September 2005 Archives

September 30

Best business/investment magzine?

I recently read a copy of Fortune magazine and found it interesting. I'd like to subscribe to a business/investment magazine....any others I should consider?
posted by Instrumental at 11:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Name that (classical) tune

Name that tune! In "Unfaithfully Yours", Rex Harrison cracks a joke around 00:16:30 about blah blah "pizzacato con motto vibratto" (" a dentist chipping out an old filling!"), then his orchestra launches into a classical piece. What is he having them play? Googling does not suggest that's its title.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 10:33 PM PST - 4 comments

What IS a Torah scholar?

What qualifications must someone have to be recognized as a Torah scholar? [more inside]
posted by davy at 10:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How long should I charge my Motorola 7100 batteries?

I need advice on how to charge my handies' batteries. [more inside]
posted by Manouk at 9:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Mercury fillings

Does a mercury filling open to saliva present a health problem? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I create users in MySQL, and how do I learn to use MySQL

I want to learn PHP and MySQL. I just installed both onto my Mac OS 10.4.2 machine to serve as a sort of testing ground. I also downloaded CocoaMySQL. It's asking for a host, user and password. I assume the host is localhost. However, I can't figure out how to create a user. Can anybody help with that? Also, what would you recommend as the best learning resources for somebody who can get around HTML and CSS, but has very little programming experience?
posted by willnot at 8:32 PM PST - 8 comments

NYC n00b ISO mind blowing club experience

NYC club Filter: My partner and I are on our way to NYC and he has never been before. Help me blow his mind... [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

iCal death

Since upgrading to Tiger on OSX, my iCal won't boot. [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 8:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Will my lungs recover from smoking?

Do one's lungs recover from past smoking? How long does it take? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 7:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Options for flat roof (and recomended roofers in Toronto)

HomeownerFilter: Need a new (flat) roof. Questions for homeowners in general and Torontonians. [more inside]
posted by winston at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Windows printing allow only certain computers

Window printing filter: I have used this twice but can never remember where I can make the setting. Somewhere in the setting for a single windows printer being shared from a server (2000) you can specify which computers are allowed to print to it. [more inside]
posted by jumpsuit_boy at 6:18 PM PST - 0 comments

Drawing software for biology

Drawing program: Can anyone recommend a drawing program, not Photoshop, for manipulating and editing figures? [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 6:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Apple Audio Formats

Which Apple audio format(s) should I use for the greatest flexibility? I want high quality lossless and be able to compress files as needed. [more inside]
posted by philmas at 5:38 PM PST - 11 comments

If the humidity level reaches 100%, does that mean we're underwater?

I know they say that there are no stupid questions, just stupid people. Therefore,I ask this question with the full disclosure that, on the subject of humidity at least, I am a stupid person. So, my question then is; if the humidity level reaches 100%, does that mean we're underwater?
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:35 PM PST - 21 comments

high school movies?

Movies set in schools? [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime at 5:12 PM PST - 46 comments

What happens if the Red Sox, Yankees, and Indians are all tied three days from now?

What happens if the Red Sox, Yankees, and Indians are all tied three days from now? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Does this DVD backup software exist?

Backing up data to unreliable media (DVD) [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Story ID: girl/gorilla

Yet-another-story-ID: Girl's brain in a gorilla's body. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 4:17 PM PST - 12 comments

What to do with dodgy ebay seller?

Ebay advice please? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Have you ever initiated sex while you were asleep?

I'm trying to figure out if this has happened to anybody else.

Last night, in the dead of night, my boyfriend pulled me on top of him and started kissing me and started trying to take my pajama pants off, ostensibly in the hopes of getting laid. I was really tired, so I told him to lay off and let me go back to sleep. This morning I asked him about it and he has no memory of doing this. It's happened before- he'll wake me up in the middle of the night by kissing me, and in the morning denies it ever happened.

I actually think it's pretty cute and funny- and especially ironic, considering he is not the most affectionate guy.

What I'm wondering is, is this normal? Has it ever happened to anyone else?
posted by elisabeth r at 3:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Shipping large amounts of data to a lot of customers?

I need to get 40-60 gigs of data to about 200 customers a month. Currently I am using DVDs and am finding it a total hassle. I am considering harddrives but I think they will be more or less an equivalent hassle. Is there some other way? Downloads seem a little unfeasible due to the size but I'd be interesting in hearing anything.
posted by xmutex at 3:08 PM PST - 20 comments

Loyalty to the invisible corporation?

I think I might be overly loyal to my employer. In fact, every employer I have had. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Cataloging by font in AAT

Non-book CatalogingFilter: Is there a resource that maps typefaces by name to terms from the Art and Architecture Thesaurus? [more inside]
posted by stet at 2:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Linux for Tablet PC.

Anyone know where I can find a version of Linux that supports Tablet PC functions? [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Can FileMaker have hooks into MySQL?

I have a MySQL database that contains two fields - name and e-mail - for a bunch of records. Separately I have a FileMaker 7 database that contains the same fields - name and e-mail - and contains other fields, like "notes". My question: can the FileMaker database, after polling the MySQL database, show name and e-mail as read-only; and then show the other fields as editable? i.e. if I make a change to the MySQL database, can I get it to show up in FM? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Good tickets for gigs - who gets them?

So I trundled along to to get Wembley tickets for Bon Jovi. I've been to a few different gigs in my time - and always the best "premium/gold" seats are completely sold out before we even get a look in. Is there a secret way to get these tickets, or are they instantly booked up by media/music types?
posted by wibbler at 1:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Viriathus doesn't live here anymore

ArtFilter: Please help me find a detailed image or high-res scan of "La muerte de Viriato" by Spanish neoclassical painter José de Madrazo y Agudo. [more inside]
posted by Goblindegook at 1:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Making Windows Media Videos louder?

Is there any fast way to raise the audio level on 20-30 .wmv files? [more inside]
posted by plexiwatt at 1:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Bridal Shower Tips

BridalShowerFilter: We are hosting a bridal shower for about 20 people at my house on Sunday. I have two questions. One is about punch. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:06 PM PST - 21 comments

backing up psx with os x

How do I make backups of playstation (psx) games I own with OS X? I was given a "chipped" playstation, and I've been buying cheap originals at the local Rhino games. I want to back them up so that my kids (ages 8, 5, 4, 1.5) can trash the copies rather than the master copies. I'm not trying to be sneaky pirate guy. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Sturdy Walkover Brand Wing Tips

All my life I've worn sturdy, Walkover brand wing tips. They wear like tanks. Now my shoe salesman tells me the company has gone out of business. [more inside]
posted by shambles at 12:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Gas dryer or electric?

Time for a new clothes dryer. It'll be a front-loader, if that makes a difference. Should I go with gas or stay with electric? And why?
posted by spilon at 12:26 PM PST - 15 comments

I need a Windows failover backup solution.

We are considering acquiring a failover backup for a Windows 2003 server at my work. Is there a good turnkey solution for failovers for under $2000-3000? Is there *any* solution available at that price? Firewall recommendation bonus question inside. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker at 12:16 PM PST - 20 comments

Down the memory hole!

Bizarre obscure image search. I'm looking for a funny picture I saw a year or so ago on the 'net. [more inside]
posted by knave at 12:09 PM PST - 16 comments

How do you become a syndicated cartoonist?

A friend of mine wants to make far side style one-panel cartoons. Does anyone have any business advice from him? Who should he send them to if he wants to get them published? Are there mailing lists he should be on? Do they need to be in a certain format? etc.?
posted by kensanway at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Which direction to head for Java webdev frameworks?

I'm starting to get involved with Java WebDev and would like suggestions on which direction to go. [more inside]
posted by roue at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

tv colors purdy.

what's wrong with my television? can i fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Property owner liability in case of trespassing (Chicago, IL)?

Chicago, IL: Can a property owner be held liable if somone is injured while trespassing? [more inside]
posted by suitcase at 11:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Laptop with Red Hat

Anyone know where I can get a nice laptop with linux preinstalled, especially Red Hat Enterprise 4?
posted by The Jesse Helms at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Do animals put each other out of their misery?

We just had the really sad task of putting our pet dog to sleep because she had advanced cancer. I started any other animals besides humans kill out of mercy? i.e. do animals put other animals out of their misery? Has their been any research done on this? I'm looking more for evidence and research than opinion.
posted by edjusted at 11:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Metabolic variation

How much variation is there in the metabolic efficiency of humans? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 10:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How to do a cute messy child's haircut?

HaircutFilter II: How do I do a cute messy child's haircut like this? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 10:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Identify this plant?

MefiBotonists - can anyone help me identify this ... orchid(?)? [more inside]
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:25 AM PST - 13 comments

travel writing

Good Travel Writing - i'd like to learn how to write better. Not for professional submission, just for me. Any suggestions of good books? (Besides the Best American Traveling Writing that's released annually) Good websites with advice or excerpts?
posted by jare2003 at 10:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Find an old DOS Civil War Simulator

Help me find this old DOS computer game. The talk of SkiFree reminded me of a favorite DOS Civil War simulator that was called, get this, Civil War Simulator, CWS.exe. It was a turn-based game, with multiple armies (Jackson, McClellan, Grant, Lee, etc.) that started out in certain cities and the player (as either north or south) moved the troops around to various battles, which were won based on numbers of troops, supplies, skill, location, etc. You could split or fuse your armies to take on more opponent's armies or fight them better and more. [more inside]
posted by kenneth at 10:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a book on a unique tribe?

I'm trying to find a book mentioned on mefi a while ago. It talks about a tribe of people who have a unique sense of motion or time. I've searched but nothing relevant comes up. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by clockworkjoe at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm going mental right?

Am I going mental, or is my body making it's self symmetrical? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 9:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Applications that use LM or NTLM?

LM (LanManager) & NTLM (NT Lan Manager) are old, fairly insecure MS protocols for authentication. Are there any other applications besides Win 3.1, NT (pre-sp4), 95, 98 that would require LM or NTLM for authentication? [more inside]
posted by aacheson at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

CSI Room Services episode

Anyone know the name of the song that opened CSI (episode Room Service) last night? It was played before the "Who Are You" opening credits, and a snippet of it was also played at the end. Single vocalist, simple melody, very haunting.
posted by jasper411 at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

What are Cowled children?

I am looking for information on "cowled" children, that is, children born with a defect characterized by a loose flap of skin attached to the forehead. [more inside]
posted by undule at 9:12 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I learn to be photogenic?

How do I learn to be photogenic? [more inside]
posted by headspace at 9:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Centrex vs. Other Office Phone Systems

Centrex/CustoPAK vs. Other Phone Systems: Should I get one? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 9:02 AM PST - 1 comment

What are some songs that remind us to be thankful for our good fortune?

What are some songs that remind us to be thankful for our good fortune? Just the fact that you are sitting at a computer reading this probably puts you in the top 10% of wealthy people in the world. I'd like to make a CD of songs that have a positive message about appreciating and being thankful for what we've got. I remember singing as a child: "Be thankful for the good things that you've got. The good things that you've got are for many just a dream, So be thankful for the good things that we've got." That's the jist I'm going for, but not children's songs.
posted by gfroese at 8:44 AM PST - 43 comments

Buried Under Spam

My co-blogger and I upgraded from Movable Type 2.64 to MT 3.2, mostly for the rumored spam-fighting hottness. But now we're finding ourselves having to go through and manually junk thousands of spam comments every day, tediously picking out the real stuff. We've got the latest MT-Blacklist installed, but it doesn't seem to be doing a thing, and seems to have less functionality (where'd the de-spam option go??) than our old MT-Blacklist plugin. We're getting buried, and nothing seems to be working the way it should. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

'Popping sound' on my tube amp?

My tube amp is making 'popping' noises. Help! [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 7:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Defending against Specious Claim?

My mother is involved with a very upsetting situation at work, and I don't know what to advise her. She's the subject of a complaint of discrimination. [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 7:35 AM PST - 35 comments

Car title

What is the proper procedure for signing over a vehicle title and ensuring a kosher, risk-free transaction. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

WindowsUpdates Arrrrgh!

WindowsXP and FTP Filter: I am running WindowsXP Pro and every time I allow it to update, my FTP client fails. I have tried everything I can think of and all Microsoft's advice, to no avail. Anyone seen this before? [more inside]
posted by juggler at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Searching for the perfect pair of men's boots...

Searching for the perfect pair of men's compliment my kilts. Anyone own the perfect pair of boots? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 6:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Enabling Default Document for Tomcat / IIS (ISAPI Redirector) connector

How can I configure index.jsp to be a default document in Tomcat using the IIS connector (ISAPI Redirector)? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 6:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Credit in foreign countries

In considering moving away from the US, I have some questions about the process of foreign credit. In European countries (and a country-by-country breakdown would be fine), how important is your US credit record to you gaining credit there? Does credit work the same way (credit cards, etc)? Can you generate credit in foreign countries with a poor credit record in the US? How would you go about this? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 6:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Waterproofing of garage floor

Impermeabilization/Waterproofing of a garage concrete floor ? I have seen garages covered with goey smelly petroleum based substances that couldn't be properly cleaned as the substanced penetrated somehow into the floor (guess it's years of percolation ?). What paintable product could I apply ? Please try referring to a specific kind-of-product rather then a brand.
posted by elpapacito at 5:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Ask Miss (Bedside) Manners

How do you know when it's time to change doctors? If your doctor says things that worry you, or you feel s/he doesn't listen to you, is that a good reason to look for a new one? Alternatively: how can you (or even should you?) approach your doctor about his/her bedside manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:47 AM PST - 13 comments

My gf keeps irrationally trying to push me away.

I'm in a long-distance six-month-old relationship with a wonderful woman (we see each other every weekend, and I plan to be with her next year), who recently, literally turns nasty on me, casting all sorts of wild accusations (details below). We "talk" all night - usually her throwing all sorts of things at me and saying we're over and how she no longer trusts me - essentially trying to push me away. I deny it and try to remind her of all the wonderful things we have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:46 AM PST - 34 comments

Finding a competent psychiatrist.

How do I find a psychiatrist that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:44 AM PST - 15 comments

How to prevent/stop tears?

Does anyone know any techniques to avoid tears when they're on their way? Is there anything to help staunch the flow of tears - both physical and mental strategies? For either happy and sad occaisons? Or is there absolutely nothing one can do?
posted by anonymous at 4:44 AM PST - 21 comments

I think I ate a bad burrito.

Calling in sick: What's the right amount? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 4:17 AM PST - 16 comments

September 29

How do I negotiate better job terms?

How do I negotiate better non-salary benefits for a new job I was just offered? Specifically, I am mostly happy with salary but want to negotiate better vacation time and a better title. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Back-door references and slander

What is the least expensive and easiest way to fight a slanderous bad reference, when the reference's number was not provided by me? (The employer took the "back-door reference" route.) [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 9:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Army legal training for enlistees

What are enlisted men and women in the U.S. Army taught about the Uniform Code of Military Justice? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Cry, the beloved country

The America I believe in is broken. What are the most effective things I can do to help fix it? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 8:43 PM PST - 32 comments

why do blythe dolls creep me out?

Why do blythe dolls creep me out?
posted by netsirk at 7:19 PM PST - 22 comments

What do you know about Teach for America?

What can you tell me about Teach for America, or similar programs? [more inside]
posted by kyleg at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Thai Recipe Using Pomegranate Seeds

So I'm cooking a big Thai meal this weekend. While shopping, I spied some nice looking pomegranates and thought that I'd figure out a way to incorporate the seeds into the meal. A google search, however, turns up mostly undesirable results - usually involving pom juice. My thinking is that the seeds could provide a nice sweet and sour compliment to something, but I'm stumped. Any ideas out there?
posted by jbradley at 4:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you tell if bread or cheese has gone bad when it's not obvious?

How do you tell if bread or cheese has gone bad when it's not obvious? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 4:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Where do I find out about a traffic citation issued to me in the state of Texas?

Where do I find out about a traffic citation issued to me in the state of Texas? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 4:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Close the BART car doors, HAL.

Has BART ever operated regularly without drivers? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Straterra takes away my focus!

Temporary Strattera-induced burnout? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

How to demonstrate the human impact on the environment?

Is there a simple proof to demonstrate the human impact on global climate change? A common argument made by American conservatives is that humans can't possibly have a great enough impact to make a difference. Surely there's some relatively simple bit of logic that can prove our impact. Perhaps something along the lines of: "Global emissions of greenhouse gases amount of X billion tons each year, or Y trillion in the past century. Every Z billion tons of greenhouse gases increase the earth's radiative forcing by A%, each percent of which warms the earth by B degrees."
posted by waldo at 3:16 PM PST - 29 comments

I'm spaced out!

Programming/geometry: in a Flash program (you don't need to know Flash to answer this), I'm trying to place rectangular images at random positions on the screen. There are already images on the screen. I need to make sure that the new, randomly-placed images don't obscure the images already there. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 3:10 PM PST - 25 comments

What is that weird thing?

WhatIsThatWeirdThingFilter: every now and then I spot a car or pickup with this weird attachment to the rear wheel on the driver side. [more inside]
posted by russmail at 2:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to get a custom overslip printed?

I ordered something recently that came in a standard-looking cardboard box with a custom printed sleeve that slipped over it (Actually, I think it's called an overslip), making the whole deal look very professional. Where could I order something like that? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

False positive spam problem with hotmail

Despite plenty of googling, and even email with Microsoft's support - I cannot seem to solve my problem. I'm wondering if perhaps any of my fellow geeks have had this problem: I run a web/email server of my own, colocated in a highly reputable facility. For some reason, Hotmail views any email coming from my box as spam, and tosses it in a junk folder. I've done all the checks to make sure I don't have an open spam relay problem, etc. I've checked all the blacklists I can think of -- I'm not on any of them. [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Whoa-oo-whoa, listen to the, really, LISTEN TO IT.

Cover songs: specifically, cover songs that require you to reevaluate your opinion of the original. [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 2:30 PM PST - 119 comments

What's the original source of this slogan?

What actually did "whiten your teeth while you sleep"? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find an article!

Help me find an article on web development about starting from a design mockup instead of with requirements and the like. [more inside]
posted by mikel at 1:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Would you wanna get to know each other and hang out sometime?

What do the friendster spammers want from me? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon at 1:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to get the Royal Caribbean bus from DC?

LongshotFilter: My wife and I are leaving from Bayonne, NJ, on a Royal Caribbean cruise this coming Sunday. We live in the DC area, and are taking the free bus the cruise line runs from Union Station to the cruise terminal. The problem is that we don't know where at Union Station to look for the bus. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 1:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Europe Rail Travel Info?

Europe Rail Travel Info? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 1:01 PM PST - 14 comments

pushbutton toys

Pushbutton toys. Our 21-month old son absolutely loves anything with buttons, dials, and switches. But he's far past being interested in computer keyboards. What can I get him beyond Fisher Price, and more along the lines of dead instrument panels and video switchboards? The stuff on eBay always seems to be in working condition and bids well up past $100 (though I would pay that for something really nice). Any sources I might be able to look at, or maybe a different item I might have overlooked? I may be leaning towards an old-school oscilloscope for supervised play.
posted by zek at 12:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Choosing a Broadband ISP

Which Broadband ISP and Cable provider should I choose? [more inside]
posted by Otis at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a way to rename received messages in Thunderbird?

Is there a way to rename received messages in Thunderbird? I sometimes receive e-mails with uninformative Subject lines, and I'd like to be able to enter a more informative Subject for easier browsing. If not, are other mail clients capable of doing this?
posted by russilwvong at 11:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Take-home tests: Why?

What's the point of a take-home exam? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 10:56 AM PST - 40 comments

How does digital copyright protection work?

I recently purchased an album by downloading it from a website. The license agreement said that I can burn it up to 10 times, and put it on up to 3 mobile devices. Both of those are fine by me - I only have one iPod, and I don't really need 10 CD copies of it. It did get me to thinking, though... [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 10:31 AM PST - 14 comments

IM versus Email in corporate environment

I would like to do a comparative analysis of the use of Instant Messaging versus email in my company's internal environment. [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 10:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Desktop Search ?

Desktop Search for Windows XP Pro - Which one to use, now that they have all been out for a while? [more inside]
posted by Voyageman at 10:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Window's activaiton

What's the scoop on software activation for window's xp and other microsoft software? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

What herbs should I buy dried vs fresh?

What herbs should I buy dried vs fresh? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 9:44 AM PST - 37 comments

Help with phpMyadmin?

Just getting started with php, web servers, html, mySQL, etc and have a question on phpMyadmin for those more experienced. [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 9:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Does my laptop hate my table?

I have a laptop computer that is used almost exclusively on a glass table. It has had problems with overheating in the past; one the fans has gone out and had to be replaced. Does it make a difference what kind of surface I have the laptop on and is glass a poor choice for a its workspace?
posted by Ber at 9:24 AM PST - 9 comments

More WiFi Woes

Another for WIFIfilter: I just inherited a G4 powerbook from a friend. I updated the AirSoft software and can successfully connect to every wireless network I try--except the one in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Computer game performance degradation

Why has Half Life 2 started behaving like I'm running it on a Commodore 64 instead of my HP zd7000 with 3.4 Gig processor? [more inside]
posted by Decani at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

A Best of Physics list, please

What are the coolest things to work with as a physicist/engineer? [more inside]
posted by springload at 9:10 AM PST - 21 comments

I hate this icon more than Clippy!

Stupid annoying trivial Excel (2003) question. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 9:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Forget Memorizing!

I'm researching the pros/cons of brute memorization as it applies to the classroom. [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 8:50 AM PST - 11 comments

San Francisco bachelor party suggestions?

SanFranciscoFilter: One of my very good friends is getting married soon and wants a bachelor party. [more inside]
posted by starscream at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Online marketing expertise needed

Looking for online marketing expertise, suggestions, options, etc. for a new product I've developed. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gyrom at 8:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Agua Non Potable

Many lavatories on trains have signs warning that the water in the sink is not safe to drink. If it's not clean enough to drink, am I really making my hands cleaner by washing with it?
posted by yankeefog at 7:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me grow!

Questions about working out and protein intake.. [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Is locking the lug nuts on your tires a deterrent from someone stealing the tires and rims?

Is locking the lug nuts an effective deterrent from someone stealing the tires and rims? [more inside]
posted by Gooney at 7:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Beatles-sounding songs?

What modern songs sound like they could have been done by The Beatles?
posted by smackfu at 7:20 AM PST - 66 comments

Laptop XP Installation Hang

Windows XP reinstall troubles. I'm fixing a laptop for a friend of mine, but in the middle of Windows XP Pro reinstall, the installer stops at 35 minutes remaining, while 'Installing Devices'. [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 7:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Tranquil sounds or incessant tinkering?

Wind chimes in an apartment complex: okay, or ignorant? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 6:41 AM PST - 41 comments

Closed ecosystems?

Do closed ecosystems, those glass globes with algae and shrimp and a twig, work? I'd like to get one, but they're pricey, and I'd like to know if they actually, you know, live for longer than five minutes. Picture here.
posted by OmieWise at 6:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Condo conversions worth it?

I have good reason to suspect that the apartment complex in which I live might be going condo. This is a pretty common occurrence in the area (southeastern FL) where I live. I've considered buying into others before but always hesitated - the pricing seems good but there must be a catch. I've heard that if my apartments go condo that I can get a really, really good deal...but... [more inside]
posted by superkim at 5:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Dual boot - XP and Ubuntu

How can I set up my dual boot system with Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 2:38 AM PST - 6 comments

It must be a full moon

Is there any truth to the idea that all the crazies come out during a full moon? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 2:30 AM PST - 43 comments

50 people, 200 miles, no bus

What's the best way to transport 50 people 200 miles at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 1:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you hear ultrasonics?

does anyone else hear ultrasonics? (high pitched sounds generally considered outside the range of the human ear) on a thread yesterday, some MeFites said they did, and i always thought it was just me. [more inside]
posted by spiderwire at 12:35 AM PST - 50 comments

iPause? iFade?

I'm DJ'ing Thursday with my shiny new iPod nano. Only problem is, Apple doesn't see it fit to include neat playlist options such as fadeouts or 2 to 10 second delays (this is important for what I'm doing.) Help! [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 12:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Need a very reliable cd burner for audio cd burning

Need a reliable cd burner to burn audio cds for radio show. [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 12:12 AM PST - 7 comments

September 28

Am I missing out on some rights as an Apple customer?

LetTheBuyerBewareFilter: Do I have any rights as an Apple customer, or a customer in general, that I'm not aware of with regards to the Apple iBook Logic Board Repair Program? [more inside]
posted by ckolderup at 11:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Honda Odyssey question

1995 Honda Odyssey van question [more inside]
posted by wsg at 9:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Learning to DJ

I'm interested in learning to be a DJ. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 9:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Hannity and Combs: They are funny, yes?

The Daily Show: Great Moments in Punditry as Read by Children. I just don't get it. [more inside]
posted by phrits at 8:57 PM PST - 16 comments

mac to windows networking

I would like to network an older iMac (os 8.6) to an WinXp box so they can share a cable modem. Both have network cards and both have usb. What would be the best way to do this? Will I need special software for the mac? [more inside]
posted by nyxxxx at 8:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Ditching the laptop?

Small, inexpensive 802.11 devices? [more inside]
posted by shaun at 6:51 PM PST - 7 comments

CSS is kicking my a**

CSS Problem: I've been remaking my portfolio for way to long and I have a final css glitch I haven't been able to figure out. [more inside]
posted by atom128 at 6:44 PM PST - 4 comments

FREE Fantasy Football INFO sites?

I'm playing fantasy football again after several years away. I'm also CHEAP. I'm looking for suggestions on the best sites with FREE INFO/Opinions (NFL or Fantasy), best stats sites, etc. [more inside]
posted by spock at 6:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Spotlight vs. Launchbar in OS X 10.4.2?

Spotlight vs. Launchbar in OS X 10.4.2? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

light therapy..Yes or no?

Seasonal Affective Disorder - real or nonsense? If real, what about light boxes? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 5:41 PM PST - 34 comments

Work Training

Personal experience filter: Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraint, Etc. Corporate management and/or downsizing tools. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Google is being annoying.

How can I make google do what I want? When I search for "tellme alternatives" (I was looking for other VoiceXML platforms), Google returns results containing "tell me". How can I tell it not to? Thanks! (Also, does anyone know how I can search for "com"? allintext doesn't do the trick)
posted by null terminated at 5:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Good Beginnings

I'm taking a leadership position for a local networking group and I'd like to start my term off with a good joke, preferably related to a new president or something to deal with a leadership role. Any suggestions???
posted by Wallzatcha at 4:57 PM PST - 8 comments


After much soul searching, and a few good quotes on the green, I have decided to start nurturing a small web 2.0 company serving a small niche on the longtail. I have serendipitously stumbled upon an idea that I can't stop thinking about, am confident about, and am truly passionate about! I would like to think I am a saavy developer, marketer, and communicator. Unfortunately I am plain ole' dum when it comes to legal frameworks, financial structures, and graphic design. I am in the middle of the ocean, and quality services here are prohibitively expensive. Where can I find a good onshore lawyer, accountant, insurer, and graphic designer to solve my Rubik's cube? Are there soup-to-nuts consultancies that incubate small software startups like this? I need a wide array of advice and help concering: Advantages of onshore vs. offshore physical incorporation and data hosting, choosing a beneficial incorporation structure ( LLC, Partnership, etc. ), understanding my obligations and liabilities to subscribing customers, painless financial management, beautiful multiple-themed CSS templates for pre-existing XHTML pages, and stylish custom icon sets. I have devoted a bit of capital to this and would like to wisely invest in cool people that will complement my inadequacies. Can anyone steer me towards any quality sites, services, or partners to clear these important functions off my entreprenurial plate? In the spirit of Open-source, upon incorporation, I will issue an equity position in my company to the best lead.
posted by jasondigitized at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

TMBG for kids?

They Might Be Giants Music For a Nine Year-Old--Disk Suggestions, Please.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:33 PM PST - 29 comments

I want well-written healthcare articles!

MedFilter: Can anyone point out well-written and free articles on health care, health policy, medical devices or medicine? I'm trying to put together a binder of suggested reading material for my company's break room. [more inside]
posted by hammurderer at 3:25 PM PST - 8 comments

WiFi on the road?

Is there a nationwide (where nation = United States) service which provides wireless Internet coverage? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 2:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Hollywood North?

My company has been propositioned by a Canadian film company to use approximately 2500sq.ft (a lab, our main hallway, lunchroom and boardroom) for a TV mini-series. They will be working around our staff, during the day. They anticipate 5 days of filming, with a couple of days of prep-time. How much should we expect to be offered? Any realistic number would help before we go into negotiations. Thanks
posted by strangelove at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How to simply my browser

I want to disguise my browser. I want all text to be black on white background, all images replaced by the "alt" text. I wouldn't mind if all text were one font as well. Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by patrickje at 2:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Microsoft Access on a Mac

Is there any program that runs natively on OS X that would allow me to work with a Microsoft Access database? Or am I doomed to run SoftPC? [more inside]
posted by lesingesavant at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Experience with dementia?

Advice on dealing with a relative with dementia? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 1:21 PM PST - 20 comments

To view this question you must download the most recent version of the free Acrobat Reader® software

Every time I open Adobe Acrobat, it creates a folder in My Documents called "My eBooks." How can I stop this? I hate repeatedly deleting this folder, and I'd rather not just make it "hidden." [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Straight razor anyone?

I have read several posts here on shaving and have recently decided that I would like to give the straight razor a try. Before I do so I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 1:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Cool electro-static stickers?

I want to decorate a powerbook I am giving to someone as a present. But I don't want the stickers to get all gummy and black after a few months. Are there some static-cling types of stickers I can get? I'll like some japanese animated characters or something similar.
posted by at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments


My cats are fouling my neighbour's garden. How can I stop them from using her yard as their toilet? [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 12:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Multiarchitecture Linux?

Is there such a distribution of linux that is multiarchitectural and designed to run off of a flash drive?
posted by jackofsaxons at 12:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Image after every reboot

Hi We have a computer training class and would like to have a fresh computer after every reboot - and need a method/utility to automatically refresh the PC from an image. I have two questions: How can this be done, and how can we prevent a re-image in case the class is longer than a day. Perhaps a menu with an option that defaults to re-image? Thanks!
posted by bright77blue at 12:33 PM PST - 11 comments

cassette recorder

I'm a journalist who still uses an old school stereo Sony TCS-580v for recording conversations. It's been discontinued, and the one I have is worse for wear. I was thinking about switching to a digital voice recorder -- by Sony -- and wondered if anyone had any experience with them. Sound quality and dependability are of prime concern, more than weight or portability ... and can you transfer files on those things to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by jgballard at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

NTSC / PAL diagnosis

I live in the US , and am trying to trade DVDs with a correspondent in the UK. They wish to know a quick and easy way to determine if their DVDs are in NTSC or PAL format. Not looking for an NTSC/PAL conversion, just a diagnostic tool. Any ideas?
posted by Anders Levant at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Weebly, wobbly, but not falling down

What are some common exercises for a medial collateral ligament sprain?
posted by oflinkey at 12:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Holiday help

Christmas is coming and i'd like some holiday suggestions .......
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Russian bible help?

Help! I need 2 Bible passages in Russian right away. Is there a Russian language Bible written out online? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Children's books about cities

Please recommend children's books about great cities of America and/or the world. [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 11:33 AM PST - 16 comments

I need tighter leather... er...

How can I shrink my sandals? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 11:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Condo proerty values

What types of nearby land developments can increase or decrease the value of a condo? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 11:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheap Dell or ThinkPad?

Help me with a laptop purchase decision? [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 at 11:09 AM PST - 28 comments

How to repair or camouflage naugahyde upholstery

Sofa cushions with seriously broken and slightly protruding vinyl or naugahyde upholstery. Fixable, or at least coverable? [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a do-everything photo storage site

My wife is trying to find a photo-hosting site for her organization, but is having a problem locating one that meets her criteria. [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you know any tricks/tips in Outlook to make project management more effecient?

I'm using MS Outlook at work as a Project Manager in Technology (I don't have a choice on that). Are there some good tricks you've come across to manage communications, status of tasks, categories, or just some way of keeping track of the bazillion pieces that actually works? Bonus if your work involves the large software company on the east side (Microsoft). [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Scared of getting older...

I'm 21 and I'm afraid of getting old... [more inside]
posted by speranza at 9:48 AM PST - 62 comments

No Fort Sumter?

What would Lincoln have done if the south had not fired on Fort Sumter? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 9:00 AM PST - 12 comments

DailyShowFilter: Last night, Vitto Mortensen pulled reptiles from his coffee cup.

