos of chopped onions in Sydney?

I need about twenty five to thirty kilos of chopped onions for a very large barbecue. Is there anywhere in Sydney where someone will sell me large amounts of chopped onion?
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 4:28 AM PST - 28 comments

"There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile. He had a crooked cane, and he wore a crooked smile."

Due to a recent and very vigorous visit to pukesville, I'm pretty sure that I've dislocated my jaw. Would a walk-in clinic or urgent care clinic (if those exist) be able to put my jawbones back in order, or does this mean a lengthy trip to the ER? I am in downtown Toronto. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 AM PST - 10 comments

If I I go there will be trouble if I stay there will be double

Please help me decide where to go next in my career as a software developer. Warning: long and neurotic. [more inside]
posted by sockomatic at 2:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Using photographic paper in a pinhole camera

Exposing photographic paper in a pinhole camera - how do I take several photographs in one session? [more inside]
posted by mattn at 1:43 AM PST - 10 comments

More minimal/postminimal composer suggestions

Looking for more composers to listen to, especially in the minimal/post-minimal vein. List of composers I like included in full text. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 1:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Trying to become a BA TOMORROW

Business Analysts, Project Managers, and HR - HELP! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Expensive things that changed your life

What are examples of products/services where buying an extremely expensive version has a significant payoff (brought you happiness, lasted forever, changed your life, improved your health, etc)? Personal examples or generalizations welcome (Illustrative examples: $1000 lamp, $500 massage, etc)
posted by pacifica at 12:56 AM PST - 87 comments

August 30

EFI Blues

I have a Macbook (2,1) with rEFIt installed. I accidentally left a linux live DVD in the drive when I shut down, and now rEFIt is hanging up when I boot. What happened here? How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 11:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Road trip itinerary from Spokane to SLC?

My wife and I will be driving from Spokane to Salt Lake City soon and were wondering how we should space out our trip, and what there is to see/do/eat along the way. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 11:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How to untie a trefoil knot?

Mathematics/Topology: how to untie a trefoil knot in four dimensions? [more inside]
posted by knz at 10:58 PM PST - 10 comments

"I read《花花公子》for the articles! Honest!"

What's the absolute best Chinese periodical around? (Wrinkle: 简体字.) [more inside]
posted by jweed at 10:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Cultivating Genuine Interest in Others

I'm not really interested in other people and their lives. I don't like this and I want to change. [more inside]
posted by PFL at 9:35 PM PST - 38 comments

Tell me about Modern Weird America.

Tell me about Modern Weird America. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me buy a winter beater

WinterBeaterFilter: What do I look for when buying a winter beater? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 9:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get my Mac connected to my company's VPN.

Help me get my Mac connected to my company's VPN. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 9:18 PM PST - 9 comments

How do people who work as psychics actually do it?

How do people who do 'psychic readings' actually do it? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 9:08 PM PST - 19 comments

The chicken and egg problem

I want to give a short entertainting speech on the question: "Which came first the chicken or the egg? " What cools riffs or answers have you come across on this classic puzzler? One liner answers are fine, but I'm also interested in lessons that can be learned from this question. I want to explore the associated issues and have some fun with it.
posted by storybored at 8:37 PM PST - 36 comments

Hack my life insurance

What's the best route to low-cost, high-value term life insurance that doesn't involve broadcasting my medical information and contact information to multiple people? [more inside]
posted by moammargaret at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Crap, does this mean he has to pack a tie?

Recommendations for a cool, not too-tourist-homogenized dinner place in Bermuda? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 8:35 PM PST - 6 comments

The songs can't be unnameable

How can I log the music played on a free-form radio show on a listener-supported radio station that has zero budget for creating the report? [more inside]
posted by layceepee at 8:18 PM PST - 4 comments

zebra stripes are not fitting for a human.

What did I do to my poor face? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 8:17 PM PST - 22 comments

What are my responsibilities and my landlord's responsibilities in the aftermath of a flood?

What are my responsibilities and my landlord's responsibilities in the aftermath of a flood? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Is an older 4runner a good adventure vehicle + daily driver?

What automatic used 4runner should I buy that will be best for both rugged roads and daily driving? Specific project plans inside... [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 7:17 PM PST - 14 comments

kindeys and memory connection

Recently I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease and learned that all the toxins in my blood explains why I've been forgetting things. I read there may be a link to kindney failure and memory loss and doesn't matter that I am on dialysis getting the toxins out. So I'm just wondering how bad this is going to get as far as memory loss is concerned? Wondering if anyone knows people on dialysis and they've become forgetful? [more inside]
posted by udon at 7:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Western Halloween Adventure!

Its roadtrip planning time again! I'm looking for suggestions for quirky, fun, maybe ghosty, campy, interesting places to visit, eat and/or stay somewhere between the Grand Canyon and Phoenix. We were considering maybe somewhere around Flagstaff or Jerome. Especially big bonus points for fabulous places not to miss Halloween weekend in those parts! [more inside]
posted by meeshell at 7:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Audio book suggestions, please!

Audiobook suggestions! Looking for action or any other genre that are well-paced (fiction or non) audiobooks for regular 8 hour road trips. [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 6:58 PM PST - 14 comments

“This is my last pack.”

How can I be more supportive of my girlfriend as she tries to quit smoking? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 6:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Too much sharing=resenment

How can my roommate and I share food fairly? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 5:05 PM PST - 34 comments

So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well, let's see how you deal with this little slice...

Help me get lost in literary mazes similar to Christopher Manson's Maze [wiki; previously on the blue]. [more inside]
posted by troll at 4:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Funding for a Ph.D. in Belgium

I'm looking for scholarships or fellowships that could fund, or help fund, a molecular/microbiology Ph.D. in Belgium for an American. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 4:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Get me started on building a scheduling application in Base

Building a small scheduling database application in OpenOffice Base. Needing some tips on getting started and pointers to tutorials. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 4:31 PM PST - 2 comments

Help us design The Great LA Getaway Adventure!

With an unexpected break in our schedule this weekend, we'd like to get out of town. We're in Los Angeles. Please suggest fun awesome affordable places to go 1 to 4 hours away from LA. Camping OK. More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 4:26 PM PST - 14 comments

PVD to Boston MBTA filter: Does the Inbound Providence / Stoughton line stop at Ruggles Station the first time--or is it true you have to loop around before they let you off?

PVD to Boston MBTA filter: Does the Inbound Providence / Stoughton line stop at Ruggles Station the first time--or is it true you have to loop around before they let you off? [more inside]
posted by Murray M at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Longterm commitment to this land?

I'm considering buying a 21-acre farm for personal (non-commercial) use and enjoyment. What should I know before launching into this endeavor? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 4:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Things to do in Milwaukee this Sunday and Monday

Milwaukee for labor day. Food and things to do recommendations please. [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

School: Once More With Feeling

Need advice about going back to school, and lots of it. [more inside]
posted by Garm at 3:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Suit on first day at business casual law firm?

What do I wear for my first day at a business-casual office? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar at 3:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Delicious Brunch...nom nom nom

My husband and I are traveling to New York for a wedding Labor Day weekend. I'd like to find a great place to enjoy brunch on Sunday in New York or Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 3:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Google Music: Can I delete my local music library?

Google Music Question - Can I move my library onto a external hard drive and delete it from my computer without causing problems for my uploaded music? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get customers for my house cleaning business?

I’m trying to start up a housecleaning business, but can’t figure out how to actually get any customers. I’ve been putting flyers on houses in fairly upscale neighborhoods – McMansions, hip urban condos, places populated by professionals and executives. I have an ad on craigslist, although my city doesn’t use craigslist much. I’m not getting anywhere with either of those methods though. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 43 comments

Dutch Employment Lawyer?

I have an opportunity to get out of a terrible work situation, with what seems to be a reasonable severance pay-off. Trouble is, I'm in the Netherlands, and don't know any Dutch lawyers. Can any Me-Fite point me to either a Dutch employment lawyer with whom you have experience, or to a resource where I can find my own? Posting anonymously as some co-workers read the site. Throwaway email:
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Will the border patrol get pissy?

Will I have a problem crossing the US/Canadian border if I'm in the middle of a name change and my passport has my old name while my SSN card and driver's license have my new name? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 2:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Ghadaffi cameo?

Is this Col. Ghadaffi doing a cameo in a Bangles video?
posted by stonepharisee at 2:06 PM PST - 6 comments

What's that bug?

What's that bug (moth)? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide at 2:03 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I build a theatre career in the middle of no where?

How do I push my performance career forward while living in a rural area? [more inside]
posted by m. says: at 2:03 PM PST - 6 comments

IKEA furniture question

Is there anyone in New York City who dis-assembles IKEA furniture? [more inside]
posted by klpage at 1:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Leaf-peeping. Along with thousands of others.

Leaf-peeping on Columbus Day weekend (by car) - an insane idea? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

I need an app to help me build a stronger network.

Looking for a network building/maintaining tool. Is there some sort of app (mac or web based) that will allow me to track how long it has been since talking to someone? Ideally I'd like to see one page with a horizontal bar graph with the number of days since last contact on the x-axis. So as the time between talking grows, the bar expands outwards. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Men's long curly hair - stylist recommendations for Orlando?

Looking for a hairdresser in Orlando that works well with long curly men's hair. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Why is human judgement so bad at picking good political leaders?

Why is human judgement so poor at picking good political leaders? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 1:41 PM PST - 44 comments

Tell us the name of your, your favorite Veg-e-ta-ble ♫

Give me your best simple vegetable recipes with only a few ingredients. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 1:26 PM PST - 55 comments

How can I make my CV the best CV?

After 10 years as a freelancer/sole proprietor, I've been recruited for a position as Creative Director of a company in the financial services sector. They've requested a CV. I don't have one and never really have. Please recommend best practices, templates, resources, anything to help make a great CV for a CD. [more inside]
posted by FeralHat at 1:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Whereabouts of a used furniture market in London

Where in London can one find a decent market with second-hand furniture? Hopefully in the N-something postcode areas (Golders Green and Finchley Rd would be perfect). Thank you!
posted by noztran at 1:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Click on this, HuffPo

I remember reading company guidelines that detailed exactly how bloggers (aggregators, really) at HuffPo or Yahoo must choose subjects and style. It was put very aggressively, along the lines of: if a story doesn't promise at least 7000 individual clicks, don't even bother. I can't find this document anymore. Help me, please? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 1:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Cheated on and dumped... would you call it a day?

Cheated on and dumped... would you call it a day? [more inside]
posted by hopecottage at 1:12 PM PST - 39 comments

I've Got Cash. I Want Wheels. Adavantage/Disadvantage?

Looking purchase new car. What are my purchase options to build credit and advantage me for future business/home loans? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Payment Model For Commercial Recycling Business

What kind of payment model is normally used for a commercial recycling business? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow at 12:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Protests targeting school children?

Is it common for anti-choice protesters to target public schools? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 12:54 PM PST - 22 comments

My joints POP loudly

Pop qoes my joints - why? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

BR2 Cable?!

I'm trying to identify a +- 10 V cable for an electromagnet power supply I recently purchased. The manual calls it a "BR2" cable but I can't seem to find it anywhere... [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 12:41 PM PST - 1 comment

I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz.

I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz. [more inside]
posted by bam at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Couldn't count on you anyway

The Broken Earth is a song incorrectly attributed to Nick Drake or The Soft Machine. But who actually wrote/performed it? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Who you gonna call?

My parents need to evict some tenants. [more inside]
posted by jadegenie at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

How to mask or get creative with stupid embroidered logo on shirt?

Need to get creative and turn a dorkish fonted *B* into something beautiful. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 12:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Bulletin boards in Philly?

Physical bulletin boards for flyer postings in Philly? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Another dissertation Word question.

How can I hide page numbers in Word 2004? At the moment the document is broken into three sections using the section->break->next page feature. I want the numbers of the first section to stay hidden. I have searched & tried all the directions I could find, but nothing seems to be working. I'm using a MacBook, if that matters.
posted by bibliophibianj at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Who are these costumed Parisians?

Please help me identify the costumed event/people in this photo taken Sept 11, 2010, at a park in central Paris. [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 11:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Remaining a Georgia citizen while traveling abroad . . .

Is there a way to maintain your state citizenship while traveling within the country, and perhaps outside the country, for up to two years? [more inside]
posted by fignewton at 11:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Cocktails for Fig Cake

Quick one - cocktails to go with a fig cake? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:59 AM PST - 11 comments

I need a digital recipe box.

Is there a website or low-cost software package to store recipes? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me time travel.

I have some devices (scanners, actually) for which there are no drivers for Windows 7. Is there some way to use them anyway? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:02 AM PST - 14 comments

QR Codes and ICAL

How can I create a file that has the information for a calendar event that automatically downloads to your phone's calendar? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 9:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Dining for One in Paris

I want an awesome dinner in Paris. Alone. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Internet estate curation?

Internet estate curation, or: How to get a better biography of an author "out there"? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

He moving back, but as a roommate.

SO moved out over a year ago and we made attempts to resolve issues needs and wants during that time. Admittedly, I could've put forth more effort in being a better partner. Now he is moving back in, although I'm glad about that, he's coming back as a "roommate". Oh, and I work for him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 29 comments

DTMFA or give it another try?

Should I break it off for good, or give it one more try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM PST - 54 comments


Is SMMU a SCAM? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 8:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Soaked HDD

Recovering data from a soaked HDD? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Next step: solve in three dimensions

Calculusfilter. A man is led to the center of a valuable field which he does not own. He coats his feet in blue paint so that his path can be traced. At dawn he begins walking. At a randomly selected time he will be told to stop walking, whereupon he will walk in a perfectly straight line back to the starting point. Then he will be given all the land that has been circumscribed by his blue path. [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 7:48 AM PST - 89 comments

I need chocolate!

I need Bon-o-bons. Where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:38 AM PST - 4 comments

[musictaste filter] Can you help me fill out my playlist?

I've got a short 80's centric playlist started with Somebody's baby, She's a beauty, and Jessie's girl. Can you help me think of more songs like this with the same feel, sound? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 7:31 AM PST - 29 comments

Motorola Defy screen replacement?

Has anyone replaced a broken screen/digitizer on a Motorola Defy? How hard is it? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 7:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Wanted: YA Novels in Japanese

Recommendations for Japanese books to practice reading (in Japanese)? [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Identify a pair of earphones based on far too little information

What were the brand and model of the earphones I left in a muddy field three months ago? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 6:41 AM PST - 7 comments

BRATT pffffffrrrrrt rat-tat-tat

What makes farts sound the way they do? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 6:36 AM PST - 11 comments

How to be nice to annoying people

I need advice on how to be nicer to someone who annoys the crap out of me and freaks me out a little. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 5:59 AM PST - 36 comments

Can an email override exchange server 'out of office' rules?

Can an email message configure itself so that Exchange Server 2007 will send an Out Of Office reply to a 3rd party, not the sender listed as sender? [more inside]
posted by TuffAustin at 5:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Oh look, someone is looking to have a song identified again.

SongFilter: Can you name this song I heard on the radio - an instrumental, natch? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 5:37 AM PST - 10 comments

"Baked With Love" and a bucketload of ginger, preferably.

I've done heaps of ginger cakes, ginger biscuits, ginger slices and gingerbread... what other gingery stuff could I make or bake for my grandmother for her 90th birthday this weekend? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:15 AM PST - 19 comments

How Can I Get My Family Health Insurance in Massachusetts?

Family health insurance coverage in Massachusetts? I'm an unemployed single mom with three kids and our BCBS ends 9/30. I have the option of $1900 COBRA or...what are my options? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 5:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Russia Post - they deliver?

Can I rely on Russian post or any courier service to deliver a small gift to just outside of Moscow? [more inside]
posted by outlier at 5:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible to programme a loyality scheme using facebooks API?

Is it possible to programme a loyality scheme using Facebooks API? [more inside]
posted by toocan at 4:47 AM PST - 4 comments

what should the winchesters sign?

My friend and I are going to THIS. It is going to be a fregging awesome time and I cannot wait! The question I am currently facing is what should I have everyone sign when I get their autographs? It needs to be frameable and interesting and cool. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:44 AM PST - 4 comments

What WAS that movie???

In 2005, on Delta Flight 627 operated by Alitalia, somewhere between Chicago and Milan, an Italian film was shown to the mostly empty cabin. After six years, I have been unable to locate it -- any help? [more inside]
posted by nickrussell at 4:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Did the Maori people buy the train station in Wellington New Zealand?

Did the Maori people finally decide to buy the train station in Wellington New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 2:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Currency conversion

Which financial service do you recommend for currency conversion? [more inside]
posted by fifigyuri at 1:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Learning by example

looking for speakers that drive their point by examples, not "just talk". prime example is this bobby McFerrin bit, where he demonstrate his thesis on the crowd. using a few words as possible. [more inside]
posted by yosh at 12:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Suggest me a novel please?

Teaching-worthy literature for the individual against the state? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 12:37 AM PST - 34 comments

August 29

How to study Latin and Greek more effectively?

Hey MeFites: I'm studying Latin and Greek at a university and starting to feel overwhelmed. Help me study more effectively! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a move...

Looking for a movie, and I can't remember what it is. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Trying to remember dystopian book title?

Trying to remember a dystopian sci-fi book, society had the technology to record mental experiences which allowed people to experience good things such as beaches/vacations but also "bad" things such as prostitution/drugs/murder. Anyone know the name of this book? [more inside]
posted by tubling at 10:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Civil Service Summaries

Looking for short PDFs summarising topics relevant to UK politics, probably posted to Metafilter in the last couple of years. These were produced by civil servants or advisors to explain the broad concepts of a topic (e.g. Nuclear power) to a politician in just a few pages. Thanks.
posted by theyexpectresults at 10:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this Chanel dress

Won't you please help me find this Chanel dress again? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am at 10:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Is secure?

Should I worry about having signed up for [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Why did I find bread on my doorstep?

Why did I find bread on my doorstep? [more inside]
posted by kaytwo at 9:09 PM PST - 30 comments

Ease my Prezi pains

I'm trying to turn PDFs made from presentations on the Prezi website ( into text documents and am looking for a program to OCR them with. Since Prezi's PDFs come out rather odd with some text trailing off the edge that isn't pertinent to the current slide I need something that will allow me to make a selection box around the text I wish to OCR as opposed to auto OCR'ing the entire page. What Windows program should I be looking at?
posted by MeatyBean at 8:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Meth Lab Blues

Meth Lab Blues. [more inside]
posted by HabeasCorpus at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Here's that Snuggie You've Been Wanting...

Best friends just had a baby--should I bring a gift to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian at 8:10 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me fly with my wedding dress!

Taking my wedding dress on a plane- Help! I have two options: 1) Take it in the bag and hope that the plane will hang it up in first class even though i am sitting in coach 2) Pack it in my bag (its fairly small and lace) and get it steamed somewhere on the other end. Where can you get things steamed? Do they do that at dry cleaner? What do you recommend? Thank you!!
posted by tessalations999 at 7:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Love and cleaning toilets

How do you balance housework as a couple, and what do you think of our arrangement? I personally don't like it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 PM PST - 94 comments

Should I start charging this cyst rent?

How long does a noninfected Bartholin cyst last? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Collapsing artists in iTunes. Please.

Is there any way that I can "roll up" artists' catalogs in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 7:31 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I get the Pages app I already paid for?

How can I re-download the Pages application that I've already paid for? (Mac) [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 7:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Herding cats during termite treatment?

Upon the discovery of several live termites attempting to set up shop in my garage wall, I called in a local pest-control company. Following inspection, said company recommended treating the dirt under the garage slab with fipronil (aka Termidor). I have four indoor cats and a fish, and while the termite guys say the fish can stay, they're recommending moving the cats out of the house for the three hours it will take to apply the stuff. Is this really necessary? If so, where the heck can I take four fairly skittish cats for three hours? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 6:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I get Mass Save Rebate for self-installed AC?

As part of the Mass Save program, is it possible to install a split-system AC myself (as a homeowner) and get the $500 rebate? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Good eats in Cocoa Head Florida?

This weekend our family is going on vacation in Cocoa Beach Florida. Does anyone have any restaurant recommendations? Preferably moderately priced, with great fresh seafood. Thanks!
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

How to sell a car fast in Seattle?

I have a co-worker who is moving to one of our offices overseas, semi-permanently, and needs to sell his car. The transfer happened rapidly and there were many things to take care of, one of which, selling his car, didn't get done. He's leaving day after tomorrow. He needs to sell his car before he leaves. Any ideas on how to do this in Seattle? Are there businesses that take of of this? Thanks
posted by skyscraper at 5:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a functional and fashionable foldover bag

For about a year or so I've been on the hunt for the perfect foldover bag. Please help me find it. Specific requirements inside the post. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 5:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Sore legs for 2 weeks...(follow-up to previous question)

Sore legs for over 2 weeks...(follow-up to previous question) [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 5:20 PM PST - 19 comments

NYC-Filter - Please help an mid-30's 'in-betweenie' find cute, attractive and stylish clothes for her unusual body!

I am a 12-16, but I often find that I cannot fit into the highest 'straight size' at a mainstream retailer. This said, I cannot shop in a plus-size store as their smallest size hangs on me. I find this very frustrating! [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 5:12 PM PST - 21 comments

The pen is not mightier than a two year old.

Ever heard of a Leap Pad? We have a few that we picked up at garage sales and such. The pen no longer works. How can we fix this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving to Southeastern Pennsylvania

Where to live outside Philly? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Tom Selleck and his saw had to get started somewhere

I wanted to try my hand at building a garbage enclosure (something like this) and also a mini greenhouse. Does anyone have any resources to help me get started. I can have a stab at it using the pictures but turning these into actual plans (especially types and sizes of lumber) is more of a stretch. [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Do you know a good company that makes custom sized bread bags?

I need to order custom-sized paper bags to be part of the packaging of shipments of bread. The bags need to be large — hence the need to go custom. I'm thinking 12" x 18", and expandable enough to fit a height of 4-5". Most bags I've seen have a flat bottom, but are gusseted to expand — that's what I imagine ordering. Any recommendations on a place that could do this for me? NYC-specific would be great, but I'm willing to order from any company that can do it quickly and at an affordable price. We're talking orders in the 100s or 1000s, but most likely not in the 10,000s — at least to start. I'd need them to print a logo on the bags as well. They'd also need to keep in moisture and not get oily from the bread.
posted by defenestration at 4:47 PM PST - 5 comments

A Philly restaurant recommendation, please.

Can you make some Philadelphia restaurant recommendations for a Baltimore-based couple based on some of our current favorites? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 4:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for conference ideas...

What conferences should we (a crack team of Instructional Designers) attend? What conferences (tech, ed, design, etc) have you been to that knocked your socks off? [more inside]
posted by madred at 4:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Unix vs. Apple OS?

CompSciFilter: Someone kindly explain to me what differentiates Unix and Apple OS. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 3:09 PM PST - 31 comments

Good camping near Sloquet BC?

Hello, going up to Sloquet hot springs (from Vancouver) for the fist time Thursday, and want to have a couple 'plan Bs' on hand in case it's full or the road is washed out or for whatever other reason. Anyone know of any other decent camping sites in that area?
posted by imaswinger at 3:07 PM PST - 0 comments

Go ahead, rub it in... to hair.

I have managed to reach the age of forty-mumble with no idea how to deal with hair-care products. I shampoo regularly (Head and Shoulders for the dandruff works fine), keep my hair fairly short (but not buzzcut, because my head looks stupid when the hair is too short), and sometimes blow it dry, but all this other stuff - pomade, hair spray, the stuff the salons call 'product' is beyond me. Where can I go to find out about how to use them? [more inside]
posted by mephron at 2:36 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I begin to treat my ear infection?

What (if any) household items are there that can help in the early stage of an outer ear infection (not just the pain, but the infection itself)? [more inside]
posted by desertface at 2:31 PM PST - 20 comments

spic & span.

Recommendations for good house cleaners in Portland? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 2:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Weekend getaways near NYC- birthday edition!

Looking for suggestions for weekend getaways near NYC! Help me plan my EPIC birthday! :) [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl at 2:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I get a master's in film studies?

Can I get a master's in film studies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Very pregnant wedding anniversary

Wedding anniversary two weeks before our baby is due: suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Find technical specs on alternator

I need to find technical specs and drawings of a car/truck alternator for a pico-hydro project. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by token-ring at 1:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Car squeals at higher speeds

Why does my car squeal only at higher speeds? [more inside]
posted by sputgop at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Quick! Outdoor NYC spot for beer

It is a beautiful post-hurricane day here in NYC. I would like to celebrate not flooding by getting a beer and drinking it outdoors. Quick, recommend me a bar in the next hour or so! [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner at 1:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Getting one's soap opera fix...

Are older episodes (i.e. 2000 - present) of daytime soap operas available either for rental or purchase? [more inside]
posted by Telpethoron at 1:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Why is the accordion so often the busker's instrument of choice?

I currently live in a European capital (Athens) and I've noticed that the accordion seems to be the favored instrument of its street musicians (not exclusively Roma). Ditto for practically all other European cities I've lived in or visited. Why is it this the case? [more inside]
posted by scrm at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Funny, prolific Amazon reviewer from mid-`00s?

Who is the Amazon reviewer who posted a corpus of very funny, very weird reviews? As the reviews accumulated, he would reveal occasional bits of his "real" life. This would have been in the mid-2000s, I think. My Google skills are letting me down sorely.
posted by everichon at 12:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help us spend money for our one-year-old's birthday somewhat wisely.

Recommendations for toys and other practical items for our daughter's first birthday? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Communications going from bad to worse.

What are some tips for turning around days where you and your SO just don't seem to be communicating or getting along well? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 12:21 PM PST - 45 comments

Where can I find great scratching hip-hop music?

Where can I find great scratching hip-hop music? I have figured out that scratching DJ music makes for great working tunes for me. Little lyrical content, minimal sampling, but good beat and good scratching. As an example, here's one of my favorite tunes on Spotify: I'd appreciate if you lot could point me to other tunes like this, either artists/albums or individual tracks that fit the bill. Thanks!
posted by jxpx777 at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Freshly reinstalled Sony Vegas won't open the video edits I produced with it before

I recently had to reinstall Windows (XP) on my PC to kill some malware. Subsequently, I reinstalled Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9, which I've been using for the last couple of years on this machine. Today I went to open one of my video edits for the first time... but Vegas chokes on it. Can you help me figure out why? Error log after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

i thought tumblr was supposed to make blogging easy

why do photos on my Tumblr blog get squashed when I look at them on a mobile device or other people reblog them? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

How do you place students into calculus courses?

Attention math teachers: what processes does your college/university use for placement into Calculus courses? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Bike-friendly lawyer in Chicago needed

Please recommend bike-friendly lawyer in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by pianomover at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

The Sour Cream of My People, apparently?

What makes sour cream "Canadian-style"? [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 11:10 AM PST - 27 comments

Watch real people cooking in real life, in real time, realistically

Any cooking shows (preferably available on youtube, or in any case for free) that features some real-time cooking? I don't require sitting through four hours of braising footage, but I just want to have a reasonable sense of how much time other people put into prep and such, which means no mise-en-place chopped vegetables at the start of the thing.
posted by Busoni at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Why are there so many bees in Napa/Sonoma?

Why are there so many bees in Napa/Sonoma? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

How does this thing work?

Counting calories/exercise: Am I doing this right? [more inside]
posted by loveyhowell at 10:18 AM PST - 19 comments

What not to fry...

Reuniting power supplies and equipment [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Which bug are we finding on our clothing?

Which bug is this? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me move a carsick dog across the country!

Moving an older dog halfway across the country. Help needed please! [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

What are "susans?"

"Ladies with their 'susans' showing?" My google-fu failed this one! What is a susan, if it's not lazy and not an actual person's name? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 9:00 AM PST - 17 comments

What to do before putting up the walls?

I'm wiring and insulating a garage. What kind of creative things should I do now, before the walls go up? [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee at 8:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Where in NYC can I buy rattlesnake to eat in or prepare out?

