September 2007 Archives

September 30

Software for organizing images?

Where can I find image 'sorting' software (for OSX)? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 9:19 PM PST - 15 comments


Looking for books about destruction. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 9:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Spoil this crazy long book for me.

Where can I read the entire plot of Murakami's Wind up Bird Chronicle ? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How to grow a tree inside over winter?

How to buy a tree, raise it inside, and plant it with my grandmother in the springtime in memory of my grandfather? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

wings source of immortality

What is the origin of the idea that an angel who loses its wings becomes mortal? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 8:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Earning money on a web site

How can I make money from a web site besides ads? I don't really want to sell email addresses to spammers. [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 7:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Protecting/Encrypting Source Code

I have reason to be concerned that source code I am turning in for programming projects at school might be being burgled for the professor's own purposes. I would like to protect my code some way. I am thinking this is a great place for DRM to actually be useful. Anyone have experience with this? What are my options?
posted by jxpx777 at 7:39 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I get college freshmen to clean up after themselves?

How can I get college freshmen to clean up after themselves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 52 comments

He took the blue pill...

Is there a doctor in the house? Is the medication Trizivir used for ANYTHING other than to treat HIV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 65 comments

Messenger bag shop in NYC?

Where's the best place to check out and buy messenger bags in NYC? [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 7:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Life experience: how to?

I need life experience. But I haven't a clue where to start. [more inside]
posted by alexplainlater at 7:00 PM PST - 32 comments

Finding Old Car Parts

How does one effectively search for old auto parts? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Moving from Advertising to Web Development. What is the best route?

Moving from Advertising to Web Development. What is the best route? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Seeing the industrial and political landscape of the southwest

I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find this shoe!

nikeshoefilter: Where can I find this exact style and color of nike shoes? PLEASE help me find it!!! If you got skillzzz show me where! [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Feet 1 Socks 0

Does anyone make socks that last anymore? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 3:55 PM PST - 32 comments

Well-written memoirs and autobiographies

What are your favorite autobiographies? For the purposes of this discussion, I'm including "autobiographies" that were written collaboratively (like Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X) or that were straight up written by someone else (like Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas). The point is, the book is written from the point of view of the subject and it's (ostensibly at least) non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 3:19 PM PST - 57 comments

Types of part time jobs for a psychology student before applying to grad school

I'm presently completing a B.A. on Psychology (via distance learning) with the intentions of continuing towards a Masters in Clinical Social Work. I have a couple of questions: 1) I'm 42 years old and have done back to school as a career changer. I have a wife and daughter and need to work part time while I'm a full time student. Does anyone have any suggestions for work which might help with graduate schools looking at both my academic and work background? All of my previous work experience involves working with people, but not much similar to work a therapist would be engaged in (worked for last 8 years as a talent agent) 2) Does anyone know which cities offer the greatest potential for work as a clinical social worker as I hope to eventually open a private practice, but will work in hospital or mental health facility while gaining experience?
posted by bydar at 2:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How to handle a building manager?

How does my acquaintance who supplements her low income by cleaning seniors' apartments handle a building manager? [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Car warranty rights?

Car warranty rights? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Mmm... fizzy grape.

Racist stereotype filter: Do African-Americans really prefer grape soda? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 1:00 PM PST - 72 comments

New laptop with XP for under $500?

Is it possible to buy a new laptop for around $500 with Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

does whatever a spider pig does

spider pig, spider pig: where can I get the sheet music for piano and the choir libretto for this simpsons movie song? [more inside]
posted by meijusa at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Maybe I can proofread the website?

What is the best way for me - a gay man living in a country where I don't speak much of the language and where gay people are relatively repressed - to promote greater rights for gay people here? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 12:13 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I get my toddler to stop freaking out at bath time?

ToddlerFilter: Why did my 14 month old son go from absolutely loving to fearing and loathing bathtime? What can I do to get him to like taking baths again? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 12:12 PM PST - 19 comments

Best vacuum for small apartment

Best vacuum cleaner for small apartment? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Actuary or Lawyer. Why not both?

Actuary or Lawyer. Why not both? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 11:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for things to do with 2-3 year olds in the Canton/Akron, Ohio area.

Looking for things to do with 2-3 year olds in the Canton/Akron, Ohio area. [more inside]
posted by crios at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

whose responsibility is it anyway?

Person A forgets to empty pockets of his/her jeans before laundry day. Person B forgets to check pockets of clothes before washing them. Item C in Person A's pockets is ruined. Who's at fault? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:43 AM PST - 66 comments

Phone tapping

Paranoia filter: is there a way to see if one's phone line is tapped, without calling the phone company and asking them to come look? I live in an apartment building in Brooklyn and have access to the phone cables outside the building. I'm not particularly paranoid, but I'm having a dispute with the landlord and I wouldn't put this past him.
posted by Ollie at 10:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get Leisure Suit Larry scripts?

Is there anywhere online (or in book form, if necessary) that I could get the scripts for the Leisure Suit Larry games, specifically the first one?
posted by mdbell79 at 9:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Acting without doing SOUNDS good, but...

What's the deal with Quicksilver? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 8:44 AM PST - 40 comments

Am I screwed?

yet another Roommatefilter: Subletter informed us yesterday that she would not be staying for October. Problem- she had not planned on paying for it. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 8:04 AM PST - 44 comments


I'm looking for a free service (in the USA) that will forward text messages or SMS to my email account. (What can I say... I'm home working on my computer far, far more often than I am out and about with my cell, and my cell gets horrible reception here at home!) Thanks for any and all help!!
posted by Misciel at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

It's the way to go...

A few friends have started a Go Club at our school (we meet weekly, and we want to raise attendance at these meetings). We've introduced a fair number of people to the game personally, but now we're looking to introduce the general public (university and otherwise) to the game and club. I think flyering is the obvious first step, and I'm looking for advice on that and other promotional tips. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 6:57 AM PST - 8 comments


Here's another question about Brita Water Filters. Presumably the efficiciency of the cartridges is affected by the amount of water they filter as well as the length of time they are in place? In which case, how many litres would one cartridge safely cope with? And is there really a maximum time required before changing it?
posted by ikp at 6:35 AM PST - 10 comments

USB 2.0 PCMCIA cards, Mac G4 Laptop

USB 2.0 PCMCIA cards on a Mac G4 Aluminum Laptop: Does the card brand matter? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:23 AM PST - 0 comments

Eventually I got tired explaining

What steps can I personally take over the next year to help abolish the electoral system and move to a popular vote for the president? (Live in Brooklyn, don't want to attend a ton of meetings, can donate $50-$100 to charity. Bonus points if I don't end up helping a specific candidate.)
posted by whitewall at 6:08 AM PST - 16 comments

how to work constructively with a domineering classmate?

[Shy student filter]: how to work constructively with a domineering classmate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM PST - 11 comments

How to regain weight lost through misery?

Help a broken-hearted bloke gain back some of the weight I've lost due to breakup-related depression. [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul at 5:31 AM PST - 20 comments

What's going on in San Jose this week? How 'bout the week after?

Looking for an event guide for San Jose! [more inside]
posted by TwoWordReview at 2:00 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I keep a web-based running schedule?

I'm looking for a (preferably web-based) method of planning/calculating my work schedule. [more inside]
posted by Becko at 1:05 AM PST - 2 comments

September 29

Now I Know How Simone Warne Must Have Felt.

Is my fiancée cheating on me, or is this simply a case of a wrong number at the wrong time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 PM PST - 144 comments

Lost Japanese Music Video

MTV used to have a show called "Earth to MTV" where they showed videos from foreign countries. On it, I would swear I saw a japanese video by a gorup called the "Barbie Boys". The song was called "Norma Jean". [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 9:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there something like for theater posters (musicals and plays)?

Is there something like for theater posters (musicals and plays)?
posted by jstruan at 8:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Extremely minimal workout

My question is pretty simple. Is it possible to get definition and tone using only push-ups and crunches? I cycle everyday for cardio (and practicality), but I'm looking to work my upper body more without investing in a gym membership or weights. Basically I'm looking for a good toning/muscle-building workout using nothing other than my own body. If this is possible, does anyone have some good routines to suggest?
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 8:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Wedding attire advice needed

What is appropriate for a woman to wear to a daytime black tie wedding, where the ceremony is at a Catholic church? The day-time and church elements are throwing me, so if you have any advice please offer it! [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 7:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Thoughts on ribs showing in dog? (read full post before freaking out!)

So i'm trying to solicit some unbiased thoughts and opinions on the subject. A lab mix - probably greyhound or wippet, maybe even dalmatian, with some ribs showing, slight backbone showing, and super muscular. Dog is very active, hikes and runs, climbs 14,000 mountains in colorado, etc - all with no problem. Eats usually 2 to 3 cups of quality dog food, lately part raw too - on more active day will get slightly more food. Healthy or not? I know general consensus is you should be able to feel ribs but not see, but should that really apply across the board?
posted by joshgray at 7:35 PM PST - 23 comments

How to explain self-inflicted scars to co-workers?

What can I say when people ask about my self-inflicted scars? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 6:59 PM PST - 65 comments

Help me identify a mystery radio station near Seattle/Victoria/Vancouver.

Help me identify a great French-language radio station I heard broadcasting near Seattle, WA, or Victoria or Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me keep my kids busy

I will be spending the day in White Plains, New York, and I'm looking for some activities for my 3&4 year old kids. Anyone know of an online resource that could help, or perhaps familiar with the area?
posted by curiocity at 6:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Research topic to impress job interviewer

What research topic should I do if I want to impress a future job interviewer to get into technical/business consulting or even project management sometime down the track? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 6:11 PM PST - 8 comments

How can someone tell if he's cut out for medical school?

How can someone tell if he's cut out for medical school? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:02 PM PST - 11 comments

So can I have your number?

[Inane and impossible to answer dating question filter] Why don't boys call? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 5:30 PM PST - 72 comments

I'm tiling without a clue. God help me.

Tiling emergency: I have no idea how to glue this specialty tile on my shower wall [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 5:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it hygenically safe to wear pre-loved open-ear headphones (like a pair bought from eBay)?

Is it hygenically safe to wear pre-loved open-ear headphones (like a pair bought from eBay)? [more inside]
posted by katala at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me help users identify themselves properly to mysql

How do I pass this password in the correct form to MySQL? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 4:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Recommend a cock ring

Please recommend a cock ring! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my Blackberry to read my SIM contacts?

Help me get my new Blackberry Pearl to read the contacts on my old SIM card [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 3:59 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I take down these telemarketers?

Please help me take action against an unidentified automated telemarketer! [more inside]
posted by anodyne- at 3:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Dance track track down

Help me find this dance track that's been taunting me for years... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Pull My Noodle!

Asking for the boyfriend, who lives in the San Diego area: If I wanted to learn how to make hand pulled noodles (as seen in these videos) where would I go? I'm willing to travel as far as Los Angeles area, and depending whether it was affordable, willing pay to learn the technique.
posted by saturnine at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Contractor or Friend, Pick Your Poison

Diplomacy Filter: How can I tell my aquaintence/contractor/fellow club member that he overcharged me for some home repairs. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Exercise, heart rate, & calories burned

Questions about exercise, heart rate, and estimating calories burned. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me resolve this mess I made for myself at work.

Please help me resolve this mess I made for myself at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 5 comments

real estate broker PITA

The real estate broker for our condo is a we have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 1:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Shaving My Head in Solidarity with the Monks in Burma

I need some advice on creating a movement of people who shave their head in support of the monks of Burma. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 12:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Primary source info on driving habits?

I'm trying to find statistics on driving in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

New good-looking cordless and 5.8Ghz around 802.11n

We need a new (stylish) cordless phone for our house that will work around Apple's new Airport Extreme. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Old footage

Is older sports footage deliberately made to look old? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 12:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Camera Control

How can I control my Olympus E500 with my mac? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 11:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Dick Tracy Hipster PDA

I need a way to keep my short, paper todo list in my face. Something like a luggage tag that I could wear like a wrist band, so I could glance down and see my four tasks for the day. What else might work? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 11:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Looking for short stories.

I'd like to read some short story collections that have the same feel as movies like "Lost in Translation" and "The Station Agent." I guess "introspective" is the key word. All recommendations will be much appreciated.
posted by davebush at 11:16 AM PST - 17 comments

osx software for circuit schematics

What software can I use to draw circuit diagrams in OS X? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Using Your Library

LibraryFilter: What helps / hinders you in your use of the public library? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 10:26 AM PST - 77 comments

Help me identify the best song I've EVER heard

I was in a cab yesterday and I heard the last minute or two of a song on the radio. Very ostentatious and psychedelic, kind of Tomorrow Never Knows-ish, with loads of overdubbed organ bits and INSANE drums (played in a style that leaned more towards jazz than rock)... [more inside]
posted by incomple at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Probably shouldn't be watching it anyway...

So I'm watching Veronica Mars reruns on my TV a couple nights ago and all of a sudden the audio goes and all I get is a staticky type sound. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 9:38 AM PST - 2 comments

How quickly can you lose you ability to run?

Am I losing muscle? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

What do you call the plastic sheet underneath the front of a car?

What would an auto parts website call the flexible sheet of plastic bolted underneath the front corners of a car, just in front of the wheel well? It looks easy to replace, but I don't know how to go about getting a replacement.
posted by boognish at 8:55 AM PST - 7 comments

neighborhood weblog HOWTO

I would like to start a neighborhood web log. Something vaguely resembling metafilter. I don't want to spend much money on it. Is there a prototype you would recommend? Where to put it? What kind of usage terms to post? &c.
posted by bukvich at 8:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Low-cost but effective laser hair removal in NYC?

Low-cost but effective laser hair removal in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Can you serve 2 bosses even if you don’t respect one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM PST - 3 comments

What can I really do about my ticket?

Canadianlawfilter: What to do about my ticket? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Analog Video Capture to Mac Webcam

I have a VHS-C camcorder and an eMac with USB 1.1 ports (firewire ports are broken) and I am curious if the Dazzle Video Creator Platinum will allow me to use the VHS-C camcorder as a webcam on this Mac. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

They like paper, no plastic

TrainingFilter: How to remotely train tech-challenged people? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:42 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you say Melissa in _______?

How do you say honey bee in __________? I'm in need of translations of "honey bee" in every language I can find. If you speak another language, please do help! [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 5:10 AM PST - 58 comments

Idiot light

The e-brake idiot light on my winter rat stays on when the brake is disengaged. [more inside]
posted by Mblue at 3:50 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get my ankle to bend more?

My left ankle joint is inflexible, which affects my form when I'm working out. Can I change this? What kind of doctor should I see? Is there hope? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 2:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Hey, let's grab a drink...

I would like to get to know my BFF's DH's friend, but have no idea how to broach the subject... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 12:55 AM PST - 9 comments

September 28

What are my chances of having twins?

IVF and statistics filter: How can I maximize my chance of getting pregnant and minimize my chance of having twins or a miscarriage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 PM PST - 5 comments

It's possessed!

Windows services from hell, I command you to leave... please? How do I stop them eating cpu like candy? [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 11:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Images, WYSIWYG and Drupal

Trying to get TinyMCE, IMCE and Drupal working together to post inline images... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Home Audio question

Help me with a home audio dilemma... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 9:18 PM PST - 21 comments

How to track joint finances?

How can I and the soon-to-be-Mrs. start tracking our joint finances simultaneously on separate computers? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 9:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Tax MetaFilter

I'm planning to do some on-the-side freelance photography in the next year. I'd like some advice on how to play the tax game most effectively. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 8:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Are there any non lethal flurochromes for staining bacterial genomes?

I wish to stain a colony of bacteria so that I can make relative measurements of their genome size, and I do not want to harm them in the process. Is this possible?
posted by paradroid at 6:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I marry a woman when I also like men?

I am a guy who has been dating a wonderful girl for four years. We have been living together for most of that time. We are both out of college and in our mid-20s. Though this is my first relationship I feel like we are perfect for each other. She's had other relationships (long and short-term) and feels the same way. I am thinking of asking her to marry me, except for one thing: I am bisexual and it is difficult to give up men. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 39 comments

Breakup Birthday Bash

What do I buy my girlfriend that I'm not dating for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Language learning aptitude test?

Is it possible for a civilian to take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery, which tests your ability to learn languages? Or is there a similar test available to civilians? [more inside]
posted by thumpasor at 5:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What sneakers should I get?

I need some new sneakers. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 5:49 PM PST - 22 comments

blackberry baseball

Are there any good blackberry compatible applications for baseball scorekeeping? Of course free is good, but I'd pay for a good UI
posted by Pants! at 4:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I fire my freelance client? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Need products that had a shelf life and were thus a huge deal when ending (like Halo 3)

I need examples of products that have/had a shelf-life/end date/end-of-series, like Halo 3. It could be the end of a trilogy or just a product that, for whatever reason, the manufacturer decided to produce a series of it for a limited time. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

spanish invasion??

What is going on with Chicago area broadcast TV? The language has switched to Spanish. [more inside]
posted by sorindome at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Using a UDMA CF card and a UDMA Cardbus CF card adapter, how can I test transfer speed?

I got Delkin's Cardbus UDMA CompactFlash reader and a PNY UDMA CompactFlash card. How can I test on Windows XP whether the transfer speed is really 40 Mb/s as claimed? [more inside]
posted by irv4oh at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Documentaries About Living in Hi-Tech Artificial Environments

Is there any one definitive, super-evocative portrait of life on on offshore oil rig? Preferably with lots of oh-cool gnarly imagery? ....that I can buy on DVD, download from iTunes or GUBA or torrent, etc? I know there are lots that sort of fit the bill, but I'm looking for extra transportive, extra in-depth cool treatments. Also of interest: looks at life on aircraft carriers, antarctic base stations, etc. I'm into transportive experiences of living in really artificial (and preferably somewhat high-tech) environments. Very XY chromosome I guess...
posted by jimmyjimjim at 3:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Songs that make you go "eee!"

Know any creepy songs? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 2:58 PM PST - 135 comments

Portal Systems

Got a request from a client. They want to create a portal that gets information from various news organizations on a specific subject. I'm looking for information on portal software that is compatible with news feeds and news feed information in general. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake at 2:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a use for these curtain panels.

Any suggestions for what I can do with two curtain panels that won't work for the purpose I bought them? [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 2:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Daniel Quinn right about Genesis?

Is the interpretation of the fall of man and the story of Cain and Abel put forth in Daniel Quinn's Ishmael correct? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

help me not do math

Does anyone know of an online vacation rental (or any kind of partially-shared expense) calculator? For example, [more inside]
posted by luriete at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get my flower power back

Can anybody tell me where I can find a flower pen I bought years ago? [more inside]
posted by sociolibrarian at 1:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find an inspiring song about teamwork!

I'm looking for songs about team-building... [more inside]
posted by meesha at 12:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Coffee and my health

I have a huge drop in my energy in the afternoons. I am a healthy (except for hyploglycemic tendencies), normal weight 48 year old. Here is my current issue. [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity at 12:10 PM PST - 29 comments

Did Brahms copy Beethoven?

Classical music filter: Did Brahms copy Beethoven in his third symphony? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments

No, I'm not tired...I look this way all the time

Has anyone successfully reduced or eliminated puffy eyes/dark circles? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 12:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Advantages of a living trust over a standard will?

My husband and I are retired, in our early 60's, good health, no kids or close family and we don't have a will. I lie awake at night and worry about this. We don't own any property right now but do have a house full of furniture, some vintage art posters, joint mutual funds, IRA's, deferred comp, a leased car etc. I was going to download a standard "will" form but my friend said we needed to get a living trust so the survivor wouldn't have to go through probate court which can be costly. Do we need to have an executor in either case? Does anyone have any advice on what would be best for people like us - our assets are under 500k. We live in Illinois. Thanks!
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 11:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Working it Out

I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Problem is: I am grown up. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 11:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Get Your Urban Planning On

I am an aspiring urban planner who lives in the U.S. I am wondering what urban planners would do differently if they could start from scratch and cost wasn't an issue. For example, it is been proven that round-abouts are far safer than your typical intersections found in the U.S. So, as an urban planner, I would recommend roundabouts. Would all cities be built on a grid system? Would all cities have bullet trains or car-pool lanes? Underground power-lines? Phone-charging stations? What would you do differently if you rebuilt Los Angeles or Miami?
posted by kaizen at 11:43 AM PST - 41 comments

Can't find Anything Whatever

I am fascinated by the Singaporean soft drinks Anything and Whatever How would you suggest a USian get ahold of some?
posted by Megafly at 11:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Not that time of year again.....!

Imminent birthday (mine). And I don't know what to ask for birthday-present. Problem is - I have all I think I need. Special One whimpers about and want's to give me something anyway. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 11:11 AM PST - 41 comments

Help my dad display pictures of the grandkids.

Do you know of any digital picture frames that will display photos from a USB thumb drive, rather than a memory card? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Free the internet!

Is it possible to get free internet without an ISP? And I don't mean stealing a wireless signal. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 10:18 AM PST - 34 comments

How to tell roomate his girlfriend is over too much?

How do I tell my roomate/friend that his girlfriend is coming over to our apartment too much? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 10:16 AM PST - 40 comments


What's you're (witty?) response to someone who asks you for a cigarette? [more inside]
posted by Oddly at 9:56 AM PST - 39 comments

Delete default category in WordPress.

Is there a way to delete the default category in WordPress so that all my posts don't show as uncategorized? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Freetype for the Gimp on Windows

How do I install the Freetype plugin for the Gimp on Windows? Google turns up nothing other than instructions to compile it, but I can't believe there isn't a precompiled Windows version online. It looks like it's no longer included in the standard distribution. Alternately, is there any other way to do kerning on the Gimp on Windows?
posted by exhilaration at 8:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Ergonomic Counter Chair?

Can anyone recommend an ergonomic work/office chair that can accomodate a counter-height (36") desk? The usual chair height is 24". It would be nice if it could roll and swivel but mostly I'm just looking for comfort and a sleek design. Thanks!
posted by JJ Jenkins at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

What electric blanket do I need for my oddly sized bed?

I have a small double or three-quarter size bed. Most people seem to prefer an underblanket (or mattress warmer) to the traditional electric overblanket and I think I would too. But should I get a single-size and leave a few inches of bed unheated? Or get a double-size and wrap the excess around the side of the mattress? [more inside]
posted by Martin E. at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Cross Border Outlet Shopping from Toronto:

Any recommendations for outlets and shopping within 2 to 5 hours of Toronto? We're aware of outlets in Niagara (but have never been) and are wondering if they're worth a visit and if there are other places worth seeing now that the US and Canadian dollars are at par. [more inside]
posted by ChuckLeChuck at 8:28 AM PST - 14 comments

How to bring the intimacy back?

asking for a friend: How can I get my husband to start touching me again? [more inside]
posted by Danila at 8:24 AM PST - 25 comments

should i eat this?

Should I eat this? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:19 AM PST - 56 comments

Do you study evolution? Help my husband do it too!

My husband has become increasing interested in the study of evolution. Help us choose what college level courses he should take! [more inside]
posted by msali at 8:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a such thing as an exterior designer?

I like the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" and I'm familiar with most of the actual trades involved with redoing the front of a house, but where do you find a designer to handle it all? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I cope with time-wasting meetings?

How do I get through time-wasting meetings without dissolving into a homicidal puddle of resentment? Cognitive, behavioral, and affective suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by occhiblu at 7:52 AM PST - 29 comments

How to make vegetarian tomato sauce from scratch?

I have several lbs of ripe plum tomatoes, and I'm looking for your most delicious recipes for (vegetarian) tomato pasta sauce. [more inside]
posted by Ladysin at 7:34 AM PST - 17 comments


How do I prevent future urinary tract infections in my male (neutered, indoor) cat? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

looking for a Korean song

trying to locate a Korean song called SARANG HAESEOYO and/or by musician called KIM HYUN SIK 9or SHIK) [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

A Dry Sense of Humor?

What makes "dry humor" dry?
posted by notyou at 7:02 AM PST - 48 comments

Free (or cheap) Hosting Services (including email)

I am looking for a free hosting service as a mirror for my site. It should also have reliable email (pop and smtp access). Any suggestions?
posted by jonjacobmoon at 6:52 AM PST - 5 comments

The subject verbs the object

Explain tenses to me? Past/present/future, continuous/simple/perfect, and so on, in English. I can use them with fluency, but I need to be able to explain them (when each is used, how to form them). I've tried Fowler's, Chicago Manual of Style, and a number of other resources, but they seem to subtly contradict one another. Is there a simple, go-to reference for this?
posted by sarahkeebs at 6:46 AM PST - 16 comments

How do you cut thick slabs of slate?

How would you cut make clean, straight cuts in 3/4 inch thick black slate? [more inside]
posted by geos at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Large public interior

What are some of the most beautiful, awe inspiring, large scale, public interior spaces you have ever seen or visited? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 6:43 AM PST - 71 comments

Having a phone makes me feel dirty.

I'm being hounded by creditors - and they're not mine. What can I do to get them to stop calling my phone number?
posted by dagnyscott at 6:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Help figure out what this disease is!

My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 6:09 AM PST - 46 comments

Where can I get an amazing retro dress?

My university is having a prom / formal dance for grad students. (woot) Where can I (and my friends) get AWESOME retro ironic dresses? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Videos of stand-up comedy...can I subscribe to something?

Is there somewhere I can download (for later viewing) videos of popular stand-up comedians? Legally? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 5:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Need more Daily Show from More 4

Is there any rhyme or reason to More 4's scheduling of The Daily Show in the UK? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 4:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Comedy Skit About Tequila

Some time ago a colleague (now left the firm) sent me an mp3 file of a comedy skit about drinking different types of alcohol from the point of view of the "stomach" of the person drinking. It ended with the person drinking "tequila" and the voice over had some very funny Mexican-type dialogs. My Googling skills have failed me. Can someone recall this comedy skit and where I might find it? Cheers :-)
posted by vac2003 at 3:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Root canal = agony?

Next week I'm having a root canal done on my upper back molar, and I'm worried about the pain. What can I expect, pain-wise? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:12 AM PST - 33 comments

Why censor town names?

Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 1:11 AM PST - 17 comments

500,000 trees on a golf course?! No way.

There's apparently a golf course near San Jose, CA., well it actually may be closer to Milpitas, but it supposedly has half a million trees. I can't seem to find anything about it or if it even exists. This information is coming from my father who played at this course many years ago (maybe 10-20). [more inside]
posted by sir_rubixalot at 12:31 AM PST - 3 comments

September 27

San Francisco hole-in-the-wall eateries and random attractions

I'm going to San Francisco for a few days next week--where are some little-known yet interesting places to eat and/or visit? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 11:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Music by and/or about Mormons?

For the next few months I'll be projecting a series of films by and about Mormons. I'm looking for appropriate pre-show music. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba at 11:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Good Iowa Rental Cabins?

Where can I find a rental cabin(s) in east Iowa or west Illinois around New Years for 20-25 people? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen at 10:53 PM PST - 6 comments

YAWN! What is it all about?

What is going on biochemically when someone yawns? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:44 PM PST - 5 comments


Up in ur antique pc's optimizin ur network. I, a previously porn-surfing net monkey whose "kit" was a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop (a retard's computer if there ever was one), have through recent endowments of hardware and employment opportunities, become the proud new owner of a fleet of slightly antiquated electronics that will need to be strung together and (probably) modified and moved if I'm not going to go insane tranferring massive volumes of data from one to another. This isn't so much a tech question as a planning one - what would you do with all this stuff? How can I get the best use out of it? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 10:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I show a movie to students... legally... in Japan?

I'm a teacher at a for-profit English school in Japan and I want to display a few clips from movies and have students read-along with a script. The problem is, since our school isn't a non-profit, I don't know how to get the performance right, especially since I am in Japan. Is it worth pursuing? It is only for a few classes and not very important, but I thought it'd be a fun way for students to improve listening skills.... Thanks all!
posted by phaedrus441 at 10:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Best present for Best husband

What are great birthday ideas/presents for a hard-working dad and husband? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps at 10:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Red Dawn Russian Style

Are there any movies that match the campiness of Red Dawn from Russia? [more inside]
posted by occidental at 10:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking AFA in Seattle; evening classes?

Is it possible to earn a Fine Arts degree in the Seattle area taking solely evening classes? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 10:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Geeky questions for a visit to San Francisco.

Geeky guy's first visit to San Francisco. A few specific, slightly nerdy questions inside. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Dropped call or hang-up(phone and/or mental)

Trying not to be neurotic...I think my guy hung up on me, but maybe it was just a dropped call? Google won't help me distinguish between the two, although it seems obvious to me. The obvious being that he hung up on me. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron at 9:27 PM PST - 35 comments

Why am I being bribed to use direct deposit?

Why is my bank bribing me for using direct deposit? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 9:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find a webtool to compare my income to the world's average income

I saw a website last year that allowed me to type in my annual income. The result was that it showed my modest income to be in the 97-percentile of the average income across the globe. It was helpful to put things in perspective. Now I want to share that webtool with a friend, but can't find it. Anybody know the site?
posted by rdauphin at 8:43 PM PST - 5 comments

25 and No Friends, Cliques Everywhere. What Am I Supposed to Do?

25 and No Friends, Cliques Everywhere. What Am I Supposed to Do? [more inside]
posted by MeysterR at 8:36 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me find a specific XXXChurch video!

I'm looking for a video by XXXChurch that was featured on their website a while back. I've looked everywhere, specifics inside, help?! [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 7:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Opposites Attract...

[MovieGeekFilter] HiveMind, please help me think of recent American movies that have dramatically different A & B Stories. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 7:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Good lubricant for a squeaky printer?

I have a really squeaky printer. I tried WD-40, but the squeakiness comes back. One of my engineering friends suggested that I needed something similar to sewing machine oil, but perhaps a little thicker, since the gears are plastic. Any ideas on what kind of lubricant I should get? And where I could get it? Aside from the squeakiness, this REALLY is a good printer (Canon MP130), and I really don't want to get another one.
posted by ssnickerer at 6:29 PM PST - 14 comments

It's a good school, really!

How can I prove to the Feds that my British university is actually a good one? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 5:37 PM PST - 10 comments

I know we need income distribution rules in writing. What does the writing say?

How to divide up a company amongst 3 people when 2 people will be doing most of the work for the first 6-12 months. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 5:32 PM PST - 10 comments

where should i put the holes on a recorder?

how can i figure out where i should place the holes and how large they should be on a bamboo recorder i am making? [more inside]
posted by KaeporaGaebora at 5:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Somedays, I really hate Word.

Ack! Word has suddenly forgotten my customized bullets-and-numberings settings - but the settings were four years old and I have no idea how to set them right again! [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

gCal/iCal Sync

I'm looking for a way to have iCal open automatically at a specific time, sync with my Google Calendar, and then preferably close (doesn't have to close). I didn't see anything in iCal prefs. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 4:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough

aaax / bbbx / cccy / dddy: Is there a particular name for the structure of the poem Slough, by John Betjeman?
posted by Aloysius Bear at 4:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Lupus doctors, anyone?