DailyShowFilter: Last night, Vitto Mortensen pulled reptiles from his coffee cup... [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 8:28 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I setup Windows 2003 server using a Dynamic IP Address?

I want to setup a Windows 2003 server using my dynamic IP address that I have from Comcast. How can I make this happen? I have a linksys Gateway (WCG200) that has the server and a few other computers connected to it. I am trying to setup a small server for my printing/web hosting/file sharing/remote access needs. I need to see how to setup my DNS & DHCP settings for this to happen. Also I have my own domain name which I would like to use. Can I use programs from companies like to setup my web site so if anyone types my registered domain it will find my site? Remember that I will be using a dynamic address. Or the last straw is to get a static IP address. Where can I do so(for the cheapest price)?
posted by nserrano at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Targeting the Original Window

HTML Question: I have a main window. When you go to that window a smaller popup window appears. I have a link in that popup and I want the linked page to come up in the original window (the main window). How can I target that?
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Pantone gradients in Illustrator

How do I apply two Pantone spot colors to a linear gradient in Adobe Illustrator CS2? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Denver food and drink?

What to do in Denver? [more inside]
posted by white_devil at 7:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Text Messaging Using PC

Does anybody know how to send text messages internationally (USA to UK) for free using a PC? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 6:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Please help my wounded Civic.

I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

movies from 2004/5

I haven't been keeping up with movies much for the last couple of years and so I'd like to catch up. What are some of the best films from 2004/2005? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 6:31 AM PST - 48 comments

Computer desk that will work around a La-Z-Boy chair?

Computer equipment ergonomics: My grandmother sits in her La-Z-Boy overstuffed chair and rocks all day. I'm looking for a tray or a stand which will allow her to swivel the monitor and keyboard in front of her and use it comfortably while sitting in that chair. Any suggestions as to where I'd find something like this? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Converting TIF files to JPG, GIF, or PNG

How can I convert TIF files to JPEG, GIF, or PNG without spending 25 bucks on a computer program I'll use once?
posted by stoneegg21 at 6:04 AM PST - 17 comments

a light sneeze

Why does looking at a bright light assist in sneezing? [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 5:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Cutaway footage

I’m currently looking for footage to use as b-roll for an academic project I am working on. The project deals with consumer ethics across cultures, specifically in relation to sweatshop labour, environmentally unsound and counterfeit goods. The cutaway footage I'm looking for needs to illustrate and break up these aesthetically challenged interviews. [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra at 1:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Everything I wanted to know about Portland and more

What to do in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by dsword at 12:49 AM PST - 18 comments

should I stay or should I go?

I live in LA (the city) which is apparently the third and final nightmare scenario that FEMA and Homeland Security were supposed to be able to plan for and deal with. What I suspected, I now know...when the big one hits, it's everyman for himself and with a population of almost 20 million people things will get bad fast. So what is the sensible thing to do? Try to leave? hunker down and wait? where can I go and get reliable advice?
posted by ronenosity at 12:42 AM PST - 25 comments

September 27

What's in a SS#

What can your Social Security Number tell someone about you? [more inside]
posted by apdato at 11:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Not the golden rectangle

Is there a specific name for a rectangle which, if you divide it in half, the two halves have the same proportions as the original rectangle? [more inside]
posted by e-man at 11:12 PM PST - 12 comments

nouveau richer

I'm just out of college with an average paying tech job and I don't know what to do with all this money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 PM PST - 41 comments

Why do I keep passing out?

Three times in the last six months, I've lost consciousness after drinking relatively small amounts (i.e. fewer than four drinks). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Psyllium plugged butt

Psyllium made me constipated! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I install a car stereo?

I am looking for advice on installing car stereos. [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 10:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Cookbook or digital Jeeves

I'm searching for a cooking website or cooking software that will let me input the contents of my kitchen and then show me a list of everything I can make using those ingredients. Does this even exist?
posted by The White Hat at 10:04 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you effectively deal with people who are indirect?

How do you effectively deal with people who are indirect? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 9:21 PM PST - 39 comments

Integrate Mediawiki with Wordpress

Can I import content from Mediawiki to Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by undertone at 8:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Why don't we "play bowling"?

Why is it that we say that we "play football", "play baseball", "play hockey", etc... But we "go bowling", or "go biking"?
posted by keep it tight at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Laptop is dead. How to dispose of the body?

My laptop is dead. What's the best way to dispose of the body? [more inside]
posted by CMichaelCook at 7:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Great Storytellers

Who are our great storytellers? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 7:09 PM PST - 39 comments

Butter on nubeck leather (suede-like) shoe

Any ideas on how to remove melted butter stain on brand new pair of "nubeck leather" shoes? (Nubeck leather looks a lot like suede, and looks a lot like crap with the butter.) Today was my first day with the shoes and I managed to step in dog dew with one (easy, albeit unpleasant, clean-up) and spill about a square inch worth of butter on the other.... Thanks for any help.
posted by rabbus at 6:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Middle-aged Man Needs More Rap

MusicFilter: I have pretty eclectic tastes. From old-time country to heavy metal. Though lately it occurs to me that I have a severe rap and hip-hop deficiency in my musical diet. I know almost nothing. What singles would you say are ESSENTIAL listening? I'd like to be able to download a wide range of songs from the iTunes store before I get in to albums. Thanks.
posted by captainscared at 6:32 PM PST - 44 comments

You say tomatillo, I say tummyache

Is there anything I can make with tomatillos beside salsa? [more inside]
posted by divka at 5:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Text manipulation for Windows

Can anybody recommend a text manipulation tool for Windows, similar to SPROG? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 5:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Worst. Question. Ever.

Can anyone point me to a brief online etymology about this over-punctuated style of expression yourself: Worst. Whatever. Ever. Is it a slashdot thing? Mefi thing? Geek thing? Are there any articles about this online?
posted by arielmeadow at 5:14 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the butt ghost?

One or more times weekly, my cat Cooper is afflicted with a very strange problem. The skin on his lower back - near his tail - starts twitching. Like, a lot. He'll stop; turn his head with a sort-of pissed off look and STARE at the spot on his back while it continues to twitch. Eventually he starts licking the spot furiously. After a few seconds of licking, he'll explode from his position and go galloping across the room or - many times - the entire house. It can go on for as many as 10 minutes at times; this series of behaviors. It seems like he’s trying to run away from this invisible force – this “butt ghost” as I’ve come to call it. Can anyone explain this?
posted by cbecker333 at 5:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Alliums and Criminals - Great Book Concept!

Another book identification question...This is a childrens' picture book, grade level 2-4(?)... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 5:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get iTunes to work?

iTunes problem: I just installed the new iTunes but cannot get it to work. [more inside]
posted by MJaffaDMB at 5:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Telus lockout

How do the locked out Telus employees here in western Canada expect to win? What's their endgame? As I can tell, the inclination for the employer to settle is nil. Revenue is still flowing, only wage expenses are zero, with the exception of management. [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 3:41 PM PST - 14 comments

What firewall protection do I need with my Linksys WRT54G?

Home PC WAN-filter: Setting up a home broadband network with a cable modem, PC, & Linksys WRT54G... [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:17 PM PST - 13 comments

what can we do to help a real little kid with cancer and his parents?

my girlfriends nephew (2.5 years old) just had emergency neurosurgery for a presumed cancerous tumor in his cerebellum ... what can we do to help him and his parents?
posted by specialk420 at 2:46 PM PST - 13 comments

it's commentary! it's a film! it's a meta-film!

I'm looking for films about whatever they're about that are also about their own making. Fiction is preferred over documentary--this approach in documentary tends to strike me as more often lazy than profound--but skillful documentaries are welcome too. [examples inside, including spoilers] [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 2:31 PM PST - 62 comments

What are your favorite recipes for chickpeas/garbanzo beans?

What are your favorite recipes for chickpeas/garbanzo beans? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 2:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Balanced diets that consist of mainly staple foods?

Balanced diets that consist of mainly staple foods? [more inside]
posted by who else at 1:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Budget Kitchen Remodel

Budget kitchen remodel advice for someone at that "too clueless even to know what I don't know" stage. [more inside]
posted by kmel at 1:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Everybody must get stones..

I've just returned from a renal ultrasound where I learned that I have a whopper of a kidney stone (.8 centimeters or something sitting just above my ureter, which explains my oft-complained of back pain (and testiness). I'm seeing my doctor tommorrow about my options, one of which was mentioned was surgery. But I'd like to know some more about what I'm in for and what questions I should ask. Thanks.
posted by jonmc at 1:52 PM PST - 23 comments

salary negotiation techniques?

What are good salary negotiation strategies? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by markovitch at 1:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Best portable DVD player?

What is the best portable DVD player in terms of quality and price? We will mainly use it for travelling with small children.
posted by jacobsee at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Beat photos? Beats me.

What are the most iconic images of the beats? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 1:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Laptop WiFi adapter is humming.

My laptop makes an audible, high-pitched hum when the WiFi adapter is turned on. Is there anything I can do to make it shut up? [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

jinny say pa

Good music, by the French [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 11:49 AM PST - 43 comments

What's Pearl Jam's song "Daughter" about?

Does anyone know what Pearl Jam's "Daughter" song is about? I love their "Jeremy" song, and this one, too... but I can't parse the lyrics on "Daughter" for the life of me.
posted by silusGROK at 11:37 AM PST - 19 comments

newfangled mix tapes

Is there a better way nowadays to make people mix CDs, knowing that it's going straight into their iTunes? [more inside]
posted by xo at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

How healthy is my diet?

How healthy is my diet? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 11:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Who let the Rem Dawg out?

RedSoxFilter: What's Jerry Remy's deal? [more inside]
posted by LilBucner at 11:34 AM PST - 9 comments

thunderbird and gmail.

I need a little help with Thunderbird/OSX/Gmail. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 11:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Use of Roundup in Sweden

My boss gave me an interesting assignment. . .Do they use Roundup (herbicide) in Sweden? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 10:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Is my salt habit killing me?

I'm a healthy, 26-year-old female who loves her salt. Am I slowly killing myself? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 10:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Dog Star Man Soundtrack?

I want to watch Brakhage's Dog Star Man, I'm looking for recommendations for background music for it. Like a specific album for a specific part. That's what I want.
posted by I Foody at 10:34 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I do about my PHB?

My boss is the classic PHB (pointy-haired boss). He knows little about what I do every day and comes up with random and often dumb tasks for us to work on. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Gift for Mom....herself.

Help me find a gift for my 55 yr. old mother that will help her begin to wonder of her own thoughts and wishes, and think that just maybe she could be a force of her very own in this world. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Dead grasshopper

My fingers are stuck in a chinese finger trap at the office, and my coworkers refuse to help. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 10:22 AM PST - 48 comments

For four less choppers.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed? [more inside]
posted by sohcahtoa at 10:16 AM PST - 36 comments

Weird colorspace issues in PhotoshopCS

Weird color space issues in OS X PhotoshopCS: Why does PhotoshopCS change spaces from RGB/8 to RGB/8/CMYK? What does "RGB/8#" or "RGB/8*" mean? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Outlook 2003 is SLOW

Why is Outlook 2003 so much slower than Outlook Express? [more inside]
posted by slookdog at 9:52 AM PST - 10 comments

'Cause I really wanna know

Do population statistics for U.S. cities typically include or exclude college students? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Odd question.

Help! I need a list of numbers for businesses or companies in India who accept outsourced fact-checking/ proof reading type work. [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants at 9:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Is there such a thing as too much health insurance?

Redundant health insurance policies with the same insurance company: will they use this to screw me? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

I would like to be more polite

In (some) languages, why is the conditional so frequently related to politeness? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 9:01 AM PST - 25 comments

Aeron Chair Repair

I need help repairing an Aeron chair. [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 8:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Powerbook Hard Drive Help

How do I recover data from a Powerbook hard drive? [more inside]
posted by pfuller at 8:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Pretty online diary

Can anyone recommend an online diary host that is beautiful, smart and traditional? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 7:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Good, general OS X user mailing list?

Looking for a good, user-oriented OS X mailing list. Some tech level would be helpful, as would a sane level of traffic. I'm a longtime Unix user who is a little lost with the Apple specifics. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Can someone recommend a good used office furniture store in NYC?

I need a new (for me) desk chair. Can someone recommend a good used office furniture store in NYC?
posted by mkultra at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Any experience with mediaREADY 5000

Does anybody have any experience with the relatively new MediaREADY 5000 from Video without Boundaries. Seems to be cheaper than XP Media Centers. But appears to have low storage. The URL is
posted by flyby22 at 7:05 AM PST - 0 comments

Intelligent Design

Are there any blogs giving a play by play for the Intelligent Design court case going on right now? I am looking for any sort of transcript type stuff that might be out there.
posted by aburd at 6:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I know about long-term storage?

Soon, I'll be putting most of my personal belongings (including an apartment's-worth of furniture) in storage for a year. Got any tips? What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela at 6:33 AM PST - 26 comments

Installing OS9

Installing OS9 "Classic" in the OSX environment. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 5:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Online Refinance

Recommendations for refinancing a home online? [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo at 5:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Tangled Up In Memory

I just LOVED part one of the Bob Dylan biopic on PBS last night, "No Direction Home" by Martin Scorsese. There was a poem by Dylan Thomas that was quoted by one of the interviewees, and I think it had to do with reflections, at the end of life, at foregone opportunities. I have tried to find that poem online this morning, but I can't. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by swlabr at 5:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Mapping thousands of locations

Location mapping. I want to map a couple of thousand points (latitude/longditude, csv/excel) across America and come up with a pretty picture as a result. Currently I'm thinking of using gmaptrack or the Yahoo! map API. Any alternate suggestions? Software is fine. I may also have to map the location of some chains across America to which I don't have the location data (but will come up in a google map search), any idea on how to do this?
posted by Mossy at 5:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Video all in lphabet letters.

I just want to remember a video song. hint : All the video is made of Alphabet letters, it's all Big building alphabet, Motorcycles Alphabet, Car Alphabet... and we can see the traffic in Alphabet and even an helicopter in Alphabet. I can't remember neither the song's name, neither the artist. But if you have already seen it you could remember it.
posted by zouhair at 4:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Javascript question: How do I refresh a window remotely without it being triggered by an event? Ie. I don't want an Onlick, I just want a window.refresh SCRIPT>

Javascript question: How do I refresh a window remotely without it being triggered by an event? Ie. I don't want an Onlick, I just want a window.refresh SCRIPT> [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone at 3:01 AM PST - 8 comments

To mate or not to roomate

I’m single, 25, and have always had at least one other housemate. Assuming that money is not a factor, what do I need to do/know before I decide to live alone? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 2:25 AM PST - 25 comments

Accessing 'real' Google

How to break out of local Google? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 2:08 AM PST - 8 comments

September 26

Temporary downloads in Firefox, OS X

Firefox on OS X: How can I control which directory files downloaded to be opened by auxiliary applications are stored in? [more inside]
posted by mr_roboto at 11:04 PM PST - 10 comments

What now?

Well, it seems like the relationship is over, it's over, it's oooohver. What, if anything, can I do to distract, deflect, defer, deal with the pain? How do you say good-bye? [more inside]
posted by barnone at 10:17 PM PST - 21 comments

What dictates the artwork choices on TV shows?

Does anyone know why Russell Chatham's lithographs keep popping up on TV? [more inside]
posted by docpops at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments

What classic motorbike should I buy?

What classic motorbike should I buy? I want a street bike for occasional use that has some pedigree to it. I am looking for suggestions as to what are "classic" bikes - ones that have a solid history and will not be too hard to repair or find parts for. I want something ideally between 350cc and 550cc, but would consider up to a 750. Possible examples would be Honda CB400, BMW R75, I dunno....anything before about 1990. Old is good, but the only caveat is that I do not want a loud bike, so a 4-stroke preferred. The last time I rode it was the late 80's, and I had a '83 Yamaha Vision, which I always thought of as the poor man's beemer - it was liquid cooled and had shaft drive, which seemed pretty cool at the time. (I am not interested in any low riders or racers, although I would not rule out an on/off-road.)
posted by SNACKeR at 10:01 PM PST - 22 comments

tasty popcorn toppings

What are some tasty toppings I can put on air-popped popcorn that contain no cholesterol, no salt, few calories and are vegetarian?
posted by croutonsupafreak at 9:59 PM PST - 33 comments

How do you cope with a broken wrist?

How do I temporarily get about in life one handed? I have six weeks until the cast comes off my left hand. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 9:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Cartoon chase music

What's that chase music that was always featured in older cartoons? I believe "Ren and Stimpy" made extensive use of it.
posted by jimmy at 9:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Disk Brakes on a Bicycle

What benefits and disadvantages does having disk brakes on a bicycle provide?
posted by pheideaux at 9:18 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to find quality tie-dye shirts?

Naturally, all of the tie-dye shirts that I have bought at concerts or made myself over the past few years have faded to a white-pinkish mess after the first wash or two. Do you know of a good place, online or off, that sells quality tie-dye shirts? Preferably, I would like shirts sporting the usual designs - The Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers, etc... Google turns up plenty of vendors; the hard part is figuring out who actually makes the quality goods.
posted by tomorama at 9:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify this song, please.

What is the name of this song, and who is it by?
posted by Bugbread at 8:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Diets for Veggie Quitters

What dietary guidelines would you suggest for a vegetarian who is trying to quit smoking but is feeling tired and depressed?
posted by MonkeyMeat at 7:21 PM PST - 10 comments

DVD viewer

Are there any free, non-trojaned DVD player apps for Windows that will let me view movies and capture frames? (Windows Media Player doesn't seem to do captures). Free or cheap is fine; I don't need bells & whistles.
posted by rolypolyman at 7:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Are you learning piano?

Is anyone learning piano (or planning to)? If so, can I ask you some questions? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer at 4:51 PM PST - 25 comments

Avoid the trapezoid!

What's the motivation behind the new NHL rule about 'the trapezoid': The newly-delineated area right behind the goal the goaltender is allowed to play the puck in? [more inside]
posted by wolftrouble at 4:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Airport Extender?

WiFilter: I have an Airport base station set up as a WDS, and an AirportExpress set up to extend the wireless network to an outbuilding. Some days the signal in the outbuilding is pretty good, but other days… [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How to survive/thrive in Mexico City

Advice on moving to Mexico City. [more inside]
posted by donpedro at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Any experience with font browsing and tagging?

Does anyone know of a font organizer that might tag fonts or sort them? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 3:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Use of European cell phone in the US - how?

Temporary use of European cell phone in the US – how? [more inside]
posted by AwkwardPause at 3:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is Spotlight a bit dim?

Spotlight in OS X 10.4 -- doesn't seem to index the actual contents of files and emails. Searching for known terms produces no hits. Mac Mini, 3 mos. old. Any ideas?
posted by words1 at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

My dog can't stop eating the trash. Help.

My Old English sheepdog has developed a very bad habit of using his snout to pop open the lid of our trash can in the kitchen - and then helping himself to whatever's inside. I've tried scolding him, as have my sisters and my parents. All he does is give us that same goofy-looking, puzzled expression, and then fifteen minutes later he's at it again. He's very well-fed and has more than his fair share of daily dog treats. Putting the trash inside a cabinet is not an option, and we'd really rather not resort to putting it on top of a clean kitchen counter. Help! [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 2:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Clippy the Paper Clip is letting me down

I need help setting up EXCEL formulas so I can track finances. [more inside]
posted by luneray at 2:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Puja gifts

What should I do/bring for a Narayan Puja? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 1:55 PM PST - 9 comments

What is a "starred" review?

How is a "starred" review different from a normal review? [more inside]
posted by pocams at 1:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Delicious Meal or Bacteria Party?

Will I get sick from eating this? In an attempt to eat healthier, I broke out the crock pot last night and filled it with raw vegetables and raw chicken, in preparation for a day of slow cooking all day today. [more inside]
posted by catfood at 1:14 PM PST - 37 comments

Today's outlook is poor

Trouble with sluggish Outlook Express, it's hanging up my pc and being a general pain. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 12:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Language instruction podcasts

Where can I find some short podcasts that teach languages? I'm particularly interested in Spanish and Arabic. I'm looking for something I can listen to on my PDA when I have 5-15 minutes - I never seem to get a clear half hour.
posted by ykjay at 12:14 PM PST - 13 comments

voideo courses

Where are the best sources of online video courses? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Human and Animal imagery in Islamic art?

Help me teach my class! Human and animal imagery in Islam - good, bad, situationally dependent? [more inside]
posted by dirtmonster at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I do with my life?

I no longer have anything tying me down - what should I do with my life? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 11:43 AM PST - 41 comments

Cool Customer gifts?

Winter Holidays already?? Does anyone have any super cool and creative ideas for a holiday gift to send corporate customers? [more inside]
posted by leahsmom at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Free Website For Limited Uploading

Does anyone know of a FREE website where one can upload pictures and charts onto the web? I belong to a financial user group. At times I would like to include a chart or picture to emphasize my point. I therefore do not need much space for uploading my charts and pictures.
posted by Mckoan1 at 10:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Cat wants OUT

My indoor-only cat meows like CRAZY every time I go near my front door. Does my cat hate me and want to escape? Or, is it separation anxiety?? AskMe cat experts, please please help... [more inside]
posted by rio at 9:22 AM PST - 23 comments

Journalism Ethics: Who owns the transcript?

Journalism Ethics: Who owns the transcript? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

How to promote a fundraising effort online

How can we promote our $1 million online charity fundraising effort? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Dead LCD screen needs your help!

My LCD screen on my laptop (Dell Inspiron, 3 1/2 years old) crapped out on me. Though I know it's probably dead for good, and I plan on computer shopping soon, I SWEAR I saw something on AskMe (though it may have been on the blue) about a test page that cycles through different colors (??) and can possibly renew dead screens. I can't find it. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Vegetarian recepies?

I haven't seen my girlfriend in five months, and I'm going to visit her for three weeks very soon. I want to cook her the most amazing, mouth-watering, plate-licking, so-good-you-punched-your-mother-in-the-face vegetarian meals ever. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:09 AM PST - 30 comments

Got sage sausage?

Got a good recipe for pork breakfast sausage flavored with sage?
posted by warbaby at 9:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Set FireFox to use Gmail to handle mailtos?

How to force FireFox to use Gmail instead of LookOut2003 to handle mailtos? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 8:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Firefox Update Problems

How do I get the Firefox Update function to actually work? [more inside]
posted by bove at 8:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Simple free Windows POP email server?

I need a simple POP/SMTP mail server for Windows 2003, free if possible! [more inside]
posted by derbs at 8:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Oh, Jesus F-ing Christ.

How do I have the conversation with my dad that my belief in God is not the same as his? [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 8:08 AM PST - 36 comments

Solutions for very soft water?

The plumbing in my new flat has extremely soft water which leaves my hair looking flat & somewhat ridiculous. Can I replace the shower-head or filter the water in some way to harden it, or should my hair go the way of Sinéad?
posted by jenleigh at 8:04 AM PST - 28 comments

Outlook email stuck in outbox

Outlook is holding my email hostage in the outbox... [more inside]
posted by eileen at 6:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How to use a monitor as a TV?

Let's say that you have a nice, big flat panel monitor, such as the ones referred to in this recent AskMe thread. What does it take to use such a monitor as a TV? Especially hoping for a device that doesn't require a computer. How much do such things cost?
posted by donkeymon at 5:40 AM PST - 10 comments

I need quick cash

Cash Advance Filter! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 AM PST - 30 comments

Does Neosporin Scar Solution work?

Has anyone here ever used Neosporin Scar Solution? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Adult video in DC area? Video on demand for Macintosh?

I'm interested in renting quality adult video in the Washington, DC or Montgomery County, MD area. Alternatively, I'm looking for reputable online sources of adult video rental that either provide viedo on demand for Mac OS X or provide Netflix type rental without a monthly agreeement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get rid of my house?

What is the best way to get rid of my house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 AM PST - 11 comments

how do I get off my ass?

How to go from being a low-energy person to being a high-energy person? I tend to sit around and smoke/drink too much. I hate exercise (though I do force myself). And I wonder at times if my mattress is toxic or something because I just feel sluggish very often by comparison to other people. Other than exercising (which I am forcing upon myself) what else do I need to do concerning my habits, diet, attitude, psyche, household, whatever? Anyone else here ever tried to make this change, suiccessfully or not?
posted by anonymous at 4:24 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I convince my g/f to be less exclusive ?

How can I convince my g/f to be less exclusive ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 AM PST - 30 comments

How can I wake up on time?

This is the second time I've turned off my alarm clock without consciously knowing it, and promptly returned to sleep. How can I wake up on time? [more inside]
posted by Newbornstranger at 4:19 AM PST - 30 comments

Hot Air Heating System Grilles.

Hot-air heating systems...anyone in the UK know a stockist of spare parts for 'central-air' systems in the UK? [more inside]
posted by mattr at 3:55 AM PST - 1 comment

Safari cache?

Why does Safari reload images each time it goes to a page? Shouldn't they be in the cache somewhere? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 2:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommend me a laptop for Linux

LinuxLaptopFilter: Can you recommend me a laptop for Linux? [more inside]
posted by xpermanentx at 2:15 AM PST - 11 comments

September 25

Which job should I pick?

Which job should I pick? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 10:42 PM PST - 15 comments


Any XM Radio Users? I'm about to bolt from SIRIUS. [mi] [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 10:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Being productive in college.

Two part question. 1. I want to organize my college life. Digitally. 2. Also, I want to be productive with my scholarly pursuits, how did you/do you do it? [more inside]
posted by petah at 10:33 PM PST - 23 comments

How to avoid being peed on?

My son pees on me. Have any MetaParents tried the Weeblock or any similar product? Or have other tips for changing a boy baby's diaper without him soaking the area, his parents, and/or himself? We've tried using clean diapers and washcloths as shields with partial success, but we hope we can do better.
posted by escabeche at 10:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Monitor for Macintosh Mini

I'm seriously considering buying a Mac Mini. What's the best 17" or larger flat screen monitor for under $600 that will compliment this system? Sharpness, color and resolution are key for I am used to the typically awesome Apple brand monitors.
posted by thebarron at 9:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Freedom 35

Does the expression "Freedom 35" mean anything in Canadian history or culture?
posted by Rothko at 9:55 PM PST - 6 comments

True 1080p

Home theater geeks: when will true 1080p big screen TVs be on the market at a consumer price point? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 9:46 PM PST - 6 comments

What (musical) keyboard should I buy?

I've played guitar for 10+ years - I want to learn piano, for writing, performing, and to widen my musical understanding. A real piano doesn't jive with my life, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 9:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Does anyone know how to get a Windows-based ipod and to work together? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 8:55 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm being bugged!

OK, I came back home after evacuating from New Orleans and I cleaned out my refrigerator and freezer, (that was the most disgusting thing I have ever done), but I now have lots of gnats flying around. Anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of the pesky things?
posted by govtdrone at 8:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Wine and Cheese etiquette

I have been cordially invited to an informal wine and cheese party. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 7:30 PM PST - 40 comments

Is a bread maker destined for the gadget graveyard?

Is an electric bread maker worth buying? Do you use yours often and if so do you have a good recipe to share?
posted by Tarrama at 6:53 PM PST - 32 comments

It Takes a Tough Man...

Help me learn to use up a whole roast chicken. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Computer Hardware Retailers

Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 6:41 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I use a phone from the USA in Australia?

If I buy a phone in the USA, can I just plug it into the wall back in Australia? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Is something like Keyboardmania a good way to learn the keyboard? And can I convert mp3's to midi to to play with a Keyboardmania-esque software?

Is something like Keyboardmania a good way to learn the keyboard? And can I convert mp3's to midi to to play with a Keyboardmania-esque software? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

what is so hard about delivering a mattress

Buying a mattress in San Francisco - advice needed. [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

How to disable autoprinting in Word?

How do I disable one-touch printing in Word? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

The switch must go on

How do I get rid of my hastily installed Ruby 1.8.2. from my Mac, while leaving behind the version that came preinstalled? [more inside]
posted by patgas at 1:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Are Daikin Air conditioners more efficient?

Are Daikin mini-split air conditioners really more efficient? I live in Puerto Rico where most houses are cement and central air is pretty much out of the questions. Average temperature is 92F. [more inside]
posted by thimk at 12:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Is there a database of government contracts/spending?

The FEC is extremely useful in figuring out who is giving money to politicians. Is there a similar database of which corporations are being awarded contracts from the government?
posted by phrontist at 12:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Hurrican Rita info for Beaumont TX?

Anyone have information/pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, specifically the Beaumont Texas area? [more inside]
posted by kryptondog at 12:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Foreign Electronic Pen Pals

Does anyone have Japanese pen pals while they don't speak Japanese? [more inside]
posted by curbstop at 11:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Does anyone remember magic blackboard school flims?

Does anyone remember a school film (or series of films) consisting of two science teachers and a magic blackboard? [more inside]
posted by dr. fresh at 10:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Why do they bother to teach us cursive in school?

Why do they bother to teach us cursive in school? [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 10:44 AM PST - 102 comments

Thermostat replacement?

Installing a new thermostat for electric baseboard heat - can you help? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Why don't Christians keep kosher?

Why don't Christians keep kosher? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese at 10:10 AM PST - 14 comments

short content is breaking my template!

Simple CSS question. I'm fooling around with the template for a wiki and, well, this is what's happening. [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments


I'm looking for a way to have articles (in English) sent to me on certain subjects automatically from global new sources based on a certain topic. Does anyone know the best way to do this, without signing up at each newspaper for example?
posted by dearleader at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Soot sprinkles

SootFilter: A friend of mine's building cleaned its chimney and a lot of the soot got in her window. There is a fine layer all over her hardwood floor and all of her belongings. How can she clean it off? [more inside]
posted by walla at 6:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Economic Depression: Survival?

Surviving the Depression Years: what strategies worked during the last depression? Would they work with the next depression? What adaptations would be required? Are there new avenues for successfully surviving a depression? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 2:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Replacement for

OnlineDatingFilter: personals was once great. Now it sucks. Any suggestions for replacing a once-great source of intelligent singles with a dating site that actually has a client base that has a nominal number of people worthwhile courting? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 12:40 AM PST - 44 comments


Anyone here a Fender Telecaster nut? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:17 AM PST - 23 comments

September 24

List Of Things For New Math Teachers

Aside from books about teaching, what did you really need or appreciate in your first year being a (math) teacher (of high school kids)?
posted by mutantdisco! at 11:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Network status logger for Linux?

Looking for a Linux tool to monitor network status. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 11:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Replacing laptop speakers

My laptop speakers are terrible. Can I replace them? It's an Acer TravelMate 4400.
posted by punishinglemur at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How to make up for two wasted years of college?

How do you start your college career over, about halfway through? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 10:24 PM PST - 22 comments

iTunes on Windows 98?

A family member recently got an iPod Nano along with some gift certificates for iTunes. But her computer runs Windows 98 first edition. Apparently there are workarounds to use the iPod, but what about purchasing from iTunes?
posted by Nikolai at 10:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Keychain login probs on OS X Tiger

Keychain probs with OS X...? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:47 PM PST - 9 comments

ID a poem for me.

Sometime 5-9 years ago, The New Criterion published a poem divided into parts, one of which ended "bones. bones. bones. bones." (each instance of "bones." being on a separate line). I think that section was headed "things that are white" and it included "your smile". Now I can't remember anything else about it. Any leads as to author, text, etc?
posted by kenko at 9:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Incorporating chat into web browsing?

Incorporating chat into web browsing? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Convert DVD to WMV/AVI

What is the *easiest* way to take a clip from a commercial DVD and turn it into a WMV or AVI file. I own the DVD I am using and need a hastle-free way of showing lots of DVD clips in my class lectures. Also, the quality needs to be reasonable -- but not perfect. And again, I'm looking for the *easiest* way.
posted by JPowers at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming, oh my!

Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming: woe! Help me make this workable! [more inside]
posted by cortex at 7:30 PM PST - 12 comments

ADD sufferers - what is your experience with medication?

Are you an adult with ADD? Are you on medication? If so, how would you compare before to after? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Fix my stalling, un-force-quittable iChat! (please!)

Fix my stalling, un-force-quittable iChat! (please!) [more inside]
posted by sirion at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

iphoto help!

I'm new to iPhoto and I need some help. Particularly with resizing and, uh, getting it to work in general. [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents at 2:44 PM PST - 11 comments

dsl or cable?

DSL or Cable? Why is dialup so damn fast? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Nixon Saying "Sock It To Me"?

Where can I find a sound file (preferably freely accessible) of Richard Nixon going "Sock it ... to ME?!" (I believe that's the inflection he gave it.) It was from the September 16, 1968 episode of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." No luck with Google-fu.
posted by WCityMike at 9:59 AM PST - 9 comments

OSX installation artifacts

If you can answer questions about OSX 10.4 installation, please help! [more inside]
posted by renderthis at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Backing up Gmail locally?