Is there a restaurant in New York City that serves rattlesnake, or a butcher in the city that sells it? [more inside]
posted by maud at 8:27 AM PST - 11 comments

In search of an investment mentrix

How can I find a female private equity/venture capital mentor in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Inventive ideas for a more pleasant living space

How can I soup up my apartment for maximum enjoyment, for less than $200/month? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 7:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Easy meeting place for Berkeley noobs

Where should two friends meet in Berkeley California this Saturday? Both are driving, only one has GPS but the other is kinda familiar with Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

SQL Server Integration Services and Flat File Output

You are a SQL Server Integration Services guru. I need help with what appears to be a simple problem with a flat file connection manager. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Should we walk away from our house?

Should we walk away from our house? [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 7:36 AM PST - 56 comments

she was a he and doesn't know I know

Ever since that found-on-facebook date showed up on my doorstep I've had the same feeling : that person has not lived in that female body all her life. That hunch has been confirmed That person doesn't know I know - now what ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 43 comments

Whaddaya mean there's no international book rate?

What is the cheapest reliable way to mail a book (about 10" x 12" x 1") from the continental USA to the UK? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

In France they kiss on Main Street

What should I ask for from Paris? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 7:04 AM PST - 28 comments

From newbie to expert in encryption and network security, where to start?

If I wanted banks or companies like LastPass to hire me to be on their security team to make systems safer and to block out hackers, what websites/books/resources should I dive into to go from n00b to pr0 ?? [more inside]
posted by querty at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I learn to be "in the moment" with my kids?

How can I learn to be "in the moment" with my kids? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 6:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Need 11" x 17" laser copy machine.

I'm looking for a 11x17 laser copy machine to replace our old Canon PC850, but the task is proving more difficult than it should be. I'm not interested in the many multi-function ink printers that are on the market. This has to be a regular laser copy machine. The machine needs to be able to scan and print (copy) up to 11" x 17". It doesn't need to hold the 11x17 inch paper in a dedicated paper tray, but rather just be able to use the manual feed tray that is typically located on the side of the machine. Thanks so much.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I watch English football in Padova?

Where can I watch English football in Padova, Italy? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 5:36 AM PST - 0 comments

Gifts for my better half.

"Thinking of You" gifts for my wife - what are your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 5:13 AM PST - 32 comments

Where should we stay in Lake Garda?

Lake Garda filter - where to stay? [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 at 4:59 AM PST - 2 comments

How to best prepare your writing skills for university...

How do I learn to write better to prepare myself for university? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 4:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Ich würde gerne besser Deutsch sprechen.

Best free/low-cost podcasts and audiobooks for becoming fluent in German? [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 3:00 AM PST - 9 comments

It's a history mystery.

HistoryFilter: Help my friend figure out which famous pre-1800s, European historical figure this riddle refers to. [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 12:32 AM PST - 8 comments

August 28


What should we name our non-awkward cash registry website? [more inside]
posted by finders keepers at 11:18 PM PST - 4 comments


Is it rude to reply to emails and do other tasks when participating in a routine but important teleconference? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto at 11:00 PM PST - 23 comments

What town should we stay in on the Big Island?

We'll be spending spring break on the big island. Our group is two families - 4 adults, 4 teenaged kids. I've found a couple posts with lots of great suggestions of places to visit on the island but need suggestions of where to stay. We'd prefer to rent a house or condo and plan to stay in one place the entire week, though we'll take day trips. It needs to be easy walking distance from a beach for swimming and snorkeling and have at least a few places we can walk to for meals and exploring. We prefer small town charm to sprawling resort complexes. Suggestions, please!
posted by ms_rasclark at 9:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me name a song: Drunk driving, sick regret. Country of course.

Name that tune: Father kills his son in a drunk driving accident, who makes him swear to not drink anymore. [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 9:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Teach me how to teach mythology!

I've been given a mythology class to teach, mostly to juniors and seniors (at a public high school in California). Yay! However, the previous teacher won't let me borrow her material, and my mythological education was taking one class in college and a lot self-teaching (thus, there are gaping holes in my knowledge). And so, mefites, hope me figure out the best way to teach this class! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 9:08 PM PST - 36 comments

Lyrics are stumping me.

Help me figure out what song belongs to these lyrics: "The day is come/What's done is done." [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Help! New boss talking to current boss!

How do I get potential employers not to call my current employer (when they've already requested to) for a reference? [more inside]
posted by heffalump at 8:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Gimme that old-time relief printing

Do any living artists specialize in classical European style woodcuts? [more inside]
posted by shii at 8:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Venice to Vienna and in-between

I will be spending a week in Venice, then am going to Vienna. How should I travel between them? Should I stop anywhere along the way? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 8:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Yet another travel filter.

Two nights, Boston, early October. Go... [more inside]
posted by doogan nash at 7:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Donner. Party of 2.

Where should my husband and I have a lovely anniversary dinner in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 7:09 PM PST - 20 comments


FIIIIIGS! We're moving to a house that has a fig tree! Looking for fig recipes, but also any information about preserving/canning/pickling/drying/freezing them. Also, how do I know if they are green figs or black figs (ours appears to have both) and what's the difference? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 7:04 PM PST - 19 comments

What are your favorite off-beat online resources for news and culture in Singapore?

What are good (off-beat) online resources for news and culture in Singapore? [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 7:03 PM PST - 3 comments

I have it on good authority that I get to keep my shoelaces!

I'm going to an intake (evaluation/show-and-tell) session at a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, due to severe social anxiety, ADHD and most importantly my current acute bipolar depressive episode. What kinds of questions should I be asking? How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! at 6:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me become self-educated in graphic design--or am I too old?

Help me become self-educated in graphic design--or am I too old? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 14 comments

In the mental health 'strike zone'

I have bipolar disorder. I live in Ontario, Canada. I'm not sick enough for disability and not well enough to keep a job. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Most effective way to buy a car with cash and no credit history?

I don't really know how car buying works, help please! [more inside]
posted by p3on at 6:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Mean girls

How did you, as a young woman, learn to deal with "mean girls" at work? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 6:27 PM PST - 57 comments

Are Sandy Hook or Long Branch beaches open tomorrow?

Unexpected day off tomorrow. Want to take the kids to the beach tomorrow. How can I tell if Sandy Hook or Long Branch (NJ) will be open tomorrow? Is the area flooded or the roads leading to the shore flooded? And, is it safe to be on the beach 24 hours after the storm is over? Am not planning on going into the water.
posted by at 6:25 PM PST - 5 comments

1. Obtain lots of seltzer cartridges. 2. ??? 3. Profit!

Are seltzer cartridges recyclable? And/or is there anything cool I can do with them? [more inside]
posted by librarina at 6:13 PM PST - 7 comments

I'll probably just use Office and read MeFi.

Help a garden variety user choose her first laptop. [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Anything to help someone with a broken back go to the bathroom

My father has a compression fracture and cannot twist around. Does anyone have any ideas on how he can wipe himself when he goes to the bathroom? I don't know how or when he will have the pain managed to be able to do it normally.
posted by vash at 6:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Piano lessons for my niece

How to find a piano teacher. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 5:36 PM PST - 4 comments

WeddingFilter: Beach rentals in Massachusetts?

We're getting married! Hooray! Now, we just need to find a place to have the wedding... help us rent the waterfront venue of our dreams! [more inside]
posted by anotherthink at 5:31 PM PST - 6 comments


What does Verblödung mean in English? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 5:31 PM PST - 5 comments

We Must Protect This House

Suddenly I own a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, 3000 miles from my home. How the heck do I take care of it? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 5:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Give me your candy magic!

Question about using maple sugar in a candy recipe. [more inside]
posted by agentofselection at 5:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Best single and multiplayer iPhone chess

What is the best single-player and multiplayer (like by mail, except push notifications) chess app for iPhone/iTouch? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson at 4:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Get me and my stuff from Point A to Point B (possibly via Point C?)

Transitioning from car-free East Coast existence to Southern California sprawl. What's the most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 4:30 PM PST - 17 comments

I need more tambourine in my life.

I love music featuring almost any combination of the following instruments: bongos, brass, ukulele, tambourine. Do you have any recommendations for similar songs/music? [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 4:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Why don't some college guys ever date?

What are some reasons a college guy who has never dated before won't ask out someone he likes? [more inside]
posted by lfergie401 at 4:04 PM PST - 31 comments

What is the freelance market like for an embedded programmer?

What is the freelance market like for an embedded programmer? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 3:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Hot town, summer in the city...

It is hot in LA, and we were just gifted with a window-unit air conditioner! Hurrah! We have bars on all our windows! Boo! We've rigged up a very rickety looking system and it works, but...I feel like we might be setting ourselves up for disaster? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 3:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Not Exactly As Shown

I'm a woman and I had a first date yesterday with a guy I met online. He sent me pictures that were obviously several years old because he's at least 50 pounds heavier now. I need help deciding whether I should continue to see him. [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 3:08 PM PST - 52 comments

The Queens (fictional?) Proclamation of 1991

Near the end of Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals, the Queen has dinner with the four lead characters and proposes....something! What she proposes is deliberately left unsaid, but it seems to be some sort of change to UK's political or monarchy system. [more inside]
posted by FfejL at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

The Facts Of Life

Was this really the plot line of a "Facts Of Life" episode, or am I misremembering? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Pink slip lunch

Restaurant recommendations in Washington D.C. for my goodbye lunch at work. Dupont Circle area best. Difficulty: I'm being laid off. [more inside]
posted by postel's law at 2:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Unplugged quiet hobby?

Recommendations for a solitary relaxing unplugged hobby? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 2:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Plumbing vented inside apartment? Is that OK?

We moved into a new rental last month and after we moved in I notice some unusual plumbing. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 2:24 PM PST - 10 comments

I'll gladly pay you Tuesday

This Debt thread over the MeFi has me wondering: Am I completely off the mark to believe that easy access to cheap credit fuels inflation? [more inside]
posted by roboton666 at 1:57 PM PST - 29 comments

Internet connections, two on the road one won't go?

Currently traveling in France and having wifi/internet connection with one of the three laptops we have. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Best source for art prints?

Best source for art prints? [more inside]
posted by facetious at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm feeling a bit sheepish...

Which French (I think) folk dance did I do as an elementary schooler in Indiana in the late 90s? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog at 11:40 AM PST - 6 comments

"All I know is what I read in the papers."

What makes for a good elementary school newspaper? What makes a great one? I'd like to know what parents appreciate (and what they'll actually read). I'd like to know what you liked best when you were a student, either from a contributing or reading standpoint. I'd like to know from school employees/authorities what one needs to be mindful of. And I'd be very glad to know of what I can do to avoid any problems. I'd like to know from teachers about what school newspapers can do for students; and what one could reasonably ask for from the various grades to allow for students to make contributions and so the content is balanced for all ages. I'd love to see links to anything inspiring, and to ideas for content and design and such. So, I'd like a lot of information about stuff I have an idea about, but not much practice with yet. And that's a lot to do with three double-sided pages, I know. [more inside]
posted by peagood at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this guy really confident, or a weirdo?

I've been asked out by a complete stranger. I need some help deciding between being flattered and impressed by his confidence, or being suspicious and forgetting the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by kmnpdx at 10:45 AM PST - 64 comments

How safe is the Cleveland Heights neighborhood in Oakland, CA? Advice needed!

I'm considering an apartment in the Cleveland Heights area of Oakland, CA, specifically near Hanover Ave, not far from Lake Merritt. I'm new to the area and I'm wondering what the general safety of the neighborhood is? [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Credit Union in Arlington, Virginia?

I'm moving to Arlington, Virginia in a week or two and want to switch from using a corporate bank to a credit union. None is available through my employer, so I'm hoping there will be one for residents of that area. I'd like them to have a functional online banking interface which is compatible with Mint.
posted by elektrotechnicus at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Manage my PCOS drug-free?

I need your tips on dealing with PCOS -- drug free! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Jump-land from high cause rectum pain

I am male. When I jump down from a fence, why is there a sharp pain in my rectum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 AM PST - 11 comments


What are you eczema solutions? [more inside]
posted by misformiche at 8:51 AM PST - 30 comments

Can this compost be saved?

Did I ruin my compost? [more inside]
posted by southern_sky at 8:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Earthquakes and hurricanes, oh my!

Anyone have good post-disaster projects to do with kids at camp tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 8:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Damn you, northern sun!

Interesting ways to preserve and/or freeze shallots for use over the winter? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Is my bike too big and whose fault is it?

I just bought a bike yesterday and although I thought it fit okay at the store and riding it around a half-block, after I rode it home for two miles, I found it a bit uncomfortable. So I'm trying to figure out if the bike is indeed too big for me, and what I can do about it since the store's policy is that all bike sales are final. [more inside]
posted by quirks at 8:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a toy for my cat that he won't eat.

Recommendations for cat toys for a chewer? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 6:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Touch-a, touch-a, touch-a, touch me - web browser edition.

Help me find the optimal web browser for my ASUS eee Slate tablet PC. It is a fully functional PC in an iPad-like package. I love it, but I'm having a hard time finding a browser configuration that I like. [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Perky without Coffee?

Will I be as perky without coffee? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 5:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Irene wrecked my drywall

Contractor for drywall and stud repair in / around DC? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 5:23 AM PST - 4 comments

How To Get to Noo Yahwk Journalists?

PublicityFilter: Trying to write a "media alert" about an event taking place in NYC in a 10 days or so. Here are my three confuddling questions... [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:53 AM PST - 7 comments

What's it like to work in Swiss academia?

How does working in a Swiss university compare with working in British or American academia? And thoughts on living and working in Switzerland more generally. [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 2:09 AM PST - 4 comments

August 27

US Tax Law Change for Americans Living Abroad

As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks at 10:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Which X Chromosome did I inherit from my mother?

Which X Chromosome did I inherit from my mother? [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 10:06 PM PST - 12 comments

You Looking at Me?

I am a big baseball fan. I will watch every game on TV that I can regardless of the teams playing (although I am a Yankee fan and Pirates fan 2nd.) I have noticed after a player strikes out, the camera often shows them looking back at what I thought was the pitcher as if to say, "I'll show you next time" or "That junk won't fool me next time" or whatever you want to assume. Then it occurred to me that they could be looking at the Jumbotron to see the pitch. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 9:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Fake Irene Photo - Real Source?

This photo Damn im sexy is being passed around as Hurricane Irene and I have seen some say "Hurricane Irene coming ashore in VA" this is clearly not Virgina and I am 95% sure it is not even Irene. can you all help me find the actual source of this photo. Tin eye reverse image search did not work for me. Thanks!
posted by tgelston at 9:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Macbook Pro vs. PC?

ANOTHER mac vs pc buying mefi post...But not the usual reasons. Help? Thanks! :D [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 9:32 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I prepare myself to file for divorce?

I am preparing to file for divorce from my husband. What should I be doing before actually filing to protect my interests and make sure that things go as smoothly as possible? And how does this even work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Half-grown ear, recommendations on how to make it "normal" appreciated.

I have an half-grown right ear. Any recommendations on how to "fix" it? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 8:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Molly's face is rotting off!

Alas, Molly the cocker spaniel is back in her cone.. can I avoid a trip to the vet? And if not, what can I do in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 8:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How do barrier islands form?

Explain barrier islands to me. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:07 PM PST - 17 comments

How to Display My Website In a Google Search.

How do I get a search for my Website to display organized headers and pages like the New York Times or Mashable looks like if you type their names into Google? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Host For Photo Site?

Probably a perennial question, but stuff changes. I'm looking for recommendations for a host for a non-pro photo site. I've used Fiickr, SmugMug, and ZenFolio. I'm after a host that allows me to muck about with design, CSS and HTML, etc., but doesn't compel mr to admin servers or worry about installing security updates remotely. I can admin a server, but, you know, life's too short. Shared host is probably the best bet, but I'd look at renting a slice of a managed server. Basically, I just wanna build a site that looks like i want, upload photos, and be done with it.
posted by justcorbly at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What does medical coding have to do with Sesame Street?

Why are medical industry-seeming websites publishing all these unrelated infographics? [more inside]
posted by ghharr at 5:55 PM PST - 1 comment

How do TV channels figure out how many people watched a particular episode (e.g. XX million watched American Idol)?

How do TV channels figure out how many people watched a particular episode (e.g. XX million watched American Idol)? I often hear things like XX million viewers watched American Idol or some other show. How do the news guys / broadcasters come up with these numbers?? Surely they are not able to track what is being watched in peoples homes. So I guess this is some kind of math or projection. Any idea how this is done?
posted by r2d2 at 5:43 PM PST - 17 comments

How do you set up a new molecular genetics lab?

A question for all the molecular geneticists out there: how did you go about setting up your first lab? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

My Academic Plan

Should I continue pursuing my major even if it makes me anxious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:42 PM PST - 22 comments

How to streamline file organization?

I am trying to streamline my file organization system so I can easily search for a variety of content (video, audio, photos, text). Most of my files are in various places (surveymonkey, delicious, email, etc.). Most of my work is done on a Mac, but I do have a p.c. I am looking for suggestions and recommendations on how to create and maintain a system. Thanks!
posted by kbcreations at 2:51 PM PST - 4 comments

The loudest sound in this and every world you can think of.

As a teenager, I had some exposure to tap dance. Now I'm a working drudge in my late twenties. How can I bring tap back into my life? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to deal with screaming boss

My boss is harassing me, she has always been hyper and hateful, but this week was hell. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 26 comments

Help name my Infinite Jest blog.

Help name my Infinite Jest / vocabulary blog. [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 2:20 PM PST - 18 comments

New wireless internet

Wi-fi filter: can you help me decide how to find the best broadband connection? [more inside]
posted by kjl291 at 2:01 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make superscripts stick in iWork Pages tables?

iWork Pages is undoing my superscripts inside a table! [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

costa rica vacation advice

costa rica vacation advice? My fiance and I are leaving for costa rica in a week. Our plan is to rent a car and spend a week doing a loop around the Nicoya Peninsula: 3 nights in Tamarindo, 2 in Samara, 2 in Montezuma, 1 in Liberia, then fly back to the US. My question is: given this basic plan are either any "don't miss" items that you would suggest seeing/doing or anything that we should know or be prepared for. I'm hoping to hear from others who have done similar trips in this area and to learn from their experience. Thanks!
posted by metadave at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch

OSX security question from a total noob, involving uncertainty about interpreting messages from Little Snitch. [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Want to have my cake and eat it too.

Am I a bad person? It's recently been pointed out to me that I have HUGE abandonment and rejection issues. The guy that I'm seeing told me this - not my husband. Get ready for a bunch of conflicting information... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:13 PM PST - 38 comments

If it doesn't tell a story, my mind won't remember it. Help?

My Master's exam is coming up in two weeks, and I can't concentrate enough on the poetry to read it, let alone remember it... help? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Breaker breaker, what's your twenty?

Are there wireless radios and microphones appropriate for bicyclists to communicate with each other?? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

The A to Z of being a DMP

I'm about to become a Digital Media Producer! Awesome! Help me do really well in a role that is new to me. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 12:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Total Loss or risk it with an Extended Warranty?

Total Loss or risk it with an Extended Warranty? [more inside]
posted by Jokesta at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Help liven up a school with $1000

How would you pep up an elementary school with $1,000? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 11:06 AM PST - 14 comments

What ingredients make for great sex for you, women? Honest questioner seeks honest answers

Women, what makes a sexual experience rank high for YOU? I'm not just asking about technique, but the whole ball of wax. What makes it the best for you? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty at 10:42 AM PST - 48 comments

What To Marry People In?

I'm performing a marriage ceremony in Los Angeles this September. What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:22 AM PST - 16 comments

How not to people-please your way to relationship angst

How do those who tend to people-please stay honest with their feelings and needs in romantic relationships? I want to avoid becoming overwhelmed and disoriented after about half a year or so, which seems to happen again and again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me get my hair to look like this

What kind of product will help me get the look of this hairstyle? [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 9:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Quality and origins of the National or Ambassador brands of lamb sold in Korea?

Can anyone tell me about the National or Ambassador brands of frozen lamb sold in Korea, but from elsewhere in Asia - origins, quality etc? Anyone enough of a web detective to find more info, or can make an educated guess from what you know? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 8:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Sprouter Recommendations?

Recommendations for a sprouter? Have tried the jar method which resulted in slimy sprouts, and would like to buy something purpose-made! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Octopus's Garden

What kind of structure could be built to permit up-close observation of a hurricane? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 8:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Feel Like I'm Dyin, Never Gonna Live Again

Suggestions for a therapist in Madison, WI [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Mold on litter box in basement

After returning from a month away, we discovered green mold (or something resembling mold) growing on and around the cat's litter box in our basement. I have removed the litter box and anything else covered in the green stuff, and I started running a dehumidifier in the basement. What steps should I take to ensure that I eradicate the stuff and that my family (including a baby and the cat) remain safe?
posted by billtron at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

photo scanning service recommendation

Online Photo scanning services that ship to/from UK - does anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't need to be professional quality, they're just normal everyday pics. [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 7:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me enjoy the scenic views

How and/or can I get over my fear of (a specific kind of) heights? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

How to find a room in NYC?

NYU grad student desperately seeking an affordable room in Bklyn or lower Manhattan. She's my cousin from Uruguay, early thirties, just arrived in NYC. She's tried craigslist with no success. I am not in NYC. Where else should she look for ads? Feel free to memail me.
posted by mareli at 7:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Nanny Tax and Schedule H

Paying Nanny Tax by Schedule H of the 1040. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 7:20 AM PST - 1 comment

How Low Can We Go?

How low is too low when offering bids to buy a house? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:16 AM PST - 16 comments

What's this music?

Can anyone tell me the name of the piece playing over the beginning of this episode of 'Civilisation?' It's killing me that I can't remember it.
posted by lazenby at 5:42 AM PST - 5 comments


Identify this toy dinosaur? (yes, really.) [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 5:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Why am I suddenly more sensitive to caffeine?

I have noticed over the last week that my sensitivity to caffeine seems to have dramatically increased. Normally, drinking coffee would have no major effects except making me slightly more awake / alert you would expect. But over the last fortnight, it seems that even drinking even a single cup of coffee has become quite unpleasant. 45 minutes later i will feel dramatically over-energised and find concentration difficult and drinking a cup of coffee after dinner at 7.30 will leave me unable to get to sleep until 1:30 or 2am. Is this a health issue? Is it likely that my body will adapt back over time (I do like the taste of coffee and would like to keep drinking it if possible) or should I switch to decaf coffee or a lower caffeinated drink like tea? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 4:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Are nightmares a symptom of SSRI discontinuation?

You are not my doctor/psychiatrist: bizarre prozac/fluoxetine withdrawal symptom? [more inside]
posted by marriedtotacos at 4:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Map of big Silicon Valley companies?

How can I find a map of large high-tech Silicon Valley companies? [more inside]
posted by harwons at 2:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Hurricane advice for a friend in Staten Island

With Hurricane Irene approaching, what's the best course of action for someone still on the Staten Island shore? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 1:57 AM PST - 23 comments

Am I being flirted with without knowing it?

I have a question about dating and attraction. It's, admittedly, a little weird, but I've been wondering for a WHILE now... [more inside]
posted by Capt.DooDooFace at 1:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Statistics filter: How do I calculate the keyspace size of a password?

How do I figure out what the size of this password's keyspace is? [more inside]
posted by vmrob at 1:35 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you avoid getting physical when a kid just walks away?

How do you avoid getting physical when a kid just walks away? [more inside]
posted by Noumenon at 12:51 AM PST - 22 comments

Is observing cremation a good way to achieve closure?

My father recently had the traumatic experience of finding his brother's body. I know that the experience has been very hard for him, and he has decided to observe the cremation in order to give himself some closure. All information on the web has been uniformly to the tune of "We'll let you do it but it can be traumatic, so make sure you know what you're doing." I'm trying to advise him, and would appreciate advice from anyone who has dealt with this before.
posted by nickgb at 12:33 AM PST - 12 comments

August 26

Where's the cool expat crowd in Sweden?

Where's the cool expat crowd in Stockholm/Uppsala? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 11:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Chrome is just... broken!

I use Chrome as my primary browser, but it's been increasingly weird over the course of the past few months. The pop-up blocker is really terrible, missing tons of pop-ups that even IE has caught, Javascript stuff only works some of the time, etc. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by shabaabk at 11:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Online dating is a dud

Why doesn't online dating work for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 PM PST - 39 comments

Who took this picture of Ingrid Bergman

Who took this picture of Ingrid Bergman and where can I obtain either a print or a print-worthy high-res copy?
posted by waxboy at 10:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Can some people only hear harmonies?

My friend never seems able to sing melodies but always accidentally harmonises. Is this as rare as I think it is? [more inside]
posted by joboe at 10:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Make me a gentleman!

How do I be a better boyfriend to a girl that wants chivalry? [more inside]
posted by this one is danny at 9:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Night Flight RULED!

Help me find this creepy short film from the 80s I saw on Night Flight! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 8:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Trading GM Card rewards for groceries

GM Card credit card rewards. I have nearly $700 in these card rewards. They've actually have maxed it out at $2000 until September 6th. Is there any way to redeem these besides buying or leasing a new GM car? What if I bought one and resold it -- even if I could do it, that's crazy, right? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Where are you owner of lost wallet?

I found a young man's wallet today and tried to find some information, such as an email address or cell phone number, so I could contact him. No luck yet. [more inside]
posted by perhapses at 8:33 PM PST - 12 comments

New "Starfield"?

Has anyone made a solid, stable, fancier, and Windows 7 compatible version of the awesome old Windows XP "Starfield" screensaver? [more inside]
posted by Esefa at 8:20 PM PST - 9 comments

CatFilter: Help me figure out what this cat toy is so I can buy another.

Mom bought me a totally awesome cat toy that my cat loves. Of course, I am a doofus who stepped on it while I was moving and now it's broken, and I can't figure out where to buy another. It's manufactured by Hartz, but my usual Google-Fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by loudguitars at 7:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Oh, so THIS is why they say not to mix money and friendship....

How should I deal with a friend who owes me money and is (apparently) avoiding contact? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Use of gas stove if power is out?

Storm preparation: if we loose power, can we use a match to ignite a top burner on a gas stove (instead of the electric igniter)?
posted by Kevin S at 6:34 PM PST - 27 comments

How concerned should I be for my family in New York City?

How concerned should I be for my family in New York City? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 6:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me make a list of restaurants

Bay area foodie goes to NY for a week--which restaurants do I need to visit? [more inside]
posted by Suciu at 5:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Big Girl Biking Panties?

Velo girls, help! Where can I find well-fitting, breathable, non-bunching underwear for biking? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the most comfortable road bike pedal system?

What's your recommendation on clipless pedals for knee comfort? [more inside]
posted by straight_razor at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Restoring data from a wet LG phone

My son got his LG VX9200 phone wet. As in the bathroom, caught some spray from the shower, not under a constant stream or submerged. This morn, he turned it on, and now he only gets the Verizon screen...then flashes to all gray. and repeats that. The googlefu says put it in rice for a day to get the moisture out. It been in about 6-7 hours and no miracle cure. We are prepared for the fact he might need a new battery, or at worst a new phone, but the direst question he has, is will they be able to restore all his contacts/textx/messages? I thought Verizon did this for me once, they say "maybe", but he is convinced he has lost everything. tl:dr? Is there a way/a hack etc to get back the data off his phone?
posted by timsteil at 5:29 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do with a very small inheritance? Low-income complications.

What to do with a very small inheritance? Low-income complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Making pasta: must I use boiling water?

Must I boil water to make pasta/rice? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 4:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Advice for the n00b Apartment Manager

What should I know about being an apartment manager in California? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 4:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Gimme shelter

Where in central PA/NY might be unboring to wait out a hurricane? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 4:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Best respirator for winter cycling?

What's the best (okay, a good) respirator for bicycling through winter inversion? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Fix mah hair!

Please help me decide how to cut my bangs (or otherwise banish this pernicious hair from the front of my face). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 3:54 PM PST - 18 comments

iPad offline GPS Nav app for Europe?

iPad offline Europe Nav for walking / public transportation? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 3:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Skim reading

Does anyone have any suggestions on skim reading? I am having trouble working out how to do it without reading the whole article. This is for University studies. Thanks V
posted by Veronica78 at 3:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Infinite tattoo?