Does anyone know any kick-ass lupus doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 4:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Assume I already know '"look for another job"

How can I deal with my supervisor's drug abuse and dealing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:30 PM PST - 29 comments

social anxiety help

How can I help my teenage sister deal with her horrible social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 4:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Where is Smokey?

Where can I find a Forest Service PSA commercial where a beautiful lady tells you that "only you can prevent forest fires" before she pulls off her face to reveal Smokey Bear?
posted by guruguy9 at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

English but not as a foreign language

What do other countries call the class/major Americans call "english"? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 3:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Art/Culture Festivals/Areas in Northern Vietnam?

My bosses are going to Vietnam early next year and are interested in finding Art and Cultural things to do. They ask me 'cause I haven't told them of the Hivemind yet. I've looked through the old threads which dealt mostly with Hanoi (and I'm sharing those) but they're up for some travel into more rural areas. They're looking for advice not only for WHERE but WHEN. Anytime from Jan to March is good. [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts at 3:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Morbidly Count Down the Remaining Days of My Life!

I would basically like to rip off, wholesale, some command-line script which will provide me a countdown -- only in days. No years, months, minutes, or seconds. Unfortunately, adapting an existing script is beyond my ken. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 3:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Is it too late to rescue my newly-installed djembe head?

I just installed a new skin on my djembe, and it doesn't sound very good; I need some troubleshooting and advice on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by ook at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Rural Students and Teaching About Antisemitism

A question on antisemitism and the instruction of rural school-kids, asked on behalf of my husband. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 33 comments

Plantar wart filter ... again

Okay, okay. I read all the recommendations in the previous wart posts. My question is a bit different. Will it be detrimental to wart removal if I run on them? Wait, let me explain. [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Stink Bomb Galore! Gag gag vomit

My Cat is a Pooping/ Farting Machine. Help! [more inside]
posted by ceesbees at 2:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Got a canvas, got some paint, where's my mobile phone brush?

Where's my mobile phone brush? Cell phone, yo -- how 'come there don't seem to be any such apps, even on the so-called smartphones. I know the Palm One units have available apps and I would imagine so would the Windows Mobile ones, but what about java-based phones? Am I missing some huge repository of apps or something? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Ribs as ceiling beams, guts as carpeting... now what?

After being swallowed alive by a whale, what is the best course of action that might result in your survival? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 1:39 PM PST - 45 comments

Television ad summaries

ResearchFilter: I'm looking for summaries of advertising content at different times of day on different television networks. [more inside]
posted by Kemayo at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Laughing off a pear-shaped date

I had a date tonight, a first date, and my date didn't show up. How do I get across the message that it's not a problem? [more inside]
posted by edd at 1:27 PM PST - 72 comments

Analogy whiz

What's the difference between a metaphor, allegory, simile, and analogy? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Patricia Wells for Latino food?

Latin American cookbook recommendations? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

What equipment should I get for $1,000 that will make the best quality documentary?

What I should buy for $1,000 in the way of equipment to make a decent-quality documentary film? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the Pitchfork of the electronic music world?

What's the Pitchfork of the electronic music world? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 12:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Leg-crossing compulsion

Why do I often feel the compulsion to put one leg up on the other when sitting? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Real-time video manipulaton [mac]

Anybody have experience doing manipulation of video in near real-time? Advice and general guidance needed. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Reification Safari

Can you give me some examples of reification? A friend mentioned this concept offhand a few years ago. My understanding is that reification involves treating an abstract concept as if it were material. The example my friend gave at the time was inflation. But when I read the wikipedia article about reification, it seemed to indicate that it involves not just treating an abstact concept as if it were real, but also treating it as if it were human. Certainly all the examples give that impression. I'm looking for examples of reification that don't involve anthopomorphism so that I can hopefully identify some patterns. Would concepts like race, or the seasons qualify? Why is reification being so difficult?
posted by Jeff Howard at 12:12 PM PST - 20 comments

PowerPoint won't do, PowerPoint won't do.

I'm creating a PowerPoint with bulleted lists, and I'm having trouble getting it to do what I want. [more inside]
posted by eleyna at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Feed my seaweed need

While in Dublin, Slothrop and I fell in love with this yummy Thai snack: Tao Kae Noi Crispy Seaweed. Since moving back to the States, we were able to find it in Ann Arbor, and stocked up, but now our supplies have run out. Help! [more inside]
posted by dirtmonster at 12:11 PM PST - 6 comments

2nd most important battlefield. After love.

How to get London - Battle on public transport? [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 12:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Excuse me sir, are you happy to see me?

Why is it easier for me to achieve sexual arousal now rather than 10 years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Client shafted me? How can I legally get even?

A client asked a bunch of extra work of me, which I did on good faith, and is now shafting me on extra payment. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I be worried about my friend's forgetfulness?

I know many people, including myself, mistakenly repeat events in our lives to the same individual. However, I have a friend who constantly tells me same things repeatedly. Not nag me to do things, but tell me things that we’ve already discussed at length either verbally or through email. For instance, his car was broken into and his radio was stolen. He told me the day it happened and gave me all the facts. Then a week later, he raised the case again saying he had to go to the store and look for a new radio because his was stolen and he repeated all the facts. Then in an email the other day he told me that he bought a new radio for his car because a few weeks ago, his was stolen. He brings it up as if I’ve never heard it before. He doesn’t just do it with negative events. He does it if he gets a cool gift, or promotion, etc. I’ve told him before that he does this. I started feeling that I wasn’t important enough in his life for him to remember our interactions. I mentioned it to another friend and they laughed and said that he does it to them too which started to get me worried. Is there a psychological/medical reason that my friend does this and should I be worried about their health?
posted by anonymous at 12:07 PM PST - 36 comments

Help me be romantic in Rome

My wife and I are going to Italy with a tour group late November, and it also happens to be our anniversary. We'll be in Rome the day/night of our anniversary. We're staying at the Holiday Inn Parco Dei Medici. [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 11:49 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the best stout?

I'd like to try some new beers. What's your favorite stout? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 11:49 AM PST - 49 comments

Online Buying Safety Tips?

What's the best way to protect myself from seller fraud on eBay when using alternate forms of payment besides PayPal? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard at 11:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Best way to rip movie video to 1 stream

I want to rip a movie from a DVD to its elementary streams (.ac3 & .m2v). I can do this using the Stream Processing\Demux option in DVD Decrypter, but because the video is spread across several VOBs, I end up with several video files. So - I then have to rejoin these video segments, which I'm using the Join command in DOS for. It works fine but I'm wondering if there's an easier way to do this? I'm open to Mac options too.
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Have you ever used Tazorac? How did it go?

Do the side effects of Tazorac ever go away? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Where have I seen this X in a logo before?

Where have I seen this X in a logo before? [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Brand New Ibook Battery Won't Charge

My new off-brand battery for my ibook G4 won't charge past 49%. Help! [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Changing my name on

How can I create a new user account on, starting with all my current links and tags? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Gotta dance...gotta dance Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam dance classes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

I want a fancy pants fireplace.

I need to find a giant metal sheet, yet I am not rich, help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Apple TV Questions...

I'm thinking about the Apple TV - but have some unresolved questions. Information on the web about these issues is often conflicting - looking for answers from someone who has the device and knows how it works. [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Are you really only ever six feet away from a spider at any given time?

Are you really only ever six feet away from a spider at any given time? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 10:05 AM PST - 29 comments

I need to find a place to store my movie and music ratings

I've been using Bibliophil to track my books and reading. Are there similar sites or tools for movies and music? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 9:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Stop molesting my nose!

Why is my kitten so hell-bent on pestering me when I'm trying to sleep? How can I get him to calm down? [more inside]
posted by qz at 9:22 AM PST - 29 comments

Where can I hide this LaTeX preamble?

I found a nice LaTeX .sty file for mla6, but to format the citations properly, it requires a long preamble which I'd rather not copy and paste each time I write a paper. Can I hide it somewhere? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

What are the best external link icons?

Web Design Nerds: Is there a common name for off-site link icons? What are the best examples and uses of them? The best example I can think of is the square with an arrow next to Wikipedia's external links.
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 8:57 AM PST - 1 comment

Circles and red/green panels at opticians

Eye tests: What's the purpose of the green/red rectangles with black circles in? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 8:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Social director needs social direction

Help me entertain about 20 women (and a few men) for some sort of social event in November in DC or surrounds. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 8:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a "speech" solution for someone with Motor Neurone Disease

A family friend has developed Motor Neurone Disease and is reaching the stage where she can no longer speak. Can anyone suggest a suitably loud portable device which might be used with a voice synthesizing programme so she might continue to "speak" to people? [more inside]
posted by dunstanorchard at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Why do my hands itch?

Why do I have itchy bath-hands? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

iPod flashcard software

Help me find the flash-card-to-iPod software of my dreams! [more inside]
posted by fermezporte at 8:22 AM PST - 2 comments

What is the fire department doing?

Why is the fire department outside my building? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me identify what fruit snack I was addicted to as a child.

What is the name of this fruit snack? [more inside]
posted by misled at 7:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Denver camper hire

VW Camper Hire in Denver [more inside]
posted by juniorbonner at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Invitation to download

Now that Demonoid is dead, is there another great invite-only torrent site?
posted by four panels at 7:10 AM PST - 21 comments

I need new cushion covers!

I need covers for the cushions on my couch. Where can I get them with these custom dimensions for a reasonable cost (20ish a piece)? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 6:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Interesting Tokyo hangouts for someone who knows Japan

Cool/Interesting Tokyo restaurants, bars and hangouts for someone who knows Japan [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 5:17 AM PST - 8 comments

This is my brain. This is my brain on carbs.

Three weeks ago I went on a low-carb diet. I made it about a week. Ever since then, I've felt cloudy mentally. Did my body/brain chemistry really change that much in such a short time? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:02 AM PST - 10 comments

quick and easy centralized access control list?

windowsXP logon restriction question: We have a small public computer room with about 15 computers where we only want certain people to be able to log into and use the computers. What is the easiest way to administer who has access to them? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London?

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Blogger, please leave my HTML alone...

Is there any way of forcing Blogger to recognise the ( and ) symbols? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Editing Sanyo Xacti CA65 Files

I got myself a Sanyo Xacti CA65, which is awesome and I love using it, but editing the files it produces are a real pain in the ass. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 2:06 AM PST - 3 comments

looking for a comfy 'kneeling' chair.

Can someone help me locate a certain type of chair? [more inside]
posted by psyward at 1:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Should baby swing all night?

Our 6 week old seams to only like sleeping in his swing. Is this ok? Are there any ill effects to swinging that much vs sleeping in his crib? Also, assuming this is no big issue, is this normal, and do they eventually get over it and have no issues in the crib?
posted by brent_h at 1:27 AM PST - 14 comments

A British Bed Bath & Beyond?

I'm moving to London, and need to find a home goods store. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 12:19 AM PST - 22 comments

September 26

Pass on the smelling salts

Why do people faint? What are the physical/psychological causes of fainting? and also, can you faint on purpose? How?
posted by barrakuda at 11:14 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I use a TV as a monitor?

How do I make my TV a monitor for a couple of months. [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith at 10:58 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the Sky Without the Stars?

Who are some people in the film industry I should be looking for in regards to Director of Photography vs. Film Editor? I've already watched movies specifically for the actors and directors. [more inside]
posted by a_green_man at 10:37 PM PST - 27 comments

You're (not) a tough cookie with a long history....

I have a cookie I would like to eat in my head. So I devised a recipe and made a batch. I didn't get what I wanted. Help me modify this recipe to get what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 10:37 PM PST - 24 comments

Where can grown-ups and toddlers hang out together in New York?

Where can adults and kids hang out together in New York? We're visiting New York, where we used to live, for a weekend. We want to arrange an informal gathering so we can see all our friends. Last time we did this, we held it at Bar Veloce in Chelsea, which was perfect. But that was before we, and many of our friends, had small children. What's a pleasant place to meet in Manhattan where 25 or so adults, many accompanied by babies and toddlers, can hang out for a Sunday evening, talk, get drinks and something to eat, and not worry that our kids are going to destroy something? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 9:35 PM PST - 5 comments

This photo frame makes me look fat.

Understanding how to make photos look good on my cheap-ass "widescreen" digital photo frame. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 9:17 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm a cyberspace commuter?

Here we go again: partial lyric, name the song. The phrase "I'm a cyberspace commuter" is repeated several times. The chorus goes something like "ooh-ooh then I see you smile, and everything's fine... Ooh-ooh then I look at the sky and I see the sun shine" [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:54 PM PST - 9 comments


WTF FTP Server? [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 8:53 PM PST - 14 comments

How Can I Get More Students?

Musicians -- how do you attract students? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Can a tailor do anything about the shoulder pads in my suit?

Can a tailor do anything about the shoulder pads in my suit? [more inside]
posted by mekanic at 8:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Why would Office 2007 documents only open as a ZIP file?

Why would an Office 2007 document ONLY open with a .zip extractor? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 8:03 PM PST - 9 comments

How to balance social life with full load of college studies?

Little Sister advice for balancing new social life and college [more inside]
posted by Snoogylips at 7:59 PM PST - 11 comments

I need that awesome MetaFilter music knowledge

Help me identify a couple of unidentified mp3s! [more inside]
posted by lou at 7:40 PM PST - 5 comments

What the hell did my cat puke up?

Does this sound familiar: cat vomiting pinkish-red fluid after receiving rabies, and/or FVCVP vaccines? (Vet office is aware, don't panic). [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

To TPLO or not to TPLO. . .

Veterinary Opinion Filter. Meeting with an orthopedic specialist next Tuesday to discuss partial tear of our 7.5-year old boxer's cranial cruciate ligament (rear right) and potential partial tear of the left as well. What are the right questions to ask the vet and are there any feasible alternatives to TPLO surgery? [more inside]
posted by ajr at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Dear Introductory Art Teacher, College Level.

On what basis is it that introductory courses stress avoiding a centered composition? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 6:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Where would you work (or not), in Austin?

AustinFilter: What software/web development companies (located in Austin) would you want to work for? [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 6:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Possibly Impossible DVD burn question

So I've found this, a BBC quasi educational (natural science) vid that I would like to share via DVD with students who don't have internet. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me get my money out of Japanese bank account from Canada

Help me get my money out of a Japanese bank account. I'm in Canada, and have no plans to go to Japan in the near future. Is there a good, cheap way to transfer money to me? [more inside]
posted by mariokrat at 6:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Work Books

Books About Work. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 5:58 PM PST - 44 comments

I need to get a fake phone number that works right!

VOIPeurs, I need a SIP of your wisdom... [more inside]
posted by evariste at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

The Lowdown: Online Dating Etiquette

I'm a female about to venture into the world of online dating. Are there any norms/rules/trends that I should know about? [more inside]
posted by cookie googleman at 5:50 PM PST - 17 comments

head humping cat

Our new, ten-month old adopted male (but fixed) cat does this (knead, get down on his haunches, and hump). Unlike the previous poster, however, he does this to our heads whenever we lay down. Is there any way to get him to stop? It's not the best way to wake up. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 5:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Not another live earth.

I'm a massive critic of boycott-protests, but I'd like to change some things around my college campus for the good of the environment and for the students. What are the most effective ways (no big-jam-concert-to-raise-"awareness") to do this? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 5:36 PM PST - 9 comments

What experiments can be performed in isolation?

What are some experiments I can perform while at sea? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 5:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Why aren't all beer bottles screw-cap?

Why aren't all beer bottles screw-cap? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:25 PM PST - 20 comments

How to tweak my athlon 64 3000+ AGP box to use Sony Vegas

(PC)VideoEditingProFilter: I want to make Sony Vegas do what it totally seems capable of besides cutting & pasting video - fx, etc, sweet stuff - do I need a new system? (I know, I know... but if you know the ins and outs of setting up a Vegas PC box, from the info I provide you'll easily tell if its no good, I suspect, for what I want to do). Details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Disdainful drawer discombobulates Daffy

Help me identify a certain Daffy Duck cartoon... [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

I don't want the Beta! I want the working stable version!

Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac 2.0 Beta is out. But now I can't find the non-beta version that I know works. Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 3:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Doctor won't give me info to file w/ insurance.

What can I do if my doctor will not give me the information I need to file with my insurance? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 3:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is Boddingtons so easy to find in the US and so hard to find in the UK?

Two questions about Boddingtons Beer's relative popularity in the US and UK. [more inside]
posted by caek at 3:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Mail at my expense?

Pre-paid international shipping? I'd like to have someone drop something off in Germany and have the item shipped to me in Canada at my expense. Simpler is better. [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 3:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me get acquainted with the North American teeth whitening business

Help me find the latest information on Rembrandt's key competitors and market share in both the toothpaste and teeth whitener categories. [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 3:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Any US Dual SIM GSM providers? Sorry, no snappy title this time

Do any US cellphone providers offer multiple SIMs for a single phone line? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments

HDV in and out again? Easy?

I want to import HDV footage straight from my HDV video camera (Sony) to my Sony VGX XL100 "Living Room PC" aka "Media Center", and then, if possible without reencoding it, play it out to my HD TV, or to my computer monitor. Is there software, or a software combination, to make this possible? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us name our new adult (porn site)

Help us name our new Adult (porn) website!!!! Question inside due to graphic nature/language. Not for the easily offended. Thanks :) [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 2:58 PM PST - 46 comments

Connect my drive to my mac please!

How do I connect my NTFS hard drive to my new mac? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

What other artists or records are Richard and Mimi Farina-esque?

I enjoy the recordings of Richard and Mimi Farina, what other artists and records might I enjoy? I guess this might be classified as "Greenwich Village folk", early 60s folk-rock.
posted by geoff. at 2:29 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I make my allergies combine with work?

Allergy meds wear off. Head asplodes. Only issue: Head's asploding at work. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me deal with Xbox withdrawal

My Xbox 360 is in Microsoft's Xbox hospital being repaired and I'm jonesing for some game time, even if I could just play my original Xbox games. I remember back in the NES days you could rent consoles but not so much anymore, I assume because of the complexity and Faberge egg-like delicacy of systems like the 360. But is there someplace, anywhere in the greater Phoenix (AZ) area that I could rent a system? A first gen Xbox would be fine. Failing that, any other creative ideas besides using my computer for games which I've already tried? I'm in the Chandler/Gilbert area FWIW.
posted by mattholomew at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

computer can't load executables smoothly

Laptop acting strangely. Could it be caused by overheating? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 1:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Alien senses

I'm trying to put together a list of senses other than the big human five... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:34 PM PST - 32 comments

LaTeX: Ragged right and no hyphenation as a document default.

LaTeX: Ragged right and no hyphenation as a document default. [more inside]
posted by GarageWine at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments

What's a typical hourly rate for freelance public relations?

What is a typical hourly rate for freelance public relations work? I've done lots of freelance writing, but little freelance p.r., and am considering bidding for a project that requires one to specify an hourly rate. This is in the Minneapolis area. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 1:03 PM PST - 6 comments

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Find an abstract expression that a teenage girl you don't know once thought resembled her.

Help me find a print of an obscure Picasso charcoal. [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy at 12:51 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I convince my boss that all rag-right sucks?

Help! I'm fighting a battle about graphic design, specifically rag-right vs. perfect justification. How can I sound more convincing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Birthday present for tween girl who has everything?

Stumped for birthday present filter: Ideas for a 12-year-old girl who has everything? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 12:35 PM PST - 45 comments

Dentist/Doc suggestions in Boston area?

Any suggestions for a dentist as well as doctor for someone recently moved to the Boston Metro area? (specifically Weymouth/Hingham) but... [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 12:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I get into law school?

What are my chances of getting in to law school? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 12:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me maintain 2 wooded acres. Please.

We just bought a house on 2 acres of wooded land. I need help with leaf management (fall is coming soon!) and path/trail maintenance. More specifically, I think I want suggestions for leaf blowers and string trimmers/brushcutters. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 12:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Colorado Convention Center: Decent Cell Coverage?

What kind of cell phone reception do you get in Denver's Colorado Convention Center? We're possibly involved in a conference there in a few weeks, and a project we're doing hinges on coverage good enough to send and receive SMS in the convention center. I've heard that it's "spotty" in the below-ground parts of the center, but that could mean anything ... is it good enough to deal with hundreds of attendees bouncing text messages back & forth? Ideally, we need to know ASAP. =)
posted by migurski at 12:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Kramer v Kramer. Fo realz.

[Child of Divorce Filter]. I have discovered I have the ability to view a 400+ page set of documents that are the sum of my parents' bitter legal divorce. On one hand, I hope it may shed some insight for me on people I never really knew. On the other hand, I fear doing this may cause a lot more emotional baggage than it will be worth. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 39 comments

How do I permanently remove chin hair?

I'm female, and I have hair on my chin. How to best remove it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Going from traditional to digital

What programs would one suggest for a traditional artist/illustrator interested in a getting started in digital artwork? As a fairly loose painter, the smoother the transition the better. [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

New PC games run slowly on large LCD monitors?

I just bought a pretty high-end Dell PC with a large LCD monitor. It's got dual Core2 CPUs @ 2.66GHz, 4 GB of RAM, and a decent graphics card. The monitor is a widescreen 27" Dell Ultrasharp. So far, I like the PC. But I was disappointed to find that the first PC game I tried (BioShock) runs TERRIBLY. The game does run pretty well on my slightly older PC, which only has a 19" monitor. So, I think the large, widescreen monitor is the problem. Is that correct? Are there tricks to running the latest games on a large LCD monitor? Many thanks in advance for any advice and insight.
posted by stuehler at 11:29 AM PST - 19 comments

used bicycles in NYC

In the pre Giuliani days there were a lot of used bikes floating around NYC for sale. I've been out of the game for a while and am looking for shops that deal in used bicycles. Slim pickings on craigslist.... Any local NY/NJ riders have a suggestion?
posted by Shanachie at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

What a meanie!!

I didn't even know this was illegal and I just got a ticket for it! What would be the best option -paying the fine or going to court? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 11:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Do we really need 300 music categories?

Is 300 categories (give or take a few) too many for an online music listing? [more inside]
posted by MichaelKnight at 11:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Straw poll: how are your sales doing?

Mail order entrepreneurs: How have your sales figures been over the past few months? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 11:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find out about new indie/foreign movies?

You know how Pitchfork is a great way to keep up on new indie music? Is there something similar for indie/foreign flicks? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Quotes that offer insight?

What single quote is the best introduction (or accurately encapsulates) a philosophy, belief or conviction that you hold? Or alternately, a quote that describes something in a way that gives you a deeper understanding of a particular perspective that you may or may not endorse. [more inside]
posted by quadog at 10:44 AM PST - 96 comments

Help me get a Mac newbie printing

Looking for an inexpensive wireless printing solution for Mac. [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me start a family webpage

Help me figure out the best way to start a family web-page/blog. [more inside]
posted by bove at 10:06 AM PST - 22 comments

Everybody knows this is nowhere

Moving from Chicago to Toronto. Can anyone recommend a mover? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:10 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I find all references to a certain domain on my company's website?

How do I find all references to a certain domain on my company's website? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 9:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Need help pricing an antique table

Need help pricing an antique table [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do on a one week roadtrip south of Los Angeles?

What to do on a one week roadtrip south of Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by eileen at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Do I need a permit to sell stuff at the flea market?

So I have a bunch of stuff I'd like to sell on Brick Lane, London (flea market). [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 7:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Manhattan Gynecologist who does IUDs

Asking for a friend: A good gynecologist in Manhattan that will give an IUD to a woman who has never been pregnant? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 7:26 AM PST - 12 comments

London and Paris for kids

London and Paris: what are the highlights for families with young children? I teach at an international school in Japan and one of my students is going to London, Paris, and St. Andrews in Scotland for her father's business trip. Her mother has asked me for recommendations of places to visit. [more inside]
posted by knockoutned at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Mormon Philosophy

Is there such a thing as Mormon philosophy? [more inside]
posted by empath at 6:58 AM PST - 20 comments


I have a brita filter pitcher and I bought a 6 pack of filters almost a year ago(to save $$). The past 2 or 3 filters I put in there have had water run through them really fast compared to all the other filters I've used. Could there be a problem with the filters? Have they re engineered them to filter water faster? Are they even working?
posted by ijoyner at 5:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Magical Realism in a technological setting?

A levitating grandma in a William Gibson story? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 5:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Wifi in Tenerife?

Wireless broadband in Tenerife: My boss is heading to Tenerife on Saturday and "wants broadband on his laptop". Are there any off-the-shelf providers on the island that will provide a plug and play device for him? He's staying in an apartment complex with no wifi.
posted by ReiToei at 4:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Hand-On SPSS training and modules.

Hand-On SPSS training and modules. Hi all, I've got a rough (and I do mean rough) working knowledge of SPSS. Books and the like. I would, however, like to find a few places online where I could go through step by step and do various projects using SPSS and sort of train myself at my own pace. Modules, perhaps? Something that shows me various projects and how to do them (ex. cross tabs, etc.) Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!
posted by seeminglyshy at 3:56 AM PST - 3 comments

IE7 CSS background mayhem

CSS Filter: When I load my site in IE7 - the background does not stretch to the bottom of the page until I refresh. WTF! [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 1:29 AM PST - 7 comments

September 25

Email blocking, the "MX preference record", and snooty techs...

I work for a tiny non-profit where I'm the "IT department" by default. Trying to investigate further why our website/emails are being blocked by certain of our clients/relationships/partners, and I'm hopelessly in need of some guidance. [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 10:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to find pink stoneware bowls?

Where can I find a good set of pink stoneware (mixing) bowls? [more inside]
posted by moz at 10:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Costs and quality of art reproduction?

What's the next best thing to having an original Van Gogh? What's the third best thing etc? Are there reproductions that look almost identical in every respect? Or to put the question another way, what's the best I could get for under $2000 if I wanted a Starry Night (or any other priceless painting) hanging on my wall?
posted by vizsla at 9:50 PM PST - 18 comments

fresh prince of belair

which series and episode of fresh prince is it when carlton sings "they've only just begun" to his paretns? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

When to buy tickets for trains in China?

I'm going to China in a few days. Should I purchase train tickets in advance on the Web, or wait until I get there? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 9:39 PM PST - 9 comments

What resources exist to help me become comfortable with a dialect of Japanese?

In preparation of studying abroad in the Tohoku region of Japan next year, I am looking for useful dialect-related tools and resources. [more inside]
posted by mezamashii at 9:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How to dress a not-thin man

I'm 5'10", around 205 lbs. Whenever I try on clothes, whether they're shirts or jeans, they always end up looking baggy or bunchy, and nothing ever fits correctly. Where can I find clothes that fit better, and what styles would look best? [more inside]
posted by lsemel at 9:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Rita Hayworth. Can you get her?

Where can I find the classic Rita Hayworth pinup as a poster? [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush at 9:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Grind Me a Symphony Tonight

My SO's constant night-time teeth grinding is driving me up the wall! I must have woken up 5 or 6 times last night with the noise, for the third night in a row. I know you can get mouth guards for this problem, but he hasn't seen a dentist in years, and we aren't rolling in cash. Can anyone recommend (cheap) solutions/ advice? He needs his teeth to last, and I need my sleep.
posted by gerls at 9:02 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I acquire newswriting skills?

How can I acquire newswriting skills? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 8:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Stop Binging?

How do i stop from binge eating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 PM PST - 22 comments

"The Girl in the Turquiose Bikini"

I'm reading "The Girl in the Turquoise Bikini" (1961) and I'm puzzled by a reference to "organizing a 'Paul Jones,' " which seems to be some kind of discussion group or meeting, for example between social or ethnic groups. [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

if (a || (b and (c or d)) and (not e or (f and g and h))) then ???

Comp Sci: What's the best Design Pattern or structure for dealing with a complex relationship between many booleans? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor

Sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor. . . there are some snags. If you have done this, help my mother out. [more inside]
posted by mai at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Could I design databases for a living?

Can I, should I, make a career change into database design? [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 6:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Why did I waste my youth pulling the sides off printer paper?

Why did dot-matrix printers invariably take tractor-feed paper? Was there a technical barrier to using single sheets? Why didn't typewriters require tractor-feed?
posted by smackfu at 6:28 PM PST - 28 comments


The LSDAS has my transcripts assembled and it's rather depressing. How much is this going to hurt me? [more inside]
posted by j-urb at 6:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Info organizers that support popups / tooltips?

Any information organization tools out there (OneNote, TiddlyWiki, etc.) that support mouse-over, PHPXref-style popups / tooltip windows? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 6:08 PM PST - 1 comment

International radio stations

What are the best (eclectic, not so commercial) radio stations in the world? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 5:45 PM PST - 62 comments

Apple doesn't like Firefox?

Anyone have any advice on getting an Ipod Touch to import my firefox bookmarks and passwords?
posted by Keith Talent at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get Lyx and natbib to cooperate?

LyX for Mac madness. How do I get Lyx and natbib to play nice? [more inside]
posted by pcward at 5:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Cover our sockets

At the public library where I work, our sockets are horribly placed right under the public computers. Because of this placement, our power strips are knocked out of the socket several times a week. [more inside]
posted by toddst at 5:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Mod me up!

TES: Oblivion. Mods. Which ones should I get? I'm already familiar with these recommended/must-have lists, but it's all a bit much. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 5:03 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I keep my lipstick on my lips?

How do I keep my lipstick on my lips and not on my wine glass, my fork or someone I'm kissing? Any tips and/or recommendations for long-wearing lipsticks would be great. Thanks!
posted by tangelo at 5:01 PM PST - 16 comments

A company sent me a letter about fighting my Scottsdale, AZ photo radar ticket. Help me find this company.

A company sent me a letter about fighting my Scottsdale, AZ photo radar ticket. Help me find this company. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 5:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is Google's "My Maps" acting stupid?

Google's "My Maps" feature is doing very string things when I try to embed. Why? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 4:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Changing the way a coat hangs.

Help modifying a coat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Why does the sign over the westbound Bruckner Expwy for the Third Ave Bridge give the wrong exit?

Has NYC put an incorrect sign on the westbound Bruckner Expressway to trick visitors into taking the Triborough Bridge instead of the toll-free Third Avenue Bridge into Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

I could tell you, but then I'd have to...

How do I hide names in gmail? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 4:03 PM PST - 6 comments

I am thinking about becoming a police officer, do I have a chance?

Do I actually have a chance of becoming a police officer?? [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos at 3:56 PM PST - 15 comments

How to paint a moving water effect on wall?