How can I backup my existing Gmail inbox locally, so I can search and access my messages offline? [more inside]
posted by Thoth at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to raise money!

What can I do with charity fundraising idea that I think could be exciting, unique and, most importantly, quite lucrative? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

What's this thorny plant called?

What do you call this thorny plant I found growing outside the Smithsonian Castle in DC? My Google-fu fails me.
posted by brownpau at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Chat ou cochon?

There's always cat food all over my kitchen floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 8:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Fiction book about a tiny black hole?

This is going to be a long shot, but I'm trying to figure out the name of a fiction book I read around 20 years ago about a tiny black hole eating chunks out of the earth. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 12:09 AM PST - 38 comments

September 23

droppin' H-bombs.

Why are people so hung up on Lunar Helium-3? What do we need it for? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 11:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Back to the factory

Working on a friend's Win XP box tomorrow. Seems that, on a whim, it decided to revert to the original factory setup and seemingly disposed of the profiles, settings, and other installed programs (though on My Computer properties it still seems to be registered to the owner). I haven't encountered this prob before, but they have been real pros (sarcasm) about maintaining their install and protecting against malware. Ideas? Thanks in advance!
posted by moonbird at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Nonfiction books?

TeacherFilter: I'm looking for a NON-fiction text for my tenth-grade students. [more inside]
posted by etc. at 8:29 PM PST - 67 comments

Pippen Golf Ball Noggin'

I am hoping that one of the Google-masters here can help me where I have failed. I am looking for an old photo of Scottie Pippen with a large swelling on his forehead. Approximately ten years ago, he bumped his head during a game and the bump swelled to the size of a golf-ball... sticking out of his forehead. Thanks in advance.
posted by jimmereeno at 7:39 PM PST - 9 comments

DVD brightness on a laptop

How can I increase the brightness in the image of a DVD played on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 6:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Pump pump pump rest rest rest pum-- ... damn.

GymFilter: I'm going backwards. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 5:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Need help researching modeling agencies...

I'm researching how to start a modeling agency. An actual agency, not a "pay us a fee and we'll make you famous" scam. I have some industry experience but I need to know about a few fundamentals. 1. Who are the modeling agencies direct clients? Is it the designer (i.e. Guess, Christian Dior, etc.) or is it an ad agency? 2. Who pays the models, the agency or the company that a model does work for? I'm assuming agencies take a percentage or a fee. 3. Any other basic insight you can provide into starting a modeling agency? Thanks for your help!
posted by ieatwords at 4:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to go bra shopping in Vancouver BC?

Where to go bra shopping in Vancouver BC? My wife hates bra shopping. The only place she's really liked was a lesbian-run lingerie store in western Massachusetts, where the staff could always point her to a perfect, practical, comfortable bra of whatever kind she needed at the time (e.g. it's the only place she's ever been able to find a truly comfortable bra for horseback riding). Unfortunately, we're a long way from MA now. Any suggestions for such places in Vancouver? Suggestions in Victoria BC also welcome.
posted by Emanuel at 3:55 PM PST - 14 comments

another close one

German election collation building question. [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

How to interview for a help desk job?

I'm interviewing for a position at my university's computer help desk. The problem? I don't know enough about computers. Help me overcome that. [more inside]
posted by Sfving at 3:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Good sources for iPod drives?

My iPod's hard drive broke. Looking for the best option to replace the drive. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 3:46 PM PST - 9 comments

I need a new television!

I'm finally going to get a new television! Looking for recommendations on a quality t.v. that will last me for a long while. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 3:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Includable discussion forum in existing pages?

Where can I find an easy, modular, includable, threaded (preferably) chat forum? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Microbus's expanding roof idea

Remember the VW Microbus from 70's? I have question about the expanding roof... [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Is this a pyramid scheme or a real job?

How can I tell a legitimate sales marketing company from a pyramid scheme? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Know any free chatroom software?

Can anyone recommend a web-based chat system, preferably free? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you determine crossover settings for home audio?

I'm setting up my first home theatre system, and I keep hearing and reading about crossovers, which have me a bit confused... [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

How 'bout them new Calphalon knives?

Kitchen knives. One more time. How do knives distinguish themselves as they increase in price? Specifically, how does the recent offering from Calphalon compare? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 2:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I use the "thud" sound from "Lost"?

Can sound effects be trademarked? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 1:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find a new at-home career or revive my old one

What can a marketing consultant do to earn $500-$1000 a month from home without continuing in marketing or writing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Non-cold-sore-inciting birth control?

Are there any birth control pills/shots/drugs that do not incite cold sores? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 9 comments

lost and found (sort of)

For the last few years I've been getting an interest statement for some treasury bonds I inherited. I never gave them much thought, other than at tax time, but now I'm curious. All the form has as the payer is a Federal ID number. Is there any search I can do to see who it is that is holding these bonds? Thanks.
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I decide if I'm management material?

How can I decide if I'm management material? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 18 comments

Make me Teflon

I have an impending devastating breakup ahead. What can I proactively do before the bomb drops so I don't end up locked in my house for a year living on Bombay and cigarettes? This is going to be traumatic and painful and I want to shield myself from it as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 14 comments

When elephants dance, ants get out of the way

Fat guy can't dance to save his life. He's also extremely self-conscious. Help him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I make a decent cheap documentary?

Help me make a low-budget documentary that doesn't suck! [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 11:54 AM PST - 23 comments

How to keep people from suing my start-up business

BusinessLiabilityFilter -- Do we need product liability insurance for our start-up mail order business that sells repackaged craft supplies to kids? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 11:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Confederate Flag

What is your impression of the confederate flag? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 11:04 AM PST - 80 comments

How to back-up files to two computers AND a web server to boot

BackUpFilter: I'm looking for a quick way to back-up important files from two different locations, via a remote server. Could I be any more vague? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Dressing past the interview...

What should I wear to work in a higher education student services setting? Interview attire is one thing - I'm all set with that. But once I get the job, what should I wear to work? I want to build up my professional wardrobe and I want to do it right. [more inside]
posted by srah at 10:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Online Proofreading

Does anyone have any experience with online proofreading services? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 9:09 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I find a cruise targeted for the younger crowd?

A friend is taking a honeymoon cruise in the western Mediterranean. How can he avoid getting on a boat full of old people? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Microphone Recommendation for Using Skype?

Can someone recommend a microphone for using Skype? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 9:01 AM PST - 8 comments

Anne Frank on South Park?

Was there ever a South Park episode that featured an Anne Frank plot or Anne Frank as a character? If so, can you tell me which episode it was and from which season? Thanks!
posted by adrober at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Oh God! How do you even do that to a car?!

Prurient car-wreck-watcher filter// I am convinced that the Beltway area is the most dangerous place to drive in the US. How can I prove or disprove this? What do you think? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Truly, Denmark is a prison...

My girlfriend is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark this semester. On Monday there was a rather serious fire in the kitchen of her "dorm." Nobody was hurt, but the response and follow-up has been less than ideal. Please help us get someone to take action. [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 8:44 AM PST - 6 comments

There's a mouse in the house...

Best way to get rid of a mouse without killing it? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:42 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I get tickets the day of performance for a Broadway show?

I will be in New York City on Sunday for a few hours (from about 10am to 7pm). I would like to attend the 2pm show of Avenue Q. What is the best way for me to get tickets without spending 2-3 hours standing in line at the box office trying to get standby/lottery seats? Is this even possible?
posted by anastasiav at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Don Was in an Advertisment

I'm searching online for an old magazine ad featuring the musician Don Was sitting on a porch using his computer. I'd guess the ad is approx 8 years old. Google's not helping. Any ideas?
posted by davebush at 7:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Are there any co-ed netball leagues in London?

Are there any co-ed netball leagues in London? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 7:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Fix a kicked-in door?

I had to kick down a door in my apartment since it was locked from the inside. I'm not handy; step-by-step instructions for repairing damage to the door and frame? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Get out of town!

I keep hearing that Houston is the fourth largest city in America, along with the Hurricane Rita stories on the television. Wikipedia says it's 8th. I assume that the discrepancy is because the TV anchors are using area vs. population. Is Houston more sprawl-y than, say, DC? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 6:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Why do a majority of gay men speak in a camp voice?

Why do a majority of gay men speak in a camp voice? Is this put on or does it just happen?
posted by spooksie at 6:02 AM PST - 37 comments

September 22

Microsoft Backticks

How do I get the ouput of a windows console program / script into a batch file variable? [more inside]
posted by Deepspace at 11:49 PM PST - 6 comments


Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
posted by daver at 10:25 PM PST - 1 comment

NSPOSIXErrorDomain:13 error in Safari

When I try to access, Safari gives me the following error: "The error was: “POSIX error: Permission denied” (NSPOSIXErrorDomain:13)". What's going on? [more inside]
posted by teem at 10:15 PM PST - 9 comments

DYI guitar tung oil finish

DYI Guitar players: anyone finish a mahogany soildbody with tung oil? Any tips for the virgin? [more inside]
posted by dong_resin at 9:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Best memory configuration for a Power Mac G5?

Which is a better memory configuration on a Power Mac G5: 4x1GB or 8x512? What's the advantage/disadvantage of either configuration (besides the price)? [more inside]
posted by squink at 9:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Crazy for Farmer Crock

Where can I buy Farmer Crock? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Good runs in Santa Fe, NM?

Good runs in Santa Fe, NM? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 6:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me schedule office hours

I'm just starting to teach in a college class for the first time. Is there an online application I can use to schedule my office hours? [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Designer Floorplan Software

I am looking for a 3-D floor-plan software for interior designers that can be used to show clients how furniture, rugs, art, lighting, etc. will look in their home spaces. Anyone have any recommendations? Extra points for something simple to use for a computer "novice."
posted by Pressed Rat at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Innovative Paper Solutions With Glossy Strategies

Glossy magazine paper! I need to buy the same kind of paper that typical, nicely-put together magazines use, within the next 2 days. [more inside]
posted by lotsofno at 6:02 PM PST - 11 comments

XP "reinstallation" CD on Win2k machine?

So I bought a copy of XP (legit, with product key) on eBay that is supposed to go with a Dell machine. I have a Dell machine. Super. But it turns out to be a "reinstallation" disc. My PC came with Win2000. I believe I'm hosed, but please tell me if I'm mistaken somehow.
posted by Tubes at 5:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me waste my time.

Help me waste my time. I'm trying to find this flash/shockwave game that I used to play religiously a couple of years ago. Individual multi-colored balls or spheres fall from the top of the screen and you use your mouse or arrow keys to move the balls left or right. [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 4:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Cub Scouts - yes or no?

My five year old son wants to join the Cub Scouts... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy at 4:27 PM PST - 64 comments

Help a 98 lb weakling develop into a Mac programmer with Cocoa-fu.

I would like to learn to program for Mac OS X, and Cocoa seems to be the way to go. Considering most of the documentation and books I've picked up say things like, "since this book is about Cocoa, we assume you know Objective-C," and the Objective-C books assume I already know C... What's the best path for a beginner like myself to progress from knowing nothing, to actually programming using Cocoa on Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 4:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Should we go to Prague or Amsterdam for New Year's?

New Year's Eve in Prague or Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 3:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Full-length webpage screenshots?

I know I've seen it here before, but searching has been fruitless. A slick little program that will take a full-length screenshot of your website, or any URI. [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

decision tree maker software?

The best free or supercheap decision tree software? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

An arthritic at age 30??

I'd like a little help diagnosing joint pain in my fingers. [more inside]
posted by mragreeable at 2:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Is my no fee, no interest Discover card too good to be true?

I've always heard that something "too good to be true" usually is, so I'm a little skeptical about the Discover card I just got. Long story about why I got it, but I intended to cancel it immediately. Customer service assures me there's no interest for the first 6 months, no annual fee, and a cash-back rewards program. They'd be paying me to use the card. Does anyone use Discover, and is there a catch? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 2:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Book of science projects.

I'm looking for the title of a book I had as child, it contains ~ 5-7 amature science projects. The 3 I remember were a tesla coil, a repulsor coil and something to do with infrared imagining. I got it for my birthday when I was a little too young (but still read it repeatedly) and had lost track of it by the time I was ready to actually build some of the projects.
posted by 445supermag at 1:59 PM PST - 3 comments

its pleasure is to serve

I need to serve some example files to my (programming) students. My old host gave me a public FTP site, but I just switched to dreamhost, and no longer have this option. I'm looking for a simple solution. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 1:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Aggregating iCal alarms

I want to send a weekly e-mail reminder to myself that shows my appointments for the upcoming week. How the heck so I do this with iCal on OSX? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

How to make Myst?

Free (beer or speech) Windows-compatible software to make Myst-like point-and-click games? I'd like to have both stills and movies. [more inside]
posted by sonofsamiam at 1:31 PM PST - 9 comments

What is this new york weblog?

What's the New York weblog that has an image of a building as the top header, and the entire background of the image is purple? It's pretty popular, but I can't seem to locate it. I think the foreground is a blacked out rooftop elevator building, and the rest is purple.
posted by plexi at 1:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Photoshop has disappeared...

[OSX] After installing Tiger on my iBook (and using Software Update to upgrade to the latest version), I am no long able to open Photoshop. The applications icon has been replaced with another application's document icon! [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 1:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Record stored shows from a DVR?

Say I had a DVR (this one, actually). It is provided by my cable provider. And say I had something stored on there (like all of last season's West Wing and some episodes of Wire In The Blood) that I wanted to put somewhere else (like maybe on my PC or a portable harddrive). Doable? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 12:56 PM PST - 12 comments

What should s/he charge?

Real Estate Agent Filter: I'm about to put a house I own in suburban Maryland (DC Metro) on the market. What are reasonable fees for the selling agent I hire to charge? [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 12:53 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the best intermediate codec to use?

I have some video on a DVD that I want to edit in Final Cut Pro. What's the best intermediate codec to use? I don't have space for uncompressed video, and the rest of my footage is DV-quality, so I can afford a bit of quality loss. [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I set up a Linksys Router Behind a DSL Modem/router?

I own a WRT54G wireless ethernet router that I really want to use behind my 2Wire DSL Modem/Router. I can't make it work the way I want to... [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

What's the best book about Japanese history?

I'm interested in learning about Japanese history pre-1900. What book(s) should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Dr. Blair, Dr. Blair... Dr. Jay Hamilton, Dr. Jay Hamilton

"Dr. Blair, Dr. Blair... Dr. Jay Hamilton, Dr. Jay Hamilton"... what's the deal with this sound bite? [more inside]
posted by Witty at 11:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Tic tac commercial song.

What's the name of the song in the new tictac commercial, the one where the girl juggles three tictacs with her tongue? [more inside]
posted by mfbridges at 11:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Selecting which biography to read

Assuming a prominent historical figure has several biographies written about him or her, how do you go about selecting the biography that most closely approaches "canonical"? [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

The Mysterious Case of the 30th Birthday Party

I want to write my own "How To Host A Murder"-type interactive party game. Any suggestions or resources? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Ow, my eye! I'm not supposed to get sweat in it!

Why is it that some days when I exercise and get sweaty, the sweat stings my face and eyes very badly while other (most) days the sting is very slight or nonexistent? It doesn't seem to correlate to whether or not I've just shaved (this wouldn't account for the eye sting anyway).
posted by leecifer at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

online places to find people trading mp3s

Where are some online places I can go to find people who want to trade music (mp3s) via email? I want to discover new music so I don't really know what I'm looking for, specifically. [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Help with FTP program selection

Can someone suggest a user-friendly and free FTP program? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 10:34 AM PST - 21 comments

It's like a what in here?

DoctorWhoFilter: in the UK we have a TV show called Doctor Who, in which this dude with a long scarf travels through time in what is essentially a small garden shed called a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). More extraordinary than it's time travelling ability though, the TARDIS is actually bigger on the inside - you walk into small garden shed to find huge room the size of a small television studio. Hence, in the UK when you, for example, get into a car that looks kinda small but is actually incredibly roomy inside, one might say, "bloody hell, it's like a TARDIS in here." So the question is, is there an American equivalent?
posted by forallmankind at 10:27 AM PST - 28 comments

flying and eating

Dear international travelers: what, where and when are your favorite food-based cultural festivals? I'm not only asking about agricultural festivals, although I appreciate recommendations for those, too; I'm also interested in religious and cultural festivals where a specific food or ingredient plays a central role.
posted by luriete at 9:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Manually Managing an iPod in iTunes 5

I have iTunes 5 installed on two machines, one at work, one at home, with my iPod set to sync automatically to the iTunes library on my home machine. When using iTunes 4.x, I was able to attach my iPod to my work machine and then configure the iPod (in the iTunes preferences) to 'manually' update, rather than automatically, enabling me to play files directly off my iPod on my work machine. When I returned to my home machine, I would switch the home machine's iTunes/iPod settings back to 'update automatically', causing iTunes to update the files on the home machine with a new Last Played date and Play Count. iTunes 5, however, seems to have a bug in this regard: it notes a random 10 or 15-song selection of tracks played via the work machine's iTunes 5, but that's all. A day's worth of listening to tracks isn't logged as played, messing up Smart Playlists that grab music I haven't heard in a while. 1) Is this unusual or universal 2) Any fixes? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to do a PhD?

Suggestions for PhD study in International Relations within the English-speaking world? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 9:40 AM PST - 13 comments

acontecimiento muy impopular

What's the best way to promote a Flickr/MeFi Meetup to ensure decent attendance/success? [more inside]
posted by cior at 9:21 AM PST - 14 comments

BMG Music phone number?

What is a customer service phone number for BMG Music? (I have an order problem, and I want to harangue them.)
posted by Kemayo at 8:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding a holding in and ETF

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs): Is there a resource where I could search for ETFs which have a particular stock holding? For instance, could I find an ETF that held INTL quickly, rather than combing through ETFs individually? (I'm not searching for INTL, just an example)
posted by jonah at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

The people came and listened

What are some lesser-known (but awesome!) music festivals? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:52 AM PST - 40 comments

Manufacturers of display signs

Looking for manufacturer, patent info of electronic display signs. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Adjusting watch bracelet

I need resources / how-to on adjusting the bracelet size on a stainless steel Invicta watch.
posted by Scottk at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments


My next question will be about ending world hunger - but for now, I'd like to know about cufflinks. Are they nancy, boy-baubles, or an acceptable style choice? [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Can/Should I try to get to Austin from Boston?

Was/is anyone planning on traveling to the Austin City Limits Music Festival? What will Rita be like in Austin? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

XP, emacs, and tex-mode with MikTeX / YAP.

XP, emacs, and tex-mode with MikTeX / YAP. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 6:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Captive Portal with auth - help?

Captive Portals. I'd like one. I want it to work with a WRT54G, connected to a DSL line. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 5:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Nervous density

Some questions about nerve endings... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Stay or go? Facts and reality, please.

What was the Katrina damage 50 miles inland? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 4:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Show me the way from Birmingham to Norwich (UK)

I need to get from Birmingham in the UK to Norwich in the UK without a car. What is the most efficient route to take if I want to go by Coach or Rail (i.e. National Express etc.). The "direct" route seems to take about 5 or 6 hours which is ridiculous. I feel sure there must be a much quicker option involving stopping off somewhere in between and catching another coach or train etc. If anyone can advise me I'd be extremely grateful. TIA.
posted by empedia at 3:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Living together hints?

Tips for a couple moving in together? What do you wish you had known when taking this step? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 2:43 AM PST - 27 comments

Do they always go east?

Shouldn't hurricane track predictions have a skewed distribution due to the nature/direction of steering winds? [more inside]
posted by Chuckles at 2:35 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do in the Bangkok airport for 12 hours?

What to do in the Bangkok airport for 12 hours? [more inside]
posted by AArtaud at 1:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Web support for dummies?

Who in the world can help me manage/fix/customize my Movable Type website? I am completely clueless, too busy to learn the damn program myself, willing to pay someone likeminded to help me, chomping at the bit to really get my blog off the ground. [more inside]
posted by melixxa600 at 12:19 AM PST - 8 comments

September 21

Royalty-free Music Online

Where can I find high-quality, royalty-free music? I know of lots of sites that offer great, royalty-free pictures, but I've never come across a site that offers a similar service for music. Note that I'm looking for high-quality (mp3) music files, and preferably full-length stuff. I've seen tons of sites with (mostly) cheesy sound effects and tons of sites with endless collections of .wav files clipped from TV and movies, and I'm not interested in any of that. I need music. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 11:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I reconstruct my website

My laptop recently got stolen and all of my website files where on it... I use a specific program to construct the site - it codes everything in Absolute positions on an X & Y pixel grid layout - the program I used however can not edit the files individually - you must have the native format of the pages that the program then turns into .html files.. is there a program however that I CAN edit the exiting files that are on my server with... so I dont have to rebuild the whole site? the web address is Thanks...
posted by crewshell at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I keep my cat from shredding my furniture?

My girlfriend's cat has an incredible knack for destroying my furniture. I've got an opportunity to replace my uncomfortable fabric couch with a farily nice, comfortable, microsuede couch for cheap. I'd like to avoid having this piece of furniture become yet another unintended scratching post. What's worked for you? [more inside]
posted by jimray at 11:16 PM PST - 23 comments

NashvilleFilter: Help me reconnect with my family in Nashville, TN.

NashvilleFilter: Help me reconnect with my family in Nashville, TN. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 10:36 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the saddest songs?

What are the saddest songs you can think of? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 10:09 PM PST - 156 comments

Help me help everyone.

I'm a New Orleans resident who's going home the second they let me. I want more than anything to be as helpful as possible in rebuilding the city. What is the city going to need? [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 8:41 PM PST - 12 comments

How much iron is too much?

Is it possible to get too much iron ("too much" meaning when one starts suffering detrimental effects) just from eating a lot of foods rich in iron? [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 8:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Or I could hold Divorce Court in my basement.

How can I speed up my parents' divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I quit and still get paid?

What are the chances of me collecting unemployment based on unfair labor practices? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How to sell my violin?

How should I sell my violin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Fetch Mommy a Drink.

Anyone here ever have a drink while breastfeeding? If so, what were you told about alcohol and breastmilk, how much and often did you drink, and did you notice any effects on your baby, then or later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Blast you, balloons!

I have a new laptop running win XP home, and I want the speech balloons to go away. [more inside]
posted by mai at 7:31 PM PST - 4 comments


What is going on at a site like this one? I see this kind of thing all the time. I can understand that some opportunist has registered an expired domain, and is willing to sell it, but how would these links make any money for him in the meantime?
posted by megatherium at 7:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Gas-economical rental car?

What's a (cheap) rental car that will get me great gas mileage in CA? [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:25 PM PST - 14 comments

What is that bossa nova sound?

What's that instrument you hear in some bossa nova songs that sounds either like a man wheezing or someone pulling a plastic straw through the top of a fast food soda cup?
posted by CrazyJoel at 7:14 PM PST - 7 comments

First date spot north of Irvine CA?

First date. She lives in Irvine, CA, I work in Santa Monica. I said I'd pick a place somewhere in the middle. Since I know little about the world south of me, can someone suggest a place for dinner? [more inside]
posted by lbergstr at 6:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Interactive virtual skeleton?

Weird question of the day: is there a preferably free utility (for Mac or PC) or website that allows you to interact with a realistic virtual skeleton and allow you to position it in various poses?
posted by robbie01 at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

When is paying extra for organic worth it?

Help me decide when paying a premium for organic / GMO-free / etc. is worth it. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 6:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Surviving the Slashdot effect

Help us survive a major-but-short-term traffic spike. [more inside]
posted by blag at 6:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Pay as you go or land line?

I want to hear your experiences with pay-as-you-go phones. [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 5:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Good organisation software for OS X?

Help me replace iCal. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Linux folding editor

Looking for a folding editor (linux) [more inside]
posted by yetanother at 3:44 PM PST - 7 comments

What is there hidden in downtown and on the outskirt's of Seattle

I'm visiting Seattle for a week in October and am looking for off-the-path places to hang out: used bookstores, blues clubs, coffeehouses, esoterica and erotica. I also want to find a museum that has a large collection of Dale Chihuly pieces. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 3:20 PM PST - 21 comments


ItalianTravelFilter: Looking for recommendations -- hotels/pensiones/b&b's in Rome, Amalfi towns or Naples!
posted by black8 at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Un-donate a kidney?

Can a kidney be un- or re-donated? A colleague donated a kidney to a friend today. If the friend's body rejects the kidney, can it be put back into its original owner? I'm guessing no, but I'm wondering why not.
posted by clh at 2:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Radius Maps

Is there a free, online tool that allows you to create a radius map? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I old enough to be claiming Alzheimers as a reason for this brain gap?

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read in Secondary 3 (Grade 9) about a German girl who loses all of her family in the bombing of Dresden (I think), meets up a boy who is escaping from the Hitler Youth and reforms her life with relatives in a major German city... [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Evacuating for Rita?

Just wondering what Texans are moving out of Rita's way. [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 2:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Funny sounds on MP3's

Anyone else ever notice funny sounds on MP3's with particularily low-pitched male vocals? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 1:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a kid-friendly hotel in NYC?

NYCFilter: Can anybody recommend a hotel or B&B in Manhattan compatible with two adults and a four-year old paleontologist? [more inside]
posted by ldenneau at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I split my mail spool from my IMAP server?

I want my small office's half dozen desktop computers to retrieve incoming e-mail from an external mail server, but store all IMAP folders on an internal mail server. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 1:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Suitable international presents

I live in the US and have a niece (about to turn 6) and nephew (a year and a half) in Norway. Every year I have the same dilemma buying Xmas and bday presents for them and I'd love some ideas... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 1:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Austin area info?

Austin-filter: I just moved to Austin, TX and am looking for input on various 'Austin Staples', including hip spots for the independent-minded, good/bad wireless phone carriers (I have Cingular and it's horrible here), points of orientation, etc. Any and all feedback is appreciated! [more inside]
posted by skechada at 12:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Things to do in L.A./Santa Monica?

Things to do in L.A./Santa Monica? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:40 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I big myself up on a personal statement?

What can I write in the personal statement on my CV that makes me sound interesting and funny yet responsible and sensible, and like someone who would be an asset to the company that would take me on (without being boring)? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 12:32 PM PST - 20 comments

What's a good and cheap way to print to PDFs in Windows XP?

What's a good and cheap way to print to PDFs in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan at 12:24 PM PST - 16 comments

When does n | (2^m -1) for arbitrary odd n?

I'm an algebraist, and I need help with a difficult number theory problem involving Mersenne Numbers. Difficult Number Theorists, please help me! [more inside]
posted by CrunchyFrog at 12:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Corned Beef Recipes

Help me corn my beef. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 12:18 PM PST - 18 comments

What pressures keep homosexuality in populations?

From what I understand, homosexuality among humans throughout history (to the best of our knowledge) remains at 10%. Why is this? Are enough homosexuals propogating through heterosexual means to keep the genetic causes for homosexuality in the population? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Public Domain Nutcracker Recordings

Where can I find public domain recordings from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker? I know the music itself is public domain, but I'm worried about using a copyrighted recording. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies would be particularly nice since it's for a slideshow featuring pictures of little girls trying out for the ballet.
posted by TheGoldenOne at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

a gift for one who knits

What are the best knitting shops online, and do they have gift cards that can be sent in the mail? [more inside]
posted by krix at 11:29 AM PST - 11 comments

e-mail subject line

I need to send to send an e-mail to some ex-colleagues requesting that they join an entrepreneurial network. Are there some principles for creating an effective e-mail subject line that will increase my chances of having them open my e-mail?
posted by Xurando at 10:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Frame Building

Framing: I'd like to build my own frames - clean lines, nice wood, etc - for matted photographs. I'm not entirely unhandy, but I don't know much about construction or carpentry. What's the best way to learn? What are the essential tools I should consider buying? Are there books or other resources that will help me with this? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Making the mix (NJ-NY-TX style)

Help me make a mix CD about New Jersey, New York and Texas... [more inside]
posted by MsVader at 10:44 AM PST - 43 comments

Best USB gamepad that works with Linux?

I'm building a video game emulation machine. What would be the best USB gamepad I could buy that would work with Linux? I don't have anything newer than Genesis/SNES games, so it only really needs six face buttons and two shoulder buttons. I really (really) liked the Xbox 360 controllers when I tried them at E3, but I don't want to wait until they're available. I also like the X-Arcade, but I don't think I could excuse the pricetag.
posted by Plutor at 10:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Jewelry Packaging

Would you be put off if you ordered some beaded jewelry and it arrived in bags like this (or something similar) instead of in boxes like this (or something similar)? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 9:50 AM PST - 35 comments

One IE Window at a Time

Suddenly every time I open a new Internet Explorer (6.02) window, it shuts down all the other IE windows that are currently open. This stinks, and is something that only began about 3 or 4 days ago. It's so bad that when I select 'Open in New Window,' that also closes down the original window. What's going on and how can I fix this?
posted by NYCnosh at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Lyris Listmanager

I need to host a Lyris Listmanager install for 350 member discussion list. Does anyone have experience installing and doing this? At the very least, I need a company with PostgreSQL 8.03 and Redhat who will let me host it. I have to use Listmanager versus a free thing like Mailman. Any suggestions?
posted by letterneversent at 8:39 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I play .WMV windows media player files on my Mac?

How do I play .WMV windows media player files on my Mac? How about in fast-forward? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 8:13 AM PST - 11 comments

I like her, she doesn't like me, but she won't go away.

DatingFilter: She knows I have feelings for her which she doesn't reciprocate, but she won't leave me alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 64 comments

How can I stop 'letting' my coworkers bother me?

How can I stop being bothered by little things at work? There are some things my coworkers do that drive me nuts, but they aren't the sort of things you just ask people to stop doing. [more inside]
posted by Godbert at 8:02 AM PST - 42 comments

Word won't let me open my password-protected document! I know the damned password.

Password problem in Word 2000... [more inside]
posted by Savannah at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Pet insurance - scam or great???

My vet friend totally loves pet insurance, but i've heard from some owners that they think it's a scam and we would be better off just putting the money aside. What is your experience? (my details inside) [more inside]
posted by joshgray at 7:53 AM PST - 26 comments

Vaio vi

My Sony Vaio PCG-K115M won't boot. [more inside]
posted by aisforal at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get over it, exactly?

So, I've lost a friend, and I can't stop thinking about it, and it's making me sick. How do I actually get over it - stop thinking about it - move on? Things like this tend to give me a cascade reaction memory of all the bad stuff that's happened in my life. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:42 AM PST - 24 comments

Should I Motorize My Bike?

I'm much too nerdy to get a real motorcycle, but I was thinking about somehow slapping a motor onto my bicycle. Has anyone had any experience with motorizing bicycles? Any recommendations?
posted by hughbot at 7:38 AM PST - 26 comments

Toronto wardriving map?

I'm looking for a wardriving map of downtown Toronto that was posted online a year or two ago. It had wireless networks marked in three colours: encrypted, unencrypted, and out-of-the-box. I had a copy on my hard drive, but I think I've lost it. Does anyone know where I can find it?
posted by Jairus at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

How to stop being a racist?

How (or: Why) do people begin to stop being racist? How did you begin to learn to appreciate people of different races to your own? [more inside]
posted by cleardawn at 7:15 AM PST - 37 comments

Switching to the Trades...

Are there any MeFites out there who have made the leap from a career in IT to one in the Skilled Trades? Specifically Machinists...... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 6:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Purgatory calculator?

I know that there's the "Dante's Inferno Quiz" to tell you which circle of Dante's Hell you're headed for... But I'm looking for a handy automatic web "purgatory calculator" that'll give you a rough estimate of how many years you'd have to sit on the bench before entering Heaven. :-) Any suggestions? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel at 6:42 AM PST - 1 comment

Fun place to eat in Boston?

I need a fun, different, and/or interesting place in the Boston area to take my wife for our anniversary dinner. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 5:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Reading in dreams

Can you read in your dreams? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 5:41 AM PST - 44 comments

Do they shape up, or do I ship out?

I just started working for an IT company that has been dipping it's toes in the world of web design & development for a while, but not been doing things right. How do I get them to shape up? Or do I ship out? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 3:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Do I get more petrol at night?

Is it true that I get more bang for the buck if I fill up my tank at night? The argument is that matter expands when it's heated; so during the night, I get more volume of petrol for the same price? I know the difference is miniscule, but is the argument true?
posted by arrowhead at 3:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I become a teacher?

I think I want to change careers and become a teacher. I need a change. I've been told "You'd be a great teacher!" by several people and I think I believe them. I already have a Masters (multimedia/technology), and I'm in NY state. How long will it really take me, and what else should I know before I leap? (More specific situational info inside...) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 AM PST - 14 comments

E-mail breakups: Worse than Hitler?