How would you represent DFW's Infinite Jest in tattoo form? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 2:31 PM PST - 32 comments

What kind of job for a physics graduate willing to travel?

What kind of job could have a physics graduate willing to travel? I have recently graduated and I'd like to move and work in another country for an undetermined time. [more inside]
posted by Fillus at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments

help me make my donation more skim-proof

A canvasser signed our family up to make regular contributions to Planned Parenthood. How can I tell how much of our donation is actually being received by PP? [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Health saving account

Best direct to consumer HSA? [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Fried motherboard frying psu's?

Is my motherboard fried, and frying power supplies? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Scripts from CS2 dont work with CS5

Scripts written when I had Photoshop CS2 arent playing nice with Photoshop CS5. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

A diagram is worth a thousand words

I need to learn more about making effective diagrams to communicate complex design ideas to coworkers. What are your resources for information design for representing systems, rather than raw data/statistics? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder at 1:22 PM PST - 12 comments

What's worth seeing outside during a London to Seattle flight?

In a few hours I'll be flying from London to Seattle. What should I keep an eye out for (outside)? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis at 12:56 PM PST - 13 comments

to to buy or not to buy a house now

Do you think that buying a house right now is a good move or is it extremely risky? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 12:39 PM PST - 24 comments

On bread alone?

I know someone who has been quite healthy for 20 years on a diet of nothing but plain spaghetti and chocolate milk (and occasionally meat once every few weeks). He has been to doctors and dentists and has no health problems or vitamin deficiencies, has perfectly straight teeth and no cavities. How is this possible?! [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 12:33 PM PST - 44 comments

Durable, simple mechanisms to make noise from pressure

I'm making a set of sound sculptures which will make noise when stepped on. Please help me brainstorm simple, durable noise-making mechanisms. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 12:15 PM PST - 10 comments

What San Francisco specific mobile apps should I put on my phone?

Which mobile applications are a must have for someone moving to San Francisco for the first time? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to live in Mel Gibson's apartment in Conspiracy Theory

What is worth stocking up on? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 12:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Who are the inspiring leaders who aten't ded?

I'm out of the loop. The first I heard about Jack Layton and Paul Wellstone and John Smith was when they died. Help a working mama out: who are the inspiring leaders who aren't dead yet? Obviously I skew Anglophone in my language constraints and bleeding-heart liberal in my politics, but I'm interested in hearing about anyone anywhere who seems compassionate and competent... so far.
posted by rdc at 11:44 AM PST - 25 comments

i need a database!

[Python/database filter] I wrote a script in python for a class and I want to challenge myself now to make it attached to a database... [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find an awesome laptop within my budget, please.

LaptopFilter: What is the best value laptop I can get with a $500 budget? Bonus: Graphic Design capabilities. [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me help my dog get into bed.

What's the best sort of step object(s) to put at the foot of the bed for a smallish dog to use to get into a tall bed? [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 11:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find this comic!

I saw a comic online a few years ago; it featured a man surreptitiously putting nicotine patches on his girlfriend so that she went into withdrawal when she wasn't with him. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Publishers like Library of America and the Pléiade?

Both the Library of America and the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade publish handsome, authoritative texts in uniform, built-to-last editions (with or without extensive notes), and being selected for publication in either is seen by many as affirming the author's place in the canon. What other publishers do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by villanelles at dawn at 10:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Icon stand it anymore!

Help! Windows keeps shuffling my desktop icons. [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Do we want to use Ustream for streaming video and taking questions?

I am working with a non-profit organization who wants to stream video of talks with the ability to take questions live, via chat or some equivalent. Do we want to use something like Ustream? What else do we need to know? I am not sure on numbers, but there would potentially be at least a few hundred viewers. [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 10:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Lesbian couple wondering what to be for Halloween!

Lesbian couple wondering what to be for Halloween! [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 10:18 AM PST - 56 comments

What are some great snacks/foods for childbirth and labor?

What are some great snacks for labor? The baby is due in a couple of weeks, and we're getting ready for the (natural) birth. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 10:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Death in family – should I postpone my wedding?

We were going to elope to Las Vegas in less than two weeks, but my sister just passed away. I didn't have a close relationship with my sister. Is the timing of the wedding bad? [more inside]
posted by zosime at 10:08 AM PST - 21 comments

Trying to recall a book from my childhood

Trying to recall a book from my childhood - "The Travelling Globe/Hourglass" Picture search style but not childish at all, very intricate possibly Victorian-themed artwork picturing different scenes from afar but in great detail - circus, city [more inside]
posted by mangoprawn at 10:00 AM PST - 6 comments

small hot tub that runs quietly?

I want to put a hot tub on my townhouse patio. To have any chance of getting the HOA's ok for this (and to be a decent neighbor,) I will need to show that the hot tub's machinery won't be noisy. Does anyone have a hot tub that runs quietly (the smaller, the cheaper the better -- portable is preferable) that you'd recommend?
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Finding each other sans cell phones in CDG

Please help me find the perfect place to meet up with my mother in Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport, specifically in or around the TGV Railroad station there. [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

And guest?

How do I RSVP to this wedding shower? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 9:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Touch of class in New Orleans

After dining at Commander's Palace in New Orleans next Friday, what's a classy bar that we could visit? Bonus points for gorgeous wood bars, good cocktails, and minimal crowds.
posted by little_c at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

What's wrong with this leaf/tree?

Posting for a friend: Why is my tree sick? [photo] [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 9:01 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get curtains for a large odd window arrangement

Are there like curtain engineers or something? My house has a very tall vaulted ceiling with windows going all the way up and in the late afternoon the room is completely not usable because of sun. [more inside]
posted by cmm at 8:53 AM PST - 14 comments

I need love.

How do I adjust to not needing affection and validation all the time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Should I Panic Filter: Maybe I doubled up, maybe I didn't.

YANMD, but you might be a pharmacist: How bad is it if I may have accidentally taken twice my normal daily dose of Verapamil? Do I need to worry? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:35 AM PST - 9 comments

How to write a thank you card in spanish?

Spanish Translation: Help me thank my awesome neighbors! [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

My doctor is leaving me. Should I follow?

My doctor is leaving me. Should I follow? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 8:20 AM PST - 21 comments

iPod Touch/iPhone guitar/mandolin tuner app recommendations.

iPod Touch/iPhone guitar/mandolin tuner app recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Critical Mass, city-riding, here I come.

What to expect for my first Critical Mass? First real city ride in general. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:01 AM PST - 21 comments

Display multiple Google Tasks lists at once?

Gmail/Todolist filter: Is there a way to have Gmail display multiple (collapsed or expanded) tasks lists at once? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Deep Woods Ill Communication

Recommendations for walkie talkies/two-way radios for hiking? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Which WiFi-enabled Digital Photo Frame?

I'm looking for a digital photograph frame for my parents that will connect to their WiFi network and which I can upload photographs to. [more inside]
posted by alby at 6:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Dad Life, Swagger Wagon and ???

I recently discovered a couple of videos (Dad Life and Swagger Wagon) that are hilarious to me, being the quintessential suburban drone that I am. Can anyone recommend similar stuff to me? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm drooling just writing this post

BostonCookiesFilter: I once had the most amazing cookies ever from some bakery/pastry shop/cookie place in Boston. Can you help me find them?? [more inside]
posted by at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

iTunes Connect bank: which routing number / code?

My iPad app has been approved, but my contract is still pending in iTunes Connect. Status is "Pending Bank" for a week and more. I'm wondering if I'm supplying wrong bank info for routing number / SWIFT code. What to do? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 6:38 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm lost and can't find my way home!

We are having trouble entering our home address into our Magellan GPS Unit. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 6:02 AM PST - 12 comments

What makes a motorcycle friendly for beginners?

What makes a motorcycle friendly for beginners? [more inside]
posted by kag at 5:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I let a bad paper with my name on it be presented at an academic conference?

How concerned should I be about a mediocre paper I co-wrote being presented at a conference (by a classmate I despise and distrust)? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 5:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Knowledgebase recommendations

Knowledgebase software recommendations needed - what software are you using to maintain a knowledgebase for your customers? [more inside]
posted by ralan at 5:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Most influential short stories and novels in terms of style since 1950?

Which novels and short stories, from any genre, since WWII, have been the most influential on prose style in "literary fiction"?
posted by shivohum at 5:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Searching for the right Winter Coat...

I'm about 5'4'' - 5'5'' and want to buy the right length coat. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 4:59 AM PST - 9 comments

"Halo is like, 8 million Pongs"; help me find something to illustrate how far computers have come.

"Halo is like, 8 million Pongs"; help me find something to illustrate how far computers have come. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 4:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Search by lyrics in Mac iTunes

Is there a program that will automatically add lyrics to my MP3 files, and/or let me search by lyric, in iTunes for Mac? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 3:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you trust internet review sites?

Which review sites you trust best? Homemade looking ones or professional looking ones? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 2:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Infectious hallucinations?

What would be the best way to create an infective agent that caused hallucinations? I was thinking a virus that modifed serotonin to psilocin - but how exactly would this take place in the cell, and how would a hypothetical virus catalyse that process? Is it realistic for a modern virology lab to design such a virus? I considered a bacterial vector, but I figure that bacterial infection of the CNS would probably just straight-up kill you due to the host response? Perhaps a bacterial species that just hangs out in your gut and squirts out psilocin that it synthesises itself, rather than having to methylate free serotonin? I know a fair bit of biochemistry but not much at all about microbiology, if that helps guide your explanations.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 2:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it okay to surprise my best friend at the airport?

Would it be inappropriate to surprise your best friend at the airport who has been on a long international flight? She'll be arriving alone in Abu Dhabi from Toronto this evening. We haven't seen each other in about five months. See further details below: [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 at 2:31 AM PST - 19 comments

$1K Windows Gaming Computer

What is a good choice for a reliable light gaming computer for $1000? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 2:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Of cakes and counts

I run an online cake contest (link in profile) with a judging panel. Is my scoring methodology the most efficient/accurate? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:02 AM PST - 2 comments

August 25

Popcap Science Game

There used to be a game, I think made by Popcap. It was all sciencey and you matched colored elements together to get a high score. It was Bookworm era. Anyone know the name of that game?
posted by Catarax at 10:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for Yama.

Help me find a shrine for Yama in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by tracert at 10:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Professional videochat site

I'm doing a kickstarter art project in which I paint portraits over videochat. I've been testing and demoing primarily with Google Hangouts, which allows mute observers, but I'd really like to be able to have a permanent address at which I can meet subjects and observers. I need to be able to allow multiple users in, but have all but two as observers, or at least the ability to focus on one user. It also would help if you didn't necessarily need to have a google+ account, or a skype or an AIM account, or any particular OS or browser, beyond having a webcam and mic. It should also be free to use, although I might be willing to pay a little to keep the url permanent. The ability to record would be a plus, but I can always use a screencap program to do that. Does anyone know if there's a good client or site that fulfills these needs, that's a little classier than camwhoring? Any experience with tinychat - would it work? Or would you be up for developing something?
posted by limnrix at 10:04 PM PST - 4 comments

help my neck feel better!

Sore neck, shoulder and arm from slouching in front of my computer. Any tips on making myself feel better? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 9:33 PM PST - 18 comments

How would I go about building a dual 12 inch Sub enclosure with deep heavy hitting Bass ?

How would I go about building a dual 12 inch Sub enclosure with deep heavy hitting Bass ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks at 9:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Help be burn my blazer and buy some new duds

Where can I find clothes suitable for business that are not the usual blazer or suit? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 9:14 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm ready. And you're ready. It's my job! To freeze you!

My friends and I are raising the cash and surprise-preserving our friend's decrepit chihuahua who will (most likely) be put to sleep soon. Help me find the best facility or company to freeze-dry/preserve my friend's dog. [more inside]
posted by kumazemi at 9:06 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I get the rights to make a play into a film?

I want to turn a short play into a short film. If completed, it'll be a low-budget affair seen at a few festivals and hopefully online; the play was first performed in 1990 and the playwright is still alive. How do I go about getting the rights to film his play, or see if I can even think about affording it?
posted by BoringPostcards at 8:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help me understand contemporary dubstep culture!

I would like some information about the current state of dubstep. [more inside]
posted by Frobenius Twist at 8:03 PM PST - 13 comments

How to Maximize My Chances for a Job a Year From Now

My wife will begin school in Boston in the Fall of 2012. I've got a great job in Chicago right now. What's my best bet for keeping this job as long as possible, while locking in a new job in Boston for when we move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Course proposals and other things that go bump in the night.

Have gotten invited to be part of an academic research center. Will you tell me if I should approach them with the biggest proposal I would complete in three years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How long must I wait?

Is it reasonable for it to take over a week for my doctor's office to get back to me about an MRI? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt at 7:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Corporate Trademark Registration

How difficult is it to register a corporate name for trademark purposes? We are just reviewing the Government USPTO "trademark electronic application system" TEAS and they recommend hiring an attorney to assist. Is this necessary or is it really possible for a common person like myself to navigate through this whole process. I am really leary about hiring a Lawyer as I have had a bad experience in another situation for a patent where I was charged lots (more than 5k of money for forms and little real contribution).
posted by kmurray24 at 7:11 PM PST - 10 comments

She liked the movie Constantine, but to me John Constantine is late eighties Sting.

Recently introduced my generally-not-graphic-novel-reading sweet babboo to Sandman and she was quite taken with it. I suggested she might also like Hellblazer, but I have read so little of the series I wouldn't know where she should start if she wanted to pick up a collection or two. Suggestions? Bonus if you help me get into Swamp Thing from the Moore years, [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Time to put on the big girl panties.

Ladies undergarments filter: I want to invest in good quality lady's undies that are not too frilly but also well made and will be comfortable. Do these exist? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:00 PM PST - 47 comments

What is this painless bump on my lip?

I have a painless bump on inside of lip? It has no head, it's not discolored, and is not filled with any kind of fluid. What IS it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Earliest check in at London Heathrow?

I'm on a 6.25am flight - London to Frankfurt on BMI. When should I get to Heathrow to check in? 2 hours before, as asked, even that early in the morning? Ow ow ow.
posted by cromagnon at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Shave your beards already

It's no longer the 1950s out there. Why are celebrities as obsessed as politicians with managing their public family lives? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:53 PM PST - 25 comments

Waiting by the phone...for my landlord?

How do I keep my sanity while waiting for a phone call from my maybe future landlord about whether or not I get to rent her house? [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 5:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Name this book...again

Yet another name-that-SF-book-question [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 5:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I don't need help quitting smoking, but I have actors who need to look like cigarette fiends.

I need recommendations for an e-cigarette to use as a prop. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to keep quilts when not in use?

What do you do with your heavy quilts or coverlets at night when its too hot to use them? I'm looking for alternatives to my current tactic of leaving them piled on the floor. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 5:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Connect Damn You

Issues connecting to a wireless network. I have one particular laptop that cannot connect to a specific Wireless network. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 4:52 PM PST - 9 comments

CPA / Accountant / Lawyer with Tax please!

Accounting/Law Filter - How to study Tax Law? and other accounting courses? [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump at 4:32 PM PST - 1 comment

Where can I get the body workout without the soul workout?

Where in NYC/Brooklyn can I find a beginners' yoga class that isn't all frou-frou chakra namaste blahdeeblah? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Where's were now?

Are there any other modern examples of "were" from the old english meaning "man" apart from "virility" and "werewolf"? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Pissed off owners?

Housesitting a stinky house... How to deal with the owners? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:56 PM PST - 33 comments

Glass stuck in mug

Drinking glass stuck in coffee mug and won't come out. Help! [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 3:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Motivation-Free Vegetarian Meals

Would you suggest some motivation-free vegetarian meals? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 3:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Hit Me

Please give guidance on indoor/outdoor punching bag [more inside]
posted by jbradley at 3:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a structured jacket!

So, I watch TLC's What Not to Wear quite often and they always recommend wearing a structured jacket even with casual wear. I'd like to try it, but it's more difficult than it seems. First, I really don't want to pay more than $100 and a lot of the jackets I see online are more than that. Also, I'm an attorney and I do have a lot of suit jackets, but somehow wearing a suit jacket with jeans seems wrong. Like the suit jacket is too formal for jeans. So any advice about finding a relatively inexpensive casual structured jacket would be appreciated. Or if you successfully wear a suit jacket with casual wear let me know about that too. I am female, mid-thirties, and a size 10 or 12.
posted by bananafish at 3:18 PM PST - 30 comments

Silence is golden. Or is it?

I'm the (frustrated) aunt of two children who don't obey. How do I gently tell my perfectionist sister that her "discipline" is not working? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 3:17 PM PST - 54 comments

I'm inflexible regarding timing of acquisition of a flexible nib pen.

Where can I buy a Noodler's flex nib fountain pen now? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Where in the USA do I get a small run of circuit boards made?

I'm in the USA and need to make a small run of circuit boards for a project that will most likely save my bacon, or at least allow me to pay the rent on time. :) [more inside]
posted by luckynerd at 3:04 PM PST - 13 comments

The yoga studio wanted my picture. I said no thank you.

The yoga studio wanted my picture. I said no thank you. Can you help me sort this out? [more inside]
posted by uhom at 2:24 PM PST - 46 comments

FCC approval

How much does it cost to get a cablemodem/router FCC approved? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Non-profit organizations in different countries

Are there more non-profit organizations in "capitalist" countries than "socialist" countries? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Would I be trespassing, or just taking care of business?

Neighboring house is vacant, lawn unkempt. Would it be bad for me to mow the lawn and trim the hedges? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 1:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Landlord stealing security deposit - how can I get it back?

Owner of vacation rental not returning security deposit so what are my options. [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 1:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Tell you what I am gonna do for you

Name that scam: NYC high-def camera lens edition. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 12:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find a place to sit.

Can anyone ID this chair? [more inside]
posted by cusack at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

"Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting different results every time."

How does one remain determined and confident in the face of repeated failure? Need help retaining my "original mind". [more inside]
posted by identitymap at 12:32 PM PST - 20 comments

When to have Baby #2?

When to have Baby #2? (Welcome to my personal/professional snowglobe.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Organized Activities in Florence, Italy?

My family is traveling to Florence in October. This is not our first Florentine rodeo, so to speak - we've done a lot of sightseeing and exploring on past visits. This time, we thought it might be fun to delve a little deeper and take a class (cooking?), workshop, special organized tour, etc. Four adults, fairly foodie, up for anything that isn't too physically strenuous. Any MeFi "Been There Done That" recommendations?
posted by nkknkk at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Therapist recommendations in Alexandria, VA?

Can you recommend a therapist (Cognitive-Behavioral) in Alexandria, VA? I suffer from agoraphobia, so distance is an important factor.
posted by juniper at 12:19 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I make a printable map with points and labels?

How can I make a printable map with about 2 dozen points clearly labeled? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 12:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Trying to track a British comic strip from late 50s/early 60s

My "Rosebud" moment. I have dim memories of British childhood comics (50s/60s) which would seem surreal/acid influenced today. Elements I can remember are some (all?) stories being set in caves/caverns with large wasp-like flying predators and candy cane sweets hanging from the walls. The central characters were definitely not human, i.e. they were cartoonish. Can anyone suggest things to help me look on google or more information? [more inside]
posted by epo at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Best driver's education video we can watch online?

1. Best driver's education video we can watch online? 2. In one sentence - single most important thing you learned in driver education class? [more inside]
posted by cda at 12:03 PM PST - 60 comments

My trip to see my favorite band sucks

I planned a trip to NYC and now I don't want to go. Should I go anyway? Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Online resources for SharePoint 2010 Analytics?

Any good online resources for SharePoint 2010 Analytics? [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 11:54 AM PST - 1 comment

Everything But Light?

Looking at star Swift J1644+57 being eaten by a black hole, NASA animation shows jets of energy shooting out. I thought nothing could escape a black hole, not any form of energy . So how and where are the relativistic bursts of gamma and xrays going
posted by CollectiveMind at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Who Don't I know About?

Help me make the most of my Spotify mobile account! I need some recommendations along these lines: Melodic or moody rock, with an epic feel and poetic lyrics, along the lines of Angels and Airwaves and 30 Seconds to Mars. [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 11:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Sister (joists) are doing it for themselves

How hard is it to "sister" floor joists or is it something a reasonably skilled home handy man/woman could do without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find this video

1. Is this real (picture of a man making his french bulldog "wave" at the camera behind Wolf Blitzer on CNN)? 2. Can you help me find the video?
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How should I reschedule my flight around Hurricane Irene?

IreneFilter: help me reschedule my air travel plans from DC to Reno on Sunday morning. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 11:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Nervous for a first date after red flag, please hope me!

Got a first date tomorrow. Yay! Red flag came up in first phone conversation last night. Boo! New to online dating, and dating in general really. Tips? [more inside]
posted by Ceci n'est pas un sockpuppet at 11:22 AM PST - 25 comments

Seven Deadly Sins/Heavenly Virtues

Looking for personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Heavenly Virtues in television/film, visual arts, literature, etc. [more inside]
posted by levijk at 11:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to move for a job in west/central NJ?

Moving from Seattle to west/central NJ. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by yukonho at 10:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Stupidity or self esteem?

He says it's poor memory and stupidity. I say it's low self esteem and insecurity. How to tell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM PST - 20 comments

I need a non-ugly desk chair.

I practically live at my desk. Where can I find a simple yet comfortable desk chair that looks good too? Probably black. Preferably armless. Under $200. Recommendations PLEASE! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

how do i solve this convoluted problem?

physical health & mental health, 'secret' boyfriend, and my family... what do i do? [more inside]
posted by zazie at 10:31 AM PST - 41 comments

How do I find focus in deciding a career?

I cannot concentrate on one single career to follow. Is this a by-product of too much information, or not knowing who I am and what my abilities are? [more inside]
posted by raintree at 10:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Why do act this way with my sister?

Why do feel so negative towards my sister at times? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 10:07 AM PST - 22 comments

Name that Sci-fi Novel: Time Travelling Russians + Advanced Human Intelligences

Trying to remember the name of a sci-fi novel that involved time travelers. I *seem* to remember there was an organization dedicated to keeping the space-time continuum in order, and that organization consulted with human intelligences along the timeline, including vastly advanced human intelligences that basically weren't human anymore. [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic at 9:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Where should I look for a simple nice man's wedding ring?

After ten years of constantly losing my wedding ring for hours to days, I think it's finally gone, so I need to get a new one. I want simple, unadorned hoop of some non-reactive metal (platinum?), but the real question is: where is the best place to get a no-nonsense ring at a good price? Local jeweler? Online? Anything but a mall Zales outlet?
posted by mathowie at 9:36 AM PST - 48 comments

How can I get my dog to stop snapping when she thinks her treasures are being taken by another dog?

Does anyone have tips for dealing with dog-dog resource guarding? [more inside]
posted by rachums at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Do any UK car insurers take US driving experience into account?

Do any UK car insurers take US driving experience into account? [more inside]
posted by piato at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Speaking of anxiety...

Speech class anxiety, help! [more inside]
posted by sock puppy at 9:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Is consulting for me?

Management consulting for lawyers. Is there any path for early mid-career lawyers (5-10 years out) in management consulting? Is management consulting for me? [more inside]
posted by yarly at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Straight girl, but scared of boys

I'm a straight female, I think, but I'm terrified of dicks. And for the past few months, I've been wondering if I'm gay, but the thought scares me. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:18 AM PST - 43 comments

Hot movies in powerpoint

Videos in powerpoint - I find that videos in powerpoint cause the computer to run hotter that the same videos in Windows Media Player. Confirmation bias or is it something else?
posted by notned at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I salvage squirrel-ravaged peppers?

Can I eat peppers that have been gnawed by squirrels, or will I die of rabies? [more inside]
posted by brina at 8:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Help Us Go Somewhere Warm!

We have a week off in late February/early March and will be desperate to get out of cold and gloomy Michigan and go somewhere warm for a little while. What's a good destination for us that won't come with a catastrophically expensive ticket? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:32 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I manage all these heavy boxes?

Ideas for packing for a climate controlled storage unit? [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Good venue for a Brooklyn bachelor party.

[BrooklynFilter] The best man has tasked me with finding a gentlemen's club for my friend's bachelor party. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Shape-based transliteration between alphabets?

Is there a name for the practice of transliterating between alphabets, but doing substitutions based purely on shape, not sound? e.g., Я becomes R, З becomes 3, И becomes N... [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Beautiful fermatas in pre-1920 classical music?

What are some of the most beautiful fermatas in classical music? Moments where the music stops, hangs - before finally resuming. Looking for pieces that were composed before 1920.
posted by Marquis at 7:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Necromancers, please hope me!

We've got two months - help me put together the most badass creepy halloween seance ever! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I teach myself something when I don't even know what I want to learn?

I think I need to learn about time series analysis. My statistics background is so mediocre that I'm not even sure this is the thing I actually need to learn. How far in over my head am I? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Finishing the Finishing of a Basement

Previous owners of our house began the process of finishing the basement. I'm thinking about completing the job. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 7:25 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I become an archivist?

I think I would like to become an archivist. What sorts of things would I need to do to become one, and what sorts of jobs where are out there for archivists? Are there any hidden traps/unexpected downsides to being an archivist that I should look out for? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 7:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me feed my kid!

What to send as a daycare lunch for a one year old? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:40 AM PST - 18 comments

"Ladies and gentlemen, let's get this over with!"

Seeking the hive mind's advice on best practices for running a comedy open mic. Or, maybe I should call it a Mostly Open Mic. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 6:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Maybe we'll legally change to Mr. and Mrs. Surname and be done with it.

I'm getting married, and we're discussing the issue of last names. For those of you who didn't opt for the standard lady-takes-guy's-last-name route, how did it affect you? Did you hyphenate? Make a new last name? Just keep your old names? What last names will your kids have? How do you feel about your decision now? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 6:11 AM PST - 111 comments

Dear Sophie..

As a father of two little snippers and inspired by a recent advert for Google in which emails are sent to a gmail address detailing a childs life to look back on in future years - how good a way is this to create a multi media archive for posterity? Is it possible to archive entire gmail accounts offline for backup? Concerned that the various external HDs I use to backup will fall apart in the sands of time.
posted by numberstation at 5:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Give me a followup to Rome

Looking for follow-up TV series and movies to Rome. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 4:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Most Time-Efficient Way to Discard Kitty Litter?

Most Time-Efficient Way to Discard Kitty Litter? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 4:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Shoes that don't pinch my toesies

Help me find mens dress shoes with enough room for my toes. Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 4:46 AM PST - 4 comments

To charge or not to charge...

Any advice about restaurant soft openings? [more inside]
posted by slimceagirrl at 3:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Masquerade, pretty faces on parade...

The end of year party for my work has a masquerade theme. What sort of mask can I make that will work with glasses? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 3:18 AM PST - 10 comments

My parents are being pushed out of their current rental apartment in Northern Virginia and need to locate a new rental by the end of October, but their circumstances are challenging and I need advice on how best to assist them.

My parents are in their 70s and are on a fixed income– a fairly low fixed income– and were forced to declare bankruptcy last year due to significant medical bills. These medical issues also made it difficult for them to maintain their household, resulting in an accumulation of dirt and debris that has forced their current rental complex to issue a polite but firm eviction notice. I am attempting to relocate them much closer to me so that my family and I can provide regular assistance to them, both financial and day-to-day, but they've already been rejected by two rather modest rental complexes (including one at which they previously lived for 25 years). To complicate matters, my mother is in a wheelchair and needs an apartment with few or no barriers (stairs, hills, etc.). Moving them into my home is not an option for a variety of reasons. I'm trying to locate a rental apartment somewhere in Northern Virginia and at this point would take anything. Can anyone tell me where to turn?
posted by Jamesonian at 3:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Injured in Florence and need crutches

Knee injury in Florence, Italy. Need crutches. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 at 2:41 AM PST - 6 comments

The last goodbye - what are the greatest goodbye scenes of all time?

The greatest goodbyes - I'm looking for great film goodbye scenes. Help me collect them all! [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 2:02 AM PST - 58 comments

August 24

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ gay man?