I want to paint one of the walls in my bedroom so that it gives the impression of flowing or moving water. The idea is to give a kind of mountain stream effect by: *putting river rocks along the edge of the wall by the floor *by making a small floor indoor water fountain with the same rocks for the middle of the wall. How can I get this effect on the wall? [more inside]
posted by riverjack at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Fixing Google Desktop links

I like Google Desktop but there is one minor annoyance that has been bugging me. Whenever I click on a link in a sidebar gadget, that link loads in IE7, even though my default browser is Firefox. Is there a solution to this? I'm on Windows Vista, if that helps (or hurts).
posted by Aanidaani at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

toronto addiction treatment

toronto alcohol treatment? [more inside]
posted by butterball at 3:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Financial advice for US to Canada move.

How do I find a financial adviser to help me best plan for a move from the US to Canada? [more inside]
posted by googly at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Make my dogs and baby get along

Mrs In_Oz is pregnant. We have two good natured, but enormous wolf-hound cross mastiff dogs. Since we have a bit of time up our sleeves, is there anything that we can do to assist in the inevitable integration of baby to beast? [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz at 2:44 PM PST - 16 comments

What's involved in having a mole removed?

What's involved in having a mole removed by a dermatologist? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 2:41 PM PST - 19 comments

"Good blogs by female magicians?"

Any female magicians/assistants here? Does anyone know of any web resources/blogs regarding women and professional magic? [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 2:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me pick a smartphone

I am trying to decide on a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does one corner of my house smell like natural gas? Especially when there are no leaks in the house?

I've had a persistent natural gas smell in my house for the past 10 days. The power company shut it off for about 5 days, my landlord went through two times with a plumber to find any potential leaks, and then had to get a city inspector to verify that there are no leaks. So the gas is back on and it's still smells - what's going on and how do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 1:34 PM PST - 17 comments

valedictorian GPA issues

Valedictorian/Saluditorian/Class rank GPA issues. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 12:43 PM PST - 48 comments

How do I get push-imap with my own server and and iPhone?

Any suggestions on how I could get push-imap with my own IMAP server? I'm running cyrus-imap, and the client in question is an iPhone. [more inside]
posted by darkshade at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Why weld an eyebolt to visegrips?

What is the use of an eyebolt welded to the knurled adjustment knob of a pair of vice-grip pliers, like this? [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 12:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Was this dude my great-grandfather...or an IMPOSTOR?!

If my maternal grandfather was my (alleged?) great-grandfather's biological son, why would his last name be different from both of his parents'? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

NYC No Kill Shelters?

Can anybody help me find good, available, no kill shelters for a dog in the New York Area? [more inside]
posted by lips at 12:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Does the study of math sharpen critical thinking skills?

If a man’s wit be wandering, let him post a question about mathematics and reasoning to MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 12:07 PM PST - 20 comments

This is a longshot, but does anyone know...

I need statistics on Fresh Cut Produce consumption and/or production in the United States. [more inside]
posted by sic at 11:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Did I ejaculate during my first orgasm?

I think I might have ejaculated the first time I ever orgasmed. I'm a young, reasonably sexually inexperienced (though not a virgin) female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 14 comments

You Were Killed by Fluffy Wumpkins

My son is entering that awkward teen stage and wants to put aside childish things. To that end, he would like to change his rather "kiddish" gamertag to something more intimidating (and less likely to be berated by his older sibling). Obviously, he's not looking for something like "Fluffy Wumpkins." He asked me to help him with suggestions for cool, edgy, threatening names. So, Hive mind, any ideas? Bonus points if it sounds particularly impressive or humiliating to the enemy after, "you were killed by..."
posted by misha at 11:35 AM PST - 101 comments

Where should we get married in DFW?

Nice cheap or free places to get married in Dallas/Fort Worth? [more inside]
posted by sublivious at 11:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do lorries try to overtake on hills?

Why do slow-moving lorries (trucks) invariably choose to pull out to pass another truck at the bottom of a hill? [more inside]
posted by Lionel d'Lion at 11:00 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the most amazing skateboard video?

What skateboarding video is most likely to make my monocle pop out, my top hat fly off, and cause me to run around the room slapping my ass with both hands and declaiming a total lack of belief? [more inside]
posted by felix at 10:19 AM PST - 23 comments

internet infamy

Someone reproduced the full text of an email from me, including my unique full name, on a Google-indexed forum. My two messages to the forum requesting removal have been fruitless. Am I out of luck? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 10:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Age, Sex, Loc... er, American Sign Language

Baby signing classes in Socal next week? [more inside]
posted by msittig at 10:05 AM PST - 0 comments

DC Dentist Recommendations?

I searched the archives and came up with two threads DC-wise, one recommending doctors in general and another with recommendations for cosmetic dentistry. The dentist I'm looking for is metro accessible (preferably NW DC) and has reasonable rates (completely out of pocket) for a standard cleaning and plaque removal/scaling. Thanks!
posted by whitneykitty at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Vintage Stamps for Face Value

Where can I buy vintage, valid US postage stamps for face value or near face value? [more inside]
posted by bonheur at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

2008 Cars with great gas mileage.

My parents are looking for a new car with great gas mileage. They don't want a Hybrid. What are their options? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 9:56 AM PST - 29 comments

Mah Thung Hutth: Identifying Food Allergens

Calling all food chemists: what do walnuts, spinach, and scallops have in common, composition-wise? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 9:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Who is Liz?

Anyone have any additional information about this picture? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 9:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Need help reloading fonts in OSX.

I am using CS2 and missing various PostScript fonts. I ran FontDoctor in hopes of fixing the problem, but it is still reporting that I cam missing about 50 bitmap fonts. How can I reload these fonts? Please walk me through each step - this is all new to me. (I am running version 10.4.10 on a 1.8GHz Power PC G5.)
posted by jrichards at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find an easy & cheap way to set up chat for my forum?

I run a small, private forum for a few friends who are scattered across the US & Canada. I'm looking for easy ways to incorporate other ways for me to enable additional communication between members - whether it's a group voice chat or a chat room. I need help figuring out how to do this very easily (I was barely technical enough to install a pretty skin for my phpBB), very cheaply (preferably free), and so that it maintains a reasonable level of privacy. Can you help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Vacation ideas for February/March

Any ideas for long (think 1-2 months), active (think skiing, hiking, etc.) vacations for February/March? [more inside]
posted by ollyoop at 8:42 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm a guy and I seem to be growing tits, how do I make this stop?

I'm a guy and I seem to be growing tits, how do I make this stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 35 comments

Is anyone aware of facilities similar to AC Milan's Milan Lab?

Is anyone aware of facilities similar to AC Milan's Milan Lab? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

How to deal with a stubborn friend

How do I deal with a friend who is adamant that the moon landings are faked? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 8:27 AM PST - 42 comments

The best freeware DVD -> .avi or MPG ripper? Please?

What's the best freeware DVD -> .avi or .mpg ripper for Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me honor a scientist

Please help me honor a scientist I once knew. I'm looking to (A) set up a small scholarship in her name and (B) figure out what to do with something that she bequeathed to me. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 8:04 AM PST - 7 comments

What to do in Portland Thanksgiving weekend?

Thanksgiving in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by jengineer at 7:57 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get lots of money for my "Cane Toad Times" collection?

I have a complete collection (I think) of the 80's satirical magazine "The Cane Toad Times" published in Brisbane, Australia, which I treasure but would willingly give up for large amounts of cash. Where would I go to find the big moolah? (Ebay doesn't seem to treasure it as much as I'm sure fanatical collectors would.) [more inside]
posted by h00py at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Feed my children (in Fredericksburg)

Fredericksburg, VA: need recommendations for a great restaurant that will take a group of 60 for casual dining. They're all, gulp, middle-schoolers, if that makes any difference.
posted by largecorp at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments

U2 Drums Howto?

I was recently listening to Achtung Baby in the car again, and remembered how much I loved it, and a lot of it was because of the sound of the drums. So, how did U2 and Brian Eno get THAT sound on the drums in Achtung Baby? Anyone know any specific pieces of kit or techniques that they used? Mics used? Drum kits used? So on?
posted by geekhorde at 7:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Something's burning....something's burning...(and I think it's my eggs!)

I have a nice All-Clad 8" skillet in which I made a tasty grilled cheese sandwich the other night. Now, the burned butter around the edges won't come off... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 7:10 AM PST - 17 comments

My landlord doesn't want a married tenant

LandlordFilter: My landlord is refusing to accept my potential new flatmate as a tenant because she is married. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by penguinliz at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

Help me come up with some spy trivia for a Customer Service appreciation quiz. [more inside]
posted by quin at 6:23 AM PST - 8 comments

PO Form

Access 2007 - how can I embed a running total on a form? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 6:14 AM PST - 5 comments

an asp stung my database

Where can I get some noob information on how to read/write simple database tables with ASP? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 6:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Help finding a song from Victorian days

Is there a real song with this lyric? "Where and how shall I earliest meet her? What are the words that she'll first say to me?" [more inside]
posted by bovious at 5:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Asia travel ideas for 18 yr old karate lover?

Can anyone recommend any martial arts learning opportunities (camps, workshops, lessons, etc) in Asia that an 18 year old would enjoy? My nephew in the US is a karate brown belt and he would like to travel to Asia when he graduates from high school this year. I am trying to help him find some interesting travel opportunities which relate to karate. He loves karate and has been searching for something to do in Japan or India for Summer 2008 but we haven't found anything yet. Thanks for any tips.
posted by RoadTripPlanner at 3:48 AM PST - 6 comments

First Time Buyer stats

How many first time buyers of real estate are there in the G8 countries? [more inside]
posted by mooders at 2:50 AM PST - 1 comment

Help a midiot control a Line6 Pod

I have a friend who is looking to control a Line6 2.0 Pod using a Behringer FCB1010 floor MIDI controller. Specifically, he wants a wah sound. [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars at 1:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find obscure, romantic things to do in London

Can you find me obscure things to do in London to help me win my girlfriend back? [more inside]
posted by minifig at 12:29 AM PST - 18 comments

September 24

Just Watching "Heroes" and wondering

You know how old English is so vastly different from contemporary English? And how your average person would not understand your average meideval dude? Is that also true of other languages? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 10:48 PM PST - 48 comments

Why do my cats suddenly hate each other?

My cats have suddenly become very aggressive towards each other. What gives? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 10:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Maybe she's born with it

Where can I buy makeup online (Covergirl in particular)? [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get that Pier 1 look on the cheap?

I'm working on redecorating my apartment. Now, I'm a sucker for Bombay Company/Pier 1/World Market goods, but I'm saving my pennies for more important things. What are some inexpensive, do-it-yourself ways to give my apartment that "worldly," tastefully-exotic look? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 9:24 PM PST - 13 comments

CP lost my passport app, and stole my vacation and my work plans.

The f*cking idiots at CanadaPost have 'lost' my passport application, along with an brand-new official birth certificate (not a copy, and this just cost me $60) and a signed photocopy of my drivers license, and all the personal details in my application. Basically, a handy identity-theft kit has probably been stolen, perhaps with the help of a CanadaPost employee. I bought guaranteed, registered delivery to the passport office in Gatineau. CanadaPost's response is to offer to pay me back my shipping cost. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 9:21 PM PST - 23 comments

Do I make the most of my four years here, or do I keep my sanity?

I'm a first year business undergrad. Not even a month into University, and I feel overwhelmed and suffocated. Help me deal? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 9:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Looking for simple, free, web forms

I'm looking for a web service that would host, for free, a web form that would allow kids to sign up for time slots for one-on-one conferences in my school library. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 8:58 PM PST - 10 comments

blasting cap?

Is this a blasting cap? [more inside]
posted by Iron Rat at 8:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Stuffy Nose

Permanent stuffy nose? One day I got a stuffy nose, and almost a year later it hasn't gone away. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 7:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Printing to a Windows printer from a Macbook on the netowrk?

I'm trying to set up my Macbook running OS X 10.4.10 to use a printer that's connected to my Windows XP Home machine over my home network and my inner geek is failing miserably. How can I get this working? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

i can't nap!

I don't know how to nap. [more inside]
posted by timory at 7:32 PM PST - 29 comments

working on a car - on a gravel driveway

I want to do minor maintenance on my cars (oil changes, brake checks, and so on), but I don't have a garage to do it in or a concrete driveway. All I have is a gravel / dirt driveway to work on. I would like to jack up my cars (and put them on jack stands), but I'm not comfortable at all doing it on this kind of surface. How can I do this without putting myself in harms way? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Should we adopt or have a child the old fashioned way?

My wife and I are planning on having a second child, but we are pretty sure we want to adopt. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 6:29 PM PST - 32 comments

Take a part-time job or wait for a full time job?

I'm a speech pathologist looking for a full-time job but have been offered a part-time job with a minimum 6-month commitment. Should I take the job or continue searching for a full-time job? [more inside]
posted by poq at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

My intertubes are clogged!

Yet another wireless network question. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 6:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me play by no laundry rules but my own...

Laundry Filter: often when shopping for clothes the dealbreaker is something about the washing instructions such as dryclean only, hand wash, lay flat to dry, etc. But I know that sometimes these recommendations can be ignored. The question is, how do I know when? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 5:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Creating a Popurls-like site

How can I create a singlegator site like Popurls? [more inside]
posted by elmwood at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

We've only dated a few months, and now I have to leave for a bit

I met a great guy two months ago. We've been going out a few times a week. I think it's fair to say we're both having a blast. Now I'm leaving the country for 6 to 9 months. How can I help keep this alive on some level while I'm away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Where everybody knows your name?

I'm looking for a nice, quiet pub in Chicago-- lots of dark wood, no blaring music, minimal ESPN-stuck TVs. Someplace good to go for a few pints and actual conversation. Northwest side preferable, Irving Park-area if possible, although I'm not too picky about that.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:44 PM PST - 20 comments

My emo boss wants to talk about "our relationship" and I would rather not...

My boss wants to talk about "our relationship" and I would rather not... [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 5:31 PM PST - 50 comments

And she did hold the torch upon high saying...

Help me find a Victorian style line art image that I simply cannot find! [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 5:00 PM PST - 7 comments

When will I be able to confidently ask for mayo?

[Rambly-what-should-I-do-with-my-life-filter] Useless Master's degrees! Impending weddings! Mild-to-moderate homelessness! Help me figure out my next step before I resort to prostitution or, worse, telemarketing. [more inside]
posted by doift at 4:56 PM PST - 11 comments

I wonder if this is how that Carrie started.

My laptop keeps closing. Not my programs. Not windows. LITERALLY, the screen part of my dell inspiron E1405 keeps coming down. And it always happens when I'm not there. So is this a defect or do I have poltergeists? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

De-stinkify me

I got some bleach on my mattress and it stinks. How can I de-stinkify it? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments

What options exist for confronting dirty in-laws?

Do you have any advice on how to handle filthy, filthy in-laws? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

What program can I use to organize small rectangles on a larger rectangle?

I'm looking for a program that will help me tech edit sewing patterns. Specifically, I want to be able to check that the pattern calls for the correct amount of fabric. This involves putting flat shapes together and seeing how big they are when they're combined. (It's all very SAT, with a touch of Tetris.) [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:28 PM PST - 3 comments

'Mad Men' in New York

'Mad Men' - know of any real-life New York City locations mentioned in the show? I'm making a map of NYC according to 'Mad Men' and would love to have other fans' input. [more inside]
posted by chrismohney at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Calling Dr.Conglomerate!

Apparently, my insurance company wants to check-in, from time-to-time, with my son and discuss his health. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 4:00 PM PST - 19 comments

How can a library hold the best book sale ever?

Best practices for library book sales? My librarian friend is hosting her first book sale (that is, she's free to run it differently than it has been run for years) and is looking for ideas to make it a fun, profitable and successful event. What kinds of things make a book sale really work? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:55 PM PST - 12 comments

horrible evil roommate from hell

horrible roommate filter: can she evict me? she can't- right? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 3:50 PM PST - 20 comments

light reading?

What are good magazines for getting news on the semiconductor industry? [more inside]
posted by bargex at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Immovable Type?

Movable Type question involving the counting and sequential numbering of entries within one specific blog on a multi-blog system. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 3:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Sorting out a massive audio library

I'm trying to sort and clean up a media library that contains a total of 16431 items, 51.2 days, 108 GB. So hand sorting is out of the question. Itunes seems to have found Some Duplicates, That need to be deleted. This has proven to be a grueling task if its to be done manually. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting screwed by Jeep.

My friend bought a brand new jeep, the CD player broke, and now they're giving her the run-a-round. What do do? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 3:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Online metal label source needed

Online source for SINGLE metal or foil customer specified text labels? [more inside]
posted by wylde21 at 3:18 PM PST - 1 comment

I want to call her...but I don't know use a phone

About a month ago, I began producing a daily one-hour radio show on environmentalism, sustainable living, and the common good. Putting the show every day is a challenge for a variety of reasons, but one of the hardest parts has been trying to find news to report and the experts to make these reports possible. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 3:03 PM PST - 19 comments

Jacquelyn of Many Trades

What things should I learn how to fix? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly at 2:48 PM PST - 25 comments

UK size mattress in NA

Where can I get a UK-sized twin (single) mattress? Vancouver B.C. preferably but I'll take an online order as well. [more inside]
posted by kaefer at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm waving the fee and want you to know it!

[ConsultingFeeFilter] My fee schedule outlines rush-fees, I have a new client that should officially be charged the fees for some recent work. I am not going to charge the fees and want them to know that I am giving them a pass this time, what is a good way to tell them that I am waving the fees because they are a new client and want to build our budding relationship, but make it clear that this is a one time deal? More Inside.. [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 2:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Am I a cheap bastard or not?

Are you expected to donate to the non-profit that employs you? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 2:25 PM PST - 36 comments

How much does getting a laminate floor moisture test cost?

I have laminate floor installed in my condo. We have swelling and warping in various locations, so we filed a warranty claim. As part of the fulfillment process they have requested that a chunk of the floor gets uninstalled and sent to a laboratory for moisture testing. If it turns out that it's our fault we have to pay for the testing. Does anyone have any idea how much something like that costs? If we wanted to dispute their findings, where do I find a lab to do the same testing?
posted by fellion at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Speaking for the dead

My father is going to die in the next few days (cancer of the aesophagus) and my family have decided that I should be the one to take care of the arrangements*. I need advice on dealing with undertakers in the UK, and--a longshot but worth asking--any recommendations for trusted funeral homes and funeral directors in Suffolk (that's Suffolk UK, for the hard of thinking), ideally ones not associated with SCI. [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 1:59 PM PST - 18 comments

This is not a what should I do in Toronto on vacation question

So I made up my mind and am going to Toronto at the end of next week. I've read all of the Toronto threads, but need help finding a few specific things: [more inside]
posted by pieoverdone at 1:30 PM PST - 10 comments

I need three holes. Give it to me.

How can I convert a two-prong plug to a three pronged plug? [more inside]
posted by sephira at 1:29 PM PST - 26 comments

Weird D&D chatterbot

Trying to find an obscure webpage involving a bizarre chatterbot. Google-fu failing and all that jazz. [more inside]
posted by zek at 1:18 PM PST - 3 comments

What happened during my nap?

Am I losing it? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 1:04 PM PST - 28 comments


Why does my hard drive shut down when my cell phone is near it? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 1:02 PM PST - 6 comments

used Windows XP machine versus new Vista

A poor friend needs a newer computer (Has Win98), but is leary of new machines w/ Vista. Is it a good idea to buy a used machine w/ WinXP? She only needs to do the basics, web + word process. Best way to buy used? [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 12:57 PM PST - 26 comments

Batteries running down and I can't keep up

Coincidence, or a problem with a wall outlet in my new apartment? My cell phone and laptop batteries are suddenly holding charges for shorter and shorter periods of time. [more inside]
posted by bassjump at 12:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Inventory software for OSX

Inventory software for mac? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 12:48 PM PST - 3 comments

How to make red hair blonde without frying my scalp with repeated bleaching?

I want to cut my naturally auburn hair short and go blonde- how can I find a good colorist? Or is there a good way to do it at home? (the color not the cut) [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain at 12:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Corporate vs. Personal Background Check

If I do my work through my corporate entity, should I expect to submit to a personal background check? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Do I have any recourse if my old boss screws me on my annual raise?

I recently moved to a different division at work and my old boss took advantage of this to screw me on my annual raise: what, if any, recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get a car lighter socket in a 220 V Outlet, K?

IsraelFilter: Where can i Buy This Powerthingy In Israel? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 12:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a short course to learn for fix my old BMW?

Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

What's this old cartoon?

HiveMindFilter! Help me remember this cartoon from my youth! [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 11:41 AM PST - 29 comments

First, thou pullest the holy pin.

A grey egg, covered with rows of bling and a teeny tiny cross on top -- encased in a block of Lucite. Holy hand grenade? Miniature pope hat? Yes, I have pictures. What is it? [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 11:30 AM PST - 9 comments

"In the year..."

Help me compile a list of movies about the future! Specifically, I'm looking for movies that state the year when they take place. [more inside]
posted by Lirp at 11:21 AM PST - 22 comments

minor ischemic event

What is a "minor ischemic event"? My mother had a CT scan, and the doc called and left a voice message saying everything's fine, schedule a follow-up appt at your convenience, which of course we will do. But the report says "minor ischemic event" and I'm wondering what that is.
posted by pipti at 11:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Pay off my house, or put it in the market?

Pay off my house, or put it in the stock market? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan at 11:03 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me choose a CMS, find stores for a green laptop case, and how/where to build a buzz about it.

Quadruple your pleasure! I'm a newly minted green business consultant, and would like your help on four things: finding a CMS or blog system to create a website for my business, finding places where you think a green laptop case would/should be sold, blogs/social networks to get the word out about it, and suggested protocol to approach said blogs/social networks. [more inside]
posted by healthyliving at 10:59 AM PST - 12 comments

How to help good friends enduring marital issues?

How do I best help and support long time friends in the midst of marital issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Mom needs to take care of herself more. Help me help her.

Caretaker (mom) almost completely neglects her personal health and life goals to help chronically ill but stable (dad). Her health is now declining. How do I help her understand that she needs to take better care of herself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Big girls don't cry

What can I do to keep from crying at work when I'm in a performance review? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Water saving device

I remember reading about a device that measures the temperature of the water at a bath or shower faucet and opens the water valve when the temperature reaches a preset temperature. Purpose is to reduce water wastage while one is waiting for the warm water to reach the bathroom from the tank. Can anyone link me to this product?
posted by lapsang at 10:14 AM PST - 6 comments

One-off embroidery around Boston

I need to get three words embroidered in black on one shirt breast pocket. Is there anyone in the Boston area who will do this for me, preferably for next to nothing?
posted by Plutor at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you say "quiet please!!" in dog?

One of my dogs won't shut up. He was fairly quiet when we adopted him about 8 months ago after prior owners surrendered him, but several months of apartment living have encouraged him to bark every time someone walks outside, above, near, in, or around our apartment. He has such a high pitched, loud, piercingly painful bark, that I can't believe our neighbors haven't shot him, had him taken away, or even complained to us. Sometimes I can hear him barking from almost a block away, but I DON'T have reason to suspect he sits and barks all day when home alone. [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 9:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Gmail format problem

Recent Gmail trouble: no text box showing when "rich formatting" selected, using Firefox and XP. Works fine in IE. [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs at 9:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Recalling the horrors of my youth.

Help Me Remember This Book! version 100457: I have a visual memory of a picture book that I came across in elementary school (mid 90s) which featured a distinct sketchy, inked, scribbly style of illustration to accompany some really gruesome, horrifying stories. [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Halloween filter: How do I make a cost-effective Han Solo replica gun?

Halloween filter: How do I make a cost-effective Han Solo replica gun? [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay at 9:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Automatic podcastery possible?

I want a device that I can keep in my car to listen to podcasts that will download new podcasts from my home Wifi by itself. Does this exist? If not, recommendations on making one? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 9:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Load balancing versus robustness

How important is load balancing versus server power for high volume page serving? That is, is it better to have a really robust server, or two load balanced semi-robust servers? Or is load balancing just a precautionary measure in case of hardware failure, and doesn't significantly affect server response otherwise?
posted by destro at 8:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Where to garage a car near Manhattan for a few months at least?

ManhattanParkingFilter: I am moving up to Manhattan and I need a garage to keep my car for at least a couple of months, while I decide what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by dcjd at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Address Correction on Speeding Ticket

Who do I contact to have the address corrected on my recent speeding ticket? [more inside]
posted by emptybowl at 8:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Best way to sell a car/transfer title?

What is the quickest/best/safest way to complete an inter-state sale of an automobile that has outstanding debt on it? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 8:22 AM PST - 4 comments

The white grout . . . not such a good idea.

My bathroom was redone with a nice tile floor a couple of years ago. Stupidly, I ignored the contractor's suggestion to avoid white grout on the floor. [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 8:13 AM PST - 12 comments

a broken bank

Credit Scores: Any reason to keep a bank account open? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 8:04 AM PST - 6 comments

What's become of the school nurse?

Do American schools still have school nurses? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:32 AM PST - 45 comments

Help Me Not Squint at Word

MSWordFilter: Overriding "default" pageview options. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Soup-themed knitting

Knitting projects with a soup theme? [more inside]
posted by robinpME at 7:09 AM PST - 8 comments

36-color permanent marker collection - now what?

What kind of fun can I have with 36 colors of permanent markers? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a particular Piazzolla recording.

I love the piano in Piazzolla's "Oblivion" -- and I like arrangements/recordings that focus on that part of the piece. I'd like to find an MP3/CD with such a recording. This is the closest thing I've been able to find so far.
posted by fake at 6:51 AM PST - 2 comments

I want more satisfaction.

What are some cover versions of well known songs that have refashioned or rearranged the piece so dramatically as to seem not exactly the covered song, but more of a unique work in and of itself? [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:36 AM PST - 97 comments

"The night was dark, and also stormy..."

"Who's got a good ghost story?" [more inside]
posted by greytape at 5:45 AM PST - 12 comments

where is the blue text?

MS Word 2002 issues. When I try to insert a hyperlink in Word, all I see is {hyperlink} without the blue text I'm used to. How do I fix this?
posted by wheelieman at 5:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Different Modes of Creativity

What are some creative ways of responding to a journal article or lecture, besides the usual "writing an article about the topic"? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:34 AM PST - 14 comments

How much Adderall are you taking?

Hive mind Adderall filter: Those of you taking this med, exactly how much of it did you start off with and how much are you taking now? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 1:18 AM PST - 8 comments


What is your favorite boardgame? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt at 12:48 AM PST - 61 comments

September 23

err...umm...hi...I worship you!

How to make conversation with celebrities at public events? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:51 PM PST - 66 comments

Is My Lawnmower Toast?

Is my lawnmower toast? Today I put oil in my lawnmower and made the (dumb) mistake of not draining the old oil out first. When I ran the lawnmower afterwards, large amounts of white smoke appeared and the engine started making a "knocking" sound. I stopped mowing, figuring it wasn't safe to continue on in this condition. Am I out a lawnmower or is this fixable? Can I just drain out the oil and start again or is it possible irreparable damage has occurred?
posted by The Gooch at 9:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Toddler Room Decorations

Toddler Room Decoration tips? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:53 PM PST - 24 comments

I still don't know what she's running from.

Marathon Support: What can my roommates and I do for our other roommate after she runs a marathon? [more inside]
posted by gursky at 9:14 PM PST - 18 comments

European pie

As a European, how do I get my country songs played in Nashville? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 8:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Chinese/Gregorian calendar conversion?

Looking for a calendar converter for the Chinese calendar to the Gregorian (Western) calendar and vice versa, which goes back further than 1901. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How can it be that there exists not a single example of a working wheel in nature?

How can it be that there exists not a single example of a working wheel in nature, which after all gave us (among other things) the eyeball?
posted by It ain't over yet at 7:26 PM PST - 41 comments

What do I need to learn to get my trading software talking to Excel?

An Excel RTD problem [more inside]
posted by rakish_yet_centered at 7:12 PM PST - 0 comments

Looking for a big picture of Thelonious Monk

I'm trying to track down the photographer, or current rights holder, of the photograph of Thelonious Monk featured on the cover of "The London Collection Vol 3". [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 7:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Cymbalta & Insomnia

I am more than curious to know if any Mefites prescribed Cymbalta (antidepressant) are dealing with intense insomnia. If so, what works for you? Doc throws three different sleep meds my way. None working. Thanks for your input.
posted by snap_dragon at 6:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Flying to Jacksonville, Florida in March 2008 from Toronto. Where is the cheapest city to fly into in Florida?

Flying to Jacksonville, Florida in March 2008 from Toronto. Where is the cheapest city to fly into in Florida? Also, when do airline seat sales tend to pop up? [more inside]
posted by 20something at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is the dog peeing in my roommate's room?

My 4 year old dog, who hasn't had a peeing-in-the-house problem for at least 3 years, has been peeing my roommate's room. We all moved into this apartment about a month and half ago. We have hardwood floors, which were cleaned with enzyme cleaner after each incident. He's picked different spots to wizz on, but always in her room. We plan to keep her door closed, which will help. But, any ideas to prevent this habit from spreading? Or why it might be happening?
posted by lalalana at 5:55 PM PST - 5 comments

are all men looking for damsels in distress?

Are men not attracted to independent women? Are they more attracted to women who need some type of assistance from them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 58 comments

lap desks for the lapless

I use my laptop in bed, and on the couch. I worry that I am heating up my abdomen (ie, my unborn child) excessively, although there isn't much on the internet about that. Is there anything that anyone can recommend (ie, not a pillow, that just makes me warmer) to keep that hot machine farther away from my midsection, but close enough so I can type? Many thanks.
posted by anonymous at 5:37 PM PST - 29 comments

Thoughts on Toronto's Liberty Village?

Torontonians: What do you think of Liberty Village? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Why does Turkey hate Canadians?

Why does Turkey seem to have a special hate-on for Canada? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 4:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Butternut squash making my hands weird

After cutting up some butternut squash for soup, I noticed that the skin on my left hand became dry and tight. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 4:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Indian Call Center advice?

Advice on hiring an Indian call center to answer after-hours calls for a law practice? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 3:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Selling theatre tickets

In haste, I ordered tickets to a Cirque du Soleil event from a web site that charged much more per ticket than Ticketmaster. Now that I know the difference, how can get rid of these tickets and get my money back? Will I get in trouble for selling these tickets for more than they cost, and how do these companies get away with doing this? [more inside]
posted by Zobie at 3:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Restaurant Supply Stores in London?

I'm a newly impoverished graduate student in London, and I need cheap cooking supplies. In the U.S., I'd head to a restaurant supply store to buy my pots and pans, but I haven't found one here that's open to the public. I'm in SE1, but happy to travel on the Tube. London MeFites, any suggestions?
posted by jed at 2:45 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the best way to ship a 42" plasma TV?