Are e-mail breakups always wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 AM PST - 16 comments

How to seem...sluttier than I am.

Help: my new boyfriend has had way more sex than me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Is my employer a dirty rotten scoundrel?

At this very moment I am losing sleep over my work situation. My employer has repeatedly asked me to relocate to the home office. I've been putting this decision off for a few reasons until about a month ago. Then discussions were put on hold a couple weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Outlook on multiple computers - how?

What's the best way to start using outlook on my new laptop, while continuing to use it on my desktop? I'd like them to be synched. (with out using exchange) How to transfer current outlook e-mail account settings, current e-mails, rules, to other computers? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut at 12:52 AM PST - 8 comments

September 20 problem on a specific account

I have a friend who's used's free web-based e-mail service for a number of years. Recently they've been doing some upgrades, and she's run into a problem: when viewing a message, none of the action buttons (Reply, Forward, etc.) work, except for Delete. Any users out there who know what's going on? Has anyone had any luck contacting user support for [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 11:39 PM PST - 1 comment

how to win friends and influence people

Charm school -- is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 11:33 PM PST - 10 comments

I have a programming issue with sorting an array.

I have a programming issue with sorting an array. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 11:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me pick a cellphone.

Help me pick a new cell phone. [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 9:52 PM PST - 12 comments

wrap your troubles in dreams

Do you dream in black and white or color or both at different times? If both, is there any pattern to when? [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 9:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Used iBook source?

MacFilter: What is the best online source to purchase used iBooks at reasonable rates? [more inside]
posted by mikel at 9:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I can the url for my blog without reinstalling movable type?

Can I can the url for my blog without reinstalling movable type? [more inside]
posted by richtea at 8:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Karaoke in North Jersey or NYC

Recommendations for good Karaoke in Bergen County, New Jersey or New York City on Friday night. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Photo enlargements

What's the least expensive source for quality photo enlargements? (big ones!) [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:04 PM PST - 16 comments

Disabling the logon (login?) screen in XP

I want to disable my WinXP logon screen. By that I mean the screen it defaults to after the screensaver runs or I reboot. Instead of going straight to the desktop, I have to click the icon with my username. How do I skip this step?
posted by zardoz at 7:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Sending Email into the Future

I want to send emails on a timer. Help! [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Make iTunes emulate the iPod's menu mode

Is there a way to make iTunes emulate the iPod's menu mode? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 6:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me learn to create semi-transparent PNGs for use on the web.

Help me learn to create semi-transparent PNGs for use on the web. Those I'm creating in Macromedia's Fireworks don't seem to work in IE -- even when I use the appropriate IE-specific image filters. [more inside]
posted by weston at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Citibank Origami Music

Does anyone know who does the music for the Citi Bank commercial with the guy doing the origami in fast forward. Classical sounding piano music.
posted by daveed66 at 5:11 PM PST - 2 comments

My girlfriend hates my friends

Here's the background. My girlfriend is from the republic of Ireland. I am antipodean. We both live in the United Kingdom. I am 33, partially sighted (although I lead a very main-stream life and have no disabled friends). I say the part about me being partially sighted because I believe it's a big part of what has made me ME and given me a slightly odd-shaped perspective compared to mainstream western society. My gf is 36. Our relationsip is about 18 months old and seems to suddenly be coming apart. Two main parts of this seem to be 1) the fact that she seems completely unable to discuss / articulate her feelings or accept any kind of responsibility for them and 2) she appears to be trying to drive my friends away. To the unsuspecting, this may seem like an obvious case of incompatibility. It is however similar to what hapened in my previous relationship of five years. The question: I want to know if anyone else has had the same experience and if so and if they managed to drag things off the rocks, how they worked with their partner to go about it? [more inside]
posted by azure at 4:48 PM PST - 30 comments

How best to store books?

I need to store about two large bookshelves of books. The problem is two-fold: With an impending addition to the family, I have no space in the house. Additionally, I live in San Francisco where I am worried about ruining the books if I simply place them in boxes in the garage. I need help with storage options. [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Google Maps: Show Me Multiple Locations, Please!

Is there anyway to get Google maps to log multiple locations on a single map? [more inside]
posted by donovan at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments


Does everyone experience a specific feeling, a taste, almost, in their runny nose when they have a cold? What is it, and does it tell you anything useful? [more inside]
posted by transona5 at 3:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Most effective backup method for computer with multiple profiles

I will be wiping the hard drive of my Dell Inspiron 600m, which is currently running Windows XP with multiple profiles. What's the best way to make sure I back up everything? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 3:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Cool ideas for tons of rosemary?

So much Rosemary! [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 2:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Need old dial phones

Where can I find old dial telephones like these? They don't need to work at all (play props for The Front Page) and they need to be really cheap (~$20).
posted by AstroGuy at 2:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Good ESL workbooks?

Can you recommend a good workbook for teaching ESL? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

I just want one

I want a single, large, 2-color silk-screened poster made. I have the artwork in a vector file. Is there a shop that does this sort of thing?
posted by rossmeissl at 2:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Know anything about online event planning or shopping carts?

Does anybody have any experience with online even management systems and or e-commerce shopping carts? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 2:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Lawn sweeper, anyone?

Have you ever used a lawn sweeper? [more inside]
posted by SashaPT at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

office desk exercise machines?

Is there a (silent) exercise machine that an office or cubical worker can use to exercise their legs while working at the computer. Not like a thighmaster, or rubber bands, but something more like a step-stair or cycle or similar system under the desk. [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 12:40 PM PST - 18 comments

What's a good online calendar?

I'm looking for some sort of online calendar... [more inside]
posted by jplank at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my therapist nuts?

TherapyFilter: I am currently in traditional analysis meeting three times a week every morning for the last four years. (I know, messed up childhood.) My therapist has decided for whatever reason/need to limit her office hours to 9:30 to 4:30. No mornings and no evenings. Is she unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 12:08 PM PST - 31 comments

Gigantic T-Mobile overage charges and billing errors, oh my!

I (unfortunately) have a mobile phone with T-Mobile service. [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Conference room names

My company (a web dev firm) moved offices, and the boss wants names for the four conference rooms on site. Suggestions? Personally, I like Pirate-Ninja-Dwarf-Elf.
posted by thinman at 11:42 AM PST - 97 comments

Where should we go for our September '06 honeymoon?

HoneymoonFilter: Where should we go for our September '06 honeymoon? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 11:26 AM PST - 8 comments

self-defense against tweens

Five or more 11-12 year-old boys approach and surround you in a threatening way. How do you handle it? If they choose to attack, then what?
posted by hellbient at 11:02 AM PST - 75 comments

Mass Music Organization

Ideas for additional organization of my music via 'Genre' tags in iTunes... [+] [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 10:51 AM PST - 13 comments

new condo questions

Buying a brand-new condo in New York City. Questions about both the process of closing and about looking at the apartment for the last time before the sales contract. [more inside]
posted by dame at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me block my cats off from the second floor.

Help me block my cats off from the second floor. Each of them has learned a way to get around the gate at the top of the stairs. [more inside]
posted by Aknaton at 10:46 AM PST - 10 comments

darn clickwheels done busted on me

The click wheel on my ipod is broken. The buttons have slipped off their positions so I have to click on the plastic outside of the wheel VERY hard to get it to function. Not only do I have to guess where the button has drifted, it has gotten much worse over time and I can no longer press the menu button. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Addicted to sugar?

How can I wean myself off of sugar? It seems the more sweets I eat, the more I crave. I don't think that I can do it cold turkey.
posted by sandra194 at 9:41 AM PST - 41 comments

Where can I see "lyrical" dance being performed?

Where can I see "lyrical" dance being performed? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 9:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Misreading Books and Movies

Many people, including myself, read personal observations and see references to current events in literature that do not reflect the authors thinking on a subject. An example is the Robert Frost poem Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening as being a reflection on suicide. Frost has denied that this was his reference. Some current book and movie viewers and some reviewers also see references to current United States politics in current books and movies. Revenge of the Siths and the latest Harry Potter novel are examples. What is this called? Can it be recognized when someone is putting spin on a work that the author/director never intended?
posted by Raybun at 8:45 AM PST - 35 comments

Best telephone solution for Skype?

I'm wondering if anyone has experiences using Skype with either a regular phone with an adapter, or with a skype-enabled phone? Any preferences? What works best?
posted by friedapplepie at 8:35 AM PST - 7 comments

How to gauge a persons musical interests?

My girlfriends brother wants some new music to listen to. What questions can I ask to better gauge what suggestions I make? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Where's my ratty?

How do I kill a rat? [more inside]
posted by asok at 8:22 AM PST - 45 comments

Will anyone photoshop my images for me?

Is there such a thing as an online professional digital photography processing service? [more inside]
posted by juniorbonner at 7:30 AM PST - 13 comments

OS X and program removal

How does one cleanly and completely uninstall a program in OS X? Not all programs that I've installed can be completely removed simply be deleteing the program from my hard drive. Some seem to install files in other locations. Is there some sort of tool that makes it easier to ensure complete removal of a program and its stray files?
posted by missed at 7:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Yahoo Store comments

Does anyone have any experience running or building a Yahoo! Store? How long do they take to set up? Can you enter in orders that are taken offline? Other comments welcome.
posted by Ostara at 6:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Google translation module

How do I put a Google translation module on my website? [more inside]
posted by merejane at 6:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for a small personal refrigerator

Your recommendations for a small personal refrigerator? I drink a lot of Diet Coke (3 cans a day), and today my office decided to stop providing it and put in a vending machine. [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp at 6:17 AM PST - 11 comments

"Non-exploitative porn": oxymoron?

"Non-exploitative pornography": is it a contradiction in terms? I'm especially interested in MetaFilter women's opinion. Thanks.
posted by PenguinBukkake at 5:18 AM PST - 37 comments

Go West! Or something!

Should we go west? How far west, and how? What do you know about Montana? Small-town life in general? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 4:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Overripe honeydew melon ideas?

I have a couple two-week old honeydew melons that sat in room temp. They are obviously overripe, sloshing when I shake them, and slightly soft to the touch. Do they go bad, or just lose/change their flavour? Any recipes for some overripe melons?
posted by adzm at 4:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Why won't this NASA site work?

Any idea why this NASA site won't work in Firefox or IE? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 4:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Is 7 too young to put PCs together?

Is 7 too young to put PCs together? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 3:13 AM PST - 24 comments

Sound from movies

Looking for a link from the blue to a site that streamed the entire sound from various movies. I cant remember how long ago it was posted - but its more than 1½ yrs old. Anyone able to help?
posted by FidelDonson at 2:45 AM PST - 3 comments

This is a job for *your name here*

Are there any good independent computer support organisations in the U.S. who can help/support/fix problems with home computers and networks, for example spyware removal or hardware replacement? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 2:14 AM PST - 7 comments

September 19

PDF conversions with css.

PDF from html with extensive css. How do I resolve my formatting issues? [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 9:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I have these metal plates removed from my forearm?

I recently had a pretty nasty bicycle accident and had to have two metal plates put in my forearm. I've been given the option of having another surgery around the end of the year to have them taken out, but I really want to get back to work, and to be able to ride again, so I'm seriously considering just leaving them in. Are there any downsides to that? Or conversely, if anyones chosen to have them removed, why?
posted by atom128 at 8:51 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I find a good buyer's real estate agent?

How do I find a good buyer's real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 8:38 PM PST - 2 comments

What does "normal wear and tear mean" at the end of a lease?

Please help us figure out if our previous landlord is bending the law. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 7:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Display my blog entries on another site?

Quick-n-dirty way to put a "teaser" latest blog entry on my homepage? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 7:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Who is that guy! I know him from somewhere

Moviefilter: Who is that guy in the circuit city commercial?? [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 7:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Cat attack!

Why does my cat hate my legs? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r at 6:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Stall on cold boot, sometimes. Help.

IT problem brainstorm: I have a PC that stalls during boot. Help. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 6:07 PM PST - 21 comments

antique fabric preservation

Preserving and protecting a textile: I have an old theater backdrop painted on muslin. It is a little water damaged but otherwise in good condition, except for fraying around the edges. How can I repair the edges and protect from future damage while displaying it? The archival sites mainly talk about storage and don't really deal with home diy ideas or tips.
posted by gingembre at 6:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my fireplace efficient?

How energy (in)efficient is my gas fireplace? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 5:58 PM PST - 4 comments

The Fate Of The Curse Mobile!

TheFateOfTheCurseMobile! I purchased a used automobile about 18 months ago. Over the past year, the car has been involved in 3 minor collisions (but major headaches), none of which were my fault. I'm trying to weigh my options between getting it fixed (again!) or trading it in for a car with some (hopefully) better karma. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by paulychamp at 5:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Know of a room for rent on the Oregon Coast?

Know of a room for rent on the Oregon Coast? I only really need a place to sleep. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 4:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Car storage and what about Fairbanks?

How do I prepare my car for storage over the winter? And, what to do in Fairbanks, AK over the winter? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 4:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Book Lust: A Short Guide to Getting Hitched In A Library.

Mefibrarians and Mefi-Seattlites: Help us plan the dorkiest wedding ever. So we didn't end up making fancy dinner for my birthday on Friday, planning instead to put it off until Sunday, but that is OK because instead I got an engagement ring. Now we need to find a library or library-ish building to get married in. [more inside]
posted by librarina at 3:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Blog about hypertext in print?

What's the name of the blog (short for "Web log," a kind of online journal or diary) that covers hypertext-like design features in print media like newspapers? [more inside]
posted by joeclark at 2:53 PM PST - 12 comments

That boils?

Has anyone here ever eaten a potato boiled in rosin? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 2:32 PM PST - 17 comments

name that tune

What's the music on the current TV advert for the Guardian?
posted by handee at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Music Mixing Freeware Needed.

Music mixing program needed! Does anyone know of a freeware program I can download that lets you mix wav files together? I am creating cd's for my wedding reception and I want to mix the songs so that when one song is ending, the next will start without that second or two of silence. [more inside]
posted by Shfishp at 1:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Painfully slow internet connection on OS X...

Is it possible to test an iMac's (OS X) network card? Other suggestions for why I'm getting a slow Net connection? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 1:17 PM PST - 15 comments

movin' on up.

I'm packing a 26 ft. U-haul truck in a few hours. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 1:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Apartment flooding action

What should I expect a landlord to do for me when my apartment constantly floods? [more inside]
posted by schwa at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Xanga blog 'next/previous' date query

I have a lovely Xanga skin for my blog, but weirdly it appears to be the only skin which doesn't include an option for a reader to go back and look at my previous posts, and despite my Googling, Xanga-ing and trying to work it out, all I've done is muck it up good and properly. So, can anyone suggest what code I need to enter (preferably by cutting and pasting!) into the middle of the three boxes at the bottom of my Xanga code to allow people to go forward or back as far as they like? The source I'm using at the moment is at my blog page, here: Many thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard at 12:59 PM PST - 2 comments

WebEx is it???

Does anyone have any experience with products like WebEx that aren't subscription based? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments


NASA has released details today of their new "exploration architecture" which they hope will take them to the moon and mars. (really awesome movie). Help me understand a design decision. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 12:03 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the easiest-to-use, non-scratch bike rack for my new car?

I need a bike rack that won't scratch my new car. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

The mystery of the bathroom

What's this blue residue in my sink and tub? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 10:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Pdf to Jpeg conversion on a PC

Pdf to Jpeg Conversion? Is it possible for free on a windows box? I have been trying for weeks! Please help so I can read a book I bought on my PSP [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 10:32 AM PST - 20 comments

USB 2.0 Problem

Too many USB devices? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Place to get away from everything?

I want to isolate myself somewhere for three to six months so that I may read and write without too much distraction from the outside world. I can live and work legally anywhere in the USA and Canada. What are some cheap and scenic locations? How would I go about looking for a sublet/rental in a small town or in the country? [more inside]
posted by ori at 10:14 AM PST - 30 comments

Silver anniversary presents

Silver anniversary presents? [more inside]
posted by sid at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

MP3 Ripping Minefield

I'm looking to rip my 300 CDs on to my computer in preparation for an portable audio player. What is the best quality compressed format for music? I'm thinking MP3, as its universal - but as far as I can see there are different types of MP3 driver/convertor formats. Help me through the minefield! (As a bonus question, what's considered the ultimate 20gig(ish) MP3 player at the moment?)
posted by wibbler at 8:42 AM PST - 37 comments

Johnny Cash

I was watching this Johnny Cash documentary on Ovation last night (JC: The Man, His World, His Music), and there's a scene in which Johnny, at the country music awards show in Nashville in the 1970s, asks some young guy to play him some tunes backstage. He then says he's going to get the guy an audition with CBS records. Anybody have have any idea who the aspiring troubadour was, apparently from Canada and with a bit of warbly voice?
posted by jgballard at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Best way to get rid of skin tags?

What's the best remedy for skin tags? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 7:22 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I copy protect software?

What is the best way to copy protect my software with the minimum of hassle for the users, but maximizing revenue for me? [more inside]
posted by markesh at 7:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Halloween costume ideas?

HalloweenFilter: I've wracked my brain for super-creative Halloween costumes, and I'm spent. [more inside]
posted by elquien at 6:47 AM PST - 43 comments

Data tapes for digital cameras?

We have a bunch of unused 4mm data tapes (DDS3), a format we don't use for backup any longer. Any reason we shouldn't use them in a digital video camera?
posted by donpardo at 5:55 AM PST - 5 comments

What £300-£500 guitar to buy?

What electric guitar should I buy? I currently have a dreadful Encore (£60 second hand) and need advice on a second guitar. Budget: £300 - £500. Music style: tech/math rock. Skill level: been playing for two months, practice two hours a day. I need advice on: makes and models, where to buy from, whether to buy new or used. I don't care about name-brands - I just want something good.
posted by pollystark at 5:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Do I have to pay for a service I didn't authorize?

I know all the cautions about getting legal advice here, but here goes: I asked a tree service for a price for cutting down a dead tree in my back yard. He wanted too much money, so I never called him back. Two weeks later the tree is gone, and I have a bill from him. Do I have to pay? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 5:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Is there a good skill-swapping website?

Can anybody recommend a good skill-bartering website? I'm a writer, and I've spent the past week tearing my hair out in an unsuccessful attempt to debug the website I'm putting up for my new humor book. I have a feeling that the remaining bugs are something a professional web designer could fix in a day. Meanwhile, there must be webdesigners out there who could use a writer's help in making their sites better written and/or funnier. Googling has turned up a ton of barter sites, but I don't know which (if any) are reputable and useful. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 4:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this Swedish book about 'design without designers'

Help me find this Swedish book about 'design without designers' [more inside]
posted by ouke at 3:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Where are the best swimming pools in the UK not to go swimming?

Whereabouts in the UK are the best swimming pools ... where you don't actually swim? [more inside]
posted by ralawrence at 2:26 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I burn a 1-Disc VCD from a DivX with Subtitles on MacOSX?

Help with burning a VCD from a DivX/AVI file -- with added fun of both Subtitles and Mac OSX! [more inside]
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 12:26 AM PST - 15 comments

September 18

What is an adult male interest magazine that is better then playboy?

What is an adult male interest magazine that is better then playboy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Compared to him, you're... George Clooney?

My husband's not speaking to me. Was what I said really so bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 PM PST - 98 comments

Non-violent self defense?

What is the best form of non-violent self-defense, speaking in terms of both resultant injury and price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Books and films about Africa?

Lately I've been on a sort of Africa kick. I'm mostly ignorant of the continent, and think that's a shame. Can you recommend good books and films on Africa? (Any aspect is fine: big or small.) [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 9:46 PM PST - 43 comments

Moving to the UK?

My wife and I would like to move from the US to the UK. How difficult is it? [more inside]
posted by yaquina27 at 9:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Book on four-day workweek?

I'm looking for a good book or two about the advantages (and disadvantages) of a four-day workweek (implementing, too). I'd also like to get the title of one that I read around 1980 (I think). [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

a year in NYC and I still don't know anyone...

I've been living in New York City for about a year and I still don't have any friends. [more inside]
posted by Pukadon at 8:22 PM PST - 34 comments

Good streamable stuff

I just bought Audio Hijack Pro. Any recommendations on what to record? [more inside]
posted by danb at 8:12 PM PST - 11 comments

SWM level 42 Night Elf Hunter seeks real life.

So, in the vortex that is my life, I got sucked into World of Warcraft. Partially because it's fun, partially because I loved the environment, partially because it was a chance to put real life issues on the side while destressing in game. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 7:55 PM PST - 39 comments

Gimme back the necklace, whitey.

Help me identify this late-70s or early-80s American television movie, please. [more inside]
posted by soiled cowboy at 6:23 PM PST - 6 comments

MP3 player

MP3 player recommendations that meet specific requirements? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 6:19 PM PST - 10 comments

J-pop recommendations

I'd like some J-pop recommendations, please. [more inside]
posted by the_bone at 5:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Advice on copying music cd's.

Why does my computer copy music CD's so poorly? I have a Dell 2400 computer with a 48X CD-RW DVD combination drive. Sonic Record Now version 6 software came with it. When I copy music CD's, unless the original is absolutely pristine, the copy will contain skips, even though the original CD plays perfectly on my computer or any other CD player. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by Jackson at 4:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Which dog should I get?

I want a dog. What breed, if any, would best suit an active young man living alone in a flat/apartment with no garden/yard? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 4:22 PM PST - 32 comments

Is the company High Beam Research reputable? (more inside)

Is the company High Beam Research reputable? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 4:17 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the best dance songs from the glam rock era?

What are the best dance songs from the glam rock era? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 3:14 PM PST - 21 comments

A startup app is crashing my PC, how do I stop it from loading?

One of the applications which loads on startup is crippling my computer. I can start in Safe Mode; is there a way of disabling them from there? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Fullness powder, possibly?

This is totally bizarre, but: Do some restaurants put something on/in the food that makes you feel more full? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:31 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I start using iTunes?

Should I start using iTunes? Why? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 2:16 PM PST - 33 comments

What is (+,−)?

What does (+,−) mean? [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat at 1:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Silenced pistol sound effect?

I'm editing a low budget movie now and I need the sound of a silenced pistol shot. The only place I can find it is in extremely expensive CD collections. Where can I get this single sound, preferrably high quality and .aif format?
posted by clockworkjoe at 12:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Hello, my name is...

Get-to-know-you games you actually enjoyed playing? [more inside]
posted by nelleish at 12:56 PM PST - 33 comments

Where should I go, within a 2 hour drive of Durham, NC?

Where should I go next weekend? I live in Durham, NC and would like to keep the drive under two hours. Key points would include: really great B&B or eco-hotel (treehouse? massive windows looking outside?), great walks or cute town nearby, a body of water (lake, ocean, inlet) or nice woods, clean lines rather than frilly, or luxurious rather than old-lady-B&B. It would be great if you could recommend a specific place (Asheville is too far away for this weekend), or better yet, a specific hotel/B&B/inn. Pretend that money is no object, but I'd like to keep this under $200 a night (less is better) if possible; if a really unique place came up, I'd splurge. [more inside]
posted by fionab at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Advice on a good compact flash card reader.

Advice on a good compact flash card reader. [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 9:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Time dilation ruined my relationship!

I'm looking for stories that deal with human relationships between people seperated by time dilation due to space travel, where the person on Earth ages the same as you and I, but the space traveler, in comparison, ages significantly slower. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 9:15 AM PST - 47 comments

How to pack exercise clothes for business travel?

Business Travel Exercising: How can I pack appropriately for exercising during my upcoming business trip? [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 8:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Is Plugging A Tire Acceptable At Times

My Daughter had a slow leak in one of her tires. A repututable neighborhood gas station identified the problem as a small nail as the cause for the leak and recommended a PLUG. I want to insure my Daughter is safe; therefore I ask is plugging a tire a good idea?
posted by Mckoan1 at 8:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Turning a Utopias bottle into a Lamp

My bottle of Sam Adams Utopias is empty and I'd like to turn it into a lamp... [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Do any comprehensive and searchable B&B Databases exist?

I live in the Boston area and would like to go to a bed and breakfast for a long weekend. I have found a number of B&B sites, but each site only has a limited number of inns. I'd like to find a site that is a clearinghouse for B&B's which is more searchable. For example, I'd like a place that is 2 1/2 hours or less from Boston within a certain price range, etc. So far, all the sites I've been two have been so limited. Any ideas? Or am I going to have to start creating a wiki/web site/Googlemaps Mashup that provides this information myself! (Like I have the time for that!!) Certainly this wheel has already been invented. These are the sites I've found so far. It seems you have to know where you're going before you start looking, and that's the point... I just moved to Boston. I don't know where I want to go!
posted by abbyladybug at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are extremely religious people afraid of "Bablyon"?

Why are extremely religious people afraid of visiting/going/living in "Babylon"? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 6:54 AM PST - 27 comments

Windows solitaire card backs?

Is there any way of extending the range of card backs for the windows-supplied solitaire game? If so, does anyone sell different card backs to use with it? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 6:29 AM PST - 2 comments

a Robinson Crusoe dilemma?

curiosity filter: how to tell the weekday on a desert island? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 3:49 AM PST - 16 comments

September 17

Trying to find a movie about a bereaved mother

ForgottenMovieFilter: I'm looking for this film I saw at least fifteen years ago about a single mother whose daughter was killed by a train. [all the plot I can remember inside, including spoiler] [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 11:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Windows for Workgroups

Windows Workgroup Assistance? [more inside]
posted by hoborg at 9:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Cashing out Airmiles?

Does anyone know of a way to convert my Airmiles to Aeroplan points? Or to convert Airmiles to cash? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 9:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Weird and Cool Toys

Where (online) can I find really cool, weird, odd and unusual toys for young kids?
posted by iced_borsch at 8:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Who decided on the sound that sirens (police, fire, ambulance) make?

Who decided on the sound that sirens (police, fire, ambulance) make? [more inside]
posted by greenbean at 7:49 PM PST - 10 comments

IS Bush America's worst environmental president?

How come the admin gets away with its environmental behavior? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 7:27 PM PST - 40 comments

Why won't wireless networks show up?

Strange laptop wireless problems following Windows XP Home upgrade to Pro.... [more inside]
posted by borkencode at 6:53 PM PST - 10 comments

I deleted all my music. Help.

I just managed to delete my entire iTunes library. But I have it on my iPod. Problem is, the iPod is set to auto-update, and if I plug it into a computer with no music on it, it'll all vanish. Help. [more inside]
posted by logovisual at 6:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Cool spatial visualizations

Looking for cool, interesting, representations of spatial data. [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Switching from losing weight to maintaining

The switch from losing weight to maintaining weight lost is difficult. Does the Metafilter community have any tips to adjust? [more inside]
posted by daviss at 6:02 PM PST - 17 comments


What type of hats are the characters in the film "stranger than paradise" wearing. See here for picture. More importantly where can I buy one from. Bonus points for UK stockists
posted by cgfoz at 2:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Where can I educate myself about my personal impact on the environment and how to lessen that impact?

Where can I educate myself about my personal impact on the environment and how to lessen that impact? [more inside]
posted by who else at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

boxing help!

Where to watch pay-per-view boxing in Chicago TONIGHT... [more inside]
posted by stevejensen at 2:17 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the best way to buy electronics?

What is the best way to buy electronics? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 1:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Did you hear the one about Kerry looking like a horse?

Are there any funny right-wing comedians? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 1:08 PM PST - 69 comments

Getting Video from Hard Drive to CD

I have a hard drive full of video and no DVD burner. How do I put the video onto CD? These are in bin/cue and avi format and hover around the magic 700MB mark (some a little higher some a little lower). [more inside]
posted by duck at 12:38 PM PST - 15 comments

future of the global economy?

future of the global economy? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 11:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Primer Primer

How is using a coat of primer before painting different than just using an extra coat of paint? [more inside]
posted by notbuddha at 11:28 AM PST - 11 comments


Firefox 1.5 Beta : some of my javascript bookmarklets stopped working. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 31d1 at 11:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Cheap and clean San Juan Del Sur abode?

Can anyone recommend a cheap and safe place to stay in Managua and San Juan Del Sur (in Nicaragua)? I want to hear it from someone I trust! :-)
posted by wavejumper at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Help: weed related sloth / amotivational syndrome .

Help: weed related sloth / amotivational syndrome . [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 9:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Free masthead fonts?

I am trying to find some free fonts that would be good for use in a masthead. [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

connecting VCR to LCD monitor

Trying to use a 17 LCD monitor as TV with my VCR. Where can I get something, hopefully not too expensive, to connect the RCA composite output to the VGA input of the monitor. Not sure if i need to find a converter box or some adapter cables exist to do the job. Did not find much useful info by googling.
posted by flyby22 at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Have you bought a modern prefab home?

Has anyone purchased a modern prefab home, like the kind listed on the fabprefab fablist? How did it go? How much extra (on top of the base cost of the home) did you end up paying (for a general contractor to lay the foundation and so on)?
posted by medpt at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

iphoto to bridge?

I want to create a photo library in Photoshop CS2 Bridge by transferring files from iphoto. How can it be done cleanly? [more inside]
posted by philmas at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

early plastics and the rich

When plastic was first discovered/invented, was there a time when it had luxury cachet? More specifically, was there a time when the very rich (and hip) would have used plastic plates? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 5:35 AM PST - 17 comments

Combined FAQ/HelpDesk solutions

I'm looking for a cheap/freeware combined FAQ/trouble ticket system, along the lines of RightNow or Fuze. [more inside]
posted by Auz at 4:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Gentlemen, start your engines

Name that movie. I remember seeing a motion stop picture (i.e. with clay figures) as a kid about a guy who wanted to enter a car race with his less than spectacular oldtimer car. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 4:39 AM PST - 3 comments


I would like to use my PC to convert a PAL DVD to an NTSC DVD in as few easy steps as possible. Is the a util? Thanks
posted by bright77blue at 4:20 AM PST - 11 comments

September 16

Seeking contemporary guitar music with fingerpicking.

Looking for guitar music with finger picking... [more inside]
posted by tomble at 11:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Kut Jagate Meno?

I have a T-shirt, it says "Kut Jagate Meno" in big letters underneath that to the side it says KANAAN COLL in small letters. Above the words is an image of two hands, one hand extends a crooked index finger and the other hand has the fingers bent in at the first knuckle and the index finger and middle finger are separated forming a space to receive the other hands crooked index finger. I got this second-hand in upstate New York and have no clue what any of it means. Any clues?
posted by I Foody at 11:20 PM PST - 11 comments

How did you learn to read?

I'm curious about what the various MeFites around the world used as their primary reader, or first "learn to read" book in school? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:04 PM PST - 40 comments

How can I stop Gmail clipping my messages?

Gmail truncates long messages with ...[message clipped]. A Google search only turns up the suggestion to 'view original', but that gives all the code, and doesn't help with html messages. Any suggestions?
posted by Tawita at 9:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Save Hermmy!

My hermit crab's claw fell off! Is he going to be okay? [more inside]
posted by slimslowslider at 9:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me help my younger brother

Help me help my younger brother… he is dropping out of college at twenty years of age (I’m 25). He is also non-communicative. Is this a warning sign or even an indicator of a potentially dangerous or otherwise significant event in his life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I stop Outlook from double spacing?

How do I stop Outlook from double spacing? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 8:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Help fix my Jumpy Mac OS X Universal Access Zooming!

Help fix my jumpy Mac OS X Universal Access Zooming! I use the zoom function of OS X's Universal Access to help me read things and watch videos and such. This has been working wonderfully until I switched my monitor configuration from both of my monitors side-to-side to the current configuration of having one monitor on top of the other. Now when I zoom in and move the mouse at all, the zoomed in rectangle jumps so that the bottom edge is stuck to the bottom edge of the bottom monitor. I can move left and right, but no longer up or down. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 8:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get my aging paperbacks preserved and rebound?

Where can I get my aging paperbacks preserved and rebound? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 4:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Why isn't OSX recognizing a blank user password?

OSX_Admin_Filter: How do I get OS X 10.4 to allow me to give a blank password to a new user? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:22 PM PST - 5 comments

How can we meet other couples for friendship?

What's the best way to meet other couples? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 4:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Sightseeing between Chicago and PA

Is there much to see out of the window of a Greyhound between Chicago and, say, Pittsburgh? Or will I die of ennui en route? [more inside]
posted by nylon at 3:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Need info re: writing

I'd like to find more about selling my writing (not books), please! [more inside]
posted by tommyc at 3:36 PM PST - 1 comment

How Can We Break Ties with SBC?