How do I plan & embark on a RTW trip as an HIV+ man? I'm about to turn 25 and thanks to healthcare legislation I've been given a small window of time to travel unencumbered by the fear of loosing health insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Where do we go to 'get away from it all'?

Perfect beach getaway for a couple in early October? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 10:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for the perfect LSAT watch.

I'm searching for the perfect LSAT watch. Does anyone know of a purely analog watch with vibrating alarm function and rotating bezel? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay at 9:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Whither a space opera wilt not wither?

What's the best venue to submit a politically tinged left-leaning science-fiction short story? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Office pool ideas for Rugby Wold Cup

Our workplace is considering an office pool for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Looking for suggestions for formats. [more inside]
posted by Metro Gnome at 8:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Which hybrid car advertisement is this?

Help me find this hybrid car commercial. It's from the past five years, and features flowers that pop up as the car drives along. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles at 8:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Why are round the world tickets so complicated??

How do you plan a round the world ticket for one year of travel? And what the heck counts as a "segment"? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 8:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Mystery Plant?

A friend sent this picture of a strange plant that he is trying to identify. He found it growing at his campsite almost underneath a tent that he had left up. He has asked a lot of people if they know what it is and no one has identified it yet. The closest anyone has come up with is that it might possibly belong to the same family..Monotropaceae.. as Indian Pipe. He said that it grew in relative darkness under the edge of the tent, probably had next to no water, and sprouted during the heat of August. The location is near Julian, CA about an hour's drive from San Diego, and the tent site is in a tree-shaded canyon high in the Cuyamaca Mountians at 4000 ft. Any ideas?
posted by archaic at 7:41 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't want to be fired for looking at my facebook.

Internship filter: I've recently started a several-month internship. There is really no work for me yet-- I've been told that in the next few weeks, it will pick up, but as of now I'm basically being given busy-work that doesn't need to be done. How can I deal with this situation? Can I leave for a better job? [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 7:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Dealing with a fallen tree

Ontario StormFilter. Neighbour's tree came down causing property damage to us. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the best/best value computer speakers going right now?

What are the best/best value computer speakers going right now? Maybe "semi-portable" ones? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 7:16 PM PST - 5 comments

There's a lot of Kevin Smith interviews... I need a specific one

LazywebFilter. I'm looking for a recent, and specific interview with Kevin Smith wherein he talks about how he kept saying he wanted to be a filmmaker, and his decision to actually make a movie. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:09 PM PST - 7 comments

I never thought I'd yearn for Aunt Flo so much...

Due to stress, my period has disappeared. I'm caught in seemingly neverending PMS. Is there any way I can summon my period back? Or at least mitigate the symptoms of fatigue, hunger and feeling so emotional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Home/mortgage shopping: Any recommendations ofr "Title Examination/Closing Agent" or title insurance provider?

Bank wants us to specify title examination/closing agent and title insurer along with our mortgage pre-qualification app. The bank will kindly provide these if we have no preference - do we have a preference? Any recommendations? This is in Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh NC USA. Application form is due tomorrow, along with this information. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 6:31 PM PST - 7 comments

I am depressed and need some help, but don't tell my clients.

Having a depressive episode. It's affecting my work. I am seeking professional help. How do I handle my own lack of productivity and responsiveness at work? Complication: I am a lawyer in a solo practice (just me, no secretary, no paralegal, no nothing). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:30 PM PST - 15 comments

The Mother of All Whole Oat Groats Questions

F@cking Oat Groats! How do they work? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 6:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Sci-fi short story with giant blobs on jungle planet?

Yet another sci-fi short story identification... this one about a jungle planet inhabited by giant destructive protoplasms. But it's *not* "Parasite Planet". [more inside]
posted by j.edwards at 6:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me pick a word processor too!

Another "What program should I use for writing in the humanities" question. I'm considering Mellel + Bookends, Scrivener, LyX, or just keeping my LaTeX, which I know is weird because I'm writing in the humanities. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 5:37 PM PST - 13 comments

How long does fresh salsa keep

Homemade salsa with vinegar in it - how long will it keep? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 5:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get 7 on Digital TV?

I have a Digital Set Top Box I bought from Dick Smith. It picks up all the digital channels except for 7, 7Two, and 7Mate. I've tried rescanning, and it just says 'program unavailable'. I live in the center of Sydney, and my reception is usually fine. Is there any way I can get these stations?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

How often does your dog pee?

Dog needs to pee: I need a solution so I can leave my house for more than 6-7 hours. [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy at 5:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Getting to Toronto from New York on a Saturday morning

Alternative routes to Toronto for the Buskerfest. I'm in New York, I want to leave here early on Saturday morning. The trains are booked, the coaches take 13 hours and the planes are far too expensive. Can I get a train to somewhere else that's not too ridiculous, where I can change to get to Toronto? The Amtrak lady wasn't very helpful on the phone. Is my only hope a late bus (or late train) on Friday night? :(
posted by omnigut at 5:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I take this job just to be able to have a job with the Federal government?

I'm interviewing for a job with the Federal government that is far below the qualifications I have. What to do if I get an offer? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 5:02 PM PST - 25 comments

out of site, out of mind

Is there a program that will let me keep a bunch of windows open but pushed out of sight, so I can work with a relatively blank taskbar but not have to re-open everything when I'm done working? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 4:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I maximize my recovery from laproscopic sugrery?

How can I maximize my recovery from laproscopic surgery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I communicate with a person in HR who's been a bit misleading?

How do I deal with H.R.-related courtesy shenanigans? Are these even shenanigans? I'm not very experienced with H.R. departments, so I've come to you, oh hive mind. [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 4:04 PM PST - 9 comments

I need delicious syrupy goodness

I am in Oakland. This weekend, for brunch, I want a delicious waffle with good syrup and fresh fruit and whipped cream. Help me find one? [more inside]
posted by brainmouse at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments

What is great and useful windows 7 software?

I'm a new windows user. Recommend awesome software for me to try. [more inside]
posted by Winnemac at 3:39 PM PST - 29 comments

Bait 'n Switch

I either need to drop it or get a lawyer. Tell me which one. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 3:16 PM PST - 32 comments

Recommend books and films with a medieval setting.

Help me find books and films with a medieval setting. [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 2:44 PM PST - 44 comments

How do I find the will to live again?

What is the best advice you've ever received after a painful break-up? [more inside]
posted by twinA at 2:19 PM PST - 84 comments

maybe i should just get a vcr

i recently sold my wii and need to replace it with something i can watch netflix (and stuff) with. recommendations? technology overload. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 2:17 PM PST - 33 comments

Merit badges for grown ups?

I was a Boy Scout as a youth. What similar opportunities – for personal, skill, and leadership development – are there for adults? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 2:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Ringworm?! Are you flipping kidding me?!

Talk to me about ringworm -- our cat has it. This is a first for me. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 1:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Need support cutting down on pot and booze withou giving them up altogether.

I'd like to halt my unhealthy (for me) pot and alcohol habit without completely swearing off either substance. Is this do-able? Are there books or Portland, Ore., groups that can help me with this? How can I stick with this plan when all of the people I'm closest too are daily users of one substance or the other? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 15 comments

with a friend like this...

My friend wrote something shitty about our friendship in a major publication! How can I rationalize the fact that the friendship is over and stop feeling sorry for myself about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:56 PM PST - 31 comments

short story about a composer, a marine biologist and middle C

I'm trying to track down a short story. [more inside]
posted by garlic at 1:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Jiminy cricket!

Jiminy cricket! - a friendly cricket is stuck inside an apartment and keeping me awake- how can I catch it? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 1:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me get out of Windows boot loop purgatory

Why is Windows 7 rebooting during boot? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

sseeking help

Can you tell me how to get an .ss (South Sudan) domain name? Do you have any experiences getting one? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 1:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Deposits and decreased value

TX landlord filter. Can I charge against a deposit for decreased lifespan of carpet when I'm not actually replacing the carpet yet? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

EH ?

Wang Liao ? In the middle of the Sahara ? I think we should be told ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 1:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Installation of combination light switch outlet

I have a former light switch that I want to convert to a combination plate where the switch toggles power to the accompanying outlet. However, there are some details that leave me uncertain whether or not this can be accomplished without a certified electrician. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 1:19 PM PST - 8 comments

When will I get a break?

How should I deal with job search depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Can has physical coordination?

How can I train myself to become less of a clumsy oaf and more physically coordinated? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Panoramic maps of Los Angeles

I'm trying to find samples or collections of Los Angeles "panoramic" or promotional maps. Not birds eye view maps, but one's that tend to be from an angle, often with exaggerated features. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 1:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Good custom lapel pin maker in Manhattan?

Does anyone know a good place to have a custom lapel pin made in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 12:56 PM PST - 1 comment

As we have a short life.. we have limited resources

Getting over the fear of committing time and money into a relationship if we aren't promised it will stand the test of time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Do GPS blockers work?

GPS blocker devices are widely sold. Do they really work? [more inside]
posted by reacheround at 12:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for software that saves copies of mp3s with new ID tags.

Please point me to software (hopefully free, but not necessarily), that will allow me to turn out an mp3-"mixtape." In other words, something that churns out copies of mp3s that are all tagged with the same "Album" name, but keep their unique artist and song tags. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 12:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Tarzan graphic novel.

Help me find this Tarzan graphic novel. Degree Of Difficulty: I can't remember the date of release, the name of it nor the author's name. [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

How can a good writer establish a basic online writing career?

What's the next step in online freelance writing beyond sites like A friend wants to quit his retail job in order to write about 20-30 hours a week while going to school. [more inside]
posted by pekala at 11:47 AM PST - 5 comments

I may be a dream-killer, even if it's better for our family

My husband is about to get offered his dream job, close to his family. I don't want him to take it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 44 comments

Should I drink?

I'm a male student in my early 20's. I've never had a drink of anything, but now I'm coming off of the medication (for a physical illness) that was stopping me. My mom's family is full of alcoholics, and I have some hints of addictive tendencies myself. I'd like to start drinking. Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:44 AM PST - 37 comments

Communicating with difficult people. Sigh.

How do I keep a conversation open and moving forward when the other person tends to shut down? [more inside]
posted by angab at 11:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Addicted to My Couch!

What makes you leave the house? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 11:35 AM PST - 43 comments

How do I best make sense in buying a car?

My current vehicle is in it's death throes. This is my first time buying a car. How can I minimize my debt load and ensure I am making intelligent decisions throughout the purchase? I'm in America... [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin at 11:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Identify this fabric

Do you recognize this fabric? [more inside]
posted by meghosaurus at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Etiquette Filter: Hosting a kindergarten birthday party.

Etiquette Filter: Hosting a kindergarten birthday party. [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Owie itchie hot hot hot

What kind of chain should I get for my pendant to minimize irritation to my sensitive skin? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 10:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me pick out a bicycle

I want a bicycle for fitness and a biathlon here and there. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a casual hobby but I don't want a bike that only lasts a season. What type/brand of bike should I buy or what should I look for in a bike for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 10:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Mad Magazine for children?

What are some magazines like Mad that are suitable for an eight-year-old? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for good PC gaming headphones

What are some good PC gaming headphones in the $50-75 range (and available in Canada)? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I get rid of my password?

I have Prey installed on my MacBook Pro to assist with tracking my laptop if it's ever stolen. My question is... should I still have a password? If I want the best chance of finding the laptop, wouldn't I want the thief to USE it and log onto a WiFi network to assist with locating it? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 9:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Out going yet Socially Awkward around romantic interests.

Socially Awkward around women [more inside]
posted by snow_mac at 9:28 AM PST - 19 comments

How screwed am I?

I am a US citizen who has been living and working in Canada for the past 10 years. I have not been filing tax returns to the IRS since 2001. [more inside]
posted by happy scrappy at 9:26 AM PST - 45 comments

Simple(?) youtube scripting question :: private to unlisted

Looking for a way to automate youtube video uploads as unlisted. [more inside]
posted by tip120 at 9:10 AM PST - 1 comment

LGBT filter: What's the upside?

What's the upside to being LGBT (specifically, the crossdresser part of the T)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 32 comments

Why am I never proud of myself?

I am a generally happy person, however I am never happy/proud about my grades or accomplishments. I frequently beat myself up over them. Why? What can I do to change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Dusting Off the Ol' Slide Rule

What are the best math instructional sites, resources and (especially) tools for graphing and math visualization these days? [more inside]
posted by richyoung at 8:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Just Gmail

Can I have my Gmail (Google App account) logged in without Google signing me to every service and tracking my every move? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm getting steamy!

Tell me about steam cleaners. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 8:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Make three webservices play nice.

I have a website with the domain registered via namecheap, and the hosting via NearlyFreeSpeech. The setup works fine for static content, but I'd like to get a tumblr blog that can be reached via my domain. Is this possible with this setup, or is the best I can hope for a link from a site hosted online? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

I need help with an automated script

I need a script that opens a webpage, takes a screenshot, saves it to a file on a network. It has to run every two hours. I've been playing with AutoHotKey but I am not really sure what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Lego event for teen youth group?

I'd like to create a fun, team-building event for my synagogue youth group (grades 8-12) revolving around the use of Legos. Any ideas on where to find pre-fab instructions (or a qualified, not-astronomically priced expert) for such an event? This idea was inspired by the Lego Serious Play site, but that seems way to business-speaky to be used out of the box. I'm thinking 90 minutes worth of building, with about 15 teens.
posted by ericbop at 8:21 AM PST - 2 comments


Katzenfilter: How can I make the second cat selection process easier on first cat? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:19 AM PST - 11 comments

What high-paying post-grad degrees/fields pay well? $75k+

What high-paying post-grad degrees/fields pay well? $75k+ [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 8:18 AM PST - 30 comments

Cast Iron Skillet Fish Recipes

I seasoned my new cast-iron skillet! Now I need some recipes for fish to pan-sear or otherwise cook in my cast-iron skillet (stovetop or oven). I've got fish to fry, people! [more inside]
posted by cashman at 7:58 AM PST - 15 comments

What SEO software would you recommend for a small business?

SEO software suggestions for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust at 7:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Brown well water after earthquake

Our well water is brown after the earthquake -- should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by tckma at 7:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Ideas are more powerful than weapons. If we wouldn't let the enemy have weapons, why should we let him have ideas?

Where can I buy reasonably priced reproductions of these Soviet propaganda posters? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 6:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Oh no, I see a darkness. Oh no, I see a darkness. Oh no, I see a darkness.

The parents kicked me out for being gay. What can I do now to make sure I stay emotionally healthy, and how do I deal with my complicated feelings surrounding this? Has anyone else been through this? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 6:41 AM PST - 69 comments

Anything else to be done with this clogged toilet/shower?

What to do with my clogged toilet/shower? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Hospital Visits Can Be Fun, Right?

My girlfriend is going to be spending the next week in hospital- nothing too serious, but definitely a little frightening!- and I want to spend a lot of time hanging out with her, looking after her and making a boring time a little bit fun. What are some things we can do to pass the long hours? [more inside]
posted by Philby at 6:28 AM PST - 23 comments

Solid wood desk that will hide my computer tower

I'm looking for a nice computer desk. But it seems like all of the good ones either assume you have a laptop or iMac or that you want your tower to be on display. I'd like my computer tower hidden away in a cubby with adequate ventilation, the ability to do some cable management, and a door on the front. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 6:27 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the best way to poke a hole in a leather watch strap?

I have several watches that I wear that all have leather watch straps. With a couple of the watches, my ideal placement for the hole in the strap is actually in between two current holes. What is the best method to create a hole big enough to use? I have tried a sharp turkey skewer to poke a hole in it, and while it pierced the leather, it didn't leave a hole large enough to easily go through every time. I have thought about a leather punch (which i guess is used for belts?) but that would be way too large. Suggestions?
posted by dbirchum at 5:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Foreign Earned Income HELP

Need Foreign-Earned Income help: I'm a Consultant working in Iraq... [more inside]
posted by bbhart113 at 5:17 AM PST - 6 comments

ISO Denver/Boulder area hiking recommendations

Please recommend a few excellent hikes near Denver/Boulder. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 4:58 AM PST - 6 comments

I really wish Australia had Radio Shack.

I need a basic landline phone recording lead like this. I might not have enough time to order one online. Can I make one myself? How would I do that? (Bonus question: Where can I buy one in Sydney?) [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 4:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting electrician to fix questionable work

We had an electrician do some work on our house, and we're not happy with it. What do I need to ask for to make sure it's fixed properly? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 4:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me make my saw sing.

What songs would sound amazing on a musical saw? [more inside]
posted by maca at 4:19 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find this horror manga

In the early to mid-90s I got a volume of translated horror manga out of the Amherst College library, and I would love to find it again. Sketchy details inside. [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 4:03 AM PST - 8 comments

That's not who you think it is

I'm writing a novel that's based on an event very, very similar to something that actually happened to a real person in my local area. Will I be in trouble if anyone actually reads it? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 3:59 AM PST - 16 comments

safety in mexico city

Travelers of Latin America! Help me understand the current general safety/travel risk in Mexico City relative to other places I know well (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Lima, and Tacna/Arica). There's a lot of news about what's going on in the north but I know less about the DF and how it measures up - in statistics or "feeling" - against other areas. Do you know the DF and one of the other areas? What should I know? Mostly, this is to help my mom feel better about the idea of my visiting for 7-10 days. [more inside]
posted by n y my at 3:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Could it always have looked 13.7 billion years old?

Why does the observed fact that the universe is expanding necessarily imply a Big Bang? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 3:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me rewind Audacity when in the middle of recording (please)

I am recording a list of names on Audacity. Usually, when I go wrong, I know I've gone wrong. I'd like to be able to rewind to where I was about to go wrong and re-record over the wrong one, rather than adding a new version of the name after the wrong one then going back later to cut out the mistakes. So the ideal: "Peter, John, Rabbit" [rewinds to end of John] "Robert, Paul ... " and I end up with a tape saying "Peter, John, Robert, Paul ..." rather than "Peter, John, Rabbit, Robert, Paul ..." [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 2:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Thinking on paper?

I urgently need a way to deal with a colleague at work. [more inside]
posted by gorcha at 2:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Single-click Android app for time tracking sought.

Single-click Android app for time tracking sought. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 1:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Atom Annoying

Is the number of atoms in the universe static (or as near dammit)? [more inside]
posted by liquidindian at 12:26 AM PST - 10 comments

August 23

Birth Control Filter: I think the pill might be lowering my sex drive. How can I tell and what I can I do about it?

Birth Control Filter: I think the pill might be lowering my sex drive. How can I tell and what I can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Slang Lingo?

I have a friend who has been looking for a song with a line: When I was sixteen the American dream was not a thing of the past He thinks that it was a New Wave song from the early 80s. He's gone through old mix tape liner notes (tapes themselves are long gone) and thinks that it may be "Slang Lingo" by the Puppies but there's virtually no trace of that song on the internet.
posted by The Lamplighter at 10:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Inspiration images for map-based artwork

Can you suggest some inspiration pictures for artwork involving old maps? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 10:14 PM PST - 9 comments

File sharing from an old Mac to iPhone

I have an old MacBook (purchased in 2007) running OS X 10.4.11. I have a new Verizon iPhone running 4.2.10. Is there a way I can share/send a PDF from my MacBook to my iPhone without Internet? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy at 10:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Finding someone for the job

What I have: a domain name and an idea for a simple website. What I need: someone to update the content a few times a week. [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 9:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Art Supplies Online?

Can anyone recommend decent places to buy art supplies online? [more inside]
posted by zazzles at 9:23 PM PST - 15 comments

What should I prepare for an audition?

who knows some good monologues for men? [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 9:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Is all affiliate tracking software shady and gross?

I'm seeking a recommendation for a non-shady tracking/reporting tool for affiliate sales and ad network performance. [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 9:15 PM PST - 1 comment

Wasn't there a guy keeping track of predictions?

I seem to recall a site run by some guy that noted pundits' and analysts' forecasts. If an analyst said Vista was going to flop, this was the type of site to record that. I think I saw this site mentioned a couple years ago on daring fireball, or perhaps waxy. It definitely had the "claim chowder" vibe.
posted by Monochrome at 9:14 PM PST - 9 comments

I know Pandora wants to make money. Should I give it to them?

Is the Pandora One subscription worth the money? -or- How do I get rid of the ads? [more inside]
posted by JV at 8:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Who designed this dress?

Who designed the dress Shalom Harlow is wearing in this NSFW picture?
posted by Trurl at 8:47 PM PST - 5 comments

There's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes

[Sydney Filter] Where in Sydney can I get my leather shoes repaired/resoled at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 8:31 PM PST - 10 comments

I hate that I'm asking for chick flicks, but I'm asking for chick flicks.

I'm looking for more movies like Amélie. Specifically: cute, quirky, hopeful, and romantic movies that leave you sighing happily at the end and aren't corny. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 8:22 PM PST - 107 comments

What is it?

At the corner of 2nd Street NW and H Street NW in Washington, DC, there is a large, rectangular tower painted to look as though it has a window through it with a view of the Capitol. What is it, and why is it there? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 8:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Quinoa [and not (too?) much else] Bars?

Can you help me devise/do you already have a recipe for healthy YUMMY quinoa energy bars where most of the fat/calories/etc are the contribution of the quinoa? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 8:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I get some suggestions for a high school film club?

Can I get some suggestions for a high school film club? Something novel and new for them, something with creative/gimmicky cinematography and storytelling, something they would not go out and watch on their own, yet something they would still appreciate... [more inside]
posted by Elagabalus at 7:39 PM PST - 53 comments

MacBook Pro + Monitor vs. MacBook Air + Monitor

Hello all! I'm headed off to college (second semester) in a short bit and I'm purchasing a new computer. I'd like to buy a 13" MacBook Pro or Air and an external monitor. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 7:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Give me movie recommendations where the main character "wants it all". (money, sex, health, etc)

Give me movie recommendations where the main character "wants it all". (money, sex, health, etc) [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo at 7:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Canadian volunteering in the USA. (When) should I stay and (when) should I go home?

Canadian volunteering in the USA. (When) should I stay and (when) should I go home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

When to start job hunting

I am going to quit my job and move back home to Canada with my husband. My targeted quit date is 12/16. When do I start looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that film -- in isolation

Name that movie filter: Parents have decided to raise their children (at least 2 daughters, maybe a son) in total isolation from the modern world. It's a fairly dark tale, I heard it reviewed on NPR sometime this year, but can't remember the title. Anyone?
posted by arniec at 6:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Dealing with roommates?

How do I deal with feeling isolated in my own home? Kind of a long story. [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 6:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Cool audio software for OS X + guitars.

Please recommend generative/reactive audio software for OS X. [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Concrete overlay on existing laminate counter / improving dull cabinets

Please help me remodel my beige/offwhite plastic-looking kitchen ... on a shoestring! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Help Human Resources help me

My company's HR department screwed up my application for an internal position. How should I handle it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Does growing up with or without cats really affect how people feel about them as an adult as much as I think it does?

Do most people who grow up without cats hate them? Is it at all common for people who grow up with cats to then hate them as adults? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 5:15 PM PST - 85 comments

Movies Featuring Successful Women

I'm trying to compile a list of movies about successful women, bonus points for entrepreneurs and business owners. [more inside]
posted by lohmannn at 4:28 PM PST - 37 comments

Need to replace laminate countertop

Most people want to salvage the laminate, I want the opposite. I have a bathroom vanity that is 50"x22" with sink. Three sides have tile on them as backsplash. How do I remove the laminate without wrecking the plywood underneath? I've heard soaking it in tolulene or lacquer thinner or acetone works but wouldn't that soak the wood as well and swell/ruin it (The acetone would evaporate quick though)? I used to be a floor layer so I'm thinking heat. Would a seam sealing iron work? It's basically a flat rectangular iron that can go from low to very high heat. It's safe to use on underlay so I assume plywood could handle it. I don't care about salvaging the laminate top. I just need to put a new one on and I heard that sanding and putting laminate on laminate is asking for trouble. Although I have contractor friends that with the owners permission have used liquid sandpaper and put it on existing laminate and have not had problems, 5-10 years on.
posted by penguinkeys at 4:28 PM PST - 13 comments

It's probably because I'm delicious

Last weekend in New York State, I got about 200 insect (ie, mosquito or fly? I don't know) bites on the same night. It's been 9 days and they're still bothering me- in fact, they're getting worse. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Am I screwing with my health through constant laptop use?

Am I screwing with my health through constant laptop use? [more inside]
posted by delight at 4:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Where in Milwaukee can I take a Tiffany Portfolio watch to be appraised/sold?

Where in/near Milwaukee can I take a Tiffany Portfolio watch to be appraised/sold? [more inside]
posted by hafehd at 3:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Metallum Extremum / Metal and Latin

Why do so many extreme metal/doom/dark ambient bands have such an affinity for Latin? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape at 3:51 PM PST - 19 comments

Reason for Gadaffi collapse

I should be more plugged into the news, but at the beginning of the summer the story in Libya was stalemate and now I see fighting in Tripoli and the apparent collapse of the Gaddafi regime. What happened militarily to break the stalemate?
posted by Fiery Jack at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Vague music video identification

Vague music video identification: Circa 2000ish. Electronic music. Very heavy on motion graphics and visual design. About a day in the life of a guy going to work. [more inside]
posted by pooya at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I try Visual Studio?

SharePoint filter: Hitting limits with SharePoint Designer; Should I dive into Visual Studio? [more inside]
posted by hotelechozulu at 3:25 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I stop being jealous of my sick friend?

My friend is sick. Really, truly ill. How can I support her while constantly dealing with my broken-brained issues regarding body image? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 3:15 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I tell if someone is lying about their brain cancer?

Are we party to someone else’s delusion and/or scam? I am concerned that a colleague of my husband’s is so mentally ill/needy that she has invented a lethal illness; and now this deception/delusion has spread to involve many other people. Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:12 PM PST - 62 comments

Is emotionless sex the norm in one's early 20s?

A girl I dated(ish) for a few weeks dumped me because she wanted less emotion in the relationship(-type-thing)/the sex. This, and the ensuing discussion, has shaken my confidence in finding a compatible match... Do most young 20s women prefer less emotion in a relationship, and see sex as a physical, recreational activity? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 3:10 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to watch my Sox in Texas?

Hey Austin TX! Know of a bar that shows Boston Redsox games on the TV?
posted by TheCoug at 3:02 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best car share in Philadelphia?

Want to get rid of my car in Philadelphia, but foresee occasional car needs. What's better, PhillyCarShare or Zipcar? [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin at 2:28 PM PST - 8 comments

What's different about a corporate interview (if anything)?

What should I know about interviewing for a corporate job that I don't already know from interviewing for public sector/public health jobs? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Garlic, the cross, holy water, silver bullet and best of all --

Prevent browser/page hijacking - Safari 5.1? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 2:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Dealing with a harsh comment from a superior at work.

Though I can be broodish and moody at home at times, I keep it in check. People at my workplace find me enjoyable and fun to work with. They find me humorous. I have friends there. Today, one manager out of the blue from another department told me "You are the most negative person I know." I told her in an even tone "That is not too nice a thing to say, you know?" She just rolled her eyes and laughed and said "You're a downer…like Eeyore". Context: She sort of glides from department to department with this air of superiority and says edgy things to people in a joking-but-not-really way. Many don't find her funny. I let her get to me as it cut me deeply. Real deep. Before that I was in a zen mode all day and at peace. How do I deal with interactions with her in the future as I can't change her and I secretly think she likes taking jabs at people. (moderate sociopath?) She is higher in the chain and is liked even higher up as a hatchetwoman and I don't want to be rash with something I might say back. I wish I could buy Thick Skin on ebay or something. Thanks for your answers. (If it matters, I am a male.)
posted by snap_dragon at 1:47 PM PST - 49 comments

Supersaturated salt solution help, please.

How do I make a 6M NaCl solution? It Won't Go Into Solution. [more inside]
posted by oreonax at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Post-interview thank you, but no thank you, thank you note

What to say in a post interview thank you note - when you aren't the right guy for the job... [more inside]
posted by klarck at 1:39 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I walk more quietly?

My neighbors complained to me (in a polite, reasonable way) about me walking too loudly. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by oranger at 1:20 PM PST - 40 comments

Looking for childfree love in all the child loving places.