How do I ship a 42 inch flat panel TV for repair without getting hosed on shipping rates or service? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 2:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Please help me find where this WW2 soldier is buried

Please help me find the grave of Private Thomas F. Maguire of Arlington, Massachusetts, who was killed in WW2. [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 at 2:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Good places to live in the US southwest

What would be a good place to live, work, and start a family in the US Southwest? Smaller towns are particularly welcome. [more inside]
posted by salvia at 2:26 PM PST - 15 comments

.chm to .pdf conversion in Mac OS X?

.chm to PDF conversion, Mac OS X. There seems to be no easy way to do it. Does anyone have an effective and trustworthy workflow they can recommend? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Selling a book from the middle of nowhere?

Help on how to sell a really awesome rare book my wife and I found at a library sale. [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 1:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Do people really dry clean their linen?

I find it hard to find a duvet cover that I like, and now that I've finally found this one, I'm dubious because it says dry clean. How can this be? Who dry cleans their linen? Is this common? Is this a subculture I've just blissfully been unaware of my entire adult life? Or are the manufacturers being overcautious and you can just shove it in with your regular wash?
posted by russmail at 1:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Sealing Exposed Brick Wall

I have an exposed brick wall in my house (it was like that when I moved in). It's quite irregular, and a bit rough, so I'm not sure I really want to paint it. But I would like to prevent the dusting and flaking, without it looking too shiny. Has anyone out there done this? Is it a spray process, or applied with a brush? And some people warn the wall then can't 'breathe.' If anyone's done this I'd appreciate any tips.
posted by jgballard at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments


Looking for a top-sorted list of well designed Wordpress themes. [more inside]
posted by acro at 12:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Where are the best cinemas in Paris?

Where are the best cinemas in Paris? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Location of end of life

Do most people die at home or in hospital (or other)? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Stock market simulator

Is there a good simulator for playing the stock market with imaginary money? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion at 12:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Export HD Final Cut timeline to MiniDV?

FinalCutProFilter: What is the best method of converting footage captured on a HVX P2 and edited in Final Cut as an HD timeline onto a MiniDV for festival usage?
posted by idledebonair at 11:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Thanksgiving Recipes Revisited

It's almost that time of year again. Please share your favorite THANKSGIVING DESSERT AND SIDE DISH RECIPES. I am sick of making the same things every year. I have 15-20 guests, same group every year. [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 11:36 AM PST - 33 comments

Gamer PC

Adivce on building a PC for a games fanatic (more inside) [more inside]
posted by the cuban at 11:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Creating a GMail filter based on contacts

GMailFilter: Is there any way to define a filter based on whether the sender is in your "Contacts" list? [more inside]
posted by LairBob at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me set up a home media center!

What is the best solution for setting up a media center that can serve regular DVD, HD DVD, BluRay, QT, MKV/H.264, AVI, et cetera to a 47 inch LCD at 1080p? [more inside]
posted by adi at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get iBook G4 to stop freezing up.

[iBook G4 filter]: My Mac keeps freezing and responds to nothing but a hard restart. [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 10:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you know jokes which presuppose obscure knowledge?

I love esoteric jokes, the kind of humor which presupposes a lot of specialized knowledge. The more opaque the joke is, the better. However, by their very nature they're kinda hard to search for on Google, or at least I rarely hit upon the magic searchterms. So, do you know good sites with specialist jokes? If not, do you know any particularly obscure jokes? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 9:56 AM PST - 97 comments

Absurdly, what is the source of this quote?

Help me find the source of this famous Albert Camus quote. More inside.. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme at 9:49 AM PST - 12 comments

The Government Accountability Agency (GAO). Good guys or bureaucrats?

The Government Accountability Agency (GAO). Good guys or bureaucrats? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 9:47 AM PST - 11 comments

how can a newbie fix his power window?

Help with a 1995 Ford Explorer. I have power windows and the back passenger side window will go down but not up. Is it possible to pop the door frame off, and "roll" it up manually and have it stay up? I'm not interested in opening it again till next spring when I can get it looked at. I just don't want it open incase it rains, theft, and all that stuff.
posted by edmcbride at 9:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Any advice for this shut-in after moving to Fort Lauderdale?

About six weeks ago I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for work. I'm just about completely settled in and now have the difficult task of meeting people. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 9:09 AM PST - 9 comments

BlackBerry "Baby" Monitor ?

How can I use my cellphone or BlackBerry to monitor sound at my house? [more inside]
posted by cameradv at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm convinced I have ADHD. Where do I go from here?

I'm convinced I have ADHD. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 AM PST - 38 comments

Can NSAID reaction look like Crohn's?

Medical/pharm filter: Could use of NSAIDs end up looking like Crohn's or IBD? (Warning: contains potentially gross descriptions of Crohn's.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I open certain sites in IETab?

I use Firefox. I want to be able to open certain sites in IETab/Internet Explorer automatically. I can do this quite easily if they are bookmarked, but I want to be able to do it every time I come across a link to the site. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah at 7:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Is there a Halo 3 master list of promotions/drawings?

Is there any kind of master list of Halo 3 promotions? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 7:27 AM PST - 3 comments

I have reason to believe that my stepmother may be manipulating my father's health problems.

I have reason to believe that my stepmother may be manipulating my father's health problems. Looking for advice on how to handle this delicate situation. [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me pick an audio workstation

So I want to buy a standalone digital audio workstation for a small but serious project studio, and I'd love feedback from folks with hands-on experience. I've narrowed the choices to Yamaha's AW1600, the Boss BR-1600CD, and the newish Zoom HD16CD. Of course there is . . . [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I have to eat meat? Iron problem.

I'm a pseudo vegetarian (I started eating fish about a year ago) of 17+ years and just discovered the root of my recently diagnosed Restless Leg Syndrome. My iron stores are very low. What's next? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:18 AM PST - 40 comments

A short story dealing with the serch for self-esteem set in the American West, in the XXth Century?

Help me find a story, maybe by Raymond Chandler, of a man trained into courage and self-respect by a woman who makes him wear a dog collar. [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 4:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Ping! Pong!

Cockney brit-hop group North of Ping Pong's first single, "What goes up (must come down)", has been made into a lovely comedic short. However, I can't seem to find the song available for purchase or download anywhere. Has it not been released yet? If not, how can I rip the audio from the .flv file?
posted by tehloki at 3:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Do You Swaptree?

Does anyone here use Swaptree? I am intrigued but I wonder how well it works (e.g., how often do you get stiffed?). A Google search turns up a lot of tech blog "coming soon" stuff but not much in the way of people's actual experiences. I'm interested in opinions both positive and negative. Thanks!
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Wireless tangles

Simple network rebuilding: what's the best way out of a wireless network muddle? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 2:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Study Abroad in Paris?

I am looking for a study abroad program in Paris! [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 2:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Show Off

I need to create a low-cost presentation setup for a school office foyer so that they can display some of the kids' best work. I have a Windows XP laptop (Celeron 2.5 / 512MB ram) and an LCD screen. [more inside]
posted by chairish at 1:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Locking the barn door ...

FleaFilter: Yes, it's another flea question, but with some unique circumstances. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 1:38 AM PST - 20 comments

How much legal trouble could I get into?

I'm hosting one of those "confessional" websites, and I want to know how risky it is to post clearly-illegal "confessions". [more inside]
posted by geodave at 1:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Lesbian World War II film?

Looking for the film of a trailer I saw a while back: A lesbian couple during World War II. Possibly artists, writers. They live together in a house in Germany. One (or both?) gets captured by the Nazis while stubbornly staying put in the house, instead of making a run for it. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 12:27 AM PST - 5 comments

September 22

Boyfriend comments on bodies of other women -- makes me feel like crap

Why would guy I'm seeing continually bring up the level of attractiveness of former flames and why does it make me feel like sh*t? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 10:13 PM PST - 60 comments

Bay Area source for phonograph needles?

Can anyone recommend a store in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area that not only sells phonograph needles but can provide expert advice on which one to get? We want to replace the needle before digitizing the collection. We can figure out what would be compatible but need help figuring out the right price/quality trade-off. Also, if you have a specific brand to recommend that might be useful too.
posted by metahawk at 10:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I eat the thorns or the fur?

What's wrong with my artichokes (or is it me)? First time I've bought artichokes. I cut them open according to the instructions on, and instead of tasty yellow artichoke hearts, I have thorny stuff and furry stuff. I tried with 2 other artichokes and they're the same.
posted by lpctstr; at 9:20 PM PST - 18 comments

If it is not the end, I'm screwed.

On average is the Mississippi River wider at the beginning (in the Northern States) or towards the end (in the Southern states)?
posted by crawfishpopsicle at 8:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the secret to being able to edit documents on different word processors without screwing up the formatting?

Word Processor formatting screwy filter: I use a few different word processors from time to time and I try to use .rtf since I understand that is a universal format yet when I load a document in a different word processor the formatting always seems to get screwed up. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 8:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I get a database of all IP addresses for free?

This is for a personal project. Is there a free IP address to country/city list I can download? Thanks for your help.
posted by parttimeninja at 8:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Worldwide wheat crisis?

Is there a wordwide wheat crisis? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 7:38 PM PST - 18 comments

can i hasz webdesignz guidlinez?

Can you point me to any documents or websites that give a generally agreed upon guideline on how to build webpages? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

I require awesome podcasts for boring commutes.

I want engaging general interest podcasts with high production values. Lots of them. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Has my garlic gone bad?

Quick! I need some advice. My purple-stripe garlic has the normal white cloves under the, uh, papery-skin, but when I cut into the cloves near the place where they sprout, the inside is fluorescent green, in a halftone-like pattern. I've never seen before in purple-striped garlic (or any other garlic) -- although, this is only my second try with purple-striped garlic. Has the garlic gone bad? Or is it just a lot of sprouts?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

why do people work out together?

why do people work out together? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 6:45 PM PST - 22 comments

What did I drink?

What kind of aperitif did I drink? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 6:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Critical Thinking for the Uncritical Thinker

Critical Thinking Skills - Apparently, I don't have any. What exactly entails "having" this skill and is it something I can develop? [more inside]
posted by zippity at 6:26 PM PST - 43 comments

How can I remove or fade age / liver spots on my face?

After moving to a hotter climate I seem to have developed a few unattractive flat brown spots on my face which I'm assuming are liver or age spots (too big to be freckles). This has never happened to me before so I'm not sure what to do - can anyone please tell me an effective way to fade these spots or get rid of them altogether?
posted by katala at 4:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Classical Rap

What are some good rap/hip-hop songs based on classical music? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 4:45 PM PST - 18 comments

International Candy Exchange

What chocolate, candy, sweets, etc, from Canada should I send to my friend in Germany? What do I have here that she would never have tried there?
posted by arcticwoman at 3:57 PM PST - 34 comments

Hold on to your butts...

Shocks filter: How much of my rough ride can be attributed to it having been lowered vs. dead shocks? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 3:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Lawful Evil Movie Scenes?

Video clips that demonstrate the difference between rules and morals/ethics? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 2:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Memory Stick Lock Question

Looking for a simple (preferably free or inexpensive) program to lock/encrypt a memory stick. I was using lockngo but my new memory stick uses the NTFS file system which lockngo does not support. Suggestions?
posted by america4 at 2:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Remote file editing; is it the future yet?

Is there some simple way other than SMB that I can edit remote Unix files from my Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 2:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Saved From Drowning

Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I find a financially reliable long-term subletter for my rental apartment?

Have you ever had someone else sublease (sublet) your rental apartment, long-term? (Long enough that the person was paying you month-to-month, rather than paying you all in advance?) If so, how did you find a reliable person? Or what happened when you found a bad person?? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Stupid dumb smartphones.

My home is a cave in which my Sidekick 2 gets extremely spotty reception. What is the best path to fixing this? [more inside]
posted by modernpoverty at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I ask my doc to remove a Dx from my chart?

Is it reasonable or necessary for me to ask my doctor to remove the recent "Tobacco Use Disorder" diagnosis as a "current health condition" from my medical record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Where have all the web emulators gone?

What are the good web-based emulator games? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 11:35 AM PST - 5 comments

One-click select and copy to clipboard javascript?

What is the javascript used to make a one click "select and copy to clipboard" action like I see they have on photobucket? [more inside]
posted by cda at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Do I maintain non-owner auto insurance or just cancel entirely?

Non-owner auto insurance. Scam or just practical? [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Mail-order nudist family gathering videos. Who makes this stuff and how?

What is the relationship between legitimate (?) "naturism/nudism" lifestyles and the pseudo-child-porn industry? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 10:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Which case, just in case?

iPhone cases. Yes, they've been discussed many times, and in lots of different places, but I have some special needs and specific questions. [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Box me in.

I want to know how to make my own boxes. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Small-town girl doing some big-city mailing

NYC SnailMail DumbFilter: If I put a normal outgoing letter in my apartment's mailbox, is that acceptable? Or do I need to find a blue mailbox?
posted by lauranesson at 9:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Favorite History of Science Books

What are the best history of science books for the intelligent layperson? Some examples along these lines include Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", David Bodanis' "E=mc2" and Dava Sobel's "Longitude"; books which mix equally well the explanation of scientific concepts with historical/biographical storytelling, and are not intended for practitioners of the field. In addition to general suggestions, specific recommendations about the history of probability & statistics and the history of science in the ancient/medieval world would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by lorenzism at 9:25 AM PST - 37 comments

Anyone still speak 2-D barcodese?

Help me solve the mystery of an obscure 2D barcode, indexing historically valuable documents from the Vietnam war! [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 9:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Why do football teams publish their players' chances of being available for play?

Why do football teams release pregame lists of their players as "probable", "questionable", and so forth? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 8:09 AM PST - 11 comments

What are we talking about again?

Is there a turn of phrase for when someone resumes a conversation after a extended period of time as if no break has occurred? [more inside]
posted by JaredSeth at 7:43 AM PST - 21 comments

NTFS hard drive keeps switching to RAW.

Why does my hard drive keep losing it's file system and switching from NTFS to RAW? [more inside]
posted by itchylick at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Welcome to Kitten Killer Ko.

Blackwater. Umbrella Corp. Metafilter Network. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 6:37 AM PST - 87 comments

Can an alligator walk up steps?

Can alligators/ crocodiles walk up steps? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 6:13 AM PST - 6 comments

OSX install doldrums

Trying to install assistive software (on ibook/OSX) for a student who really, really needs the app but it won't, like, INSTALL. We keep cycling through the install dialog box--destination, terms, etc.--and it keeps seeming to work, but there's nothing there at the end except the same "cardboard box" icon with .dmg When we click it, we start installing again. About every other time the "white external drive" icon will pop up on the desktop, but it's the same story when clicked. [more inside]
posted by mundy at 6:02 AM PST - 10 comments

House numbers

Why are house numbers in America so long? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 5:57 AM PST - 44 comments

Looking to donate blood plasma in the greater Seattle area. Where do I go?

Looking to donate blood plasma in the greater Seattle area. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 AM PST - 2 comments

A family trip to volunteer in New Orleans?

My immediate family is considering making our holidays vacation a trip to New Orleans to do volunteer work, excavating houses, etc. Problem #1: We have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

P is for portable

What's the best portable device for reading pdf files?
posted by dhoe at 4:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Non-leather shoes in Edinburgh?

Decent non-leather shoes in Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by purephase at 2:10 AM PST - 1 comment


Secret tunnels under the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by lain at 12:55 AM PST - 27 comments

Great trainer/doctor in New York to tell me how to sculpt my body?

I am an overweight male. I want to look trim, have a 6-pack, and so on. I am willing to put in the necessary exercise and diet. I need a REAL expert in Manhattan with the knowledge and experience to tell me exactly what to eat and precisely how to exercise in light of my body, lifestyle, and history, and who could train with me on a regular basis. Where can I find such a wise person in New York (or persons? -- trainer + sports nutritionist?)?
posted by Malad at 12:35 AM PST - 20 comments

September 21

Yeah, but why.

Eastern Promise plot explanation. (spoilers) [more inside]
posted by 517 at 11:34 PM PST - 2 comments

A glitch in my freeware!

Whenever I transfer the audio from a video file into the freeware program Audacity, I get brief, loud patches of white noise every few seconds, as well as a weird sort of cycling white noise in the background (the rest of the file is normal). Is there anything I can do to get rid of this? Should I use a different program? (preferably a free one, like Audacity.) [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 10:34 PM PST - 5 comments

How do people go about bringing honest communication into their friendships and relationships?

How do people go about bringing honest communication into their friendships and relationships? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 10:12 PM PST - 18 comments

what to do, what to do?

Should we move and, if so, where? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 8:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it me or him?

Am I being unreasonable in asking to be treated politely? Is he being too hard on me by basically refusing? Am _I_ the asshole like he says? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 28 comments

slowly becoming a shut-in?

How do you get yourself out of the house in the morning? [more inside]
posted by emyd at 7:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Which two episodes of The Sopranos are most about family?

If you had to select two episodes from The Sopranos' first three seasons that best embodied the series' themes about family, and can also be understood and appreciated by people who may have never before seen a single episode, which two would you pick? [more inside]
posted by realityblurred at 6:55 PM PST - 12 comments

How much can an employer limit employees' outside business activities?

How much can an employer limit employees' outside business activities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Feverish Processor

I have a Pentium D 925 that's running from 56 at idle and spiking to 78oC according to Everest and even hotter according to the BIOS. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 6:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Exercise in the Winter in the Windy City.

[ChicagoFilter] Any suggestions for group winter workouts/sports? I have absolutely no motivation to work out alone and I'm trying to avoid joining a gym this winter. (I bike to work in the summer.) I'd like some structured workouts and/or activities to both meet people and get the heart rate up. Any suggestions?
posted by moooshy at 6:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get in one of them isolation tanks in DC?

Where can I go sit in an isolation tank in or around Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 6:05 PM PST - 6 comments

welt meltdown

My insect bites are producing progressively larger welts. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Identify this wurm.

KREECHURfilter: a sunflower seed with a long black worm inside? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 4:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I getting ripped off paying for a car dent repair?

How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 4:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Tips on driving standard?

I've recently purchased a standard because I used to drive one and loved it, but I've never really been properly trained in how to drive one. The car I bought is much more powerful than the one I've learned on, and I'd appreciate some answers to a few questions and any general tips you've got to help me get the most of out my new clutch (and car). [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 3:18 PM PST - 37 comments

Depress me!

Deforestation. Extinction. Soil depletion. Toxicity. Mental illness. Mass imprisonment. Neocolonialism. Etceterugh. What should one read for a better comprehension of just what the hell we're doing to the planet, ourselves, and eachother? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 2:38 PM PST - 49 comments

Strings for a cello tuned BEAD

Recommend strings for a cello tuned BEAD (low to high). [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In at 2:35 PM PST - 9 comments

ArcGIS on a Mac?

GISFilter: Will ArcGIS run smoothly on a bootcamped MacBook? [more inside]
posted by betafilter at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm ganna get me some alphabet soup Mommy!

[CPA Study Filter]: So I have a choice between Bisk, MicroMash (PassMatrix), and Becker for study guides to the NJ/NY CPA, which one should I use? Also, if there’s a better one out there that I don’t know about, please inform. [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 1:27 PM PST - 1 comment

What were Eleanor Roosevelt's exact words?

Hello, a while ago I heard a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt but since then I haven't been able to find it anywhere. It was along the lines of your mind growing with your experiences and age. The quote expresses her initial worry when as a late teenager she assumed her mind would maintain the same (limited) mindset, paradigm, mentality even into her adult, aged years. If I remember correctly the quote is short, being only a line or two. Thank you so much, this quote is very important to me!
posted by albernathy0 at 1:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Blocking Porn with OS X and FireFox

Is there a free program (os x) or firefox extension to do porn filtering/blocking online? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 1:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Dear MS Word: Start printing....NOW!

I have a Word merge document with merged variable info sandwiched around a preprinted area in which I want no text - is there a way to insert some sort of break on the page that says to Word "No matter how big section 1 is, don't start printing section 2 until this point"? Thanks for any help! [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Who's line is it anyway?

I've seen this quote, "Have faith in the force of right, not in the right of force", several times and have had no luck finding out who's quote it is...Help me hive!
posted by digiFramph at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Anybody ever played a game for their job?

I am working on a book on the use of games and simulations for training by businesses - have any of you played or seen a game like this? I am thinking of anything from the Beer Game to the Virtual University sim to a specific game built for your company. (If you have in-depth experience and wouldn't mind being interviewed about your adventures, let me know in your response.)
posted by blahblahblah at 12:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Whither payoffs to scum?

How do I best pay off a small debt to a collection agency? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 12:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Dissonant Adjectives

Is there a name for a grammatical construction in which two different types of adjectives -- for example, one describing a physical characteristic and one passing a moral judgment -- are used to modify the same noun? [more inside]
posted by Acetylene at 12:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Things to Do in Boulder When You're Not Dead

Headed to Boulder, Colorado with the Wifey for 4 days starting late next Monday... What to do? What to see? What to eat? (Bonus for gluten/dairy free options!) [more inside]
posted by wonderwisdom at 11:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me make the most of my time in the hydrogen-powered driver's seat

Next week, I'm going to have an extraordinary opportunity: I get to test-drive the BMW Hydrogen 7 in New York City. You can bet I'll be doing a ton of background research on the car over the weekend, but I'd love your ideas and tips about what to look out for and pay attention to during my joyride. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 11:37 AM PST - 16 comments

How long does Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro or similar depression drugs take to kick in?

How long does Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro or similar anti-depressants drug take to kick in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 28 comments

Great paper crafts for a 1st anniversary?

My first wedding anniversary is coming up and I'm looking for some great paper crafts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me figure out what type of careers are possible!

Explain to me what career paths for an MBA, Masters and technical certifications can lead to. [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 11:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me Halloweenify my house!

I need suggestions on inexpensive, not-too-tacky, fun Halloween decorations for the outside of my house. [more inside]
posted by catfood at 11:07 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I turn a dozen DVD-Rs' worth of home movies into files I can edit on a Mac?

Help me make my daughter's grandparents' year. I've got a pile of home movies shot with an obscure Panasonic DVD video camera and no Mac-friendly software. Help! [more inside] [more inside]
posted by gompa at 11:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Who would rather not be ordinary?

Where did I hear it? I'm thinking of a quote that goes along the lines of "I'd rather die then be ordinary" or maybe "Her greatest fear was the she would be unremarkable". Was it a book, a movie, a song? I'm sure there are more than a few origins for these, can you help me out?
posted by fiTs at 10:57 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I get out of a perfect relationship?

How can I get out of a perfect relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 36 comments

ClarisWorks on a PC

Opening ClarisWorks Documents on a PC? [more inside]
posted by suasponte at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Pick a VSO

Does anyone have any advice on which of the Veterans Service Oranizations are best for assisting somebody in filing a VA disability claim?
posted by Irontom at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Newsletter Name Help

Help me title the internal company newsletter! [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to camp in the Catskills?

I need to find a campground in the Catskill park region for tomorrow (and the next 4 days) as part of an emergency birthday trip. [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 10:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Coughing after eating in Denver

Lung congestion after eating, why now? [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 10:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Someone wants to buy a domain name I own that I'm not using.

Someone wants to buy a domain name I own that I'm not using. The domain is my last name .com, it's also his last name too. [more inside]
posted by Argyle at 9:46 AM PST - 39 comments

Colitis dietary supplement

With a recent diagnosis of mild colitis, I am pursuing some alternative treatments. One of these is a supplement called Germinated Barley Foodstuff, but I have been unable to find it for purchase after extensive google searches. Any MeFi expertise out there?
posted by bluesky43 at 9:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Zero, zero, one, one, nine/'ca Yellowman make yuh feel so fine.

What meaning (if any) might the number "00119" have in Jamaican culture or music? (As seen in Yellowman's song Zungguzungguguzungguzeng. Lyrics - Youtube [lyric in question begins at 1:09]). Postal code? Telephone prefix? Inside joke? [more inside]
posted by cadastral at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

It is firm. We must break its spirit.

How can we make a futon mattress stay folded? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 9:33 AM PST - 3 comments

SWM seeks cable for long drives, dashboard-lit dinners . . .

Help me find (or make) one of these in the Philly area for a weekend road trip. [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for info on Cash tour

Please help me find info on Johnny Cash tour dates from the 1970s. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer at 9:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it safe to drive with a slow emissions leak?

A few days ago my check engine light came on, so I took my car to an auto parts store and had them run a check. They said that the computer said I have a slow emissions leak. My cousin died earlier this week, and I need to drive approximately 100 miles this afternoon to go to her funeral. Is this safe? And when I take the car in, how much should I expect to pay for this?
posted by odayoday at 9:10 AM PST - 10 comments

no-fee gift cards.

No-fee gift cards, in bulk? [more inside]
posted by entropone at 8:27 AM PST - 2 comments

What next?

CareerFilter: Help me decide my next step. (warning: long!) [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 8:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Need to find Mac-heads in Texas

[Looking for an gig-filter] I'll be in Texas in May 2008, and I'd like to some freelance-writing for an Swedish computer magazine. I'm hoping to dig up some companies or individuals who rely on Macs. [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 8:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Tell me why I just spent $75.

So the electrician said nothing was wrong. But something WAS wrong, only it fixed itself by the time he got there. Help me diagnose this maddening problem our tenant had. [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

On the Coast of Coromandel / Where the early pumpkins blow...

I'm looking for a recording of Edward Lear's song The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 7:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to temporarily co-locate the Squid family?

My wife and I are talking about getting out of the country (US of A) for about a month. Where shall we go? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid at 7:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Football tunes

Catchy tunes to get an (almost) adolescent football team fired up and the parent spectators on their feet and grooving. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 at 7:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a New Mac for Video Work

Thinking about buying an iMac. I'm looking at the 24inch model with 2.8 MHz processor. I plan on doing some Final Cut and After Effects work, nothing insane like HD or heavy graphics. Will this computer serve my needs? [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Where are you Kirk?

Please help me remember the name of a Kirk Douglas movie [more inside]
posted by Myeral at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Spanish email discussion list?

I'm looking for a Spanish email discussion list. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 6:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Roommate won't stop coughing, I can't sleep.

Roommate keeps coughing. I can't sleep. I don't want to be a jerkface. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 6:46 AM PST - 23 comments

New VW camper van?

What is today's equivalent of a VW Westfalia camper? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 6:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Want small digital camcorder, under $1000, that allows editing on Mac and will be used for filming around London.

I want to buy a small, Mac-compatible digital camcorder. My budget is under $1000. I will be using the camera to shoot videos that I will project when I play gigs with my band. I will probably also use it to film other people's gigs. [more inside]
posted by pollystark at 6:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me identify a spitting fountain.

Help me identify a spitting fountain from my memory. The spitting fountain is NOT like the ones currently shown in Google or Flickr searches [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 5:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Any ideas to help a stroke victim communicate?

I need an economical way for a stroke victim to communicate via a simple keyboard or typewriter, or other simple method. [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 5:34 AM PST - 11 comments

Making Colonization work in Vista

Can't play Colonization in Vista... [more inside]
posted by saladin at 5:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me get rid of iCal timezone support!

iCal Filter: Getting rid of idiotic timezone support once and for all? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 5:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Crowd Control to prevent "Mob Rule"

Crowd control techniques for hundreds of unruly people (teenagers in this case)? More inside... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 3:10 AM PST - 18 comments

I might have mixed up my sources.

Giant Rabbits? I'm driving myself mad trying to remember a sci-fi book I read as a young'un, but the details are sparse. [more inside]
posted by doozer_ex_machina at 1:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Insanely tacky Florida neck tattoo image

I'm looking for an image or two images I saw a year or two ago, of two guys who got drunk on a trip to Florida and got neck tattoos. I can't remember if one did or both did, or which got which images, but the tattoos consisted of a set of mickey mouse ears, a bright 80's looking flamingo (wearing sunglasses, I believe), and the word "Florida". Googling extensively has gotten me nowhere.
posted by Bugbread at 12:27 AM PST - 5 comments

September 20

My dog is leaking.

After working at home for a long time, now I have to work 10 hour days in an office temporarily. Since she's used to spending a lot of quality time with me, my dog is not in favor of this schedule and after a month of patience she's voiced her disapproval by becoming a little peeing machine. Advice please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 11:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Where'd all these frogs come from?

Vacationing in Roatan, Honduras for the past 10 days and up until yesterday hadn't seen a single frog. Last night, the frog croaking in the field outside my house was surprisingly loud. It literally sounds like thousands of frogs croaking at once. It's very cool. Today, saw frogs everywhere. Any frog experts know what kind of frogs these might be, why they were scarce until yesterday, and if it's normal for them to congregate in this fashion? [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood at 10:38 PM PST - 3 comments

I heart the Sapporo Snow Festival -- true or false?

What's the scoop on The Sapporo Snow Festival? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Light source that compensates for orange mask in negative film?

Let's say I'm toying with the idea of making my own scanner for negative film. I've found a suitable sensor, and the rest of the mechanism looks manageable. Can I get a suitable light source that will compensate for the orange mask, at a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 8:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Easing the Tension

RingFilter: Tension set engagement ring. The diamond rocks! Unfortunately, in the literal sense of the word. [more inside]
posted by comiddle at 8:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Jokes for EFL students

I`m looking for jokes to tell my (not so advanced) EFL students. They`ve got to be clean, and I`ve found any thing dark doesn`t go over too well. [more inside]
posted by Sar at 8:09 PM PST - 26 comments

What is a food processor good for?

What do you usually use a food processor for? I've got one now, but I don't think to use it. [more inside]
posted by eritain at 8:08 PM PST - 48 comments

helsinki in winter?

Helsinki in winter: are we insane? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Paranoid Landlady

My friends' landlady is clearly paranoid and harassing my friends. What can they do? [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 8:03 PM PST - 17 comments

The lobby's in Illinois but the bathroom is in Indiana

Besides this, this and these, what are some other examples of buildings that straddle state or international borders? [more inside]
posted by SisterHavana at 8:02 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me get my Goth on.

Help me get my Goth on. [more inside]
posted by donovan at 7:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Non-audiophile setting up Small biz stereo

I'm setting up a stereo system for a small business but for some reason I can't figure out exactly what I need. Details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by ibechase at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Social butterfly or talking head?

PsychologyFilter: Getting ready to apply to grad school. I am torn between two programs... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 7:22 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to have the freedom to rent out my room!

I just leased a two bedroom apartment. I want to rent out the 2nd bedroom however I do not want whom ever I rent the room out to, to go on my lease. The lease I signed of course says that only I am permitted to live in the apartment (even though its a two bedroom). Do people routinely rent out their extra rooms without adding people to their lease? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I broach this subject without being clingy? SHOULD I even try?

A longtime friend with whom I'd been in near-daily contact (via phone calls, emails, online chats - she's out of state) for ages now has suddenly become incredibly scarce. Nowadays we talk maybe once every week or so, and then only for an hour or so at most. I don't know what to do or say without being clingy, and given that she MAY also be clinically depressed, I'm afraid of saying anything that'll make things worse for her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 15 comments

If you travel through space at lightspeed, will the stars in the background appear to move relatively slow?