BadServiceFilter: My wife has been getting truly atrocious customer service from SBC recently and has decided that she wants to explore other options for phone, dsl and cellular service. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 3:14 PM PST - 6 comments

The Gods Require Blood!

Help my students design a parade float based on the theme of Aztec human sacrifice. [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 3:03 PM PST - 12 comments

What equipment do I need for portable podcasting?

I'm looking for an inexpensive set-up to allow me to do portable podcasting. Is there a good combination of MP3 player and microphone that can be had for less than, say, $350 that would still result in decent audio quality? [more inside]
posted by bjennings at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is time passing so slowly?

Inspired by this question, I have to ask the opposite. I've found that as I've gotten older, things in the past seem VERY VERY far away. [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 1:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Driving from Phoenix to Tucson

My wife and I are flying from Portland, OR to Tucson in November and I'm considering flying into Phoenix and driving the rest of the way... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 1:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Who are these guys?

Today The Guardian published the group photograph of delegates to the World Summit at the UN. There is a key to who all these smiling faces are which is useful, except two gentlemen are listed simply as 'unidentified'. Would anybody like to take a guess as to who they are? [images inside] [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Tips for October visit to LA and SF?

First time visiting California - any tips on current events in LA, San Francisco October 5-15? [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval at 1:08 PM PST - 14 comments


Anyone know how to use an XMLSocket in flash (using actionscript) [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Any recommendations for an LCD monitor test?

Is there another web-based tool similar to MonitorsDirect's monitor tool kit? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 1:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Fix Winfixer?

My wife's computer (running XP Pro SP2) has fallen victim to a piece of malware called "WinFixer 2005". None of the spyware or virus tools I've tried (Norton, MS AntiSpyware, AdAware) have even been able to find it, let alone remove it. Has anyone managed to get rid of this thing?
posted by timeistight at 12:35 PM PST - 9 comments

What resolution and framerate to use?

Video question: I'm working on some homebrewed video animation pieces on my mac. Basically, using matlab to output a stack of images that I then use Quicktime to turn into a movie. The final product of which will be burnt onto a DVD using iMovie and iDVD. Question: what resolution and framerate shoud I be outputting to prevent these apps from having to resample my movie, in either space or time? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 12:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Where to find legitimate MacOS 9.x licenses for sale

Who sells legitimate, licensed copies of MacOS 9.x anymore? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

And then I woke up and my pillow was missing.

Need some help with positions in bed... positions for falling asleep, that is. Is there a way to train yourself to sleep on your back if you always sleep on your stomach? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 11:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Refresh vs. Form Re-submission

Form re-submission woes! How can I catch page refreshes and prevent form values from being re-submitted? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 10:54 AM PST - 9 comments

problem with page load delay in safari

I am having an annoying problem with Safari. Say I scroll down a webpage and click on a link that takes me to a new page, when I hit the back button, the original page loads from the top and can take up to 5-6 seconds to jump back down to the original place. Do I have a preference set wrong?
posted by vronsky at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Paris, Texas--no, make that France...

My friend Tina is currently in Paris to help settle in her daughter, who will be living and working there for some time. How about some tips for both ? [+] [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I redirect a webmail-only email account?

Is it possible to screen scrape or somehow redirect a webmail-only account? For stupid reasons our school has restricted email this way and I'd really like to reduce the amount of email accounts I have to keep track of. [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Russian translator

What's a good Russian translator that will render the entirety of a large web page? [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Google or bust?

Does anyone have any experience with the Google Search Appliance or similar enterprise search tools? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments

wild stab in the dark filter - anyone know of any *cheap* youth hostels in Genva?

wild stab in the dark filter - anyone know of any *cheap* youth hostels in Geneva? anyone......? [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone at 6:54 AM PST - 13 comments

How to keep in-ear headphones in my ear?

I recently picked up a set of Apple's in-ear headphones and for the life of me I can't keep them in my ears. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by jazon at 6:12 AM PST - 14 comments

How to make a dvd play on an old tv?

I have a late '50s television. Can a DVD player be made to play through this tv? If yes, can anyone show me how to do it?
posted by frogmoses at 5:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Anyone NOT get approved by their minister?

Wedding Filter: Tell me about your experience meeting with the minister for approval. [more inside]
posted by saucy at 4:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Podcast player

What is the coolest podcast player in terms of usability, efficiency and graphical user interface ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 2:21 AM PST - 12 comments

September 15

Why is time passing so quickly?

Why is time passing so quickly? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 11:31 PM PST - 37 comments

How was the ending of "2001" animated?

How did Kubrick film the psychedelic 'stargate' sequence of "2001: A Space Odyssey"? Some of the movie's special effects are obviously crude CGI (like the cockpit displays during spacecraft rendezvous) but the ending seems far more sophisticated. Regular old animation? Looks too... digital. Articles on 'the making of' I've seen never discuss this all-important visual (although it's cool knowing about the spinning set used for example in the jogging scene).
posted by Rash at 9:38 PM PST - 16 comments

What are the best headphones?

So like what are your favorite, what are the best dj and/or audiophile headphones? Grado Labs? Sennheiser?
posted by The Jesse Helms at 9:31 PM PST - 27 comments

how to design a small cabin to build myself

I want to build a shed-sized cabin, but don't know how to design it, in terms of making it attractively-proportioned and inviting to be inside of. It must be shed-sized (treehouse-sized) in that its floor plan can't exceed 120 sq ft, so we can make it without planning permits or beaurocracy. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 9:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Is kabuki really empty?

It seems that when we Westerners call an event a "kabuki dance," we mean that the event is elaborate but ultimately without substance. Examples: 1, 2. When did this usage arise, and is this unfair to the kabuki art form?
posted by profwhat at 9:16 PM PST - 8 comments

That 70s house.

We just bought a rambler built in 1968. The interior feels like a Mormon chapel from the 70s--pale blue carpet, paneling, hanging globe lights, clean but very dated formica counters, floor length gauzy white curtains on gold rods. Brown internal doors with gold knobs. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 9:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Anything... ANYTHING but outlook!

Motorola v3 Razr... I need to find a desktop calendar program (I currently use Rainlander, but any calendar 'cept Outlook will do) for a Windows platform that will synchronize with my new phone. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 7:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Cycling shoes

Shoe advice: I'm looking for a shoe that uses velcro instead of laces, and ideally has a stiff bottom. Any help? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 5:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Songs About Law(yers)

I am putting together a CD of "on hold" music for my law firm, and I want it to be made up of songs about lawyers and the law (e.g., "I Fought the law", "Send Lawyers Guns & Money", "Lawyers In Love", etc.). What other songs can you suggest?
posted by Carsey at 5:43 PM PST - 73 comments

Cheap, Sturdy Modular Shelving?

Can anyone recommend some reasonably-priced, reasonably-sturdy modular shelving? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 at 5:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Outsourced VPN worth it?

Are 'managed' VPN services worth it? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 4:54 PM PST - 3 comments

vhosting with mod_rewrite

Newbie seeks compassionate mod_rewrite guru... [more inside]
posted by spock at 3:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Good FREE websites/sources for comprehensive stock market research?

What are good FREE websites/sources for comprehensive stock market information and research? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 2:21 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the youngest recorded age of a person committing a voluntary suicide?

TroubleGooglingFilter: What's the youngest recorded age of a person committing a *voluntary* suicide?
posted by agregoli at 2:09 PM PST - 50 comments

Removing/attaching cable connector

I have a standard cable television cord that runs from through a small hole in my living room floor (coming up from the basement). I would like to re-route this cable to another part of the house. The problem is that the connector on the end of the cable is too big to fit into the hole. Is there an easy way to disconnect this bit so I can pull the cord through the hole (and reattach it after I create a hole in a different room)?
posted by sharksandwich at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Gimeeee Money.... lawd i gots bills to pay.

I was recently let go from an IT support job that i have worked for the last 2 years, and now I'm looking for new work (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sourbrew at 1:04 PM PST - 16 comments

P2P client with Magnet Protocol?

Can you recommend a P2P client that uses the Magnet Protocol? [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a program I can install?

Is there a simple bookmarking system that I can install on my own server? [more inside]
posted by lewistate at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

write for money

I want write for travel mag, newspaper, anything... I just wanna write! Does anybody know of any online listings for "writer needed" positions?
posted by bamassippi at 12:06 PM PST - 21 comments

The after effects of a day at the theme park on the brain

Brain weirdness: I, with some colleagues, spent the day at Thorpe Park last week and spent the day getting hurled around rides such as Nemesis and more. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 11:29 AM PST - 19 comments

You're moving WHERE?

Does anyone know a cheap and mostly reliable way to ship things across Canada? I'm about to move from Toronto to Regina, and want to be able to send some boxes (clothes, books, kitchen stuff etc.) ahead. [more inside]
posted by Tomatillo at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me dye my headphones black.

Is there a good way to dye my iPod earbuds black? [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 11:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Greek goddess of olfaction?

Is there a greek goddess of olfaction? Or at least some sort of ancient figure associated with perfumes or odors or the nose? (Perhaps with an affiliated myth or story to go along with the association?) [more inside]
posted by mowglisambo at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

AutoReply E-Mails?

AutoReply E-Mails: with what software do I do this, and what does it $? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 10:36 AM PST - 6 comments

When will Apple stop supporting OS9?

As a longtime Mac user, I still depend on several OS9 applications for my work. I've heard, though, that Apple's new Macs will stop supporting OS9, which is bad news for me. My goal is to buy the last PowerBook that rolls off the assembly line that still supports OS9 - this way, my OS9-friendly Mac will last as long as possible. My question: can anyone tell me when Apple is making the changeover to OS9-less Macs?
posted by mark7570 at 10:04 AM PST - 23 comments

Romy and Michele would prefer to go to the casino.

Planning a high school reunion: seeking opinions from those who've done it, and from those who've attended. [more inside]
posted by xo at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

NYT Circumvention filter

How can I circumvent the NYT Op-ed wall? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 9:46 AM PST - 34 comments

Looking for digital camera reccommendations for my girlfriend...

My girlfriends 23rd b-day is coming up and she has hinted at wanting a digital camera. She is not a professional photographer. She will mostly be using it for photos taken of friends, on trips, in bars, etc. So I'm basically looking for a digital camera that can be used in social situations. She will probably want one that has video mode. However, she won't like it if it is too technical. But she will want it to produce high quality images. Any suggestions? Price range up to $500.00. Prefereably, something that she can show off to her friends so they can see what a cool boyfriend she has : )
posted by ieatwords at 9:35 AM PST - 40 comments

Encore! Encore!

Having just been to a concert last night, I thought the whole tradition of the 'encore' was a little silly. I can't recall a performer ever not coming back to stage and belting out another few songs. Where did the encore come from? What are perfomers doing during their short "break?" Has anyone ever been to a concert performance where there wasn't an encore? Did rioting ensue?
posted by FearTormento at 9:31 AM PST - 47 comments

Generate an RSS feed from flat files?

I'd like to generate an RSS feed from flat files in a directory. [more inside]
posted by bshort at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

quick altitude acclimation

Thin air. I need advice on engaging in strenuous exercise immediately after arriving at a high altitude (Aspen, CO 7822 ft) from a low one (Lawrence, KS 830 ft). [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Why did my Nano break?

I finally broke down and bought my first iPod, a Nano. After one week of by-the-book standard usage, it stopped responding. Help. [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Home Air Conditioning: Can the defrosting of the indoor coil cause water damage?

Home Air Conditioning: Can the defrosting of the indoor coil cause water damage? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 8:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Self-revealing algorithms

Is there a way to represent algorithms in a form that in turn requires minimal or no knowldege of other algorithms? [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 8:17 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I get a digital recording to sound like the original?

How do I get a digital recording to sound like the original? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Why can't they make iMovie for Windows?

I need to edit some video files I've shot on my camera. The problem is that the camera's video files export as .MOV and I can't find a good entry-level Windows program that supports the file type. Could someone recommend either a program that will let me edit this file type, or a good freeware converter? And if I do change them over to .AVI, what are some recommendations for a good yet simple Windows video editor?
posted by thecjm at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

My email is currently printed on punch cards

I want to upgrade my email software for the first time in 10 years. I currently use Postfix + Procmail + Spamassassin + Emacs VM + Gmail. What should I switch to? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

How do you archive articles and sites?

How do you archive your bookmarked articles and sites for quick recall? I've always been incredibly impressed at the ability for some to post a link to an article they've read a year ago at a moment's notice. How do you find it so quicky? [more inside]
posted by any major dude at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Dealing with a tardy cow-orker.

Help with a perpetually tardy co-worker. [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 7:20 AM PST - 27 comments

copyright deravative art

Copyright issue in derivative product / art ?? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Not quite ready to switch

I need to buy an Apple computer for testing websites (to make sure they render properly in Safari / IE Mac). What is the LEAST I need? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 12:09 AM PST - 22 comments

September 14

Stevie deserves better

My cat hates me. She hates city life, and she deserves better. [more inside]
posted by vaportrail at 11:46 PM PST - 18 comments

2nd monitor recommnendations

looking for a nice big 2nd monitor ... thinking about a mac 20 - 23 cinema display ? wondering what others would recommend - form is important as well as function. for graphic apps etc.
posted by specialk420 at 9:53 PM PST - 24 comments

Erotic Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novels?

I'm looking for high quality erotic fantasy/sci-fi novels. Any recommendations?
posted by alms at 9:33 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find the image on English billboards for Lost Season 1?

I want a picture or image file of the UK billboards for Lost Season 1. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 9:31 PM PST - 2 comments

What's a 1967 Camaro worth?

A friend wants to sell a 1967 Camaro RS, but has no idea what it's worth. Can anyone recommend online (or other) resources that would provide a value range for such a car?
posted by Neiltupper at 9:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Google in Switzerland

I am living in switzerland for the next two months and I want to access listings. However, whenever I type it into my browser i get Anyone know a way around this?
posted by tirebouchon at 9:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Why is something "under" construction?

Why is something "under" construction? [more inside]
posted by birdsquared at 9:09 PM PST - 17 comments

...hey sailor

What is the origin of the stereotype of the lisping homosexual? [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 8:45 PM PST - 24 comments

ID this song? Heard this other song recently?

Two simple music questions.... [more inside]
posted by kimota at 8:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Mental Health Movies

Yet another movie post ... We need movies that deal with some aspect of physical or mental health disabilities. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 8:32 PM PST - 46 comments

Clever Kiwi Clothing

Flight of the Conchords was just on TV, and I want their clothes. [more inside]
posted by Bezbozhnik at 8:30 PM PST - 8 comments

herbicide useage

Does glyphosate herbicide (Roundup ®) kill dormant bulbs, like freesias?
posted by wilful at 7:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Unconventional transportation

Help me get myself across the Atlantic or Pacific without using an airplane. [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 6:38 PM PST - 19 comments

Ox Tail Recipe

Anyone have a good recipe for ox tail? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 4:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me fix my bathtub while managing a disagreeable downstairs neighbour

What can you do if you live in a concrete building and need emergency access to your bathtub connection but have a neighbour who blocks access? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 3:30 PM PST - 21 comments

I want that phone for FREE dammit!

How can I avoid having to make a deposit when getting a new cell phone? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Rip off

My Windows Media Player has begun ripping CD's when inserted, despite having that function clicked off in the settings. [more inside]
posted by davebush at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Mac Game?

I haven't bought a new game for my Mac in years - if I were to buy one new game, what should it be?
posted by fairmettle at 1:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Help solve information underload

Online newspaper and magazine archive collections that are both reasonably priced and useful? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 1:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is this flickr photo so popular?

Why am I getting so many views on one particular Flickr photo? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 1:37 PM PST - 32 comments

Thunder Dome Goodie Bag

What's your 72 disaster preparedness kit like? [more inside]
posted by Scoo at 1:08 PM PST - 31 comments

Significance of May 24, 1881

In the play Madwoman of Chaillot by Giraudoux, on the very last page of the Maurice Valency translation, the Countess calls May 24, 1881, the most beautiful Easter known to man. In 1881, Easter was on April 22. Does anyone know what she's referencing? What is the significance of that date? [more inside]
posted by smich at 1:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Publishing lots of audio files

I'm looking for guidelines on publishing a lot of audio files on a web site using Movable Type. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Does anyone know the name of a SciFi book that involves computers, rubber golves, and AIDS?

Once I read a story about people who could give a disease to computers. Or possibly they could catch this disease through the keyboard. Citizens with this disease, I vaguely recall, were not allowed to use computers without rubber gloves. If you had AIDS or HIV you were protected and allowed unrestricted access to computer keyboards. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by dual_action at 12:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Why do electronic fund transfers take so long?

I'm a freelance web developer, and I've recently set up a PayPal business-level account to take payment from clients who prefer that method. But I'm growing more and more upset with the fact that it inevitably takes about a week from the day I get the notice of pending payment for the money to actually show up in my PayPal account, and another 4-5 days to get it out and into my bank account. What's the holdup? [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum at 12:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac to Windows video chat options

Need to know the best hardware & software approaches. [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 12:01 PM PST - 14 comments

How to use MOD files?

How to best edit / produce the MOD files from my JVC CZ-MC200 camera? Need advice / software recommendations, please? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 11:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Reducing Photo File Size

What is the quickest way to reduce a .jpg file size? I am trying to upload photos to eBay and meet their requirements to stay under 1.2MB per file. I have a lot of photos and need to do this quick.
posted by terrier319 at 11:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Can I pull a song off of a DVD?

Can I pull song files off of a DVD on my PC? How?
posted by Methylviolet at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Help us choose where to move - MN or CA?

MN / CA or bust! My SO has received a job offer that could have us moving from Boston to either St. Paul or LA - our choice. I have job leads in both places, but we just can't decide where to go! Both cities seem to rock, but their (perceived) drawbacks make me hesitate. [more inside]
posted by kahboom at 10:41 AM PST - 62 comments

Where do you go to see the rock action? (BYOFL)

What are your favorite venues to go see a rock, indie, or punk show? Why? For those who can answer, the flipside is appreciated as well: What venues are your favorite places to play a show? Why? [more inside]
posted by safetyfork at 10:21 AM PST - 50 comments

Name That Movie!

Name that Movie: Oceans of lava, people riding giant pillbugs, hot air balloons that might also be critters... [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 10:06 AM PST - 13 comments

Tasty yummy eggy things!

I want to make delicious crepes and omelets! What are your favorite fillings and combinations, and what's the best pan to use? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 9:46 AM PST - 32 comments

Fake Blogs

What's the point of fake blogs? [more inside]
posted by me3dia at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't want an insulation, just evaluation....

I'm trying to find a service that will come to our house and help us evaluate where we are leaking heat, so we can wrap the house up as tightly as possible against our pending $500+ per month winter heating bills. However, I can't figure out who to call to do this -- even the yellow pages are no help. Everywhere I turn directs me to people who will insulate our house, but we just want help in evaluating how to insulate it ourselves. Is there a service that does this? What might it be called? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Too Many Notes

What is the best way to track all my handwritten notes? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

How to make the Windows firewall play nice with tracert?

WinXP question: tracert only works when the Windows firewall is turned off. I've added \windows\system32\tracert.exe to the approved programs list, but no luck. Any ideas?
posted by stopgap at 9:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Mysterious Spyware Infection

AVG is showing my system as sending POP email to about every 10 minutes. I already use Firefox and I have scanned my system with MS Antispyware, Adaware, AVG and Spybot and they have come up blank. I don't use POP email. Any suggestions on how to clear this problem up?
posted by srboisvert at 5:34 AM PST - 12 comments


Why won't MP3's I downloaded not work with my iTunes? [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 4:49 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I protect my skin from pollution?

How can I protect my skin from pollution? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 4:24 AM PST - 10 comments

I want your best healthy wheat bread recipes.

I want your best healthy wheat bread recipes. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 3:06 AM PST - 10 comments

"They said I fit a profile..."

How did MI6 and the CIA used to recruit? [more inside]
posted by speranza at 2:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Got wood?

We have a number of open fires in our house, and I'd like to start using them. But where can I find a decent source of wood? [more inside]
posted by blacksky at 1:27 AM PST - 7 comments

September 13


oh, i'm a 500, 510, 515, 534, 575 (this is fun) 641 703 793 794 796 797 001 070 118 403 410 160 what are you? [more inside]
posted by gregariousrecluse at 11:23 PM PST - 15 comments


I'm 20 years old and I want to get into acting. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE at 10:58 PM PST - 16 comments

how does the Harmony 680 remote connect to a PC?

The Logitech Harmony 680 is looking like a good way for me to control my Media Center Edition PC plus projector/audio receiver. However, its specs do not list a USB infrared receiver. It says it's good for controlling MCE PCs, but I can't figure out how it connects. I do not already have a remote hooked up to this MCE PC. Probably a dumb question, but... help!
posted by scarabic at 10:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Which Sigur Rós songs do I like?

I'm just back from my first Sigur Rós concert, and though I'd barely heard them before I'm blown away by the intensity of the percussion on the songs that have any - the way it pulls the noodly synth and new-age strings and incomprehensible vocals into driving ambient punk funk. But no-one seems to be able to tell me the names of the songs I heard! So does anyone here know which Sigur Rós songs have big drum crescendoes?
posted by nicwolff at 10:24 PM PST - 9 comments

What's a good career move for a senior analyst with a social work background?

What's a good career move for a senior analyst with a social work background? Also, is there a nationwide organization for senior process and business analysts? [more inside]
posted by DCTapeworm at 10:16 PM PST - 0 comments

What commands do you give a dog in Spanish?

Hey Spanish-speakers: what commands do you use with your dog? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do LiveUpdate-type programs store downloaded files before installation?

When downloading program updates through LiveUpdate-type programs, where are the downloaded files stored before installation? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 9:07 PM PST - 5 comments

RSS Feed Where One Doesn't Exhist

Is there any way I can get an RSS feed for a site that doesn't publish one? I really want to access's Trailer page (which totally rocks) via Bloglines.
posted by JPowers at 9:06 PM PST - 10 comments

K700i ad song

Please help me identify the song from the Sony Ericsson K700i Asian ad. (SFW TV ad)
posted by riffola at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

banjo picking

Bluegrass Filter: Banjo specifically. Frailing vs. clawhammer vs. threefinger. What exactly are these methods? And how do they differ? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Good Mediterranean/Persian Cookbooks

What are some good Mediterranean/Persian cookbooks? Is there a Madhur Jaffrey for this kind of cuisine?
posted by namespan at 7:58 PM PST - 13 comments

simple concept, sassy wording

QuoteFilter: war + reelection + politics. No luck with Google. [more inside]
posted by pants at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

How to find (or make) a DV reference movie?

I'm looking for a reference movie for testing video codecs, or tips on how to create my own. [more inside]
posted by danblaker at 7:30 PM PST - 7 comments

What to see on the driving portion of my honeymoon?

MayorCurleyinZionFilter: What must I see in the surrounds of Bath, as well as south Wales and the Cotswalds? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Need effective birth control

Help me bonk my wife. We're at our wits' end with birth control. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 PM PST - 51 comments

Sure they'll be bigger, but will I like them?

My delightfully sexy, very petite, girlfriend is determined to get her breasts embiggened with silicone. What are the downsides, for ME? I think they're perfect already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 PM PST - 27 comments

What are some great dorm room hacks/mods?

What are some great dorm room hacks/mods? [more inside]
posted by at 4:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Panama City, Florida guide

Yeah, it's another one of those "help me find resources for when I go to insert city here", but this time it's a small tourist town where the only information I can find from Google is crappy resort and vacation package sites. Probably a bit of a crapshoot, but I need some help finding info and tips on Panama City, Florida. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I volunteer for Katrina recovery efforts?

The Red Cross requires a three-week hitch, getting me back two days too late for my calendar. FEMA doesn't want help. I'm told that there are organizations across the country who are looking for volunteers to help with all manner of aid for Katrina victims. I just need a floor to sleep on and three squares, and I'll work 18 hours days feeding dogs or helping people fill out paperwork or cook food or whatever. Can anybody point me to some such organizations?
posted by waldo at 2:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Northwest Cooking for Couples

Dinnerfilter: Help me decide what my girlfriend and I should cook for her birthday. We live in Seattle and prefer things the are Seasonal and Local (tm) and are not averse to digging around the market and fishmongers. [more inside]
posted by stet at 2:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Movie recs for dad?

Help me recommend some movies for my dad. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 2:28 PM PST - 46 comments

dvd for non HDTV?

Trying to buy a cheap, non-HD (single-disc, even) DVD player, and having trouble separating the facts from the hucksterism on the web. [more inside]
posted by umberto at 2:23 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I tell my boss when they try to take money out of my paycheck?

What's the proper way of telling the company I work that I won't stand for being fined out of my paycheck? (On behalf of an anonymous MeFilterian) [more inside]
posted by onalark at 2:18 PM PST - 13 comments

What makes a great landlord?

Advice for a first-time landlord. [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 2:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Why Wyotech?

Technical-School Filter: My son is really interested in attending Wyotech (as seen on Overhaulin') Generally, I think it would be a good move for him, and the school looks good...certainly better than any local technical school. Anyone been to Wyotech? Had experience with them? Recommend alternative schools that offer similar training?
posted by Thorzdad at 2:00 PM PST - 3 comments

From NorCal to Boise

I'm moving my family from northern California to Boise Idaho soon. I've never lived anywhere else. What should I know?
posted by joseppi7 at 1:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Law review topics

MeFi Lawyers: How did you figure out what to write your law review articles about? [more inside]
posted by gatorae at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Online DVD Rental in Canada

Related to this question, I'm looking for a dvd rental service (i.e Netflix) in Canada. [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Are Protien Shakes Worth It?

[Protein Filter] Is there any point to drinking protein shakes (or eating protein bars) instead of just drinking a glass or two of skim milk? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 1:02 PM PST - 9 comments

concert listings site

After days of searching for a decent site of concert listings for my area i have decided to make my own. Everything i've seen is a mess and either very unclear or incomplete. What would be a good way to do this? [more inside]
posted by quantumonkey at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Surviving the BRAT diet...

Help me survive four days on a BRAT diet...! [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 12:44 PM PST - 23 comments

What program would limit a user's functionality to surfing only

What programs would limit computer use for anonymous users? I was at a business that offered free Internet - the computers allowed http/s/ surfing only, no "Start" button, no CTRL-ALT-DEL, nothing to get into the directory structures- what was that program?
posted by petebest at 12:22 PM PST - 13 comments

This Banner You March Under is ©

I need to research the copyright holders and original authors of a famous slogan... [more inside]
posted by rschram at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Where does "Cohee" come from?

What is the etymology behind the word "Cohee"? [more inside]
posted by Third at 11:42 AM PST - 2 comments

wireless router recommendations?

Aaaaargh! I hate my wireless router! Are there any good wireless routers out there? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 10:09 AM PST - 37 comments

Chicago's Natural Light & Ventilation Ordinance

Anyone have any experience with Chicago's Natural Light & Ventilation Ordinance? My mother-in-law is buying a condo and some of her walls won't go to the ceiling so the second bedroom can get natural light. What does this mean practically speaking? [more inside]
posted by evening at 9:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Practical Advice for Job Seeker

What steps do I take to find a new job? Seriously. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Firewire to SCSI

An excellent SCSI negative scanner seeks connection with firewire based Mac running OS X. What's a peripheral to do? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Gmail spam filter + MT notifications = trouble!

How can I get Gmail to whitelist all my blog comment notifications? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Getting AVI to your parents?

Let's say a guy name Joe has a large amount of video (AVI) files, (such as, for the sake of conversation, a couple seasons of HBO programming), that he wants to get onto his technologically-unsavvy parent's computer, (which is in a different state w/ dialup access). How should he best go about doing it, considering time and money? possible ideas: 1. Buying them an inexpensive PC w/ a video-out card and cables, and then mailing them data-DVD's. (Cons being setup cost) 2. Buying some software and exporting all of the video as DVD-quality discs which they can play in their standard DVD player. (Cons being time spent burning like 100 gigs of video, wear and tear of dvd burner, and dvd player potentially not reading discs) Thanks for any advice!
posted by cgs at 8:58 AM PST - 20 comments

The Ugly Organ

Is it a smart idea to keep a donor sticker on your license? I've heard rumblings.... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 8:48 AM PST - 32 comments

Canadian Foreign Service

Does anyone work for the Canadian Foreign Service, or know of someone who does? I'm considering this as a career option after finishing my Masters, and I would like to know more about what such a career would entail.
posted by reformedjerk at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I help my mom through chemotherapy?

How can I help my mom through chemotherapy? She has breast cancer, and has had a bilateral mastectomy and is healing well. There's a lot of cancer in my family, and I've been picking up tips from various sources, but I thought I'd cast my advice net a little wider. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 8:34 AM PST - 17 comments

GIS for albums

I've got a stack of CDs & LPs to sell on eBay. As I don't own a digital camera, could I just use Google Image Search and use jpgs of the album artwork as my gallery listing photo? Is it against eBay's rules? Is it against the law? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt at 8:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Selling Out: Music for Commercials

How does one get their music used in TV commercials? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for an FTP library

I'm looking for a good FTP Library, for use in embedding in a scripting language. C/C++ based is a requirement, and simpler is better. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Web 2.0 Disaster Relief Effort

Apparently there is an effort to rethink the role of the internet (and other communications technologies) in disaster relief. The idea is that a well-thought out information consodlidation and distribution would not require government and could be done cheaply and rapidly. Does anyone know more about this and where I could go to help? I believe there may even be a conference later this year.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

DDOS harmful to me?

My Sysadmin blocks sites that are known targets of DDOS attacks, saying that there's a risk to us as well. I argued that I don't believe that to be so, I don't see how a site being the subject of a DOS attack can possibly harm me becausing I am browsing there. Am I wrong? Can a DDOS attack hurt my computer (or our network) in some way I don't know about?
posted by BlueScreen at 7:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Sports watch & formal clothing

Is it ok to wear a black sports watch (ie G-Shocks) with a formal shirt and tie? I hardly have to dress up formally, so am not too keen on buying a "formal" type watch to match my clothing.
posted by arrowhead at 5:37 AM PST - 37 comments

Novels that appear prescient.

Tom Clancy's absurd Debt of Honor (1992) has a politically motivated suicider crashing an airliner into the capitol building. Hector Bywater's novel The Great Pacific War (1925) sort of kind of predicted December 7, 1941. Any other examples come to mind, novels presaging alarming events? Thanks in advance.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:01 AM PST - 24 comments

Short family stay in Kansai area

We'll be in the Kansai area of Japan for about a week. Any suggestions for a cheap, fun guest house for a family of four in the Kyoto or Nara area?
posted by Dag Maggot at 4:30 AM PST - 1 comment

the forest and the trees

I hear Crickets [more inside]
posted by klarck at 3:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Speaker Ohmage

What is the significance of the ohm value given on speakers? (ie. "400w at 4 ohm or 200w at 8 ohm")
posted by xvs22 at 2:02 AM PST - 21 comments

Any academic-type literature on furry fandom?

Has there been any serious evaluation of the psychology and sociology behind furry fandom? Or is it usually only mentioned as a subgroup of fandoms in general?
posted by monsterhero at 1:55 AM PST - 6 comments

How much does a website cost?

How do I charge for web development work? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 1:50 AM PST - 11 comments

coulda shoulda woulda?

What is the origin of the phrase 'coulda, shoulda, woulda'?
posted by humuhumu at 1:11 AM PST - 6 comments

September 12

What can I do to let me breath?

Can't sleep. In the Spring the left side of my throat got swollen and I couldn't breath out of my left nostril. I went to the ENT who said it was acid reflux that was causing the swelling (just by looking down my throat). [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 11:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Ethiopian food

My friend and I are going to go check out an Ethiopian cuisine place tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for what we should try? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 10:19 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me get more awesome.

What, in your opinion, makes someone a "great guy"? Not just romantically, I mean in any sense. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 PM PST - 45 comments

Being there for a long-distance friend

How can I be there for a long-distance friend who's going through a devastating breakup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Betrayal and everything after

My girlfriend cheated on me this weekend. I am beside myself with grief. How do I cope, and where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 PM PST - 58 comments

rebound material or not?

a person who recently became "dis-engaged" has shown interest in me, and i'm interested in them, but with reservations. ooooh tough situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Socially Responsible Investing?

Tips or suggestions on socially responsible funds/investing? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 8:33 PM PST - 8 comments

looking for casino software

does anyone know of a good freeware version of craps for mac osx? [more inside]
posted by slogger at 8:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Interesting new art online?

I like to look at and buy relatively cheap new art... What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 7:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Opposing aphorisms

I'm making a list of 'wise sayings' that contradict eachother. Examples: Many hands make light work.< -->Too many cooks spoil the broth. Look before you leap.< --> He who hesitates is lost. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.< --> Out of sight, out of mind. More, please, but not from 'pop culture'; rather, phrases more established in literature and ethnic/cultural history. Morals from Aesop's fables? Biblical quotes?
posted by pgoes at 7:36 PM PST - 22 comments

Wheat-free baking?