Dating filter: The women I tend to feel most connected to pretty much all want to have children. But I don't. Or at least, I mostly don't. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 49 comments

Multi-platform task management

I am looking for a simple task management application with web, iOS and Android clients. I need something that allows tasks to be shared and/or assigned to other people. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Scuba and Snorkel on Same Boat Trip?

Looking for a Maui company that will do Scuba and Snorkel on the same trip - any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bkhahn at 12:38 PM PST - 3 comments

What does a virgin need to know for the first time?

I'm probably going to lose my virginity in the next few weeks. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 54 comments

An honest job if I can find one

That question about following up after an interview. [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart at 12:25 PM PST - 14 comments

At the crossroads

My family and I are at a crossroads where we will soon have the flexibility to change our life to whatever extent we want. How do we decide? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 12:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Awesome Adultish Adventure Games for iPhone/iPod Touch?

Seriously awesome adventure games for the iphone/ipod touch? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 11:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Google Calendar and recurring events

I have two calendars in Google Calendar. One of them has a recurring event. How do I move a single one of a recurring event to the other calendar without changing the whole series?
posted by dubadubowbow at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

How to dim LEDs on electronics?

I'm looking for a way to dim LEDs on computers/electronics without completely darkening them. [more inside]
posted by PCjabber at 11:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Which retail store near me (e.g. Best Buy) is the biggest?

There are 4 Whole Foods / Best Buy / Retail X stores near me. How can I find out which one is the biggest? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

So "Rock"=Wild & "Party"=Crazy, or...

Has an evaluation been made of the dichotomy between what is implied by the term "wild" in the line "You drive us wild" and what is implied by the term "crazy" in the immediately following line "We'll drive you crazy" in KISS's "Rock And Roll All Night?"
posted by herbplarfegan at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Worth it to throw myself on the mercy of the court?

Just got a ticket for misuse of a turn lane. Any point going to court to contest it or try to make a deal? (YANML) [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 11:11 AM PST - 14 comments

I fork you, I really do.

Can you please help me figure out some issues regarding Github? [more inside]
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I mend these torn garment linings?

Small tears in the linings of wool coats and dress-pants. How can I go about mending these in a functional (but not necessarily pretty) fashion? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

New Lens or Flash? dSLR for stage photography.

New Lens or Flash? -- Stage, low-light photography. [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom at 10:54 AM PST - 28 comments

set top box to attach to a monitor for airport style display?

What sort of set-top box should I connect to a 47" monitor to display an auto-refreshing webpage/webservice vertically? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 10:30 AM PST - 11 comments

What do I need to know to fill in the gaps?

Looking for books and articles on programming, design patterns, information architecture, and whatever else. Clear information on Things To Do and Things To Avoid, with a smattering of theory and opinion, would be great. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 10:29 AM PST - 5 comments

How long will (canned) pickled jalapenos last?

How long should the contents of a can of pickled jalapenos last in the fridge? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Let me edit that for you, kids

I want to be the guy who helps kids get their papers into shape at a college writing center. How do I find that path? Are you or have you ever been that guy? What's it like? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:25 AM PST - 20 comments

I seriously don't know how to do this.

A question about etiquette for freelance designers: [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Anger management techniques

What is anger management therapy like? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me be less bitter

I'm extremely bitter about my situation living at home with my parents and caring for my relative. Please help me be less bitter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM PST - 31 comments

Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia?

Recommendations on marriage counselors in and around Philadelphia, PA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Moving to Kauai

What should we know about living on Kaua'i? [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Brooklyn Wholesae Beer and Wine Distributor for Wedding?

I am getting married in two weeks in the Prospect Park Picnic House in Brooklyn. My fiancee and I are providing the alcohol (two types of beer, a red wine and a white wine and a glass of champagne for a champagne toast). Does anyone have good recommendations for a local business that we can buy in bulk from and have them deliver the alcohol to the Picnic House on the day of the wedding? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Stressful Day Holiday Daydream

Thinking about a break in the springtime, somewhere in Europe, somewhere cheap with stuff to do. Is this an impossible dream? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

What sound is this?

What is the percussion used in this performance by Vox Vulgaris? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Locating a purchasable TouchPad

Any ideas for obtaining an HP TouchPad? I've been incommunicado since the beginning of last week and I missed HP's "fire sale"... What saith the Hivemind: still possible through some relatively unknown channel or fuggedaboudit?
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 9:45 AM PST - 17 comments

M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling vs M.S. Gerontology vs M.A. Education

Which degree would be my best bet--an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, an M.S. in Gerontology, or an M.A. in Education? I'm especially wondering how good the job prospects will be in California, and how much stress and interpersonal conflict I would be likely to experience. [more inside]
posted by aphorist at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Travel in northern europe during Christmas?

Travel in northern europe over Christmas: insane, or eminently reasonable with minor hiccups? [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 9:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I buy a sleep apnea CPAP/APAP machine in Canada or the US?

Should I buy a sleep apnea CPAP/APAP machine in Canada or the US? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor at 9:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Flying Through a Hurricane

We're supposed to fly from JFK to MCO on Sunday evening. Except now there is a hurricane. What's our best course of action? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 8:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Who'd say no to an exciting adventure? My husband.

How can my husband and I balance my dream job (in Asia) with his not-quite-wanting to go? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 8:45 AM PST - 44 comments

The shortest programming distance between one and infinity?

What is the shortest possible program (in any well-known programming language) that will count up indefinitely and display the output as it's counting? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 8:31 AM PST - 80 comments

Visa debit card consumer protections

Who pays the fees on a Visa debit card (when used as a Visa); and when used as a Visa, do standard credit card consumer protection laws apply, or the much weaker debit card protections? [more inside]
posted by pla at 8:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me be a good friend to a grieving family in need, please.

A friend is about to pass away. Please help me be as supportive and helpful as possible for her husband and young daughter during the next few months. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:56 AM PST - 27 comments

What's this recurring occasional sharp pain in my ribs?

Maybe once or twice a year for as long as I can remember, I've had a short-lived sharp pain at a certain spot in my ribs. It doesn't seem to be related to anything else going on with my body, once it stops I'm not sore, and I have no idea what it is or why it happens. Is this a thing people are familiar with? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:46 AM PST - 35 comments

Do you have to have your greencard to apply for union membership?

Bricklayers: Can illegal immigrants join your union(s)?
posted by Ys at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for simple reading on academic theory of "Other"

I have a friend who is teaching a freshman college class, and who is looking for a good but relatively simple and clear reading to introduce his students to diversity issues and particularly to the concept of "Other" and "Otherness". [more inside]
posted by jb at 7:35 AM PST - 13 comments

which spa room fixtures help a cold

I'm feeling sick with a typical cold. Slight fever, sore throat, stuffed up nose. I have access to a private sauna, steam shower and hot tub. Given that I don't need to worry about exposing anyone else, would any of or combination of these help alleviate the symptoms?
posted by ShootTheMoon at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I play it?

Is my Mac laptop's screen resolution sufficient to play Civilization IV? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Awesome notebooks, I wish I could quit you, but I love you too damn much.

Please help me find spiral notebooks that are bound at the top and have thick/heavy covers. Details within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 6:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Therapist for Couples Work in Switzerland

Seeking English-speaking therapist for couples counseling in Lucerne, Switzerland. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 6:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me find a front pocket wallet?

Can you help me find the perfect front pocket wallet? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 5:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Can you give any recommendations for accommodation in Cavallino Italy?

Can you give any recommendations for accommodation in Cavallino Italy? Best place to stay that suits a couple? We're going to be travelling from the Venice train station..and I found Cavallino in a search for good beaches to go for a few days. Other cool of the beaten path gems, restaurant etc. there? Any advice would be great!
posted by talljamal at 5:08 AM PST - 0 comments

DSLR vs point and shoot in full auto mode

Will a quality - but not necessarily top of the range - DSLR produce better photos in full auto mode than a compact point and shoot? How much better?
posted by puffl at 4:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Name this data management job!

Need this quick: what is this technical / data management position called? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a way to automagically improve the sound of downloaded bootlegs?

Does software exist to automatically improve the sound of music recordings, similar to the auto-adjustment features of photo-editing software? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 4:05 AM PST - 8 comments

trying to automatically click items on a webpage. but how?

trying to automatically click items on a webpage. but how? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 3:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Miss Manners in the workplace?

"I'm sorry boss, but that's simply not possible"? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:35 AM PST - 52 comments

Seeing Europe, One Weekend Away At A Time

Help me figure out the best way to see Europe on a budget during my seven months there. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 2:04 AM PST - 16 comments

What brand of sunglasses is this?

Help me identify this pair of sunglasses? [more inside]
posted by naskar at 1:15 AM PST - 11 comments

A simple customizable Wordpress theme?

I would really like a simple Wordpress theme where I can customize the header image, and change the colors to anything (backgrounds, fonts, links, etc). Something simple. I'm even willing to pay for it. Any ideas or tips? Thanks guys.
posted by stlboi at 1:13 AM PST - 13 comments

What is a good oil/soap for pierced ears?

I am looking for a good ointment or oil to help keep my 5/8" gauged pierced ears soft and healthy. I also am looking for a decent mild soap to cleanse them with on a daily basis. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what is the best of both to use and where to get them?
posted by gsuboy2000 at 12:24 AM PST - 8 comments

How should we work with our new property manager to avoid further misunderstandings?

How should we work with our new property manager to avoid further misunderstandings? (Many snowflake facets below.) [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo at 12:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Themes for Google Chrome

Could you guys recommend me some good themes or sites for getting good themes for Google Chrome? [more inside]
posted by forsukssake at 12:05 AM PST - 1 comment

August 22

Message in a bottle

What would you ask your grandparents/family to record in a message to your future? [more inside]
posted by mcav at 11:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Timing of connecting international flights within the US

Connecting international flights in the US -- apparently airports in America don't do 'sterile transit'? I may have to fly back to Canada at short notice, and I've never transited through the US (in the trip I'm looking at, SFO). [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Droid Calendar Dropping Appointment

Google Calendar to Droid Calendar dropping event: Overlapping events show correctly on both Win 7 Outlook Calendar and sync'd Google Calendar. But from Google Calendar to Droid Calendar, only one event appears on Droid if 2 events are scheduled for the same time. [more inside]
posted by Feisty at 10:37 PM PST - 3 comments

"The world is full of bastards, the number increasing rapidly the further one gets from..."

Road trip questions! A friend and I are taking a road trip between the 17th and 25th of September from Minnesota to Portland, OR. Neither of us have much experience with the first half of the trip and would love some suggestions on hikes and other things not to miss in theBlack Hills, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone and Missoula. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 9:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Time to move my .oz of AU

Best place to sell an ounce of gold in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 9:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Is it a bad idea for my terminally ill grandmother to go to the USA for 48hrs?

My dad and I are thinking of taking my 85yr old grandmother on a road trip. She was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer last Thursday and decided on Friday that she doesn't want to go through treatment. She does, however, want to see her sister, sister's kids and grandkids one last time. However, they live 1,300KM away in a mid-sized Mid-West city in the States while we're in Toronto. We'd like to make this visit happen for grandma, recognize all the risks inherent in trying to do so, and would like to hear the stories/experiences of anyone who has done anything similar. Relevant details below the fold. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by dismitree at 8:47 PM PST - 23 comments

Roof storage security

Multi-part questions about the security of the roof-top luggage box I just installed on my car. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 8:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Homestay in India.

Are there any home-stay accommodation in either Rajasthan and Varanasi for around 500 INR per day? Staying with a local family is something I look forward to on my trip.
posted by LittleMissItneg at 7:45 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I eat a low-carb diet that satiates me, doesn't make me lose weight and leaves my skin clear?

How do I eat a low-carb diet that satiates me, doesn't make me lose weight and leaves my skin clear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

What color was the sky millions or billions of years ago?

What color was the sky millions or billions of years ago? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 7:16 PM PST - 7 comments

After - Dinner Brandy n00b

Liquor Question - The boyfriend and I want to get into after-dinner brandy. We are complete noobs. Any tips on what kind of (affordable) brandy to get and any tips on the best way to drink it (mixers, etc) would be greatly appreciated.
posted by AngryLlama at 7:05 PM PST - 22 comments

How to keep cockroaches from coming home with me in my bag?

How do I keep cockroaches from coming home in my overnight bag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 17 comments

bacon with black specks? Safe?

Can I eat this bacon? picture I'm concerned about the black specks in the fat. Safe or not, what is it? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 6:40 PM PST - 25 comments

What is a second masters degree worth?

What is a second masters degree worth? [more inside]
posted by Medw at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Bi/hetero male-dom erotica?

Novel length male-dom, hetero or bisexual BDSM erotica? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 6:20 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you come back to a profession you barely started?

I went to pastry school five years ago. I was seduced away from the bakery by good money in an office job. Now I've ditched the office and have been working retail -- and just got a retail job in a bakery a month ago. I've been working in the back a little and making inroads there; now I'm baking 2/5 days a week. I feel patisserie calling me, but how do I get my confidence in the kitchen back? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 5:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Different Maps

What are some good alternatives to google maps?
posted by coffeefilter at 5:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Music calms the angry peon.

I found this awesome don't-snap-and-kill-people music. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 5:48 PM PST - 54 comments

Will the welcoming committee don white hoods and burn crosses?

How's life in Lancaster, PA for a non-white person? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 5:43 PM PST - 19 comments

2 dimensional auto stich in-camera?

Are there any consumer digital cameras that can stitch photos in-camera creating a horizontal AND vertical panorama at the same time resulting in a relatively square image as the result? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommendations for simple CMMS software?

Recommendations for simple CMMS software? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 5:18 PM PST - 0 comments

Donald Duck in Disappearing Cartoon?

Help me find an old Donald Duck cartoon. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I see a doctor?

Antibiotics filter: A few months ago, I took Clindomycin for a tooth infection. One of the potential side effects is Clostridium difficil, a type of colitis. Now I am sick and worried that it might be connected to the Clindomycin. Should I be worried and go to the doctor? Gross symptoms inside. [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial at 4:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Can an electrical outlet be "weak"?

Our 11 year old refrigerator stopped getting cold enough (42 to 48 degrees). It's done this before and we've replaced parts. This time I decided enough and replaced the unit. Now this new LG refrigerator is doing the same thing. I've had a tech come out and they replaced the board with all the pertinent parts and it still isn't getting colder. But I've plugged in our old unit in the garage, where it is cooler, and now it's at the correct temp. Is it possible that it can be something to do with the electrical outlet? Wouldn't the service guy have had something to test that?
posted by miramy at 4:40 PM PST - 13 comments

What epic book should I read next?

What epic book should I read next? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:37 PM PST - 76 comments

Good movies about weddings

What are the best movies about weddings?
posted by tessalations999 at 4:35 PM PST - 30 comments

Being forced to pass a failing student

Asking for a friend: My boss is pressuring me to adjust a failing student's grade upwards because the student is from overseas. I don't think it's fair to falsify grades. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 4:28 PM PST - 52 comments

what to stock bathroom with?

Pregnant Ladies! When you go you shopping, or running errands, or to the restaurant, what are things you wish you could bring with you but you can't, as far as personal items? what is your fantasy public bathroom stocked with? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 4:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Best Mandarin in SF?

Good evening Chinese classes in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw at 4:07 PM PST - 0 comments

The high school keeps cell phones overnight. How can I convince them that's a mistake?

The local high school confiscates cell phones for 24 hours -- and that makes me crazy. How can I craft a solid argument for their return to students when school lets out? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 4:04 PM PST - 42 comments

Music for the voracious infovore?

I really like music that inspires me to jump up and...go read Wikipedia (or a dictionary, for that matter)! Bands that have produced the sort of thing I'm talking about here include Rasputina, Phideaux, and (to some extent) They Might Be Giants. Help me find more of this particular brand of awesome in the musical realm! Special bonus points if they can actually play their instruments well. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 3:59 PM PST - 32 comments

Selling $3m violins for a friend...questions on the topic..

A friend of mine is looking to sell two extraordinarily valuable violins (in the 3+ million dollar range). I think he's hoping to sell it privately to avoid the huge cut the auction houses take, and he's suggested that if I can find him a buyer, he'd be happy to pay a finder's fee of some sort. So two questions... [more inside]
posted by sdis at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Heels for the uninitiated girl?

Being mostly a t-shirt and jeans type of girl in Southern California, I usually wear flip-flops or chucks. But when I go to a nice event I do want to do it up, so ease me into this business of heels! [more inside]
posted by xtine at 3:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Alternative to Adsense (little text on site)

I have a sort of photo sharing website that breaks content up by category. There is not much text on the site, and we've been rejected by Google AdSense on that basis (not enough text). I'd like to find an ad network that will let me supply keywords (e.g., we have a gardening section, so we could sell space for gardening ads on those parts of the site) instead of scanning the site for them. Can anyone recommend an ad network that might do this?
posted by bagadonuts at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Slip covers for speaker cabinets?

How/where to order custom protective fabric sleeves for a pair of speaker cabinets? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Constantinople cash carrying

Where can I buy a money belt in Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse at 2:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you help me create a family tree?

Genealogy question: I have a lot of information on my (maternal) ancestors going back about 250 years. It's a huge long list of names, dates, places, and relationships, emailed to me years ago by my mother's cousin. The difficulty I'm having is that the information is organized in a linear fashion, and I'd love to see it in a family-tree type of format so I can better understand (visually) how these people are connected to me. I'm looking for software (free if available) that will allow me to plug in names, dates, and relationships, and will display it in a tree format. Can you recommend a website or service that would allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

my boss seems to want my job at her salary.

My boss's work-related (lack of) boundaries is really getting on my nerves. Help me figure out how to deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I a pushover?

I suspect that I am becoming a pushover in my relationship—how can I reverse this trend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 30 comments

Facebook information sharing

How can I stop Facebook sharing my information with other websites? [more inside]
posted by yogalemon at 2:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Head on bed makes me red

How do I stop my boyfriend's head from rolling into awkward positions while we sleep? It causes him to snore and it's also driving me batty. [more inside]
posted by mlo at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How CAN there be a cherry that has no stone?

Can you give me examples of riddle songs, or more information about riddle songs? [more inside]
posted by bq at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

I'd like to make legal bets on top tier little league games. Forget whether it's ethical - is it POSSIBLE?

Is there any legal sportsbook/casino that takes bets on the little league world series? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments

This is why no one ever lets me pick the movie

I love boring movies. Recommend me your favorites. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 2:09 PM PST - 118 comments

Translations of The Castle

Evaluations of translations of Kafka's The Castle? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 1:36 PM PST - 0 comments

Anaheimlich Maneuvers, OR Cuatro Gueros Locos, OR Four White Guys with a Hyundai

Going to Anaheim for a convention, need suggestions on things to see, buy & ingest in the evenings. [more inside]
posted by Rat Spatula at 1:32 PM PST - 10 comments

WANTED: better headlines

How can I write better headlines for my college newspaper? [more inside]
posted by gypsyhymns at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Internet radio killed the satellite radio star

Can I set up a dedicated Pandora player for my car without signing up for a new cellular plan? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Stronglifts - Weightlifting Wall - Should I switch?

6 months of starting strength. I am following the the program religiously. If it says squat, I squat. If it says eat more protein, I do. My gains have been ok but I have been stagnating a bit lately. I have been at 225 squat for a few weeks now. I am unhappy with the results. I feel like I am much stronger but that I don't appear to be much stronger. It might be that I am getting muscle but it's still under a layer of fat. The composition of my body is changing but not my outward appearance. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the best ages to learn various things?

I live in NYC, where there are classes for children starting at birth. Baby yoga and soccer for 18 month olds and visual art as soon as they can stand. What are the best ages to start learning specialized things (assuming one is interested), like piano, ballet, swimming, baseball, soccer, chess, trapeze, animal husbandry, foreign language, martial arts, theater, etc.? I took gymnastics when I was nine and found that anyone who was competitively good at it had begun at six.
posted by xo at 1:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Noise, both external and internal.

Apartment noise, and my own hypersensitivity to that noise, are intersecting with some bigger psychological issues for me about when to stick up for my needs. Help. [more inside]
posted by chameleon at 1:03 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I search through a file of many documents?

What's the best way to search and/or organize a file of CVs in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Investing in time = receiving shares and dividends?

I am about to get involved in a company and begin receiving shares for my work. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How common is this weird anger management issue?

How common is this weird anger management issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 27 comments

Light summer menu to go with cream pies and champagne?

Can you help me out with some menu suggestions for a light summer party meal? Must go with cream pies for dessert, and champagne to drink! We're hosting a casual but nice, semi-seated party for 15-20 on Saturday night, and while we have drinks and dessert set, I seem to be totally unable to come up with anything much for the rest... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 12:40 PM PST - 15 comments

How should I collect and return homework in a lecture class of 100 students?

How should I collect and return homework in a lecture class of 100 students? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 12:31 PM PST - 53 comments

Is an Intel processor essential when you're streaming from your monitor?

Can I stream live video from my monitor on a G5 Mac tower? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Halloween Dance Party

Help me make a Halloween-themed dance music playlist. [more inside]
posted by domo at 12:21 PM PST - 43 comments

Tea for One, One for Tea, Some for You, But More for Me.

Tea novice wishes to be initiated into the secrets of tea. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 11:40 AM PST - 30 comments

Want to break up the grey of my cube!

Is there a Canadian equivalent to Think Geek? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Need 64-bit MS Paint install file!

Could anyone provide me with the 64 bit MS Paint install file from Windows XP or Vista? (NO Windows 7!) [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil at 11:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Non-Woofing Subwoofer in Need of Repair

Help me find a place that can do quality speaker/subwoofer repairs in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by Hairy Lobster at 11:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Why won't my Apple TV (2nd Gen) work with my awesome HD-capable Sony Trinitron?

AppleTvFilter: I'm trying to get my Apple TV (2 gen) to work on my HDCP-capable Sony Trinitron, but am having some weird issues. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my daughter get her sparkle back!

My four-year-old daughter got a haircut the other day, and as part of the haircut, the stylist sprinkled what looked like glittery talcum powder on her face and hair. She loved having "sparkles" on her face and hair all day and was sad when she had to wash them off in the bath. I'm not sure how this stuff works, but is there anything affordable and low-maintenance that I can get for her to help get her sparkle back?
posted by AngerBoy at 10:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Automated trading API?

Single-user programming API for stock and option screening, back trading, paper trading, and ultimately fully automated trading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Capitalism with a kitten face?

Let's say I have 12 hours to do a crash course in socially responsible investing. What should I read/watch/think about to get myself up to speed? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Android tablet video players that do playlists?

I have my eye on the Acer Iconia A500: it's a snazzy Android tablet at a nice price, with lots of connectivity. The micro HDMI port is a major selling point for me,because I want to use it for playback of video projections for my performances. But before I buy, I need to know that there's a good Android video player app out there that can 1) play videos from a playlist, and 2) transition seamlessly between videos. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Back pain and fun exercises for prevention

Help me prevent long term low pack pain/sprains with activities more fun than typical stretching and exercise. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 10:10 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I move cross-country by mail?

How do I move cross-country by mail? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 10:08 AM PST - 21 comments

How to Fix My iPod

My iPod Nano 4th gen has no backlight. Fix it myself or get the Apple store downtown to do it. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 10:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me escape from the reference desk

I’m a public reference librarian looking for a career change, and I would like to learn more about prospect research for nonprofits. Are there any prospect researchers out there who could share information such as how you got into the field, what you do every day, etc? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 10:04 AM PST - 8 comments

To the bank.

Please recommend a public-transit accessible bank (or credit union referral) that does not require minimum balances in the SF Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm in a job funk and I can't get up

I've fallen (into a decade long job funk) and I can't get up! [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

What are some unofficial Dragon*Con related happenings?

Dragon*Con is coming up and I have never been. Are there unofficial events happening in Atlanta that weekend? [more inside]
posted by polywomp at 9:52 AM PST - 12 comments

I want to know, quantitatively, how strange I am.

How many strange quarks are in my body at any given time, on average? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me understanding refiance

Refinance advice needed with some specifics: We want to refinance our home, and do it as quickly and painlessly as possible. Of particular importance, I don't want to get a home inspection or appraisal. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 9:40 AM PST - 17 comments

Curl up and die or get COBRA?

Do I retire and just quietly die? Or can I get health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Breaking up with a combat PTSD sufferer

My boyfriend suffers from combat PTSD. I can't handle this relationship anymore due to reasons stemming from that, and I am not sure how to deal with this or what to expect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Female Assassin Movies

Female assassin movies? [more inside]
posted by Ahab at 9:25 AM PST - 44 comments

So, can my suit be sewn?

I bought a suit a few months ago and I just discovered it has a hole in the sleeve. Is this something that can possibly be fixed? If yes, who should I take it to in NYC? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 9:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Cell phone mystery/conundrum

My cell phone display has gone black, for no reason I can see, and now I'm receiving a mysterious new spate of text messages-- which I can't read or identify the sender of. Help? [more inside]
posted by dee lee at 9:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting rid of fishy smells

How to get the fish smell out of my rice cooker? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 9:21 AM PST - 6 comments

It’s a (credit) trap!?!

With my recent credit card statement, I also received an offer for 1.99% interest on my balance for new purchases made over the next 12 months starting September 1. Cash advances and transferring of balances from other credit cards are not included. Is this too good to be true? [more inside]
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 9:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Do other species carry things in their bodily orifices?

Are we the only species that transports items in our body cavities? [more inside]
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 8:34 AM PST - 31 comments

What's the best place to open a small business bank account in the United States?

What's the best place to open a small business bank account in the United States? [more inside]
posted by chasing at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Europe in late October?

Due to very busy schedules, the earliest time we can take a vacation this year is the second half of October. We originally planned to go to Turkey, but Lonely Planet says that Cappadocia basically shuts down due to cold in mid October. So is that true, and if so, what other similar places would you suggest for a week at that time of year, in Europe? A little culture would be nice, since the rest of the tip will be spent in the Greek isles.
posted by smackfu at 7:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Researchers: Share your workflow!

I'm planning a grad-student workshop on ways to manage research assets (particularly primary sources) more efficiently using digital tools. Please share your own workflow! [more inside]
posted by miriam at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you paint leather?

I'm turning a small vintage samsonite leather suitcase into a baby travel kit that will stay in my sister's truck. I know how to get the lingering smells out, and how to replace the liner. I also figured out how to clean leather. But what type of paint is best to use on leather? I want to add some decorative elements with a baby theme to the outside and I'm not sure if acrylics are okay.
posted by FunkyHelix at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

How to fix erectile dysfunction as a result of bike riding?

How to fix erectile dysfunction as a result of bike riding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm the first person, ever, to crush on a barista.

I've been going to the same coffee shop for over a year and have had the same barista. I'm moving to a different part of NYC, think I've hit it off with her, what's the most appropriate way to ask her out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 AM PST - 27 comments

Cooks' Tours - UK version

UK TV schedules are full of cookery programmes where chefs travel round meeting the locals and cooking their recipes: e.g Floyd on France, Rick Stein’s Spain and Jamie’s America. Have any similar programmes been made about UK cooking by chefs from other countries?
posted by janecr at 6:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Please recommend film clips of women acting sexually confident (for imitation purposes)

Please recommend scenes of women flirting effortlessly, being casually sexy and generally feeling comfortable in a sexually confident way. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 6:48 AM PST - 32 comments

Just like Chancey Gardener, we like to watch

Please recommend a specific vendor for a Series 2 Tivo replacement hard drive kit, or some other way to revive the ancient but beloved machine. [more inside]
posted by acorncup at 6:43 AM PST - 5 comments

It Is Apparently Possible to Drink Yourself to Death on Valvoline.

If oil was vodka, my '05 Pontiac Vibe would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Should we have the engine rebuilt or replaced? Automotive snowflakiness inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Where are all the touristy postcards online?

Where can I find pictures (preferably postcards I can buy) of post WWII bombed out Berlin and Dresden? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by xammerboy at 6:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Alcatraz night tour tickets have escaped

Where can I buy tickets for the SF Alcatraz Night Tour? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 3:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Beginners' Weight Program for Runner?