If you travel through space at lightspeed, will the stars in the background appear to move relatively slow? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan at 6:50 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I print my notes onto 3x5 cards?

Is there any way to print onto 3x5 recipe/note cards? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Some form of street sport "invented" by a sneaker company?

some form of street sport "invented" by sneaker folks... did I make this up? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Also the Summer Maradona Kicked Batista in the Balls

Can anyone help me track down the theme music for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's television coverage of the 1982 FIFA World Cup? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 6:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I use a midwife or an OB/GYN?

Is it a good idea to use a midwife instead of an OB/GYN? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 5:59 PM PST - 55 comments

Ligeti Melody Doodly Doo

Help me identify a melody from two Ligeti pieces and explain its significance. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 5:58 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I get files off my PC when all I have is a MAc laptop?

I have a Mac laptop, which replaced my PC which I used for many years.....I recently found out that there is some files and such on my PC that I need to take of my computer and store onto my new external hard drive....Yes, I should of did this before hand.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 5:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Web design gone horribly wrong.

Friend re-designed my webpage, and it's bad. [more inside]
posted by engling at 5:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Where do I find an old-fashioned suit in NYC?

Long story short: I have to dress up as Hank Morgan, the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Where do I find the appropriate attire in New York City? [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 5:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Estimating when a specific airfare will increase?

Estimating how long I can wait to book a specific airfare I found, before that fare increases... [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

background checks

How long does a background check for federal employment take these days? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 4:57 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the most effective way to build a relationship with concierges?

What is the best way to make an impression/build a relationship with a concierge? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 4:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Gimme brakes

Teach me the best way to drive to save my brakes [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 4:33 PM PST - 29 comments

What should go on my reading list?

I'm doing my undergraduate thesis on the rhetorical technique known as Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. What should go on my reading list? [more inside]
posted by ifranzen at 4:21 PM PST - 11 comments

In Maine, they call them Cheaters

Riding on the coat tails of this post, are there some good choices and low prices on Reading Glasses on the Web? [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 4:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me not make a fool of myself

I'm wiring my first network patch panel tomorrow! Any tips, suggestions, things to avoid? I'm also having trouble finding a good wiring diagram. [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Overcoming fear

I am afraid to die due to the following causes. 1) Death through cancer 2) Death caused by bodily harm done to me, by people whom i don't get along well. (I do not have intention of harming others) I get afraid/fearful/anxious. 3)Sometimes I feel people are jealous of me......and they will harm me because of that, since i am better off than them... Can people give me some insight. I am normal person, in other ways (able to make a decent living), but neurotic. Getting extremely anxious. I am especially afraid of pain/death. So i am not able to live. I have read lot of books, but it is not helping me. How do you overcome pain ? Is pain really painful ? I am a loner. Don't have close friends after i suffered depression and got hospitalized.
posted by mot123 at 3:30 PM PST - 24 comments

scottishish reading for grumpy woman at baby's naming ceremony

can you suggest a scottish-ish poem for my gorgie daughter's naming ceremony? [more inside]
posted by taff at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments

How do you sue without suing?

I was misdiagnosed and found out after a lot of pain and money from a different doctor that I have an STD.... uh, should I sue? This is long, so if you're of the tl;dr crowd, bypass please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Little Pig, Little Pig, let me in!

What are the best movies in which the action revolves around protagonists under siege in an enclosed space? [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff at 3:15 PM PST - 44 comments

Dealing with higher ups at work

How do I tell higher ups to take a hike but have them walk away smiling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM PST - 16 comments

I want to wear black shirts again.

Looking for an all-natural, hair-friendly, anti-dandruff shampoo. [more inside]
posted by Elmo Oxygen at 2:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Setting sail on a virtual sea

Looking for quality video games with nautical or sea-faring themes. [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 2:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Another "what's this song?" question.

Another "what's this song?" question. Google-fu and music search engines failed me. Lyrics that I can remember of it are inside. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 2:31 PM PST - 9 comments

Your Experiences with Online Dating Services?

Have you used Chemistry.Com? eHarmony? Match? Etc.? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:26 PM PST - 48 comments

How do you pronounce the name "Lake Pushaw"?

How do you pronounce the name of "Pushaw Lake," in Maine?
posted by comfortinsound at 2:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't wanna rock it 'til the wheels fall off

What's the difference between a lug nut and a lug cap? Additionally, is my car safe to drive? [more inside]
posted by mnology at 2:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Limiting Filetypes in Foldershare

Any one know if you can limit MS's Foldershare app to only sync certain filetypes (say .mp3 only). I am trying to sync my music collection between 2 PC's but I've hit the 10000 file limit. These folders include the .jpg album covers that media player downloads when updating an album. I would rather sync just the .mp3 files and have each PC download the album art so I can stay under the 10000 file limit. Thanks.
posted by schleppo at 2:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me type in Japanese!

Help me type in Japanese! (Mac OS X) [more inside]
posted by melorama at 2:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Anyone with experiance in making MS Exchange work with SpamAssassin without having a Linux Box on hand?

I work at a small company with an Exchange server. We need OK spam protection. In an effort to move them to a more FOSS workcycle, I'm advocating SpamAssassin. Basically, I need it to work in our Windows Environment. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox at 1:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How can a buddhist deal with bullies without giving up practice?

What is a buddhist to do about bullies? [more inside]
posted by rubberkey at 1:32 PM PST - 23 comments

Who audits the advertised odds on lotteries

One in three chance you'll win a free pop, check under the cap! Does anyone audit these advertised odds? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Getting The Cold Shoulder For No Apparent Reason

This girl is messing with my head, need assistance from women. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 1:29 PM PST - 42 comments

Who decides what the news is?

Who decides what's news? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 1:26 PM PST - 14 comments

What do I wear under the salon robe?

What do I wear under the cape/robe at the fancy hair salon? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 1:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find innovative PM training?

Who is the Adaptive Path of Project Management training? [more inside]
posted by cior at 1:14 PM PST - 2 comments

My heating system: just fine or time bomb?

My forced hot air system has no return ducts. Instead, cool air falls directly into the basement, where there's a filtered intake on the side of the furnace. Are my life, health, and or selling prospects at severe risk? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 1:12 PM PST - 9 comments

BPD mother-in-law to be ...

Planning a wedding. The twist? The bride-to-be's mother has BPD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Photos from A Walk in the Woods?

Did Bill Bryson and/or Stephen Katz take any photos during their Walk in the Woods? Are they online anywhere? I'd love to see them.
posted by jclovebrew at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Vege Oktoberfest

I LOVE beer but feel left out during Oktoberfest. Any good ideas for a vegetarian and/or vegan Oktoberfest? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman at 12:32 PM PST - 18 comments

How can I turn a buck on the dollar's woes?

Can your average person who spends their entire workday in front of a computer short the dollar online, through some sort of investing site? I'm macroeconomically literate, but know next to nothing about what sort of options are available for playing with my money. I read about day-trading Japanese moms making money on the currency trade, and I'd like to keep my relatively meager savings from vanishing into some Weimarish wheelbarrow-of-bills traffic jam, I need to learn Japanese to do it?
posted by paul_smatatoes at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Teach Myself to Hit The Toilet at the Appointed Time

I want to practice yoga early in the mornings. But it's got to be after bowel movement. Problem is, my bowel movements, though quite regular in terms of daily-ness, occur at odd times. Sometimes I have to wait 2 or 3 hours after waking, and that throws off the whole sched. I also need to do yoga on an empty stomach, so eating something to stimulate the bowel movement isn't a solution. And I don't like coffee or cigarettes. I do try to keep a regular sched, waking/sleeping at approximately the same time each day. I have any other options for teaching my body to do its bizness first thing upon waking?
posted by jimmyjimjim at 11:51 AM PST - 18 comments

I need to look like the white guy in Color Me Badd

I need to find some vintage wear for a halloween cosume. Color Me Badd oriented. [more inside]
posted by kookywon at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me spell "Ani LeDodi VeDodi Li" with nikud

Help me spell "Ani LeDodi VeDodi Li", in hebrew, with vowel punctuation (nikud) [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the best corn maze in SE PA!

Help me find the best corn maze in SE PA! [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

The skinny on shirts for the skinny, please.

Where might one find inexpensive, stylish button-down shirts if one happened to be a very skinny guy? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 11:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Xbox 360 modding.

Xbox360, modded. [more inside]
posted by PenguinBukkake at 11:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Used Windows XP

Is there a legal marketplace for used copies of Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by chundo at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments

19 eggs, cooking for 1

help me use up 19 eggs! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 10:39 AM PST - 48 comments

New England road trip! Your insider tips needed.

New England road trip! Your insider advice on local color, tasty food & drink, picturesque roads, historic spots and natural wonders -- anything we'd be silly to miss. Itinerary inside. [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 10:32 AM PST - 10 comments

The lowdown on the downloads -- how to stay organized?

How to best organize and maintain my Downloads folder in OS X? Automator tips? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me chase the fall!

I'm looking for people's past experiences visiting Julian, California. [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 9:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Wine inventory/management software

Wine inventory/management software. I'm looking for a reliable program to catalog my department's wine collection. We receive bottles from various vintners daily, so the collection is quite large. I'd love some recommendations from the mefi crowd for PC software. [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

College timewaster gone from the internet.

I'm trying to find out what happened to, and where I can still read, ResLifeComics. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 9:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Direct Audio Capture options?

I need to ensure that I can record, via line-in or other direct method, audio at [more inside]
posted by griffey at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Willie Nelson song lyrics

Lyrics to a Willie Nelson song [more inside]
posted by JayRwv at 9:04 AM PST - 5 comments

la famille Croc vont a Paris

Family holiday in Paris, 2 children (6 and nearly 3), staying near Rue de Passy (in the 16th). Can anyone recommend good neighbourhood restaurants, brasseries etc in that area? [more inside]
posted by crocomancer at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Delving into the realm of the quirky through books

I'm looking for books with quirky storylines or quirky characters doing strange things. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:52 AM PST - 60 comments

Stucco repair options

What are my options for altering my exterior stucco? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

How to avoid an insurance write-off?

How can I avoid an insurance company writing off my car? [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 8:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Need a bank!

I'm fed up with my bank. I want a new one. The other choices in my podunk town aren't appealing. What now? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 8:30 AM PST - 21 comments

Night Night little ones

How do you get toddlers to keep their blankets on overnight? [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Photography Excursion(s) in Albany, NY

I've got time for three photo excursions when I visit Albany, NY the first week in October. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Teach me to walk!

OddFilter: How do you walk in flip-flops without them flying off your feet? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 8:14 AM PST - 17 comments

What's the best base for 4 days in San Diego?

Never been to San Diego: best place to stay for a brief vacation? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

First MediaWiki, now Deki Wiki...

WikiFilter: Can I do for Deki Wiki what's worked so well for MediaWiki?... [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

There's a man who is sure all that glitters is not gold

Why is it that classic rock stations, as if the sanity of the country and the whole damn world depended on it, play the same timeworn Led Zep, Pink Floyd and Rush hits over and over? Is some kind of payola or copyright issue involved? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:56 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me remember a children's book from long ago...

Trying to remember a particular children's book. I remember two details (and keep in mind that I might be conflating two different books). I think it was set in New York, in an Orthodox Jewish family, in the past century. One of the characters (I think a girl) likes to buy a pretzel stick and lick the salt off first. And the house rule for dinner was: eat veg first, then rice, then meat, then dessert. If you didn't finish one course, you didn't get the next. Any thoughts on what this book(s) could be?
posted by Ollie at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Windows doesn't think I have a keyboard, but I do.

Windows XP doesn't think I have a keyboard plugged in, but it works fine in BIOS. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Do mushrooms need peeling?

My wife, and her family, insist that "white" supermarket mushrooms must be "peeled" (or, barring that, washed) prior to eating. I always ate the things right out of the package, possibly using a brush to get the black stuff (dirt? mushroom grower poop?) off, if I think of it. Do mushrooms need to be peeled or cleaned?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 7:41 AM PST - 42 comments

Help With Art Glass Tiles

Craft Filter: (this question is from my sister-in-law) "Any suggestions for mounting Art Glass (Fused) Tiles? Sizes are 8 in by 11 in and 3 in by 3 in. No wires were fused in the tiles for hanging purposes. Should I bond to plexiglass as base? If so, how? What adhesive should I use? Any other suggestions?"
posted by wittgenstein at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

A check went boiiing

I'm on my mother's checking account (in case of emergency, i believe as just someone who can access it - but not jointly {if that makes sense}) and she bounced a check. What effect does this have on me? [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 7:05 AM PST - 2 comments

How to get along with my new co-workers

How do I make sure I get off on the right foot with my new co-workers? [more inside]
posted by karmagirl at 7:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Laptop audio recording issue

Sitting at my desk testing a Headset/Microphone plugged in to the mic/headphone socket of my HP laptop. It is working fine, but is picking up the sound of the hard drive spinning as it records (using audacity). I have never run into this before and I can't even hear the drive spinning while I am working, but in the headphones (and on the recording) you can hear it. I have confirmed it's definitely the hard drive as I can match the drive activity light to the sound in the 'phones. How the hell can I stop it picking this noise up?
posted by worker_bee at 6:54 AM PST - 9 comments

More Flight of the Conchords

Help me find more music like Flight of the Conchords and Tenacious D. [more inside]
posted by brain_drain at 6:45 AM PST - 33 comments

We've graduated! No more college bars!

Chicago next week. What are the hot night spots? [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 6:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Cubicle shenanigans

iButton work bathroom conspiracy. Sometime ago I noticed a small silver object blue tacked to the wall high up in one of the executive bathroom cubicles at my workplace. [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 5:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Come in Tokyo

Where does the practice of saying "come in Tokyo" while pretending to adjust a woman's breasts like an old radio set come from? I don't do this- but I know someone who claims it's a reference from some TV show or movie.
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Dollars to donuts

Should I be worried about an impending collapse of the US dollar? [more inside]
posted by doctorcurly at 5:42 AM PST - 21 comments

i just feel gross

How do you learn to love your imperfections and flaws? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Help? I need software to manage my budget!

I need software to manage my personal & business budget. [more inside]
posted by idlm at 4:46 AM PST - 7 comments


Mini-fridge woes. [more inside]
posted by puffin at 4:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Begone, oh red bars.

My Motorola L7c is with Verizon, and I hate the interface. Like, big time. I've been scouring the internet for flash/flex solutions, but nothing simple will come up. Help! [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 4:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Will a PS3 bought in Singapore work in Brazil?

Will a Playstation 3 bought in Singapore work in Brazil? By "work" I mean play the games in color and not black-and-white. Devices bought in the USA work because TVs in Brazil are all PAL-M/NTSC compatible, but not sure about Singapore's color system.
posted by dcrocha at 3:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Eyes Wide Shut

I learned yesterday that I do what someone described as "slow blinking" or "long blinking"--essentially, when giving a lecture or talking in a formal environment, I keep my eyes closed for 2-3 seconds at a time when I blink. I have apparently been doing this subconsciously and habitually for awhile. I want it to stop. I can't seem to find any good information on this problem (I keep getting links to computer blinking lights). In addition to general information, I am also looking for clever ideas as to how to help me realize when I am doing it. I don't think it is a medical condition- I was just at the eye doctor recently. I think it is more likely a communication issue, but just knowing I do it and being aware of it has not corrected it.
posted by Harvey Birdman at 3:07 AM PST - 6 comments

How can my fiancee change her name?

Where can I find U.S. laws regarding name change after marriage? More specifically, my Japanese fiancee wants to keep her Japanese family name...what agency can I contact to question about this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 2:11 AM PST - 6 comments


Positive urinalysis test, in the Navy, what now? I don't use drugs, anyone gone through this, know someone who has. [more inside]
posted by nintendo at 12:18 AM PST - 11 comments

September 19

Future proof my cabling please !

My house is completely wrecked. No cladding on the walls and in fact not too many walls. In four weeks time the builders will have built replacement walls and re-clad them. I need advice about what I should do about audio/video/data cabling for future needs and I need it soon ! [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 10:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Male Cat Afraid of Dominant Female Cat

My male cat is afraid to use his outdoor house because my dominant female cat has claimed it. How do I get him to re-claim his house? How do I get her to relinquish control of the house? [more inside]
posted by alleycatd at 9:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Details of the German Tank Counting Method.

Details of the German tank counting method (as seen on reddit)? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 9:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it worth the stamp

Can a letter sent from Montreal arrive in Paris in under a week?
posted by regicide is good for you at 9:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Name that IE6 CSS Bug!

Help, CSS bugs! What IE6 bugs are these? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker at 8:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to buy control surfaces in michigan?

I want to buy a midi control surface (for use with Reason on my laptop, mostly live). But I want to try a bunch of them out in person. Where can I do this in southeastern michigan?
posted by Tlogmer at 7:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Photography music?

Looking for songs about photography [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 7:31 PM PST - 53 comments

Help me not download .pdfs I don't want!

How do I keep Firefox from saving every .pdf file I look at onto my desktop? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:28 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I get over a promiscuous event in my girlfriend's past involving someone I dislike?

How can I get over a promiscuous event in my girlfriend's past involving someone I dislike? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 51 comments

My brain! My relationship! Who will be victorious?

I'm extremely intimidated by my girlfriend, and I'm afraid my resulting weird behaviour is gonna ruin our relationship. Have you been through this? How did you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Having a cold around a lot of people

Etiquette filter: What's the best way to handle being stopped up in a crowed situation such as on an airplane or in a large lecture hall? Is it more annoying if I sit and sniff, or occasionally blow my nose? Also, to imagine the worst possible scenario, what do I do if I find myself in this situation without enough tissues?
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 6:58 PM PST - 15 comments

DC101 playing WARRANT?

DCfilter: DC101 (fm radio) has been playing hair metal/classic metal since at least 3 p.m, today, as evidenced here.There is no mention of it on the station's site or Wikipedia. Is this a regular Wednesday thing? I enjoyed it, but am mystified by how many hours its lasted in light of the fact that Fall Out Boy, etc. is the station's usual fare.
posted by juniper at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do in NYC from Sunday to Tuesday?

Going-to-NYC-filter: The wife and I will be in NYC from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday evening. We're big apple virgins, so I'm looking for suggestions and recommendations for what we absolutely must see and/or do. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 6:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Why is my xml navigation not loading into my Flash movie?

Hyperspecific Html & Flash question especially for XML and Flash Video superstars. Why is my xml navigation not loading into my Flash movie? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a driver backup application that can be scripted to run without prompting...

Help me find a driver backup application that can be scripted to run without prompting... [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 5:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Headphone music

Please help me find headphone-centric music [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 5:41 PM PST - 41 comments

Finding the chaste

Help my girlfriend find virgins. [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 5:04 PM PST - 26 comments

She unstuffs the stuffed shirt?

What are some films, books, plays, TV shows, etc. that feature a free-spirited woman trying to get a strait-laced man to loosen up? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 4:55 PM PST - 47 comments

Covering my grey in a healthy way

The most natural way to cover my grey? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 4:44 PM PST - 31 comments

How can I reduce shaving rash?

I've read the previous threads on shaving, and got some useful tips, but my query is slightly different. I use an electric shaver, specifically this one. What product can I use with it to help reduce the redness and irritation? I've tried the recommended Nivea products, and while they do make the shaver glide easier, I still get the irritation. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do a three-year-old bouncing ball?

How to help a restless 3-year-old? [more inside]
posted by catherinem at 4:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for webcams to use in ecology lessons.

I'm looking for existing webcams that document ecological phenomena. [more inside]
posted by Tehanu at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Ugh, the limitations of the OC.

I'm looking for a comfortable place to study near Irvine or Costa Mesa, preferably open past 8pm? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

How much should my wife bid on a transcription job?

My wife is looking to do freelance transcription work while home with our newborn and needs bidding guidance. [more inside]
posted by mrmojoflying at 3:07 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get my server to authenticate with my domain controller (which is located behind a linksys router)?

I have a Windows 2000 server that is sitting in a public IP network. I can not figure out how I can get it to talk to my domain controller that is sitting in a private IP network with a linksys WRT54G sitting in between. Will port mapping solve this? I have already tried putting the domain controller in the WRT54G's DMZ. That did not seem to work.
posted by zzztimbo at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Point me in the right direction...

I need to find a Phone Number Bank-type service that works for Houston, TX phone numbers. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Your favorite business/investment teacher/columnist

Who is your favorite investment/business columnist/blogger/guru that you trust because they can think for themselves and teach and not follow the herd? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Book Recommendations For Leadership/Problem-Solving?

I need some good books or other learning material about how to effectively lead people, and more importantly, solve disputes. Read anything that would help me? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

plasma as secondary pc monitor

Is there a relatively affordable way to connect my computer to both a monitor and plasma screen, having the ability to switch between the two seemlessly? [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Are my cats meds actually good for them?

I have two cats, both with a mild respiratory infection, and the drugs the vet gave us aren't making much sense to us. Can anyone help explain? [more inside]
posted by Braeog at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

durability of PMP drives

Flash memory vs hard drive in a personal media player: do the hard drives have serious reliablility/durablility issues in the portable media players like iPod and Archos? I expect I'll drop the thing a few times (or more), and wouldn't enjoy sending a hard drive model off for expensive repair/replacement. Any thoughts on what percentage of hard drive equipped media players require repair? Bonus points: what software (preferably freeware) would be able to pull a single frame from the videos I make for the player and print/save it as a jpg? The vids would be mp4, avi, or wmv.
posted by bbranden1 at 12:58 PM PST - 16 comments

You know who else ___? Origin?

What's the origin of the meme "You know who else [does something]" with the standard answer (or implied answer) being Hitler but often replaced by something else? [more inside]
posted by luser at 12:21 PM PST - 26 comments


How can I repair my relationship with my sister? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:36 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me find this Malay snack

Savory Malaysian soybean bar a co-worker brought from home > 10 years ago. It wasn't too spicy-hot. It was made in a pan and cut into squares like brownies; individual soybeans were discernable. I'm pretty sure it wasn't fermented. I want to make it or something very like it. Anybody know a recipe, or what it's called?
posted by amtho at 11:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Welcome to the worst day of your life

I never thought I would be writing this. After almost five years together, my girlfriend told me that she's not sure if she wants to continue our relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 47 comments

No raccoon eyes!

I need a new mascara! Or say...any mascara...for my brand-new "adult" life... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 11:25 AM PST - 37 comments

Multiple drugs to manage heartburn?

GERDfilter: Is it bad to take prevacid AND tums? [more inside]
posted by dismas at 11:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Rails/Java XML-RPC Filter

Railsfilter: I need to write an addition to an already-existing Rails app to allow it to accept large files (and some trivial metadata) uploaded from a Processing (Java) client I've written. The Rails app already supports this behavior via a web interface. I can see a few of the trees, how do I fit them into the forest and get a pair of working apps? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

What can cause bad blocks in two different hard drives?

Two hard drives in a row have developed bad blocks. What could be causing this? Heat is not an issue. [more inside]
posted by Yogurt at 11:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Tips for Amazing Tortillas

Home-made tortillas: what is your recipe for success? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Making an "unfixable" electric guitar fixable again

A botched repair has left my electric guitar nearly unplayable, and repair shops won't take on the job. Can anyone help me save my lovely instrument? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by UlfMagnet at 10:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Problem with iframe, links, and redirects

I have a problem where I show a document within an iframe, and I wish to have links clicked within the iframe show in the toplevel window instead of the iframe. But there's a twist... [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Pain has a kung fu grip on my shoulders.

Shoulder exercise recommendations to protect my joints from repetitive martial arts drills? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 10:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me get data from a word doc into a spreadsheet/database, please. thank you!

Help me get Lexis-Nexis search results from an MS word document into a usable spreadsheet/database format. More inside. [more inside]
posted by krudiger at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Do you have a policy for how you acknowledge people you pass in the corridor at work?

You work in a single level building with approx 150 people. You move around the building to get coffee, grab lunch etc. You pass people you don't know but recognize in the corridors. What is your policy for acknowledging these people? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 10:44 AM PST - 30 comments

Wie kann mann fersehen?

I really want to watch German-language television to improve my German. How can I do that in the US? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Turn off the internet!

We need to turn off the internet! What is the best program for temporarily disabling our access? We need one solution for a Mac and one for Windows. Ideally we'd like something with a timer (where the internet is turned off for x number of hours) or something that requires a difficult process to unlock it. [more inside]
posted by barnone at 10:24 AM PST - 10 comments

We're Moving to Montreal! Where should we live?!

MontrealFilter: We are moving to Montreal in December. Yay! Advice needed on neighborhoods that would suit us. [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 10:15 AM PST - 20 comments

It's easy as riding a bike. I want to believe!

At the relatively old age of 29, I've decided to relearn* how to ride a bike. Bicycle, that is. What are the unspoken (ha!) rules and things I should know? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 10:12 AM PST - 36 comments

Hotel/Motel/B&B recommendations for Toronto/Markham area, please

Greetings, my Canadian brethren! I am travelling to the Toronto area (specifically Markham) this November for some business. Do you have any hotel/motel/b&b recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid at 9:55 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you want to do? I don't know, what do you want to do?

What kinds of activities can a couple enjoy together (besides the obvious)? We're engaged, early 30s, no kids, together for 3 years. A lot of that time has been fairly busy - grad school, different jobs, moving. Now we're settled down to an extent, and we're getting bored. Well, at least I am. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:58 AM PST - 30 comments

Vancouver vs. Seattle

My girlfriend and I have 1 weekend (two days one night) to spend in either Vancouver or Seattle or some combination of both cities and know nothing about either of them. We dock in Vancouver at 7 am on a Friday in June and will need to be in New York on Sunday. Planning on a Red eye from Seattle Saturday night. We generally like outdoorsy things (hiking, mountains, parks etc.), museums, and music. Alas, we also have a limited budget. Questions: What's to do in Vancouver? What's to do in Seattle? Do we need a car? Is it far to drive from one to the other? Any suggestions as to where to stay/eat?
posted by lotusmonster at 8:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Name that root! (or tuber, I suppose)

Can you identify this vegetable? [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

What to get a new American?

New American Filter: I just found out that a friend of mine will become an American this coming Tuesday. Recommend a good commemorative gift. [more inside]
posted by catseatcheese at 8:26 AM PST - 31 comments

We need an updated MeFi "What to do in Vegas" for couples!

My partner and I are celebrating 10 years with a quick four-day trip, sans kids, to Vegas. We're already lined up to see Cirque's Love, Lucky Chang's Drag Show and Madam Tussaud's, but I'd love to here what MeFiers have as suggestions -- not just for us -- for cool, unique stuff to see in Vegas.
posted by liquado at 8:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Spit it out

Female 16. When I can expect her "like ummm you know like it's like you know um like really really ... " to you know like abate?
posted by johnny7 at 8:15 AM PST - 47 comments

Locked Out of the Ivory Tower

I've been trying to land a job as a history teacher in the Seattle area for a couple of years. What am I doing wrong? Given my background, do I have any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

What's better than awstats?

I've got a website that does a lot of traffic. I'm using awStats. It's slow as hell because we're adding ten million hits a day to it's database. We don't want to use an external logging solution because we've found that they underreport dramatically (by 40% in the case of Google Analytics). Are there any free stats processors that will be able to process lots of records AND have better drill-down capability than awstats? I have plenty of hardware to throw a tthe problem.
posted by SpecialK at 8:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me spur my laptop into better PhotoShoppery!

I have a lengthy question about comic-making, PhotoShop, and aging computers. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Aspens in New Mexico?

Amateur photographers want to find aspens in New Mexico. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Things to do in DC alone after work during the work week?

Things to do in DC alone after work during the work week? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:20 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I make giant, durable, light-weight lobster claws?

I'm doing a road rallye in New England next weekend, and my team is turning my '85 Saab 900 hatchback into a giant lobster. I will be putting 4-foot long claws onto the front of it, and actuators inside will actually make the claws move. So, there will be a metal frame/skeleton at the heart of it, but I want to encase that in realistic looking giant lobster claws. What material will look good, be cheap, and hold up for a day on the road? [more inside]
posted by excitementMD at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Can I use my Razr to surf the web on my Macbook with only the mobile web plan on my service?

I have mobile web on my cell phone plan. Can I use bluetooth and my Mac Book to connect to the Razr and surf the web on my computer? [more inside]
posted by Mark at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Spice that's nice

What is that Asian spice blend that contains sesame seed, small seaweed flakes, and I'm not sure what else, that they put on the rice at Teasim in DC, and where can I buy it online. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 7:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Please help me find things to do on dates in the Nyack, NY area

Please help me find things to do on dates in the Nyack, NY area [more inside]
posted by sequential at 7:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Best way to use a tanning salon?

Recent improvements to my body has made me consider ridding myself of my "Programmer's Pallor". I have some questions about tanning salons I've not seen addressed on here yet. [more inside]
posted by aofl at 6:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Making a wood burning fireplace more efficient.

Fall is right around the corner. These chilly mornings have me thinking about lighting a fire in our fire place. I love the look, the smell, and everything else that goes with a fireplace. But efficiency wise? It sucks. [more inside]
posted by jaythebull at 6:26 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I keep my desktop clean?

How can I make Firefox on OS X not clutter up my desktop? Every time I click on a file, I get that open or save dialog box. If I choose open, it saves a copy of the file to my desktop, then opens the desktop copy. I don't want Firefox to save anything to my desktop unless I choose the save option. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 6:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Yet Another Costume Question

I need a costume idea, theme "Myths & Legends". Help me, please! [more inside]
posted by arha at 5:52 AM PST - 27 comments

Brains vs Grains

What is the most energy efficient form of flesh to eat? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:33 AM PST - 39 comments

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format?

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format? I often buy vector pack cds that come with vast amounts of eps/ai files but there is almost always a single .pdf file that has a catalog of all the files in one for easy browsing. Is there a tool that does this automatically?
posted by cheero at 4:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Bilingual idioms.

French letter / capote anglais French leave / filer à l'anglaise Can you suggest other examples of pairs of complementary (perhaps derogatory?) idioms in two different languages? Is there a word for these?
posted by roofus at 3:32 AM PST - 17 comments

What becomes of the BaSO4?

In the endothermic reaction where barium sulphate becomes aqueous barium and sulphate ions, what would adding barium chloride and (separately) sodium chloride do to the reaction? (and why?)
posted by lazy robot at 3:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Is Iain Banks' new book, The Steep Approach to Garbadale worth buying?

Is Iain Banks' new book, The Steep Approach to Garbadale worth buying? [more inside]
posted by Surfyournut at 3:04 AM PST - 33 comments

prove: the internet is DELICIOUS

Good, preferably vegetarian-inclusive or focused, recipe blogs? Alternatively, one really good recipe magazine in the same category. [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 1:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Dry or fry?