I want to do some baking for a friend with an allergy to wheat gluten. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 6:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I make a video with only magnets?

I want to "break" a video. [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath at 6:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Which mailing list manager should I use?

Best mailing list manager? I'm running Postfix and Dovecot on a Debian Sarge box. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What sort of receiver/speakers to buy?

I have a decent DVD player and television but now I need to get a new receiver and speaker system. The more I look, the more confused I am. [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 4:49 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I get my iPod to play nice with my PowerBook and my XP box?

One iPod (60 GB). One PowerBook. One XP Box. One keswick. How do I keep all four happy? [more inside]
posted by keswick at 4:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Housetraining cat

My housetrained cat has just started crapping on the carpet on a regular basis. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 4:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me buy a house

I need a walk through on how to buy property without a real estate agent. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do my hiccups hurt?

Why do I get such painful hiccups? And how can I stop them? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 3:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Do I need a separate grave for each lizard or can I just bury them all in one mass unmarked grave?

Do lizards have a deathwish? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 3:36 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the best way to get my own health insurance?

What would be the best way for me to maintain health insurance coverage while I'm working as a contractor? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Anything that unpleasant has to be bad for you.

In what ways is exercise bad for you? The wife recently made it clear that she wishes that I would start exercising more, and I don't particularly want to. Various reasons I gave (that I'd probably actually gain weight, might get muscly, I smoke a lot, etc.) didn't work. There's got to be a valid reason out there somewhere. If it helps, I have an arrythmia and asthma.
posted by Captain_Tenille at 3:01 PM PST - 34 comments

What's a good movie for an opening night?

I'm the president of a would be movie club at my college and also the host of one of our movie nights. I run the Friday date night. What is a good movie for our first night? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone at 2:25 PM PST - 69 comments

I want my Mr Fusion!

Where's my Mr Fusion? - Cold or Hot, is there any realistic prospect of commercial nuclear fusion coming good before the oil starts to run out? Would throwing money at the problem help? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 2:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Where do mechanical/design engineers hang out online?

Where do mechanical/design engineers hang out online? I personally don't know any, and my friend is looking for a place to chat with future co-workers. Personally, and professionally, what do they like online?
posted by zerolives at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Internet pipes are down

Is there a major Internet backbone down somewhere? And how can we check it? I notice Dreamhost is inaccessible. Doing a tracert via my ISP, and using the tools at,, etc, neither can even get onto a backbone. Is a chunk of the nation out right now?
posted by rolypolyman at 2:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Is there a free property ownership search engine out there?

I heard there is a free real estate property _ownership_ search on the internet (you type in address and it'll cough up the owner), but it is next to impossible to google it with all the commercial listings, will anybody help me?
posted by orelius at 2:02 PM PST - 16 comments

How to make 100k a year

What occupations have the potential to make over 100k+ a year? There seems to be a lot of high income earners all over the world, and I am sure they're not all doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, and famous entertainers. Based on the occupations of people I do know who make this kind of money, the Occupational Outlook Handbook seems demographically inaccurate. Can you potentially make 100k as a hot dog vendor, an eBay seller, or a trapeze artist. Once I get a list, I am going to change careers......
posted by jasondigitized at 12:28 PM PST - 46 comments

Cell phone in Brazil?

I'm traveling to Brazil in October and I'd like to have a useable cell phone when I'm there. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 12:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Storing/Sharing Bookmarks On Line

What's the best way to store "bookmarks"or "favorites" on line? I use Mozilla on three different machines and would like to store my bookmarks online so I can access them anywhere. I would also like to be able to update easily, and maybe even merge. I have seen some sites that look cumbersome but private. Others have a "social" aspect that is intriguing, but I wouldn't want all my bookmarks just "out there."
posted by swlabr at 11:53 AM PST - 24 comments


What was your bone marrow biopsy experience? How long after the procedure were you uncomfortable? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

I got a lotta lava love

My 40th birthday is coming up, and I want to see lava. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:25 AM PST - 14 comments

I can't think in this place!

Help me drown out the world. [more inside]
posted by knave at 11:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Helicopters as windmills?

Would a helicopter make a good makeshift windmill? [more inside]
posted by lazy-ville at 11:03 AM PST - 17 comments

What happened to my sheets?

My brand new expensive sheets are already fading, and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Why don't we use existing technology for fuel efficient vehicles?

MefiEngineers: Shouldn't there be a simpler solution to hybrid vehicles? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 10:48 AM PST - 20 comments

Must-have Halloween music?

Fall is in the air (in Southern Oregon, anyway), and my mind turns to good Halloween music. The two essentials I already have: In The Hall Of The Mountain King and Danse Macabre. I'm also enjoying the Six Feet Under theme music.
So: what is your essential Halloween soundtrack? (Aside from the soundtrack to Halloween.)
posted by everichon at 10:41 AM PST - 31 comments

Cost of living raise?

AnnualReviewFilter: It's that time of year again. Is there a rule of thumb or minimum, percentage-wise, to expect to keep up with inflation and cost-of-living for this year compared to last? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 10:28 AM PST - 8 comments

You know... Fred!

"I was talking to Fred the other day, and he said everyone in his family has a cold."
"Who is Fred?"
"Oh, he's a guy I chat with on the web."
Some people seem to have trouble remembering what the person they are talking to knows and what he doesn't. Is there a name for this "syndrome"? Has anyone researched it? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:24 AM PST - 52 comments

w2000 Icon Mystery.

My W2000 networked system at work has all of the desktop icons covered (not replaced) with another icon. The overlaid icon shows a hammer and screwdriver on a file. What does this mean? This happened when a coworker tried to play a CD on my system through our network. The performance of this system has not changed. Our MIS person does not know what these icons mean.
posted by Raybun at 10:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Oh please / oh oh oh please / grow for me ( -- from "Little Shop of Horrors")

I'd like to get a small-to-medium-sized potted plant to liven up my dreary work cubicle. It won't receive any sunlight at all and will be exposed to 24 hours a day of pinkish fluorescent lighting and the glare of several computers and TV screens. The best it can hope for is fresh water and fertilizer/nutrient supplements as needed. Other than those boring and ubiquitous bamboo sticks, what else is there? Bonus points if it flowers or smells nice.
posted by Asparagirl at 10:09 AM PST - 10 comments


Does anybody have experience with folding bikes from Dahon or Montague (or other companies)? [more inside]
posted by blue mustard at 10:04 AM PST - 9 comments

ethernet cables

Is a patch cable the same as an ethernet cable? [more inside]
posted by gingembre at 9:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Bandwidth monitor?

I need software, OS X (including Darwin or XWindows) or Windows 2K, that can be set to automatically check the maximum download or upload speed to and from multiple machines outside my WAN at given time intervals by doing pre-set tasks and recording the total time the tasks take and the size of the total data transferred. I do not need software that shows me the current throughput of whatever random surfing or emailing I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 9:04 AM PST - 4 comments

My sofa cushions need more friction

Help me stop the cushions on my IKEA Ektorp sofa from sliding forward. [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 8:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Why do songs sound slower when exercising?

When I'm running and listening to music through headphones, songs sound slower than normal. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by chos at 8:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Short and sweet

Site design: what are, in your opinion, the best-designed ecommerce sites out there? Either from a graphic design or a usability viewpoint.
posted by Leon at 7:46 AM PST - 14 comments

My stereo's not ready to come out of the closet

Building a media closet in an existing home... [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Da skinny on H.K.

I'll be in Hong Kong this weekend, just a short 2-day visit on Friday and Saturday, and I know virtually nothing about the city. I want to do a couple of the touristy things (harbor cruise, Mt. Victoria), but also some out-of-the-way-coolness. Any suggestions?
posted by zardoz at 7:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Books on consciousness

Recommend books about consciousness! [more inside]
posted by josh at 6:00 AM PST - 38 comments

website ad revenue

Is the ‘revenue-from-ads’ website business model viable for a small tightly focused company, or not? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 5:46 AM PST - 3 comments

What hot beverage can I drink apart from tea, coffee, hot chocolate and milk?

What can I have as a hot, sweet drink that isn't tea or coffee, herbal tea, milk or hot chocolate? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 4:46 AM PST - 58 comments

CD storage solutions

Anyone got any bright ideas for CD storage? [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 2:40 AM PST - 42 comments

Firefox hogging RAM

Peeking into Activity Monitor in Mac OS 10.3, I am noticing that Firefox is using more than 130 of my 512 megabytes of RAM, along with more than 450 megs of virtual memory. This is with one window open with three tabs (this page, a blog, and GMail). Do I have some setting set incorrectly or is Firefox a shamless RAM hog? Is there another browser that might leave me with more memory for Word, Excel, Entourage, Photoshop, iTunes, etc?
posted by sindark at 1:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Recommend a book on Canon 305D

Canon 305D: Can anyone recommend a good book how to get the most from this camera? Ideally it would briefly cover using SLR and be more detailed on this particular camera. I don't really need anything on picture editing or the basics.
posted by quarsan at 12:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Recommend old-school companies.

What other brands would appeal to a Filson man? [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 12:00 AM PST - 12 comments

September 11


What words do people use that consistently make you cringe and wonder if they understand what they are saying? [more inside]
posted by Invoke at 11:58 PM PST - 241 comments

Car CD Player (without car stereo)?

My friend has a VW Gol (not a Golf). She just had her stereo stolen. The wires that hook into the car's speaker system are fine and dandy. Is there a way to attach a portable CD Player to these wires alone (without replacing the stereo system and using a cd-player adaptor etc.)? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 11:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Name my cousin's new observatory.

Please help me find a creative, clever name for a new celestial observatory... [more inside]
posted by naxosaxur at 10:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Security Cluelessness

I'd like to get a handle on computer security. Where should I start? I'd like to stress that I am NOT talking about spyware and viruses here, but the more interesting things like authentication and authorization. [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 10:00 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the best way to keep my apartment clean of dust?

What's the best way to keep my apartment clean of dust? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 8:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Will shaving my head contribute to hair loss?

I'd like to shave my head, but I'm kind of developing a bald spot, and I'm worried about hair retention. Can anyone show me convincing evidence that shaving my head won't contribute to hair loss? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 7:45 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I dress Bollywood?

What can I do to easily whip up a "Bollywood" costume for myself and my husband in the next three days? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 5:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Universal Remote Difficulties

I have a JVC TV/VCR combo. We have not been able to turn off closed captioning off for a week. It's not that we're stupid, it's that we're having complications with the remote. We apparently never had the original remote, and have to use a universal remote that does not work nearly as well as it should. I know the serial number of the TV VCR combo, I just cannot find the three digit code of the remote the universal should be emulating, even after extensive searching. The serial number is TV-20F242. Any advice as to how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 5:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Vint Cerf related to Bennet Cerf?

Is Vint Cerf related to Bennett Cerf, the publisher? [more inside]
posted by cali at 3:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Have You Seen This Ampersand?

What's the font that the ampersand is written in in this photo? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Damnable cookies!

How to make a browser accept cookies again after I've already told it to reject it? [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 2:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Selling my house and keeping the cash - possible?

Selling a house and keeping the cash - my wife and I are in the midst of selling our house. When all is said and done (fees, taxes, etc all paid) we're going to get $250k. The expected thing to do is move to another house and use that money as a down payment. But we're playing around with the idea of taking the money and travelling for six months - can we? More Inside... [more inside]
posted by cubedweller at 1:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me recover text from BBEdit midcrash!

I'm using BBEdit to type a long weblog entry. I'm deep in the process of writing, so I don't save for a long time (so no lectures). Finally, when I'm nearly done, I save. I get the spinning beachball of death. I sense trouble, so I try to close other open applications via the dock. No go. The first app I try to close hangs the rest of the system. It's been five minutes now and the spinning beachball of death keeps spinning, but nothing else is happening. I can move the cursor, but mouseclicks do nothing. I have a feeling that the computer will stay like this until I power down or until you, my dear fellow mefites, help me to recover my precious writing. [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 10:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Anyone have recommendations for blogs about economics?

I'm looking for blogs about economics. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Help find SeeFold folding glasses.

Please help me find these folding glasses. I bought a pair of inexpensive plastic folding reading glasses by SeeFold, but I can't remember where and I can't find them (a drugstore or grocery store I think). They are perfect for my purposes, and I want to get some more. (I've tried other folding glasses and none were as good). A Google search generates various references that send me to, but it doesn't exist. Anyone seen these glasses, or have ideas on how to search for them?
posted by Jackson at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Is my laptop keyboard kaput?

Is my laptop keyboard kaput? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Victoria B.C. travel tips?

The two of us will be spending four days in Victoria B.C. What lesser known things-places-activities should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 8:48 AM PST - 18 comments


Please help me find this Parker ad billboard poster type thing. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 8:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Creative high-rise balcony ideas

Creative, functional, even fanciful uses for an east-facing 5' x 9' 23rd floor apartment balcony? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Bulk Photo resizing in OS X?

Has anyone found a good software for OS X that resizes photos in bulk? [more inside]
posted by soundboy at 7:38 AM PST - 12 comments

My cat has started wiping his butt on our bed.

My cat has started wiping his butt on our bed. [more inside]
posted by ssmith at 7:30 AM PST - 17 comments

What new and revolutionary DTP/pagelayout features would you like to see?

Graphicdesignerfilter: With the rise of Indesign and to a smaller extent, Scribus as major page layout applications, is anyone else underwhelmed by new, revolutionary features? What features would you like to see in page layout apps that currently don't exist? I'm not talking about improvements to current applications, but something totally new that will make the practical and/or creative end of page layout better. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Connecting a win2k server to two different ADSL lines.

I want to connect two ADSL lines with different IP ranges to a server. [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 5:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Well paid Christmas jobs?

Well paid Christmas jobs? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 5:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Do steroids occur naturally?

What are the best sources of naturally occurring steroids which would aid the development of muscle mass? What sort of intake would be required, eg dosage size, frequency, timing before workouts, etc to make them effective? [more inside]
posted by porktrap at 4:22 AM PST - 5 comments

No IDEa about hard drives

Can I add more than just four IDE devices to my PC? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 2:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking new techno tracks.

Help me find some new, fresh tekno for an upcoming mix CD release. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 2:09 AM PST - 10 comments

last minute London theatre ticket

I'm in London for a couple days and would like to try and get a last minute ticket to one of the more "popular" musicals. TKTS doesn't have any of the shows I want. Can you recommend another ticket seller that won't rip me off? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 1:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Red is an asshole

I have an awesome polo shirt with a white collar that got accidentally tossed in with a red shirt that bled all over everything in the load. Most of the other stuff was either jeans or house tees, but is there any way to salvage this collar without ruining the rest of the shirt?
posted by saysthis at 1:09 AM PST - 7 comments

September 10

Is there a good tag-based list maker out there?

Help me list every movie I've ever seen. What application, preferably web-based, would suit my needs? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 9:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Where does wwwoffle store its cookies?

Where does wwwoffle store its cookies? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 9:09 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the cheapest way to finish a wooden floor?

Rough wooden floors: I just helped a friend tear out the mold and flea-infested carpet in her new apartment. Underneath were unfinished, rough, but not horrendous wooden planks (pic 1, pic 2). Money is tight, so we are looking for the cheapest quick-and-dirty method of making the floor livable. Help us think outside the splintery wooden box! [more inside]
posted by 4easypayments at 8:34 PM PST - 21 comments

PayPal Advice

Has anyone had any GOOD experiences with PayPal? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 7:04 PM PST - 36 comments

How to get clean shirts to not develop stale smell?

How can I keep the clean t-shirts hanging in my closet from getting that stinky/stale/sour smell? [more inside]
posted by RoseovSharon at 6:46 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you remove sap from a deck?

We have an enormous [pine|spruce] tree dripping sap all over our deck. What's the best way to get the sap off? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 5:44 PM PST - 10 comments

MySQL, OS X, and a corrupted table.

WordPress, MySQL and OS X Server. Our tables keep getting corrupted. Help! [more inside]
posted by katieinshoes at 5:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Online collaboration

I have been exploring web-based services allowing me to share data/information with family, friends, business associates, and clients. I have narrowed down my choices (see inside) What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Voyageman at 5:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Tin hats all round!

What do website owners know about me when I visit their website? [more inside]
posted by Ugandan Discussions at 4:58 PM PST - 15 comments

What's that "Shaman" song/artist?

I'm trying to find an old drum and bass/jungle/mc track (or artist), possibly called or by "The Shaman." Every time I hear it I hunt with no luck. [more inside]
posted by travis vocino at 3:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Rhapsody portable device recommendation

Which one of the portable devices usable with Rhapsody is any good? [more inside]
posted by mcguirk at 3:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Charity in NY

Volunteering in NY. [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

help partitioning hard drive

I'm trying to install Red-Hat Linux on my computer but I'm having problems when I get to the step about partitioning the hard drive. [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Non-damaging wall hooks for framed pictures

Non-damaging wall hooks for hanging framed pictures [more inside]
posted by Gnatcho at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a PDA screen protector, please!

I need help locating a source for lightly textured (as opposed to glossy) PDA screen protectors or a similar material in bulk, but it seems like everything out there is glossy and clear! I don't use them on a PDA, but as replaceable surfaces on my laptop's touchpad so I'm open to trying something other than a screen protector. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by majick at 1:35 PM PST - 8 comments

tions and ligers and birdfish, oh my!

Can/do fish species and bird species interbreed? Not fish-and-bird together, just to be clear. I'm not insane, thanks very much. :) [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Repair Outlook Express Inbox?

Outlook Express v 6.00.2800.1123 hosed my inbox and all folders therein. Yeah, I know, use crappy software, reap crap, but I Want My EMails. Still have drafts, sent and deleted. Lots of tools to buy online, looking for one that's reliable, preferably free.
posted by theora55 at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

velcro sucks

I got a Chrome bag a month or so ago that's been working great. However, I don't like the Velcro. It's incredibly loud when it separates, which is fine for some things, but for getting in & out of it when I'm in a place I don't really want to make a lot of noise it's difficult. [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 12:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Any NYC clothing/shoe stores selling stuff made without animal materials?

I'd love to find casual men's clothing and/or shoe stores in NYC that feature products made without any animal materials (leather, etc.). I'm willing to pay for quality, but would be completely lost and out of my league in a chi-chi boutique. Any suggestions?
posted by tomadelic at 12:14 PM PST - 2 comments

LPG Fuel Conversion

LPGFilter: No, I don't want to filter out LPG, I am considering getting an LPG conversion for my car... [more inside]
posted by gaby at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help a few Katrina victims.

My wife and I have just taken in two boys (my second cousins, ages 11 and 7) after they lost their mother to a drunk driver that was "evacuating" New Orleans the night before Katrina. We do not have any kids of our own, so this is all new to us. We are looking for some resources (primarily books, maybe some web sites) relevant to our situation that will provide information and support for helping us to set up proper rules, boundaries, etc. for the boys and some other resources that will help us to help the boys grieve the death of their mother. We were in a bookstore last night and were overwhelmed by the amount of choices. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
posted by ajr at 11:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Spelling help & bugs

For a community of intelligent and educated wordsmiths, Mefi still has some common & persistent spelling mistakes. What tips do you have for better spelling of everyday words, and which ones peeve you the most? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 11:41 AM PST - 74 comments

How do I gain weight(fat) while remaining healthy?

How do I gain weight(fat) while remaining healthy? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 10:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Can I access my mp3s remotely?

Can I access my files on a Window 2000 machine (at home) from my iBook when travelling? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 10:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Tokyo tattoos

The girlfriend and I are going to Tokyo for a week's vacation in October. She'd like to get a tattoo while she's there (she already has a couple). The designs she has in mind (probably a Haeckel piece) would require a very skilled tattoo artist, I'd think. Any recommendations?
posted by intermod at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Can my Treo 650 be a webcam?

Can I use my Treo 650 as a mobile webcam? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Free feedback form

I want to add a FREE very simple (name, email and text area only will do) feedback form on a Blogger blog to let site users send feedback, suggest links etc.. Which is the best web service?
posted by webmeta at 8:42 AM PST - 1 comment

eye heart life

are we eyeglass-wearers doomed, evolutionarily? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 8:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Learning massage in Thailand

I'd like to take a massage therapy training course in Thailand, preferably in Phuket but perhaps in Chiang Mai. I found a place in Phuket that offers the course, but in researching it, I noticed something a little strange. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

jogging for the readily ill

How do I avoid getting sick when I start a running regimen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:18 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I drink alcohol without having to taste it?

I like to drink, but I don't like alcohol. Or at least the taste of it. I never have, but lately, I haven't been able to drink much at all. I can detect even small amounts and have been known to grimace when drinking even a wimpy drink. But I love to party, and as a big guy, it takes a lot to get me drunk. Any ideas on dealing with this problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 AM PST - 48 comments

How to prepare financially for a divorce?

I am considering divorce & need advice on how to prepare my personal finances, as we are sharing everything right now. I'd like to get things in motion before taking legal action or notifying my spouse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Trying to think of the children--where do I start?

Where can I find reputable information on adopting children orphaned by Hurricane Katrina? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 AM PST - 12 comments

crazy relatives

How do you deal with extremely difficult (if not mentally unstable), chemically dependent relatives who you still want to maintain a relationship with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I talk to the media about a high school Gay Straight Alliance club?

I'm the faculty advisor for a Gay-Straight Alliance club that has just started at the local high school. Some members of the community are very upset about it. The newspaper has contacted me and wants to do a story on the club and the reaction. Should I talk to the newspaper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Do you trust the product reviews out there on the web?

Do you trust all those product reviews out there on the web? Aren’t just the companies' staffs writing those?! I mean I guess there are people paid to write good about one brand and bad about all others. I think each company may have some of these clerks.
posted by persia at 1:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Hey, you never know when you'll need it.

I carry a rather large assortment of really strange stuff with me on a daily basis. Surprisingly, I actually use most of it. However, I've found that I've pretty much maxed out my current arrangement (cargo pants + a cheap tactical vest). Unfortunately, I've just purchased a wearable keyboard for my PDA. Help me expand my carrying capacity! [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 12:54 AM PST - 18 comments

September 9

How to spend $5000 of newly found money.

Just today our engineering students society found $5000 in a safe we didn't know we had. Now we've got to spend it, preferably in some useful and/or awesome way. Do you have any suggestions on what a students society might want to spend it on? [more inside]
posted by sirsteven at 11:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Solid Online Russian Resources?

Solid Online Russian Resources? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 10:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Trying to find rare mp3's

Years ago, I download two short free electronic/ambient mp3's from, "flat eric's dream" and "reverie river". One of them was by grumblebunny. I love them, but I batch processed them through a noise filter and garbled them. Does anyone know where I could find them now? Also, is there any free program that would de-garble my mp3's?
posted by blue shadows at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Good web host for Ruby on Rails?

Can anyone recommend a good inexpensive web hosting company that would have Ruby on Rails installed or would be easy to install on (already has the latest version of Ruby and probably Gems)? [more inside]
posted by shinji_ikari at 8:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Is Christianity persecuted in America?

In the past few years, I have read--over and over--that many American Christians feel that "Christianity is under attack," and that there is an "assault on people of faith." [more inside]
posted by curtm at 7:46 PM PST - 76 comments

How do I change ID3 tags in many files, across many directories?

How do I change tags in many MP3 files across many directories? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 5:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Online sporting goods retailer that isn't a clone?

I'm trying to buy some cool soccer gear for my husband's teenage sister, but I'm finding that all the sites seem to be fronts for some kind of central wholesaler; they all have identical prices, inventory, et cetera. Can anyone recommend a good, independent online sporting goods or soccer specialty store? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights at 5:03 PM PST - 9 comments


CookingFilter: So anyway, Tofu! Yeah, tofu. I like to cook it and I like to eat it. But even extra firm tofu tends to remain a little soggy... [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 4:58 PM PST - 15 comments

I need weird sliding fancy doors.

Ignoramus DIYer wants sliding, hanging, swinging homemade translucent doors! [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 3:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Need good speakers for iPod

Anyone have an iBoom? If so, how does it sound? If not, what speakers do you use with your iPod?
posted by tetsuo at 3:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Connecting an iPod to a Linux box

Can a Mac-formatted iPod and a Linux box play nicely together? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Yes, I want to learn COBOL

I want to learn mainframe-era languages and technologies (e.g., AS/400s, RPG, COBOL). Where can I go to get started? [more inside]
posted by Jeebus at 2:08 PM PST - 16 comments

I've gotten all my shots at least...

I'm travelling to Thailand alone and I want advice about staying safe and healthy while I'm there... [more inside]
posted by Alison at 1:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Crock pot glue

Does ovensafe ceramic glue exist? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 1:07 PM PST - 7 comments

What web training should I do?

The company I work for has offered to pay for some website building/computer training. Help me to figure out what to learn. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Blog Feature Filter

BlogFeatureFilter: I'm looking for two features for my website. 1. A way to link to a google map that has 10-20 of my local spots marked off and labeled. I basically want to be able to add those little markers where I want with labels of what the spots are. 2. A poll that either doesn't display results immediately, or one that doesn't show them to anyone but me. Or any good polls that people can recommend.
posted by Mroz at 11:46 AM PST - 4 comments


Good book for learning about setting up partnerships? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Building a rustic bed?

Building a bed out of logs: Attaching milled rails to the rustic headboard? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 11:35 AM PST - 11 comments

How to show updates of sub blogs on a community blog?

blogFilter: So a professor wants to use a blog type setup for a class. I've been charged with trying to find a way to show updates across blogs in this class. [more inside]
posted by asterisk at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Please, sir, I want some more.

I need photographic images taken in the streets of Victorian London. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 11:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Don't play with that, that's not a toy...

Parents - suggest developmental toys for an active 1-year-old? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 11:24 AM PST - 10 comments

How to convince Google that Adsense is not being gamed?

My friend has a very popular website and added Google's textads to it to make some money from the site. But after earning a decent amount of money, Google terminated the ads and accused my friend of falsely inflating the number of hits. My friend was not doing this. My question is whether there are any ways to prove to Google that all the textad hits are legitimate or to otherwise convince Google to allow my friend to have textads on the website again.
posted by EatenByAGrue at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I clean a laptop keyboard?

I have a laptop keyboard which has had coffee spilled on it; several keys no longer work, enough to make it fairly useless. What to do? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments

VOIP Configuration And Required Equipment

I have recently found a free VOIP download call ADCALLS. I want to experiement making telephone calls over the internet. My question is do I need to purchase a computer headset or can I use my computer speakers and just purchase a microphone? I am leary that combining my speakers with a microphone may create a voice loop. However, it will be more convenient to use the speakers/microphone configuration for freedom of movement.
posted by Mckoan1 at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Best fonts of the Web

What are your favorite fonts? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 8:24 AM PST - 43 comments

Tools for Journalists...

Say you're an investigative journalist. What web resources would regularly come in handy for looking into people's backgrounds, sniffing out political info, property information, business/corporate dealings etc.?
posted by Heminator at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

public nudity in a restaurant

My fiance went to the Buca Di Beppo in Orlando last night and she told me that in the women's stalls they had vintage pictures of naked ladies; her friend told her that in Chicago they even have naked men in the men's room. I think it's pretty cool, but I'm a little freaked by it, especially when I think about taking my kids in to use the lavatory. So it got me is this legal? [more inside]
posted by taumeson at 7:52 AM PST - 57 comments

Mental Rolodex?

So, I'm writing this book, and I need some software advice for making a computerized version of my mental rolodex. (DIT) [more inside]
posted by kungfujoe at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Qmail and an open relay

*Qmail* - I have a server that seems to be having a spamming issue. It's a Plesk/linux box. I'm not convinced that one of the accounts on the server is directly responsible. So I ran a test looking for open relays. I seem to have found one. [more inside]
posted by Necker at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Photoshop refresh issues

Photoshop CS refresh issues with a widescreen monitor in WinXP. Am I the only one who sees this, and is there a fix (besides CS2)? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 7:10 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the difference between Neo-Conservatives and Libertarians?

What's the difference between Neo-Conservatives and Libertarians? [more inside]
posted by xpermanentx at 6:40 AM PST - 39 comments

Please help me move to Toronto in a hurry!

I am being transferred from NYC to Toronto in late October and, as I really only know TO as a tourist, have a couple of questions as I figure out where I should be looking for an apartment. [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 6:04 AM PST - 32 comments

Why is my car squealing?

My car, a 1998 Elantra, has suddenly started squealing rather loudly every morning when I back out of my parking spot. The mornings have began to cool down, resulting in more dew, so that may be a factor. Any ideas what the problem may be?
posted by ttrendel at 6:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Is an ipod on shuffle truly random?

Is an ipod on shuffle truly random? [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 5:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Ethnic jokes which make fun of everybody?

A couple of weeks ago, I asked a question about "The European" newspaper, published from 1990-1999. Actually, the reason why I asked is because, in the name of fostering European understanding, they had asked readers for jokes which didn't target a specific nationality. Seems that such jokes are rare, because what they tended to get were jokes that made fun of absolutely EVERYBODY (along the lines of the famous "Heaven and Hell in Europe", for example). I've been trying to find these. Any suggestions where I might be able to find this old content of "The European" newspaper, or else any other good suggestions for similar jokes? A good one that I've been trying to remember how it all goes involves a sinking ship filled with international passengers, but which doesn't have enough lifeboats... [more inside]
posted by Misciel at 5:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Dry Erase paint

Where can I find dry-erase / whiteboard paint to put on my wall? Something like chalkboard paint.
posted by GernBlandston at 5:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Java and Firefox on Mac OSX

Why does scrolling in Firefox make Java apps disappear? [more inside]
posted by trey at 4:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help/advice finding cached webpage.

During the course of Hurricane Katrina, I updated a single entry at LiveJournal numerous times with stories of New Orleanians who rode out the hurricane. It was linked to both from a few comments in MetaFilter and also from BoingBoing and other sites. Unfortunately, a LJ bug truncated the first few entries of the post, and I need to find someone out there with a cached copy of my entry at ... can't find it on google or Anyone out there have a cache of this, or have any novel ideas on how to find such a cached entry?
posted by insomnia_lj at 3:58 AM PST - 3 comments

please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows.

please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 3:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Freeware journal keeping software for Windows?

I would like to begin keeping a journal, preferably using software. I don't know what software to use- can you help? [more inside]
posted by id at 2:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Why don't the Japanese get stoned?

Why is the marijuana usage rate in Japan (0.05%) so much lower than anywhere else?
posted by Tlogmer at 12:48 AM PST - 37 comments

September 8

How much is too much?

How much creative license should I use when writing my resume? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 11:12 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I use iCal files on my server without WebDAV?

I have a couple ideas, but... how can I sync my iCal calendars with my webserver that's not running WebDAV? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 10:43 PM PST - 5 comments

got my hand in my pocket

What is that small, long pocket inside the large right hand pocket of jeans for?
posted by stray at 10:42 PM PST - 33 comments

Why would Sweden invade Switzerland?

Why would Sweden invade Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 9:20 PM PST - 33 comments

video newbie here....OMG to MPEG???

how can I convert an .OMG file to .MPG in Windows XP for free? with as few steps as possible..... [more inside]
posted by stevyb at 8:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Diet Forums

Recently I discovered the eGullet forums, but I haven't seen anything catering to the other side of the food spectrum- dieting. What diet forums do other Metafilter users use?
posted by daviss at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Recomend a PS2 Repair Shop

Can anyone point me to a reliable on-line PS2 repair shop? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Why No Library WiFi?

Considering the great benefit it would provide, what exactly is the barrier which prevents most community libraries in the U.S. from offering WiFi to complement their existing free hard-wired internet access? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 7:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Mail Scripting Hooks?

Can I hook a script onto the 'Get Mail' button/function in Apple's in OS X Tiger? [more inside]
posted by teece at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get a .gov domain name?

How does one obtain a .gov domain name? I have a small rural town government that would like to get one. Thanks in advance.
posted by maelanchai at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Why do I have internet?

I don't have wireless internet in my home, but here I sit in my kitchen reading mefi while my laptop is picking up a signal from... somewhere. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 6:07 PM PST - 27 comments

Exploring the Canadian blogosphere

I need more cancon in my daily reading! The blogosphere and RSS-news-sphere are very American and I want to round out what I'm reading with a Canadian perspective. What Canadian blogs and bloglike things would I enjoy reading? [more inside]
posted by mendel at 5:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Wines that kill

Due to a strange twist of fate, I find myself in possession of a bottle of Henkell Trocken dry sparkling wine which has been stored in a fridge for two years. Is it okay to drink?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 5:31 PM PST - 11 comments

One-click download of websites

Help me get through long classes without Internet access - I want to click one button while I'm online and download all my newspapers, blogs, etc. into a flat file that I can view offline. Bloglines often doesn't give me the full article.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 5:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Central A/C fan running backwards?