Can anybody recommend a weight training program for a total newbie - something to go with a regular running schedule? Am overweight and trying to lose the pounds - something I've had difficulty doing with only running. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc at 2:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Recommendations for Wordpress themes for a Nonprofit's website

Looking for recommendations for a Wordpress theme best suited for a Nonprofit organization's website. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 2:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Even hermit crabs need to sacrifice their shells for potential profit

How does a long-time recluse reintegrate into society? Need advice on how to spark an inner desire to socialize, and how to transform my mindset into one that makes socializing enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 AM PST - 37 comments

August 21

Getting back into shape...

Need help getting back into work-out routine with the goal to lose weight and meets some physical fitness requirements... Any suggestions on how to get someone who used to be an athlete back into shape so that he can meet his goals???? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it me or is it Clairol? Only the BBQer knows for sure.

How do you get a steak brown, not grey, on the grill? [more inside]
posted by converge at 10:23 PM PST - 45 comments

Maple. Bacon. Vodka. and then...

Maple Bacon Vodka experiments. What other herbs, spices, or other sundry flavors could/should I toss in that would add a third level of yummyness? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display at 9:44 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm interested in stories of middle aged women finding fulfillment outside of children and family.

I'm interested in stories of middle aged women finding fulfillment outside of children and family.
posted by dustsquid at 9:03 PM PST - 18 comments

OMG flying really?

Fear of flying 2.0. [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 8:28 PM PST - 18 comments

What language should I study?

I'm looking for a new language to study. Inspired by this post about how language alters perception and lists such as this of "most untranslatable words", I'm hoping to find one that puts me in a mindset astonishingly different from English's. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 8:25 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for paths to skate on in Northshore MA

Where are good rec paths to rollerblade/inline skate on in Newburyport, Portsmouth, or Northshore MA area? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 at 8:07 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the plea bargain process for traffic offenses?

I recently got a ticket for careless driving and I have to appear in court soon. Can somebody explain the plea bargain process and offer some clarification for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Bathroom issue after sex, but was it fromt he sex or from something else?

Bathroom issue after sex, but was it the sex's fault? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Help us eliminate the invisible bear.

We need inventive ideas and strategies to help eliminate a seemingly invisible bear from our son's room (Slightly <3 yrs old). [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 7:25 PM PST - 59 comments

Target Demographic

Documentaries and interesting reading on all aspects of demography for college juniors. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus at 7:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Dirty weather related jokes

Does anyone know any dirty jokes that are related to the weather? Bonus points if the punchline, if said alone, indicates that it's a weather-related dirty joke. Actually, if you have a punchline that would indicate that, but no actual joke, that would be fine too.
posted by insufficient data at 7:13 PM PST - 18 comments

I gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero!

Yet another "where should I move" question (slight snowglobe details inside). [more inside]
posted by Polgara at 6:54 PM PST - 15 comments

ideas for a small wedding?

How and where do my fiancee and I get married in a way that involves her two teenage daughters and impresses on them the solemnity of this act? We have few close friends and are not religious. Hotel banquet rooms and churches do not appeal to us. Ideas?
posted by Uncle Grumpy at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

WC Tuttle

Looking for short stories by W. C. Tuttle. He published in pulp westerns and Argosy from about 1915 to 1945. He was also serialized in the Boston Globe in the early 1930s I am looking for some of his short stories either in reprints or original publications. Have been looking in Gutenberg, Google Books (Love GooReader!!), various ebook sources, Black Dog Books and Bison Books with no hits. A list of his work is here Can you suggest any sources?
posted by Raybun at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I can run 10 miles. Now what for strength?

For what level of strength training does my running the Army 10 Mile now qualify me? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 6:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Work Friend to Girl Friend?

WTF Filter: "Working" with someone that I think there's more with there...but I don't know how to approach taking the leap. Not that special snowflakery inside. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 5:57 PM PST - 32 comments

How do you get tech support when you're self-employed?

A family member struggles with computer skills, but is self-employed and uses email frequently for his work. He has a Mac and a paid Google Apps account. Can you recommend a trustworthy person or service based in LA (or advice on finding one) he could hire to help him with managing his Mac, Google Apps, and other basic computer needs?
posted by Meg_Murry at 5:44 PM PST - 11 comments

I need to temporarily become a workaholic

I need to work my butt off, burn the candle at both ends, turn on the afterburners, etc etc. I can work just fine, but I don't know how to be that guy who puts in 16 hour days and sleeps on a cot in his office. How do I become that guy? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird at 5:33 PM PST - 36 comments

Is this an Indian mound?

How can we tell if we have an Indian mound on our property? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 4:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Hey, it's the new Connie Willis novel -- get the forklift!

Despite being a great fan of Connie Willis, I had to give up on Blackout/All Clear when I was barely a hundred pages into All Clear because it had been such a meandering, repetitive read. (Others have been able to finish it, but share my frustration). Two brief, related questions: 1) Can someone please summarize what happened in the rest of the book? (Yes, SPOILERS!) and 2) What the hell is happening to Willis' editors, given that her novels have been getting more lengthy and repetitive? The Doomsday Book (1993) was perfectly sized for its story. Bellwether (1997) was a little repetitive, but it was relatively short and funny, and I enjoyed it overall. Her 2002 novel Passage, although a satisfying book in the end, was a maze of twisty little passages, all alike, for the first chunk as well. And then she delivered bouncing baby Buicks in the form of Blackout/All Clear this past year. Why? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments


Having never watched The Sopranos, can I skip the first season and be able to watch the rest without feeling lost? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 4:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Sperm from the Upper Midwest?

My partner and I have decided to get knocked up via donor sperm. We are a queer couple and my partner is unable to get me pregnant. I'm still figuring out how this all works, but one thing I know is that I need sperm. Is there a good/reliable sperm bank in the upper midwest that you can recommend? I know that sperm can be shipped from the far far away lands of the coastal United States, but somehow I feel better if it doesn't have to travel so far -- it will be much more affordable as well.
posted by ElisaOS at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Training for Geeky Career/Job

What formal training exists to meet the requirements for this geeky job offer? "XML/XQuery; Content Management Systems (CMS)"
posted by five fresh fish at 4:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Long distance podcasting, how does that work?

Long distance podcasting: equipment, software, and how to make it work. [more inside]
posted by itsacover at 4:07 PM PST - 3 comments

that's no elephant, that's my neighbor

the guy upstairs is making me miserable - it started to get better until he started getting some action. now if he's not stomping, he's squeaking. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet plots an escape at 3:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Cooking for one

I'd like to start cooking for myself more, and cut back on the takeout. Please recommend your favourite cookbooks that feature quick, easy single-serving meals. [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 3:52 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I back up my files from a micro SD card when it keeps detaching itself?

My micro SD card disappears intermittently, both from the smart phone its usually housed in (HTC incredible) and from computers (both Windows and Linux) when I try to read it (using one of these reader type things that plugs into a USB port). I want to back it up, but the card keeps vanishing as a drive when I try to do so. Any ideas about how I could copy the whole thing? [more inside]
posted by jasper411 at 3:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Raita/Indian Food Pairing

This is a two-part question: what's you're favorite raita recipe and what do you serve with it? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 2:51 PM PST - 13 comments

OMG hot recs 4 sushi w/ my grrlz in VA Beach :x :x :x xoxoxo

I've been drafted by a Maid of Honor into finding a restaurant to host 8 probably somewhat-sauced 20-something grrls (and their token gay, yours truly) post-Bachelorette-Beach-Party in Virginia Beach, VA. I've never been to Virginia Beach. Uh, has.... has anyone else? Halp! [more inside]
posted by Keter at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Signed a lease and now the place stinks of dog urine

Renter's nightmare: Just signed a one year lease for a fairly expensive condominium. Deposit and partial first month are paid, not moved in. When we went to do a pre-move cleanup this weekend, the place stank of dog urine. What now? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:51 PM PST - 23 comments

What questions should I ask my parents about their recollections of growing up in the civil rights era in Montgomery, Alabama?

What questions should I ask my parents about their recollections of growing up in the civil rights era in Montgomery, Alabama? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 1:48 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I get spammers to stop spoofing my number?

Someone is spoofing my Caller ID and spamming people with telemarketing calls. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by orangeseed at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to *search* my desktop, not Google it

Are there any desktop search applications which do not have limitations on the file contents indexed (because Google Desktop "[only] searches about the first 10,000 words" - otherwise I'd be all over it). [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 1:21 PM PST - 6 comments


My boyfriend is physically and emotionally sensitive about being circumcised. What can I do? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by mysh at 12:56 PM PST - 57 comments

t-r-e-s, non t-r-è-s! how you write zee accent?

When native speakers of languages with accent marks write, is it usual to write out a word or sentence and then put in the accents or does one put the accent in when writing the actual letter. [more inside]
posted by xetere at 12:40 PM PST - 18 comments

What are the best programs for electronic music production?

What are the best programs for electronic music production? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 12:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Ice to see you.

Went on vacay for three nights. Came home to see freezer open a tiny crack. Everything inside seems sort of 75% frozen, with a combination of dripping liquid water and solid icicles decorating everything. What can I salvage? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

friend or classmate: pick one.

How do you explain to a friend that working with them as a classmate is like having your fingernails ripped off one at a time? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

How Much to Charge For an Article

Need help figuring out a complicated "how much to charge for an article" situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Schroedinger's ex: I'm over him. I'm not over him.

I'm having a difficult time trying to mentally process an ex's recent wedding because I'm hung up on the sex/religion aspect of it all. I need advice on how to stop thinking about him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 34 comments

What's the reliability of modern hard drives when left on a shelf for a few years?

What's the reliability of modern hard drives when left on a shelf for a few years? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 10:50 AM PST - 12 comments

What is a good mail merge solution for a Mac

I'm looking for a mail merge solution for Mac. What is a good one?0 [more inside]
posted by friedbeef at 10:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Playing with fire or being prudent?

CarFilter: Mess with the automatic transmission fluid or not? Difficulty? 2003 Ford Explorer with about 105,000 miles and a "sealed" automatic transmission. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 10:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a good tattoo starter kit

I want to learn to tattoo. Help me find a decent starter kit. [more inside]
posted by Opal at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Will You Walk Away From A Fool His Money?

Is it self serving for investment companies and fee based advisors to advocate for not selling during a financial crisis? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 9:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking around gated communities

Are there reasonable (and legit) workarounds for looking around gated communities without a real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by sharding at 9:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Quick Aunt Pittypat, the smelling salts!

YANMD, but I fainted last night and I'm a little worried.... [more inside]
posted by motsque at 8:50 AM PST - 22 comments

How do you keep believing?

I think I am going through a philosophical-religious identity crisis. I've lived over 30 years trying to believe what I was taught to believe, but it is becoming harder as I get older and the "evidence" seems to get lesser and lesser. What do you do when you are consumed with doubt about that which has been your core for all of your life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 66 comments

Why do I clap my hands without knowing it?

Sometimes when I'm concentrating, I unconsciously and involuntarily clap / clench my muscles / make nonverbal noises. I've done this ever since I was a child. What am I doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Dealing with deal breakers

Three dates with a great guy. One problem: his toxic breath. Should I tell him or move on? [more inside]
posted by jessca84 at 7:14 AM PST - 30 comments

What was it like to be in prison in the past?

What are some materials about the history of punishment in Europe and America that really get across just what it would have been like to be a prisoner? [more inside]
posted by meese at 6:43 AM PST - 12 comments

How many shuffles?

How many shuffles to randomize a deck of cards? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 6:21 AM PST - 11 comments

How to force Asus Eee to recognize private wireless

Please help, computer techies. Asus Eee PC wireless connection problem with Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by Viomeda at 4:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Norwegian with a Bergen accent, so that babies will find my voice soothing

I'd like to learn Norwegian. Caveat: I'd like to learn specifically the Bergen dialect/accent. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 1:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Camcorder Recommendations

What camcorder would you recommend to me if I'm looking for something to record craft tutorials? Would like something affordable (up to $300), w/ HD (though not necessary), and reasonably good zoom. I'm aware of the Flip, but looking for other options since this has been discontinued.
posted by lirael2008 at 12:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I handle my girlfriend's "ex-boyfriend"/cousin/roommate?

How do I handle my girlfriend's "ex-boyfriend"/best friend/ male cousin/roommate? [more inside]
posted by antipode12 at 12:28 AM PST - 21 comments

August 20

Do you hold your breath like I do?

Do you, like me, ever hold your breath for no real reason, just when you are lying around? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 11:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Beyond Bradbury.

SciFi for middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by brynna at 10:59 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me figure out this whole makeup thing.

I'm a 30 year old woman and I've never worn makeup before. I think I'd like to start, but it's all so overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by Kicky at 10:21 PM PST - 57 comments

Useful sites for medicine?

What are some useful sites (like news) for keeping up to date with medicine? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 10:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Do you know where I can find a concise chart of healthy (maybe traditional?) beans/grains/greens combinations?

Do you know where I can find a concise chart of healthy (maybe traditional?) beans/grains/greens combinations? [more inside]
posted by jenmakes at 9:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Only my grandfather gets to call me young lady and I am not your honey.

How do you confront sexism constructively? Without damaging friendships, relationships with coworkers, or coming off patronizing? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 9:02 PM PST - 26 comments

Painting plaster and removing calcimine

DIY advice for scraping off calcimine and repainting plaster walls? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 8:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Fujitsu ScanSnap 300m refuses to feed paper.

Why won't my Fujitsu ScanSnap S300M pull in sheets of paper anymore? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me talk to my neighbors about their aggressive dog

What do I say to my new neighbors to prevent their untrained, unleashed, unfenced dog from rushing my fearful dog? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 8:28 PM PST - 35 comments

What small rituals make you grateful?

What are your favorite rituals or good luck tics? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 8:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Need help navigating the HTPC hardware options

I want to buy or build a home theater PC and I'm overwhelmed by the options for hardware. Mac or PC? Low-end or mid-range? [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 8:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Wood hourglass shape + rubber band = pretty awesome

I somehow came into possession of this cable holder tie thing consisting of an hourglass-shaped piece of wood and a rubber band. It's pretty great. Where can I get more? What is this thing called?
posted by 0xFCAF at 7:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Pro-Tips for hand-washing clothes?

What are the your ProTips for hand-washing clothes? [more inside]
posted by facetious at 7:18 PM PST - 16 comments

iTunes not recognizing ringtone

iTunes is not recognizing ringtones. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 6:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I let my fiance know about my bisexuality?

Should I let my fiance know about my bisexuality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM PST - 65 comments

What happened to my orgasm?

Can an orgasm change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 PM PST - 8 comments

New textbook video

We're trying to find a youtube video and our google-fu is failing us. It shows students who are working in a group and one of them calls the teacher over because he doesn't know how to use his textbook. [more inside]
posted by SeeTheTurtle at 5:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Lawyer now or later?

Uncle has passed - when do we lawyer up? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 5:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Grr, MVA

Do I have to surrender my CA driver's license when applying for a new one in Maryland? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to start Snoqualmie River innertube float?

Friend is visiting from out of town and we were thinking of tubing on the Snoqualmie River (Washington). Searching the internets I know the take out point is in Fall City (and I've driven by it) but where do we put in? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Hawaiian License Plates in NY‽

I just got back from a 500 mile road trip on the New York Thruway. Spotted three cars with Hawaiian license plates. I have never seen one before. Obviously, they didn't drive to the mainland. Two were older cars, mid-ninety's econoboxes, one a big SUV. About how much would it cost to ship a car from the islands, or did they just bring their plates and buy a car locally?
posted by Marky at 4:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Babies make me ill

When I hear a baby crying I feel like I am getting sliced open with a scalpel. It is totally fight or flight. What the hell is going on with me? This is more than yuppie griping about having dinner ruined. It is not just annoying but harmful to brain chemistry. What is going on w me.
posted by moammargaret at 4:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Please help me find the animation

I’m looking for an animation that I saw somewhere on the net (probably YT) this year. If I remember correctly, it’s mostly illustrated, black and white, with pictures and words and arrows used to illustrate key concepts as the narration unfolded. The key feature is that it was really well produced, swooping and rotating as the drawing unfurled. The illustration is simple and fun, even though the subject matter is fairly serious — I think it was about politics, something like… I don’t know, Corporate Personhood. Or maybe not. Anyway, I think the animation was done well after the narration, and the two are unaffiliated. [more inside]
posted by scamper at 3:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Obscure Honors Society: Worthwhile Investment or Complete Scam?

Have you ever heard of Sigma Alpha Pi? Not a frat or sorority, but a "society of leadership and success" is what they call themselves. I was asked to join my university's chapter. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire at 3:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Like a moth to a flame: What are these caterpillar cocoons?

[Worcester, MA filter] What type of caterpillars/moths make their cocoons on trees like this? I see them every year and always forget to ask!
posted by Draccy at 3:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How should I manage my time for the next 5-6 months?

I was hoping to be back in school this fall to take pre-med classes, but it didn't work out. How do I handle all this unstructured time till I can start school in the spring, both in terms of daily life and my plan for the next few months? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 2:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Leaving the nest?

Moving out questions! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Car stuff -- moving to Cali

I just moved to California. Tell me every automobile-related thing I should know. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 1:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Maybe because they shoot horses?

James Thurber fans, gather 'round. I'm reading his The Years with Ross and in the chapter titled "More Miracle Men" is a Thurber drawing of a star above a horse, and the horse is shedding a tear. I can scarcely believe I'm using a question for this, but I greatly wish to know: Why is the horse crying?
posted by bryon at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is Whole Foods' coffee so delicious?

Why is the coffee at Whole Foods so delicious? [more inside]
posted by incountrysleep at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Boston-Mount Washinton-Boston Help?

Taking our 7 & 9 year old girls on a whirlwind tour of New Hampshire next week, looking for overnight lodging suggestions between our destinations. Except for the final day in Hampton our hotels will be just "arrive in the evening, depart in the morning" affairs... [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Our dentist was no help, now what?

How do you find emergency dental help on a Saturday (in Dallas)? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Bicycle tires -- a primer for commuters..

Tell me everything I need to know about tires and tubes for my new daily commute on a bicycle! [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel at 1:32 PM PST - 22 comments

How tall was grandma?

I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 1:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me get apartment management to actually fix my leak & mold ... now, not two weeks from now

Discovered a leak last night in the closet of my apartment (yeah, the same one I wrote about before). The carpet is damp, and there is some mold. Stopped by the management office twice today to ensure it gets taken care of ASAP, but am not feeling super-confident that anything will happen anytime soon. Can you sanity-check my intended next step, or suggest additional actions I should take? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Software Engineer to Business Analyst?

I've been a software engineer for almost 10 years. I would rather be a business analyst. How do I make the transition? [More details inside] [more inside]
posted by taojones at 12:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Search for a sweater

Clothing-hunt-filter: find me this buddha sweater.
posted by typography at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Effective skin-calming liquid?

What is the soothing liquid that my brow threader uses that eliminates redness and inflammation immediately? [more inside]
posted by sweet Annie Rich at 12:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How to mitigate laxative effects of coffee?

Is there any way to mitigate or delay the laxative effects of drinking coffee? Asking for a friend whose workplace only has portable toilets. [more inside]
posted by Signed Sealed Delivered at 12:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Bars in the Village

NYCFilter...Looking for some bars in the East and West Village... [more inside]
posted by SarahElizaP at 12:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me buy a 6 pack with loose change

My girlfriend and I have enough foreign currency in coins that its becoming a bit of a nuisance. I bet its not worth very much altogether. It is currency from several continents. Any chance of converting this hodge-podge of monies into American money I can actually use? Or any other witty, mefi-like suggestions of what to do with it?
posted by ReWayne at 11:58 AM PST - 20 comments

Daylight moon.

Is it possible for a moon to have an orbit such that it is only ever visible from its planet during daylight hours? If so, what are the necessary requirements for this to happen?
posted by curious nu at 11:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Skin care. Specifically: the skin on my face.

Do I really need more than hot water and Ivory soap to keep the skin on my face clean and healthy? Are any of the more expensive cosmetics brands really worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 11:43 AM PST - 44 comments

How best to automate the task of copying thousands of DVDs to HDD?

Copying thousands of cds and dvds to HDD - what is the best way to automate this tedious process as much as possible without buying expensive hardware? [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Lucy has an infected foot.

Help me follow the instructions on my dog's prescription. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Striking distance from the Googleplex

Bay Area living, reassurance-filter. People who liked [North Oakland] also enjoyed [these smaller neighborhoods near Mountain View]. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 11:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is Alan Dean Foster's name on the UK quad poster for the film Dark Star?

Does anyone know why author Alan Dean Foster's name is on the UK quad poster for the film Dark Star? Foster wrote the subsequent novelisation. Were they trying to imply it was an adaptation? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 11:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Money clip recommendations?

Seeking money clip recommendations [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

can you recommend insightful books?

Ask for book recommendation for personal growth [more inside]
posted by akomom at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Mental Health History Confessions

I'm going for a pre-employment medical in a few days (to test whether there's a risk that a health issue will prevent me from doing my job in the next 3 years). The form wants me to put down whether I've ever suffered from depression or anxiety. What's the threshold for a "yes" answer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Stop calling me names

Is there a way to tell a friend that I don’t want arguments to end in insults or angry lashing out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 12 comments

GPS traffic updates: Fact or Fiction?

Do the fancy higher-end features (traffic, eco route, etc.) of auto GPS units actually work? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this Jazz song, or artist, from the TV show Louie?

What is this Jazz song, or artist, from the TV show Louie? I was watching Louie the other day, and the song during the credits is wonderful. Season 2: Episode 3: "Moving". Here's the clip that I recorded: You can also just hear it during the credits of that episode, if you go to Hulu. My sincerest apologies if there is a less sketchy way to get you guys the audio! Thanks, /bc
posted by quickasfoxes at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Wifi doesn't recognize me or my PW

Can't access my wifi. Both my Dell & iPhone show it's available, & it worked earlier this morning, but now, not only doesn't it default me in, but if I request access it doesn't recognize my PW. This doesn't make sense to me. What are my next steps? Thanks
posted by carriest at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Cat peed on backpacks and tent.

I just discovered that our cat has been urinating on a nylon duffel bag our garage, a bag which contained our backpacking packs and a tent. Can any of it be saved? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 10:13 AM PST - 14 comments

10 days until rent is due!

I have been very happily living in a 3BR apt in Seattle (lower queen anne) with a couple for almost 2 years, and today they're moving out to a house together. In 10 days rent is due. I have posted on craigslist for new roommates to move in. I've asked a few friends to help me screen people, but I'm still freaking out because I'm extremely nervous about choosing new roommates! I really like being close friends with my roommates, so this feels like dating. I'd love any advice & experiences you could share! [more inside]
posted by palegirl at 9:44 AM PST - 19 comments

I'd like links and information about some of the more mature hobbyist CNC router setups that exist

I'd like links and information about some of the more mature hobbyist CNC router setups that exist [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Bad doctor + unexplained prescription = frustration.

I've been prescribed a blood-pressure medication by a doctor that I don't trust. I'm concerned about taking it for reasons that might be irrational. In the meantime, I need to deal with my blood pressure *somehow* to have surgery. I need someone's reassurance and knowledge. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 9:06 AM PST - 24 comments

Please explain how women's gymnastics events are scored.

I'm going to the Senior Women's Final of the Visa US Gymnastics Championships tonight. I was an avid gymnastics fan through around 1988, but a lot has changed since then. I always watch it during the Olympics and I have to admit I never bothered to try to understand the new system. Is there someone who could give me a cliff notes version of how the scoring works?
posted by missmerrymack at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

The Origins of Life

Does anyone know how to hunt down an animated film they used to (or still do) show at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History? It was attached to the marine life/oceans exhibit and was about the origins of life and natural selection. Absent finding a copy of the film online, does anyone else remember seeing this? [more inside]
posted by whitewall at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Picky eater

I'm flying down to Salt Lake City as part of the installation team for an interactive sculpture that's going into the Leonardo. We'll be there about three weeks. I'm generally vegan at home and vegetarian/ vegan out of the house. [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Glowing light bulbs in my hair: help me wear this piece of art

Help me create a functional light bulb crown! I saw this amazing sculpture at an art walk this week, and I'd like to make it into something wearable for Burning Man. My guess is that I can start by buying this type of bulb, but I need some advice beyond that. Wiring type and strategy? Batteries? How about affixing them to my head? I have long hair and could do something creative with little buns - I want to secure everything in a minimalist way (no baseball hats) so that the focus is on the lights.
posted by red_rabbit at 8:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Cheap, Clean San Diego Area Beach Digs?

We will be in the SD area and are looking for a clean, cheap motel on the beach--or near the beach--or with a nice view. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 8:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Cell phone case to reduce radiation?

Can this cell phone case actually do anything to reduce radiation? Or this the equivalent of a power balance bracelet? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 7:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Reveal your cache of Hidden Gem hikes!

What are the best "hidden gems" for hiking around DC/Maryland? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Of Facebook and dead trees

What is the correct way to direct people to a Facebook page in print media? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 4:37 AM PST - 14 comments

What is proper cell phone etiquette?

When I'm out with my friend and his cell phone rings which he doesn't want to answer, he sits there (with the phone within easy reach) and lets it ring until the caller gets voice mail (8 or 9 times, distracting and annoying to me), rather than mute the ring. Isn't proper "cell phone etiquette" when you're not going to answer your phone to at least mute the ring so not everybody around has to hear your phone ring a bunch of times?
posted by sfla_law at 4:24 AM PST - 26 comments


A friend asked me this morning: Last weekend I bought a 1/2 ham w/ bone. My kids are sick to death of ham (and so am I), i froze fresh a large chunk. What can I do w rest of ham? [more inside]
posted by newpotato at 4:13 AM PST - 19 comments

70's Disney(?) Movie With Still-Frame Animation

I'm trying to remember an old (most probably Disney) short feature or possibly an episode of "Wonderful World of Disney" which began with an opening narration, accompanied by pictures of each word the narrator says. (for example, if he said "I felt happy" there would be a picture of an eye, then a picture of a piece of felt, then a picture of a smiley face, timed to his words.) [more inside]
posted by ShutterBun at 4:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Same meat, different bleach?

Is the active ingredient in these household cleaners the same thing? "Exit Mould" and "White & Shine"? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto at 2:58 AM PST - 5 comments

I keep seeing these strange diffusion globes.

Does anyone know what these lamps are called?
posted by lazenby at 1:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Old iPhone with a weird mirror display issue

I have an old 1st generation iPhone that I left for dead two years ago, after it got wet and stopped working. I put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Eventually, I tried charging it, and it magically came back to life... But with a very peculiar problem: the on-screen image is a mirror image of what it should be. Everything is flipped horizontally, an exact mirror image... But the phone still expects the same touch input! For instance, to wake it from sleep, the slider appears flipped, as a right-to-left slider; but in order to actually wake it up, I have to slide my finger left-to-right. (my question after the jump) [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 1:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Oh, oh, owwww

What could potentially be the cause of a sharp lower abdominal pain during intercourse...AND walking down the street? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger at 1:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Best Hollywood tour bus?

A dear friend from overseas is visiting me on her first trip to L.A... but unfortunately I'm going through a bit of a rough patch health-wise, and so can't help her sightsee as much as I'd like. She's expressed interest in hopping on one of the Hollywood bus tours while I get some rest over the weekend, but I have no idea which ones are best and which ones to avoid. Any former tourists to my fair city have any suggestions?
posted by scody at 1:03 AM PST - 6 comments

August 19

Where do you meet people IRL who will not mug/kill you?

Where do you meet people IRL who will not mug/kill you? [more inside]
posted by becomingly at 10:01 PM PST - 14 comments

King Smedleys Beer?

King Smedley's Beer - help confirm an alcohol-tainted memory [more inside]
posted by Graygorey at 9:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Post Partum niceties

New parents question - There are a few couples I'm friends with who are expecting babies momentarily. I'd love to do the right thing to help out, so what do you suggest? I'm thinking ideas for frozen meals to take over, small chores I can do in my free time for them, etc. [more inside]
posted by Unred at 9:48 PM PST - 17 comments

help computer

How much should I worry about laptop heat with a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator at 9:01 PM PST - 11 comments

ABCs of sex? B is for BDSM?