What will happen to my washer/dryer if I shut the water off during the dry cycle? Or would turning it to a trickle be a smarter, equally effective idea...? I'm trying to shrink some clothes, but it steams so effectively that I'm getting nowhere. So frustrating as they come out seriously hot. Without the steam they would've been done in 10 minutes tops, but maybe without steam... X-s ?? It's an LG WD-1412RD
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har at 1:08 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I find Hillary Clinton's Resume

I am trying to find a place where I can get a copy of Hillary Clinton's resume. Not a saterical one, but, I am curious where she has worked and want to check out her work experience. Thanks so much!
posted by wildpetals at 1:03 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm making a list of Cognate words within the Indo-European/Romance Languages looking for sources

I'm making a list of Cognate words within the Indo-European/Romance Languages and am looking for words to add to it. [more inside]
posted by complience at 12:50 AM PST - 13 comments

how do I find some decent therapy on no $$$?

I'd like to get some kind of psychotherapy for change-of-life adjustment issues. I live right near a major university and wondered about talking with a student intern... would it, mefites, be (a) possible and (b) prudent? [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 12:29 AM PST - 9 comments

September 18

Mandarin Chinese help

Please help me find a reliable (hopefully free) translation service so that I can ace my Mandarin test. [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 11:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Wanted: headphone adapters that don't resemble crowbars

Can anybody help me source headphone adapters that won't break all my headphone sockets? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 10:43 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I manage a big Java project?

How do I manage the source code for a big Java program? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 8:54 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you set this watch?

Help my friend set her new digital watch! The packaging has no instructions, and the buttons are not labeled. [more inside]
posted by Many bubbles at 8:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Anyone recall a sheet music joke piece?

Searching for a joke musical "piece" somewhat like this. [more inside]
posted by sappidus at 8:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell Me About your Favorite Elementary School Teacher

What elementary school teacher did you love and why? I'm writing an essay about elementary education; specifically about how teachers relate to and interact with their students. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:03 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I account for twins in statistical analysis?

How do I account for twins in statistical analysis? By 'twins' I mean two people born at the same time, rather than any unknown-to-me technical meaning for the word 'twins' in statistics. [more inside]
posted by teem at 7:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Everybody poops, especially babies

Looking for advice, recommendations, and experiences using cloth diapers. [more inside]
posted by bove at 7:22 PM PST - 30 comments

question about aesthetic of gas fireplace

Should I take out my gas fireplace insert? [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity at 7:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Finding historic Cape Verde flag

Where to buy the historic Cape Verde national flag flown up until 1992? [more inside]
posted by tonci at 6:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Computers were meant to do this kind of thing.

How can a non-programmer automate their stock market screening and timing process? (semi-long explanation inside.) [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 6:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me buy a great film!

I'm looking for a copy of the 1979 Dutch film "Opname" (U.S. title: "In for Treatment"), to rent or buy. [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me become the ace of cakes!

I want to improve my very limited baking skills, primarily focusing on baking cakes. What are essential tools and how-to baking cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 6:02 PM PST - 31 comments

Need help finding cheap/free advertising for my nonprofit

Looking for inexpensive ways to advertise for a nonprofit [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Too heavy for Couch to 5k?

I just had a doctor tell me I'm too heavy to run the Couch to 5k program. Is this really true? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 5:35 PM PST - 63 comments

great mefites don't post on the blue; they post on the green.

Who said, "Great art doesn't offer answers; it asks questions," or some such? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 5:12 PM PST - 7 comments

apartment lease renewal

Should I give notice that I'm vacating my apartment, even though I might not be? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 5:02 PM PST - 13 comments

jewelry display suggestions

Does anyone have any creative ideas for jewelry/accessories display? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 4:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Need inspiration for a band name

Help name my friend's band. We need some inspiration and I know you guys are a creative bunch. The type of music is nu-metal / rock and the band is located in Argentina so English or Spanish names are OK. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 4:54 PM PST - 44 comments

Turn me into an Admin/DBA

How do I learn to be a professional Server Administrator/Database Administrator? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Therapy Alibi

recently started going to therapy. how do i explain (or not explain) to co-workers why i am missing an hour of work every week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 32 comments

How Helpful Are the Computer People?

How readily do the Computer People at large corporations agree to cooperate with requests for NON-criminal investigations of e-mails sent from these companies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Sending SMS to multiple people

How do I send SMS messages to multiple people at once? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 3:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Books with bumbling wizards?

Recommendations for books with bumbling wizards? [more inside]
posted by killjoy at 3:38 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I handle resigning from a company I love?

I'm looking for personal anecdotes and advice from the hive mind to deal with quitting a job at a company I helped build, with friends who I hope to remain close to. (Slightly long post inside) [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Sheet music quest

Sheet music filter- Looking for the score for vocal performance of the Shaker hymn I Danced in the Morning. I have a friend whose funeral memorial is very soon and just need the sheet music for a singing version. I find lots of trombone versions and such but just want to be able to hand out the sheet music. It is a public domain song as far as I know.
posted by Freedomboy at 3:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find old guides on how to talk to your kids about sex?

Where can I find 1950s and 1960s guides on how to talk to your kids about sex? I know they're out there, but library searches and amazon searches are only turning up newer books.
posted by bflora at 2:17 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a reliable, quiet water-cooling setup for a new DIY gaming PC?

I'm going for a pretty significant (and overdue) upgrade on my desktop PC and as part of this, I'm considering water-cooled system. I looking at a Core 2 Duo Conroe 2.66 GHz CPU, eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS and similar motherboard/RAM. I'm looking for a solid water-cooling setup that will be reliable and quiet. Basically, I'm wondering about kits vs. a la carte, solid manufacturers, general considerations, etc. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 2:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Need directional audio system for convention

Looking for directional audio system suitable for convention floor. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 2:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Movers:flat rate vs hourly!

Movers flat rate, or per hour? I asked for a quote on All the flat rates are get are ridiculously high. I also got some quotes of movers that charge per hour. If those same rates were applied, it seems that the flat rate movers would spend 10 hours moving the stuff in my 1 bedroom, which will be already packed, for a distance of ten miles. That is impossible!?!?! Is there a catch, hidden charges, or something? Because the per hour movers seem much cheaper than the flat raters. I don't want to get burned.
posted by spacefire at 1:50 PM PST - 17 comments

In a hundred years, they'll be looking for people who had something, anything, to do with Beanie Babies.

Where can I find people who have some relationship to convict-leasing in the southern United States? Are there historical societies (African American or otherwise) that can direct me to older people who can talk about what it was like? Where else can I look? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive?

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 1:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Does taking on mysql after 10 years of Oracle make sense?

Career-wise, is it a smart move to take a mysql position after building up ten years of Oracle experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Chasing Paper

Law student needs job advice. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 1:21 PM PST - 23 comments

Weghting a sweepstakes in my favor

"you will automatically receive one entry for each bill payment you make" Is this sweepstakes set up by morons? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 1:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Is an ex-Stolen car a good deal?

I'm considering buying a used car on Craigslist, but the seller disclosed to me over the phone that the car had been stolen, then recovered. If everything else checks out, would you buy the car? If so, are there any pitfalls I should look out for? [more inside]
posted by anastasia at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Is this an adductor pull or something else?

I have a recurring muscle strain, but it's not a hernia. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 12:58 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it?

What is this crazy 'antivegan' diet I saw, and is there any science behind it? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 12:55 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I install Novell Evolution on Mac OS X

Novell Evolution on Mac OS X. Theoretically it's possible, but the installation is a mess (more like, not intelligently designed; amirite?) Has anyone out there been able to get it to work? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Public and loud.

Moving into a solarium. Tips? Modification suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zazerr at 12:19 PM PST - 8 comments


I keep hearing from people that I can use my TMobile Blackberry 8700G as a modem (I will probably get the TMobile Curve when it comes out in a few weeks, if that changes the answer or my options much.) by routing the traffic for my laptop through it, either using Bluetooth or a USB to mini-USB cable. But I also hear that I have to do some hacks or hide it from TMobile or and other things like that. [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Non-hard drive backup needed for paperless office.

Massive non-hard drive backup needed for accounting firm that wants to go almost completely paperless. [more inside]
posted by Tinen at 12:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Brooklyn Singing Telegram

Has anyone ever used a singing telegram service in New York City specifically Brooklyn? I'm planning for my girlfriend's b'day and I'm wondering if anyone has any firsthand experience. I'm mostly looking for more crazy person in a bear suit type things rather than Marilyn Monroe impersonators and the ilk, but I'm open.
posted by josher71 at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

what is the source "Calvin and Hobbes" strip for the peeing calvin decals?

what is the source "Calvin and Hobbes" strip for the peeing calvin decals? i am pretty sure he wasn't peeing at all, just turned away from the viewer. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 12:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Help with maximizing our critical exposure at a Chicago documentary film premier.

Help with maximizing our critical exposure at a Chicago documentary film premier. [more inside]
posted by Roach at 12:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommendation for a lightweight warm weather rain jacket?

Please help me find a lightweight rain jacket for hot weather travel through monsoon prone regions? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

JDE OneWorld XE Commerce Integration

eCommerce for JDE OneWorld XE B73.3.3? [more inside]
posted by strangej at 11:59 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find this type of online quiz generation?

I need a a script set or pages or package that will help me create a self-grade able multiple-choice quiz that someone can take online via the web, enter their name, receive a grade at the end along with what questions were missed, and automatically e-mail these same results along with the test-taker's name, to a specific email address (preferably two addresses). [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

help me visualize human dignity -- or a stunning lack thereof

I need to find a vivid visual depiction of shredded dignity. I'm thinking that it will come from a film, but it needs to be bite-sized, meaning a single scene or moment, and not the sum total of the movie. [more inside]
posted by rubberfish at 11:12 AM PST - 66 comments

How many organizations are fading away due to a generation gap?

How many organizations are fading away due to a generation gap? [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 11:04 AM PST - 36 comments

Creative Zen Microphoto mp3 player and I can't deal with the software - any suggestions for alternatives?

Creative Zen Microphoto mp3 player and I can't deal with the software - any suggestions for alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Carialle at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Job ideas for 61 yr old Mom?

Job ideas for my 61 y.o. Mom. No college, 7 years in mortgage broker business last year on her own (thus the question). 27 years management experience. Health not so good (heart issues). Any ideas?
posted by swiffa at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

My teenage daughter is self-destructing. I've run out of ideas and I need help.

How can I help my teenager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 48 comments

I love science. Should I give up my science classes?

I'm a science nerd who's transitioned to the humanities because of repeated fuck-ups. Now I'm giving up the last few science classes I have and it's ripping me apart. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 21 comments

What can I do to help slay the sadness demon?

What is the single best thing you have done to help control your depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 73 comments

I'm m-m-m-m-melting... melting... MELTING!

Global Warming Filter: This might be a stupid question, but if enough polar ice has melted to open the Northwest Passage for the first time in distant memory, then why are Lake Superior's waters at an all-time low? I thought global warming was supposed to raise water levels?
posted by LakesideOrion at 10:25 AM PST - 12 comments

The Little Traveling Shot

What is the earliest generally-accepted use in commercial cinema of the following three shots: a lens-based zoom, in or out; a traveling shot using a dolly to follow a scene's protagonist (as in moving from room to room laterally); and a traveling shot using a dolly to effectively create a zoom, in which the framing of the protagonist becomes tighter as a result of a shorter distance to the subject? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Need to be restrained...

Anyone know where to find a size xl realistic straightjacket? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 10:00 AM PST - 11 comments

The More Bank Accounts the Better?

Any reason not to open a couple more bank accounts for all the gifts/rewards/incentives they offer? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments


I run 5K 4-6 times a week, and I'd like to get my speed up. Should I increase my overall pace, or do sprints/intervals interspersed with jogging?
posted by four panels at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Sites en francais

Please recommend some French websites. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress at 9:28 AM PST - 13 comments

This is actually a pretty cool town, I think...

I'm a recent grad who has been living in Greensboro, NC, for three months. I haven't gotten to know the town as much as I'd like. Where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Lining up columns in CSS

CSS: What's the deal with positioning? [more inside]
posted by daksya at 9:08 AM PST - 11 comments

OpenOffice Chart Question

How can I make OpenOffice charts with a non-standard origin. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 8:47 AM PST - 2 comments

If I tell myself I'm ok, am I ok (or will I be)?

My question is not "do self-affirmations work?," but rather "have they worked for you?" I would appreciate hearing from people who have used self-affirmations to bring about (significant?) change in their lives. [more inside]
posted by segatakai at 8:38 AM PST - 32 comments

Recommend some 9/11 literature

Please recommend some 9/11 literature. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 8:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Why isn't my wireless router working?

My wireless router is not working, even though it keeps telling me that it has an excellent connection to my network...So, what did I do wrong? [more inside]
posted by meesha at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for an open source alternative to SharePoint for my own home/non-enterprise use.

Looking for an open source alternative to SharePoint for my own home/non-enterprise use. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 8:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Is the 404 an Error?

I want a videocamera with good features that can easily transfer ready-to-upload files to my computer. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Central vacuum?

I need recommendations for a good central vacuum system to install in my house. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Colorado and Wyoming Fishing Tips?

We're going fly fishing in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming next week. What should we make sure not to miss? [more inside]
posted by advicepig at 7:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Giving away my good name.

Is there any way I can make my forged signature legally bulletproof? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 7:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Who solves the solvents?

How can I clean acetone residue out of some glass jugs? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 6:34 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I deal with a combative roommate?

Help me deal with some seemingly intractable roommate issues (with bonus substance abuse drama.) [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 2:43 AM PST - 25 comments

How can I best help somebody study for the ASVAB?

How can I best help somebody study for the ASVAB? [more inside]
posted by concrete at 2:09 AM PST - 7 comments

cultivating je ne sais quoi

Is it possible to create a descriptor of 'star performers' that's not tied to contextual skillset requirements? [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur at 1:01 AM PST - 11 comments

September 17

Kia ftl

Bought a used car from Kia, with warranty. Two weeks later it's needing repairs and after numerous promises for a loner, we're being denied. "Boss said no, you'll have to pay for a rental" What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 10:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Photo uploading etiquette

I would like to know everyone's thoughts on uploading photos to the web. I never thought anything of it myself, but now that I'm on facebook, my worlds are colliding. [more inside]
posted by mooza at 9:25 PM PST - 14 comments


Help me stop meeting more acquaintances and start meeting more close friends [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 9:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Kill the f@cking moths

Please, please help me with this moth infestation. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 9:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Spacey guitar music recommendations

Looking for spacey ambient guitar recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 8:55 PM PST - 40 comments

Looking for a condo in TO

Help a recent grad find a condo in Toronto, and help me figure out if I can afford it. [more inside]
posted by veritascitor at 8:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Jokes For Beginning Readers

Good jokes for a beginning reader? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 8:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I buy a house using a student loan?

Can I buy a house using a student loan? Would this even be a good idea? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 8:50 PM PST - 13 comments


Can you identify this spider? Are we going to die? [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 8:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Who covered that Cure song, 'A Forest'?

Which band did a cover of The Cure song called 'A Forest'? [more inside]
posted by pelican at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Screwed network, Help.

We have a bunch of PCs that all connect to the rest of the network through a single switch and fiber link. They're all having problems with slow networking and database links breaking. This is what Task Manager's Networking tab shows when we copy a single 80MB file down from the server. Does anyone recognise the problem? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 7:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Shouldn't 4 months be long enough to get over this?

Can/should I be friends with my ex? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 7:02 PM PST - 28 comments

World According to the Clothing Industry

I need to make or find a large color map of the world, but in proportion to the clothing industry i.e. Honduras and China would be much larger than the United States or Canada. [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Book Club Bleg

Help me choose some books to nominate for book club. No, no, no, this one's a tad more complicated. :) [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 6:50 PM PST - 3 comments

A good way to archive and search a large store of email on my computer?

How to store and search lots of old email. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 6:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Pen name paranoia

I've decided to publish a poem and a short story under a pen name. I'm wondering if there are any negative consequences involved in this that I may not be aware of. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

ASP VBScript Email question

How can I do a simple logon to a POP3 account using ASP/VBScript? [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy at 6:12 PM PST - 6 comments

It was here just last week...

One of our local malls, South Coast Plaza in Orange County, *constantly* moves stores around and the stores *constantly* remodel. Why, and is it mandatory? I mean, I'm sure someone(s) smarter than me has decided that it's worth all the money they spend to move/remodel stores. Is that all there is to my question? Why don't other malls seem to do this? Is South Coast Plaza different because it's more of an upscale/luxury mall? Is it unique to certain malls? Does the mall force the stores to move? Or is this something the stores ask to do?
posted by edjusted at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Love Lost?

My girlfriend and i broke up, will we ever be successful? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 5:25 PM PST - 29 comments

How to teach someone to drive stick?

How do I teach my wife to operate a manual transmission? [more inside]
posted by rush at 5:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Fickle fitness

I go through very rapid ups and downs in physical strength and stability. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 5:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify this fibrous roof sheathing

Help me identify this building material... [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Good vacation spot in October?

After an exhausting period at work, finally my husband and I may both be on the same page for a vacation in October! Woo hoo! But where should we go for somewhere between 1-2 full weeks for something less than $3,000 total (the less the better)? Many more specifics follow the jump. [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Getting invites to private beta websites

Streamy is currently in private beta, as is Pownce, and I've been in queue for an invite for quite some time. Any help on getting an account to these websites now would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 4:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Paint Rollers and the environment: Wash or waste?

My wife has come to the conclusion that it's more environmentally friendly to use a paint roller once (and then let it dry out and throw it away) as opposed to wasting upteen gallons of water cleaning all the paint out in order to reuse the roller. This seems crazy and a waste of money to me. What say you AskMetafilterians?
posted by ssmith at 4:11 PM PST - 21 comments

I hate tvs.

How can I get my satellite and old tv to play nice? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 3:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Brazilian funeral customs?

Funeral customs in Brazil? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

California Family get-away ideas?

Quick family get away from San Francisco with a pool and weather warm enough to enjoy it? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 3:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Fun New Product at Work

The management at the company I'm working for has sold a couple customers on a product that we as the worker-bees have yet to produce. That being said I view this more as an opportunity to do something new than as a huge hassle, assuming we can figure out a convenient way of producing said product. So I was hoping the great and wonderful MeFi might have a couple suggestions they might throw my way. [more inside]
posted by bernsno at 2:57 PM PST - 3 comments

My ears! My ears!

Some sound design questions to follow up on this golden moldy oldie... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:20 PM PST - 14 comments

gimme a popup window outisde of my network

I am looking for something that will enable me to write a message that will popup on a computer outside of my network. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way to prevent people from throwing stuff down a rooftop sewer vent?

Is there some sort of cap that can be put on a rooftop sewer vent to prevent to people from throwing stuff down it? My roommates and I recently endured a prolonged plumbing disaster (other people's sewage bubbling up in our toilets and tubs, flooded hallways, bailing out tubs and toilets with garbage cans at 3 a.m., etc.) and we are eager to avert a future crisis. The plumbers finally discovered large pieces of wood in our pipe, which we can only assume were thrown down from the roof, since they seem impossible to flush. There is easy access to the roof of our four-story building, and we're not interested in having some drunken putz foul up our plumbing again.
posted by zembla3 at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Go Black.

Is there any bar in Baltimore that I can watch the New Zealand-Scotland Rugby world cup game this coming Sunday? For no cover charge?
posted by gaspode at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Instructions on altering a woman's dress shirt?

Can anyone recommend an online tutorial or a sewing book on how to tailor button-down dress shirts for women? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Costume ideas for infants

I'm looking for some good ideas for infant Halloween costumes. We have a 5 month old daughter that we'd love to dress up (mostly for the cute pictures) but we're short on ideas. I've seen all the 'cute' costumes (some into the hundreds of dollars) available for sale on various sites but none of them are striking me as particularly worth the money. [more inside]
posted by lyam at 1:29 PM PST - 39 comments

How to care for redwood siding?

How do I maintain/freshen/update or paint redwood siding? [more inside]
posted by idigress at 1:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Gift for dad

High-end thank you present for dad. [more inside]
posted by octomato at 1:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Good Travel Writing by/about Women.

Looking for books about or by female travelers/adventurers/volunteers abroad. [more inside]
posted by zhivota at 1:01 PM PST - 26 comments

Preserving the Magic

Andrew Bird's 2005 show on Fabchannel is my favorite performance of all time. How can I preserve it before the license expires and the gig is over? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Failed Vista install boot problem

I tried to install Vista but the install failed. Now when my PC boots I have to jump through some hoops to get it working. Help! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Short legs, long torso, no bike.

Help me find a bike that fits a short guy, who is apparently only short in the legs. [more inside]
posted by averyoldworld at 12:30 PM PST - 25 comments

He sold my car???

You are not my lawyer. You may not even BE a lawyer. But my friend needs, if not actual legal advice, some general suggestions about how to proceed. The short story: her ex-boyfriend sold her car without telling her, without her consent, and appears to have fled the state with his ill-gotten gains. This question is probably California-specific. [more inside]
posted by autojack at 12:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Rust repair on a Honda C-70 scooter

I just picked up an old Honda C-70 scooter and I'd like to get it shined up. Are there any places around Seattle that I can take it to and have the small bits of surface rust fixed and repainted/rechromed? [more inside]
posted by azuresunday at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Am I turning into one of Those People?

Is submitting an update to the "class notes" section of your college or university alumni magazine a good way to keep in touch, or is it just public bragging? Is the answer different if you're a recent alum?
posted by chickletworks at 12:04 PM PST - 17 comments

How to get the ex to remove his motorcycle from our house

Converting title to an [ostensibly] abandoned motorcycle. A primer? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Baby climbed over my only idea

In desperate need of highly creative baby-gating solution [more inside]
posted by esereth at 11:52 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I obtain depression meds on the cheap?

I need to get back on meds for my depression; however, I am uninsured at the moment and can't afford them. What options if any are available for obtaining discounted prescription medication? [more inside]
posted by GS1977 at 11:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me make sure I don't freeze the old orange tailfeathers off this winter.

I need to have annual maintenance done on my furnace. Can any Toronto-area MeFites recommend a company or person for this job? Also, what kind of price range can I expect? Send contact information to the email address in my profile if you do not wish to make it public. Thanks.
posted by orange swan at 11:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Do I really have gout? And if so...what next?

I'm a woman in my 20s, and I've been told I have gout. Misdiagnosis? What next? [more inside]
posted by jennak at 11:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Thunderbird Message Filters Disappear

Why are my Thunderbird message filters disappearing? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 11:29 AM PST - 1 comment

Can a duplex occupant videotape common areas and areas that are not hers?

My friends just moved into a lovely, renovated duplex. Now they find themselves under surveillance--from their duplex mate. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:24 AM PST - 68 comments

Princeton Review screening exam

Please come in if you have applied online to teach for Princeton Review. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 5 comments

New Roof

What new material would you use to replace an old cedar shingle roof? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Hardwood floor vacuum

I'm looking for a reasonably priced vacuum for use on hardwood floors. Doesn't need any sort of powered brushes just suction. Thanks!
posted by sandpine at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Does synthetic urine work?

How reliable is the synthetic urine called "Yellow River" by the people who make the "Whizzinator" for standard employment drug tests? Asking for my roommate (honest)! E-mail in profile for anonymity. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:08 AM PST - 24 comments

What have you done that reflects what you're good at?

What accomplishments do you point to when setting course for a new direction in life? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Stop the repetition!

My blog seems to be 'reposting' its feed regularly. Why, and how do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Distorted / incorrect memories (and conviction to be right)

My mother remembers events incorrectly, but is convinced this was how it happened. Is there a term for this? What can it be a symptom of? Is it common? Is it psychological, neurological, sth-else-ical? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 9:38 AM PST - 46 comments

German rail question about changing trains

Why are transfer times between trains in Germany so brief, and should I be concerned about this? [more inside]
posted by ethnomethodologist at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for an OSX app(or other solution) that will allow us to edit/update a front page produced site.

Looking for an OSX app(or other solution) that will allow us to edit/update a Front Page produced site. [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

What piece of music was being played last night during the fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl?

What piece of music was being played last night during the fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl?
posted by forallmankind at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Learn Me!

I have decided to home school my preschooler. It is just for this year. I'm a little lost at how much schooling I should be giving him to prepare him for kindergarten next year. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 9:00 AM PST - 28 comments

I want what I think should be described as a cool 'slim cut' suit.

I want what I think should be described as a cool 'slim cut' suit. I want the jacket to be slim, but I don't want the trousers to be too tapered (yuk). I want to get it in black, in the UK, and ideally under £200 (£250 max). Where should I be looking for such an item?
posted by tomw at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

None of my exes live in Texas . . .

Traveling to Texas - What are not-to-be-missed things to do in and around Austin? [more inside]
posted by pammo at 8:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Pocket-sized amusements for children at funerals.

Pocket-sized amusements for children at funerals. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef at 8:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Business fulfillment software

I run a small mail-order shipping business and for years have been using an Excel spreadsheet to process and fulfill orders. Is there a database-based application that will do this instead? [more inside]
posted by zek at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

RG11 vs. RG6

Can I plug an RG11 cable into a VCR, or is the inner wire thicker than regular old RG6 coax? [more inside]
posted by richmondparker at 7:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for info on cause-effect relationships in investing

I am looking for books, Web sites and other resources that provide a list of cause-effect relationships for investors. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 7:32 AM PST - 4 comments

Mother's little helper?

What the heck is in Actipril, and what is it used for? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

SQL Server Find and Replace Script

SQL SERVER - I'm not a SQL script guy, but I've got a SQL script problem. [more inside]
posted by jpoulos at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheaper hotel near 4Seasons Chinzan-so in Tokyo

I am going to a conference at the Four Seasons Hotel at Chinzan-so in Tokyo. I can't afford to stay there. Any recommendations of nearby hotels that are cheaper?
posted by priorpark17 at 7:13 AM PST - 5 comments

The practicality of an MFA degree

I recently received my Masters of Fine Arts degree from a fairly well known program here in Chicago. I'm kinda second guessing if the whole thing was worth it. Do employers/gallery owners actually care? I know everything hinges upon my portfolio, but do I really have a leg up on the competition?
posted by inkfly at 7:08 AM PST - 9 comments

American Bringing Cuban Goods into the U.S.

I'm an American traveling to Cuba legally (under a general license). What are the restrictions on what I can/cannot bring back into the U.S.?
posted by cookie googleman at 6:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Convert my co-ax to ethernet

I need to convert my inbound Verizon FiOS connection, which terminates on the router via co-axial cable, to ethernet. I've found adapters out there for a couple bucks, but will they actually work? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 6:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Are these ingredients harmful?

Should I eat this "green drink" (consisting of powdered vegetables, tree bark, etc.) from Robert O. Young (the "Alkaline diet" guy)? Will it harm me? Ingredients are listed inside. [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 6:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I buy fancy underwear? WHAT KIND?

Besides the glaringly obvious, what might a soldier home on leave like to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Portable music library management software?

I'm looking for an application to play music files from my external hard drive/music library. However, there's a snag. [more inside]
posted by kungfujoe at 3:14 AM PST - 12 comments

How to respond to a bullying landlord

Another security deposit question with a twist. Landlord in California is holding deposit until she receives "payment" for unreturned DVDs - which I didn't borrow. Illegal. However, I didn't return the keys before I left on vacation to Thailand! [more inside]
posted by faux ami at 3:13 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the Latvian for "is this DSL and if it is can we do the whole wifi thing, and oh yes, what's in that locked box?"

How, exactly, am I connected to the Internet? This is in Latvia, by the way. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 2:59 AM PST - 9 comments


Where can I get tickets (2 preferably) for the New Yorker's Seth Rogen & Judd Apatow talk? [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 1:19 AM PST - 1 comment

September 16

How do I learn to be as comfortable around guys as I am around girls?

Quiet, short, fat, female. Never been kissed, only been on one date in my life (now in my late 20s). I'd really like to know how to not be so afraid of men. I hope this question isn't too long. [more inside]
posted by Danila at 11:24 PM PST - 72 comments

Kitty Konundrum

KittyFilter: Help me find a feline friend! Lengthy background and requirements after the jump. [more inside]
posted by dantekgeek at 11:22 PM PST - 24 comments

What simple blog software should I use?

Help me choose a very simple blogging software! [more inside]
posted by sunimplodes at 11:21 PM PST - 8 comments

port arthur to new orleans?

driving from port arthur to new orleans for my wife's birthday. can anyone recommend craftsfolk, artisans, jewelry or clothing designers along the way which could provide "that special gift" i am trying to find her? im relying on the "hive mind's" sense of "cool." go for it! i'd love to be able to arrive in some small town, check out some small shop and miraculously have that perfect something waiting there for her. any ideas? food suggestions welcome, too.
posted by oigocosas at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Source for Stella ad?

In Toronto, on the southeast corner of Bloor and Avenue Road/Queens Park, there's a Stella Artois/TIFF ad on a billboard that reads "Edited to perfection," with the image of a knife smoothing out the head of the beer. Anyone know which agency created the ad and/or how I would go about getting a copy (smaller, of course)?
posted by greatgefilte at 10:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me find a specific atomic test picture.

Where can I find a picture that I saw a long time ago? It was a picture of an atomic bomb test with soldiers standing and watching the explosion silhouetted by the explosion.
posted by gnash at 10:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me put together a ghoulishly good Halloween mix cd!

Help me put together a ghoulishly good Halloween mix cd! [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 9:30 PM PST - 43 comments

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”

How can an older college student integrate with younger classmates? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 9:24 PM PST - 51 comments

Bootleg Management with WordPress?

WordPressFilter: Can I do something like this site with WordPress? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 8:24 PM PST - 8 comments

User auditing in Windows Server 2003?

Is there a way (or 3rd party application) to have Windows Server 2003 keep track of the number of logins in a computer lab? [more inside]
posted by crios at 8:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Full figured fender frustration

As wetter weather descends upon Oregon, I'm on the hunt for fenders for my Surly Karate Monkey. I'm running Schwalbe Big Apples for commuting. The Monkey is a 29er and these tires take up a lot of space! I need to find fenders that'll fit. What fender solution has worked for your 29er/Big Apple setup?
posted by Slacker Manager at 8:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Satallite TV

I have a dishtv satallite system. I have lost reception on one TV, the other tv get all the subscribed channels. I switched out the dual LNB but this failed to correct the problem, same issue one tv gets reception the other does not. I even installed a signal meter to the cables coming out of the satellite and I get a signal on one side and nothing on the other. Do you guys thing I have a defective dual LNB?
posted by Noodles at 7:55 PM PST - 6 comments

scared of the big leap

I'm on the brink of possibly changing my life. However, logistical and emotional issues are in the way. What on Earth should I do? (warning: More Inside is looooooong) [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:40 PM PST - 22 comments

What is Prefuse 73 sampling?