A/CFilter: Central A/C unit is 7 years old and ran pretty well until this year. Now it barely cools and has to run all day to do it. Have done all the homeowner checks (cleaned unit, checked filter and vents, sealed cracks and ductwork, etc.) A technician charged us $140 (having "cleaned" the unit and checked the coolant) to hold his cigarette up to the running unit and, using the smoke as his diagnostic tool, proclaimed that the fan was running...backwards. He insisted that this can happen with some units after a power surge. Did we just have sex with our clothes on? Or is he for real? Can a fan spontaneously run backwards? [more inside]
posted by TN_Tanuki at 4:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Donating an old Apple Quadra 630

I am trying to figure out how to dispose a functioning Apple Quadra 630. I never used it much. It has been sitting in a box all these years. The CMOS battery probably needs to be replaced. But other than that it runs just fine. I was thinking of giving it away on local chapter. Then I started thinking if I can donate it to somebody who can really make use it. Most groups accepting donations seems to want Windows machines or newer Apple machines. I am looking for suggestions. Should I just give it away on freecycle?
posted by flyby22 at 4:39 PM PST - 5 comments

shark snacks

Why would great whites take only the heads of seals? [more inside]
posted by rdr at 4:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Ordering Mafer peanuts online

Mafer Premium peanuts, originally purchased in Mexico, anyone know where I may find them online or in-store (in Canada)? I am so addicted to them, and my stash is running dry! Thanks
posted by strangelove at 4:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Nature of attraction

After reading Aceys question today in which she was asking for advice for an 18 year old, Skylar answered: "I wish that I had better understood the nature of attraction and seduction, things I am only getting to know now as I get older. When I was younger I waited for people to approach me because I didn't have the courage to do it for myself. Now I realise how a few simple rules of psychology apply in many potential romantic encounters and I have gained a lot more confidence in those situations." [more inside]
posted by pwally at 4:11 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm asking Heloise and Abelard

O bibliophiles of MeFi: I humbly seek your wisdom. How would you clean the white linen cover of a fine hardcover? The book is 35 years old and in good shape, but the cover has grime, smudges, flecks, some yellowing: i.e., the usual buildup a reference volume would accrue over a few decades. I've tried mild soaps, but hesitate to use anything stronger. [more inside]
posted by rob511 at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

good question for the great taste of soda.

why does coca-cola at mcdonalds always taste better than coca-cola at other fast food places? [more inside]
posted by sammich at 3:52 PM PST - 39 comments

What Progressive People should I interview in DC?

I'm headed to Washington, D.C. shortly for a few weeks, to conduct interviews for my book of interviews with innovators on the Left. Got any suggestions for folks I should attempt to interview while I am there? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Why the post-sneeze sweet smell?

What's that sweet post-sneeze smell I smell? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 3:25 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I buy my girlfriend glasses for her birthday?

How do I buy my girlfriend glasses for her birthday? Need advice on: -maximizing my bang for my buck in some parts of this process so I can splurge in others (internet companies? good stores/eye exam people in Los Angeles?) -how to make this a good gift -general pitfalls [more inside]
posted by sirion at 3:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Remote streaming with iTunes 5?

Following up on this thread, has anyone figured out how to get remote streaming working with iTunes 5? I previously used the method described here, but with iTunes 5 it doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by medpt at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Suck it up?

carcrashFilter: Saturday night in the Arizona desert I hit a dog at 80mph and the resulting damage cost $3200 + 1 expired pooch. Would you suck it up, or report it to your insurance...? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 2:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to find NYC freelance web developers?

Is there a good clearinghouse-type site to match organizations offering up web development work with qualified freelancers and small shops, specifically in NYC? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

How many pages are too many?

How many pages are too many in a word-processing document? [more inside]
posted by showmethecalvino at 1:46 PM PST - 15 comments

What's a good online notebook?

I have been using the highly useful Forty Internet online Notebook for a couple years and was horrified to see a recent note upon login- the service is being discontinued. The Forty Internet people suggest Backpack, a similar service. But it requires payment for the service after like 5 posted notes, and it's annoying to navigate. So, my question is, can anyone recommend a good online note service? [more inside]
posted by willns at 1:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Cleaning burned pans

Best way to clean/restore good-quality copper/stainless sauce pans that have been burned on the stove-top, have heavy, rock-hard encrustations of charcoal-ized food inside and blackened bottoms? Several heavy soaking/scrubbing sessions haven’t done it.
posted by dpcoffin at 12:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Phi Phi Pho Phum

Is there an easy way to generate a fibonacci spiral using photoshop or illustrator or the like? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 12:49 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I diet with a food allergy?

Is there a fully customizable online diet that will take into consideration food allergies and dislikes? Should I just find a dietician? [more inside]
posted by renyoj at 12:34 PM PST - 6 comments


What are some good cookbooks? What should I do if I want to learn how to cook? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 12:09 PM PST - 36 comments

Twin Cities brick-and-mortar electronics parts retailer?

I'm an electrical engineering student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and I'm looking for a local brick and mortar electronic components retailer. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 12:01 PM PST - 3 comments

seeking practical guide on domestic terrorism

I need help finding a book that I read about 15 years ago. I think I checked it out of the Illinois State Univerity library. It may have also been found in boing boing or some other ezine. I don't know the author or the title. It was possibly a farcical or possibly a practical guide to domestic terrorism. It listed the practicalities of hitting domestic targets and what havoc it would wreak.
posted by indigo4963 at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the Best Affiliate Program Software

Do you use Affiliate Program software for your website or at work? Care to comment on which software/solution you use, and which you think is the best and why?
posted by cell divide at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Lagniappe for LA

Bon Temps: Requesting your suggestions for a Louisiana-themed benefit party. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Inkwells wanted

Motivated by this question, do any of our fountain pen wielding brethren (and sistren?) know where to get empty inkwells? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Guys view on virginity

Would it scare off a guy to know that I'm 21, have never had a relationship (short or long term) and am still a virgin? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 10:09 AM PST - 46 comments

Sleep walking / talking while lucid dreaming?

Sleep walking / talking while lucid dreaming? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

What poses or scenes work best for family photographs?

My siblings and I are getting together early this fall for a photo shoot for our parents. I've looked around at photographers' portfolios for family poses that look good and not super 'posed', but I'm coming up with blanks. [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 9:47 AM PST - 10 comments

HTML/Javascript enforcing time limit on webpage.

HTML/Javascript enforcing time limit on webpage. [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 8:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Are you my cousin?

My uncle's wife has an uncle through marriage whose first cousin's grand-niece lives in my apartment building. Are my neighbor and I related? [more inside]
posted by werty at 8:21 AM PST - 30 comments

Anybody Have Good Franchise Ideas

What are some really good franchise opportunities for somebody looking to start a business? Any tips about what to look for and what to be sure to avoid? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 8:04 AM PST - 13 comments

Auditorium rental in NYC?

I need to rent an auditorium or theatre for a night. My organization is having its annual meeting and they need 200 seats, a meeting room, and a reception area. Is there a directory of theaters/auditoriums/conference centers in NYC? [more inside]
posted by chelseagirl at 7:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Strange birds

I want to prepare a Russian-Doll Roast. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 7:34 AM PST - 23 comments

I can't up a poster in my classroom containing a quotation attributed to Adidas.

Help me attribute this quotation to someone other than a large sporting-goods corporation. [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 7:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Where the thetans at?

For a mysterious reason, this Russian chap has removed access to pages 6 and 15-20 of OT III (in the original handwriting). I've tried everything to get them, but the Church has had all the Wayback mirrors removed. Can anyone help? You can email me if you'd rather not reveal your source.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Any good Dreamweaver Extensions?

Dreamweaver (MX) extensions. Does anybody use these? Which ones can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 6:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Usefull advice organization!

What are some interesting and creative ways of compiling various bits of advice, information, quotes, etc. into something that can be easily recalled later? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:13 AM PST - 9 comments

good questions to ask ourselves once a year

calling all journalers and listyourselfers: please give me good questions to ask myself once a year. [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 5:34 AM PST - 7 comments

How To Help Someone Get Over Me?

CollegeRelationshipFilter: How can I help someone get over me? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 5:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Locksmithing as a career

I am interested in studying to be a locksmith. Does anyone know how much schooling is involved and an average salary for a locksmith in the Northeast (Northampton County, PA)?
posted by frogmoses at 5:17 AM PST - 3 comments

If a riddler riddles...

Help me solve a riddle! A baker bakes, a painter paints, a teacher teaches... [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 4:21 AM PST - 95 comments

crop/resize tool

im looking for a free, and simple program to crop and resize photos, then optimize for the web. [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 3:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Regimented vs. On Demand

I'm looking for opinions and experiences on breast feeding. [more inside]
posted by sic at 2:56 AM PST - 21 comments

What do you wish you'd known when you were 18?

Is there anything you wish you had known when you were 18? [more inside]
posted by Acey at 2:10 AM PST - 64 comments

Open source site monitoring software

Can anybody recommend an open source 'external' site monitoring utility for *nix? By external, I mean the tool should sit on a server that's separate to the one the site being monitored is sitting on. The tool should make regular requests to the monitored site and should send an alert if the page is not returned within a specified time.
posted by jedro at 1:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Turning a Nokia into a Quickcam?

Can I use my bluetooth, Series 60 mobile phone with camera and video functions as a video/image/sound device under Windows on my bluetooth-enabled PC? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 12:36 AM PST - 1 comment

September 7

How to prevent a refinery from opening up in the middle of town

So I found out They are wanting to build an Ethanol refinery 3 blocks from my mother's home.... [more inside]
posted by idiotfactory at 11:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Which is correct, "was broadcast live" or "was broadcasted live"

[GrammarFilter] "the show was broadcast live" or "the show was broadcasted live"? [more inside]
posted by banished at 10:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Day trips in NW England for my grandmother

Day trip destinations in England's North West, particularly Merseyside -- but with a bit of a catch. [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 10:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Was the National Guard Federalized or Not?

Did the Gov. of Louisiana ask President Bush to federalize the National Guard or not? [more inside]
posted by tsarfan at 10:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Safe way to clean up mouse droppings

Mousepoop/HantavirusFilter: I have a beat up old shed in my backyard I want to demolish and replace. I've emptied it out but I noticed a lot of mouse droppings. What's the best way to clean it out? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Fountain Pen Help

I would like to buy a fountain pen. A nice one with a fine nib. Anyone here have a pen they would strongly recommend? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:01 PM PST - 32 comments

DreamWeaver-like FTP client

Does anyone know of an (S)FTP client that works in the same way that DreamWeaver's built-in FTP works? I'd like to have a local directory that mirrors my server's directory, and transfer files without having to browse to the proper locations both locally and remotely every time I want to transfer a file. [more inside]
posted by sfluke20 at 5:56 PM PST - 14 comments

How should I put together a unique local news show?

I'm a journalism student and a volunteer at a community radio station, and I'd like to start a weekly morning news program that focuses on local issues. The show would have a number of volunteer participants (5-10+ other journalism students), $0 budget, portable recording equipment, lots of keener energy, and one hour a week. So, if you were to design a unique local news show, how would you do it?
posted by stokast at 5:55 PM PST - 17 comments

3rd Party WiFi for Mac

Anyone using third-party wireless cards with a G4? I see there are third-party drivers available for some cards. Anyone successfully using these?
posted by mzurer at 5:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Our data is safer because of your efforts

Best way to backup two OS X laptops to a single firewire drive? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 5:40 PM PST - 16 comments

LA Carwash

What's the best car wash in LA? In a perfect world, it'd be within 2 miles East of West of the Sepulveda corridor -- between Sherman Oaks and Culver City. I've tried the Handy J, which some internet sites recommend, but they are inconsistent.
posted by Carsey at 5:34 PM PST - 3 comments

My laptop can't swim....

Help! My laptop got a bit of a shower! How long should I let it dry before I start it up? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Pay for losers on reality tv shows

Do loser contestants on reality shows get paid anything at all? [more inside]
posted by madman at 4:47 PM PST - 13 comments

to park, perchance to dream

What's a good safe place to park a car for maybe 4 days along the I-80 corridor, south/west of Davis CA and north/east of the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by luriete at 4:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Reporting a quack

My Mom's chiropractor is using a device, the Toftness Radiation Detector (more here), that was outlawed by the FDA in 1984 as totally useless. If I decide to report him to the state, what agency would be appropriate? Or should I go straight to the FDA? Moreover, if my Mom swears he's helping her despite his quackery, should I even bother reporting him at all? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report at 4:16 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I buy affordable, quality dress shirts for my slim frame?

How do I buy affordable, quality dress shirts for my slim frame? I'm tired of buying clothes that make me look baggy / dissheveled / wrinkled -- I want neat, clean, trim, and CLOSE-FITTING (not tight). [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov at 3:41 PM PST - 25 comments

Things to eat and do in Prague

Help a vegan have fun in Prague... [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 2:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Remotely connecting to itunes library.

How do I connect to my itunes library at home from my computer at work? Windows XP on both ends.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:44 PM PST - 7 comments

CSS and sites with multiple conflicting style sheets.

CSS question: I'm responsible for adding a university-wide banner to an existing organization website. It involves merging the banner and its style sheet with an existing site - which has its own, very different style sheet. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 2:43 PM PST - 3 comments

moving to Latin America, languages galore

I am seriously considering moving to somewhere in Latin America to teach English and learn Spanish. [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

placebo effect.

PharmaFilter: is the placebo effect halved in a randomized trial when half the patients think there is only a 50% chance they are taking an active compound? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 1:36 PM PST - 35 comments

Database schema for a site like 43 Things?

Can someone please help me understand how a database for a site like 43 Things ( works? There are users, tags for categories, user comments (for categories), and comments that can be associated with other comments. I understand that you would need a user table, a comments table, and a tags table but how do you create a schema for a site like this that works effectively? What kind of table structure is needed and how do the tables interrelate?
posted by jlstitt at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

text-to-speech programme for mac?

any of youse ppls know where i can find an ok text-to-voice thingy on/for a mac? if it is not native to the OS, then any cromulent freeware/open sauce tool would do embiggeningly :)
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Donating with Paypal

I'd like to donate to the Katrina relief effort. I don't have a credit card, but am set up with Paypal. Paypal seems to want me to donate to the United Way. [more inside]
posted by jikel_morten at 1:09 PM PST - 13 comments

seattle lofts

So I'm moving to Seattle, what are the best spots to live nearest to Seattle University? Thanks. The more condo loft like the better thanks thanks.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Who gives the most to charity?

Could you point me to statistics about who gives to charity? Specifically correlated with political parties, income, race, and religious status? I'm looking for statistics, not opinions.
posted by callmejay at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Auto auction question.

Have you ever been to an auto auction? [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 12:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't all schools require bathing suits?

Two of my male coworkers who grew up in the 50s/60s have related stories of being made to swim naked during gym classes in school (one from private, one from public schools). Am I the bizarre one to find this completely bizarre? Is this a regional thing?
posted by archimago at 11:57 AM PST - 27 comments

International small-cap index fund for Canadians

Help a Canadian find an international small-cap index fund. [more inside]
posted by blue grama at 11:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Are parking lot stop signs enforceable in California?

Are parking lot stop signs enforceable in California? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Creating a Directory with Word and Excel?

Is there a quick way to create a mail merge directory in Word from an Excel spreadsheet, broken down by a specific field (department, category, etc.)? This seems like a Microsoft 101 question, but the built-in Help doesn't seem to address this specifically, and online help from Word 2002 gets into code I can't even begin to understand. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 11:11 AM PST - 1 comment

No mouse on iBook

Help with new iBook G4... [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Renting guest rooms in NYC instead of staying at a hotel?

I'm traveling to NYC (and then London) at the end of the month (yes, MeTe meetup post to follow soon!), and I'm leaning towards staying in rented guest room (via Craigslist vacation rentals) rather than a hotel. [more inside]
posted by scody at 10:28 AM PST - 18 comments

The Gopher Menace

Damn you gophers! Damn you straight to hell! How do I get rid of gophers without digging up my yard? [more inside]
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:23 AM PST - 20 comments

I thought these things were cached on my hard drive...

I've been asked--nay, commanded--to recover an image from a web site that recently went offline. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

iBookG4--can anyone help me decipher the lingo and decide if it's the best laptop for me?

I'm starting my graduate program this year and have decided I need to get a computer of my own (no more all-nighters in the school computer labs) but think a laptop would best suit my needs as I can carry my work from home to school, etc. I've been researching a bit and I'm attracted to the iBookG4 (14") but to be honest I don't know a whole lot about computers and so would appreciate some more "expert" opinions. I enjoy the student discount (and let's face it, the free iPod mini doesn't hurt either) but am unsure as to whether or not I need to upgrade the hard-drive or even what the benefit of a Superdrive will be to me. It comes with 512 MB memory, a 60GB hard drive, and an 8X Superdrive (which can be downgraded to the DVD/CDRW drive). Most of this is greek to me. Also, do I need to get the AppleCare Protection Plan? I'm trying to keep things relatively inexpensive but am willing to spend money for quality. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by popsicletoes at 10:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Routers and Forwarding inside and outside the network.

Routers: This may seem rather silly to some folks, but I need a little help in figuring out what my network problem is. (I tried to google around, but i am not even sure what the term is that I should be searching for) The problem is, I am hosting my own web-server and MySQL DB for development purposes, and I have a domain name that points to it. When I am outside my own network I can hit my URL just fine. But when I inside my network, it always try to go to the routers configuration page. Any ideas as how to make sure the router is forwarding the ports correctly INSIDE my network?
posted by countzen at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to visit a very interesting factory and be astounded by how it works.

I want to visit a very interesting factory and be astounded by how it works. [more inside]
posted by redteam at 9:43 AM PST - 36 comments

I need a team name for my Fantasy team.

Fantasy Football Filter: My draft is tonight and I need some good smack talk and a team name. [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead at 9:34 AM PST - 18 comments

Who is this musical gymnist?

Help me identify this LA based musician and find some of his recordings. Jon Brion perhaps... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Coke bottle eyes in Lotusland

Who are the best optometrists in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Websense filtering out WLUW internet radio...

Skirting the mean cop that is Websense filtering! I just want to listen to WLUW in my office! Is there an easy way? [more inside]
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger at 8:26 AM PST - 9 comments

30 Day Return Policy

What's up with the 30 day return period on laptops? Are there any fees that I'm going to lose by going that route? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

DIY Dusk to Dawn Porch light

How to convert a porch light to be light-sensitive? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 8:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I study in NYC that has wifi?

Where can I study in NYC that has wifi? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 8:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Diving in the Southern hemisphere

Scuba diving in Thailand, Malaysia, Bali or Western Australia? Anybody got any views or experience? [more inside]
posted by asok at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Traveling to Moscow, Russia

I'm heading out to Moscow, Russia in the first week of October for the first time. [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 2:22 AM PST - 7 comments

September 6

No kids, big booty

Birth control and weight gain: will switching pills help? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 10:38 PM PST - 9 comments

unconventional film formats

Unconventional film formats. [more inside]
posted by jimmy at 9:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Homemade noice-reducing headphones.

Homemade noise-reducing headphones. Link wanted, please. My Google-fu is failing me... [more inside]
posted by kingb at 9:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggest Children's Music

I need quality music to play around my young kids. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 8:47 PM PST - 48 comments

Can I wear a button-down collar with a suit and tie?

Men's fashion: can I wear a button-down collar shirt with a suit and tie? Or does that offend some unwritten rule of style? I've gotten conflicting reports.
posted by gd779 at 8:35 PM PST - 29 comments

Why the World wide Oil price increase?

Why did the world wide price of oil go up after the hurricane? [more inside]
posted by Iax at 7:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Name of Novel: High School Kid Who Hacks Two Schedules?

Help me identify a young adult novel from the '70s: It's about a kid in high school who, through an error in the school's mainframe computer, is assigned two class schedules - one with his first name first, one with his last name. He decides that he can use this opportunity to somehow pass both sets of classes and graduate a year early! This will require crazy contortions and some hacking at the end of the put both schedules back together... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 6:06 PM PST - 10 comments

net tv guide?

What website do you use for channel listings? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 6:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Jumping on Grenades

I'm hunting for any cinematic instances of soldiers pig-piling on grenades to save their buddies. It seems to me there should probably be one or two classic instances in order for the cliche to have taken root. Anyone?
posted by Hobbacocka at 5:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does FEMA hate communication?

Why would FEMA cut the emergency communication lines in Jefferson Parish? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 5:32 PM PST - 18 comments

How to turn an idea into a business?

I have an idea for a product/service. I've drawn out a rough business model and shown it to a few people who all think its a great idea but I'm having a few problems getting things rolling... more inside about funding the project, pitching it to major 'players' in certain industries, investors, etc [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 5:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Most awesomest Halloween candy?

Most awesomest Halloween candy? [more inside]
posted by trevyn at 4:19 PM PST - 63 comments

Be cool! How can I stop being so heat-sensitive, and stop sweating so much?

Be cool! How can I stop being so heat-sensitive, and stop sweating so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:30 PM PST - 28 comments

To shit or not to shit?

How to handle chronic constipation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:30 PM PST - 50 comments

Scientologists helping Katrina Refugees?

I was watching footage on CNN concerning the Katrina hurricane relief in the Houston Superdome and believe I noticed some volunteers with yellow sweatshirts with "Scientologist Volunteer Councillors". I only saw it briefly and was unable to confirm what I saw later. Are the Scientologists really in Houston helping the refugees?
posted by schwa at 3:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Banjo buying bonanza

BanjoFilter: I am looking to learn to play the banjo. I would like to buy a nice banjo that I can grow into (something with a decent tone ring), but I'd prefer to not spend a fortune on it. [more inside]
posted by amelliferae at 2:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Sometimes a quote is just a quote

The phrase "Sometimes a pipe is just a pipe" is always attributed to Freud, but is so hackneyed by now -- so well-known -- that it always seems to be cited without any hint of a reference to its original context, which makes me wonder if it is apocryphal. Did Freud really write/say this? If so, where? If not, where does its origins lie? Does anyone know? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 1:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Eyeglass lens cartel?

I'm trying to replace some eyeglass lenses. Is there a cartel or something? The prices are exactly the same everywhere. I'd like to know whether there is an internet source for eyeglasses or lenses where I can save a few dollars.
posted by thayerg at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions on wrist support brands?

This is the wrist support I'm currently using and have to replace. Does anyone have a suggestion for a brand of wrist support I should try? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

DIY personal finance.

Personal Finance Filter: Covered previously here, here, and here. I need to track income and outgo, as my family unit has more money outgoing than money incoming. I've done this before with MS Money (2003), and Quicken for OS X (2002) and I'm looking for something better. [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Harridan, harpy, black widow, shrew

Harridan, harpy, black widow, shrew, femme fatale (maybe even spinster), are all words that describe despicable women. What are some comparable words for men? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 1:00 PM PST - 45 comments

Specific: Good Chicago apartment. General: Avoiding dumps when working kinda blind?

I'm looking for a good Chicago apartment and landlord ... and also, thoughts on how to practically avoid stinkers when you can't talk to and/or don't know the tenants. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Quitting Smoking has triggered a Major Depressive episode. What to do?

Quitting Smoking has triggered a Major Depressive episode. What to do? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian at 10:59 AM PST - 30 comments

Keep me going!

How might one get a Creative Zen Micro to play on a permanent basis (24/7 until replaced or the drive burns out)? [more inside]
posted by hoboynow at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

And I'm his friend Jesus!

CostumeFilter: I have an idea for my halloween costume. Anyone know where I can get some gloves that look like lobster claws? [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 9:27 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I add delay to a radio broadcast?

How can I add a short delay to a radio sports broadcast? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Books about Roman Empire

Like others I am watching HBO's Rome. Does anyone know of a good concise, non overtly academic history of this period? Secondly, I'm also looking for a similarly styled general overview of the empire. Thanks.
posted by captainscared at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Is an extended car warranty worth the expense?

i need advice on purchasing an extended car warranty for a new vehicle. [more inside]
posted by lescour at 9:09 AM PST - 16 comments

Wobbly wheels

Can the machines that tire shops use to remove/install tires bend alloy wheels if not used properly? I need to know before I go complain.
posted by punkfloyd at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Idle time overrated?

Is there a direct link between the amount of "idle time" on the job and job dissatisfaction/stress? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 8:45 AM PST - 18 comments

A program that will let me copy an ID3 tag?

Does anyone know of a (preferably free) program that will let me copy an ID3 tag from one MP3 file to another. [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 8:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Driving from NJ to NH

I'm considering a drive from NJ to NH, and there are various potential trouble spots on the way. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 8:00 AM PST - 23 comments

Books worth reading are worth reading twice; John Morley

Boys do like to read. At least mine do. What are some great, good, or fun and interesting books that a boy should read? Or have read to him? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 7:56 AM PST - 77 comments

What is Brit Hume thinking at this very moment?

Heartless Bastard filter: Who stands to make beaucoup cash money from the New Orleans disaster? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:52 AM PST - 25 comments

how to plea down a cellphone ticket

My wife got a ticket for talking on her cellphone in a moving car. Will this affect my insurance rate due to the fact it is a moving violation? [more inside]
posted by any major dude at 7:38 AM PST - 20 comments

What's the difference between efficiency and effectiveness ?

What's the difference between efficiency and effectiveness ?
posted by vincentm at 7:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Software to create a photomosaic

I want to create a photomosaic with pictures I have taken for a 24x36 poster print and I need some good software. [more inside]
posted by genial at 6:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Origin of term 'consumer' to refer to developmentally disabled people?

What is the origin/history of the use of the term "consumer" to refer to developmentally disabled people? My wife and I have come across this only with the past 2-3 years, and my search for clues is complicated by how common the term is, and its multiple meanings. [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 5:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me destroy my laptop!

Have any creative suggestions/strategies for theft proofing laptops... [more inside]
posted by fake at 5:21 AM PST - 21 comments

Is this a scam?

Is this a scam?
posted by ajbattrick at 5:21 AM PST - 15 comments


Help us make the most of New Zealand! Like several other MeFier's we're soon off to NZ… we have carefully watched the posts go by and now have great specific goals for our late November trip. We're 27, celebrating our 10 year (dating) anniversary, and looking to refine our trip ideas to make the experience as awesome as possible. [more inside]
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 5:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Playing Guital

How do I learn playing guital quickly...? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 1:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Napoleon Dynamites' age?

Napoleon my son(25 yr. old) thinks that Napoleon Dynamite is actually an 8 year old being played by a young adult, and that's why the movie is so funny; grown-ups acting like 8 year olds.. I wasn't as enchanted but it is oddly fun to watch. Your thoughts?
posted by lois1950 at 12:26 AM PST - 43 comments

September 5

Is this shady or not?

I live in the Phoenix valley. Over the past three or four years, the value of real estate around here has grown tremendously... I have this friend (no, really), who's investing in real estate out here. The deal he's involved in is either very shrewd or very shady and I'd like to know what you think. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Zeroach-a-roach a-rolla rock!

Does anyone know anything about this cup-passing game? (that's a 12mb .avi) [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 10:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Name That Suit!

Ok! I know this is lame, but my wife really wants a bathing suit she saw Jessica Simpson wearing. Can anyone help me figure out where to buy this? (BTW, I know it looks like a dress, but, apparently, it's a bathing suit.)
posted by JPowers at 10:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Tattoo my iGuy!

For reasons I cannot fathom, I just bought an iGuy. I want to paint him. Artists please help? [more inside]
posted by TTIKTDA at 9:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Man on the moon?

DrunkenSciFiFilter- What would happen if a human being, dressed in only like a tee shirt and let's say some cargo shorts, was suddenly on the surface of the moon? Details!
posted by xmutex at 9:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Breaker, breaker, tell me what CB to buy.

Breaker, breaker, good buddies - help me buy a CB off of this here intarweb thing... [more inside]
posted by unixrat at 9:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Strangely-colored fruits and veggies

What fruits and vegetables do you know of that come in "odd" colors? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:08 PM PST - 45 comments

LASIK professionals in southern-central US

Need some advice regarding LASIK in the southern-central US region. (Oklahoma and surrounding states) [more inside]
posted by Saydur at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Are inflatable sofas comfotable?

Are inflatable sofas comfortable? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt at 8:34 PM PST - 11 comments

books for travelling?

I'm about to go on a looooong plane trip (two stop overs, 22 hours total travel time.) Can anyone suggest a couple of books? I like non-fiction, true life stories (i.e., about slavery, mafias in different American towns, Irish potato famine, dustbowl accounts.... should be an easy read since I'll be on planes and in airports. Thanks!
posted by WaterSprite at 8:22 PM PST - 22 comments

One word for Louisiana ornamental iron work?

What is the name of a type of ornamental iron-work specific to southern Louisiana? [more inside]
posted by anarcation at 8:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone identify this artwork for me?

Can anyone identify this artwork for me? It's on the wall at 1630 Revello Drive, which is the home of one Ms Buffy Summers... One view of it, another view.
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Cat pee--Help!

My kitten (4 months) was just accidentally stuck in our spare bedroom for ~7 hours and peed on my down comforter--How do I clean it without being worried that he will think he's supposed to go on it again? Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 7:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Smokivivs Maximvs!

This week on Rome: Did ancient Romans smoke? What did they smoke, by Jupiter? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy at 7:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I create a business?

For a friend, "I run a small computer consulting business on the side in my spare time. I have a bit over two dozen clients and do regular work for a handful of them. My question is, does it make sense to go thru the process of creating a business? What advantages or disadvantages would this give me? How much would it cost? Any other uggestions/ideas/comments/etc.. would be great! Thanks!"
posted by k8t at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Madonna.

At the dawn of the mp3 era, I found a track on the web that has alluded me since. It was a remix, and may have been a home-brew, and it's therefore much harder to find. I'm hoping there's a Mefite out there that has stumbled on this in the past, and can point me the right direction. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Paint Fumes

We just painted our one-year old son's bedroom two days ago. Is it safe to let him sleep there tonight? Will the fumes give him headaches? (The new paint stench is still vaguely present, although my wife says she doesn't notice it at all. I'd like to hear from any pediatricians out there, if possible.)
posted by iced_borsch at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

What happens at a book launch?

What happens at a book launch? [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 6:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop a prank caller

How do I locate the Identity of a nuisance phone caller and make him stop calling. [more inside]
posted by johnj at 5:59 PM PST - 13 comments

What was that game?

Trying to remember a videogame. It was an early version of those cartoon games, like Dragon-whatever, which were basically just cartoon clips linked together, and you had to do the right joystick/button thing to keep them going. It had a Japanimation look, I think a spy theme, and the only clip I definitely remember was where you were driving this little car horizontally across a basically vertical cliff. I know that's not much to go on, but it's driving me nuts...
posted by gottabefunky at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

DIY Car Amp

My car stereo was recently stolen. Since all I used it for was to route my mp3 player through the RCA in's, and since I've been kicking myself to start doing some DIY electronics projects, I'd like to make my own amp rather then buy a new stereo. What would I need to do this project myself? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 at 5:34 PM PST - 3 comments

My D70 takes fuzzy pictures!

I have noticed (and other people have commented that they have seen this too) that when I take pictures with my Nikon D70 I tend to get what seems to be a haze or fuzziness on the pictures. They are still crisp but have a diffused light feeling to them. I have tried several lenses as well as removing my uv filter and nothing seems to help. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? It is very frustrating… [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 5:03 PM PST - 28 comments

Double your money

Are there any matching-gift channels to make a Red Cross donation for persons who do not have employer-match? This is obviously a propos to Katrina, but I am also interested to learn if there may be permanent programs of this sort.
posted by mwhybark at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you make love last?

How do you make love last?
posted by PenguinBukkake at 4:21 PM PST - 31 comments

Is multi-level-marketing always a scam?

Is multi-level-marketing (MLM) always a scam? Should I dissuade someone from becoming a distributor? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 4:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Miso confused

Recipe for miso soup wanted! Must be tried and true and fixable with ingredients available in the U.S. (or on the 'Net.) It's not as easy as it seems, evidently... (T'anks!)
posted by Shane at 1:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Which 19-21" monitor should I buy?

What LCD monitor should I buy? This thread 6 months ago recommends the Dell UltraSharp 1905FP, which is about $383 right now. Is that still the best bang for my monitor bucks? I'm not a gamer, do a little web work but nothing hugely critical, and look at my computer screen for most of the day. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by barnone at 1:37 PM PST - 21 comments

Can PDAs or PocketPCs run regular windows programs?

Can Pocket PCs or Palm Pilots run regular programs written for windows? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 1:08 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I read on my vacation?

What should I read on my vacation? [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 11:54 AM PST - 21 comments

Houston to Houma

I work on Gulf of Mexico oil rigs and I got a call from my boss this morning saying my usual rig is up and running and they want me back tomorrow. I am supposed to get to Houma, LA to catch the chopper. [more inside]
posted by thatwhichfalls at 11:22 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I sync with my Motorola V3 Razr?

I just bought a too-cool-for-you Razr V3 from T-Mobile. I can get it to talk via Bluetooth (oh it routes through my laptop speakers, fancy) -- but I can't figure out how to transfer an MP3. Also is there a definitive community site that everyone goes to for ringtones, wallpapers, etc.? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:57 AM PST - 8 comments

How to deal with fees for Canadian checks?

Banking question: I have a small business in the US, I live in the US, I'm a US citizen. A number of my clients are in Canada. Everytime they send me a check, my local bank has to take a flat $10 out of it - even if its in US funds. Most of these checks are less than $50, so that's a pretty big hit. Apparently this $10 fee is not just my bank, but from their processor. I know I could ask my clients to pay in paypal, but a lot of them aren't set up to do it that way, and I'm reluctant to make them change. I emailed a canadian bank, thinking I'd just mail a deposit off once a month, and then every few months transfer funds, but I need to be there in person to set up the account. Do I just need to insist that clients use paypal? Are there other options I'm not thinking of? Any advice would be welcome.
posted by korej at 10:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Identifying slang

Identify that slang! "Gribnodes" used to refer to snackfoods, particularly snackfoods that one serves in small bowls at a party, like nuts or chexmix. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments


Is it worth going to an allergist instead of my primary care doctor? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me with my gas problem.

GasFilter: How do I learn more about the quality of various gasoline brands? Also, how can I determine who supplies gasoline to a particular retailer? For example, is Speedway gasoline really the same as Sunoco gasoline (since Sunoco purchased them), or do they still use their own gas? How about the gas at my local Sam's club, or Jewel-Osco -- who supplies that gas to them?
posted by Merdryn at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I administer some mammal love?

I need sex advice! There's something I'd like to try but I'm not sure how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Can a master's degree be dusted off?

How do I go about getting adjunct prof/tutor/instructor jobs with aging, mostly unused credentials? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Quote About Government and Poverty

I'm trying to think of a famous quote. It says something like the best measure of government is how it treats its poor. I think it's famous, or maybe it's just a thought I've had so many times that it feels famous! No luck so far searching Google or the quote sites.
posted by abbyladybug at 8:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Donating clothing

I have 8 boxes of clothes that I'd like to donate to Hurricane Katrina evacueees. What's the best way to do so? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 8:15 AM PST - 11 comments

International Wine Dealer?

Does anybody know any good wine merchants in the UK that do international deliveries? Or good international wine merchants otherwise?
posted by Jongo at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Win2K Pro printer woes

Printer woes with Win2K [more inside]
posted by warbaby at 7:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Why traffic lights don't flash in the wee hours.

Traffic lights no longer flash in the wee hours. Why? [more inside]
posted by cincidog at 7:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Organizing music on a computer

How do you organize your music on your computer? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 6:32 AM PST - 31 comments


At what point is it normal to stop incorporating images, places and people from your early teenage and high school years into your dreams on a nightly basis? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 4:21 AM PST - 16 comments

hot-swap query

Hot-swap question, PCs to Macs and vice-versa... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 2:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find this artist please!

Does anyone know this artist's website? I've forgotten it [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 1:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Tragic vacation deaths narrowly avoided?

If two people sleep overnight in the trunk of a brand new sedan, could they suffocate? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 1:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Dreamweaver locks up on color picker

Suddenly, Dreamweaver MX (version 6, not MX2004) is getting stuck whenever I (Mac OS X Panther 10.3.9) try to use the color picker. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto at 12:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Do you lend books or tools?

Do you lend your tools? Or books? If so, what tricks do you use to get them back? [more inside]
posted by kk at 12:31 AM PST - 33 comments

September 4

I want dialup access to the internet via my cable modem connection at home, more or less rolling my own ISP...

I have a Mac at home running 10.3.9. I would like to plug a telephone line into the modem port and be able to call in to it while I'm on the road using my laptop. I don't need or want access to the files, I don't want or need to see the Tibook's screen, or control the computer at home. I just want dialup access to the internet via my cable modem connection at home, more or less rolling my own ISP. Is this possible? If not with my Mac, what about one of those AirPorts? I heard some of them have modems but some of them don't, anyone else doing anything like this? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 10:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Can you fix my Sony Memory Stick?

Is there any way to retrieve data from a Sony Memory Stick that has inexplicably become unreadable? [more inside]
posted by shinnin at 9:52 PM PST - 7 comments

How to convert a drawn waveform into a sound file?

A friend of mine is looking for an application (Windows XP preferred, but other platforms might work) that will allow him to freeform draw a sound wave, and have it exported as an AIFF of WAV. Does anyone know of such a utility?
posted by jammer at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Eau Claire Bears hat

Where can I get an Eau Claire Bears hat like the one Hank Aaron had on the cover of A Summer Up North?
posted by dial-tone at 8:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do German cars use lug BOLTS instead of lug NUTS?

Why do most European cars use lug BOLTS to secure a wheel to a car as opposed to lug NUTS as in most American and Japanese cars? Is there an advantage or disadvantage? I have a VW and recently had a heck of a time getting bolts to fit my aftermarket seems that you can get all the nuts you want though in PepBoys... THANKS! [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 at 8:35 PM PST - 13 comments

SCOTUS: Promote from inside?

Is there a reason one of the existing Supreme Court justices isn't "promoted" to Chief Justice? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 8:10 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I find the AV receiver I want?

Home Theater Component search - I'm trying to find components with features that I want, which apparently bear little or no relation to what the major resellers and search engines provide. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 6:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Advice for a first-time road biker?

What is your advice for a first-time road biker? [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 2:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Alcohol tolerance vs. BAC

What is the relationship between alcohol tolerance and blood-alcohol concentration? Is there any? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 1:26 PM PST - 6 comments

fish help?

My roommate got a goldfish as a prize from some stupid on-campus contest and is keeping it in a bowl and not taking good care of it. I want to help it but I don't have the money to fork out for a tank or anything like that, so what can I do with it?
posted by invitapriore at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

I need a License to Drive

What's the best driving school in Chicago for me? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

(not) Harry Potter and the black art of TCP/IP.

I have a Wireless Ethernet bridge which I have connected to a PC via an ethernet cross-over cable. This is working fine in terms of allowing access to the wireless network I can browse the net from the PC etc. with no problem. The problem comes when I try to ping this PC behind the wireless bridge from another PC. My other PC's on the network simply refuse to see it - all PC's are connected to the same wireless network and have no problem seeing each other except the PC connected via the wireless ethernet bridge. All PC's are in the same Windows XP workgroup and indeed in the workgroup the bridged PC can be seen in the network neighborhood by all the other PC's with no problems but cannot ping it or access it via TCP/IP etc. All PC's are in the same subnet - mask is All PC's are configured to have the default gateway of the Router - All IP Addresses are static as well. What am I doing wrong here or will the wireless bridge effectively hide the second PC from any other PC's on the network - clearly not an acceptable situation. I'm 99% certain this is not a firewall issue either as the second PC can see other PC's on the network with ease. I'm going slowly mad over this so any help gratefully received. TIA, Matt
posted by empedia at 11:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Can John Roberts be nominated as Chief Justice?

Can President Bush nominate John Roberts for Chief Justice? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot at 8:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Why leave just one shoe behind?

Abandoned shoes: why is there always just one? [more inside]
posted by keijo at 8:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Who invented the disco ball?

Who invented the disco ball?
posted by ootsocsid at 6:05 AM PST - 11 comments

John Wayne's opinion of Native Americans.

John Wayne's opinion of Native Americans. Did John Wayne say that, regarding Native Americans, "I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves"? And, if so, where did he say this? [more inside]
posted by lumiere at 5:55 AM PST - 18 comments

GeForce 6600 or a Radeon X700?

I have my eye on a new computer. I have the choice between including a 256Mb GeForce 6600 or a 256Mb Radeon X700. For an avid gamer, I have no idea if the latter is worth the extra £50. Is it?
posted by nthdegx at 5:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Shall We Play A Game?

I need some new games. [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy at 2:52 AM PST - 30 comments

September 3

dressing like a grown-up

Fashion-eye for the middle-aged guy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 PM PST - 22 comments

IMF, World bank book rec.

Anyone care to recommend a well written book or documentary about the IMF and World Bank written for a non-economist? [more inside]
posted by mert at 11:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Finance and Buget

Where is all my money going? Does anyone have any clever financing/budgeting tips. [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 9:50 PM PST - 19 comments

How did the New Orleans cemeteries fare through Hurricane Katrina?

Amid the original concerns about a Cat 3 or higher hurricane hitting New Orleans was the above-ground cemetery circumstances in the city. I'm not sure this thread could be any more ghoulish than what the status quo is but, has anyone heard anything about the status of the cemeteries in New Orleans?
posted by Jazznoisehere at 7:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Where did the music go?

The moderated mp3 portal site - (Stairway to Heaven) suddenly became a porn site a few days ago. Anyone know what's going on?
posted by davebush at 6:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Come on baby light my bulb

Help me name and find an electronic component [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 6:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Tire pressure while towing a small trailer

I am going on a trip tomorrow, and taking my friend's small tent trailer. I have been told that you need to adjust your pressure when towing, but my tires do not have any indication on them of what this should be. Is it higher or lower? By how much generally... 20psi, 10psi? Any help would be appreciated.
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 5:42 PM PST - 12 comments

a properly sized binder?

A three-ring binder for 8.5x11 paper that isn't unnecessarily wide? [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you solve a problem like...

What should my friend do with his new gun? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 4:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Housing Coops in Portland

Could someone point me in the right direction to find out about any housing coops in Portland, Oregon? I've done the requisite Google search, and all I seem to be finding looks more like commune than coop. [more inside]
posted by medea42 at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Difference between $1 bill or a $100 bill!

How does a blind person know the difference between any american bank notes? For example the difference between $1 bill or a $100 bill? [more inside]
posted by spooksie at 2:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Sound distortion in Windows XP

Sound distortion on Windows XP [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 2:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Configuring the Treo speakerphone to always be on?

Is there a way to set the Treo 600/650 speakerphone to always be on instead of having to activate it for each call? Third-party commercial apps are just fine, if that's what it takes.
posted by Caviar at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Copyright vs Copyleft

Second year law student wants to write a paper about alternatives to traditional copyright, i.e. copyleft, creative commons. [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a shipping container?

Many schemes for making a house out of one or more shipping containers have been proposed, but if I wanted to buy them in small quantities (one or two), how would I go about doing so?
posted by phrontist at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

New Orleans is a port. Why not evacuate it by boat?

New Orleans is a port. Why not evacuate it by boat?
posted by timeistight at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Moving to Phoenix

We are relocating to Phoenix from El Paso. We would like suggestions about where to hunt for a home. [more inside]
posted by bobduckles at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Evolutionary debate

I'm looking for some blogs/websites/fora where ID/Creationists & evolutionary scientists debate each other without rancour, preferably responding also to readers comments & questions. Know any?
posted by dash_slot- at 11:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Vitruvian Man clip art?

Anyone know where I can find a print quality (near 300 dpi) source of Da Vinci's "Vitruvian-Man" that can fill an 11 X17 poster? Baring THAT, does anyone know of a site that has print quality downloads of famous arts works that are in the public domain?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Filtering N.O. floodwater?

Would a consumer-grade water filter (e.g. a Brita pitcher) be sufficient to make the floodwater in New Orleans safe to drink?
posted by jjg at 11:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Riverboat casinos?

Riverboat gambling and Katrina? [more inside]
posted by jca at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Missing Web Site

My girlfriend's computer (to which I am networked) can't access her own web site since yesterday. Called friends, they can still see her site, and her hostserver says there is no problem on their side. We don't have any firewall up, and Norton Antivirus has never been a problem... [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 10:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Best practices for photo archive scanning?

I'm embarking on the task of archiving my family's collection of several thousand images, from prints, negatives of all sizes, slides and the odd tinplate. I've got what I feel is a good film/slide scanner (Nikon SuperCoolscan 9000 ED) and a half-decent flatbed scanner (Epson Perfection 1650 Photo), and I'm using VueScan on Mac OS X. I've read some of the other AskMeFi posts on similar projects, and I still have three questions about advice for making these the best digital archives they can be, specifically on colorspace, calibration and large negatives (and any other advice welcome): [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

What do I do with all this damn basil?

What do I do with all this fresh basil? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 9:46 AM PST - 24 comments

Seeking classy spice storage ideas.

What's the best system to store spices that is neat, allows for easy identification, doesn't use up a lot of space, and is elegant? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 7:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Firefox page scaling?

Firefox filter: I like Firefox but everything looks tiny on my high res laptop screen. Is there a trick to make it "fit to window" like Opera does? [more inside]
posted by HK10036 at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Motorbike touring

I'm thinking about putting around Vietnam on a motorbike for a month or so, starting in a week. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Cape Hatteras Feedback Wanted

I'm seeking a new locale for a family beach reunion, and thinking of Cape Hatteras, but have some concerns about shoreline/water safety... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 5:20 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I get my speakers and printer to work?

Remember The Magical "Clean Boot?" Well, it messed up my computer. [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 3:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Start a new yard

My back yard sucks. I need help growing some grass back there. [more inside]
posted by ajpresto at 2:52 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the best web host to (cheaply) serve JSP/MySQL?

What is the best web host to (cheaply) serve JSP/MySQL? [more inside]
posted by moift at 1:35 AM PST - 3 comments

September 2

Steam iron that doesn't spit

Recommend a steam iron that doesn't spit and leak. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 10:57 PM PST - 6 comments

historical documents sri lanka, ceylon, colombo

I'm working with some folks on a theater piece and we need visual references for historical Sri Lankan / Colombo / Ceylon documents. In particular, land use maps, government documents for marriage, property, etc. [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 10:26 PM PST - 2 comments

putting up katrina refugees

We have extra room in our house and like many others, we're thinking about taking in Katrina refugees. [more inside]
posted by luser at 10:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Maine Lobster Rolls

I'm heading up to the coast of Maine from Boston and want to know the best places to eat lobster rolls. Where can I get the most bang for my "lobster bucks" and without a ton of mayo & filler?
posted by thebarron at 10:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Multiplexing a bitstream for recording.

Multiplexing a digital signal, via TDM or otherwise, for recording equipment. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 10:08 PM PST - 4 comments

View Menu Default Change?

Windows XP: I would love when I go to 'Open' a file in an application of any kind if the 'View Menu' defaulted to 'Detail' and included 'Date Created'. I can change this every time by hand, but the changes never persist, even within the same session, and I can't find a global default change. Is there one? It seems like there should be. Thank you.
posted by umberto at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Live news feeds

Where can I get live news feeds online (CNN, MSNBC, etc.)? I'm not in the US now and don't have cable TV, so the internet is my only way to get news. I want to get more NOLA coverage.
posted by zardoz at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

"He's making it up as he goes along!"

Why is google spidering specific but non-existent pages on my blog? [more inside]
posted by benzo8 at 8:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Cost of Ethanol Production

How much energy from oil goes into the production of 1 gallon of ethanol? References would be appreciated.
posted by Raybun at 6:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Throttling Windows

I used to have this great Windows freeware that allowed you to pause and throttle copying and moving commands, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by hoborg at 5:24 PM PST - 7 comments

What your favorite stress-ball/stress-toy ever?

What your favorite stress-ball/stress-toy ever? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 5:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Is canned tuna raw?

I am ashamed to ask this but here goes: Is canned tuna fish raw? Slowly baked in massive conveyor belt ovens? Or is it smoked slightly, what's the deal?
posted by undule at 5:23 PM PST - 6 comments


Soupfilter: I just made the most fan-F***ing-tabulous soup in the history of mankind. Of course, no one else was around to taste it. [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 5:15 PM PST - 16 comments

When should I buy a new car?

When should I stop spending money on my car and buy a new(er) vehicle? [more inside]
posted by nmiell at 4:52 PM PST - 8 comments

The Sennheiser earbuds that came with my MP3 player are uncomfortable.

My MP3 player came with a pair of earbuds, the kind that basically look like tiny headphones with foam covers and sit in the cleft of the ear right in front of the canal. The sound is terrific, but I find them uncomfortable for periods of time over 40 minutes or so, and usually end up switching to a more comfortable pair of overear phones that don't get quite as good sound. Do you have any tips for making these more comfortable? Are my ears just the wrong shape?
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 3:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Meeting at Melpensa airport?

Where to meet friends at Malpensa airport, Milan, Italy? [more inside]
posted by smellycheese at 2:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Business cards, ASAP and stat.

I need a thousand four-color business cards by the end of the day, Tuesday the 6th. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 2:08 PM PST - 15 comments

raw power

why don't we eat raw meat like animals? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 1:28 PM PST - 34 comments

More people throwing trash from car windows?

CigaretteFilter -- Lately I notice a LOT more pig-people throwing cigarette butts and other trash from their car windows. Is it just me noticing? If not, WTF?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 1:15 PM PST - 26 comments


I've noticed lately a lot of people with a curious pronunciation tic that involves words with "str" in them. They will seemingly add a kind of 'h' sound, so that street sounds like "shhtreet," rather than street. Has anybody else noticed this, and any ideas where it comes from and why it seems to be gaining ascendancy? I thought it might be an East Coast thing, but I'm not sure...
posted by jgballard at 1:03 PM PST - 35 comments

Piercing. Chicago.

What places in Chicago do ear and/or body piercing? The list I get from Google is all in the suburbs. Surely there's someplace to go in the city proper.
posted by keatsandyeats at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Disaster Boon For Termites?

The Formosan Termites apparently like moist, hot conditions. Does anybody know if the waterlogged conditions in New Orleans will lead to an explosion in their numbers? [more inside]
posted by meehawl at 10:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you organize photos?

What do you do with all your photos? I have years of printed photos (pre-digital camera) that I'm slowly getting into albums, and a year or more of digital photos that are dumped on my computer but not organized. [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Accountant breach of confidentiality

What do you do when your (ex) accountant has breached confidentiality? Is there a place you can report them? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 9:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheney, too.

Can Bush be forced to resign? Criminal incompetence is probably not an impeachable offense, but something has to be done about Bush. I'd be interested in being part of a "Bush Must Resign" movement, but absent the threat of impeachment, what kind of pressure could be put on him? Can anyone think of another country, with a system similar to the US, where the leader was forced out without revolution?
posted by barjo at 9:09 AM PST - 34 comments

Defragging My Hard Drive

Help me defrag my hard drive! I haven't defragmented it in a long time, and now it just won't work. [more inside]
posted by MrZero at 8:43 AM PST - 19 comments

DatabaseFilter: Linked tables

Database 101... I have two tables, with one common field, an ID number. One table has many more records than the other. How can I tell which records in the 'big' table are also in the 'small' table? [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

G3 Tower DIY

DIY: What can I do with an old G3 tower computer (or maybe a couple). I'm thinking maybe a file server or a web server. Any other neat ideas???
posted by Napierzaza at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Books on physics, math.

What is a good book for beginning physics? [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 8:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does my NOKIA 6820 say that some SMS are Unreadable?

Why does my NOKIA 6820 say that some SMS are Unreadable? When I receive SMS from some phones, the phone says that it cannot show the message, or that the message is unreadable. [more inside]
posted by Manouk at 7:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Want better info about Katrina

Is there a blog collecting updates about the Katrina Disaster? Where are you getting your info? Not just news agency stories and pics, but first hand accounts. [more inside]
posted by mudhouse at 7:23 AM PST - 10 comments

pulled muscle

Pulled Muscle, ouch, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 6:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me get the jobs that aren't advertised

Help me get the jobs that aren't advertised. [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 5:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Open Links in full windows...

Recently my PC has started opening links in smaller (25% of the screen) windows which I have to drag larger. Anyone know how to get it back to opening in full screen windows? I have WinXP and IE6....
posted by keep it tight at 5:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Shared iTunes on an ad-hoc WiFi network

Can you share iTunes Music Libraries over an ad-hoc (computer to computer) network? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 2:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Gang Music

What are some examples of a particular type of music being associated with a gang or criminal subculture? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 2:41 AM PST - 30 comments

Can I have my e-mail forwarded and then reply from the original To address?

I recently started forwarding my e-mail from my university account to GMail. I read it in Thunderbird and when I reply, it replies from my GMail account, since that's the one it was most recently sent to. Can I make the reply come from my school account by default? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 12:36 AM PST - 8 comments

amazing interview with Ray Nagin - where is it?

I am looking for a recording of a recent radio interview with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on radio with WWL's Garland Robinette. The interview took place sometime around 6 or 6:30 am UTC (- or roughly a half hour to an hour ago as I am posting this), and is the most amazing thing I've ever heard from a politician. Some quick-on-the-draw person must have recorded it. [more inside]
posted by taz at 12:17 AM PST - 41 comments

September 1

Simple wiki code?

I'm interested in creating a simple Wiki for family members affected by Hurricane Katrina. [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 11:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I have to pay for something I bought through BidPay but never received?

CollectionAgencyFilter: I bought an item on eBay in July and paid with my Visa debit card using BidPay. When it became clear that the seller was a scammer and wasn't going to deliver, I contacted my bank and they issued a chargeback on BidPay, and I got my money back. Today I received a somewhat threatening email from BidPay saying that I still owe them the full amount, and if I don't pay they're going to sic a collection agency on me. Do I have to pay it? [more inside]
posted by reflexed at 10:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I improve the quality of my wireless connection?

Wireless troubles- I have a Belkin wireless router at home hooked up to a cable connection. Most of the time the system works great, but every couple of hours (approximately-it's unpredictable) the network will just disappear; no internet connection, and the network is not visible in my internet connect utility. This happens with my Mac Powerbook as well as my wife's PC. The connection returns after a while- maybe 5-10 minutes or so. Sometimes I try unplugging then re-plugging in the cable modem and the router. This seems to work sometimes, but sometimes not. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 8:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Portuguese translator for Palm OS

The kid's babysitter is a foreign exchange student from the US to Brazil this year and needs a English < -> Portuguese translator for the Palm OS. [more inside]
posted by justlisa at 7:49 PM PST - 2 comments

Why should ancient foreigners speak ancient English?

Why is the dialogue in Rome all in quasi-Shakespearean English? [more inside]
posted by skryche at 7:37 PM PST - 36 comments

How often does Bush give speeches to the general public?

Anyone know where I could find the numbers relating to how often Bush gives speeches in front of the conservative choir (i.e., right-wing and/or fundraising groups) AND Military audiences VERSUS, say, actual "public" speeches to regular folks? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla at 7:16 PM PST - 7 comments

'Powerful Katrina' indeed...

The hurricane has my mother remembering a saying from back in the 1930s or 1940s. She says men who were trying to show off their muscles (flexing, striking a pose) would commonly say "Powerful Katrina!" Somewhat in the way I guess we might make a Popeye joke. Try Googling "Powerful Katrina" today of course and I get only hurricane news. Does anyone know: Is the phrase from an old comic strip, radio show, an opera, or did my mom dream the whole thing?
posted by GaelFC at 7:08 PM PST - 8 comments

New Boss Same as Old Boss?

The Fortune 500 company that I work for has been bought by a Fortune 100 company. I am in IT. "Efficiency Experts" sent from our new company will be interviewing us soon. What is the most effective way to respond during the interview to both keep my job, and advance my position? I'm not sure a Peter Gibbions 'Office Space' attitude is the right approach but... (MI) [more inside]
posted by HyperBlue at 7:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Advice on 5 year old's behavioral issues?

Advice wanted on how to use a carrot (instead of a stick) to reduce a bunch of very frustrating behavioral issues with our 5 year old... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I ground it myself?

Is there a safe, easy way to ground a household outlet? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert at 3:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Locator Car Device

I understand that there is a new cell phone with an embedded chip that can assist parents locate their children. The cell phone works with GPS, an ID Chip, and a Microsoft program. The cell phone costs approximately $100.00. Is there an inexpensive locator device (other than LoJak which is rather pricey) that can locate a car if stolen?
posted by Mckoan1 at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

What TV commercial is this?

AdFilter: Can anyone identify this TV ad that ran a few years back? A young man is packing up his car for college and his father is there saying goodbye. Very emotional. The mother is noticeably absent. The father goes inside to find the mother--not sad as expected--excitedly measuring up the son's room for a new hot tub that she's going to install. Can anyone tell me the company and/or a place where I could download the ad? Thanks.
posted by thejimp at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

resume writing software?

Looking for a good resume writing tool...any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by alball at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

How many gallons does the average gas station's underground gas tank hold?

How many gallons does the average gas station's underground gas tank hold? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 3:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to start with Talking Heads?

I don't have any Talking Heads albums. I should. Where do I start? What's the best? What should I avoid?
posted by punishinglemur at 2:54 PM PST - 39 comments

Get my hands away from my face so I don't get sick so often!

Nose scratching, Face scratching, Nose Picking, Teeth picking, Eye rubbing: Get my hands away from my face. I'd like to not get sick quite as often, and I've noticed I have a few unsavory habits that probably have gotten me sick a number of times. How do I keep my hands away from my face permanently?
posted by sirion at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Why would one snipe a medical convoy?

KatrinaFilter: I don't understand most kinds of violence, but seldom am I as baffled as in this case: why would one fire at a medical convoy performing rescue work, as has reportedly happened in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:09 PM PST - 44 comments

Camping and hiking in Ely

What's there to do in the area around Ely, MN, that doesn't involve paddling? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Advise on honeymoon destinations.

We're looking for places to honeymoon, probably next year, and possibly 2007. [more inside]
posted by rocketman at 1:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Automatic Image-Chopper?

I need an automated way to slice 'n' dice some images into regularly sized chunks. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

RV Rental?

Partyfilter: RV for use as a dressing room and toilet facilities... [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Layers in Powerpoint?

Is there a way to work with layers in Powerpoint, similar to Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by undertone at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I get CDW and such on a rental car in Europe?

Should I get CDW and similar insurance on a rental car in Europe? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 11:54 AM PST - 6 comments

It causes physical pain to fill up with gas.

For those who have no choice but to drive a car, what kind of tips can help save on the gasoline usage? [more inside]
posted by striker at 11:45 AM PST - 31 comments

A decent, inexpensive red wine?

A decent, inexpensive red wine? [more inside]
posted by verytres at 11:44 AM PST - 40 comments

How much to tip at spa?

Spa tipping? We're staying at a spa soon for our honeymoon, and have paid for a package that includes several spa treatments. [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Make lynx stop trying to open tar.gz files

It used to be the case that when using lynx (from linux) if I browsed to a tar.gz file, it would ask me where I wanted to save the file. In recent versions, lynx seems to have changed its behavior. Now it attempts to open the tar.gz file... which seems really stupid. How can I make it go back to the old behavior? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Calculating square footage for a patio project

I'm working on a patio project at home, and I'm trying to calculate the square footage of an area that's in the shape of an irregular pentagram. It's about 19ft 6 inches long at it's base, and then has measurements of 70", 93", 43", and 16ft (192in). Is there a utility online I can use to calculate this area, or possibly a feature in Visio that I can use to do this with? Many thanks in advance for any time you take to post.
posted by DCTapeworm at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Visits to Deserted Cities?

What happened the last time a city was evacuated? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 10:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is beer more expensive than petrol?

Why is beer more expensive than petrol? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Can someone point me towards a GUI noise generator for the mac?

Can someone point me towards a GUI noise generator for the mac? [more inside]
posted by snarfodox at 10:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Updating, Editing, and Archiving Parts of a Webpage

What type of content management system can I use to update small parts of an existing page? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

good laptop soundcard for home recording?

Help me pick the right laptop sound card for home recording! [more inside]
posted by cortex at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How much oil is in a barrel?

How many gallons of oil are in a barrel? Really, what I want to know: How many gallons of gasoline can be distilled from that barrel of oil? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon at 9:31 AM PST - 20 comments

Mudbutt: What causes it and how can I get rid of it?

Mudbutt: What causes it and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Anbody know of remedies/cures for prostatitis and other prostate problems?

I have had a serious long term problem with my prostate, with predictable results not only on my sex life but on almost every aspect of my life. I have gone to a variety of specialists, none of whom seem to have an answer. I have had several courses of antibiotics and been put on Flomax, which has helped, but still leaves a lot of room for improvement. A naturopath was able to help quite a bit, with various natural remedies, but while the pain has gone away, I have little sexual feeling and sometimes have great difficulty achieving orgasm. I have searched the internet without much success and tried to learn as much as possible about various problems with the prostate, such as chronic prostatitis, but have not found anything very useful. Any information and advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me with my son

My eight year old son is behaving sexually at school and at camp. I feel that it's too early for the birds and bees talk. But he has been in trouble. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 37 comments

overcoming obstacles filter

My brother-in-law's sister has a beautiful six month old baby that was recently diagnosed as blind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Military personnel on civilian flights?

At Dallas-Fort Worth airport the other day, I saw dozens and dozens of Army soldiers. Presumably, they were about to ship over to Iraq (everyone was in desert gear, families were there, etc.). Were these soldiers traveling via commercial airliners? Aren't there military transport aircraft for that?
posted by Chrysostom at 9:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Carribbean travel advice

Travel advice for the Carribbean this fall: all-inclusives, villas, hotels, etc. Too many choices! [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Where did go?

I was looking for some coding ideas the other day, and I remembered But it's gone! The internet archive doesn't have the any of the entries. The original site of the movement seems to be abandoned as well. Is there another place I could find the entries?
posted by bigmusic at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Good inexpensive home telephone headset?

Can anyone recommend a decent inexpensive telephone headset for home use? [more inside]
posted by phrits at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Guy seeks small, non-dorky backpack for Powerbook

BackpackFilter: I'm looking for a specific type of backpack. Small profile (shouldn't stick out more than about 6in, holds between 1000-1600 cubic in). Clean design (doesn't have a million straps and buckles hanging off). Doesn't look corporatey/consultantish. Rectangular is better than bulbous. [more inside]
posted by 4easypayments at 8:24 AM PST - 19 comments

What should I do in St. Louis?

I was born in St. Louis, but I don't remember a thing about it (my parents moved when I was very young). Now, I'm going back. [more inside]
posted by jmevius at 8:05 AM PST - 18 comments

V3 Razr File Exchange

How can I transfer files to/from a Motorola V3 Razr and a new Powerbook if the Bluetooth File Exchange seemingly can't do it? It recognizes the phone, but can't see the internal structure of the phone's storage system. Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools has no Mac version. I can sync contacts and calendars with iSync and via Bluetooth, but I have a friend who has the same phone, but the inverse problem: he can transfer files with Bluetooth, but can't get the phone to sync contacts and calendars.
posted by Toolshed at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Absurd character-based comedy

I like tootpastefordinnger, Donald Barthelme, Russel Edson, and Monty Python & Kids in the Hall when they are reveling in pure absurdity (and not parody). What else would I like? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:14 AM PST - 38 comments

How do I stop harassing fax calls?

I just moved and got a new phone number that I'd rather not change. Twice every night at 4am, the phone rings and there's a fax machine on the other end. The caller ID shows "Unknown name, Unknown number." Besides leaving the phone off the hook or hooking up a fax machine (that I don't have), what can I do to stop these calls? [more inside]
posted by Gudlyf at 6:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Webinars & online training

Can anyone recommend best online seminar services? [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive at 5:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Plugged at the live nickel

What can I expect if I go to the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC)? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 4:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Email at Sea

How can you access the internet from a merchant navy ship via a laptop? [more inside]
posted by Leud at 3:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Recommend me books about ants, termites, Quakerism and black cowboys

Recommend me some books/articles about specific, somewhat esoteric, subjects. [more inside]
posted by xpermanentx at 3:33 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I deter Freebie seekers?

How do I reduce the number of `time wasters' requesting product samples through my website? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 1:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Portable PC screen

I spend a lot of time at the computer. Sometimes, I'd like to sit in a nice comfortable sofa, and still point and click. Does anyone know of a "portable screen" that shows exactly what's on the pc screen, but wireless? A bit like a tablet PC without the PC...
posted by wibbler at 12:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Restore selected files from backup? 2.5k selected files.

A while back I corrupted my MP3 collection, subtly at a really low level. I have a backup library, but it's old and contains lots of files I don't want in my main collection. Help. [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 12:02 AM PST - 7 comments