Book-Filter! I'm trying to find the name of a book about love / relationships that I only heard about on an NPR interview. The book was written out in "a is for," "b is for" alphabet style talking about dark (the excerpt he read was very dark) and light parts of relationships, sex and love. [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 8:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Neurostar TMS therapy (depression)?

Neurostar TMS therapy (depression)? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 7:59 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get my friend to follow her doctors orders and check in with me everyday?

My friend--who is in her late 60s--just received doctor's orders that she should be checking in with someone, or someone should be checking in with her, every day. The problem is that she refuses to do so. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 7:20 PM PST - 21 comments

indie/college music song filter: what song is this?!?

please help me find this song: the local college radio station just played a song, shazam jammed on me, they aren't answering the phone and the online playlists haven't been updated! [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 7:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Process documentation service?

I need a professional process documentation service in the central / South Florida area. [more inside]
posted by jseven at 6:42 PM PST - 1 comment

What would you do if you felt you were the subject of untrue gossip?

What would you do if you feel you're being gossiped about? [more inside]
posted by Fenshwee at 6:36 PM PST - 25 comments

Switching mid pitch

New listing agent doesn't want to present our offer until his client has had the opportunity to go back to the bank and then maybe submit an offer next week. Our offer expires tomorrow night and our realtor has reminded him so. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 6:27 PM PST - 21 comments

AccountingFilter: ready to get my act together. How?

I'm self-employed. How do I keep my books when I've never kept any books? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm already imagining these people in their underwear...

My band has a big gig tomorrow night and for the first time ever, I am a little anxious about performing. What are some simple ways to stay relaxed and have fun on stage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Like Reel Director, but for a Windows Laptop?

I need suggestions for a video editor for work. Issues are: many formats, and I don't think the boss will go for buying me an iPad, which would be my first choice. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 6:17 PM PST - 4 comments

What travel insurance should I get?

What travel insurance should I purchase for three months in the Caribbean? [more inside]
posted by apip at 6:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Any experiences with Breakthroughs personal growth workshop?

Any experiences with Breakthroughs personal growth workshop, or a similar program? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 6:00 PM PST - 3 comments

gifts for a smart kid?

Presents for a 12-year old boy? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 5:52 PM PST - 21 comments

My Reasons

How to respond when family members ask why I don't want to move back to my hometown after university? [more inside]
posted by sincerely-s at 5:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Movies about bored or jilted people who go on adventures

Looking for movies that highlight middle/upperclass people who go on character-building adventures that change their lives. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 5:41 PM PST - 45 comments

Please recommend a kitchen compost bucket...

Please recommend a kitchen compost bucket... [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 4:38 PM PST - 27 comments

iPhone Switch

Verizon iPhone to AT&T [more inside]
posted by dapperkoala at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get my domain name back from a squatter.

I want to buy my real name's .com domain name (e.g. It expires on August 28 and is currently owned by Oversee Domain Management. How can I get my domain back? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 at 4:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Sharing files across multiple platforms

Sharing pdfs with multiple users on iPhone and Android platforms. Dropbox the only option? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Driving in California with an Out-of-state drivers license a criminal offense?

I was recently pulled over for having expired tags. The police officer gave me a fix it ticket for the tags, but he also gave me a ticket to schedule a court date for a misdemeanor charge of driving in California with an out-of-state drivers license. I looked up the legalities, and the California DMV does state that you need to get a new drivers license after 10 days of being in the state of California. I have been driving with my Idaho license here for over a year. I have scheduled the court date and now I am worried. Is there anything I can do to get out of this? What would be my best course of action?
posted by digdan at 3:23 PM PST - 9 comments


Trip ideas for my mom and me next weekend? NYC area, fairly accessible, beach preferred, and we'd like to stay two nights. Please help! [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

How to support my family while my sister recovers?

My sister just got out of the hospital and I want to offer my family some support. Need suggestions and insights. [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Pursuing a graduate degree in an unrelated field?

What are my best options for pursuing a graduate degree in a field completely orthogonal to my bachelors degree? [more inside]
posted by satori_movement at 2:55 PM PST - 5 comments

What camera should I get?

I want a new digital camera. Amazon has the Sony DSC-HX5V for $190. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I exchange Côte d'Ivoire francs for U.S. Dollars?

My mom recently returned from the Ivory Coast with about 50,000 XOF (=~$100). However, she hasn't found anywhere that will accept the XOF and pay her USD. She has tried Wells Fargo, American Express travel exchange, and Travelex, with no success anywhere. Does anyone know who will accept XOF for exchange?
posted by rjacobs at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

A countertop dishwasher for all my woe?

What do you know about countertop dishwashers? What should *I* know about them before purchasing one? Where can I find a selection (or heck, even 1) in stock at a brick'n'mortar here in Los Angeles? and, barring a local retailer, Which countertop dishwasher should I buy online? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 2:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you help name my sister's and my beauty blog?

Can you help name my sister's and my new beauty product review blog? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 2:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Is freezing warts off with a computer duster a really stupid idea?

Is freezing warts off with a computer duster a really stupid idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:16 PM PST - 32 comments

Is this car safe to drive?

I was planning on driving Mrs. Primate and Messrs Primates Jr to JFK tomorrow (45 minutes one way, no traffic), but we had a little accident yesterday. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 2:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I toss a caber near the Bay?

Where can I learn to be a tosser? [more inside]
posted by wraplan at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I lick this weight problem for good?

How do I break the gain/lose/gain cycle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

what do strippers look like?

What do strippers look like? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Meetings suck because we always have to say everything twice, yelling the second time.

Please help me find the best telephone conferencing hardware for our conference room. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 1:53 PM PST - 1 comment

What to do when you accidentally say I love you.

I accidentally said "I love you" to the guy I've been dating for 3 weeks, and now I feel awkward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 37 comments

what can i do for a sister in a bad situation?

How can I best support a sister who is getting divorced? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Are you listening to the Drill Channel, or do we have (another) situation here?

When the police drill through to insert a surveillance camera, how do they do it stealthily? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

A paint-by-number cake?

My mom used to make these great birthday cakes using neat shaped pans and then simple icing rosettes for the color patterns. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Quickest path from AS to BS with lots of experience?

I've got an Associates and 14 years experience. Do I need a BS? [more inside]
posted by Awfki at 1:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Who is this?

Who is this chap? [more inside]
posted by R.Stornoway at 1:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How to prepare sea salt

I harvested some sea salt recently from oceanside It is quite wet so I want to dry it out I know i could do it in the oven, but anyone have any idea how best to do it in the sun? only a few pounds...
posted by dougiedd at 1:08 PM PST - 7 comments

I feel the earth move under my feet: should I see a doctor now?

Do I need to go to the doctor because of a few moments of intense vertigo? I mean, is it an early sign of a brain tumor? Or is it a symptom of something that's going to go away on its own? Anyone have comments on the seriousness of balance loss as a symptom? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 1:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you tell me how a website with sidenotes was made?

I need to have a site that looks just like this one (which appeared on MeFi the other day). It's just perfect for a project I have been working on. Can you help me figure out how he did it? [more inside]
posted by bexpert at 12:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What are the best website/blog tips that don't immediately come to mind?

What are the best website/blog tips that don't immediately come to mind? I'm relaunching a website and want to make sure I do it right both technically and financially... (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

IQ testing in Columbus

Where can I get my IQ professionally tested (in Columbus, Ohio)? [more inside]
posted by Benzle at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

How to ethically blog from inside the ivory tower

Professors, journalistis, writers, lend me your brain: is it ethically okay for me to professionally blog about my grad school program? [more inside]
posted by smirkette at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

My legs & feet are swelling up presumably from too much sitting at a desk.

I work at a desk 10 to 12 hours a day. Lately, I've been noticing lately that my calves, feet, and ankles seem swollen. I'm not in any pain and don't feel any difference, apart from my shoes being a bit tight. Besides taking periodic breaks and walking around/stretching, what else can I do to reduce the swelling? I get daily exercise, but I'm sure the long periods of sitting in front of a computer are contributing to this.
posted by matrushka at 11:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Laptop is great, desktop is crawling.

I'm at the end of my tether trying to sort out this internet connectivity issue. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 11:57 AM PST - 16 comments

What, Jane Doe doesn't get her own mention?

We're currently addressing wedding invitations. For reasons both personal and political, I really really hate the practice of addressing things to Dr. and Mrs. John Doe. Will it be stupid or scandalous or silly if we go with Dr. and Mrs. John and Jane Doe? Or just John and Jane Doe? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 11:55 AM PST - 37 comments

Pen shiny. Me like.

Where can I get fluorescent green translucent polypropylene suitable for injection-molding a case with a living hinge? Failing that, what is the industry term for this luminescent/fluorescent effect? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 11:50 AM PST - 4 comments

People Who Have Come Back from the Brink

Looking for stories of people who have recovered from situations of extreme duress (physical, emotional, psychological). [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 11:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Hey Typing Nerds!

I've been using computers for fifteen years at this point, and I still don't understand the difference between UTF-8 and ASCII. For someone who works primarily in Linux and likes to read, write and manipulate text, but doesn't care much about non-standard symbols, what's the functional difference between UTF-8 and ASCII, and what do I need to know about these two systems in order to choose what to save my text files in and how to prevent my documents from getting screwed up?
posted by Apropos of Something at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Creating a Google map without the map part

I need to build a map on a webpage that acts pretty much just like google maps (zoomable, scrollable, pins that have popups (with hyperlinks) when clicked) but it's not a physical map. It'll look more like an org chart. Are there any javascript packages out there that do this? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Best POP e-mail provider?

Can you give me a good recommendation for a reliable, cheap-ish POP3 e-mail hosting solution? [more inside]
posted by stennieville at 11:32 AM PST - 9 comments

rollin', rollin', rollin'...

I need help calculating toll expenses for a car trip between NY and NJ. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 11:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Fine dining on the Rock

Where should we eat while we're in St. John's, Newfoundland? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 10:59 AM PST - 4 comments

From things that bump and grind in the night, may the good RMT deliver me

I grind my teeth in my sleep. A friend of mine who is an Registered Massage Therapist ("RMT") tells me that even though I have a night guard I'll destroy the discs in my jaw by grinding, that the fact that my jaw clicks when it opens and shuts is VERY BAD, and that I need to get to an RMT pronto. The dentists at the clinic I go to claim they've never heard of massage as a cure for grinding. So I have two questions: is my RMT friend right, and if so, can you recommend a Toronto-area (preferably central or west-end) RMT who has specialized training in TMJ issues?
posted by orange swan at 10:49 AM PST - 24 comments

Specialty Cocktail for the Fall

Cocktail suggestions? If you are normally a manhattan/old fashioned drinker in the winter (and a gin and tonic/gimlet drinker in the summer), and you needed to pick a specialty cocktail to be served in your honor at an autumn cocktail hour, but it could not be a manhattan or old fashioned, what would you pick? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 10:48 AM PST - 55 comments

Good, durable rainboots?

The rainy season is upon us where I live. What rainboots will I not regret purchasing three months in? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 10:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I do this program in sexuality education?

Should I do this certificate program in sexuality education? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't want a fabulous coat-parachute, thanks!

Fellow short/petite women, please tell me your favorite winter coat brands, styles, and sources! I need a new classic, black wool winter coat, and I mostly do the sales/consignment/discount/online shop thing. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 9:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Questions about biology from the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Questions about biology, genes, humans and apes, courtesy of the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. SPOILERS WITHIN. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:47 AM PST - 8 comments

We need to talk, just not sure about what

Is this a case of relationship failure to launch or am I just clueless about the pace of a normal relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Creepy or Nice? How to tell the difference!

Dating Filter: Is he creepy or just nice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 72 comments

Help me find music like what I've heard at Ottawa's Heart and Crown pub.

Help me find music like what I've heard at Ottawa's Heart and Crown pub. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 9:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Sweeter dreams

I like a whisky nightcap from time to time. Does it make sense to take a calcium / magnesium carbonate-type antacid (Rennies, Tums, Rolaids) at bedtime to neutralise the impact the whisky might have on the GI tract, even though I have no symptoms of heartburn or indigestion? I would sort of think it might make no difference at all - that these are sometimes even recommended as a dietary supplement - but I am aware that alcohol is a risk factor in upper GI cancers and I wonder if it might be a useful preventative.
posted by sagwalla at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Really make the bed a bed.

How can I decorate my daughter's new bed? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

I love you, you're perfect, now change.

How do I deal with my partner drastically changing his appearance in response to his baldness, and the way it affects my attraction to him? [more inside]
posted by Vinegaroon at 9:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Why are laser pointers cheaper than laser pointer batteries?

We have young indoor cats who require constant stimulation, and of course that means that having a working laser pointer on hand at all times is essential. I can get laser pointers really cheap ($1.49) at the dollar store, with batteries included. But if I just want to replace the batteries it costs an arm and a leg. What gives?
posted by aunt_winnifred at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Thinking of releasing a mouse.... inside.

If I release rodents inside my dwelling, will they lead me out? [more inside]
posted by LowellLarson at 8:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Fishing novice seeking some safety advice

I went fishing with my friends for the first time last week. I enjoyed it. Help me fill in the gaps on safety though for the next that I go. Will gloves help? [more inside]
posted by DetriusXii at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Massage Questions (sorry no snarky title)

First time massage. It's a legit massage. I'm a guy, I wonder if I should get a guy or a girl to do it? Not sure which would be more awkward really. What is the norm for this sort of thing? Also, what are the norms of tipping? I can barely tip functionally at restaurants without getting anxious. I don't even know where to begin with what to tip for a massage.
posted by Napierzaza at 8:42 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me with a catchy name for our charity rummage/craft sale

I'm organizing a benefit sale for Spay and Neuter Syracuse (SANS), a low cost non-profit spay neuter clinic. It will be held in donated space in a local mall, for one day. Probably Sept 10, though we are trying to get a later date. We are planning on selling nicer newer rummage sale type stuff - books, gift items, crafts. We need a fun name that will help people understand what it is. I had thought about Flea Market for Cats and Dogs but that isn't quite it. Can you help?
posted by Melsky at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

I just wanna keep going

Working my way up to my first century ride (using this plan: it's a .pdf). It's three weeks away. Training's going well and I know I'll be able to finish, but what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr at 8:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Austin to Minneapolis move?

Thinking of moving from Austin to Minneapolis for a job. What do I need to know and what should I look at in my one free day there to look around? [more inside]
posted by jopreacher at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

An alien blew up my brain!

Please help me remember the name of an old scifi novel about an alien that sucks knowledge out of other people's brains, killing them. [more inside]
posted by CuJoe at 8:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Soccer is no holding the ball right?

Eight 4 year old boys + no SOCCER coach = me stepping up...Help! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

stockroom safety issue

My workplace seems to deal with storage in a way that is unsafe: we have boxes stacked to the ceiling (one box on top of the other, not layered like brick) along several walls and shallow crates and flat boxes stacked to the ceiling in an area at least 6' on each side without any sort of support other than the containers everything is in. Is this normal for stockrooms and warehouses? If not, how can I do something about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Fast std clinic in toronto?

GTA: Fast and/or anonymous STD check in Toronto? Can anyone recommend a clinic in Toronto that has fast results on STD tests? I spoke with the Hassle Free clinic and they sound great but results take 2 weeks. Anyone do it faster? Price is not an issue. Emails can be sent to anoninto at gmail. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

UK slosh pipe

I want to build a slosh pipe but I'm in England and have no idea where I can get the end caps without paying a lot more than the US sites suggest this should cost. Ideas?
posted by JConUK at 8:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Met with a minor accident (lady hit my parked car). Should I call insurance or take care of this myself?

A lady hit my car when it was parked at a mall. I have her insurance details and she is willing to take responsibility. My dilemma is this: - Even though this is a minor accident (scrath on the side) its going to show up on carfax as a accident - Correct??? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 at 7:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Capitalism Getting Me Down Low

I have been unemployed for a long time, and I can no longer handle the minimum payment for my credit card. It's a Chase card, and my checking account is also Chase. If I stop paying my card, and hope to negotiate a lower interest rate (it's 29.9% and I haven't put a penny on the card in years, just keep paying off the interest month after month), can Chase somehow take money from (or otherwise harm) my checking account? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 7:18 AM PST - 15 comments

NY metro area dressmaker

Please help me turn this beautiful fabric into beautiful clothing. [more inside]
posted by Breav at 7:08 AM PST - 2 comments

When is it SPD and when is it a toddler being a toddler?

How do you know your toddler may have SPD vs a toddler being a toddler? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 6:42 AM PST - 31 comments

Bohemia in Despotic countries?

I'm interested in books about 'underground' or 'bohemian' sub-cultures in despotic regimes. Artists, musicians, intellectuals, or even party kids or 'hippies'. I know there's a ton of these about the Soviet sphere, but I'm also interested in ones in Islamic countries or Asian countries or South America. Fiction or Non-Fiction is fine.
posted by empath at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

best web software to sell books?

Best software/scripts to sell books online and offline. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 6:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Decent Work for Decent Pay

Non-retail-counter jobs for a school-bound 18 year old? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 6:08 AM PST - 28 comments

Best Scifi Blog Ever

What is the best science fiction blog? [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 5:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Sleeping woes with a 9m old

Failing at getting a nine month old to sleep. Help! [more inside]
posted by dance at 5:24 AM PST - 36 comments

White stiletoes and Ford Escorts

I need a picture of a typical 80's Essex Man's car. I refuse to believe there are no pictures of this online. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 5:20 AM PST - 10 comments

is there any such thing as a retro mobile?

Australian mobile phone/cellphone for vision impaired person? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 4:51 AM PST - 2 comments

Let's Make a Deal

How can I get the best deal on a car? Based on my previous question, I haven't decided if I am going to buy or lease. For either path, what techniques and tactics should I employ to get the best deal. Where can I find reliable information on prices? Do I play dealers off of one another? This question is not about buying vs. leasing. Let's just assume I am going to buy one car and lease another. How do I get the best deal on both?
posted by jasondigitized at 4:19 AM PST - 12 comments

It wasn't really that nice knowing you...

How can I comfort the loved ones of a dying person I don't like? And the dying person themselves? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 4:05 AM PST - 26 comments

Paging Charlton Heston.

According to the newswires, Japan was just rattled by a magnitude 6.8 quake, causing a temporary shutdown of the Shinkansen. Are the aftershocks from the 3/11 quake still coming in hot and heavy? How large are recent tremors, and how are people responding when they hit? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:59 AM PST - 8 comments

American Lawyering in the UK?

Any ideas on how an American lawyer can find a job in the UK? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 2:14 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do in Brunei

What should I do with myself during a ten hour stopover in Brunei?
posted by Cobbler at 1:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me train to run the 800 meter dash for a college-wide competition 3 months away

Help me train to run and win the 800 meter dash for a college-wide competition 3 months away [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 1:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find happiness! Literally!

I'm looking for fiction that is short(ish) and has happiness as a theme. By happiness, I mean any of the following: factors influencing happiness, someone gaining/losing happiness, pondering the meaning of happiness, money causing/preventing happiness, thinking something will make you happier and it does or doesn't, etc. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 12:20 AM PST - 18 comments

August 18

My father has a sibling he never knew about

Should I tell my father that he has a sibling who was given up for adoption? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 11:53 PM PST - 32 comments

Pick A Place To Party

I want to rent an event space in NYC. Where do I start? It's basically a wedding reception without the wedding, I'd like it to hold about eighty people, with an open bar and using my own caterers. It should be three hours booked at least. I'd like it in Manhattan but totally open to nearer Brooklyn and Queens. What do I need to know and where should I go in getting a space for late October? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 11:52 PM PST - 3 comments

October Vacation, hopefully on a beach

"Romantic" vacation ideas for October? Departing from central Ohio. [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 11:45 PM PST - 5 comments

At least I'm not on the OTHER end of this affair

So I just learned I'm a creditor in a bankruptcy case. NOW what? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for an outdoor sound system for my camp at Burning Man.

My camp has this giant tarp on poles to protect us from the desert sun. My wife has decorated it romantically. Now I feel like it needs sound. Am I dreaming, wishing of speakers to put around the outside of our shade structure, pointing in? That don't cost a lot of money? That can withstand the sun? That have decent sound and some clear bass? That has an iPod dock? I have a generator for AC power, though a battery option would be nice (but not a requirement!) and I don't mind using speaker wire, so iwireless or not, fine with me.
posted by DesmondDoomsday at 10:17 PM PST - 10 comments

So what can I make with this Le Creuset "french" oven?

[cooking filter] Simple but awesome vegetarian (or pescatarian) recipes using a Le Creuset french oven? [more inside]
posted by perkinite at 9:38 PM PST - 11 comments

unemployment question

gf is currently experiencing what appears to be an audit from the California EDD. What to expect? How screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Unexplained phenomena: Does anyone have experience with "things that go bump in the night"?

Unexplained phenomena: Does anyone have experience with "things that go bump in the night"? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:00 PM PST - 51 comments

What's it like to be a graphic/web designer at 40+?

I've been on the graphic/web design path for the last 10 years. I am burnt out. When I look into the future of my field, it's dreary due to outsourcing and automation. It also seems like older designers are almost non-existent (except for the very accomplished, established ones) and that it's more the younger generation's game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Vietnamese laptop in the US??

I need a laptop from Vietnam to work on US outlets....I'm talking long term use. Is it possible to change the power cord, or is it strictly a power converter, and if so what? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

pew pew pew

What is the most fun thing to shoot a gun at? [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves at 7:22 PM PST - 38 comments

Should I let my team watch tv at work?

Am I being too nice by letting my team watch tv at work? [more inside]
posted by zebraspots at 7:06 PM PST - 41 comments

Choose my own fonts in Chrome?

Is there an extension that lets use my own font choices in Chrone? Firefox has an option that doesn't let web sites choose fonts and I want something like that. There's one called Plainclothes and it does too many other things.
posted by Yakuman at 6:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy

Bacterial Vaginosis during pregnancy, is Flagyl safe? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

We know, we know... anything but WotW and The Shadow!

My friends and I are interested in recreating some radio plays in podcast form. We need a lot of information! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 6:36 PM PST - 1 comment

ATM deposits must be discrete from withdrawals, why?

Why is it that when I make a deposit to my bank, using an ATM, it must be a separate transaction from any other transactions? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 6:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommend a driving instructor or school in north inner London

Recommend a driving instructor or school in north inner London (Camden/Westminster area). [more inside]
posted by kyten at 5:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Water heater entraining water in exhaust flue

Why is my water heater not working, and why is it throwing out exhaust gas entrained with cold water? [more inside]
posted by drollix at 5:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Pow! Freowwww! Games to test out my new rig with?

I got a new PC a few months ago. I like to think that it's a good build, but I never play any games on it anyway besides minecraft because I already had an Xbox and there's nothing coming out until christmas. What are some games/demos I can get (for free) that I can try on it to really get a sense of how good of a gaming rig it is - and if I should start buying PC games, or stick to xbox games? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 5:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Kiddie shows without the goofy voices?

What are some good English-language TV shows for toddlers where the characters aren't speaking in overly affected voices? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 5:03 PM PST - 25 comments

What should I sing for my choral audition?

I'm auditioning for a spot in a 'master chorale' next week. The audition calls for two 'contrasting songs'. What to choose? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Pins & needles everywhere

Tingling/burning sensations as well as fatigue and heartburn for the past few days. Seeing a doctor next week, but curious what this could be and if I should rush myself to the ER. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Jesus was a swinger?!

I'm looking for reputable (i.e. with citations/bibilographies) histories or studies about the evolution of sexuality within the Judeo-Christian religions. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 4:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend me a mail forwarding service?

Can you recommend me a mail forwarding service? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 4:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Caulk Sucker

Indoor/Outdoor Acrylic Latex Caulk around a tub - bad idea? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Rover rover mechanic, please come over...

Need reliable, dependable, honest Range Rover mechanic near or around Waldoboro, Maine [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 3:54 PM PST - 6 comments

After hearing a really moving piece, I'm looking to get into choral music.

I recently stumbled upon this piece by John Tavener. It really gets going at the 2:20 mark. I love the rich chords and, at times, heavy bass of the piece. I want to get into this choral music, whether it is old Gregorian chant stuff or contemporary, but I don't know where to start! Anyone have any recommendations to start off with?
posted by staticscreen at 3:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Please offer advice as I consider checking myself into a psych ward.

It has been recommended to me by my therapist to check myself into a pysch hospital this weekend. I have depression, and I am in a severe down cycle that has not been triggered by any outside situations. Additionally, I am a recovering alcoholic with 9 months sober. My capacity for self-harm is high. I am looking for advise on checking in, warnings, experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM PST - 17 comments

"Expedited" NYS non-driver ID?

How do I "expedite" a New York State non-driver ID? [more inside]
posted by skbw at 3:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me advocate for myself medically.

Please help me bolster my courage and come up with a plan. I am losing hope after being told once again that it's "all in my head" and to go to a psychiatrist. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 3:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Exporting photos from lapsed Flickr Pro account

How do I get my old photos off of Flickr without paying a $25 ransom? [more inside]
posted by j.s.f. at 3:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Get me out of my book contract!

Attention professors and people in the book biz: How can I get out of a book contract with an academic press? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Baseball 101

Help me (simply) explain the game of baseball to a group of Europeans here for a conference (11 countries represented). [more inside]
posted by meindee at 3:09 PM PST - 6 comments

What sounds sound like no other sound?

A coworker bouncing a ping pong ball on his desk today made me think, "There is nothing else that sound could ever be confused for." Are there any other sounds that are unmistakeable for anything else?
posted by aquanet at 3:09 PM PST - 38 comments

"But you've already done a first year."

[UK-specific] With the Student Loans Company claiming he's not eligible for his first year of university funding, how can my friend appeal his case before the start of the coming academic year? [more inside]
posted by henryaj at 3:04 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't trust my trustee.

This is a question about an inherited estate and a trustee that I suspect is not acting in my best interests. [more inside]
posted by tiny plastic sockpuppet at 2:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Kink resources for my therapist?

My therapist is not kink-aware, but she'd like to be. Can you point me to some good reading materials for her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:54 PM PST - 10 comments

I suck at blowjobs

How do I give better blowjobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Mom and dad are going out ... but where?

Fun, early-evening date nights in San Francisco for exhausted parents a wannabe-romantic married couple? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy at 2:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Help with gifts - for co-worker & sister

Help - I need help with presents (or should I even give them?) - 1. co-worker, 2. sister! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

to comma or not?

Do I use a comma? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 2:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Genie in a box

Less expensive dust-cover for Pro-Ject RM 1.3 (aka "the Genie")? [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 2:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Free or nearly-free ways to make our home pleasant?

Free or nearly-free ways to make our home pleasant? [more inside]
posted by moira at 2:00 PM PST - 46 comments

Why were so many black people involved in the England rioting?

Awkward Filter: Why were the recent UK riots/looting seemingly dominated by black people? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 1:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Calling all architects!

In what architectural style was the Grand Palais in Paris designed/built? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

A lot of Woody Woodpeckers in a lot of drawers?

Looking for a Woody Woodpecker scene! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

My boyfriend is an emotionally healthy person with situationally appropriate emotional responses! How do I deal with that?

After years of not-quite-emotionally-healthy surroundings, I'm usually tense and awkward around people when they get angry because I'm expecting them to inevitably turn their anger towards me. My boyfriend totally doesn't do that! But now I realize that I don't know what normal people are supposed to do when their S.O. is frustrated. [more inside]
posted by sometimes_a_pony at 1:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Boom boom crash crash without the hassle

Where can I play drums without annoying people? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 12:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation.

Looking for tips and resources around using a SSD for a Windows XP Pro boot drive, cloned from my existing XP installation. [more inside]
posted by schmoppa at 12:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Sharp AR-M620 driver install no longer works (XP)

Sharp AR-M620 driver no longer installs on windows XP, it used to!! Now, no printer shows up at all. Any idea why this is happening? [more inside]
posted by Guyatoffice at 11:45 AM PST - 0 comments

Which is the best version of the book?