In the song "Trains on Top of the Game" (from the album One Word Extinguisher), Prefuse 73 samples about 15 seconds of jingly music that sounds like it might have originally come from an arcade or something, although it doesn't quite sound like video game music. Where is it from? [more inside]
posted by flod at 7:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Anyone ever been "caught" using the handicapped stall?

Just out of morbid curiosity, has anyone ever been using the handicapped stall at a public restroom and actually got "caught" by a handicapped person? What did they say? Did you fight?
posted by Brandon1600 at 7:31 PM PST - 46 comments

What bit me?

Something just bit me! I just got a very painful insect bite or sting. I can' t find the culprit and I've bever been stung or bit by anything other than a mosquito, so I'm not sure if I should be worried. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 7:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Whistle -- now, what melody is that?

I have long contended that when people randomly whistle a tune, walking down the street or whatever, 9 times out of 10 they will be whistling a certain melody. I have no basis for this contention other than gut suspicion. My wife scoffs. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:11 PM PST - 103 comments

best mobile broadband in your opinion?

of the mobile broadband services like sprint, verizon, etc, which one is best?
posted by irie1972 at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me to identify this plant

What is this houseplant? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 7:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Remarkable ice cream in Brooklyn?

I'm looking for really good ice cream in Brooklyn, NY. I'd be willing to cross the river for something extraordinary, but I'd like to focus on what's available in Brooklyn proper. Personal experience and recommendations are what I'm looking for, rather than a laundry list of places to try. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 6:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Show me the Links!

Looking to parse an RSS feed and pull all the links out, and then turn links into a new feed. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 6:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Repairing the A/C on my laptop?

How difficult is it to replace a laptop's cooling fans? [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

san francisco couples counseling

Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a relationship therapist in/around San Francisco for a late-20-something hetero couple?
posted by anonymous at 5:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Tips/Tricks for dealing with the side-effects of a nearby skunking?

Barring nose plugs and closing windows, is there a way to eliminate the ambient skunk stench that's wafting into the house? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 5:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Retraining cat that pees inappropriately

My cat has started urinating in inappropriate spots in my house (and also my friend's house who was taking care of her and my other cat while I went through a move). I've read the threads here on dealing with urine smell, etc. But need more detailed advice about the process of RETRAINING. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 5:21 PM PST - 13 comments

"Where do you get your pants?"

How to ask a co-worker where he buys his clothes? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 5:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Swallowing this much blood can't be healthy

How to deal with the anti-coagulating effects of Aspirin when it comes to nosebleeds? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

I can has power to rebuild these earbuds?

I keep breaking the cables and plugs of my earphones. Can I repair them myself? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 4:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Is it inconsiderate/impolite to bring a meal from home into a resturant/cafe that you cook and prepare food for?

Is it inconsiderate/impolite to bring a meal from home into a resturant/cafe that you cook and prepare food for? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent at 3:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Lost a 30D! But have hope.

Lost Camera! How can I search the 'net's for it? [more inside]
posted by sirliberal at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Intelligent, clever, recent novel suggestions?

What are some intelligent, very clever (funny is OK, but not necessary) recent novels that are readable but not trashy? Think along the lines of Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Avoiding verbosity (Rushdie) and anachronism (The Great Gatsby, etc.), what's left? [more inside]
posted by stvspl at 3:07 PM PST - 52 comments

Difficult as ABC

ABC x D = BADC. What single numbers (1-9) do the letters represent? Is there any way to arrive at the answer (a) by logical deduction all the way rather than with some trial-and-error and (b) so that a 10-year-old can follow the logic? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 2:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Can't work means can't get paid

Help! I'm locked out of my work laptop! [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 2:33 PM PST - 13 comments

How to compare currencies' subjective value?

I understand that trading between currencies is what sets their exchange value, but is there a standard way of determining how each currency feels to people living in each currency's native country/ies? [more inside]
posted by nobody at 2:30 PM PST - 4 comments

please advice on killing the "too much" factor.

Need for affection quite counterproductive - please advice on killing the "too much" factor. [more inside]
posted by Baud at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments

How to find artistic Greek fonts?

I'm looking for artistic Greek fonts? [more inside]
posted by peripatew at 1:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Electromagnetism vs. The BBC

TV Signal Problem: Co-axial cable suffering EM interference (I think), and it only affects the good channels! [more inside]
posted by boosh at 1:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Psychology Blog Topics

I'm starting a psychology-related blog that will focus on reviewing interesting and socially relevant literature. If you were a visitor to this blog, what type of topics would you be most interested in reading? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 1:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Tickets to Carnival parade?

Rio Carnival Filter We're attending Carnival next year and would like to know the best way to get tickets to the parade at the Sambodromo. [more inside]
posted by spifl at 1:39 PM PST - 1 comment

In China, what (unique) challenges do the locals face in getting a good job?

In China, what (unique) challenges do the locals face in getting a good job? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the sample that begins "Sept 16 Triple X Love! Love!"?

I bet you don't knowww.... Does anyone know what the reggae sample is that begins the Mountain Goat's "Sept 16 Triple X Love! Love!", off of the "Sweden" album? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Seeking info/guidance on Internet startup costs

We’re seeking advice on startup and ongoing costs specific to an Internet venture. We would really appreciate any advice/guidance at all. [more inside]
posted by boone at 12:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Rising From The Ashes...I Hope

How can I find memorabilia of any type for a long-defunct minor-league football team? Way back in the late 60s-early 70s, my father was in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, and as a hobby he also was the owner/president of a minor-league football team, the Phoenix Blazers. [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me buy a rain jacket in London

First time in London, forgot to bring a jacket. Staying in the Kensington area . Where can I buy a light rain jacket nearby? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Episode 954 of Melrose Place

What would you do if one member of your inner circle is screwing around on another member? Keep quiet? Spill the beans? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 11:55 AM PST - 43 comments

Mattress moving 101

How can I move my King sized bed? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 11:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Why are some major websites suddenly not working on my computer?

Why are some major websites suddenly not working on my computer? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Yo quiero parrilla!

Where do I find Salsas de Colombia in Los Estados Unidos? Hmmmmm, chimichurri. [more inside]
posted by 4Lnqvv at 10:34 AM PST - 0 comments

Where can I find a print?

Where can I find a copy of a print I saw on display in Alabama? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 10:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Academic rehab

I badly bungled my Political Science undergrad program, graduating with a GPA in the low 3's and a non-honours degree. I want to go to grad school in the same field. What are my options? (I'm in Canada). [more inside]
posted by pcameron at 10:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Seeking Enlightenment

Can someone give me the full lyrics of this UU hymn? [more inside]
posted by liberalintellect at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Which LA area community college is right for me?

Film major looking to transfer to UCLA via the Los Angeles area community college system. Which school would be the best fit for me? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

I can't believe I'm writing a follow-up question!

Now what? I disputed a debt as a case of mistaken identity, but I'm still hearing from the credit agency! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

I shit a worm

I have worms in my stomach and zero possibilities of seeing a doctor. Tell me what to do! (Graphic Details within) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Searching for Mantegna & Other Images online (Good Quality)

Good online quality images of the following pieces of Renaissance art. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 9:27 AM PST - 5 comments

It's not you, dear country, it's me

Canada, Belgium, Iraq. What is so bad about countries breaking up? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 9:02 AM PST - 28 comments

Mystery Girl

Who did the original of this iconic girl? [more inside]
posted by bru at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Give me a satellite feed, now!

Is there a version of for the show 24? Is there any place online that I can watch full episodes/seasons of 24? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I become a business tycoon?

How do I become a business tycoon? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 7:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Making massive comparisons with PHP

PHP gurus - what's the most elegant way to display a variable bit of text on a website sidebar based on time-of-day and day-of-week? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:13 AM PST - 8 comments

150 Channells and Nothing To Watch

Why is there never anything good on TV? More specifically, why is there not a movie channel that shows 3, 4, and 5 star movies 24-7? I have HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc. etc. and most of the time all of the movies are shiite. How hard is it to look at movie reviews from the past 40 years and pick out what to show? Is there some type of market / economic factors that I am not considering here? Is HBO bound to certain studios? What is going on here?
posted by jasondigitized at 6:22 AM PST - 23 comments


Help me, a very picky consumer, find the perfect lotion. [more inside]
posted by sneakin at 5:43 AM PST - 17 comments

La-la-la means I love you.

Melancholy love songs required for an unusual playlist. More inside. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 12:52 AM PST - 49 comments

Rent - Now on Broadway (and 170th)

How can a freelancer with a decent but sporadic income convince someone in NYC to rent to him and not just point and laugh? [more inside]
posted by jake at 12:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Impromptu marriages for all! Annulments for some!

A large group (6-10) high school friends want to meet in Vegas for 4 days over new years. O' Hive mind, where can we get the best deal on airfare and a hotel on the strip? Please help as most of us are now exceedingly poor graduate students. [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 12:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Extracurricular activities on my résumé?

RésuméFilter: What's the expiration date on extracurricular activities? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 12:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Lo, who said it?

Who first said "Lo, how the mighty have fallen"?
posted by ottereroticist at 12:05 AM PST - 5 comments

September 15

Should I be hiring a patent lawyer?

Why did my casserole just shock me? [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 11:54 PM PST - 7 comments

All-Ages Nightlife in SF?

All-ages venues in SF for Sunday and Monday nights -- what are our options? Give me whatever you've got. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Dimming the lights on Broadway?

BroadwayFilter: My Google-fu is failing me... When did the tradition of dimming the marquee lights on Broadway in mourning or as a sign of respect begin? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:37 PM PST - 6 comments

What are stocks actually worth if they never pay dividends?

What intrinsic value does any stock have if it never pays any dividends and has no plans to ever do so? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 9:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Marrying my laptop to my LCD TV

New-fangled technology question: how do I connect the video-out on my laptop to my LCD TV? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 9:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find a calendar with group user sharing options?

Where can I find a web-based/cross-platform calendar that would allow a group of people to add events, but not modify other people's? [more inside]
posted by leptin at 6:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Software for construction

I am a contractor who specializes in Multi family apartment remodeling. Can anyone recommend an estimating software that is affordable and easy to use.
posted by hernandez5000 at 5:40 PM PST - 1 comment

Cheap, healthy places to catch a bite in London?

Cheap, healthy places to catch a bite in London? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 5:24 PM PST - 28 comments

The Laughing Song, But Not That Laughing Song.

This is one that's been bugging me forEVER. My guess is that it's just needledrop music, but it seems way too prevalent for that. But the song I'm looking for is the "ha ha ha ha ha ha ha/ho ho ho ho ho ho ho/hee hee hee hee hee hee hee/Haaa haaaa haaaa" one that seems to pop up a lot in Cartoons. [more inside]
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 4:43 PM PST - 22 comments

What to do with smelly trash in the city?

City-living n00b: what do I do with smelly trash on the weekends? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 4:21 PM PST - 21 comments

How to handle $$ for a child at college

So I have my first son going off to college in a couple of weeks...his room and board and tuition are taken care of, but how do I handle making available spending money for him...his history of budgeting, etc. is not all that great. Suggestions on how to make available money to a child away from college for his needs, but without an open spigot? It's been suggested that I give him no money, simply lay out what I will reimburse for...good idea, bad idea, other ideas? Really clueless on how to make sure he has money available for emergencies or non-school "stuff", but not wanting to think he has a blank check. Clueless in Oregon... thank you!
posted by america5 at 4:18 PM PST - 48 comments

Pleeeease help me figure out what film this is...

Anyone know what this anime feature length film is? It was produced in the late 70's/early 80's and it had a "Romeo and Juliet" plot. The King of Fire (?) and the Queen of the Sea (??) hate one another. The King has a son, the queen has a daughter. The son and daughter fall in love and can only be together after death, as steam.
posted by Vavuzi at 4:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Out, out, damn dust!

City dwellers! How do you dust? [more inside]
posted by minervous at 3:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Instant concentration enhancers?

I want to improve my reading and comprehension concentration for a few hours at a time using drugs/chemicals/foods only. Yes I believe you that meditation and exercise are the ideal solutions but I just want to be my usual averagely healthy self when Im not concentrating. I also don't care about negative short-term after-effects. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 3:42 PM PST - 13 comments

cooking with (mild) allergies

I have been diagnosed with a number of non-life-threatening food allergies and been told to avoid them as best possible. Please suggest recipes, substitutions, general tips, etc. Forbidden foods listed after the cut. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 3:27 PM PST - 37 comments

Firewire connection problem?

I have an external hard drive that I'm unable write data to using the firewire connection. [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 3:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I put lemon juice on the Rosh Hashanah apples?

Rosh Hashanah questions: specific guidelines about apples and honey? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 2:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Screenshots of URLs from RSS feeds?

I'm looking for a tool that takes an RSS feed and makes a screen shot of every URL referenced therein. [more inside]
posted by Herr Fahrstuhl at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What PC game will make me squeal with glee?

What is the most fun I can have with a PC and a gamepad? I'm looking for something reasonably modern (probably not more than 5 years old) and polished that delivers uncomplicated arcade style gameplay with the absolute minimum of fiddling about or frustration. [more inside]
posted by tomcooke at 2:21 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the ultimate digital rolodex-life-contact-birthdate-organizer application?

This year I’ve been trying to organize and digitize my life, and most importantly -- get rid of old stuff. Next on my list is creating an ultimate name-phone-number-birth-date-email-organizer-web rolodex. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to go drinking around Chinatown in Toronto?

Torontofilter: Nice chill yet not bland place to grab a few pints in the Dundas & Bathurst area tonite? [more inside]
posted by Ladysin at 2:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Webform problem

Advice on how to set up a webpage that has a dynamic form. [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 1:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Hopefully not dead yet?

Without warning, my laptop suddenly turned off. [more inside]
posted by Pants! at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Help my find a decent gym in the San Fernando Valley

Where can I go for a good workout in the San Fernando Valley? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 1:09 PM PST - 1 comment

relationship 101: why the hell did it end that way?

Help me understand and learn from a breakup that doesn't make much sense. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Any recommendations for IMAP e-mail hosting?

Any recommendations for paid IMAP e-mail hosting? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Questions about getting work programming PHP

Questions about getting freelance php work without a CS degree. [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 11:21 AM PST - 12 comments

How to stop labels from falling off?

Help! My inlaws are hosting a cousin's wedding this afternoon. We want to chill the white wine before dinner, but don't want the labels to fall off in the ice water. We don't have enough room in the fridge for all the wine, so that isn't an option. Any ideas (short of sticking each bottle in a plastic bag) on how to stop the labels from falling off? Also, we're planning on chilling the wine for 1 hour and then putting them on the tables 30 minutes before dinner...will that be enough to have the wine at the right temperature? Thanks in advance for your timely and helpful answers.
posted by ms.v. at 11:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Blogging Protection and Copyright

My blog is beginning to be somewhat successful, and after finding my content in various places without attribution I'm a little nervous. I'm using Wordpress, hosted somewhere else... What sort of steps should I be taking to protect my content? I've certainly no problem with people quoting a bit, etc. but I take a dim view of someone reposting an entire article with new ads, etc. I'm aware that a lot of sites simply steal and make use of your feeds - anyway to stop that short of not having full feeds? Also, what sort of copyright notice should I be employing that both protects me and separates me from any comments people may make? Thanks!
posted by Gideon at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me crochet without getting a headache

Crochet filter: I can read and follow symbol patterns, but not so much with the written instructions. I need advice or, better yet, symbol-centric websites and books. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 10:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for an iPod car kit

iPhone car kit that does hands free calls, and plays my music, who's got it?
posted by davidstith at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Seeking advice on choosing (or not choose) between a therapist and a psychiatrist.

I need help deciding whether to continue seeing my psychologist (who i really like) and see a psychiatrist (who I also really like) for med management, or see the psychiatrist for both therapy and med management? Also, does anyone have experience with Harvard Pilgrim HMO's mental health benefits? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Dell + Vista + DSL = WTF

Why can I only browse certain web-sites with my Dell PC (Windows Vista Home Premium) and my DSL High Speed Internet (Bell Sympatico)? [more inside]
posted by mcroy at 10:19 AM PST - 17 comments

What's odd in Chapel Hill / Durham / Carrboro, NC?

What are some of the coolest/oddest things to photograph in the Chapel Hill / Durham / Carrboro, NC area? I'm looking to do a photography project with no human subjects, and want to highlight the weirdest stuff I can find in the area. Things like Clyde Jones's Critters, the old concrete hippo in Bolin Creek, the doll-head car, even the grout-pun men's room on campus... the more minute, obscure, and odd, the better. Ugly is A-OK. I'll photo landmarks, graffiti, vehicles, abandoned things, and maybe even Mark Jacobson, since I don't think he counts as a human subject. Nothing is too stupid to photograph, as long as it's reasonably accessible to the public. I'll head to Durham, Orange, and northern Chatham Co. in search of the bizarre, the off-center, and the just-plain-idiotic.
posted by RossWhite at 10:16 AM PST - 13 comments

The ongoing search for the perfect lingerie

Help me find the bra worn by the ever-fabulous Dita Von Teese in this (somewhat NSFW) photo. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 9:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Sites and phones in Seoul

Seoul for a day, and... should I buy a mobile phone there? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommendations for good to great rock n roll concert dvds

Can the HiveMind recommend some good rock 'n' roll live concert DVDs? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 8:07 AM PST - 39 comments

What Injet Printer is most affordable to operate?

I have to go out right away and an inkjet printer for a college student. What affordable ($80-$150?) printer should I buy that is also economical to operate? [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 7:54 AM PST - 17 comments

Itchy ears

Earrings hurt and itch--what to do? I have a new pair of pearl earrings with 14k gold posts. They--alone among all my other earrings--hurt and itch literally within minutes of putting them in. I really love these earrings--is there anything I can do? I've heard that coating with clear nail polish might help, but I've also heard that it might not.
posted by pipti at 7:46 AM PST - 15 comments

DIY Neutral Density filter?

Photography: How to make your own DIY Neutral Density filter? [more inside]
posted by sidereal at 7:18 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I prevent potential employers from getting spooked by a less-than-friendly job termination?

CollegeJobFilter: I have recently left one college job on less than friendly terms with my employer, but not necessarily of my own fault. How can I reconcile this with my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Noncompete clause?

Noncompete clause? Will I not be allowed to work in my field for an entire year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Operation Learn about Operations!

NewJobFilter: I'm a programmer with some phone interviews next week that I'd like to be prepared for. I'm up for some non-senior coding positions on site reliability, infrastructure and operations teams with a few different top ten internet companies. Any tips on what I should brush up on before I'm on the phone with some expert? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 3 comments

wish I knew

Booth Tarkington wrote: "There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink. " What is the other?
posted by bashos_frog at 6:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How to spice up a gift exchange?

Ideas for twist on traditional holiday gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 6:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Google Web History and privacy

Google's personalized search and privacy question: [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 2:21 AM PST - 4 comments

looking for a sign

Is there a symbol for the phrase "and/or"? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 12:48 AM PST - 19 comments

September 14

a german publisher wants to buy a flickr photo from my mom!

a german textbook publisher wants to buy a photo from my canadian mother! [more inside]
posted by klanawa at 11:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Can the hive mind get the scratch out of my aviator shades?

I have a pair of cheapo aviator sunglasses that I love. Any way I can get the scratch out of the lens? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb at 10:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Videogame design program collection development

Hypothetically, if you had $10,000 to build a library collection to support a videogame design/animation program, what items would include? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 9:57 PM PST - 7 comments

throwing people into an Iowa asylum

Iowa & mental health: What can someone do if they're threatened with being admitted for psychiatric reasons against their will? What happens? Does it really only take two other people signing a document? Is threatening someone with this a crime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get rid of some poppers?

How to dispose of unwanted poppers (amyl nitrite)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Dual monitors and remote access. Not what you think.

Dual monitor/remote access/I'm a moronFILTER: Accessing a desktop machine that used to have a dual monitor setup but now has none. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 8:39 PM PST - 14 comments

How accurate are CGI characters rendered?

Have there been any CGI films rendered with enough fidelity that a skilled lip-reader could follow the dialogue?
posted by sonofslim at 8:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What is it? A Japanese Comic Book? Or something else?

We found this comic book (or whatever it is) in the house among the previous owners' things. It was in a box of papers from the 1930's and 1940's but I can't guarantee that it is as old as that. I scanned the cover and a few pages, but cannot read Japanese. It's as thick as a copy of Wired Magazine (many pages). Any ideas?
posted by jeanmari at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me list the world's unexplained mysteries

I need a list of "unexplained mysteries" for a group theme costume. What else is there besides UFOs, Bermuda Triangle, Nessie, etc.? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 8:17 PM PST - 32 comments

How do I give myself Spock eyebrows?

How do I give myself Spock eyebrows? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get rid of a dead PDA w/data

I have an old Palm Tungsten C that I fried when I plugged it in in Kenya with a bad converter. I could never use it again, couldn't even turn it on, ever. I want to dispose of it, but there *was* sensitive data on it before it fried. Can you help me with the a) most enviro-friendly and b) data protective way of disposing of it?
posted by tristeza at 7:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Hero/Villain or Hero/Sidekick costume pairings?

HalloweenFilter: This year's party is "Heroes and Villains"-themed, and my fiance and I would like to be either a hero/sidekick pair or a classic hero/villain pair. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 7:09 PM PST - 48 comments

Love/Hate relationship with my cat, the root of all evil

Does anyone have suggestions on how to deal with a cat that is evil? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 6:06 PM PST - 35 comments

Very Specific Character's Job Title?

Help me ascertain the correct job title for a character I’m writing who deals in high stakes international finance. Difficulty level: I have a limited understanding about stocks, bonds, or securities. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:53 PM PST - 8 comments

A good kind of freaky...

OK, I've been relatively tired and achy all the time, but all at once... [more inside]
posted by wafaa at 5:33 PM PST - 16 comments

We were sold a Money Pit.

We got absolutely screwed by the guy who sold us our house. Can you suggest some recourse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:03 PM PST - 32 comments

What is this amazing drink?

A bartender made me an awesome drink that had basil, cucumber, strawberries, and (white?) rum in it. What was it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Batman's Boner

There exists a website that features an array of strange comic covers and interiors such as Jimmy Olsen dressing in drag; Superboy getting paddled; Batman and Joker talking about boners and pulling boners....apologies for the sophomoric humor...It was/is a pretty popular and known site but i am not finding it. Any ideas?
posted by snap_dragon at 4:45 PM PST - 2 comments

How do we help a 17 year old kicked out of the house?

How do we help a 17 year old kicked out of the house get his property and identification? [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 4:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Was the coin even important?

Help me identify a movie I barely remember. Coins, pools, abandoned houses, and maybe a war? [more inside]
posted by cmyk at 4:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Complicated Prenup Advice

Help with a complicated pre-nup, please. [more inside]
posted by nursegracer at 4:16 PM PST - 4 comments

house a vs house b, cage match!

A tale of two houses: House owned by agency A - our first choice in a rental. House owned by agency B - our second, but still cool choice. We've been offered House B (small applause). House A, however, is being held up in the approval process, because my boyfriend's old landlord wont verify that he rented from them. Guess who the landlord is? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 4:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Instruct me in the ancient art of SBDs.

Instruct me in the ancient art of SBDs. [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me increase my "good" cholesterol

What has worked (in your personal experience) to raise your "good cholesterol" or HDL? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 3:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Fun places/ways to get a workout in NYC?

I'm a young woman in New York City, looking for a way to get in shape. (I'm not grossly out of shape now, but a year at a sedentary office job has taken a toll.) Running got boring. I've done the gym thing before and it's fine, but I'd like to find something new to get into: yoga, a martial art, a form of dance, kick-boxing. I'm open. I'd like to find a good place (a really homey yoga or martial arts studio, for example), in lower Manhattan (within the ambit of Union Square would be great) or possibly Williamsburg. Any suggestions on activities and/or places?
posted by toomuchkatherine at 3:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a Prohibition-era photo of wine bottles.

Help me find a United States Prohibition-era photograph showing a wine bottle of each size, from a standard bottle all the way up to a Nebuchadnezzar. [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me plan my wedding weekend....and it's not what you think.

My SO and I were engaged & planning our wedding. I called off the wedding in July, and my SO and I broke up. All of the messy details have been (mostly) taken care of. Now my "wedding weekend" is two weeks away & I have no idea how to spend it. [more inside]
posted by good for you! at 2:57 PM PST - 17 comments

What song is featured in the trailer for Tyler Perry's Why Did I get Married?

(What song is that filter) My googleability is not working. What is the opening song on this trailer for Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" [more inside]
posted by narebuc at 2:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Is 80s MIDI gear still useable now?

i happened upon an old Korg Poly 800 synth (vintage 80s!). i understand it is one of the earlier MIDI synths--but i don't really grog MIDI. what additional cables/equipment will i need to use it to control the many possible sounds i see in garageband on my macbook?
posted by garfy3 at 2:53 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I quickly identify a lot of company blogs?

When I try to search for keywords that I think a company blog might use, the hits tend to be posts that are about the keywords, but are not necessarily corporate in nature. Then I have to slog through tons of false positives to find the occasional useful link. Is there a smarter, faster way to find a bunch of company blogs? [more inside]
posted by kiwitobes at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Where are the armchair detectives on the Internet?

Where are the armchair detectives on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by cda at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Know any business or industry-specific emoticons?

Do you know any new industry-specific emoticons used in business settings? I'm looking for ASCII style, not animated. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

How to recover Outlook Notes without Outlook

How can I recover data in Outlook Notes without having Outlook? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 2:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me bypass the great firewall of China?

I'm having trouble with people accessing my server from within China. Maybe you can help me bypass the great firewall? [more inside]
posted by escher at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a good, Seattle area, therapist for dealing with anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

Help me find a good, Seattle area, therapist for dealing with anxiety disorders and panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Need a divorce lawyer in WA.

I'm looking for a good divorce attorney in Washington state. There are no child custody issues, but the property division and/or alimony could be complicated.
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 1 comment

My anti-yeast infection diet makes me sleepy

I am on a no-sugar/very low-sugar diet to help combat a yeast infection. My diet consists of fish, a little bit of yogurt, good fats, and leafy greens and other non-starchy, non-sweet vegetables. Since I started it I crash every afternoon at exactly 2:00--right at the beginning of a class. How can I avoid this without resorting to coffee or high-glycemic foods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Depression or personaity flaws?

How should I feel if my antidepressants are working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 24 comments

My toaster went fritzzz

I'm looking for the perfect toaster, which to me means small, chrome, and simple. Any ideas?
posted by partner at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Check it out: Windjammer bank checks

Random question about some 1980s bank checks, probably called the Windjammer series. [more inside]
posted by GaelFC at 1:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Humor analysts say the darndest things, at least they used to.

Lost comic: Humor Analysts Say The Darndest Things. (or something) [more inside]
posted by Eothele at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Music to

What other artists do a good job picking up the Steely Dan style? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 1:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Novels starring real people

What good, recent novels depict the lives of actual, once-living people? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 1:28 PM PST - 29 comments

Identify artwork in "Possible Worlds"

Help me identify artwork shown in the movie, "Possible Worlds" [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I buy a used rental car?

UsedCarFilter: Is buying used from a rental car company, specifically Enterprise, a good idea? First hand experiences appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 12:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me find a plus-size black, lace dress to wear as a bridesmaid dress.

I need help locating a bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding. There are a few constraints, but basically I'm searching for a plus-size, a-line, black, lace dress. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 12:02 PM PST - 31 comments

How do you pronounce stressed them?

How do you pronounce them when it's stressed? For instance, "Don't give it to me, give it to THEM." [more inside]
posted by Inigo Jones at 12:00 PM PST - 58 comments

Global Negociated asynchronous calenders?

Looking for a web based calendar service that allows me to set n blocks of time on my schedule for phone interviews. Interviewees each get to pick exactly one block from the remaining slots available, until all blocks are filled. [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Are check numbers once-only?

Can I use the same check numbers twice? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 11:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Thinking of buying a new Dustbuster

Which Dustbuster should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Tnuocca at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

I want to go somewhere and I don't care where.

Do any of the airfare search websites allow extremely broad searches? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 11:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Why didn't I think of that!

I want to find the name of a company I heard about on NPR. They sell framed words made out of photographs of things that look like letters. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 11:08 AM PST - 8 comments

What does a band sound like?

I need help writing a bio for an indie band. [more inside]
posted by xo at 11:07 AM PST - 18 comments

French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase?

French speakers: nuances in translating this phrase? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 11:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Censoring Aduio in Quicktime

How can I censor the audio in an .avi file using Quicktime Pro? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 10:54 AM PST - 6 comments

A clean, well-lighted, extremely tiny space

Capsule hotels in North America? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I convince my boss that I can do two jobs?

Asking for my husband: How do I convince my boss to let me do two jobs? [more inside]
posted by orangemiles at 10:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Classics of 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.

Classic Novel filter : What would be considered classics in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s? Must reads? [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 10:30 AM PST - 37 comments

Help me teach people how to be commission members.

Good Citizenship Filter: How to be a good planning commissioner. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 10:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Olympic fever.

How do I buy tickets in Phase 2 of the Beijing Olympics when I have plenty of Chinese friends, but I'm not a Chinese national? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Why is my energy bill so high?

How do I find out if my landlord is scamming me on energy? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 10:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Does this tailor really exist?

I've heard rumors that there's a talented Chinese bespoke tailor that comes to SF and books a meeting room where he takes orders and measurements. He then flies back to China (or possibly it was Hong Kong) and assembles the suits. A month or two later, when the suit is completed, he ships it to the customer. Supposedly this man makes a superior quality product for a reasonable price. [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 10:09 AM PST - 25 comments

English high court ruling on commercial paper

The English High Court issued a ruling yesterday (September 13) regarding a commercial paper conduit that ended up in receivership in England. Where can I find the ruling? [more inside]
posted by taliaferro at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

The better Chicago hotel?

Which Chicago hotel is most appropriate for important business visitors? [more inside]
posted by who squared at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

A few general questions on hiring a part-time employee

I'm a one-person website development company. Things have been getting busy lately so I'm thinking about hiring my first part-time employee. This is new to me, so I'm looking for some advice. [more inside]
posted by jpep at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Wiki for Writing Books?

Is there wiki software that is specifically designed for writing books? By "book" I mean a long piece of writing designed to be read from start to finish, possibly broken up into chapters, and possibly with a TOC at the start and index at the end. [more inside]
posted by alms at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

My Mazda won't chill out

Need help troubleshooting automotive A/C issue. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find again a famous quote about design.

I remember reading somewhere a quote, perhaps from a famous architect or designer, which described how most of the designer's work is striving to achieve a certain elusive and trascendent "quality", being a designer myself I found it very inspirational but, in zen-like fashion, I forgot about the exact wording of it, and whose it was.
posted by _dario at 8:47 AM PST - 8 comments

How fried is my drive?

Is my USB hard drive recoverable? Due to some bad wiring on my part, one of my USB ports rendered my external hard drive useless. [more inside]
posted by adverb at 8:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Website editing and updating revision tracking

I need a tool that does website editing and updating revision tracking, meaning whenever a change is published to the website, a record of the change is recorded in some way. [more inside]
posted by chlorus at 8:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Find the Unix Magic artwork.

Unix-poster-filter. Help me locate the original of an artwork... [more inside]
posted by bitmage at 8:30 AM PST - 7 comments

low-rise pants?

Anyone know a brand that makes low-rise bootcut chinos? I can find jeans in that style but not khakis.
posted by rsol44 at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

USB Flash Drive Software Protection

My company sells commercial software. We would like to make our solution available on a USB flash drive. I'm looking for manufactures/solutions that can help us solve our problems . . . [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 8:08 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get password out of Firefox on old hard drive?

How can I get a saved password out of Firefox on an old hard drive, connected to the computer via USB? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Please Jiminy, I want to be a real blog!

So in my reckless youth, i created a blog-style resource for gay/les/bi teens to get information on books to read on the subject. (self-link for the purposes of the question). Now i'd would like to convert it into an actual honest-to-god wordpress-backed blog. Is there any way i can make this a more automated process than having to copy and paste each pseudo-entry into an entry of its own. I guess i'm asking for some kind of screen scraper that can output XML or RSS that isn't superduper hard/expensive for this project. I'm sure this is laugh-out-loud simple, but I haven't had any luck finding worthwhile solutions that arent $1500 SQL-enhanced extravaganzae.
posted by softlord at 8:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I need a power adapter in Brazil (from US)?

Friend is going to Brazil for a month with a normal US laptop. Are there any power/ethernet issues we should be aware of? Special adapters we need to purchase so the laptop can charge and connect to the Internet?
posted by jmd82 at 7:55 AM PST - 3 comments

I weep for my pan

In a moment of epic dumbassery, I turned on the wrong burner this morning and managed to melt part of a spatula to an $80 calphalon fry pan. If it wasn't coated, I'd just use steel wool. Is there any way to get the melted plastic off? How fucked am I? Can I heat it up again? If so, how should I do it?
posted by klangklangston at 7:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Tailored shirts from Hong Kong

Tailored shirts from Hong Kong. Recommendations? Prices? Shipping charges? Speed of delivery? Experiences good / bad? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommend an affordable and good 2-3 person tent in the UK

Recommend an affordable and good 2-3 person tent in the UK [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 6:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Places to go in the Milwaukee area?

I have a friend visiting the Milwaukee area from Peru. She will be here for a number of months, so I would like to spend time showing her the local sites. I'm looking for recommendations on places to go that would represent the local culture. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 5:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Software Engineer with nowhere to go?

Am I limiting my future job prospects by staying in my current job? If I'm not, what did you do with yourself to move up in the ranks when you started as a programmer? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 4:58 AM PST - 7 comments

The sharing of the files; make it so.

Small office Networking, hardware/software recommendations please. Sort of long, sorry! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 4:31 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I put certain webpages on a separate webserver from the rest of the site?

How do I/Can I put certain directories (and pages) on a separate webserver from the rest of the site? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 4:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Scratch my Bjork itch

Shameless fangirls and boys, or plain old online music experts: can you help me find this elusive B-side Bjork single online? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 3:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Music for writing academic works in a frenzy

Music for writing academic works in a frenzy [more inside]
posted by Anything at 2:59 AM PST - 14 comments

September 13

Klipsch Promedia vs Logitech z-2300

Logitech Z-2300 or Klipsch Promedia 2.1? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 11:32 PM PST - 11 comments

PO Box Business Out of State

PO Box Businesses [more inside]
posted by rougy at 10:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Help understanding Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian.

I am seeking recommendations for Reference Books/Companions to the Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian. [more inside]
posted by Francophone at 10:04 PM PST - 19 comments

Name this mid 90's movie with Tori Amos song

Tori Amos did a song "Butterfly" that was on a movie soundtrack that came out in the mid-90's. Does anyone know the name of that movie? You can see the video of the song here
posted by healthyliving at 9:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Are there any family-friendly PS3 games?

I'm buying a Playstation 3, but I want to include at least one game that my girlfriend will also enjoy. The Wii seems to be more kid- and girl-friendly. Is there a non-RPG, non-sports PS3 game that is "fun for the whole family?"
posted by jackypaper at 8:29 PM PST - 23 comments

What do you consider to be proper gum-chewing etiquette?

What do you consider to be proper gum-chewing etiquette? [more inside]
posted by LecheFresca at 8:25 PM PST - 24 comments

Abutebaris modo subjunctivo denuo...

I need a very short note translated into Latin, can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:15 PM PST - 11 comments

how good are the cheap seats at an NFL game?

Please help me decide which seats to buy for a Dallas Cowboys home game. [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 7:50 PM PST - 10 comments

I want my old rental rate back

Can I get my old rental rate back if my roommate moves? [more inside]
posted by missmle at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How reliable is the Q?

How reliable is the Q? [more inside]
posted by PaintMeRed9 at 7:34 PM PST - 8 comments

How did the shuttle Tydirium get its name?

How did the shuttle Tydirium get its name?
posted by djacobs at 7:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What can we make lots of little Stevenson Screens out of?

Handy people: What's a good way to make lots of small, Stevenson Screen type things on the cheap and easy? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 6:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Any trouble with bike equipment on board?

Am I going to have any trouble carrying my bike helmet on an airplane? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

What types of furniture help with clutter?

Are there furniture options that will help declutter a house? [more inside]
posted by cptspalding at 6:41 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I pitch a TV show for the Travel Channel?

How do you pitch a TV show idea, particularly if it's unsolicited? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Did I Trojan Myself?

It is possible that I programmed a virus by mistake? [more inside]
posted by sudasana at 6:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Bachelorette party in Savannah, GA!

Bachelorette party in Savannah, GA! Bar & restaurant recommendations? [more inside]
posted by chiababe at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

SMB through ICS?

Windows File Sharing through Internet Connection Sharing: There are a few computers on my home wireless network, connected to a belkin wireless router. All of these computers can see all the others using Windows SMB file sharing - so far so good. Here's where it gets tricky: [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 6:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Is a Toshiba Portege tough enough?

Is a Toshiba Portege R500 just too light and delicate for mobile use? What else should I consider? [more inside]
posted by Idcoytco at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Free Podcast Host Needed

Please recommend a free Podcast hosting service. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 5:40 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you punctuate zeugma?

How do you punctuate an elliptical sentence structure? 1) Paul ate the tuna casserole; Mary, the taco salad. OR 2) Paul ate the tuna casserole, Mary the taco salad. I'm feeling frustrated that I'm coming across many published examples that I find confusing to read!
posted by SMP at 5:25 PM PST - 39 comments

SD card doesn't work just in Win XP?

My 2Gb SD card stopped working under Windows, works with the camera and Ubuntu, what's the problem? [more inside]
posted by tseo at 5:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Best way to make a car-cam and (hopefully) avoid police malfeasance

What is the best way to make a car-mounted camera system, a la Brett Darrow? [more inside]
posted by bulanjing at 5:12 PM PST - 4 comments

3 nights in Tokyo, where should I eat? Where must I eat?

3 nights in Tokyo, where should I eat? Where must I eat? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Ugh at 4:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Automator-filter: Help me redact!

How do I automate image redaction with Automator? [more inside]
posted by rabbitsnake at 4:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I return bottles in New York City?

Where can I return bottles in New York City? [more inside]
posted by oaf at 4:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How do YOU use the '?

I have a friend named James, I'd like to know how to spell James's name. [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 4:00 PM PST - 36 comments

How long does it take to send a fax?

Does it take longer to fax a full page of text compared to just a single line of text? And if so, is it a significant amount of time? Or are all faxes equal?
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson at 3:59 PM PST - 6 comments

How to avoid software bartering scams on Craigslist

Can someone explain the "I will exchange for new, boxed software" scam on Craigslist to me? [more inside]
posted by jimray at 3:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me remember a young-adult alternate future novel from 1990-ish!

Another "What book was it?!" question. Inside: Alternate futures, "gargoyles", skyscrapers and a reversion to feudal living. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 3:51 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I cook devilled kidneys with pig's kidneys?

Can I cook Devilled Kidneys with Pig's Kidneys? [more inside]
posted by prentiz at 3:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me find a voice to rip-off

Looking for a narrator for a voice project. Who should they sound like? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 2:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Huge tranny problem in my neighborhood?

[Mechanicfilter] My truck is 'hard shifting'. Any mechanically minded MeFiers not emotionally attached to some advice? [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Info on a rock band from the 60s

Info on a rock band called The Others circa 1960. They played out of upstate New York and NYC. Their drummer was Ken Carman.
posted by paulinsanjuan at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Mac Diagnosis

MacFilter: Diagnosing a spinning-beach-ball of Death on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a book set in the Wild East

I have this book craving but I really don't know where to start, I just know what I want: urban, cold and miserable - and its set in Russia ( or some Eastern European State ). [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling at 1:40 PM PST - 33 comments

What date is the macworld keynote?

I'm trying to plan a trip to Macworld but can't find the date of the keynote. Is it always on monday?
posted by gtr at 1:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How much would YOU pay for

I'm thinking of putting my once-great anti-Microsoft advocacy website up for sale. But should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 12:11 PM PST - 21 comments

How to renew my drivers' license from abroad?

How can I renew my American drivers' license when I'm out of the country and not coming back anytime soon? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 11:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me terminate my mic

Help an audio noob find the right piece for an unterminated microphone. [more inside]
posted by starman at 11:29 AM PST - 6 comments

It felt like I cheated...

How do I solve this puzzle mathematically, rather than programmatically? [more inside]
posted by anomie at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

I want to roam free from my desk.

What's it like to have a laptop as your only computer? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 11:13 AM PST - 63 comments

Help me learn to live with Vista

Help me learn to live with Vista. Tips, modifications, downloads sought. [more inside]
posted by Mozzie at 10:59 AM PST - 11 comments

In which store can I buy an high-end PC laptop in Denver?

In which store can I buy an high-end PC laptop in Denver? [more inside]
posted by remcobron at 10:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Worry about my car tail lights or not?

Should I worry about my car tail lights or not? I have a 98 Saturn station wagon (150K+ miles, I've owned it all this time) and today when I took it in for inspection, they told me the brake lights - in fact, all the tail lights - weren't working. Then, 30 seconds later, they worked fine. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:23 AM PST - 12 comments

oh hai, i needs to builds webforms, pls, thx.

Good tutorial(s) for learning how to build web forms? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for a secure, reliable subversion service and hoping for recommendations.

I'm looking for a secure, reliable subversion service and hoping for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 9:52 AM PST - 10 comments

Please stop my phone ringing with gmail.

I'm aware this might be really obvious, but I need a quick answer - why are my gmail messages suddenly also coming to me in text messages on my cell? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old?

How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions. [more inside]
posted by jujube at 9:38 AM PST - 47 comments

Hot to create an empty Windows Profile?

Is there any way to create a new Windows profile with nothing installed just like when you install WIndows from scratch? I need to create a profile that loads faster and don't open resident programs like antivirus, IMs, etc; I want it to quickly see movies without wait everything to load and reduce battery consumption.
posted by Leech at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to stay in Bradenton, FL?

Where to stay in Bradenton, FL? I've got training sessions at 8985 Towncenter Pkwy and I'd like to see the gulf out my window, maybe walk on the beach, and have no more than a 20 minute drive to the training center. Any ideas? Any thoughts as to what the weather might be like around the first of November?
posted by kc0dxh at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

If you're an obese man successful on the dating scene, what are your tips and advice?

If you're an obese man who's been successful in the dating scene, please give me some tips and advice. As always, there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Splicing a laptop power cable.

How do I splice a laptop power cable? [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 9:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Jazz tunes ending on weird chords?

Music theoriticians! Why do a lot of bebop tunes end on an incongruous chord? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting optimal vision with or without bifocals

Can I get by without bifocals, or am I fooling myself? I hate my Bausch and Lomb multi-focal soft lenses, but have hopes that glasses can be made to work. [more inside]
posted by rosemere at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Why aren't my Macbook and battery communicating with each other?

My Macbook has stopped recognizing/charging the battery. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 8:58 AM PST - 17 comments

Is this ecclesiastical latin?

One of the grad students in the chemistry department at my university has hand-embroidered his lab coat with a sacred heart and the letters VC VD VF. Can anyone clue me in? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 8:44 AM PST - 20 comments

book star

How do you acquire a good literary agent? [more inside]
posted by plexi at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Europe is too big. Help me make a travel choice.

Any recommendations for a place to spend 7 days in Italy? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 7:57 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm not a number, I'm a postcode!

You know when you're filling out a online address form, and they ask for your postcode then find your full address? Yeah, that doesn't work for me. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

The gasmask in street art

What's with the persistent gas-mask motif one finds in so much contemporary graffiti & "street art"? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 7:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Drunk-friendly camera (with AA batteries)?

Waterproof, shockproof camera which takes AA batteries? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 7:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Software needed to create a DVD from multiple video sources.

I am attempting to create a DVD using several different file types. Can this be done, and if so, what software do I need to do it? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Furnish me with furnishing ideas

After years of enduring slapdash, el-cheapo furnishings, I'm taking the plunge and buying honest-to-goodness, real furniture for my living room. That growling noise in the background is my gut clenching in fear. Help me with advice on purchases! [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:30 AM PST - 20 comments

whats in a name?

I'm about to launch a new business as a wedding photographer but I need your opinion on a name. You see, I like "Walljm Photography", but walljm isn't really a word. :) So the question is, if you were looking for a photographer, would the name "Walljm Photography" put you off? Or would it not matter? [more inside]
posted by walljm at 7:14 AM PST - 32 comments

My brain refuses to give up the goods

Need a movie id. I saw it in the 80's and the plot was that the U.S.S.R. had created an "Anytown, USA" and kidnapped some americans to populate it with to study/observe. I thought it was titled "Back in the U.S.S.R." but alas the one on IMDB is not it.
posted by zap rowsdower at 7:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Wholesome things to do with kids

Things to do with kids: Can you think of any bygone domestic arts that might be fun to do with children? So far I've thought of canning, jelly-making, sewing, quilting, knitting, darning, building a treehouse, fishing, whittling, various kinds of cooking and baking...anything else you know that sounds fun?
posted by Ollie at 6:32 AM PST - 41 comments

Whence the 35-hour work week?

New York City and Boston both have standard work weeks of 35 hours. It's 9-5pm but your lunch is included in there. Texas, California, North Carolina have a standard work week of 40 hours, so it's 9-6 to accomodate your lunch hour. I realize that it has to do with your job somewhat, but it is overwhelmingly consistent (even blue/white collar, salaried/hourly). Why? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 5:56 AM PST - 50 comments

We Don't Need No Stinking Derivatives

Obscure Mathfilter: In the arcane past of mathematics, there is something known as a "Newton Polygon", which theoretically can be used to help sketch functions of two variables, say, x^3 + y^3 =3xy, for instance. But -- [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 5:53 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do with a couple free days in Kenya?

Africa filter: What to do in / near Nairobi for a couple of days? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 5:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Find me a software-free MP3 player!

GadgetFilter: Find me an MP3 player! Yes, another MP3 player question. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed at 5:16 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I get people to spell my wife's name right?

My wife's name is Kirstin. She's an emerging artist and we're working on giving her an internet presence for those who see her work and google her name. Here's the problem: How do we Jedi-mind-trick bloggers, reviewers, gallery assistants, and the rest of the public into telling them that her name is not Kirsten, Kristen, or Kristin? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 5:14 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me get game(s).

I've got a month off and I need a new game to play. I bought Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind in a bargain bin on a whim, played it and really liked it. What other games would I like? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 4:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Tell me where to stick 'em (my videos)

Any recommendations for free or low-cost video hosting without extra logos and links and stuff? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 2:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Pro and cons for an foreigner to buy a MacBook in the states.

Pro and cons for an foreigner to buy a MacBook in the states. How do I calculate the VAT? Can I get a student-price with swedish student-ID? Will it be worth the hassel to save appr. 400 dollars? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 12:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Sounds at the touch of a button

Are there any free programs that allow me to hotkey audio clips to keys on my keyboard? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 12:19 AM PST - 4 comments

September 12

Origins of Newspapers Having a Food/Dining section on Wednesday?

What is the basis of newspapers having a special Food/Dining Section on Wednesdays? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 11:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Can't keep breakfast in

Breakfast goes through digestive tract like a waterslide. [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 9:48 PM PST - 26 comments

Making Posting to a Blog Incredibly Easy ... How to?

How to go about accomplishing certain things regarding posting to a blog, but in a certain way ... would like Mefites' advice. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 9:36 PM PST - 3 comments

A mug-bowl. A Mowl. For Soup.

I need help locating the perfect, giant soup mug for work. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Question about Number Theory Text

Question about Hardy's "An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers". [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 9:12 PM PST - 9 comments

ItunesFilter: Help me manage myout of control library file.

ItunesFilter: I have too much music! Help me manage my XML iTunes library! [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 9:08 PM PST - 16 comments

How Can I Write An Anonymyzing Proxy In PHP?

I would like to make an anonymous proxy using PHP (similar in concept to how works). The difference between my project and Anonymouse is that my project is intended for private group use on a specific group of sites (note that this does not break the TOS of either my awesome webhost or the sites on which I'll be using the proxy). [more inside]
posted by mebibyte at 8:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Liberal/Lefty/Progressive Blogs that might help a small non-profit raise some cash?

The social justice non-profit I work for is currently participating in a contest run by Six Degrees. Basically, if we are one of the six non-profits that have the largest unique number of on-line donations (given to our organization through a specific link) we'll get grant that doubles the money we raised, up to $10,000. (In other words, we need to have the most givers, not raise the most cash.) Can you suggest any socially progressive/liberal/lefty blogs (along the lines of DailyKos or Turn Maine Blue) with decent readerships that might be willing to plug our group and help us gather donations? The contest ends on Sunday at 11:59 pm, and although we've pushed hard via emails, etc. with our own contacts and member base (we're currently in the top ten), we need to expand our reach quickly if we're going to end up in the top six.
posted by anastasiav at 8:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Imagine, an advertising agency run by a monkey.

What credentials does someone need to start up an advertising agency?
posted by 913 at 8:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Never Been Wrist

I am almost positive I've fractured the scaphoid in my left hand (I'm right-handed). [I've done it before; all the symptoms line up; doctor pals have taken a look and concurred] I'm currently uninsured and really can't afford to go to PT and have them outfit me with a cast/splint. [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 8:30 PM PST - 11 comments

iPhone Unlock Updates

Should I an iPhone and unlock it for use in Mexico? Will an update kill the unlock and leave me stuck with with a useless iPhone? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 8:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Teach me about Linux VM choices.

VMFilter: Talk to me about virtual machines on Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by fogster at 7:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Paying a real estate agent I never buy through

I'm working with real estate agents in three cities I am considering relocating to. I will only buy through one of them, obviously. Should I tip the other two? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 7:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Here snakey, snakey, snake

What's the de facto python web framework in active development/use today? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 7:17 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I share a folder between users on a single Mac?

Help a new OSX user love his Mac. How do I share my pictures folder with another user on the same computer? [more inside]
posted by sauril at 7:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it safe to eat--next summer?

Can we safely grow some vegetables or herbs in soil that that apparently has had copious amounts of pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide applied to it two years ago and probably also for several years prior? [more inside]
posted by Anisoptera at 7:15 PM PST - 24 comments

I'm not interested in essays for sale!

DesperationFilter: I need the name of an essay by Margaret Atwood. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 6:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I buy some original student art?

I've been to small art fairs in college towns where art students sell their assigned works. The variety of subjects and media is wide and normally the costs are very reasonable (~$20). Are there online versions of this experience?
posted by cobbenterprises at 6:26 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do with review copies of books?

What are the ethics and conventions surrounding review copies of books? [more inside]
posted by climalene at 6:04 PM PST - 29 comments

apple don't care.

the optical drive in my powerbook G4 has separated, sayeth the genuis, but i didn't buy applecare for my now 19-month old computer. there seem to be a few options, but i don't know which to try. advice, please! [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Blocking websites using /etc/hosts

Why won't OSX let me block MeFi via the /etc/hosts file? [more inside]
posted by proj at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Name for aluminum-coated styrofoam?

What do you call this popular Chinese building material? [more inside]
posted by piers at 5:38 PM PST - 6 comments

crying while driving over spilled milk

I just had this unfortunate incident where I was cleaning up from a meeting and someone placed the open quart of half&half in a bag which tipped over in the trunk of a new Prius (which is, of course, rented). I've been soaking it up with towels, lots of water (being careful to avoid the batteries) and even used some "Nature's Miracle" odor remover. What's the best way to continue cleaning up this mess and hopefully be able to preempt any negative effects (i.e. horrible smell).
posted by buttercup at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Long lost friend or creepy psycho?

A customer just placed an order at my website. It's looking like this is a friend I went to school with in the early 90's but lost touch over 10 years ago. I would like to reconnect with him. How do I do that without violating his privacy and/or being creepy? [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 5:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking like a Vanderbilt on a VanDeKamp budget

You've seen her before: Perfectly coiffed hair. Impeccably dressed. Sensible, yet sophisticated expensive shoes ... and you know she's "old money." Can you cultivate that look or must you be born into it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Am I a stupid cow?

Am I expecting too much from my relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Can I pay a Romanian and not be considered a terrorist sponsor?

ParanoidFilter. I need to pay a software developer in Romania. Will sending them money (paying the bill) put me on any type of (government) watch list? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

coffee press screen with mold stains

My coffee press screen has what looks like mold stains on it. (I left some tea in it for too long.) Is it OK to use? If I must remove the
posted by keith0718 at 5:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Fitting vintage dresses

Two questions about wearing vintage dresses: 1) How the hell do I deal with the zipper by myself? and 2) What does a small-chested woman do in a dress cut for someone wearing a bullet bra? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me shut up the devil on my shoulder!

Three months ago, I quit smoking, but on occasion I'll crave a cigarette. I envy those who say "God, I HATE the smell of cigarettes!". I want to hate that smell, as it would make it all the more easy to be a non-smoker...but I don't. I'm rather indifferent to the smell. Can I get some lessons on how to hate the smell of cigarette? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Entry Level Editing

Tomorrow, I'm meeting with an editor at the local newspaper to get some information on what they look for in employees. I was hoping the web's finest Hive Mind would have some thoughts on how to squeeze the maximum benefit out of tomorrow's encounter. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 4:33 PM PST - 14 comments

I need dynamic pages without PHP or a database. What are my options?

Without access to PHP, MySQL, or any other fancy server-side stuff I still need to have dynamic pages. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by genial at 3:56 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I move lots of files based on a list?

Any software out there that can match files from a folder based on a list of keywords, and move the matches to another folder? [more inside]
posted by nataaniinez at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Limo service in Birmingham, AL?

Can anyone recommend a limo service for airport transportation in Birmingham, AL? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 3:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Geotagging Photos on Ubuntu

How do I geotag photos on Ubuntu Linux? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 3:46 PM PST - 2 comments

A merry Bavarian Christmas to you

How does one say "Merry Christmas" in Bavaria? Is it Fröhliche Weihnachten? Frohe Weihnachten? Something else? I'm looking for the standard phrase people write in Christmas cards.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:29 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm a boy. I need a bag. Does that make a bag boy?

ShopFilter: What kind of laptop bag should I get? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:21 PM PST - 33 comments

Not that I want those two minutes back or anything.

Technical/pedantic football (soccer) question: In tonight's Albania v Holland Euro 2008 qualifier, six minutes of stoppage time was indicated, if I am not mistaken. However, the referee blew the final whistle after what I believe was less than 94 minutes, after a spectator threw fireworks at or near a player. This incident seemed to be the direct reason for the ref to call it a game. Given that according the Laws, the indicated stoppage time is a minimum, shouldn't this game technically be considered terminated or abandoned?

Bonus question: what exactly is the difference between a "terminated" and an "abandoned" game?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:16 PM PST - 6 comments

My Pioneer DVR-112 isn't supported in OSX 10.3.9. How can I get it working properly?

My Pioneer DVR-112 isn't supported in OSX 10.3.9. I finally succumbed and joined the DVD age. After a couple of heady days watching DVDs and backing up using Toast, I tried to burn a regular old CD using iTunes and got a shock. My new drive isn't recognised or supported. [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly at 3:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Learn more & buy more!

Can you direct me to websites for companies that sell things, but also have a strong educational component to support the things they sell? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 2:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find good hip-hop

Good hip-hop blogs, message boards, sites, etc? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 1:49 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this poster?

What is this poster? Who made it? Can I buy a print somewhere? [more inside]
posted by brgale at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Payoff CC with student loans? Then invest or pay off loans?

I am using extra student loan money at 6.8% (mostly unsubsidized) interest rate to pay off my credit cards (about 25K) worth. What should I do when I get a bunch of other cash? Pay off loans or invest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Towards the light, I mean

"Go Towards The Light" - Death or Salvation? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 12:56 PM PST - 14 comments

fixing Firefox file/folder flexibility

Is there a way to open multiple favorites in Firefox from the Windows XP file Explorer window? [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

History of handguns show

Help me figure out the TV show and episode I saw on the history of handguns (or specifically the revolver). [more inside]
posted by doctorcurly at 12:09 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I charge?

Freelance writers, help! How -- and how much -- should I charge for this book project? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 11:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Project Management Maven

Project Managers! What software / systems do you use to manage your projects. It seems to me that Microsoft Project or Basecamp is not always the right tool for the job. I am interested in creating work breakdown structures and sequencing activities in a visual manner. I want to track and manage requirements, changes, risks, issues, etc. I want to baseline my requirements, my schedule, and my budget. I want to capture work activity and generate reports. What software should I be using to be a superstar project manager? What is your system for capturing and disseminating information?
posted by kaizen at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me make two videos into one.

A client wants to make/edit a video that displays two distinct videos side by side. He needs to synchronize frames between the two videos and add captions. What Windows software would accomplish this? He's working in Windows Movie Maker right now, if that matters.
posted by Asef Jil at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Now that I'm out, she's keeping the cash!

My landlord won't give me my deposit back. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 10:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Need mentoring suggestion for career guidance

I am mentoring a person, who passed out of high school. He has learning disabilities. The learning disabilities are ADD (attention deficit disorder) and he cannot spell long words (dyslexia). As a result his interests in continuing education is less. However i think without some additional education you can't succeed in life. Can you please suggest some websites, which can help me to select a career for him, based on his interests. If you also know of any other good careers, based on the disabilities please let me know. He is in bay area , california. Any good colleges near by ? Any other general suggestions which might helpful, please share with me. This is my first mentoring voluntary assignment. The organization i work with told his grades are good enough to continue education, so that he can get a better paying job
posted by tom123 at 10:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Crap, I thought it was Thursday.

Google Calendar Help, or, what day is it again? [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 10:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Help Me Smell Good

What are your favorite Fall & Winter fragrances? [more inside]
posted by zach braff's mixtape at 10:25 AM PST - 32 comments

Good streaming charts of market prices

Finance: Where can I find streaming charts showing market indexes, plus currencies and NYMEX commodities/futures? Delayed data is ok; I'd just like good charts that update and which show the commodities/metals too. A lot of the charts I found don't update or don't have NYMEX.
posted by chef_boyardee at 10:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Help, I'm trapped in a conversation and I can't get out

How do I end a conversation politely? [more inside]
posted by dersins at 10:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Optimal computer set-up for web production work?

I have a chance to request a new hardware set up for work (web production). I want to strike a good balance between having good tools to do my work but not asking for way more than I need (I work at a non-profit, and while we are a large non-profit, we are still a non-profit). What should I ask for? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by unsigned at 9:57 AM PST - 7 comments

baking soda and hair

What is baking soda doing to my hair? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Crazy Farm Equipment?!!

What's going on in these strange circular regions (pictured here) in Christmas Valley, OR? My guess: Some kind of circular crop field, with a big rotating arm that does tilling/harvesting. If my guess is right, what kind of farm equipment is that and where can I learn more about it? If my guess is wrong, what is it?
posted by DrSkrud at 9:44 AM PST - 11 comments

My versions are out of control...

Which version control system should I learn/use? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 9:42 AM PST - 18 comments

Four hard drives. One problem.

What can I do with 4 big IDE drives? [more inside]
posted by ImJustRick at 9:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Utility that uses OSX-like keyboard shortcuts for screen captures in Windows?

Best utility for taking screen captures (of user-defined areas, not just of active windows) on WinXP. [more inside]
posted by pants at 9:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Snmp on AS/400

as400snmpfilter: Help me setup snmp on my AS/400? How do i do it!!
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Tell me what to expect learning the guitar later rather than sooner.

Tell me what to expect learning the guitar later rather than sooner. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 8:35 AM PST - 27 comments

The Accidental Babysitter

What do I do with a one year old? She has toys, and seems content with them, but what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:25 AM PST - 24 comments

Tired of being the office brain

I have a very good memory, which comes in handy at work when issues come up and I can recall the context and history. However, my colleagues have come to rely on my memory rather than developing their own knowledge or referring to other sources of information. How can I get them to leave me alone so I can get some work done? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 8:19 AM PST - 27 comments

Funky phone.

Funker mobile phones from Spain. I'm trying to get one of these from somewhere, but I want to know, where can I source this in the UK, and can I get them unlocked? Thanks
posted by spyke23 at 7:42 AM PST - 1 comment

I live in the UK. How should I invest £20,000?

I live in the UK. How should I invest £20,000? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

They want me to do what?

AHHHH - I'm not a web developer but somehow Lotus Domino Designer is now part of my job...where do I start? [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 7:20 AM PST - 4 comments

broken jerk detector?

Help me fix my jerk detector. [more inside]
posted by LN at 7:17 AM PST - 43 comments

Are antibodies bad?

What causes someone to develop antibodies in their system, and how important is it that their physician know about this? [more inside]
posted by cleo at 6:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Pre-vacation reading

Any recommendations for a book set in Budapest or Hungary? [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela at 6:51 AM PST - 19 comments

One click text adding - now with added BBCode.

I'm looking for a Greasemonkey script/Firefox extension that will allow me to add some text to a text box. I need to be able to customise the text and preferably be able to store up to 5 different snippets. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Is Greece the new Nigeria? Tell me if this is a scam!

Help me figure out if this is a scam and if so how? We're looking to rent an apartment in NYC and have found somewhere through Craigslist that looks great but the process is complicated by the fact that the potential Landlord is out of the country. He's sent us an email (contents after the jump) on how he proposes getting us the keys and us completing the contract if we like the apartment. I can't see how it's a scam but it smells kind of odd... Mefite detectives, go to it! [more inside]