Which is the definitive (original/best) version/edition to read of your favourite books? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera at 10:38 AM PST - 16 comments

Steeeeeeve Albiiiiiiiniiiiiii

Long shot: Every time I hear Steve Albini's name, I think "Steeeeeeeeve Albiiiiiiiniiiiiiii!" I know it is from something. Does anybody know what? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommend baking sheets that don't flex?

Please recommend good baking sheets that won't flex. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 10:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Saving xps files as pdf

I want to save documents as pdf files instead of xps files in using Windows 7 print utility. There's a plug in from Microsoft to do it in Office 2007 programs, but I want to do it with other programs, specifically accounting software. Anyone know a plug in to do this?
posted by Keith Talent at 9:55 AM PST - 10 comments

If it's really "location, location, location," show me some locations.

Since Google Maps ended its real estate search function in February 2011, have any of you found a good replacement? I can't find anything like it. [more inside]
posted by resurrexit at 9:45 AM PST - 13 comments

What's the best iPad app for IP cameras

What's the best iPad app for viewing surveillance cameras? [more inside]
posted by contraption at 9:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Help my workouts away from home!

Help me find the perfect Crossfit iPhone app! (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 9:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Cross train or jump ship...?

It looks like my webdev employer has decided to move from PHP to JSP. Is it time to learn a new language or time to move on...? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 15 comments

It's time.

Advice for finding a therapist in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

My eyes surely do deceive me...

Can wearing glasses with the wrong prescription for an extended period of time affect the accuracy of a new eye exam? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Arizona or Bust!

Leaving tomorrow for Scottsdale. We are driving from Seattle, through Utah. We'll have at least one night in Zion, visit Bryce....and hopefully a night in Sedona. (Skipping the Grand Canyon, went there last year) Any suggestions on things we ought not miss? I love fun restaurants, food trucks, roadside attractions. Thanks for your help!
posted by jennstra at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Mystery diagnosis: What would make my mom allergic to my kids?

For the past two years, every (~8) time my mother and my immediate family (wife, three kids) have visited, my mother is struck with significant gastrointestinal distress somewhere between 12 and 84 hours later, most usually 60 hours (that is, 5 a.m. on the third morning), that lasts about two days. My mom is generally well and never suffers this ailment at any other time. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 9:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Spanish class for 6 year old?

FtWorth filter: Where can I find a spanish class for my 6 year old? We are not Spanish speakers, so I cannot teach her myself
posted by Frosted Cactus at 9:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Who is the best mobile phone carrier in Dublin?

My cousin is moving to Dublin to go to medical school in two weeks. When he gets there, he wants to sign up for a mobile phone plan. He intends to get an iPhone 4 (not negotiable), and cannot wait until the 5 is announced for prices to drop. But which carrier does he go with? [more inside]
posted by jeather at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Enough with the fattie jokes

How do I suggest to an elderly relative that he stop insulting me every time he sees me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 67 comments

Anyone recorded an album with venture capital? Please tell me all!

I'm in a band, and we're being courted by a fairly senior guy in the music industry. He's suggesting that rather than signing ourselves away to a major, we fund the first 18 months (so album recording, tour, publicity etc) we get funding from venture capitalists. Does anyone have any experience with this, or have any links for further reading on this? The music industry can be an unforgiving environment, and I want to know as much as possible independently to our potential manager...
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Quote about marriage

Help me remember a quote about marriage. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Is craig's list safe for buying tickets?

Are Craig's list ticket sellers a fraud? [more inside]
posted by TKL0125 at 8:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Financing on 10 year old car?

Best way to get a loan for an 8-10 year old car? My bank won't finance anything over 7 years old, and I'm not sure I trust dealer financing. [more inside]
posted by tonyx3 at 8:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Finding science toys in UK?

Long ago I found a British online shop selling cool "science toys". It had things like aerogel, although I'm not sure if it actually sold aerogel. One thing I specifically remember is a "trick pen" where it looked like there was no way for the button on the top to do anything, and the centre section was 4 thin metal rods. The rods were actually hollow and contained a wire that transmitted the force. Help me find it again! [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 8:09 AM PST - 2 comments

What is the most reliable and affordable way to create a will?

What is the best way to go about creating a legal/binding will in the most affordable manner possible? I am not sure if I should go to a brick and mortar lawyer and pay the going rate, or use an on-line service. Are the on-line sites a safe and reliable option? Are there state specific rules/laws that I need to worry about?
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 8:02 AM PST - 13 comments

I can haz phone skillz?

I work for a financial services firm dealing with high-net-worth clients and I have been tasked with helping a new-ish (young) male co-worker with his client service phone skills. [more inside]
posted by Mysticalchick at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me make my blog just a little more popular.

For the sake of my ego and my ego alone, I want to make my pop culture blog just a little more popular without busting my hump or turning it into a second job. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Inexpensive/safe hotels in Wash DC?

Washington DC hotel recommendations? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 7:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Fiction book about generational suicides?

Looking for the title of a book that I read in the mid 90's. It is a "fanciful" fictional book about a family (generations of family) end up committing suicide in very strange ways. [more inside]
posted by futz at 7:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Free Remote-Desktop S/W For My Blackberry?

I'm looking for free remote-desktop software for my BlackBerry Curve 3G, similar to LogMeIn (which is free, but not not compatible) and RDM+ (which is compatible, but $39.95). Any ideas? Thanks much.
posted by whitebird at 7:22 AM PST - 1 comment

What to do with the giant mystery dirt pile in my basement?

The Mystery of the Basement Burial Mound — sticks and stones, bricks and bones (and now cat poop!): what do I do about a giant pile of rocks and debris in my basement? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 7:18 AM PST - 33 comments

A Space Souvenir must be good for something!

Fine me a project! A friend visited the Kennedy Space Center a year or so ago, and brought back souvenirs – I now own a 4x4 tile made of the same (silicon? ceramic?) insulating material that protected the Space Shuttle. Is there anything I can do with this other than admire it? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 7:17 AM PST - 3 comments

What to do with a liter of slightly dirty olive oil?

What to do with a liter of slightly dirty olive oil? [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 7:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I park my car cheaply for ten days near 11231 (Brooklyn, NY)?

Where can I park my car cheaply for ten days near 11231 (Brooklyn, NY)? [more inside]
posted by lovehandles at 7:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Is a chaperoned friendship worth having?

I have a friend who isn't allowed to hang out with me unless his "female friend" (explanation inside) either grants permission or is present. And that "female friend" used to be my friend. But my friend is really, really cool; how can we remain friends when there's this unusual set of requirements? [more inside]
posted by Ashen at 6:47 AM PST - 59 comments

A crunchy shoulder that produces odd sensations?

I have a knot or something similar in my left shoulder. I've been trying to work it out in the last week, and now I'm feeling a sensation that's very peculiar. Can someone explain what's causing it? [more inside]
posted by ictow at 6:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Cheap licensed roof inspector in the Nashville, TN area

Cheap licensed roof inspector in the Nashville, TN area- I am refinancing and the appraiser wants me to have a roof inspection before they will release an official appraisal the bank. Does anyone have a recommendation?
posted by catastropher at 6:19 AM PST - 0 comments

Name for error resulting from GPS sampling on curves?

Is there a proper name for errors in distance calculated by GPS logs resulting from a curving path not receiving enough samples to define it and thus being shortened? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 6:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Make my skin happy!

I'm on the hunt for a new facial cleanser. I've found a fancy-dancy expensive one that I like, but before I commit to it, are there any drugstore brands worth trying out? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 5:30 AM PST - 23 comments

how to get votes for a facebook video contest?

need some ideas for getting votes for a video contest on facebook. [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 5:26 AM PST - 5 comments

kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality?

kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality? [more inside]
posted by canned polar bear at 5:24 AM PST - 27 comments

Workbag suggestions

(Handbag-filter). I'm looking for a very specific handbag for work and travelling. My perfect bag would be a standard Mulberry Bayswater with a messenger strap so I can sling the bag over and have my hands free (very useful when in airports). [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 5:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Find an old DOS game

What DOS war game was I playing? [more inside]
posted by mhz at 5:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Blood test in NJ?

Getting a blood test in NJ? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 5:06 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the best "fail" photos you have seen?

What are the best "fail" photos you have seen? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:33 AM PST - 15 comments

How do i get rid of a dead car in Cambridge ma

Auto salvage around Cambridge, MA: I have a dead car, I would like to get rid of it and perhaps get a bit of cash. Do you have a specific recommendation? It's about the spammiest, unmanageably seedy topic that I've ever searched for and I would like personal recommendations. Everyone claims that they pay the most, I just want fast and easy to deal with-- any money is a bonus to having it over with. Hopefully today. Feel free to memail if you feel weird about public recommendations. Thanks!
posted by Mayor Curley at 4:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me return my panama hat to Equador

It's hot. Damned hot. And I lose sunglasses. [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Laptop Audio to Amp

Hand-me-down electronics mix and match: laptop audio through amp? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Mental Health and Career Prospects

Will a mental health diagnosis preclude me from entering certain careers in the field of engineering? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:34 AM PST - 15 comments

All of the boys and all of the girls want to FPGA-me

Is there a way to directly download a coded configuration from an FPGA board to a computer? [more inside]
posted by kagredon at 12:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Remixed Love Is All You Need

Remixed/Remastered Beatles songs? I love the 1999 Yellow Submarine Songtrack versions of the songs. I know a few years ago we got a remastered catalogue but it doesn't have the same pop or zip as the Yellow Submarine Songtrack. Has anyone done a bootleg remixing/remastering with similar results to the Yellow Submarine Songtrack?
posted by tarvuz at 12:02 AM PST - 4 comments

August 17

Standard Deviation stuffed plushie

Where have I seen a model of the Standard Deviation curve made into some kind of stuffed plushie? They were being made and sold online. [more inside]
posted by UsagiBride at 10:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Breweries and distilleries in Portland, OR?

Please recommend some breweries and distilleries that we could visit in Portland OR, with a focus on those that give tours. [more inside]
posted by rkent at 10:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Legal wizards: How do I find out if these divorce papers are real?

Legal wizards: How do I find out if these divorce papers are real? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl at 10:04 PM PST - 26 comments

anonymous emails

Looking for a simple arrangement for tenants in my building to communicate w/ each other, and to the Owner as well, anonymously, if they wish. We need to address some issues. Users would need to have the ability to post w/out revealing their id's; and Owner can view, or the posts could be sent to him. Is there something I could set up, anonymously, and let loose?
posted by ebesan at 9:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Tubby kitty troubles.

What can we do to get our largish cat to be more active? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 9:22 PM PST - 13 comments

AT&T iPhone: DTMFA?

AT&T iPhone: DTMFA? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 9:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Do I have a potential problem with aggressive behavior?

My adult female Rottweiler exhibited resource guarding aggression for the first time today. I am inclined to simply not give her the treat that made her growl ever again, but what else should I be doing to insure we don't have a problem? [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:55 PM PST - 11 comments

A solution so obvious, it must be wrong.

Why don't electric cars use smaller motors with multiple-speed transmissions? [more inside]
posted by davejay at 8:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Experience with Stewart, Cooper, & Coon?

Does anyone have any experience with Stewart, Cooper, and Coon, an "executive placement" firm that helps you with your job search for a fee? [more inside]
posted by mbidi at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

When should I book my tickets to Bangkok/Singapore?

When is the best time to book tickets to Singapore or Bangkok? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Cheap travel to Alaska

What is the cheapest way to get from the Pacific Northwest to Skagway, Alaska? [more inside]
posted by domnit at 8:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Yo quiero entender mas.

Where and how to learn Spanish in Atlanta at a relatively low cost? [more inside]
posted by fignewton at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Best tablet for basic reading?

Looking for a tablet recommendation, there are so many out there I can't figure out what I need. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 7:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Return to natural sleep

Help me kick the Ambien habit. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 7:42 PM PST - 22 comments

who knew moving with a car was so complicated

Some kind of sketchy questions about the legalities and insurance implications of moving from state to state and not switching car registrations over. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Which computer do i pick?

What laptop should i replace my mac with? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 7:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Lotsa copiers, what to use them for?

Imagine that you have multiple colour and black and white office size copiers/mfps at your disposal. What would you use them for?
posted by swontario at 7:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it safe to eat seaweed from either Korea or Japan?

I love snacking on the roasted seasoned seaweed available at Costco - but is it safe to eat in light of the Fukushima meltdown? The only product information I can find says it is a product of Korea. Should I avoid eating seaweed originating from any particular location?
posted by invisible ink at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Work Social Skills for the Non-Socially Inclined

Social Skills filter: I'm looking for proper resources to learn social skills, especially around the workplace. Very much a special snowflake-type situation with lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Meditation for a high-need kid

I'm looking for a very specific kind of therapy/mindfulness training for my kid. I'm in the SF Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Coffee Hazard Site!

Kindly advise me on setting up a hazmat site in my neighbor's cubicle! [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:29 PM PST - 24 comments

Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday

What would be a good poem/saying/verse for a little boy of 8 to read at the wedding of his dad? Mom is trying to help but is stumped. [more inside]
posted by momochan at 6:19 PM PST - 8 comments

The mushroom, of course!

I've always loved portabella mushroom sandwiches with roasted red peppers and some goat cheese. This week I discovered I also love portabella pizzas - substituting the mushroom cap as the crust of the pizza. Can you tell me more portabella recipes I might love? [more inside]
posted by corn_bread at 5:58 PM PST - 22 comments

favourite vegetarian lasagne recipe?

Best vegetarian lasagne recipe? [more inside]
posted by paperscissorsrock at 5:41 PM PST - 18 comments

What is the poetry term for a type of rhyme?

Is there a word for a rhyme from *inside* one line to *inside* another line? Such as if the second word is line 1 is "car," and the second word in line 2 is "far"?
posted by maurreen at 5:10 PM PST - 9 comments

China / law filter:

Has anyone attended the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing? I'm not a lawyer or an academic, but I am interested in learning more about property rights in China. Should I attend?
posted by quidividi at 4:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Better-quality voice calling, complete with silences and breath sounds?

Is there any VOIP or other audio-chat-over-the-internet software that doesn't massively compress the audio and flatten quiet moments into complete silence? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Fine Art Tattoo Advice

Looking for advice regarding a tattoo interpretation of this painting (Van Gogh's Almond Blossom). [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 4:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Pregnant & Fancy

Where can I find fantastic formal maternity gown? [more inside]
posted by BClady at 4:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for super simple recipes for the crockpot

I have a crockpot, need to eat at home more, and am really short on time. Anyone have recipes I could use? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 4:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Half a day in Shenzhen?

Half a day in Shenzhen? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Bedbugs vs lice (can't believe I'm rooting for lice)

The exterminator says it's a mild case of bedbugs. Is he almost certainly right? I don't have any bites and I don't want to go through an unnecessary fumigation. Could it be lice or something instead? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 2:57 PM PST - 14 comments

ViSalus Science: color me skeptical

Please tell me everything you know about the ViSalus Science Program. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Please enter your address for the 80th time.

I've an idea to take a group of industry standard PDF forms & build a website that allows you to enter your information once to populate all of the forms. The problem: how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How to keep track of blog comments

What do you use to keep track of comments online? I've been using coComment for ages but it can be slow and it doesn't work with the recent Firefox upgrade. [more inside]
posted by Fence at 1:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Where the nightlife in Reston, VA?

Where to go out in Reston, VA area? [more inside]
posted by jlstitt at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Batch COnvert Video Files

I need a program that will BATCH convert .wmv files to mpg or mp4 with the exact same quality as the original .wmv . Free or Paid. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 12:50 PM PST - 13 comments

The only thing worse than a stressed-out bride is a stressed-out, HORMONAL bride

My skin is exploding with hormonal rage... and I'm getting married in 3.5 weeks. Help? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 12:29 PM PST - 38 comments

What should I charge for a charity shopping event?

What should I charge for a charity shopping event? [more inside]
posted by mgarnhum at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Stop my runaway fridge!

My fridge is running and I can't catch it! [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 12:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Anyone know what this is that's hangning from phone lines in LA?

I live in Los Angeles and have been noticing something strange hanging from some telephone lines throughout the city. I have been asking everyone I know if they know what it is, and have searched the Internet for an answer, but I still can't figure out what it is, or why it's hanging everywhere. It looks like a robber holding a money bag. Here's a picture I took with my phone. Anyone know?
posted by RUPure at 12:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Choosing Between Mattress Or Boxspring?

Boxspring? Mattress? Or Both? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 12:03 PM PST - 21 comments

What makes great UI text?

Writers and designers of UI text and instructional text, please share links, advice, or best practices... [more inside]
posted by methroach at 12:02 PM PST - 8 comments

The girl with the golden shoes.

I seek awesome gold or gold-and-ivory heels for my wedding. I love these babies (as well as these and these) from BHLDN but I'd like to pay around $100 for my pair. [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound at 11:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Need a new bank. Suck it Wells Fargo.

It's time for a new bank due to new charges by my current bank. I'm thinking online banking might be a winner for me. I'd like to hear about your experiences with online banking, and who is currently the best to go with. Complete with Snowflake inside! [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:39 AM PST - 33 comments

Who should teach me to rub people the right way?

I'm thinking about training as a massage therapist. Local options seem to boil down to Soma or Cortiva Institute, and I need help choosing! [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker at 11:38 AM PST - 3 comments

What to eat?

I'm eating a certain number of calories per day and using My Fitness Pal to track my food. If, for example, I have most of my day's menu planned but have a certain number of calories, fat grams, protein grams, and carb grams I need to eat to meet my daily targets, is there a website that will tell me which foods fit those criteria? Like a calorie database in reverse, I guess. Does that exist?
posted by trillian at 11:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Who eats a price drop regarding retail stock?

Game console price drops! What happens regarding the stock retailers already have on hand? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

All Asian Culinary All Stars

I would like to compile a list of "must buys", or perhaps "must trys", for the next time I go to stock up at an Asian supermarket. [more inside]
posted by roofus at 11:33 AM PST - 45 comments

Whats the deal with mixing normal and decaf coffee in re overall caffeine levels?

If I drink normal coffee in the day and decaf at night, I sometimes still end up feeling like I have drank too much normal coffee. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 11:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Who is the smaller guy?

Help a sister out. This is a picture of Joe Louis (not Muhammad Ali). But who is the smaller guy shaking his hand? Anyone? Anyone?
posted by Wisco72 at 11:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Tracking Commercial Airplanes?

How to recover items left in airplane seatback pocket? More specifically: How do you figure out where the plane you left the item in went to after it left the gate at which you left the item in the seatback pocket? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 11:02 AM PST - 9 comments

olive salad

I used to enjoy Progresso's jarred olive salad, but they have apparently stopped making it. I never see it in the store any more and it doesn't appear on their web site. Can any of you recommend a substitute, and a source in or near Boulder?
posted by Bruce H. at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Paint my grill?

How can I apply paint to a charcoal grill that won't burn off or discolor? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I minimize pain during a gynecological exam?

Help me survive my upcoming gynecological exam. Special, nsfw snowflake details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:37 AM PST - 15 comments

She's a Guess, I'm an Ask, help us communicate

My mother isn't happy - she has empty nest syndrome since I got married and my brother graduated. But she's handling this by being passive aggressive, and by criticising my husband. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 AM PST - 23 comments

I can't stop... wondering what the vocals are.

MusicFilter: Is Flux Pavillion sampling something in this track? Where are the vocals from? (Link goes to YouTube.)
posted by canadia at 9:16 AM PST - 1 comment


I want to work in Brazil. I speak fluent Portuguese (learned in Mozambique long story), am currently employed at a great job (government track for four years- Hill staff but I'm looking for something new). I don't want to just do teaching at a school, etc. I'm looking for something a bit different- maybe working in a communications firm or the tourism industry. Maybe I am wrong for putting off teaching in a school but it just doesn't seem like my thing. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Format a book for Kindle?

How to format a manuscript for Kindle? [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe at 9:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Help my Mom go Android on the cheap via Moto Atrix

My 72 year-old, reasonably tech-savvy Mom is taking the smartphone plunge and planning to buy a Motorola Atrix via AT&T. On Amazon Wireless a new Atrix is 29 bucks, while the CostCo price is 90 bucks after rebate. Any difference, other than a couple of accessories and Amazon's extra cancellation fee before 180 days?
posted by SenorJaime at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Find a published citation source for Chesterton's famous "I am" what's wrong with the world.

Q: What's wrong with the world? A: I am. - G. K. Chesterton... really? Verified citation please? [more inside]
posted by KMH at 8:59 AM PST - 16 comments

UK Tier 1 post-study work visa approval?

Can I apply for a UK post-study work visa before I have officially graduated but after I've completed academic work and been approved for the degree? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm buying my first used car from a person in my town...

I'm buying my first used car from a person in my town. In what order to I get license plates, receive the title, and so on? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 8:52 AM PST - 10 comments

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)?

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Overtime Pay for Exempt Employees

I need the advice of an HR person or labor expert regarding OT pay for exempt employees. I work in Louisiana in an IT field. My company was acquired by another in June 0f 2010. As part of the acquisition process, they changed all employees from non-exempt to exempt (salaried) with the expectation that requirements for overtime were going to be eliminated. Since January 2011, I've logged about 200 hours of OT. I have each item documented in a spreadsheet, and these are legitimate projects that required OT. Am I entitled to any form of compensation? The back pay would be considerable (appr. 10k dollars), but I don't know how to approach the subject with my employer.
posted by murp0837 at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments

No, you may not make me into an image macro.

Is there a valid reason that my classes require us to upload a picture of ourselves? Is this done in other programs? [more inside]
posted by winna at 8:17 AM PST - 31 comments

What is the best iPhone app to track car mileage?

What is the best iPhone app to track car mileage? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 8:10 AM PST - 5 comments not loading

I have a PC running Firefox 6 as of yesterday. When I try to go to I get the following message: An error occurred during a connection to Peer's Certificate has been revoked. (Error code: sec_error_revoked_certificate) Googling is not helping perhaps because I am not familiar enough with certificates and how they work. Any ideas on how to use the site without turning off certificates? Is it important to keep them on?
posted by yfatah at 8:04 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you know that a relationship is progressing without the traditional milestones?

How do you know that a relationship is progressing without the traditional milestones (marriage, house, children, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 30 comments

Managing Gossip for Senior Management

Any good books out there on handling employee gossip, from a managerial perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Everything is great, but the location

Two body problem. What say you? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetthecat at 7:52 AM PST - 47 comments

Limoncello physics

First attempt at making limoncello. We're trying this on the cheap, using 44% abv vodka instead of grain alcohol, "just to see what happens". What happened is strange.... [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 7:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Does it need to involve weapons to be a hostile work environment?

Should I got to HR about a hostile work environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for creative ideas for a vacation photo project

I'm taking a road trip through a really scenic area of the US and I want to go beyond boring vacation photos. My skill level is somewhere between taking snapshots at the family reunion and taking artsy photos of flowers and trees. I'm no Ansel Adams. I'm looking for cool projects to undertake, especially if they can later be incorporated into maps or timelines or video. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:44 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do between Toronto and Boston?

Please suggest places to see, things to do, places to stop/stay overnight, and routes to take for a five day car trip between Toronto and Boston? It should only be about 10 hours of direct driving, so plenty of time to stop and visit. Are there any really cool things I've never heard of and shouldn't miss? (Niagara Falls and Montreal are possibilities, but I've already heard of them :) Thank you!
posted by Salamandrous at 7:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Renting a home to college kids

Help my sister and her husband student-proof their new house [more inside]
posted by Marduk at 6:57 AM PST - 31 comments

Looking for resources for extreme commuters

Please recommend any online communities or other resources for long or extreme commuters, and please share your experiences with audiobook websites such as [more inside]
posted by tckma at 6:31 AM PST - 7 comments

I actually just hate wearing underwear, its hot.

I don't want to have periods ever again. Over a decade I got used to not having to deal with it and now its rather cumbersome. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 6:18 AM PST - 31 comments

Kindle 3 3G in Canada

I'm in Canada and planning on buying a kindle, and am currently deciding whether I should buy a Kindle 3G, or stick with the Wi-fi only model. I'd like to use it at the cottage, where there is no Internet Access, but (not-so-great) 3G coverage. It seems like there are some restrictions on international kindles that don't exist in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 6:13 AM PST - 11 comments

"A genteel black hole that knows how to read"

Question for the bookworms of AskMeFi: I have waaay too many books, but don't know how to decide which to get rid of, and which to hang onto. How do you rationalise your library? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:51 AM PST - 43 comments

99.999% uptime, simplified.

How do companies achieve extremely low downtime for websites and network applications? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Wordpress Wizards of MeFi, can you help me? Links Widget Problem: This seems like it should be relatively easy, but I can't figure it out – Is there a way I can change the titles of the Wordpress Links Widgets (Blogroll) as seen in the admin panel? I'm using many instances of the the links widget for different groups of links (trust me that there's a good reason for this), and currently what I see in my sidebar section in the Widgets area of the admin panel is a column of LINKS, LINKS, LINKS, LINKS, etc., when what I want to see is LINKS Topic A, LINKS Topic B, LINKS Topic C, etc. [more inside]
posted by taz at 4:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a single (1-ear) earbud

Looking for recommendations for a single earbud (1 earbud) for an mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 4:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Options for on-the-go Internet access for a foreigner visiting the U.S.?

Recommendations for accessing the Internet during a two-week U.S. vacation. Can I buy a suitable 'pay you go' (non-contract) SIM card in the U.S. for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by fakelvis at 2:25 AM PST - 14 comments

An I being petty?

Am I being petty about a gift from a close friend? [more inside]
posted by Mintyblonde at 2:20 AM PST - 30 comments

Am I right to think it's practical start a commercial electric vehicle charging station?

I just bought an electric car -- Nissan Leaf -- and I am curious about what it'd take to start a commercial quick charging station in my area (Santa Monica, California). How do I best frame my thinking and analysis? [more inside]
posted by haykinson at 2:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Who is the photographer from Los Angeles with the convenience store photos?

Who is this? And where can I buy prints?
posted by kensington314 at 2:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Copy rows from spreadsheet to fusion tables with a script

How can I programaticaly copy ranges from google docs spreadsheet to a fusion table? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 1:42 AM PST - 3 comments

August 16

Workplace culture in the US

Protips for a Brazilian immigrant new to working in the U.S. Are there things specific to USA-based workplaces that one should know? [more inside]
posted by pipoquinha at 11:46 PM PST - 7 comments

I have no plant experience and it shows - what is this?

Name this plant! (please?) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts?

Who owns sidewalk tree planters in New York City? The city, or the owners of the building the sidewalk abuts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Ribs + jobs

Help me locate the source of this anecdote: something about a man who is nervous for a job interview and who goes to a diner and eats a plate of ribs. The moral was that if the guy was confident enough to eat a plate of ribs without spilling a drop on himself, he's confident enough to get that job. [more inside]
posted by UncleBoomee at 9:59 PM PST - 1 comment

What are your Google dealbreakers?

What warning signs do you look for when you Google a potential date? Things were going well with a girl, and after she Googled me it seemed like things changed. I was wondering if there was any way to spot obvious red flags and either minimize or hide them. If there is a way that I could link to a search for my name on this page without it showing up in Google I'll add that to it. I can tell you that a search leads to my Twitter feed, a bunch of music reviews, old blogs, and some scattered message board comments. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:44 PM PST - 47 comments

Negro League paraphernalia and racial sensitivty

Is it offensive / tactless / rude for a white male to wear a re-issue of the Negro Leagues baseball cap for what would have been his hometown team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 PM PST - 25 comments

Sewing Machine Recommendatio Needed

I am looking for a good sewing machine brand/model to start sewing with. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 9:20 PM PST - 14 comments

iTunes not moving music to new location

Moving iTunes library to another disc--iTunes is not copying the music. [more inside]
posted by randlesc at 9:19 PM PST - 7 comments

She looked me straight in the eye... and peed on the bed.

Asking for a family member. How does one deal with a cat that is off-the-rails passive aggressive? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace at 9:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Good lies for my suicide scars.

What are some good excuses for suicide attempt scars on the inner wrist? Particularly keen to hear plausible explanations that fit with the appearance of the scar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 53 comments

Help! I need somebody.

Teaching english to children. My goodness, this is difficult. I need advice, badly. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno