September 2010 Archives

September 30

Crockpot Curries

I want to start using my crockpot to cook large batches of Indian food and freezing individual portions. I am soliciting your favorite recipes and any general advice you might be able to provide. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 11:44 PM PST - 11 comments

When a baby appears in a movie/tv show, do they put makeup on it?

When a baby appears in a movie/tv show, do they put makeup on it? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:37 PM PST - 9 comments

How to use SUMIFS without crying

Can I use Excel 2007's SUMIFS function to do the following on a budget/finance report worksheet: Sum all of the transactions given a specific category AND a specific month. [more inside]
posted by man down under at 10:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Moving my Mac mindfully.

Moving filter: This iMac needs to get from point A to point B. Which is the safest route? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 10:08 PM PST - 11 comments

(D)ecode (T)his (M)arketing (F)oolishness

I've recently acquired a promotional record that claims to contain a message in coded DTMF tones (mp3). I'm looking for the easiest, most user-friendly way to reliably decode high-speed bursts of DTMF tones. Bonus points for free solutions... [more inside]
posted by adamkempa at 9:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Drinking more water should make me less thirsty, right?

Is there a reason that drinking more water during the day would make me feel more thirsty and cause chapped lips? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 9:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Building a fire-resistant welding space in my garage

How can I weld in my garage without burning my house down or getting slag all over my car? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 9:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Contacting terrorist individuals in Rome, Italy?

It appears I will be spending five days in Rome, Italy around March 14-18. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 9:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Lots of questions about memorization.

What's the best (free) spaced repetition program right now? What additional memorization techniques do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 9:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Why won't this app sync to my iPod?

I downloaded "bit.trip beat" for my iPod Touch through the iTunes store on my MacBook, but it won't sync. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

GMail - converting an email to a calendar event

GMail is misbehaving. h e l p xxx [more inside]
posted by TheOceanRefusesNoRiver at 8:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Talking to serious girlfriend about not going to her dad's funeral?

Talking to serious girlfriend about not going to her dad's funeral? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 PM PST - 90 comments

Should I quit my job?

I need advice, Metafilter. I’m being bumped out of my office of 5 years to make room for a new hire and being put into a trailer 10 minutes away instead. Should I quit? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 7:15 PM PST - 47 comments

Besides Yachting

I'll be up in Newport, RI on Columbus Day weekend. What are some not-obvious neat things to do there? [more inside]
posted by Threeway Handshake at 7:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What you pay for, is it what you get?

Employer health insurance conundrum. They finally changed my health insurance this week, the insurance, but not the withdrawal from my check. Is there a time limit on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Hotel help in Portland OR

Going on a last minute trip to Portland Oct 5 through 9 and looking for a good hotel in the downtown area for my husband and self. I'm hoping to find something nice, must have wifi, under 200 (preferably closer to 100) walkable to downtown stuff, and on the quiet side. We are there for the Guided by Voices show. I've never been to portland and have no idea what is there except they have a big bookstore I want to go to. Any suggestions for stuff to do in downtown area would be great - I will be doing more research online but I'm so tired from working since 5 am I can't stare at a screen anymore. thanks so much!
posted by Melsky at 6:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Any good parenting podcasts?

I'm looking for a parenting podcast to listen to. One thing I'm looking for is how to deal with typical strong-willed 5-6 year-old behavior. Thanks [more inside]
posted by crios at 6:47 PM PST - 4 comments

I think too fast, therefore what am I?

What is it called when you make a mistake because you are thinking faster than you can speak/type/etc.? [more inside]
posted by caminovereda at 6:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Between pegs and over curves

How do you measure a dead tiger? [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 6:32 PM PST - 6 comments

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me?

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me? [more inside]
posted by EatingCereal at 6:21 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I make from lousy fruit?

I buy fruit at the market for my toddler, but he doesn't always like it. Today's blackberries were too sour. Last week the apples were mealy. Sometimes the bananas get over-ripe before we can eat them all. What easy things can I do to transform "bad" fruit into other things that are still healthy for a kid?
posted by xo at 5:23 PM PST - 23 comments

Help further my guilty, snarky pleasure

What are your favorite "snarky" websites? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 5:13 PM PST - 33 comments

Cat Food Goo

Cat Food Filter -- Seeking a supplement medium [more inside]
posted by freshwater at 5:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Need 20 books scanned, OCRed and proofed. Robots need not apply.

I need to have about 20 novels scanned, OCRed and professionally proofed for conversion to ebooks. Destructive scanning is acceptable. Have you had recent experiences with a company that provides such a service? What did it cost, and how was their proofing? [more inside]
posted by mumkin at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

switching to healthcare industry

I am a marketer/business-person and I want to transition into the health care industry. Help me talk like an insider at my next interview! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Tired of being the (2n-1)th wheel all the time.

I live in Philly, and it's increasingly bad for my mental health that I don't have any single friends. Help me fix this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:37 PM PST - 19 comments

I quit! Forever and ever?

NYC Dept of Ed filter: my friend got himself into a sticky situation at his new job (first job out of school) where he was being harassed by the principal. He documented everything but has not consulted a lawyer. He asked for some advice from elders in the DOE, was told to resign in a certain way and was told that this would not permanently remove him from the DOE system. This assurance may be false. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:07 PM PST - 6 comments

My Nigerian brother-in-law can't hack it in Germany. How do I help him?

I live in Germany, and my German girlfriend's brother-in-law is originally from Nigeria. He is having trouble integrating. He's lived in the country (on and off) for 10 years, but continues to struggle with the language. To make matters worse, cultural differences are getting in the way of him establishing himself. What can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by rhombus at 3:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I mail a cheque and prove I did it?

How can I prove I mailed a cheque, even if the recipient doesn't cash the cheque? [more inside]
posted by Dreadnought at 3:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Would you like to play a (sexy) game?

Entering a 'friends with benefits' relationship and looking for fun and sexy ways to get to know each others kinks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Not really a "should I have an only child" question, but sort of.

Do I need to birth more "family" for my son, or should I let this panic pass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 40 comments

3 Hole Punch

I am looking for a good quality, yet very lightweight three hole punch. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Does "maxiumum occupancy" in short term condo rental apply to weekend guests?

Does "maxiumum occupancy" in short term (2 months) condo rental apply to weekend guests? We're renting a condominium in Florida for 2 months. The rental agreement states that the maximum occupancy is 6 (three bedroom unit). We are a family of 6. My daughter would like to invite a couple of friends for a weekend (overnight guests), which would bring the number to 8 for two nights. Would this break the condo rules? What if they stay a week? If it's not permitted, are they allowed to have dinner with 8 people eating in the unit?
posted by kirsti at 3:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Austin Record Convention tips?

Me and the squeeze are headed to Texas for the Austin Record Convention. We are pretty good crate diggers, appreciate bargains and are hoping to get some stuff we can't find by other means. I'm asking anyone experienced with that particular scene for some insight, as well as any tips from collectors on how to maximize the big convention experience. Thanks!
posted by bonefish at 2:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Buttocks acne

Persistent acne on buttocks. It will not go away. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do interviewed scientists all have geometric screensavers or visualizations running?

Why do TV journalists always get scientists to run a screen saver or mp3 player visualization in the background? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 1:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote!

Electionfilter: give him a reason to vote! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 1:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Runners! Help me buy or make a foam roller!

I have a tight IT band and a weak medial (?) glute which is allowing my knee to move inward, moving from tweaking towards injury. I have seen the physio. Have 4 key exercises. Don't need more at the moment (thank you!). One involves rolling up and down a foam roller. I would rather cry in pain over this in the privacy of my own home. I have to do the exercises every day for 3.5 weeks so I can manage the half marathon I have planned (again, don't need advice on that, thanks - am being careful / will walk if have to etc etc) So - where in the UK Midlands in a physical shop can I buy a foam roller to roll my leg muscles with? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 1:01 PM PST - 24 comments

Can iTunes Automatically Fill MOST of the Free Space?

I like that iTunes will automatically fill the free space on my iPhone with music, but I'd like it to do so only to a certain point, leaving a few hundred MBs available in case I want to shoot a quick video or download a particularly large app. Is this possible?
posted by moviehawk at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me choose my thesis topic, which exists somewhere in the confluence of techno-sociology, media studies, developmental psychology, and the study of attention.

Help me choose my thesis topic, which exists somewhere in the confluence of techno-sociology, media studies, developmental psychology, and the study of attention. [more inside]
posted by Roach at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Lookin' for a weighty word....

I am looking for an adjective that means something like 'sufficiently ambiguous (but encouraging enough) such that one can project their desires into [it] and find validation.' anyone got a fit? [more inside]
posted by armheadarmlegleg at 12:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Jokes about Fear!

I'm doing a presentation about conquering fear (of public speaking). Do you know any good jokes on the general subject of fear? Particularly on how fears can paralyze us, or how irrational fears can be?
posted by storybored at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Suggest a good, inexpensive rain jacket for running

I need a good, lightweight rain coat for running. [more inside]
posted by papercake at 12:08 PM PST - 24 comments

Sugar binges only on weekend: okay or not okay?

I have a sugar addiction. So how much sugar is okay? [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 11:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Mr. Smith goes to Washington

How did those of you with political or policy type of jobs get your feet in the door? Whether its campaigning, non-profit, policy or anything else political related, how did you get your start? More of course in the fold. [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Your recommendations for affordable self storage in Brooklyn or (VERY near to NYC) New Jersey?

Your recommendations for affordable self storage in Brooklyn or (VERY near to NYC) New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Fashion Advice for the Gentleman Rocker

I am helping to dress my man for an upcoming rock show. He will be performing in front of an amazing assortment of VIP's, including artists, tastemakers, and fashion icons. I don't know much about menswear, and he pretty much hates dealing with clothes, so I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I get my router online?

My wireless router longs to throw off its university shackles. Help, MeFites! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 16 comments

I Wish I Could Clone My Shoes...

I have a pair of shoes I really like that I bought a while ago. I have the identification number but google isn't helping. Can you? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Maybe just a little ADHD, but probably not, but maybe?

Is it possible to have "just a little" ADD/ADHD? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:15 AM PST - 24 comments

I see a tedious task in my future...

Another what's the best software for this task question...what's the easiest way to identify and relabel observations with the wrong unique ID? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 11:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me deal with this totally religious state!

How do I get used to living in a state where religion plays a huge role in seemingly everything? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 10:59 AM PST - 77 comments

Do you sell $10 gift cards? Great, I'll take 50, and I can pay you $490.

Is there a site where I can mass-order small restaurant gift cards, preferably with some financial advantage? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 10:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Searching for op-ed article

I'm looking for an article about how the "good old days" (that the Party of No wants the US to return to) never really existed. [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 10:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Tidally locked planets in science fiction?

Anyone know of any good sci fi stories about tidally locked planets? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 9:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Would sell kidney for wedding dress like this one:

This dress is absolutely stunning, but it appears to have gone 'out of print' a few years ago at J.Crew. Does anyone know of a similar one anywhere out in the cosmos? I'm aiming for a size 4, 6 or 8.
posted by ninotchka at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Vancouver recommendations

Vancouver, one mid-week evening in October: what do you do to make it awesome? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Using someone else's half-empty bottles of alcohol for cooking or otherwise. Any concerns?

Someone recently moved, and tossed out some used bottles of alcohol (half-empty) among other non-garbage items they had put on the curb for trash pickup. My wife wants to use the left-overs for cooking. Is there anything to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by purefusion at 9:17 AM PST - 65 comments

'This number has been disconnected' sounds horrible to me

I reallllly don't want to change my phone number, but it would be nice to be able to use my cell phone from home... [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 9:02 AM PST - 14 comments

how do i encourage that delectable scent to return to my nostrils yet again?

My partner has stopped smelling good to me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 20 comments

How is the TV show Gangland made?

How do they make the TV show gangland? After googling, I can't see to find any interviews with anyone who works on the show. I'm looking for information regarding how they gain access to the gang members, what they go through gathering video on the street, things of that nature. Thanks!
posted by ejfox at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I Charge Sales Tax?

I am opening an electronics repair shop in PA, I will be repairing cell phones, video games, and computers. Do I collect sales tax? [more inside]
posted by psiwave at 8:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Recommend to me a good restaurant in Las Vegas!

I'm going to Las Vegas over the weekend and meeting with a friend for lunch on Sunday (and possibly also dinner) and we have some overlapping food issues that are making finding places a little tricky. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 8:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Garage Heating

Most efficient way to heat an attached garage? [more inside]
posted by discountfortunecookie at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

What was that poem about Jakarta, teacups and a man with werewolves for sons?

I am looking for a poem that mentions Jakarta/Batavia, werewolves as sons and teacups. [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

no sugar for my sugar: baking help

eggs plus love. some anniversary baking help, please? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 8:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Am I pregnant? AARGH.

Pregnancy tests and freaking out - help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Crippling anxiety - can I get over this without a therapist?

Crippling anxiety ruining my life - can I get over this without a therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Times are tough, is massage therapy school a good choice?

I have some time in the next year and have give serious thought to going to school for Massage Therapy. Is this a good idea in our (America) current economic conditions? Is there a lot of job openings, as I've been told? It would be a seven month course costing roughly nine grand. Beyond market climate conditions, are there any other things I should think about before deciding to get into this field? There's nothing about the job, that I know of, that I see as a negative. I've always been interested in health and fitness and have toyed around with this idea for the past ten years or so and I finally came around to checking it out. As a male in my mid thirties I've heard (from a masseuse friend) it may be a bit tougher for me, is that true or is there any such possible roadblocks? Do any massage therapists have any pet peeves about the job or is there something they wish they knew about before getting into the field? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I start and sustain a successful hedge fund?

How do I start and sustain a successful hedge fund? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 8:06 AM PST - 22 comments

What is a good pre-workout meal for morning strength training, and how long do I have to wait after eating to work out?

What is a good pre-workout meal for morning strength training, and how long do I have to wait after eating to work out? [more inside]
posted by metakiwi at 8:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Spooky vegan food!

Please share some tasty vegan Halloween recipes! [more inside]
posted by lriG rorriM at 7:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me create a video portal between two offices

What is the easiest, most hassle free, and moderately priced way to create a link video link between two offices which are on different continents? [more inside]
posted by bryanboyer at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Where do I buy menswear that will last lifetimes?

What brands or types of men's clothing will last me a long time or a lifetime? [more inside]
posted by voronoi at 7:16 AM PST - 47 comments

How can I make everyone feel welcome during an opening invocation prayer?

How can I make everyone - people of faith and atheists alike - feel welcome during an invocation prayer? [more inside]
posted by elmer benson at 7:14 AM PST - 66 comments

Anything new on the Chantix front?

Chantix: Please provide me some updated feedback on how it worked for you, particularly in the side-effects area. [more inside]
posted by sundrop at 7:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Vonage World plan, 60 countries included, is it good enough?

Anyone here using Vonage World plan? Is it good enough? Any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 5:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Best way to create a snapshot of a file structure

Is there a simple way to take a snapshot of a file structure/hierarchy on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by tawny at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know the name of this kind of montage

Does anyone know what the name of this type of montage is: [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 5:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Young student, hard-worker, crazy?

I'm a diligent student. Am I insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 AM PST - 42 comments

Lady, shave

My mother never shaved her legs or painted her nails. It's too late now for me to be reading teenage magazines. Tell me how to do these things properly. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 3:19 AM PST - 54 comments

Can I watch Hulu in Asia?

Now that I'm hooked on Hulu & Watch Instantly Netflix, will I be able to utilize them while traveling this winter? Or, are there similar websites that I can use to watch TV shows or movies on my Mac laptop from SE Asia and Australia?
posted by jsslz at 1:57 AM PST - 8 comments

IANTFG (I Am Not That Fedora Guy)

Can a late-20's white guy wear a suit with a hat without looking like a jerk? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 1:56 AM PST - 59 comments

The UK web for a new arrival

A non-English colleague's non-English son is off to the University of Warwick in England tomorrow! What not-obvious but super-useful UK websites will help him take full advantage of his new-found freedom (and maybe even save him some money)? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:22 AM PST - 20 comments

Do cool slippers exist? (Not that kind of cool!)

Slippers that won't make my feet hot -- do they exist? [more inside]
posted by sharding at 1:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Rebelling Sucks

What advice would you give my friend to make him feel better during his (long overdue) rebellious phase against his overbearing mother? He's in his early 20s, from a Chinese-American family, and has made up his mind to stay home for financial reasons. [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 12:34 AM PST - 10 comments

September 29

Help me become a part-time Vegas local...

I am going to be working regularly in Vegas for a week or so at a time. Where are good places (restaurants, bars, etc) to meet locals? Should be strip accessible as that is where my company puts me up. [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

hide an iPhone unlock from apple?

How do I hide that I unlocked my iPhone from Apple Care? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 11:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you focus this thing?

This spotting scope is a high quality, rugged, beautiful piece of workmanship. Too bad I no longer have a use for it. Questions inside on how and where to sell. [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser at 11:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How much video is recorded per year, at what speed is this number increasing?

Does any group track the amount of video footage captured per time unit? [more inside]
posted by oblio_one at 10:09 PM PST - 0 comments

Cast my pod

I need help finding hip, funny, entertaining podcasts to download. [more inside]
posted by Unred at 10:02 PM PST - 25 comments

What's the time?

Why is my laptop stuck in the past? How do I fix its lagging time? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 9:27 PM PST - 5 comments

How to hang a large and heavy puzzle?

How do I frame/hang a really enormous puzzle? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 9:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me recover from on-again, off-again, and then just one huge big BOOM!

Six months. Dozens of emails a week. But it turns out … he’s married, with kids. The thing is, I’ve known him more than 20 years. Help me frame this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 62 comments


I heard some hippie-type on the NPR radio complaining that natural gas gives off those awful CO2 emissions that cause the greenhouse effect, Ozone layer, etc. Now excuse me for not watching that Al Gore movie, but this struck me as odd... ... isn't Natural Gas how most of the homes in upper North America are heated during the winter, every winter? Does Home Heating create even more "greenhouse gases" that cars do, is there a ratio somewhere? (homes 24% cars 15%)? Because we can greenly ride a bicycle to work, but we ain't gonna stop heating our homes ?!?!?????
posted by shipbreaker at 8:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Best Original Xbox games to check to see if my gaming gene is still active

tl;dr What Xbox games for an old system might help me realize if new games are still for me? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:42 PM PST - 16 comments

how best to deal with a burrowing critter

how best to deal with a burrowing creature (don't know what kind) that is threatening my new trees? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 8:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Transpacific Gift Givin'

What are some US-centric gift ideas to send to a friend in Australia? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 8:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Anyone know this questioner's conundrum?

Anyone know this questioner's conundrum? the statement I'm searching for describes the attempt of the speaker to "not think of you" and subsequent efforts to avoid the seemingly inevitable results of thinking about the elephant when trying like crazy not to, heeding the exhortation "DON'T THINK ABOUT AN ELEPHANT!". My inclusion of the elephant reference is as a descriptive aid, not part of the musing of the speaker, by the way. Tao? Buddhist? Zen? Certainly meditative, but all I got on Google were answers pertaining to present-day songs and the like..... Ugh. It is something of a brain-teaser, but highly enlightening in its treatment of helping one get around the mental chatter that seems to predominate thinking. Or, not thinking, in this case. I can find it in none of my books, nor on the net. I can't be the only one who has read this. Not certain about the era in which it originated, nor country, although if I were to speculate madly I'd say Japan, perhaps? Arrrgh. Frustrating. Damn ADD. Thanks, folks-I'll try and check back in ASAP.
posted by girdyerloins at 8:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Trouble moving on

Why is it that after breaking up with a guy six weeks ago whom I seriously dated for over a year (it was mutual and no drama, just kind of sad, bad timing) that I feel like I am cheating on him if I go out with someone else? And I have been asked out by some really great guys, but I don't want to go ... I really don't think I am still in love with the former BF but I thought by now I would at least want to go on a date ... I am guessing this is just a waiting game, things will change eventually but I am hoping for words of wisdom to help me move on ...
posted by justalkin at 8:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Does no one have modest-sized TVs anymore?

I want to buy a little wheeled TV cart to hold my 21" TV, VCR and DVD player so I can put it away in the hall closet when not in use. Where can I find a TV cart, on castors, wood tone, no wider than 30" inches, for $100 or so? Also, it must be available for purchase in Toronto or theoretically possible to have it shipped there. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Old VHS-quality video effects

VideoProductionFilter, I'm doing a video project for school and I want to make the most realistic 1980-esque infomercial, complete with grainy/old-VHS look, sour, distorted sound, and muffled voices. How can I create these effects? [more inside]
posted by Taft at 7:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Hoping to see some history

How can I see the Atlanta Braves' tribute to manager Bobby Cox on Saturday? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 7:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Sending Congratulation STOP but the telegram has stopped STOP

Now that telegrams are no more, how can I send congratulations to someone? Email and snail mail are out--this is a theatre opening, out of town, and the perfect occasion for a good, old-fashioned telegram. What do we do in this modern age? Thanks!
posted by largecorp at 7:09 PM PST - 17 comments

iTalk, iUpload, iSave My iPhone's hard drive!

How can I transfer large voice memos (~300MB) from my Jailbroken iPhone 3GS to the web without tHe use of a computer (aka via AT&t's 3G network), and where can I store these files on the web via this process? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 7:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Cool party rental location in LA?

What's a cool place to rent for a party of 100 guests in LA that I can cater myself? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA at 7:00 PM PST - 2 comments

"The wireless" is not the radio.

I'm a Mac. My husband is a PC. Please help us figure out a wireless connectivity issue. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 6:46 PM PST - 19 comments

new health insurance abroad- pre-existing conditions

I have a friend living in the US with US health insurance. He wants to move back to Panama, where he's from. He's recently had a heart surgery, and tells me that he won't be able to get health insurance in Panama as this would be a pre-existing condition there. It's not a pre-existing condition currently and is covered by his US health insurance. He therefore, doesn't think he can move back home. Its a stressful situation for him and I really wish I could give him some meaningful advice, preferably something that includes him retaining medical coverage either in US or Panama, and being able to move back to Panama. I remember from looking into this myself earlier that it did seem possible to retain US insurance coverage if you live outside the US but maybe only if you are a citizen. Please help!
posted by anonymous at 6:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Drummers: Help me pick a song to play during sound checks

Drummers: What do you play during sound checks? [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Should you agree to disagree in the workplace?

When is it okay for your personal beliefs to directly contradict your line of work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 40 comments

Returning or keeping engagement ring

Drama Alert: Question about returning an engagement ring after the engagement is called off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 PM PST - 42 comments

Looking for a pretty good Banjitar/Guitjo

Anyone have any experience with banjo-guitar hybrids? Any recommendations on which companies to order one from? A couple specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 5:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Etiquette in a Modern Age

What's the etiquette for contacting a cousin I haven't spoken to in eight years on facebook? How exactly to do it? Is it a bad idea? Unique circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by slide at 5:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Stopped by Homeland Security while on probation, what could happen?

Homeland Security just searched my husband and accused him of holding drugs. He in no way comes into contact with drugs. What the hell? Help! [more inside]
posted by kpht at 5:44 PM PST - 15 comments

What would I know now, if I'd had a less bad dad?

Women of Metafilter: did you have a loving relationship with your father when you were growing up? Did your father make you feel loved, supported, and valued? Can you tell me what that makes your life look/feel like today? I'm trying to understand how to move forward from a history with a sadistic, distant father, and it would help me to know what benefits you have gained from having a loving one, so that I can attempt to find those benefits for myself. [more inside]
posted by troublemenot at 5:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Powered by Briggs & Stratton

Project help: What should I build with several lawn mower engines? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo at 5:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Water Pump for Misting Fan?

I want to build a misting fan, but I don't have easy access to a garden hose tap, so I want to use a pump to generate pressure. Where can I find such a pump? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 5:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Overnight extended layover in Delhi?

We're going to be hiking to Everest Base Camp and right now we're trying to figure out the logistics of our very long commute. We're traveling to Nepal from the US, and will be landing in Delhi on October 9th around 9 PM. Our flight to Kathmandu leaves the next day at at 3 PM. Is it safe and/or reasonable to stay the night in the Delhi airport? Or would it be easier to book a hotel or homestay in the area? [more inside]
posted by ThatSomething at 4:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Paranoid about PayPal

I received a payment via PayPal for something I'm not selling. Is this a scam? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 4:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me see my BIOS using a monitor attached to VGA out on my laptop. Please?

How can I force a laptop to use VGA out during boot up prior to windows loading so that I can get into the BIOS and change the primary display to be permanently the VGA out? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 4:52 PM PST - 15 comments

LOW production values but HIGHLY entertaining

Please link me to great (yet simple DIY) animated music videos. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I need serious help making friends.

I'm starting to give up hope that I'll ever be normal enough to make friends. I grew up with all online friends, decided to kick my social anxiety some two years ago, and went through all the hoops of that only to still have zero friends today. I've tried many things, which I'm going to list inside. I just want to know if there's anything out there, I don't care how crazy, that'll help me retain some friends. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 4:26 PM PST - 46 comments

Choosing an iPhone with no 3G

I am considering switching to the iPhone 4, which of course means switching to AT&T. I have never been on a GSM carrier before, and my home and office currently only get EDGE instead of 3G data, so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 4:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a good astronomy gift?

Looking for an astronomy gift for an adult that has no time to star gaze. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker at 4:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Suggestions for where to buy comfy work shoes

Shoe question - I like brands such as Clarks, Born, Dansko, etc. for work and was wondering if anyone has suggestions of where to buy them. I'm looking for a bargain on these brands but with a good variety of styles to choose from. Also if you have a favorite brand you'd like to share, that would be great. As much as I love the way heels and strappy shoes look, they aren't practical for all day wear and I'm a sissy about foot pain. I need shoes that look professional but are hopefully not too masculine and are going to be comfortable all day.
posted by greensalsa at 4:07 PM PST - 16 comments

What's the most primitive computer possible?

Assuming knowledge of the theory behind logic gates and computation, when was the earliest people could have built a working working general purpose computer? Or to put it another way, imagine a modern day chip designer is trapped on a deserted island with no access to modern technology, but access to any necessary natural resources that he could acquire by himself, how could he go about building a general purpose computer to pass the time?
posted by empath at 4:05 PM PST - 20 comments

☥☦☪ ☬ ☭☮ ☯ ☸✝

Science Fiction character identification: Which SF story had a sort of Friar Tuck like character who followed all faiths simultaneously and had the symbols for multiple world religions hung around his neck?
posted by Artw at 3:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Calculus problem involving the disk method

The area between f(x), the x-axis and the lines x=a and x=b is revolved around the x-axis. The volume of this solid of revolution is b^3-a*b^2 for any a,b. What is f(x)? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 3:47 PM PST - 27 comments

I apparently can't do 6th grade science.

My daughter's science homework is driving me crazy. It's one of these crossword puzzle deals. She's filled the entire thing out save one answer, and as I'm 30 I'm somewhat shamed that I cannot seem to answer a 6th grade science question. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 3:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Have you corresponded with a prisoner?

Have you corresponded with a prisoner? I am considering doing this, and I would like to hear experiences from people who have. [more inside]
posted by red clover at 3:27 PM PST - 11 comments

best razor for weird beard?

What sort of electric razor works best on a beard that grows in all kinds of directions? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Android without the data

How do I get an Android without having to get a data plan? [more inside]
posted by galadriel at 3:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a photo of J Nicholson as Gittes...

I recently saw a b&w photo of Jack Nicholson as Jake Gittes (Chinatown)--it was probably on the web and I'd like to find it again. It was an extreme close-up, forehead to chin, and Jack was wearing a hat and a nose bandage. I believe it was black and white. He was looking straight into the camera. It was not a still from the film and is not (to my knowledge) a famous picture as I remarked at how odd it was that I'd never seen it before. Anyone recall seeing this?
posted by dobbs at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Surfthechannel: links question

Surfthechannel filter. Why do the links go screwy? Anybody have a clue? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 at 2:44 PM PST - 3 comments

help me identify this song

Can anyone identify the reggae song in this video?
posted by Danila at 2:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommended drinks for combating the sting of capsaicin in spicy food...?

I know that casein-based products are boss, but which beverages should I get if I run out of kefir? I mean, it's kinda awkward to eat ice cream alongside curry, so no desserts, please.
posted by DenLaerde at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

How to negotiate better rent in NYC?

We're looking to sign a lease on the apartment we currently sublet, with the support of the current tenant. The management company has indicated they will increase the rent. We want to minimize (or eliminate) the increase. How to negotiate this tactfully & effectively? [more inside]
posted by limon at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

We need more help...

Wife was in a car accident. We're still having serious difficulties. [more inside]
posted by Marduk at 2:27 PM PST - 23 comments

I hope I can read the popup reminder...

How can I tell Windows XP to make a beep, chirp or show a popup reminder every 10 minutes as long as I am logged on to my computer (and the screen is not locked)? I would like to save my eyes before I go blind. [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I fix my USB display adapter?

Please help me straighten out a wayward Diamond BVU195 USB Display Adapter. [more inside]
posted by cr_joe at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Into the Void of Social Media

Social Media Groupies: I need ideas and input for implementing a process for creating and maintaining content for a fundraiser. [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Piano music

Help me find piano music that sounds like this!
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Release of victim's private records to the defense in Texas

In the state of Texas, who has the authority to release the victim of a crime's records to the defense? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 1:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Similar ears not necessary

Is there a book, or books, that cover a similar scope to Andrew Marr's A History of Modern Britain, but with a focus on the USA? [more inside]
posted by liquidindian at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

I guess Victorians had better blankets

Insulating my attic cathedral ceiling, but I'm trying to be (a little) cheap about it. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 1:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me turn an old laptop into a doggy monitor

MacBook at home, VNC from work in order to use the webcam. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Wii/Online 2-player Games that are awesome

What new 2-player games in the vein of New Super Mario Bros Wii are out there? Or, what 2009-2010 games are online for 2-players in the same style? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you turn a bad day around?

I'm trying to get better at recognizing negativity gremlins, but I still have trouble circumventing them. Your tricks and tips, please. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 12:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Help convince spouse to take risk

How can I help convince my spouse to support me in an entrepreneurial endeavor? She is risk-adverse and I'm sick of white collar jobs. [more inside]
posted by patrad at 12:17 PM PST - 32 comments

Voicemail transcription from landlines?

I hate voicemail. For my private cell phone, I use Google Voice, so I don't usually have to listen to messages, but can just browse them. At work, I don't have access to GV. What can I do instead? Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 12:02 PM PST - 17 comments

My clients sooo like me the BEST...

Group Activities, Games, and Challenges for Adults? (who don't respond well to hokey or woo-woo stuff) That require using teamwork and brainwork? And don't need a lot of money or materials? [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Turn a Picture into a Painting

I live in Los Angeles. I have a girlfriend. I have a favorite picture of her. She has a birthday coming up. I'd like somebody to take that picture and use it as inspiration for a painting that I can give to her. Does anybody do that? [more inside]
posted by tallthinone at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

How on earth has anyone managed to organize a wedding, ever?

Los Angeles Filter: I am a geeky/artsy gal who is currently based in NYC, who for various inextricable reasons is slated to get married in Los Angeles this summer. I am completely overwhelmed by LA and how little I know about it, but I am trying to make the most of the situation. I have a few questions which you LA-folk might be kind enough to help me with. I'm not the wedding-planning type at all, and so far my only main goal is that the wedding happen in an interesting place, which is somewhat compatible with my traditional extended family from their somewhat ostentatious culture. Big, giant sigh. [more inside]
posted by wondershrew with a helping of potato salad at 11:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Where in NYC can I volunteer late on week day nights or on the weekends?

Where in NYC can I volunteer late on week day nights or on the weekends? I need people-based organizations (so, not the ASPCA) with work that's not super stressful. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Which free blogging service is right for me?

Considering starting a personal, moderately-multimedia blog. Leaning towards Blogger... but I have questions and concerns. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Adjusting to loss of sight in one eye

Adjusting to loss of vision in one eye - and another related question. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

False insurance claim for an accident I didn't have!?

I just got a call from my insurance company telling me that someone had filed a claim against me for an accident I didn't have! They seemed to believe me when I said I didn't have an accident and are forwarding it to central claims. I'll hopefully get a call from them this afternoon with more information. Does this happen a lot? How would someone get enough information about me to file an insurance claim against me?
posted by chrispederick at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

I meant what I said and I said what I meant! An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!

How would you go about making 7-foot-tall (approximately) elephant tusks? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 11:29 AM PST - 12 comments

WTB: Nikon D90

Need camera (Nikon d90) advice! [more inside]
posted by private_idaho at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Building Boats in Civ V

Question about Civilization V; If one of my cities can build work boats and triremes, how come my other cities (that are near water) can not build/purchase them? They don't even show up in the build/buy list. [more inside]
posted by banshee at 11:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does Mac Mail embed my attachments and can I get it to stop?

Why does Mac Mail embed my photo attachments and can I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Some things I heard on the plan from a lady moving from Orlando - Follow up to "Will gators eat my kids?"

Some things I heard on the plan from a lady moving from Orlando - Follow up to "Will gators eat my kids?" question [more inside]
posted by jseven at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

weight times power plus tired legs equal the delta of ???

I rode in a century ride last Sunday, It took me 11:34 on a mountain bike, with a 20lb frame, if everything else was equal how much faster could I have completed the ride, if I had a top of the line road cycle?
posted by kanemano at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Creative Non-Fiction about Music

Looking for books or essays similar to Nick Hornby's Songbook (or other awesome pieces of creative non-fiction about music). [more inside]
posted by rockstar at 11:07 AM PST - 7 comments

I Dread This Visit

How do I deal with a new boyfriend's new look? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 46 comments

It's alive! No, wait, wait...

Can my franken-laptop make it through the rest of the semester? Help me find out if I should invest anymore money into this thing, or throw it in the ocean. [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny at 10:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me banish my demons!

Looking for a peaceful, restorative mini-vacation to take at the end of October. Suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by brina at 10:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Kann ich hat einen Cheezburger?

I'm in what's supposed to be an immersive German language program, but my Internets are in English. Help me fix that! [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Suggest me a low-cost bar PoS and stock tracking system!

Bar PoS terminal and stock management software recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bullox at 10:01 AM PST - 0 comments

What should I know about the baby's first vaccinations before she gets them?

Baby TEA's first round of vaccinations (at age two months) is rapidly approaching. Friends with kids tell me that this will not be pleasant for her or for me. What advice/warnings/words of wisdom can you give me before the big event? [more inside]
posted by TEA at 10:00 AM PST - 29 comments

Finding Vital Statistics Data on Name and Ethnicity for Texas

Some researchers (pdf) have been able to acquire large state-level of databases from the state's Vital Statistics of every person's first name and race. I am having trouble navigating these websites though, and am not sure who to ask. I am interested in getting a list of all first names and race/ethnicity and gender of babies born in Texas for 1990 and 2000. If it's possible to get the data already in a spreadsheet, where name is a column, gender a column, race a column, and year a column, even better.
posted by scunning at 9:37 AM PST - 2 comments

i know things just aren't quite right

I am trying to record a simple cover version of a fairly obscure song ("Mr Loveman" by Yvonne Carroll), but my confidence in my ability to work out even simple chord changes is pretty low and the song can't be found on any of the usual sites. Could someone please help me out with the chords here? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 9:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the easiest/cheapest way to set up a home surveillance camera that will notify me and stream video for remote viewing/recording if somebody enters my home while I'm gone?

What is the easiest, cheapest, most effective way for me to set up a single motion-triggered surveillance camera at home to verify whether I have a creepy situation going on while I'm gone? If triggered, I want it to alert me remotely, stream video for remote live viewing, and ideally record to the cloud rather than locally for later viewing. I'd like an easy web/desktop interface to control it all. Have you tried one of those kits from X10 for this and did it work well for you? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Delicious Non-oily Trader Joe's Coffee?

Delicious Non-oily Trader Joe's Coffee? We use a superautomatic machine and "dry" or at least non-oily beans work best. We use and love Stumptown Hair Bender but think maybe we should at least try something else from time to time. Trader Joe's seems to have a wide variety of whole bean options at reasonable prices, but I can't see into the cans to determine which ones might be appropriate for our use. Can anyone recommend one of the TJ options for being both tasty and relatively "dry" of bean?
posted by cairnish at 9:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Wireless mechanical keyboard?

I recently bought a SteelSeries 7g and I just love it. My only gripe is that it's wired... I've looked around on the net for a wireless mechanical keyboard (ie. one with clicky keys) but no luck. Does anyone know of something like this, whether bluetooth or RF-linked? Otherwise, would it be possible/feasible to mod my 7g with the components from a wireless or BT keyboard?
posted by mandrake at 9:25 AM PST - 5 comments

gooey kablooie blues, literally

Ballpoint woes. Blue goo in the mechanism... [more inside]
posted by Namlit at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

iPad Bluetooth Stereo Earphones

Is anyone using bluetooth stereo earphones with an iPad? If so, what earphones make/model do you recommend?
posted by markmillard at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Keep your eyes to yourself

How do you deal with unwanted staring from men in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM PST - 56 comments

How to create Outlook email links in plain text?

How can I get Outlook to create a text link to an email instead of a graphical icon link when drag-and-dropping into another MS app? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Help remebering a TV show name

Does anyone remember the name of the miniseries about a family of Mexican drug lords? It was on in the early part of the decade, 2002 maybe. Six episodes. Perhaps with Lou Diamond Phillips (although his IMDB page has nothing about it.) Specifically I'm looking for the theme, an instrumental perhaps by Calexico, (again nothing on their website about it.)
posted by Keith Talent at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Making it special

10th anniversary happening in about 2 weeks. Aside from repeating vows, having trouble finding inspiration to put some magic in this for her. Any ideas?
posted by scottymac at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheap, decent movie projector?

Cheap projector question for probably the millionth time on the green: Can somebody recommend a sub-$450 projector for watching movies at home? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Bowel problems -- I'm really jonsen for some of that doxycycline, man.

SFW but probably TMI question about a change in bowel movements. Is there something wrong with my diet or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 15 comments

What to say for an out of town interview

What do I tell my tiny company about my out of town job interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 11 comments

of lice and men

Help! I have pubic lice ALL OVER my body. How can I get rid of them once and for all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for a good date location in Bethesda, MD

What's a good date restaurant in Bethesda, MD for a Friday night? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 7:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find places indoors to marry in DC for free.

Where can I marry couples for free in DC during the colder months? [more inside]
posted by eviltiff at 7:58 AM PST - 3 comments

YouTube Downloads

Has anyone found a good way to download high-quality HD video from YouTube? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 7:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Increasing Altitude and Rows

I'm flying from BOS to BWI tonight after work. The TSA website explicitly says knitting needles are okay in carry-on. I am only bringing carry-on. I plan on printing this page and bringing it with me, but should I still expect some grief?
posted by zizzle at 7:32 AM PST - 30 comments

blackberry apps for runners

what is a good app for a (brand new) runner to download on my blackberry? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 7:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me encourage communal cleanliness!

I need suggestions for gentle, preferably clever or humorous signs reminding people to help keep the break room clean. [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 7:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Dear [first name / last name]

I'm applying to a job where I recently worked for 2 years. In my cover letter and statement of interest, should I refer to my former co-workers (who are much older than me) by first, last, or full name? [more inside]
posted by jejune at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Synchronizing flash games across computers

Is there an easy way to keep flash game data synchronized across computers? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi at 7:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone identify the actress from this Japanese CM?

Can anyone identify the actress in this Japanese commercial (loud, nsfw maybe?)?
posted by yeoz at 7:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Reliable, easy-to-use upload script

Does anyone know of a reliable, easy-to-use upload script that can be used for business purposes? [more inside]
posted by exolstice at 6:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Drilling for Oil Research

Research filter: I'm trying to find statistics about offshore oil/gas drilling in the gulf of mexico. Specifics inside. I'm also wondering why Google Answers closed and if there are other paid research sites of similar quality? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 6:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Tiny Workspaces - where does it all go?

Talk to me about small workshops/workspaces. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Cross-browser bookmark sync?

What is a good alternative to Xmarks for cross-browser bookmark syncing? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins at 6:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Rotary Cutter

Quilter filter. I have a brand new Olfa Rotary Cutter. I have tested out by cutting double fabric using cardboard as a cutting board with mixed results. Help! [more inside]
posted by francesca too at 5:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Audience? What audience?

I'm looking for examples of musical artists that became less commercial/mainstream/accessible as their careers went on. [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 5:03 AM PST - 66 comments

I'm a Whale of a Fail.

WritingFilter: Writers, what are some tips and tricks for coming up with awesome, totally original concepts? Or, conversely, what can I do to make sure my derivative stuff is top-notch derivative? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 3:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a good Press Release Distribution service

In the U.S.: Do you use a press release distribution service that you would recommend? This is for a small business (with a relatively small budget) that at the moment mainly needs coverage in a metropolitan area, but which may soon expand to online sales so it would be good to establish as much visibility as possible. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Name that book about user communities

Please help me find this book that was mentioned on one of my technical writers mailing lists that dealt with user communities, listening (maybe), social media and perhaps technical communication. [more inside]
posted by l'esprit d'escalier at 3:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Software zooming on a Mac.

Looking for a screen magnifier for OSX. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 1:38 AM PST - 6 comments

and so our heroine withdraws to metafilter!

What exactly is Colin Meloy saying when he singing "When wilt thou trouble the waters in the cistern" in the song "A Bower Scene" on the album "The Hazards Of Love"? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 12:06 AM PST - 13 comments

September 28

How to setup an online database?

I'd like to set up a stolen photo equipment database. Ideally it would be searchable by brand, serial number, model, date, etc. What would be the best way to go about this for someone without technical expertise? No programming skills, limited html knowledge. Ideas are very welcome.
posted by ig at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Can live flowers absorb dyes?

Can live flowers (as opposed to white coronations in vases) absorb dyes? If so, which flowers and dyes will work? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals at 10:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Trying to avoid the farce after the tragedy.

As the trustee for my parents' estate, what responsibility do I bear if I have ethical questions about how they treat my siblings in their will? [more inside]
posted by sapere aude at 10:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Help Me Spruce Up My Mouldy Sierra Hiking Boots

What should I do to treat my mouldy hiking boots? They were abandoned scandalously in the back of a cupboard for years, and when I pulled them out they had a fine coating of mould on them. I've left them in the sun for a few days, but what now?
posted by gerls at 10:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Earworm tuned to 11

I'm looking for a word that describes consistent loops of music in one's head. Not just earworms, though of course earworms are part of it. I'm talking about a radio station in your head which plays a song more often than you ever heard in actual audio life. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 9:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Any ideas about how to handle lawn grubs?

Oh dear, our lawn has grubs! Should we fight them, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by debgpi at 9:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Keeping my Twitter off Google

How do I keep my Twitter from showing up on a Google name search? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Does anyone need the kind of information work I do full time?

I automate a lot of tasks for my Web publishing company, but I'm not a developer. What kind of information worker am I, and does anyone need what I do specifically? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Albums similar to Painkiller

What albums are similar to Judas Priest's Painkiller? [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% at 7:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Another Craiglist apartment scam?

Is this an apartment scam? A friend of mine is looking for an apartment in San Francisco. He found a posting on Craigslist and the price and location work for him but there are a few warning flags. [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 7:58 PM PST - 47 comments

I'm in the US. He's in Germany. How can I send him black beans?

How do I give the gift of black beans to my German friend while I'm In the US? [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan at 7:21 PM PST - 21 comments

please explain a superfund cleanup

Tell me about cleaning up a toxic creek. In this case, something like the Newtown Creek in NY, now a Superfund site.​2010/09/28/​nyregion/​28newtown.html What is the process? Is it dredged? Dammed and drained? Dust, noise, time? Please explain the engineering. If the waste has seeped laterally, and it has, does that mean extensive excavation? What is the impact on the surrounding properties? What happens to property values, how do banks look at this, now and looking to the future? Please explain from a Realtor's or developer's viewpoint.
posted by ebesan at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Please rip out my esophagus.

What, if anything, is wrong with my throat and how, if at all, can I treat it? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 7:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Tequila Mockingbird

What do I do with all this tequila? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 6:52 PM PST - 23 comments

I want original glasses.

I want glasses I've never seen before. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:48 PM PST - 35 comments

Lights Out?

Where can one get treatment for a sleep disorder without insurance? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How to get unstuck?

Like many people in association management, I kind of fell into the position almost 10 years later. (I'm 35.) Fortunately/unfortunately, I'm still in the same position. How do I frame this as I job hunt? [more inside]
posted by meindee at 6:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Greens recipes, please!

Fellow mefites, I need your recipes for greens! My freezer overfloweth, as do the fields. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 6:40 PM PST - 32 comments

I need a data visualization of poverty and literacy. Help!

How can I overlay global literacy and economic (poverty) data onto a map? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Unlocked Dell Streak?

Is there any way yet to buy a truly carrier-unlocked Dell Streak in the USA? The ones in the US for $450 are carrier locked. If I buy the model from the UK, with VAT, it'll be something like $700 after converting GBP to USD, and those are -also- carrier locked, to O2. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 6:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this Spanish-language song I heard in San Francisco!

During a recent trip to the Mission District in San Francisco, I kept hearing a Spanish-language song with a pronounced violin section. What was it? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I best apply for a trademark?

Hello, I'm applying for a trademark. Is it best to just head over to the site and take it from there? or use any pro bono or paid work I could find from an attorney. A laymen such as myself could lost in the wrong forms? Thanks
posted by KHinds10 at 6:12 PM PST - 6 comments

I'd like to be less hunchy please

I've come to the conclusion that I need a bed desk. Any good recommendations for the sub-$50 budget? Sub-$100? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

How extreme do we need to be about getting a visa to India for Oct. 15?

Business visa to go to India on October 15 - what's the best way to make this happen in time? Is a drive to the TraVisa office in Washington, DC, required? Also, from whom should these invitation/sponsoring letters be? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 5:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Help my girlfriend dress as a cigarette girl!

My girlfriend and possibly some of her friends would like to go as 40's cigarette girls for Halloween. Where can we possibly get off the shelf parts to create this outfit, yet not buy a pre-packaged, cheap-o costume? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 5:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Help a N00B with Facebook

How do I un-hide a friend on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by kidelo at 5:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm good

Where does the colloquial English phrase "I'm good" come from, and has it suddenly exploded in popularity? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Looking for music inspired/sampling old video games, the more energetic the better

Seems like a few years ago there were remakes of the impossible mission theme tune (stay awhile! stay forerver!) and a few others around. Now, I can't seem to remember anything about them - not even the appropriate search terms to use to find them.
posted by Ultrahuman at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me stop the bastards

Something called "IRS Tax Relief Helpline" sends me junk text messages every day from a different number. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How to assemble a Chinese violin?

I bought an Erhu (Chinese violin) in Shanghai and it kind of fell apart while I transported it back to Chicago. The string that acts as the nut has unwound and the strings and pegs have come apart. I'm looking for someone in the Chicagoland area that knows how to put this instrument back together! [more inside]
posted by yfatah at 4:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Need Funny Porn Film Names

Need funny (real) porn movie names...but with a qualifer. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 4:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me make vanilla extract

Please give me advice and tips on making vanilla extract. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 4:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Partnership agreement drafting

Partnership agreement drafting in the UK [more inside]
posted by samengland at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Electronic Medical Record Interoperability

Anyone have experience with MedInformatix? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 2 comments


i just installed a new video caRD vn240gtmd1g and its workin and stuff but now i cant move the cursor in starcraft 2 everything else worlks fine i dont know what to do can anyone help?
posted by quseio at 3:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Fonts will misbehave. Or developers. Or Me. I don't care anymore.

I figured out today that every single web browser on my machine (HP dv7t, Windows 7) - Chrome, FFox, and IE8 - fonts on some sites are displaying wrong. That's bad because I need to review sites for my job. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Grey Gardens Gal

How can I find out the exact time of Edith Bouvier Beale's birth? Would I be able to determine this from public records in New York City?
posted by hermitosis at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

it don't break even

Should we break up? But wait, I might be slightly insane with grief right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:28 PM PST - 47 comments

What should we do for two weeks in China?

My boyfriend and I will be visiting my dad in China for two weeks at the end of October, beginning of November. I've been twice before (my dad has lived there for the past 12 years), but this will be my boyfriend's first time. We'd like a good mix of city and rural areas, and are tentatively planning four days in Shanghai, four in Beijing, four in Guilin, and four in Yunnan. However, we're open to other suggestions, so what do you think? Too much time in one place, not enough in another? Is there another must-see area? What should we do while we're in those places? Any ideas are welcome!
posted by odayoday at 2:58 PM PST - 7 comments

What are this year's must-see exhibitions at Nuit Blanche?

What are the must-see exhibitions at Toronto's Nuit Blanche this year? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 2:55 PM PST - 2 comments

I want to teach myself music theory

I'd like to teach myself music theory - what resources can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes at 2:44 PM PST - 11 comments

kids tv with songs?

What kids tv shows feature lots of songs? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 2:39 PM PST - 30 comments

short film websites

Are there any magazines / websites / blogs that cover only short films? [more inside]
posted by senseofsurreal at 2:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Kicking the Advil habit

Trying to kick my ibuprofen habit. How can I ease my aches in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 2:20 PM PST - 38 comments

Cell Phone/Provider Recommendation

Complex cell phone recommendation question... [more inside]
posted by saladin at 2:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Google reader here i come

Having trouble exporting my RSS feed from bloglines to google reader [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 2:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Single female looking to travel in Africa!

Where in Africa can I travel alone for a week (single female)? Company is paying for a flight ticket anywhere in the continent of Africa, but not expenses. Destination has to be fun, affordable and very very safe for a single female. [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 2:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Feeling and seeing a pulse in notch between collarbones? Is this normal?

I happened to stumble upon several health articles yesterday that mentioned that young, normal people should not feel a pulse in the little notch between your collarbones at the base of the neck. However, I can definitely feel a pulse in this area. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 1:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Finding a wedding photographer on short notice in Northern Virginia

Help me find a photographer for a small wedding near Front Royal, VA - in less than two weeks. [more inside]
posted by parudox at 1:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Saving ourselves from ourselves

What comes after balance and practicality? Does it ever get not-boring? How can I resist backing away from success? Please talk some sense into me. [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 1:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Puns about books? I'm drawing a blank! (page)

I need 144 (or maybe 36) different bad puns, "witty" sayings, and short jokes (plus accompanying pictures) about reading and books. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 1:20 PM PST - 30 comments

Tracing a Geneology?

My mom is trying to trace our family's geneology as far back as she can. She knows where people came from (Canada, France, Ireland) but we have no records further back than her grandparents, who came down from Canada. [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find data about online weather usage?

Asking for Mr. C: Where would you look for research done on how people interact with weather data online? [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin at 12:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a Bloglines replacement with specific requirements...

Looking for a replacement for the soon-to-be-gone RSS reader Bloglines. Specific requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by bodega at 12:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Does anyone have any experience writing for

Does anyone have any experience writing for [more inside]
posted by AngryLlama at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

One man film?

What sort of films can I make with just me and my camera? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 12:35 PM PST - 10 comments

What sensual touch pleasures do you engage in as a single person? (Please keep it PG) Special snowflake single girl details...

What sensual touch pleasures do you engage in as a single person? (Please keep it PG) Special snowflake single girl details... [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 12:34 PM PST - 34 comments

Let's all go to the lobby, and get ourselves a... half price ticket.

Over the past year or so, I've noticed a tremendous number of free or deeply discounted movie ticket deals. As a filmgoer, I love it -- but I don't recall seeing anywhere near this many deals in the past. What are the economics of the firms providing these discounts? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 12:33 PM PST - 7 comments

What is a gel-like material that I can use to suspend plant fertilizer so that it will release slowly over time? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard at 12:28 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with a toddler in Paris?

I'm in Paris (4e arrondissement) with my husband and our clingy 20-month old baby. No car. We're going to a farmer's market tomorrow, and plan to do a walking-around-looking-at-street-art/graffiti tour but need further ideas. Bonus points for minimal crowds, fun run-around room for baby, but with the possibility of really good coffee for mom and dad.
posted by lizifer at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How deadly is this kefir?

I just drank some kefir that had been unrefrigerated for 4 days. Should I be worried. [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex at 11:49 AM PST - 17 comments

hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work he goes (on a scooter?)

Should I buy my teenage son a scooter to get to work? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 11:38 AM PST - 53 comments

Fear of connection, fear of loss

Extreme fear of intimacy... how do you get over it? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 11:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Sort of like a jade tree, but not

Houseplant ID: can anyone identify the plant on the right in this photo?
posted by ryanshepard at 11:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Work stress flowing into my personal life

I have trouble dealing with when work becomes stressful. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Hard from behind

Having trouble maintaining erections while standing, kneeling. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Get me some Fahrvegnugen!

Car-purchase filter, and Cincinatti-area filter: I plan to parachute into Cinci this weekend and help my sister buy her first car. Help me do this right. [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

How much distance is too much distance?

Is it a bad sign that I don't miss my LDR boyfriend? snowflaky details ensue. [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 11:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Concertgoing Strategy

Bay Area concertgoers: How early should I get to the Greek Theatre on Sunday for the Arcade Fire show? [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 10:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Cool things to do with an HDTV?

I'm acquiring a plasma HDTV, and I'm looking for cool things to do with it when I'm not watching movies or playing games on it. [more inside]
posted by pombe at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

He Shoots, He Scores!

Should my wife and I hike the Inca trail when she is around 7 weeks pregnant? [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 10:52 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find a short story about aliens meeting humanity

I'm looking for helping finding a short SF story I once read, possibly on Infinity Plus. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by knapah at 10:21 AM PST - 0 comments

Cat 101

(Cat training) What are some useful or interesting things to teach cats while they are kittens? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 10:21 AM PST - 20 comments

Nobody's perfect, right?

How do people get over feeling discouraged after a setback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Do honors societies matter to grownups?

Are honors societies helpful for adult students who already have years of job experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Just email them already. Jeez.

Looking for a PDF printer (or similar file printer) that can be used to print from remote locations. [more inside]
posted by dozo at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Narrated animation

How difficult is it to create something like this? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Or do I just need to knead my knee?

I just got into road cycling this year. I bought a bike in February, and have been ramping up in miles and pace since then. I just did a metric century (actually ~67 miles) a few weeks ago, my longest ride yet, and it killed my left knee. With this in mind, how do I keep up my progress in the off-season and return harder better faster stronger? What else can I do to move up a division for next year? (Also-- your thoughts on trainer versus stationary exercise bike: give me them.) [more inside]
posted by supercres at 9:50 AM PST - 17 comments

Which car should we replace?

Which car should we replace? My husband’s grandmother is going into a nursing home and has decided to give us her car. My husband and I both have a car and both need a car for work. So, which one do we get rid of? Her car – 2003 Honda Accord, 25K, blue book value (per edmunds) $9000 My car – 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 215K, bbv $1700 My husband’s truck – 2003 Nissan Frontier, 75K, bbv $5000. [more inside]
posted by NancyR at 9:40 AM PST - 16 comments

What does "out of the fold" mean?

What does "out of the fold" mean? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Upgrading to Damned Lies

Please point me to quality books, articles, etc which argue both for and against the use of quantitative research techniques in the social sciences, particularly in political science and public policy. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 9:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Help us travel to Mexico?

My friends and I would like to go on a vacation to Mexico this winter. I have done some research but all the options are pretty overwhelming, so I'm turning to AskMe for your advice. Details about what we are looking for are inside. [more inside]
posted by jouir at 9:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there a way to make a person's eyes glow?

Is there any way to make my eyes glow? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 8:57 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the best way to find a good therapist (or doctor)?

What's the best way to find a good therapist (or doctor)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

A Sticky Situation

My boyfriend is part of a competitive league for X sport. He has a sticky situation involving a physically disabled person that he would appreciate your advice on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 28 comments

Why do the rollovers on the website I have made do what I want them to in Chrome but not in Firefox or Internet Explorer?

I have just finished building this website... ...for a friend of mine. In Google Chrome the front page displays with no lines across the photograph and the link images {Journal, Photos, etc.) appear when you roll the mouse over the photograph. However, in Firefox there are thick horizontal white lines across the image and in Internet Explorer the rollovers don't display properly at all! Any advice as to how I can rectify will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Theo
posted by FuckingAwesome at 8:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to watch the NFL in Oxford

Where can I watch American football (NFL) in Oxford, England (or London, for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by j1950 at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Precautions for a visit with a hepatitis A patient

I have a friend who has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. She's had the virus for about a week. Is it safe for me to visit her? What precautions should I take. [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 8:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me deal with my ghastly combination skin.

Help me deal with my ghastly combination skin. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me introduce my peanuts to peanuts.

My kids are now 2 yrs and 7 months and we're going to be introducing them to peanut butter for the first time. Their pediatrician says it's safe. If you have direct experience with this can you please tell me at what age you introduced your kids to nuts and how it went? I'm specifically trying to figure out what possible allergic reaction warning signs we should be looking out for and how we should react to them. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:56 AM PST - 36 comments

What kind of gadget can a newbie build using the vast inventory of Akihabara?

I need an easy, yet cool-looking electronics project. In around one month, I'll be visiting Tokyo, including a day-long trip to Akihabara. Inspired by this post I think it would be really, really cool if I spent part of that day buying parts in order to create something electronic. Difficulty: I have close to zero experience with electronics. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 7:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Let's just skip the 2+2=5 and faux "Bistro Menu" options.

The doors to my kitchen cabinets are now chalkboards. There six of them. Now what?
posted by sourwookie at 7:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Small business filter: Help us solve a short print run dilemma!

We'll be moving into a rental office on a short-term (14-24 month) basis and we need to print new stationery. We only use about 125 envelopes a year (in two sizes: letter and card) and the minimum order quantity from local printers is 500 pieces. We've thought of printing envelopes with a logo and no return address and using a stamp or stickers to apply a return address, but the results have been tacky. With the move, we've ended up with hundreds of excess envelopes from previous addresses. Is there a way we can solve this with something that looks good and doesn't cost a fortune? All suggestions appreciated!
posted by quidividi at 7:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Can this computer be sufficiently upgraded to take over the world?

I have this computer. Will I ever be able to play Civilization V on it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Halloween wedding pumpkin ideas?

Pumpkin ideas for a Halloween wedding reception. [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 7:05 AM PST - 14 comments

JSP/servlets whoas and woes

JavaFilter: I've pored over dozens of tutorials and read Head First Servlets and JSP. I thought I understood how to utilize servlets in order to generate dynamic content. I can get a simple form/one page site going but am at a complete loss when trying to come up with a design for a full web application. My boss wants a demo by the end of the week (he has seen the single pages, now wants them to work together). My anxiety levels are skyrocketing as it has become clear I don't know what I'm doing. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by vilandra at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

There must be something better than Videora iPod Converter!

I use Videora to convert my videos (in DivX/XviD format) to something I can play on my iPod Classic. Whilst it does mainly what I want, it also sucks. Please help me find a replacement that does more and sucks less. [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 6:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Where is the Church Of The Sun giftshop?

I'm in NYC. I need an Anti-Vampire T-Shirt by Saturday Morning. How can I do this?
posted by The Whelk at 6:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Productive things to do for 3-6 months of surgery recovery?

What to do for three months, at home, recovering from surgery? [more inside]
posted by czytm at 6:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Innovative culture? check... Now what?

Are there documented, effective methods for stimulating and managing an innovation (idea) pipeline? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 6:10 AM PST - 1 comment

Explain this Mad Men plot point to me?

Love Mad Men, but something's been bugging me since the first season. Help? Mild spoilers within, if you haven't seen it. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:05 AM PST - 48 comments

Why have these cats started fighting?

Why are these lovely and docile cats suddenly so hostile and agressive? [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 5:44 AM PST - 16 comments

Web-based employee portal

Looking for a simple, web-based employee portal for schedules, messages, photo uploads, etc. [more inside]
posted by VuMastr at 5:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Have the job search methods laid out in What Color Is Your Parachute worked for you?

Have the job search methods laid out in What Color Is Your Parachute worked for you? [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter at 4:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Virtual Hosts problems

Virtual Hosts are driving me insane. What am I doing wrong...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:32 AM PST - 3 comments

My home will thank you for your podcast suggestions!

Podcasts to keep me motivated while I do housework? [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 4:28 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommendations on books/websites about website databases?

Researching issues surrounding websites with a database backend. Would really appreciate some pointers to get started - any recommendations on books/websites about website databases? [more inside]
posted by dragontail at 4:25 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't know who my brother is anymore!

Bands with the same name. Since you can't usually have a fist fight over it, how do you decide who wins? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 4:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Can some suggest me some African drums music please.

Can some suggest me some African drums music please. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 2:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me hone my Vietnam/Cambodia vacation.

Excited for Hanoi and HCMC, but what should I visit between those two lovely cities in Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 12:30 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I forbid a browser/email interface from putting in those stupid auto-links?

I am planning on sending out a simple email newsletter for a museum composed in Outlook with tables. When I send this to my Yahoo account as a test, it's creating those damn links to pieces of the text that I didn't authorize. Do I have any control over not allowing these? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:19 AM PST - 8 comments

September 27

Grisly Ping-pong Death

Do you remember a recent-ish art-video where a woman is playing table tennis, in slow motion, and ends up dying horribly and her corpse being dragged away? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 11:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Hearing aid storage options?

So, how do you store your hearing aids? Can I just toss them in a Pelican case with a Dri-Brik and have done with it? [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 11:51 PM PST - 6 comments

DESPERATELY want to go back to bed

Short-term insomnia not responding to melatonin. HELP. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:13 PM PST - 55 comments

"Because I care..."

Help me get a care package of "Only in America" type stuff for some friends in Scotland. [more inside]
posted by arishaun at 10:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Please point me to some interesting links or books about Taoism

Please point me to some interesting links or books about Taoism (other than primary sources)
posted by MetaMonkey at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

ERB testing in NYC private schools

Has anyone every had a New York City private school recommend a child take or retake the E.R.B.s with a specific proctor? [more inside]
posted by SarahWriter at 9:35 PM PST - 2 comments

what should I ask a mechanic to look for before buying an uncoverted diesel car that was powered with waste oil?

I'm considering purchasing a 2009 VW Jetta TDI with 12k miles. During summer months, the owner used waste oil for fuel. (no separate tank or conversion kit). But we're in the mountains, and it gets brisk even in the summer. Should I walk away altogether? Can I ask a mechanic to specifically check out the fuel injection system? What else should I ask of the mechanic? Thanks.
posted by comah at 9:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Mystery plant filter

Over the last few months I've visited a few botanic gardens and found several interesting plants that I haven't been able to identify. Plant 1, the picture was taken yesterday at Denver Botanic Gardens. The bush/tree was about 5-6 feet tall and the pods were about 4 inches long. I don't think the trunk visible in the background was part of the plant. It might be related to Abrus Precatorius. [more inside]
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there an easy way to find the lowest sales tax among nearby stores?

Is there any easy way to find out the tax rate for different stores? For example, there are probably a dozen branches of some "big box" store within a 20 mile radius of where I live, but all are in different tax jurisdictions. For a big ticket item, finding the one where the tax rate is lowest could easily justify the trip. But how do you find it? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 8:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Getting representation as a screenwriter/director: How to do it?

Getting representation as a screenwriter/director: How to do it? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Just a song in the dark...

Can anyone help me identify this song, given a description of the first 45ish seconds (no lyrics)? [more inside]
posted by mekily at 8:39 PM PST - 4 comments

More efficient copy and pasting into web forms?

Looking for a program or plugin that will let me select a bunch of data, copy it, and automatically paste it into a web form and automatically fill out all of the fields. [more inside]
posted by banished at 8:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Don't Make Me Turn This Meteor Around!

So, what object did I fail to identify? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 7:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Just ordered a Canon T2i DSLR. What else should I get?

Just ordered a Canon T2i DSLR with 430EX II flash. What other lenses and accessories should I get? What photo blogs / howto sites should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 7:07 PM PST - 19 comments

How to turn off VPN?

How do I get a VPN (hotspotshield) to "turn off" so I can use the internet normally? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 7:01 PM PST - 5 comments

'Cause waking up is hard to do

How do I become more of a morning person? I'm sick of spending the first 1-2 hours of my day feeling miserable! [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine at 6:48 PM PST - 39 comments

Oh how we've changed

How to present 12 of the same photos taken over 12 years? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 6:42 PM PST - 10 comments

No crazy families on our honeymoon please.

Necessary honeymoon during school breaks. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 6:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Help my wooden ring fit better

What can I do about a wooden ring that's too big? [more inside]
posted by egg86 at 6:35 PM PST - 10 comments

New new career. Considering nursing program. Appreciate ideas, advice, reality checks.

I'm bored and need a new, challenging career. I think I want to become a nurse practitioner. But, I can't start a program for 1.5 yrs. I REALLY can't do what I'm doing now for the next year and a half. I would appreciate some ideas/inspiration/reality checks, whatever you have to offer. [more inside]
posted by stewieandthedude at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Does re-ripping a lossy track the same way lower the quality?

I have a number of DRM-ed iTunes songs that are not available to upgrade to iTunes Plus. If I burn the songs to CDs and re-rip them in AAC format (i.e., the original codec) at the same bitrate as the originals, will I lose sound quality? If so, is there a better way to strip off the DRM? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 5:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Breaking up

Breakup snowflake filter: Help me understand how best to do this... [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 5:31 PM PST - 51 comments

"Quantum nescimus" translation?

What is the English translation of the Latin phrase, "Quantum nescimus"? [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 5:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Much self-control needed to avoid scratching!

I scraped my wrist eight days ago. The gash itself is healing up alright, albeit a bit slower than I'd like, and it looks like it might scar a little. But the surrounding area is red, blotchy, and bumpy like a rash, and it itches terribly. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 4:57 PM PST - 24 comments

What technology solution can I use to communicate from room to room?

What technology solution can I use to communicate from room to room? [more inside]
posted by micawber at 4:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Death sticks worth the death.

What brand of cigarettes should I smoke? [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 4:24 PM PST - 88 comments

Help me hide my posts on Tumblr

Tumblr question: How can I set my tumblr page up so that people can only get to a post if they have the specific link for that post? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 3:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Did I imagine this hostage situation?

Was there a hostage situation involving executives or heirs of Dow Chemical in the late 80's or early 90's? [more inside]
posted by heatvision at 2:54 PM PST - 4 comments


Walk me through this complicated transfer of two separate Verizon phone numbers onto an AT&T family plan. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me make/find fake leeches

I need your help in obtaining (or making) some fake leeches. [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Write a novel in a month? How??

I have a story in my head, and since we're relatively close to November, I figured I'd give NaNoWriMo a try this year to get it written. What are your experiences with NaNoWriMo, and how can I overcome my obsessive self-editing and various sources of distraction to be successful? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 2:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Why orange?

"My orange box-cutter make the world go round;" This is a lyric from the Notorious B.I.G.'s song, "Sky's the Limit". Here's the wikipedia page about the song. What in the world does it mean? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Pimp my pumpkin seeds!

Well, guys, it's hard squash season again (finally!) and I intend to roast and nom every seed I can get my hands on. What are your best pumpkin seed recipes and tips? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Travelling for Social Disentanglement, the sequel.

It's that time again. Can you help me escape to somewhere quiet, remote, and definitely not of this continent (specifically, North America)? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 2:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Movies with a "perception" plot twist

What are some movies that feature a plot twist wherein something is revealed about the main character's perception that changes the whole he was dreaming, she is actually crazy, it was all in their heads, etc.? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 2:13 PM PST - 69 comments

MS Word changed " to «, how do I reset?

Just opened word and discovered that instead of open and closed quotes, using shift+" actually creates « and », respectively. This is obviously annoying and I can't figure out how to change it back. Any help would be great! Thanks!
posted by WhaleRider at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Chicks' rock

What's your favorite current female-fronted rock? [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:08 PM PST - 84 comments

I Need My Keyword Search Back!

Is there anything similar to the Google Keyword Tool, which is no longer available as of today? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:54 PM PST - 0 comments

MNF in San Fran

Where to watch Monday Night Football in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 1:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Because Auntie Mame's got nothin' on me

Need suggestions for keeping a close relationship with my distant nephew. He's almost eleven, and his parents have just let him join Facebook. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 1:51 PM PST - 12 comments

GraphPad Prism 5 Layout Question

I am new to GraphPad Prism and love it, but am having trouble tweaking one of my layouts. In the layout, I have 4 graphs arranged vertically. When I select one of the graph objects, it appears to have extra white space above the graph part at the top of the object. I need to remove this space so I can size the graph evenly with the other graphs on the page (this graph must go at the top of the page and if I resize the object so that the graph part is the correct size, the object does not fit at the top of the page). How do I get rid of this white space? I couldn't find a crop tool in the program, program help files and the google failed me. I'm working with the 5.0 version, if that's important.
posted by shortskirtlongjacket at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

How Cruella can I be?

How do I spiff up my Halloween costume? [more inside]
posted by Smalltown Girl at 1:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Want to move. Where should I go?

Looking to move, but not quite sure where I should be looking [more inside]
posted by animerion at 1:22 PM PST - 14 comments

I bet you can't eat just one.

A few days ago, my husband brought home a bag of Archer Farms (Target brand) kettle-chips. The back of the bag said that they were prepared in "small batches." What is a small batch? [more inside]
posted by LyndsayMW at 1:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Why does my e-mail not go through?

Just failed trying to send an e-mail to France. Why did it fail? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 1:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Non-costumey costume

What's a good costume for a little boy who hates wearing costumes? [more inside]
posted by shornco at 12:55 PM PST - 36 comments

Which MBA program is better, Liberty or Walden?

I am contemplating whether or not to enroll in an online MBA program. I am on the last term of my undergraduate degree and will be done on October 15th:) I am doing Liberty University's online program and will have a BS of Multi-Disciplinary Studies with cognates in Business and Psychology. I am weighing out whether to stick with Liberty and pursue their MBA program or to enroll in Walden for theirs. It seems impossible to find unbiased ratings online to adequately compare the two. Is there a significant prestige difference between them? Would earnings potential be higher at one over the other? Am I making a mistake all together in going for it online? I have a full-time job and soon to be two children that take up a lot of my time, so the online format is very helpful for my lifestyle. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate any relevant insights or experiences that you could share. Have a great day!
posted by gibbsjd77 at 12:41 PM PST - 26 comments

Husband wants to take nude pics

My husband loves erotic photography and wants to start doing it. I'm not as thrilled, but I want him to have a hobby. [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut at 12:41 PM PST - 77 comments

Help with Halloween cocktails!

Help me expand a small menu of Halloween themed cocktails, with a bent toward the classics. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin at 12:40 PM PST - 24 comments

What music should we play in our retail store?

I need to put together playlists for a new retail store Mrs. Webhund and I are opening soon. We're both totally NOT the musical types, but don't want to go the commercial "muzak" route. [more inside]
posted by webhund at 12:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me fix Word 2007 styles issue before Wednesday deadline...

125 page document due in in two days - has been behaving fine up to now, but all of a sudden it is messing about with my header styles so when I generate the table of contents I have random sentences from elsewhere in the document. I have been through the text twice now - first time to change all the sentences that had changed style back to the normal style - but when I reopened document it just reverted back to how it was before. Second time, I used the remove formatting function and reapplied the right style, but it has just reverted back again. What am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?
posted by janecr at 12:29 PM PST - 11 comments

What is that scent

Over last couple of years I have noticed an increasing number of people (male & female) wearing a particular scent. It doesn't smell like standard perfume or aftershave. It has a kind of herby / healthy scent maybe even a touch medicinal. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 12:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Seeking advice on switching from an employee to a contractor.

I would like to discuss with my boss the possibility of moving from full-time employee status to contractor. My primary question is about health insurance, though I have some more general questions as well. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I try to learn two languages at once?

Does it make sense to learn two languages at once? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear at 11:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Macintosh Text question

How do I get Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Macintosh to enter text on my pictures? [more inside]
posted by hdh at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments


Looking for books/essays/authorities on the history of hacking and hacker culture. [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 11:41 AM PST - 17 comments


I'm going to Beijing! What should i see and do? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Out damned spot (of redness, all over my face)

Does an anti fungal diet work in treating seborrheic dermatitis? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 11:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Too fat to f@#&?

Is it my weight, or my being self conscious about my weight, that is making me unsuccessful picking up women? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 44 comments

USB 2.0 for audio. Does it matter?

Trying to buy a mixer with a usb interface. Is 2.0 that much better than 1.0? [more inside]
posted by lumpenprole at 11:07 AM PST - 19 comments

Get me my bike back

How can I recover / get reimbursed for my stolen bicycle? [more inside]
posted by KB.Boston_implant.By way of NY at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Anybody who flies south in a "V" formation, I need your help.

Calling all snowbirds! I need your strategies for keeping snowbirding affordable and convenient. Tips, tricks, hook-ups, etc. [more inside]
posted by thorny at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I give up the easement through my neighbors yard?

YANML: I have an easement through my neighbor’s property. I use it regularly and the neighbor and I get along just fine. The other day the neighbor approached me about extinguishing the easement. While he didn’t offer me any money or anything, he was clearly lobbing the ball to me to come up with what I would want to release the easement to him. I’m located in Alameda County, California. More than you need to know after the break. [more inside]
posted by phelixshu at 10:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Ooops, it's apricot brandy, not schnapps

I accidentally purchased a bottle of apricot brandy. It's not very good. In fact, it tastes pretty awful, even in cocktails. Any ideas on what else I can do with it?
posted by leedly at 10:43 AM PST - 23 comments

DaveMathewsFilter - The process of Dave please.

DaveMathewsFilter. Help me find everything that's ever been written, videotaped or recorded about Dave's songwriting process - everything from inspiration, where he writes, how he writes, with whom, what chords he defaults to when writing, etc.
posted by watercarrier at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Baltimore ADHD Diagnosis

Does anyone have a recommendations for psychiatrists who can diagnose adult ADHD in Baltimore City? Calling JHU and UMBC medical center wasn't much help.
posted by josher71 at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments


What is it called when a techno/similar artist mixes a song with chunks or samples of rock songs? What are some artists or songs that do this? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus at 10:18 AM PST - 20 comments

Help walk us through signing a commercial lease.

What are some important things you should know before signing a lease on a commercial space? New building, storefront, Brooklyn. Help us get as not-screwed as possible. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Middle-aged dude getting hot flashes. WTF?

I'm a dude getting hot flashes. What is this? MANopause? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me compress photos!

OK, here's a dumb one. Twitter keeps saying my photo is too big. Can't seem to compress my photos with either iPhoto or Automator. Help. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Fixing key-lock on TV without a remote

I cannot change my Westinghouse LCD TV's channel, and it's driving me bonkers. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments

"Boogie with Stu" ... and who else?

music filter: "Boogie with Stu" ... and who else? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Searching for the artist's name

Does anyone know the name of the sculptor who created this piece (sorry, only have that one cross-processed photo), or have an idea how I could quickly find out? It's at the MFA Boston (I think on the second floor). I've already clicked through their collection online and can't find it. Thanks!
posted by rottytooth at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me with map overlays

Can anyone help me with data from a Google Map? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 8:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Yes, it WAS a Tallest Man on Earth show.

As a very tall person, do I have a responsibility to not stand in front at concerts? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja at 8:47 AM PST - 62 comments

Little stone, we will find you a perfect home

Asking for my bff: She and her boy are about to get engaged. Her mother has offered her a diamond that belonged to her grandmother. She really wants to use it, but it is a 1/4 carat round stone and she is having a lot of difficulty finding settings that will work with it. She knows it is a petite stone, and wants to find the best setting to show it off. She hates the plain four prong solitaire look. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 8:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Should I pay to replace a rude guest's shawl?

Does etiquette require me to replace the shawl of a dinner party guest that she ruined while out walking our property? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 8:40 AM PST - 189 comments

What makes Visio better than Excel?

What is the advantage of making a flow chart in Visio instead of Excel? I haven't played with Visio much yet, but I'm not seeing anything that's significantly better or easier.
posted by Caravantea at 8:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Which is a better way to stay hydrated while hiking outdoors: large quantities at infrequent intervals or smaller amounts frequently?

Which is a better way to stay hydrated while hiking outdoors: large quantities at infrequent intervals or smaller amounts frequently? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 8:34 AM PST - 11 comments

improvising 101

I've finally managed to attend a jazz class. Our first homework is to search for the available melodic options over the chord changes of an F blues (ie over each chord). Could you provide me with an annotated roadmap ?
posted by nicolin at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

will my ps2 usb rock band guitar and drums work on 360 rock band?

will my ps2 usb rock band guitar and drums work on 360 rock band?
posted by lrodman at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

How can i bridge the gaps in my relationship & not be so jerky?

How can i bridge the gaps in my relationship & not be so jerky? [more inside]
posted by PeaPod at 8:24 AM PST - 29 comments

Activties for new single mom and daughter?

What activities can I do with a 4 year old to help her adjust to her new, single-parent home? [more inside]
posted by staggering termagant at 8:22 AM PST - 16 comments

How to become a Visual Merchandiser

I have been thinking about pursuing a career in visual merchandising. The challenge: over 30 with no practical experience. Help me enable this dream! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Where are my cheap diamonds?

Every few years I read a story about someone who can make artificial diamonds absurdly cheaply. Then I don't hear anything more, and I eventually notice that diamonds are not in fact absurdly cheap. What's going on? Are these stories just hype, or do the manufacturers just reach an eventual accommodation with De Beers?
posted by Joe in Australia at 8:05 AM PST - 30 comments

"Love is a Beautiful Thing"

Looking for songs that have a hook similar to La Grange and Fried Hockey Boogie?
posted by Xurando at 7:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me create CDs with harmonica riffs in a single key!

Help me create CDs with harmonica riffs in a single key! [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 7:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Barcelona to Granada - train or plane?

Seeking feedback on travel between Barcelona and Granada - short plane v. long train trip... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:46 AM PST - 14 comments

iPhone jailbreak/unlock from 3.1.2 to 4.x

What is the best way to upgrade a jailbroken+unlocked iPhone 3GS from 3.1.2 to 4.x? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 7:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find my attraction! Please!

About a week ago, I was lying down on my bed not feeling well emotionally - I had been very low feeling and had lots of anxieties and stressful feeling for months. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 7:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Help with lyrics

Looking for song lyrics that include the name "Jennifer" or "Jenny" for a playlist. Any suggestions? Many thanks in advance.
posted by cyrreb at 7:14 AM PST - 72 comments

Fighting back.

I'm a newbie on all matters relating to air conditioning. Please help me buy and install a split air conditioner for my bedroom. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

What record player should I get my husband for his birthday? (London)

Is it possible to get a good-quality, long-term record player in London (or shipped to London) for about £70 or less? [more inside]
posted by Roz McClure at 7:06 AM PST - 8 comments

I need a large, clean image of the Rozerem print ad with Abraham Lincoln, a beaver and a jump rope.

I need a large, clean image of the Rozerem print ad with Abraham Lincoln, a beaver and a jump rope. Google has found me some small versions, but they're not good enough. Can you help?
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:05 AM PST - 2 comments

First car accident, please help!

First car accident ever, also first in the USA. Can you explain to me what I should do? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 7:03 AM PST - 23 comments

Little car needs a new pair of shoes...

I'm looking to change my car tyre size, and I've got some questions (more maths related than automotive related, I'd guess). [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 6:21 AM PST - 16 comments

I want to chant "Let's Go Flyers!" at my laptop

The new NHL season is fast approaching (yay hockey!) I'm living abroad for the year. How can I best watch full Flyers games online from outside North America? [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest at 6:10 AM PST - 6 comments

A Furrier Option?

How can I get skillful with roadkill? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:32 AM PST - 13 comments

speedless in seattle

Need some info to avoid driving faux pas in Seattle, Washington [more inside]
posted by sammich at 3:03 AM PST - 35 comments

Skull Costume

Halloween-filter: Am I too ambitious to go as a damien hirst skull? Leaving aside hirst-hate of course, I'm thinking of tying my hair back and sticking rhinestones all over my face. How can I pull this off? Esp around eyes and teeth...
posted by nvly at 2:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me find out what happened.

I need to find out how my father died. It's not possible for me to contact relatives to get this information. Please help. [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace at 12:58 AM PST - 16 comments

September 26

Get me out of here

Moving woes, including, but not limited to, a place I don't want to live, a strong-armed arrangement, and money I don't have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 PM PST - 81 comments

All I can eat?

If I practice good dental hygiene, can I eat as much candy as I want? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 8:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Excel 2007 is automatically inserting decimals into my numbers. Help!

When I enter numbers in an Excel 2007 spreadsheet, it automatically inserts a decimal before the final digit. How can I STOP it from doing this? [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 8:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Melted plastic stain removal

How to remove melted plastic from a dress? [more inside]
posted by pearl228 at 8:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a slide and negative scanner.

I'm looking for a film and slide scanner and wonder what people suggest. Am I better off getting a dedicated slide/film scanner or do some of the higher end flatbeds work just as well (or better)? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Best Dictionary for a Fifth Grader?

What is the best dictionary for a 5th grader? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 7:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Don't make me refinish these floors...

What kind of doormat can I use to protect my wood floors? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl at 7:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Need alternative MS office 2010 download link

Purchased MS Office 2010 Academic version yesterday. Exceeded 25 download attempts somehow. Is there another place I can download from? [more inside]
posted by fallsauce at 7:32 PM PST - 2 comments

I can see you but I can't play you!

I've just successfully installed Win7 onto an older but servicable PC in order to use it as a streaming media player in another room. Problem is that although it can see all of the shared files, folders and drives on my main machine it keeps telling me I don't have the correct permissions whenever I click on them - but permissions are set to 'Everyone' and another machine (a netbook) I do the same thing with can see and play everything perfectly... can anyone offer any help or suggestions please, I'm at my wit's end! Thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard at 7:28 PM PST - 3 comments

User Aer-orr: Abort, Ignore, Retry, Fail?

Something went pop and nothing is the same on my Aeron chair. [more inside]
posted by tilde at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

How do we watch some rugby in NYC?

Where can my wife and I go to watch live union rugby games in Brooklyn or Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Trick or treating in Montreal

Where are the best places to go trick or treating in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by Premeditated Symmetry Breaking at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Pitch to agency decks?

I am an online publisher (have my own site) and want advertisers to advertise. I am pitching to an ad agency who has these accounts. I want to look at a few pitch presentation decks. Any place online where there might be sales presentation to agency powerpoint decks?
posted by bostonman at 6:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Research for an alternate universe novel?

Novel-Writing filter: How do I go about doing research for alternate universe novel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking for old maps. No, older than that.

Does anyone know of an online resource for looking at the configuration of the continents over the eons? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 5:20 PM PST - 5 comments

My printer will only print infinite blank pages

I have a 4 year old Samsung ML-2510 printer that will no longer print. It takes in a sheet of paper about halfway, then stops for ~20 seconds then spits the page out a blank page. It will keep doing this until it runs out of paper. The red error light is slowly flashing. The problem appeared a couple of years ago, but I've always been able to get it to go away before. It worked fine the first time I used it this semester but stopped working the second time I used it. Since then I've only been able to get it to spit out one non-blank page, and that was involved in a paperjam. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get it working? I've tried Google and the Samsung site, but I get the same 4 questions answered over and over again. [more inside]
posted by Canageek at 5:19 PM PST - 7 comments

How necessary is Android security software?

Is Android security software legitimately useful? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 5:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Fire in the apartment next door

There was a fire in the next door apartment, and as a result many of our things were damaged. What should we be doing? [more inside]
posted by gushn at 5:02 PM PST - 17 comments

I bent it like Beckham, but it was my ankle.

What are some sports like soccer I can play with chronic ankle injuries? [more inside]
posted by proj at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

What's worth watching?

I've just canceled HBO in an attempt to save money... leading me to immediately realize that, aside from "Community", I don't watch anything on network TV. What's worth watching -- and which definitive episodes will have me hooked? [more inside]
posted by avidreader at 4:37 PM PST - 56 comments

How early is too early?

Is it too early to renew my lease that expires in December? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster at 4:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Uh oh, lipstick stain...

How do I remove a lipstick stain? [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How to manage chronic nosebleeds while on eaiting list for ENT consult?

Help me find relief from nosebleed problem while on waiting list for specialist appointment. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

I needz a mapz of ol' placez.

I'm looking for really beautiful, detailed wall maps of Ireland, The Canadian Maritimes and New England. Nice maps of Europe and US wouldn't hurt either. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 3:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Games for the geographically- and temporally-dispersed

What games can I play with my geographically- and temporally-dispersed friends? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I switch from Time Warner Cable in NYC/Brooklyn to Clear 4G?

Should I switch from Time Warner Cable in NYC/Brooklyn to Clear 4G? [more inside]
posted by johnnybeggs at 3:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Best beach-vacation destination within 100 miles of St. Pete, FL?

Best beach-vacation destination within 100 miles of St. Petersburg, FL?
posted by markcmyers at 3:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Hole in the Ozone by Janet and Judy

I was able to find "Hole in the Ozone", a song often played on Radio Aahs, by Bill Shontz. But I distinctly remember a Janet and Judy version. Does anyone have any recollection of this?
posted by boobjob at 2:51 PM PST - 0 comments

Looking for an old-fashioned font.

Is there anywhere where you can download a font like the one used in 16th-17th century books/manuscripts? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Blindsided by Houdini

How can I better learn to recognize the signs that a guy is losing interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 28 comments

How can we get 3 pets, 1 with issues, across the country?

How can we get our pets across the country? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Sharing photos with multiple people in chat program

I usually use Google Talk, and sometimes I drag my photos into the chat window, which allows the other person to view the photo. However, Gtalk doesn't allow multiple party chat, which is a pain because I sometimes want to show pictures to more than one person at the same time. Which chat programs allow you to drag-and-drop photos into the chat window while speaking with multiple people?
posted by shoyu at 1:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Why do they call you Red?... It must be because I am Irish.

Why do many Americans seem reluctant to define themselves as "American"? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 1:14 PM PST - 135 comments

Help me build/buy a mulitple-monitor supporting computer

I want a desktop computer/video card capable of handling at least 4 monitors, but I'm having trouble figuring out exactly what I need (without spending thousands of dollars). [more inside]
posted by loquax at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

What kind of therapy do I need?

I'm looking for a short-term therapy to help me begin to change some very specific behaviors. What flavor is right for me? [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Python programming: what next?

I know basic XHTML and CSS, and I'm almost done with my first Python book. I want to build a database-driven website. What should I learn next? Book/website recommendations and general advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 12:49 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for a cheap Austin barber who's good with long curly hair.

I'm looking for an affordable barber/stylist/whatever in Austin who's good with long curly (caucasian) hair. Bonus points for proximity to UT.
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Everybody poops…

Should I be concerned at the (in)frequency of my bowel movements? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Automatically finding words or phrases in Microsoft Word documents

I want to check various Microsoft Word documents against a list of thousands of words or phrases and highlight/flag each instance of any of those words or phrases in the document. I want a way to do this automatically instead of going down the list and manually Finding each one. Is this possible? Thanks.
posted by Jacqueline at 12:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Electricity, how does it work?

What are the potential risks of leaving things plugged in on one end (to an outlet, to a computer) and free on the other end? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Woman sleeps with ex-boyfriend's best friend. Cliche?

What are some songs/books/movies/music videos/etc about a woman sleeping with her ex-boyfriend's best friend? [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx at 12:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Case of the Mondays... on Sunday.

I spend Sundays "mentally preparing" for work on Monday instead of enjoying myself. How can I change this? [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 11:42 AM PST - 19 comments

What should the topics for my graduate projects be?

I a doing a graduate degree in educational technology. I have two big projects to complete this year and I would like some help choosing useful/interesting topics. [more inside]
posted by Maugrim at 11:21 AM PST - 6 comments

What podcasts would my 60-something Dad like?

What podcasts would my 60-something Dad like? [more inside]
posted by mola at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Condom mishap results in perimeter spill. How worried should I be?

Condom mishap results in perimeter spill. How worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM PST - 19 comments

Should I change our newer doors with older ones?

Should I replace my ugly (more energy efficient) doors with some older, more attractive ones? If so, how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Autumn in a bottle

Tips for making hard cider? [more inside]
posted by splatta at 10:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Can I watch Dexter online/downloaded (paid)

How can I watch the new season of Dexter (on my media center Mac) without subscribing to Showtime? I certainly don't mind paying for the episodes but would like them in a timely manner. I do not live in a place where I can go to a bar that'll be showing it.
posted by jz at 10:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Best moving advice?

Suggestions for best Household moving organizer.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 10:23 AM PST - 1 comment

Help opening a student bank account in the UK

I'll be a student in the UK for at least one year. While there are many threads dedicated to unanimously deciding the process is a long, painstakingly near-impossible one, I've yet to see someone recommend a specific type of account and/or bank. (Especially since newer regulations have been implemented). If anyone knows of a FREE way of opening a UK bank account without an established residency, please share details. Thanks.
posted by Steve073190 at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Just landed in Dublin. Where can I buy Ibuprofen (Advil) on a Sunday afternoon?

American traveller just landed in Dublin. Airline seat caused back pain. Traveller needs ibuprofen or Advil. How do we find this? It's Sunday afternoon. All we can find is panadol. Is there a way to get ibuprofen over the counter? Or even get it delivered? Our location is near = Inchicore Rd near the Kilmainham Gaol.
posted by valannc at 9:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Brainstorming for a business to start in Portland, Maine.

I've been living in the south for about 20 years but I am originally from New England and have lots of friends who live in Portland. I'm ready to move and start something new. I am a massage therapist, but find I can't practice at the level that I used to and this makes it difficult to consider making a good living at it for the next 20 years or so. I have managed a successful massage practice but don't really want to do that all over again. I have an entrepreneurial spirit, like a challenge, and am bored by routine... and I'm trying to invent a new business or career for myself. I have a little money to invest, but not a lot. I'm willing to learn a new skill, but not anything I'd need to go to school for more than a few months to learn (I do have a BA already.) I'm hoping for practical real-world ideas, that will work in Portland.
posted by pinkbungalow at 9:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Has J.Crew followed the CSI model, and now we have J.Crew: Canal Street and J.Crew:H&M?

Is "J.Crew factory" the quality of J. Crew or the quality of J.Crew outlet? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 9:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Not very motivated to finish school (or anything)

Not very motivated to finish school (or anything) [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Safety In Disguise

I need an idea for a costume I can make out of a gray zip front hoodie. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:28 AM PST - 16 comments

what does the 64-bit version of MS Office 2010 have going for it?

What would the 64-bit version of MS Office 2010 get me that the 32-bit version of MS Office 2007 would not? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me not be the short fat guy in a costume

Help this short, fat guy look attractive in a cost-friendly Halloween costume for an adult themed party. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 40 comments

"Windows offers many operating systems."

I am going to be teaching a class on implementing web services in the summer. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine at 8:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick one free font to represent each decade between 1880 and 1980

Help me pick one free font to represent each decade between 1880 and 1980 [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 8:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Dating on Vacation

I'm a single guy who would love to go out on a few pseudo-dates while on vacation. Also, I'm a Christian and want to keep it clean. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Word Rage

Word is driving me crazy - as usual. [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find the true locally produced food.

How can I tell whether vendors at my local Farmer's Market are really selling locally produced meat, dairy and produce? What questions should I ask? Are there internet resources (websites or forums) that discuss particular vendors in my area? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Print Advice

I'm designing my sister's album cover for her, and I would like some tips from people with experience in print design. I've used photoshop for quite a few years, and I'm OK at using it, but have never had to print anything professionally. What I am doing for her is going to take some time and I don't want to finish and then find I have done some small thing wrong and have to start again! Advice for doing this? What to do? What not to do? Thanks...
posted by halcorp at 6:57 AM PST - 18 comments

Help! I need to buy a car

I need a safe, reliable, and cheap car -- can you help me navigate the internet maze to find the most efficient sources on where/what to buy? New or used? etc. [more inside]
posted by LittlePumpkin at 6:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me decorate an awesome cake

My daughter is hosting a potluck dinner for a group at our house. I volunteered to make and decorate a cake. What is a witty (short) phrase I can put on the cake for the "Queers and allies" group? I plan to decorate the cake like a pride flag, but would like to write something on it too.
posted by Lost at 6:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a Maker Faire vendor.

Help me find a Maker Faire vendor? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 4:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Sites similar to Deal Extreme

What sites are similar to Deal Extreme? I'm looking for a site that sells various merchandise at low prices, accepts Paypal payments, with free (or very low shipping fee), and that delivers to Southeast Asia.
posted by slashee at 3:45 AM PST - 3 comments


Is it possible to not be a sexist? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 3:40 AM PST - 34 comments

Can anyone recommend an educational, documentary, fly on the wall or similar type video’s about running a design, ad or web agency?

I’m looking for any video’s relating to how to run a design, tech or ad business the more educational the better. I’m hoping somewhere in the world there’s been some sort of fly on the wall documentary showing the workings of any of these types of business’s from the inside. Help and recommendations appreciated.
posted by toocan at 3:29 AM PST - 1 comment

I wanna play sexy tunes, Mrs Badcrumble!

I'd like recommendations for piano studies for a beginner that are enjoyable to play. [more inside]
posted by Dali Atomicus at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I get a loan/refinance a house without regular, steady income?

Is it going to be difficult for me to refinance my house .. and get a car loan .. or a loan of any type not having a regular income? [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 1:07 AM PST - 8 comments

September 25

Help me find a fun half-marathon!

My friend and I are looking for a half marathon to run together in February. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Hair care scare, quarrelsome curl question!

Hair-care newb wonders about longer styles for mature men with wild curls - what product to get, how to use it, and should I even? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Best diet to lose 10 lbs in one month?

For some unknown reason I've gained roughly 10 pounds in the last 1-2 months. I'd like to lose it for an event I'm going to at the end of October. I've never tried to diet before and I'm not sure what the most effective method is for short term loss. I will not be sustaining this diet for longer than a month. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 10:24 PM PST - 17 comments

If someone attacks me, I'll knock them over with my 50 lbs grad student rolling bag of doom!!!

Help me find a rolling bag~! [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 9:44 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I determine what the 'real' age of a blog-post is?

How do I determine what the 'real' age of a blog-post is? [more inside]
posted by the cydonian at 9:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Online Product Demo

How can I give an interactive demo of my product on my website ? Can I host a remote access solution on my website which connects to my computer and allows user access only to a particular application, so that he can work with the product and feel it himself. [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 8:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I discuss photography commission rates?

Can I discuss with other photographers the rates that various agencies pay me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Going from LA to LA of Anaheim.

I'm seeking travel options to go from LAX to Anaheim next week. I'll be bringing one backpack, and am also wondering if the Angel Stadium Amtrak/Metrolink station has 24-hour lockers, and how strict the stadium is about allowing bags... [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 8:31 PM PST - 5 comments

A Safe bet for password storage?

How safe do folks think 1password plus dropbox for syncing really is? Would you store financial information this way?
posted by dougiedd at 8:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I connect my desktop to the internet using my laptops wireless connection?

[interwubsfilter] How can I connect my desktop to the internet using my laptops wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 7:59 PM PST - 3 comments

My best guess is it was formatted by a witch?

I've come across an unusual USB flash memory stick. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 7:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Missed Connections

JoikuSpot Filter: Everything seems to be in order, but I just can't view any web sites. Please help! [more inside]
posted by murtagh at 7:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Pick out my immersion blender

Which immersion blender should I buy? Which should I absolutely not buy? Primarily using it for soups for two people.
posted by nadawi at 7:11 PM PST - 27 comments

Do I need CS5, Really?

Do I need to buy CS5 just because I have to use the Classroom in a Book for CS5? [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find inexpensive used CDs and DVDs in Toronto or Hamilton.

Where to find inexpensive used CDs and DVDs in Toronto or Hamilton? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I really have to wash my kale?

I make kale chips using organic kale (from local health food store) and my dehydrator often. I hate washing kale. It takes forever. Could I really do my body serious harm through my laziness? How likely is this?
posted by long haired child at 6:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Exchange through Gmail - possible?

Can I access Exchange email through Gmail? [more inside]
posted by robintw at 5:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to find matching house light.

Can you help me find this outdoor porch light? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple at 5:19 PM PST - 6 comments

What to invest in?

Considering the future of the US economy, if one had a very large windfall of cash what should one invest in today for a steady, long-term income? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 4:51 PM PST - 34 comments

Getting creosote stains off car

How do I get creosote stains off a car? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Which small food processor for nut butter?

Which food processor should I get: Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup or Cuisinart DFP-3 Handy Prep 3-Cup? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 4:37 PM PST - 9 comments

What are these posters?

Are these awesome posters in Japanese? If so, what do they say? Found them at an estate sale and the guy there thought they were from WWII. I don't think they're that old, but not sure. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 4:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Visual programming would be fun if it didn't involve the mouse.

Is there a realtime audio processing environment that is programmer-oriented? Like pure data, but text mode. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me put the period to this.

I have several lengthy documents I'm editing for a book. The author scanned his hard copy and ran the result through an OCR program. The OCR omitted most of the periods. Is there a way to make Microsoft Word 2000 or OpenOffice Writer 3 put the periods where they go, or am I doomed to putting them in as I edit?
posted by bryon at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Tasty (Asian) dishes just right for one person?

I'm a college student and I would like to begin cooking for myself in earnest next year. I love East Asian and spicy dishes, but I have limited time and resources (shared kitchen with 7). How can I be the least wasteful while still enjoying yummy healthy food? [more inside]
posted by monocot at 4:04 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to learn more about unnatural disasters.

What are some great environmental documentary films and/or series? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 3:48 PM PST - 16 comments

How much will it stain me?

I have a good job as an academic that benefits my career each day that I am there. I am hooked into a pretty cool network of scholars. Yay... but my commute is a nightmare. I am interviewing for a full-time faculty position that I will like and that will make my commute enjoyable and that will allow me to do the kind of scholarship I want to do.... but it may stain my resume. Yes, it is a for-profit school, but I get the sense that it is "one of the good ones," to the degree that that is possible. (It's not a chain, it has been around for many decades, they are moving in the right direction in terms of best practices.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Plant identification

I have some plants I need to identify. In Toronto. [more inside]
posted by sgrass at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

A freezer for your thoughts.

I want to start batch cooking my lunches for the month. I want to create delicious, HEALTHY individually-portioned frozen meals that I can pop in the microwave. Other catch: they have to be relatively cheap to make. Suggestions for recipes that fit the bill?
posted by corn_bread at 3:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I give away my plants?

Vancouver, BC Filter: I'm moving out of the country in 3 days. Help me find a place to donate my potted plants. [more inside]
posted by kirstk at 3:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Refinishing a small spot on a hardwood floor

We recently moved out of an apartment with hardwood floors. The owner claims there is damage to the floor where we had a desk. He says he needs to "talk to his floor guy" to see how much it will cost to repair, which will then come out of our security deposit. I have no idea how much spot repair runs, and I'd like a general idea so that we can stand our ground in case he comes up with a high estimate. [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 3:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I update a TiVo's schedule without local phone OR wifi?

I have a TiVo, but I'm currently temporarily between internet providers. The TiVo programming data has just run out, and it looks like it's going to be at least another week before I have internet at the apartment. Any ideas on how I can get it updated? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you recognize this short story?

Prompted by the recent Harlan Ellison thread I was reminded of a short story which I think was his in which a depressed and suicidal man freaks out an armed carjacker by threatening to kill him in an accident and leaves him trembling on the median. It was called something like "The More Dangerous Weapon". Google-fu is getting me to nowheresville. Can anyone help? Maybe it's not Ellison...
posted by chavenet at 2:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I type up my own will in California?

Single person, California Will -- can I really just re-write this California Statutory Will so everything goes to my god-child, instead of of my SpouseOrChildren? [Thence getting the print-out duly witnessed and notarized.] Is there a text or html file available of this Statutory Will boilerplate? (I can only find PDFs.) [more inside]
posted by Rash at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find some paradoxical poems.

Paradoxical Poems [more inside]
posted by Elmore at 1:58 PM PST - 24 comments

What struck down the chipmunk?

There was a chipmunk lying on the bike path today. I assumed someone had hit it with a bike, but it didn't have any visible wounds or injuries. It was moving, but not much. Then a kid picked it up, and brought it to his mom, telling her it was still breathing. The mom said it looked like he had a mouthful of seeds and wondered whether it was choking. She cleared the chipmunk's mouth and then started heading home with it. At this point, the chipmunk was clearly moving, in what I'd call a twitchy kind of way. But it was consenting to be held in a person's hands. Question: what could have been wrong with this chipmunk? E.G. do chipmunks actually choke on their food? Question 2: were kid and mom crazy to pick up a sick animal under these circumstances?
posted by escabeche at 1:51 PM PST - 26 comments

Cheapest way to get someone across the country?

We have a friend who, through a series of bad decisions, ended up stranded in Florida with no income stream. We're trying to help her figure out the cheapest way to move within a month. [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 1:45 PM PST - 11 comments

UK VPS vs Shared hosting

Super reliable UK shared or VPS hosting for low volume site? [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 12:54 PM PST - 6 comments

How do share items to a managed Facebook page

I manage the Facebook page for our company and was recently prompted by Facebook to add a personal profile in order to manage the page. Now when I share items from other sites, they're posted on my profile page rather than our organization page. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Examples of quality time please

How do you, working mother of 2, spend quality time with the little ones? [more inside]
posted by uauage at 11:45 AM PST - 12 comments

What style of fridge is best?

Help us decide what type of refrigerator to buy. [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 11:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Excel 2007 Conditional Formatting

Excel 2007 conditional formatting help! [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Can an astigmatism suddenly go away or did I get a poor eye exam?

Can an astigmatism suddenly go away or did I get a poor eye exam? Details within. [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 11:02 AM PST - 18 comments

What questions would you ask your two-year-old self?

Help me start an annual 'birthday interview' tradition with my soon-to-be two-year-old. What questions should I ask her? [more inside]
posted by nuffsaid at 10:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Best/safest/most efficient way to send money from England to Peru, Ecuador and Mexico?

What is the best/safest/most efficient way to send money from England to Peru, Ecuador and Mexico? What's the best international bank in Peru/Ecuador? What are the best travelers checks? [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me make financial sense of my health care options.

Help me figure out how to deal with next year's health care for me and my family of three. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there mold on my bed?

What is happening to my wooden bed frame? Is it mold? Photo inside. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

What web-design program was used to design this site?

What web-design program was used to design this site? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Music for fake grown ups drinking cheap bubbly?

I need music for a cocktail party this is not obscenely grown-up, quiet or boring. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 10:38 AM PST - 43 comments

Any health benefits through writing about Obesity?

I've being researching about well-being and achieving this through self-disclosure (Pennebaker style) I've been narrowing my scope down to focus on how Pennebaker's style of writing has helped obese patients overcome psychological issues associated with obesity similar to other works on alcoholics and victims of traumatic experiences. I'm not a Psychologist so a lot of the research out there is unknown to me, so does anyone know of any papers or authors that address this? I've looked around but it might help if i have a lead or somewhere to start.
posted by jbw at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

PS3 on the cheap, please

What's the best way to get a good deal on a non-stolen PlayStation 3? New or used.
posted by unknowncommand at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

EAC workflow

Seeking best workflow for ripping CDs to FLAC using Exact Audio Copy [more inside]
posted by anonymice at 10:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find an old card trick video.

Looking for a specific magic card trick video I saw once... help me find it? Guy passes one card invisibly from one hand to the other. [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

From Glee to Glum: a home video story

SaveMyWeddingVideoFilter: Recorded my wedding perfectly 1 week ago on a Sony DCR-SX44 video camera. Unbeknownst to me, I recorded the wedding and half of the honeymoon on the hard drive of the camera. This is where things go bad. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Mouth writing checks that butt cannot cash

Can a trainer help my little dog with her fear of bigger dogs? Can I? Difficulty: deafness, possible vision problems. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Easy way to select keepers from exposure bracketed photos on Mac?

I often use exposure bracketing with my Panasonic DMC-FX01. But now I have a problem, a huge chunk of my iPhoto library is taken up by trios of the same shot only one of which is actually needed for my archive. Is there some easy way to review bracketed sets and select one while deleting the rest?
posted by pasd at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Medtronic internal transfer waiting period

Any Medtronic employees out there? I'm considering a job offer there (Mpls location) and want to know how long you have to stay in your first position before transferring internally to a different one. Anyone know the policy?
posted by nancoix at 8:24 AM PST - 1 comment

Last on to "The Wire" party!

I have just finished watching "The Wire" for the first time and I am looking through posts in the green and the blue about the show - and there's been a lot of discussion over the years! What are the absolute essential articles about the background and the making of the show that I shouldn't miss? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 7:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Recording A Church Service, With No Audio Input

How can I best go about better recording the audio from a sound system, and then syncing it with video taken from the opposite side of the church? Also, how can I turn out multiple DVDs cheaply? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Remind me how to eat

I've been skipping meals. Help me knock it off and be healthy. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 7:05 AM PST - 37 comments

What's the new *69?

I missed a call and don't have call display. *69 doesn't work. Can I find out who called? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey at 7:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Let's Get Out of This Country

Say I might want to leave America. (Maybe on November 6, 2012! Somewhat joking about that, so don't get too distracted.) Where would I want to live? It's Mexico, right? But where? And also, am I being crazy in not thinking more of Europe? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds at 6:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Trying to get my act together

Trying to get my act together but overly dependent on others. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Do unpaid tuition bills expire after a certain number of years like other bills can?

Do unpaid tuition bills expire after a certain number of years like other bills can? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 10 comments

I always wanted a tiny talking cat.

Please help me track down a childhood favourite book, about a miniature crystal cat that speaks to a lonely girl? [more inside]
posted by indienial at 5:28 AM PST - 13 comments

"Cheddar? You Americans have no taste."

What can I use as a replacement for cheddar cheese? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 5:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Help my family find a good car!

Seeking used car advice! I'm looking to find a used SUV or wagon that can be used to transport lumber and the like occasionally but can also serve to transport the family, including baby, when needed. I've heard the Honda Element is good because the back seats are removable. Any other analogous vehicles? We don't want to spend more than @ 11k if possible, which is why the Element might be out. Please feel free to also refer to online guides where I might do research. My initial review is unfortunately turning up a lot of paid ads which aren't too helpful. [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 4:10 AM PST - 13 comments

What to do in Edinburgh for a geek / otaku ?

What to do in Edinburgh for a geek / otaku ? [more inside]
posted by bussiere at 3:24 AM PST - 4 comments

I need hearty soup recipes

I need recipes for hearty soups, veggie preferred. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 2:34 AM PST - 37 comments

September 24

How long does it take a cat to recover from a spider bite?

Our cat has been salivating, lethargic, and had an irritated nose and tongue. Our vet diagnosed a spider bite. How long should the symptoms persist? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me convince friends I didn't make this up?

Poetry filter: help me find a poem I read in high school. It was titled "the Octopus" and it was filled with metaphors for sex and sexual organs. [more inside]
posted by riddler at 10:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Where oh where has my weissbier gone?

Wonderful wheat beers served in berlin beer bars, what brands are they? [more inside]
posted by Large Marge at 10:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a good ophthalmologist in Bellingham, WA.

My optometrist just spotted a mystery mass in my left eye that's making my vision partially blurry. She's referring me to a specialist in Seattle who can see me in the middle of next month, but I'd really like to get an appointment sooner--and locally. Can anyone recommend a good, competent ophthalmologist with a decent bedside manner in Bellingham, WA?
posted by Janey Complainy at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

please hope me buy a bike.

Too many local bike shops! Please help me choose one. [BayAreaFilter] [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 9:09 PM PST - 6 comments

restaurant consultant reading list

I'm interested in becoming a restaurant consultant. What books should I read?
posted by Infernarl at 8:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Pithy Response for Thoughtless, Unsolicited Comments

Why do people say stupid things to single people, and how should I respond? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 8:11 PM PST - 40 comments

How to help a person to see the better side(s) of life?

I have been with my girlfriend for what will be 4 months total as of October 4th. Still feels like the “honeymoon” period. Though, neither of us have had the best lives, so meeting each other was a blessing to say the least. Life changing in a lot of ways. The only issue that seems to ever come up doesn't even directly relate to us or our relationship. It's her one friend of 3 years. [more inside]
posted by jolynntech at 8:02 PM PST - 21 comments

beer beer beer

Beer recommendations for somebody who's not much of a beer drinker? [more inside]
posted by needled at 7:09 PM PST - 46 comments


I'm baking whoopie pies and I don't have marshmallow fluff. Can I just melt marshmallows instead? In microwave or on the stove?
posted by leigh1 at 7:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Kid-tough iPod Touch case: He's not a Woogie, not yet an Otterbox.

I think I'm going to get my son an iPod Touch for his tenth birthday, but we're accident-prone people, and I know he'll also need a rugged case to take his tiny abuse. Can anyone recommend something? [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights at 6:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommend good software for cataloging my library of vinyl music

Looking for the best solution for cataloging my vinyl collection - is's Music Collector my best bet, or is there something more customizable and/or tailored to vinyl collectors? [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 6:52 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some books about text explication in writing?

Are there any notable books / web sites dedicated to explicating close reading / text explication / explication de texte, preferably with plenty of excellent examples and accompanying analysis?
posted by zenja72 at 6:42 PM PST - 2 comments

She snooped in my Gchat and read unflattering things. Now she's mad. What to do?

Law school student org drama. I'm the Pres of a very active student org. My VP is a good egg, but she's been acting "off" as late. I was talking with my Treas to figure out how to confront her about how she's been behaving. Plot twist: I then caught my VP snooping through my Gchat with the Treasurer. She didn't like what she saw. What's the best course of action, to help out all of us? Long explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Famous books that are easy to get into.

What are some famous and/or culturally influential books that are not hard to dive into? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 6:03 PM PST - 51 comments

What's healthier: 90% lean buffalo or a leaner cut of grass-fed ground beef?

What's healthier: 90% lean buffalo or a leaner cut of grass-fed ground beef? Both are from Whole Foods, both come from animals that are fed a vegetarian diet and not given added hormones. I'm wondering about effects on longevity, chronic conditions, heart disease, etc. Also, are chicken/fish healthier than buffalo? I've heard bad things about red meat but I'm not sure how much they apply to buffalo.
posted by JamesJD at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I troubleshoot this MAC PRO G5 problem?

How can I troubleshoot this MAC PRO G5 problem? It's very slow, can't change system preferences, can't boot from second drive to run Disk Utility, the Dock is gone, five minutes to open a file... [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 5:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Inspiring to be DJ/Producer?

I'm inspiring to be a DJ/Music Producer. But I have no clue where to start. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 4:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do some people end sentences in "with"?

Why do people say, "Can I come with" and "Do you want to go with"? That "with" hanging on the end of that sentence has always driven me crazy. I heard it twice last night on television. Isn't there supposed to be a noun or pronoun following that preposition? Is ending a sentence this way a regional thing? If it's grammatically acceptable, then why does it sound so utterly awkward to my ear?
posted by jackypaper at 4:46 PM PST - 62 comments

A lime walks into a bar...

What is bar lime? Is it the same as Rose's Lime Cordial? [more inside]
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 4:22 PM PST - 10 comments

FoldzFlat replacement

I've long wowed friends by pulling my amazing FoldzFlat pen out of my wallet. But it just ran out of ink. Now that the cheap plastic ones have been discontinued, I don't want to pony up $25 for a metal one that's not even refillable. Is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 3:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Mixologists wanted!

The household is throwing a small-ish cocktail party next week, and I've prepared a few homemade syrups and flavored vodkas for the occasion. Help me make the best use of them? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Let me eat cake!

Give me your best carrot cake recipe. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 3:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Poem about boiling cabbage

I once read a poem in a literature anthology which said that the smell of boiling cabbage in a crowded tenement conveys desperation. My impression is that the poem may have been written 1940-1960 by a well-known American author. Can someone provide a citation for the poem?
posted by Abuissak at 2:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Babies are cute enough to start all over again!

Why the sudden urge to have a baby with my partner when I wasn’t ever that into babies in the first place and I already had kids with someone else, and will it go away? [more inside]
posted by Zophi at 2:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Paying to learn a tough lesson

How do I go about proving an uncollectible debt? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me buy ethically traded coffee

What's the difference between Fair Trade Certified coffee and Starbucks Shared Planet coffee? [more inside]
posted by epj at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me get to New York without a burst eardrum

I'm in the Bay Area, supposed to fly to New York tomorrow morning. For the past few days I've had moderately crappy sinus congestion. What can I do to make the flight as comfortable as possible? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 2:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Is Diesel the greenest?

Making it simple, if possible: Is diesel a cleaner for the environment fuel than unleaded for a car that gets similar gas mileage? Basically, deciding whether to get a hybrid or a diesel car. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Does the boss have to still pay me after I quit?

I quit my job. Do they legally need to pay me until the last day I state, even if they choose to have me leave sooner? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 2:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Can they say this?

What does this legalese really mean? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Quercetin Questions

Beating colds: quercetin that combines high bioavailability and reasonable cost? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Teach myself to type "correctly"?

I've always typed quickly but a bit "wrong" (only 6-8 fingers). Is it worth re-learning to type properly? [more inside]
posted by razorfrog at 1:24 PM PST - 21 comments

Progammable thermostat for heat pump with timer

If this exists, help me find it: I would like a programmable thermostat with a timer that will work with a heat pump (used for both heating and cooling). [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

History of pop/rock podcast?

I would to get a better idea for the history of pop, ideally all the way from Little Richard and up to 2010, though given that there is so much to cover, shorter pieces of this history are also of interest. I guess what I'm looking for is either a podcast or a TV series - something fun and interesting, and that at the end will give me a good feel for how different genres and bands fit together, who started what, and who influenced whom.
posted by Hediot at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me find the right watch

Please help me find the right watch. (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by kitfreeman at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

It's funny because he's old.

My geeky, standup and improv-performing friend is turning 50 today. I'm supposed to bring a joke to his party. I got nothing. Any suggestions?
posted by donpardo at 12:17 PM PST - 42 comments

I'm planning to assemble my own PC the first time and have several specific questions about components.

I'm planning to assemble my own PC the first time and have several specific questions about components. [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 12:04 PM PST - 19 comments

I would like to remember, but lo I cannot

In high school (early-mid 90s), a textbook gave little two line ditties for various meters. I remember the one for anapestic tetrameter only:
I would like to be serious, but lo I cannot / Anapestic tetrameter makes the verse trot
Which book was this? (It might have been yellow.) Even better, what are the other poems?
posted by jeather at 11:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Where should I meet my family?

TorontoFilter: Which subway station should I meet my family at? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 11:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Can this guy get any wimpier?

How do I deal with the fact that my boss has no spine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Where is the proverbial website door for becoming an informed local voter?

Please help me be an informed voter for local elections in November (spec: Brooklyn). [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How short is too short?

Should I put my current job on my resume if I've only been there for 8 months? [more inside]
posted by Kicky at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Stuck in early 2000 web experience. Need 2010 web training in Chicago

Need to get up to par in 2010 web training--social media, mobile devices, SEO/SEM...where in Chicago can I get this minus a degree? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Paleo/Primal Friendly Doctors in SF Bay Area

Any Paleo/Primal eaters in SF Bay Area know of a primary care doctor that 'gets it'? [more inside]
posted by mcschmidt00 at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

What does it feel like to quit smoking?

What does it feel like to quit, or try to quit, smoking? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 10:46 AM PST - 54 comments

Rub-a-dub-dub, I have to use the tub

For someone who's taken exclusively showers almost all her life: What are your bath hacks? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 10:39 AM PST - 32 comments

Netflix/Wii issue

What is wrong with my Netflix instant queue? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 10:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I scream?

I live in an oldish (1920s) apartment building, in a studio. A while ago I tried the time-honored "scream and rant to an empty room" method of anger management--and got a visit from a dozen cops my neighbor called, and who went through my place to check that I wasn't axe-murdering someone or anything like that. This is, of course, not sustainable, but if I can't rant at home, where can I rant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 43 comments

Should I contact my ex-boyfriend for help with buying a car?

I’m looking to buy my first (used) car, but feeling kind of overwhelmed by the process. I don’t really have anyone in my life who is car-savvy. Is it a bad idea to ask my ex for advice or help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Heated dog bed?

Recommend me a heated dog bed, please! [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 10:13 AM PST - 10 comments

I think the post office may have lost my mail, what can I do?

I think the post office may have lost my mail, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 9:52 AM PST - 14 comments

baby avocado plant

How do I keep a baby avocado plant alive? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

I need to find the perfect piece of art.

Art novice filter: in my new office, there will be a space for a large piece of art, right next to my desk. It will hide things (computer monitor etc) some of the time and be 'rolled' away the rest of the time. I can purchase an image/print/painting, commission something or... I have no idea where to begin. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 9:23 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm considering becoming a consultant. What can I claim as a tax deduction (in Canada)?

I'm assuming that there will be legitimate deductions I can claim for expenses come tax time (in Québec), and I'm wondering if anyone can advise as me to what they might be? Computers? Gas? Rent? Anything else? [more inside]
posted by Pazzovizza at 9:13 AM PST - 1 comment

I don't know, he's just sort of faceless.

The person I'm going out with claims they have no sexual imagination, essentially. Can this be true? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 48 comments

California CPA License

What are the basic requirements for an out of state CPA to be licensed in California? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants at 9:00 AM PST - 1 comment

Son of Who?

Odd religious reference in official business communication—what to do? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 8:57 AM PST - 20 comments

What has your president done for you lately?

May I have a list of President Obama's achievements since he came into office? [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Like a Drobo, but minus the Robo?

I have a media server (a Mac Mini) with several external HDDs hooked up to it. I'd like to transition to a storage solution that will be both tidier and more cheaply/easily upgradable. Challenge: I am very serious about backups and don't trust a system like a Drobo to handle redundancy. [more inside]
posted by raygan at 8:46 AM PST - 10 comments


Prescription Xanax and my new 6 month stint on a cruise ship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Write What You Know?

Who coined, "Write what you know"? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Which Scotch says "happy 30th" the best?

My friend is turning 30, and I want to get him a really special bottle of single-malt Scotch. I would appreciate your help with a recommendation. I have a few ideas inside. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 7:55 AM PST - 39 comments

Cosine of 30?

this isn't homework filter, I promise: what is the cosine of 30?
posted by pipti at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Found booze, what to do?

A friend recently moved into an apartment and found a cabinet full of weird booze. So, what can we make with this strange list of alcohols? Full list inside. [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 7:34 AM PST - 32 comments

can you stream barclays premier league football games in the united states for free?

can you stream barclays premier league football games in the united states for free? [more inside]
posted by j3nn1b0t at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

black gold texas tea

What are your favorite literary texts about oil and oil capitalism? I'm looking for anything from traditional realism to noir to science fiction, from poetry to film to comic books to video games to philosophy and theory. Anything could work. Bonus points if the focus is on globalization and/or Peak Oil and resource scarcity. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 7:15 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I mount my cameras on the wall?

I have the cameras, the frames and the space but how do I hang them the same way they did in this photo? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 7:12 AM PST - 8 comments

How to send Gcal reminders to others?

Help me remind forgetful students (i.e. parents) of weekly lesson. Google Calendar and Gmail in place. Now, how to get reminders sent to them automatically? [more inside]
posted by skypieces at 7:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Short term mobile internet in France

How can I get pseudo-mobile internet in France for just two months? There are wifi hot spots all over but the prices seem outrageous, presumably the unlimited wifi is only for DSL customers? I'd happily tether to my N900 or buy a separate GSM modem. Any recommendations? It seems odd if Orange's Mobicarte the is the cheapest?
posted by jeffburdges at 6:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Stemware in Toronto - Queen West

I'm looking for glass stemware in the Queen West/King West area of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by phirleh at 6:26 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I twitter on a short trip to Japan

How do I twitter (cheaply, mobile-ly) on a short trip to Japan? How much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree at 6:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Can people hack into my Wii?

Is it possible for someone to hack into my Wii if I connect it to the Wifi network in my house? I really want to watch streaming Netflix movies on my Wii console, but my family insists that if I connect the Wii people will be able to hack into their Wii accounts and see all of their Wii Fit data like birthdays and weight.
posted by jihaan at 6:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Revenge for Bad Takeout?

Voodoo Filter: Can anyone explain this strange "doll" I saw hanging from a door in Paris?
posted by Paris Elk at 6:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Help my kid run like the wind!

How can I teach my kid how to run? [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 5:56 AM PST - 30 comments

Where should I wander off to in Beijing?

I'm spending the next 2 months in Beijing. Where are places that are slightly off the beaten path? Any favorite eateries, bars, clubs? Also, what are some places I could travel to when given a week of complete free time? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 at 5:56 AM PST - 12 comments


What are some great traditions I can start with myself or with my family? Growing up, outside of your standard holidays, my family never had traditions like taking a yearly vacation, making cookies on Sundays, or going to all Notre Dame home games. Now that I am older, I want my own traditions. What traditions did you, your family, or friends have that I should be envious about?
posted by jasondigitized at 4:12 AM PST - 94 comments

I forgot to invoice a couple of years ago, how do I do so now?

I have some old work (couple of years) I neglected to invoice for. How do I maximise the chance of the chance of getting paid now? Given the time and the amounts legal action is not cost effective [more inside]
posted by epo at 3:53 AM PST - 8 comments

not bad

I'm learning English. Could you tell me the difference between "not bad" and " not half bad "?? It means, "very good"? If there is a kind of different nuance between the two, please show me how to use them.
posted by mizukko at 3:25 AM PST - 39 comments

Help finding a song?

Please help me find a song that still haunts me 20 years later. It was, I think, an Alejandro Jodorowsky film, somewhere in the middle of the film, two men are embracing, soaked to the bone and crying intensely, while a beautiful, lamentful duet is performed (in Spanish of course) by males and a guitar. It almost has the same effect as Rebeka Del Rios scene at Club Silencia in "Mulholland Drive", performing "Llorando", although much more intense. The scene and music are so perfect for one another, but I can't remember it for the life of me. Help Mefites!
posted by venbear3 at 2:02 AM PST - 4 comments

September 23

does it help?

Alpha Lipoic Acid? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 10:58 PM PST - 4 comments

daddy ain't so happy

Are there any fairly dependable studies about depression and stay at home dads? Seems like everything I can find focuses on the moms. Daddy gets sad too.
posted by ducktape at 10:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Married and trying to leave the states for a while

Can a married couple still have the youthful abroad experience? [more inside]
posted by alextprice at 9:27 PM PST - 28 comments

The least weird way to get in touch with someone

How to contact someone in a non-creepy, non-presumptuous way when you've lost their phone number? Or is it better to just write it off and move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 28 comments

Yet another therapist recommendation request

Please recommend a qualified non-woo-woo (intelligent, educated, up to date on the literature and able to deal with a thinking/introspective patient) therapist in the bay area (santa clara, san jose, sunnyvale, ...). Big plus if they take Cigna. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 PM PST - 4 comments

AOL incompatible with Twitter?

Help, please. I cannot get any page at all at Twitter to load -- it just kicks me back to whatever page I was on previously. This started exactly when I installed the latests AOL Aim program on 9.15. I have updated my firefox browser, erased cache and cookies, and made sure JavaScript was enabled, and updated Java, but still no dice. Any ideas? I cannot even get to the Twitter help page or log in. Thank you so much.
posted by jfwlucy at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

How does self-promotion actually work?

What exactly are the mechanics of self-promotion? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 8:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Is it ethical to ask for a professor's proofreading help?

I'm an undergraduate applying for a semester-long study-abroad program. I have to write my application essay both in English and in French. Would it be appropriate for me to ask one of my French professors to help me proofread the French version of my essay before submitting it? [more inside]
posted by datarose at 8:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Why vote for Jerry Brown? [California gubernatorial election filter]

I am volunteering for Jerry Brown's campaign for Governor in California - mostly phone calls and door knocking. Here's the problem: I'm campaigning against Meg Whitman in my mind . . . but I need to know how to campaign for Jerry Brown as well. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 7:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me hack my wedding finances!

My fiancé and I are getting married next April in Los Angeles and we basically want to maximize the use of our available credit. [more inside]
posted by AsRuinsAreToRome at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Nacho email address

What, if anything, should I do about the woman who thinks my Gmail address is hers? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 7:01 PM PST - 56 comments

Need some kanji translated

TranslationFilter, I was wondering if anyone could translate three kanji characters. I've asked around, and haven't found anyone, so I decided to turn to you guys hoping that someone would be able to. [more inside]
posted by pcowden at 6:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Is mental exhaustion after exercising just part of the game?

Is mental exhaustion after exercising just part of the game? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 6:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Touchpad on laptop problem

Have a Dell Studio Laptop, having problem with touchpad mouse... [more inside]
posted by sandyp at 6:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Post-interview thank-you note ... without contact info?

I just had an interview, and I know standard post-interview procedure is to send in an email thanking them for the opportunity. But ... I don't have my interviewer's contact info. In fact, when I asked for an email address at the end of the interview in case I had more questions and so on, his reply was "Best go through your HR contact; they'll pass on anything relevant." What should I do - should I send a thank-you note to HR? Send a note and ask them to pass it on? No thank-you note? [more inside]
posted by Xany at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Gunning for the Gunners

Is it possible to get tickets for the Arsenal Shakhtar versus Donetsk game on October 19 at Emirates Stadium? I'll be in London for a few days around then and noticed the fixture. Any idea of how much they will cost? If not that game are there other Premier League or good Football League Championship games in London where midweek tickets might be possible to get?
posted by sien at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Email Provider Suggestions

What web based email provider would you suggest as an alternative to my current one? [more inside]
posted by gman at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Tactful CV help.

A friend of mine who is an intelligent, hard worker, is looking for a job. She's been applying for a while, and I was truly surprised that she hasn't had an offer yet (academic post-docs) - until I saw her CV/ resume. It is not at ALL well-written. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 4:57 PM PST - 29 comments

Fun in Oakland?

Fun things to do in Oakland? [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 4:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Need recommendations for fast dye-sublimation, 4x6, <$1000 printer.

I'm running a photobooth rental company, and need a new on-site dye-sub printer. I want one with fast prints and high capacity. I'd also like reasonable price (<$1000), and no tear-off strips on the prints. I've seen a few, but I'd love to hear people's experiences and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jumpfroggy at 4:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Exercise is making me hot, but not in the good way.

Lately exercise is making my face very flushed and hot. This is unpleasant. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 4:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Subtitles for .avi

I've got an .avi of a film, and a separate .txt file of subtitles, but playing it n Quick Time or Divx doesn't seem to bring them up (and it's not an option in the menu). Anyone know a quick and dirty way to make this work for Macbook Pro? Or do they have to be hardcoded somehow?
posted by dearleader at 4:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Windows XP Profile Won't Load

Windows XP "cannot load user's profile"....."insufficient system resources". - HELP! [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

I can't see clearly now

Given a known myopia prescription, and distance from monitor, could a filter be applied to an image so that it would be clear to me, without my glasses? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 4:02 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I download an entire website from Google's cache?

How do I download an entire website from Google's cache? [more inside]
posted by EatingCereal at 3:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Starting my own arts non-profit: how nutty?

My adult life has been split between art (performing arts) and non-profit administration (major donor fundraising). I'm now approaching a point where I want to merge the two and create my own arts nonprofit. My intent is to start small. I guess I'm hoping to split half my time as a fundraiser/grantwriter/administrator and half my time running the program. Am I crazy? I dont think this thing will officially launch before the next year or two, so please pretend this will happen in a decent economy. I think I have a good service to provide, access to strong potential boardmembers, etc. Thanks, hive.
posted by mcgordonliddy at 3:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Who knew baking was so high tech?

Tell me what this weird sugar art/baking device is! [more inside]
posted by Mouse Army at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Another microphone/phone connection question

Microphone adaptor for Samsung phone - difficulty: in the UK. [more inside]
posted by gene_machine at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find funding data for NGOs and Foundations for MDG projects?

Where can I find information about funding for the Millennium Development Goals? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 3:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Turkey day in Hogtown?

Need recommendations for a very nice upscale restaurant in downtown Toronto for a party of 10 for dinner ... on December 25th. Help please? [more inside]
posted by khregs at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't want to be a real cat thief!

KittyFilter: Can I keep the cat who's been wandering around my apartment complex, first with a collar and now, mysteriously, without one? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 2:44 PM PST - 32 comments

How to display playing cards

I bought an artsy deck of playing cards--each card is illustrated by a different artist--and am looking for an interesting/creative way to display them: either the entire deck, or a few cards at a time. Any ideas?
posted by Ideal Impulse at 2:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Miata headlight bulbs not burning the midnight oil - why?

Why do the light bulbs on my Miata keep burning out? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 2:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Is there a windows copy program that can resume after a crash?

My Windows XP Pro laptop blue screens every 10-15 minutes and runs really slowly, but I can slowly copy stuff off it to an external USB drive. What software can I use to do this copy that survive the blue screen and pick back up when I get it rebooted again? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 2:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find Kwame Nkrumah's 'Motion of Destiny' speech

I am currently researching a particular speech of Dr.Kwame Nkrumah for an oratory module on my Degree course and wondered if any one could advise me on how to locate (online/hard copy) a transcribed copy of the Motion of Destiny speech given by the man himself in July 1953 in Ghana.
posted by mycapaciousbottega at 1:52 PM PST - 2 comments


Just spilled a few tablespoons of coffee containing unsweetened almond milk onto a MacBook keyboard. What now? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 1:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Using iPad 3G in UK?

I've got several trips to the UK coming up. I typically only travel with my 3G iPad, and while the last few trips I've been lucky in finding wifi, I'm considering trying to get the iPad's data service working. Anyone have recommendations for a prepaid data SIM that I can use with my iPad in the UK (requires a microSIM, not a normal SIM)?
posted by kaszeta at 1:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Birthplace of the blues, not cutting-edge healthcare

Looking for integrative medical/alternative health care providers in the Mississippi Delta; Jackson, MS; or Memphis, TN. If that's not possible, I'd like to find conventional providers who work on women's health issues and are caring, nice, and open-minded. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

My life is now very like the movie "knocked up". Help!

My ex, 30+ years of age, contacted me a few days ago to tell me I'd gotten her knocked up. Yesterday she said she wanted to keep it. She lives in NYC, where I lived until three days ago. I'm now in the UK. I can afford to jump on a plane back to NYC. So, who do I need to contact to get legal advice? How do I find out what my rights and responsibilities are? Two less delicate questions inside... [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 1:07 PM PST - 97 comments

Singing the crybaby blues

How much crying is too much? (aka Help me speak to my boyfriend, please?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:05 PM PST - 63 comments

Less boring than math class?

What kind of school assemblies did you have growing up? Do any stick in your head as particularly interesting or important? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker at 12:50 PM PST - 75 comments

Should I reformat external hard drives for a Mac?

Should I format my new external hard drives for OS X? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 12:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I have a loan adjustment with that order please?

How can I find out if I can qualify for a home mortgage adjustment? [more inside]
posted by digividal at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

slavery in sudan

I'm looking for books, articles, interviews, etc. on the the practice of slavery in Sudan. [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Who will prescribe me an IUD in Chicago?

What doctor in Chicago will give me an IUD? I'm 28, in a long-term relationship, no kids. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 22 comments

Which alcoholic drinks would you recommend for someone who has GERDs?

Which alcoholic drinks would you recommend to someone who has GERDs? I would like to have a few drinks to get a little buzz going this weekend with friends without damaging my stomach. Also, what food and/or OTC would be good to take before and after drinking?
posted by anonymous at 11:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get letters of recommendation for a grad program in a totally different field?

How do you get letters of recommendation for a grad school program totally different from your undergraduate discipline? [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

How to stop snacking on junk

How can I break the habit of eating at my desk during the workday? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 11:32 AM PST - 23 comments

iPhoto Photo Sync

My wife has an iPhone 3G that we'd been syncing with an old eeepc. The eeepc bit the dust, so the iPhone has the only copy of lots of photos. How do we sync the photos (not from the camera roll; the ones from the photo library) to a different computer? (Windows, please)
posted by drleary at 11:30 AM PST - 9 comments

The roof is only mildly warm

How can I universally raise the volume of my Macbook Pro? My maximum volume frequently isn't loud enough. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Canon T2i for film/video

I'm looking to purchase a camera for narrative filmmaking purposes, and am considering the Canon T2i. Does anybody have experience with this camera? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Selling a house - Buyer offers to raise price if I pay closing costs. Anything I should be concerned about?

Selling a house - Buyer offers to raise price if I pay closing costs. Anything I should be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 11:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Everybody's learning how

I need help finding a fall surfing beach in my NJ area. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 10:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find this cool picture

I would like a large print of this picture suitable for hanging on my wall. [more inside]
posted by IanMorr at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Matchmaker, matchmaker, find me a business partner.

An already-existing "" for finding a business partner? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 10:26 AM PST - 11 comments

What recourse does my sister have on a mortgage?

In 2006 my sister Emy took on a condo loan for her then-future mother-in-law, Mabel, who could not qualify. Things have not worked out as well as she planned. What recourse does she have? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Just how does the other half live?

Where do people (in Seattle, specifically) who've cracked the seven-figure income bracket shop? Eat out? If my fairy godmother appeared today with her phat bankroll for a three-day makeover spree, where would she take me? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:00 AM PST - 15 comments

We've tried nothin' and we're all out of ideas.

My kid is bad. I need a book to teach me how to make her not be bad anymore. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ at 9:54 AM PST - 69 comments

Allergic to schnapps?

Sometimes when I drink alcohol I get sort of an allergic reaction: skin rash (red spots on my face and shoulders) that feels a bit itchy. The first time that happened was about 2 years ago (never had that before and I'm 29 now) and now it occurs about every tenth (or so) time I drink hard liquor. It hardly ever occurs with beer or wine and it doesn't seem to be related to a certain ingredient (it happens with vodka as well as with Campari). Plus it doesn't seem to be related to the quantity of alcohol ingested. Maybe the cause is a certain kind of food in combination with alcohol? I haven't done enough "tests" to find out more. What could that be and need I be worried?
posted by cronholio at 9:47 AM PST - 13 comments

D90 or d3100?

My wife and I are looking for a new camera with which to take pictures of our son. We've got a Point and Shoot that we're not particularly happy with so will be looking at a DSLR. I like the looks of the Nikon D3100 that is coming out soon, but the D90 seems like it might be a better camera for not a whole lot more money. Is it worth the difference in price? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy at 9:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me pick a portable laptop/netbook/tablet that boots fast.

I recently played with an iPad, and I definitely see the appeal. I tend to hate touchscreens in favor of clickable keyboards, but I do see the use of touchscreens in web browsing, e-book reading, etc. I like the form factor and portability of the iPad, and I especially like the no-contract a la carte wireless options. Now that I've started to think about what I might use such a device for, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 8:38 AM PST - 37 comments

A Traveling Education

I'm interested in traveling with some of my college students overseas. Have you done this? Did you work with a company like EF Tours? [more inside]
posted by madred at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Post-interview thank you note: handwritten snail mail or email?

What is the best way to send a post-interview thank you note? [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 8:26 AM PST - 24 comments

What does the library do with donated books?

I like to donate my spare books to the library. They always take them. Am I helping them? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:21 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I use spaced repetition learning to improve my life?

How do I used spaced repetition learning to improve my life, beyond the obvious applications? [more inside]
posted by henryaj at 8:16 AM PST - 7 comments

What to expect from a corporate recruiting interview in the sciences?

Please help a new Ph.D. know what to expect from a corporate recruiting interview in the sciences. [more inside]
posted by amelioration at 8:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Forgotten book with pranks and an aardvark

Another half-remembered book from childhood: Friend of the narrator is brilliant, and coordinates or manipulates all the kids in their town into setting up awesome pranks. Pennies, soap, and aardvarks are involved. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker at 8:06 AM PST - 7 comments

The Harvard Classics

Dad has a bookcase of Harvard Classics ( his dad bought in 1910. Would like to give them to someone or an organization. They're not too rare; plenty on ebay. I'm googled out. Don't want to throw them away. Thanks.
posted by jara1953 at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Nook? Kindle? Something else? Holiday gift for my Sister!

My sister loves to read. My mother and I have decided to chip in and buy her an e-reader for the holidays . At first I thought to buy her a Nook, since she lives within walking distance of a Barnes and Noble.. but after doing some preliminary research of pros and cons.. I am a little confused. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 8:01 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me become a reasonable germophobe

I’ve recently, over the course of the last year, gone from being a pretty average person to being a raging germophobe, and I am exhausted. Instead of remaining on constant, high-alert paranoia, I would like to develop a set of rules that I can follow and rest assured that I’m doing what is reasonably possible to prevent germ-related catastrophe. I’m interested in knowing the chances of xyz germ contamination happening, and how to go about reasonable prevention that won’t disrupt normal routines or inconvenience others. What are your cleaning rituals, when do you take calculated risks, and when do you decide that worrying isn’t worth it? [more inside]
posted by pluot at 7:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Hope me, statistics-based sociologists / historians!

I need some rather specific statistical data: the number of tourists to visit Berlin in the past few years, broken down by age. [see more inside for details] [more inside]
posted by LMGM at 7:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it safe to sing and drive?

Can I use my commute to work to improve my singing voice? I sit in the car for an hour and a half each day. Are there any training CDs I can use in that time to learn to sing? For the purpose of this question, let's assume I can generally stay in tune when I warm up.
posted by Dragonness at 7:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Medication-induced hives: try, try again?

YANAD filter: took a new med, got hives. My doctor's advice on what to do next is troubling me a bit. Wondering if anyone who's suffered the same can tell me what their course was. [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet at 7:01 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I tell my jealous, insecure girlfriend I want to leave her for another woman without "proving her right"?

How can I tell my jealous, insecure girlfriend I want to leave her for another woman? [more inside]
posted by bobby_newmark at 6:26 AM PST - 54 comments

Parents/children bedroom configuration....

Is it weird for kids to sleep downstairs and parents to sleep upstairs? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:09 AM PST - 43 comments

What is the most reliable connector from Yahoo Messenger & MSN Messenger to Google Talk?

I have an Android phone and using Google talk to chat with my friends. I want to connect my Google talk to MSN Messenger and Yahoo. Do you know a good and reliable connector that I can use? I know there are other clients such as Ebuddy/Meebo, but I prefer Gtalk since it is very reliable and I don't want the battery life to suffer by using another app. I did some Google search, many instructions and lists are outdated.
posted by bbxx at 5:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Chicago CTA suggestions

Which Chicago CTA train stop is most efficient in my situation? [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Besides letter-writing and reducing your carbon footprint, what else can one do about climate change?

Besides letter-writing and reducing your carbon footprint, what else can one do about climate change? [more inside]
posted by theNeutral at 5:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Orphan movie search

Im looking for a movie that is about bad orphans from the 70's or 80's. The scene i remember is the adopted oprhans friends (also orphans) tie up the sister and wreck the house and one of them yells hurricane. I think it may be a b rated movie
posted by ice1sro at 4:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Accessible and secure - can they be friends?

Help me design a secure method of keeping my passwords both safe and available. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 3:53 AM PST - 31 comments

Songs about movie stars

I need inspiration for a playlist - all songs about actors [OR by movie stars that don't normally sing]. So - Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood", works well, as does Clint Eastwood - "I talk to the trees". I prefer songs about the stars, but by is acceptable too.
posted by dash_slot- at 3:04 AM PST - 91 comments

Help with industry figures for UK pharmacies

Where can I get hold of free or low-cost industry and financial figures for the UK over-the-counter pharmacy industry? [more inside]
posted by tawny at 2:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Please help me find this scifi book - this has been bothering me for 3+ years

Please help me find this scifi book - this has been bothering me for 3+ years [more inside]
posted by smanek at 2:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Why do I keep getting locked out of hotel rooms?

Why do I keep getting locked out of hotel rooms? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 1:47 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I stop high-end hotels from charging me for internet access?

How can I convince high-end hotels to stop charging me for internet access? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Commercial GIS data providers

Recommendations for reputable commercial GIS data providers for international data? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 12:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Do safe online games exist?

My almost 13 year old daughter is bored with Yoville, Farmville, and other FB games. We're in search of free online games that allow her to design an avatar, compete for virtual prizes, and have moderated opportunities for interaction. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 at 12:03 AM PST - 15 comments

excited minds want to know: what are some cool things about being born a twin?

Attention TWINS!!! Never had twins in the family, now there are 2 fraternal girls on the way. We're excited for the special things they'll experience as twins, but only know the obvious things (share a womb, always have a playmate, share clothes, etc). Please share: What are some cool things about being a twin? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 12:00 AM PST - 20 comments

September 22

What is this weathervane depicting?

My mother in Vancouver sent me this photo that she took while out on a stroll today. It's of a decorative weathervane on a building in Vancouver's west end (near Howe and Pacific I think she said), and shows a person reading (?) while seated backwards on a horse. Is there a story here? What is this referring to?
posted by woodblock100 at 11:48 PM PST - 3 comments

What language is this?

What's the language in these ads? (And what country thinks of milk + pandas, or Chinese + cheese?)
posted by kestralwing at 9:45 PM PST - 3 comments

cat dangers

My mom's new roommate has cat, I have a cat. Should the cats meet? If I were a cat I would like to spend time with my own kind, and I feel my cat has been deprived of this experience. (more below) [more inside]
posted by santogold at 9:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Books About Immense Character and Integrity

Suggestions for nonfiction books about people with immense character and integrity? [more inside]
posted by CZMR at 9:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Need help remembering the name of a multi-player world-building game

Earlier this year I watched a demo of an upcoming multi-player, online video game. In this game, you explored and build structures and traps using an extensive toolkit of components. Some items had sensors that could trigger events on other items. Tower-defense + sandbox + player-vs-player. Help me remember the game's name? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Cans and aluminum in fridge: safe?

I used to live in a co-op, and our kitchen managers always stressed not putting cans or aluminum in the fridge. They said that it could cause botulism to grow. Fact or fiction? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 8:32 PM PST - 29 comments

How to stay friends with both people in a break-up

How do I avoid alienating either of two friends who just broke up? I have to pull out of attending an event with one of them, so do I mention that it's because I'll be attending with the other, or say nothing about why, and risk running into them there? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 8:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Any benefit to a new modem?

Is there any benefit to upgrading my 5 year old DSL modem? [more inside]
posted by worpet at 8:00 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a great OCR program

Suggest to me a fantastic OCR program capable of preserving formatting. [more inside]
posted by maize at 7:55 PM PST - 3 comments

I Don't Need Your War Machines, I Don't Need Your Ghetto Scenes

I am an American citizen. I am utterly disgusted with America. Help me become an expat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 54 comments

how much should i rent my skeleton for?

I own a really great skeleton. A company wants to rent it from me for 10 days. What is a fair price to charge for it? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 7:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Do they still sell proper Gobstoppers?

Double question involving Wonka's Everlasting Gobstoppers. The actual ones, not the fictional ones. [more inside]
posted by norm at 7:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Wanted: Electric Ceiling Troll. Must Self-Entertain.

What cool, reasonably small electric thing would you like to have running all the time in your kitchen, that you don't need to see, touch, or turn off and on? [more inside]
posted by woot at 7:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Go to court or go to class?

What should I do, show up to court and show my proof of insurance/pay a ticket OR not go to my first day of nursing school class? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I fix my headphones, without buying a new pair?

I broke the jack on my nice headphones. :( Is there some way to fix them? [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Losing my second virginity in Vegas.

I'm British, male, in my late twenties, straight, and it's years since I last slept with a woman. Years. I'm going to be in Las Vegas in a few weeks and I'm wondering about resurrecting my lost sexuality there. Please help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Transsexual dating.

So I am male to female pre-op transsexual, and living in the Philippines. I am curious if there are any effective transsexual dating websites out there that really give good results and not just really looking for sex? I am new to the whole online dating scene and I want to try it. Thanks a lot.
posted by anonymous at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Biggest news stories in Japan 2010

Biggest news stories in Japan for the first half of 2010. [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 6:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Keyboard Input Suddenly Slow

Why is my laptop's keyboard input suddenly extremely slow? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Lost Lyrics

There was a cowgirl fair who road across the prairie; she rode side saddle and her front name was Mary. Obscure folk/children song lyrics...can you fill in the blanks? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Interesting towns or cities to visit in VT, NY or MA?

Wifey and I are on vacation. We’re currently in White River Junction, Vermont and heading towards western New York. We’d like to spend a night in a town or city that has a vibrant downtown with some interesting shops, restaurants, museums or other attractions. Saratoga is a good example of the kind of place we’d like to visit, but we’ve recently been there. Any suggestions? It doesn’t have to be directly on our route but we don’t have time for a huge detour.
posted by someonesomewhere at 5:24 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school?

How do I support my fourteen-year-old as she learns how to write essays for school? [more inside]
posted by christopherious at 5:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me like my mac again

Wireless works well running Windows, but spotty running OS X. Why? [more inside]
posted by ke rose ne at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

sleeping low

I'm thinking about getting a platform bed for my new place. Any downsides I should know about? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 4:39 PM PST - 19 comments

How Do I Become an International Tour Leader?

I want to lead international tour groups. Please help me figure out how to find a job! [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 4:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Car eating habit bad!

Car nausea solutions? Once a month or so, I get motion sickness when starting to drive. It is cured by eating something, so I keep car chips (baked) in the car. Problem? I've formed a habit of car eating, without the nausea! How do I stop? When I need a cracker to stop driving and vomiting, I need it quickly. What is the most unappetizing thing to keep in the car that can be grabbed quickly to abort nausea? Points for low sodium. [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 4:28 PM PST - 19 comments

Help remember a bible verse.

It went something like this, "How can you claim to know God's love when you don't understand Man's love, and Man's love is just a fraction of the Fathers.". [more inside]
posted by datacaliber at 4:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Is summer bigger in Texas?

I'm going to southern Texas in mid-October. Is this still beach weather down there? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Half-remembered book quest

Please help me identify a book - I've tried Google so many times, it suspects I'm an automated robot [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Private water retreat, carpe diem?

IndoorPoolFilter In addition to heating cost, what issues should I be aware of when considering buying a house with an indoor in-ground pool. [more inside]
posted by aroberge at 3:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What are examples of cities/societies picking themselves up?

What are specific examples of societies/cities/etc. going through a rough period and then emerging due to certain policies/practices being put into place? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Dinner & Drink for the Insecure Epicure

What's for dinner? I am a reasonably skilled home cook whose skills fall into that grey area between "velveeta tuna cassarole" and "foie gras terrine with fermented plum gastrique;" my culinary skill has never failed to impress dates raised on the former, but this weekend I'm supposed to cook dinner for an experienced executive chef and I'm terrified. Suggestions for dinner, dessert, and an accompanying cocktail requested. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:26 PM PST - 58 comments

Printing a text file in an efficient (small) manner.

I'd like to print this text file. Since it's not exactly great literature, I'd like to save paper. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Any good Corporate IT Management online communities?

I'm looking for an online discussion-board or community centred around IT Management, especially in a large corporate environment. I would like to read and contribute real life dilemmas and answers on topics such as business alignment, strategy, business analysis, requirements gathering. [more inside]
posted by razzman at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Affordable Couple Only Gatlinburg Wedding

I've been commissioned with planning a cheap couple only wedding in Gatlinburg. What are some things I should know, how can I keep it cheap and what else can they do while there? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 2:24 PM PST - 16 comments

One person, one challenge?

Recommendations for nonfiction adventure books with one person facing a single overwhelming challenge? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 2:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Why wouldn't I only hire women then?

I need some ammo to fight an oft heard political argument [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:09 PM PST - 36 comments

How to get this domain name?

I'm looking for advice on procuring a specific domain name. [more inside]
posted by Pork-Chop Express at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

I am nostalgic for a made up drink.

So my Depression-era grandma used to make us this drink consisting of (I think) ginger, vinegar, sugar, and water. The recipe went to the pearly gates along with her. Help. [more inside]
posted by moitz at 2:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Microsoft Office Compatibility

Are files that were originally set up with Microsoft Excel 97 compatible with Microsoft Office 2000? Also I am assuming the Microsoft 2000 will run on Windows 7 Home Edition. Just need confirmation prior to purchasing a copy of Microsoft Office 2000. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 1:59 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm sorry you're living with my nightmare

Life with (and without) Huntington's. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:56 PM PST - 15 comments

In the absence of a good prof, how can I teach myself legal research & writing?

Good resources online for learning legal writing, research, and citation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Someday I will be a grownup.

My boyfriend is supernice and supersweet and this freaks me out. I am not supernice or supersweet and the disparity between us freaks me out. What's wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by LokiBear at 1:48 PM PST - 52 comments

Academic Self-Talk

How Can I Care Less About My Grades? [more inside]
posted by AndGee at 1:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Identify yet another children's book.

Children's book filter: Trying to remember the title/author of a book of mystery short stories I read as a kid. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 1:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How does Canon's Highlight Tone Priority work? Is there any reason not to use it?

I recently bought a Canon 5D Mk II DSLR and am curious about one of its features: "Highlight Tone Priority" [more inside]
posted by sindark at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

What can a library do with 1 Gigabyte broadband?

So, practically speaking, what would 1 gigabit broadband internet get for a place? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 1:03 PM PST - 15 comments

How do two foodies survive on a budget?

You are a foodie, you don't eat out often, and you manage to spend less than $400-500 on food a month for two people, including going out. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 1:02 PM PST - 67 comments

Help with comic name

Help with name of '70s Comic [more inside]
posted by maxmix at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

How to remove the smell of Drano from my Car?

I spilled a bottle of drain cleaner in the back of my car, and I'm wondering what my next steps should be? There is a slightly chlroinated odour in the cabin, so I've been trying to drive with the windows down.
posted by matkline at 12:40 PM PST - 13 comments

How to replicate the feel of a dolphin?

How to replicate the feel of a dolphin? [more inside]
posted by ictoan at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this list picking interface element

Is there a name for the UI element with two list columns, and an add and a remove button between them that transfer list items from one column to the other? Is there a good free javascript implementation out there that would be easyish to integrate into a Spring Surf (Alfresco Share) application?
posted by Riki tiki at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Why am I having YouTube problems?

Has YouTube not been working for people or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Go Away, Facebook

I'm not on Facebook and don't want to be. Nonetheless, everytime my Droid boots up, it informs me my Facebook login failed. How do I stop my Droid from trying to log me into Facebook and sending me irritating messages about it?
posted by bearwife at 12:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Internet-enabled HDTV VS. regular HDTV w/Apple TV: Which is better?

Internet-enabled HDTV VS. regular HDTV w/Apple TV: Which is better? [more inside]
posted by sorrenn at 12:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Comic in Spin magazine about cupcakes and stabbing

Help me find a comic about cupcakes and stabbing! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 12:05 PM PST - 1 comment

My brother is abusing his girlfriend, and I don't know what to do.

My brother is emotionally abusing his girlfriend. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 AM PST - 47 comments

Should I talk to my Professors about my anxiety?

Should I talk to my Professors about my anxiety? Or do I continue to suffer quietly and underperform? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Keeping the "keep as new" items when exporting from Bloglines?

I've been an enthusiastic Bloglines user for years, and I've accumulated almost 1,000 items that I've marked as "keep new" which show up at the bottom of each of my feeds, waiting for me to finally get around to reading them. Now that I'm forced to switch (most likely to Google Reader), these items don't seem to get exported to the new reader. How can I retain these items as saved when I make the switch, so I don't have to try and read (or delete) all 1,000 of them by October 1st when Bloglines shuts down??
posted by ericbop at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Blow my mind.

Tell me the most counterintuitive or surprising fact from your field or hobby. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 11:51 AM PST - 106 comments

Biggest Bang™ for Buck

I'm going to travel a bit and might try to combine that with shopping. (a very novel notion, I know) Price-comparisons wanted. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Identify antique text/document

Could anyone identify this antique document written in an unknown script (Kashmiri?) and perhaps comment on its purpose? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by Petromyzon at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Clavia repair shops

My Nord Electro 2 is sick. Where's a place to send it to make it better? [more inside]
posted by jackflaps at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

No Suggestion Is Too Wacky

A very close family member is having scary surgery tomorrow. Me and my family members will be freaked out and bored at the same time in the waiting room for an extended period of time. Can you suggest some ways to amuse and distract ourselves? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 11:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Camping between Charlotte and Philly

Camping filter: looking for fairly easy tent camping roughly halfway between Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Cheapo audio setup for small conference room (with wireless mics?)

I work for a nonprofit that rents out smallish space for other nonprofits to meet in. We have one room that's big enough that soft talkers are sometimes hard to hear in back, and one of those soft talkers has recently asked if I can set up a wireless lavalier mic for her. So I need to solve too problems: the mic system, and the amplification system. [more inside]
posted by Erroneous at 11:07 AM PST - 3 comments

I guess I could put a pea between them...

Looking to donate our old mattress (Bed bug free! I swear!) to a worthy cause in Toronto. Help me find that cause. [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 11:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for stories featuring nonhuman main characters?

Anyone know good examples of stories with nonhuman points of view? Bonus points for having no human characters at all. [more inside]
posted by vienaragis at 10:57 AM PST - 56 comments

Help me get some .NET training in NYC

.NET Development Seminars in NYC [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 10:13 AM PST - 0 comments

Overthinking a plate of ground coffee beans

Should I refrigerate ground coffee? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 9:55 AM PST - 28 comments

Thanksgiving vacation rentals in New England

I'm looking for a vacation rental house in New England for Thanksgiving week. Can you tell me the best listing sites for such rentals, or give direct suggestions for rentals you've used that fit my criteria? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for that "exceptional" New Yorker novel

I'm looking for a few great novels about New York City [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 9:51 AM PST - 15 comments

What are my rights?

I live in an apartment with someone who was, until recently, a good friend. We're both on the lease. I've been unemployed for some time & he agreed to pick up my half of the rent until I get a new job. That's recently changed & now he's threatening to throw my things out & evict me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 30 comments

How can they pay for my treatment without bollixing my SSDI?

How can I accept money from a relative for medical costs without screwing up my SSDI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Sign ideas for Moderate Marchers

Okay, so I would love to go to John Stewart's Million Moderate March, but I need a really clever design for a sign to brandish. John himself gave a few suggestions, so those are taken. What's a self-deprecating moderate who's sick of the hyper-partisan political climate to do? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 9:03 AM PST - 65 comments

Beer, food, good times?

Travelfilter: NYC, first weekend of October, where to go for Octoberfest? [more inside]
posted by M Edward at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Find this Phila. Eagles Lamp

Obscure Product Filter: I'm trying to locate a lamp from my childhood. It featured an nondescript Philadelphia Eagles player (kind of in this style, but three-dimensional) wearing a green uniform. It had to be from the 80s or very early 90s. If possible, I'd like to find somewhere that I could buy it.
posted by moviehawk at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get my cats to Japan as painlessly as possible.

Anyone have any recent experience bringing a pet into Japan and avoiding quarantine? Advice about the formidable paperwork? [more inside]
posted by dmvs at 8:37 AM PST - 4 comments

kitty conumdrum

Cat cohabitation question. Please help! [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 8:25 AM PST - 22 comments

'mo bits 'mo money

Are we paying too much for 10-gigabit ethernet buildout for a cluster? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 8:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Creative ways to find a job as a newly graduated Registered Nurse in New York City?

(recession-is-over-yet-no-one-is-hiring-filter) Creative ways to find a job as a newly graduated Registered Nurse in New York City? [more inside]
posted by 5lbauthority at 7:56 AM PST - 18 comments

What should I do with my wedding dress?

What am I supposed to do with my wedding dress? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 7:46 AM PST - 33 comments

What is pumpkin?

When figuring out baking ratios, is canned pumpkin considered a liquid or a dry ingredient? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog at 7:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Can you help me identify the jacket in this picture?

Can you help me identify the black jacket in this picture? [more inside]
posted by Evernix at 7:23 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop a page from attempting to load as my home page.

Every time I load IE7 a page that I visited once months ago starts to load before my home page itself loads. How do I get it to go away? [more inside]
posted by winna at 6:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Workworkwork? Work work! Work. Work? WORK!

Mr. Meese and I have been together for 5 years, but I've just moved 2000 miles away from him. It sucks. One complicating factor is that we're now both working constantly -- ten to twelve hours a day -- and when we talk to each other on the phone, we don't talk about anything but work. What else can we talk about? [more inside]
posted by meese at 6:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Bodygroom tips.

What should I do with my bodygroom trimmer? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 2:46 AM PST - 7 comments

"linksys told me to call you. they say i have a PEBKAC error."

I work second shift (5pm-2am) in a high volume call center. Please help me preserve my sanity. [more inside]
posted by triceryclops at 1:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me be the most useful person you'll know after the apocalypse!

Where can I learn about practical post-apocalyptic medical skills? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 12:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Star Wars without too much death and mayhem?

I want to make a kind-of-scary movie not scary by editing out the scary parts. Can I do this relatively easily? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 12:39 AM PST - 30 comments

Lady Gaga Rally

At her DADT rally the other day, Lady Gaga's podium had a banner that read "#4THE4K Rally'. What does that mean?
posted by jsslz at 12:17 AM PST - 6 comments

September 21

We want to dance like an Egyptian

Where can I find "Walk Like An Egyptian" sung in Arabic or Turkish or some other (belly-dance appropriate) language? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 11:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Strong sugar-free mints, with an unabashed pedigree

Are there any super-strong, all natural sugar free mints out there? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 11:39 PM PST - 11 comments

ISO Couples Therapist in Tucson

Looking for a couples therapist in Tucson, Az. We're young, not married, but need some professional help. If you have specific recommendations, MeMail me. Otherwise, if you have a suggestion where to look for a recommendation, that would be great too. Thanks!
posted by ericc at 11:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Reliable FTP client for iPad?

Reliable FTP client for iPad, including direct editing of remote text files (ideally with some degree of syntax highlighting) and uploading of non-text files? All options I've found in the App Store have mixed-to-poor reviews.
posted by kalapierson at 10:23 PM PST - 5 comments

How to outreach to adult ESL program prospects?

Do you know any tried and true methods of outreach to adult ESL program prospects? We need ideas for spreading the word about this program and hopefully, enrolling new participants. What has worked for your organization? [more inside]
posted by tamitang at 10:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help!!!!

Help! My TI-86 just fried itself and I have a stats exam tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell at 9:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Need SSL advice!

I need to password protect a section of the website I built (Mac OS X, Dreamweaver CS4) for my daughter's very small nursery school. Our web host is suggesting we buy a SSL certificate. The information I'm interested in protecting is the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of about 60 people - do I go with 128-bit or 256-bit encryption? 256-bit is more than twice the cost of 128.
posted by missuswayne at 9:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Ethics of Web Design

A website I designed has been branded with another web design firm's logo after very minimal changes - is this fair business? [more inside]
posted by inactivist at 9:19 PM PST - 6 comments

What's a good roller derby spin on a folk song?

I need a roller derby name with a folk twist. [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 9:10 PM PST - 55 comments

What's the right environment for easy GUI programming?

I want to be able to throw together a simple application that will allow me to visually play around with R-Trees. What's the most accessible (read: easy, quick) way for me to be able to do this? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 8:51 PM PST - 5 comments

11 bulb Scandianvian candelabra dilemma

Asking for my mom. She's got a bunch of Scandinavian candelabras, the kind that need different bulbs depending on how many they use (wired in series). Most have 5 or 7 bulbs - no problem. But this one has 11 bulbs, and we're having no luck finding replacement bulbs. Her usual store for replacements, in Portland OR, told her they don't make candelabras in that size - no help there. The store where she bought it, in Junction City OR, has closed. We've searched online to no avail. Any suggestions on where to find these would be appreciated.
posted by dorey_oh at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

The only thing harder than breaking up

Working with an ex. We just got out of each other's space. Now our only point of interaction is work. It is awkward and uncomfortable, not just because of the obvious but also because it seems he's going out of his way to be unpleasant. The job is great, the pay is amazing, and the company is awesome. I've been there for a year. He's been there for a year and three months. Quitting is not an option for either of us. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu at 8:46 PM PST - 36 comments

I want to change my major from political science to astronomy, but I have no math/science background.

I want to change my major from political science to astronomy, but I have no math/science background. [more inside]
posted by anonymish at 8:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Prince Albert + IUD = trouble?

Prince Albert + IUD = trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:19 PM PST - 14 comments

S.A.T. Prep

If you have recently taken, or helped someone take the S.A.T. - What is currently best prep course for the S.A.T.? Kaplan? Princeton Review? I'm looking for up-to-date insights, so I am looking to hear only from those who have recently taken one of the courses, or are teachers with students who have taken one of the courses.
posted by cashman at 8:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Stanley Park Design Layout

Where can I find detailed Blueprint/ Design Layouts for various urban parks? Bonus: Stanley Park, Vancouver. [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 at 7:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Ideas requested for a computer desk lamp

Our computer desk needs a lamp and I need ideas. [more inside]
posted by davcoo at 7:29 PM PST - 6 comments

One potato, two potato, sick potato, four

Where can I find a "visual guide to potato diseases" poster? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam at 7:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me avert a charity BBQ disaster

What is the most logical way to cater for a BBQ and bake sale (for a non-profit organisation) when we can't confirm numbers or rely on RSVPs? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 7:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Why did Reid vote no?

Why did Harry Reid vote against the DADT repeal bill? [more inside]
posted by Bukvoed at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Find a long lost song?

Can any of you recommend resources for finding out of print vocal sheet music? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Crochet resources for the baffled beginner?

What's a great book or website for teaching yourself to crochet? [more inside]
posted by sculpin at 6:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Name of anti-coercion notification warning system & example?

I'm looking for the name of an anti-coercion notification warning system, and an example of any businesses that still use it. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by unrequited at 6:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Boozey baked goods can be gluten free too!

Cupcakefilter: Help us find the best gluten free beer to use in GF Irish Carbomb Cupcakes! [more inside]
posted by runaway ballista at 6:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for sewing notions supplier.

I'm looking for a supplier of sewing notions. [more inside]
posted by wwartorff at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Find me a coffee table book -- about power lines!

Are there any coffee-table books with photos of power lines, linemen at work, and such? Ideally rural, last-mile type work (not the giant transmission lines). [more inside]
posted by evilmomlady at 6:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Replacing a laptop with insurance money.

Help me find a laptop for $1370. [more inside]
posted by cabbages at 5:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I bend Windows 7 to my will?

How can I make my 64-bit Win 7 VAIO compatible to play this game? [more inside]
posted by Vrai at 5:41 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I be a cool godmother?

My goddaughter is 3 and a half (she's made it very clear that the 1/2 is important) and so I'm now allowed to take her out by myself without parental supervision. But I'm clueless as to what I can do with her that she will enjoy and am looking for suggestions! [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:37 PM PST - 38 comments

15 minutes of... what?

I'm the invited speaker at a reunion of 1995 law school graduates, and I've never gone to any school reunions. What should I talk about? [more inside]
posted by Alizaria at 5:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy this image?

GraphicDesignerHitsBrickWallFilter: Where can I purchase this image? [more inside]
posted by springbound at 5:17 PM PST - 6 comments

selling a house

Help me tease out too many uncertainties and variables in selling a house. [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Outdoor activities in the Sydney area for a family with a five-year-old and no car?

Outdoor activities in the Sydney area for a family with a five-year-old and no car? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:47 PM PST - 11 comments

The Unkindest Haircut

I'd like to find a conservative, reasonably priced barber in Boston who can give me (a 23 year old white male) a professional-looking haircut. [more inside]
posted by notswedish at 4:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Do you know what this strange sea creature is?

I saw this mysterious item on a kayaking trip in Ten Thousand Islands in January. I can't even tell if it's plant or animal or what. . . This has been bugging me for a while, thought I'd try here. For reference, according to my memory this object is about 8-10" long. Any clues are appreciated! [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 4:42 PM PST - 5 comments

You can look at the screen again now, honey

What are some engaging films for both younger kids and adults that are mostly free of scary tension or evil villians? [more inside]
posted by lisa g at 4:34 PM PST - 63 comments

My relationships come with a 90 day warranty and end as soon as it runs out. Why?

It seems like my relationship expiration date is set at 3 months in. What could I be doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:50 PM PST - 21 comments

if it's cold and rainy it's not bad luck, it's called autumn

What are you best tips for dealing with a debbie downer? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 3:38 PM PST - 23 comments

How would you split the rent?

Asking for a friend: I am considering moving into a two bedroom apartment with a couple. I would have one room (the smaller one), and they would occupy the master bedroom. Their room is very large -- close to twice the size of mine. What would be an equitable split of the rent? All utilities are included in the rent.
posted by bluefly at 3:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Shish my kebabs

Grilling: what should I put on a skewer? I am enjoying the urban luxury of my first ever charcoal grill, but after a summer of plain steaks, burgers and fish, I'm ready to branch out into the world of kebabs. What are some interesting X-on-a-stick recipes?
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Saw coworker sex video, not sure what to do

100% by accident, I discovered a sex video of a coworker online. Normally, my course of action would be to forget it ever happened and never mention it to anyone. But this might be a different kind of case and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by Seahorse, rode hard and put away wet at 3:24 PM PST - 87 comments

Need a Mac video download conversion automator

MacOSX: Want to run a video converter after a download/torrent finishes. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Create a head-to-head schedule for 7 teams over 10 weeks?

How do I go about creating a schedule for head-to-head matchups for a league with seven teams over ten weeks? [more inside]
posted by lulz at 3:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Cats in the heating ducts

Our cat made it's way in to the heating duct in our apartment building in Brooklyn, and now she's missing. Help! What do we do? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 2:59 PM PST - 19 comments

How to keep read emails unread

I share a gmail account with someone. I read the messages on Mac's Mail program, she reads them in Gmail. I would like to be able to read them in my program and have them remain marked as unread in Gmail. Are there any plugins you fine folks can think of to help us out?
posted by munchingzombie at 2:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Disorientation prognosis

Does this sound like an onset of dementia, panic attack, short term memory issue or Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 2:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Headphone Help

So I had a pair of Shure E4c-n I really liked that got destroyed. I am thinking about buying a pair of Shure SE425s. Are there any comparable earbuds I should be checking out? A couple other things inside. [more inside]
posted by bytewrite at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Is allowing users to submit ads going to be a problem?

[Web dev filter] I work for a small parenting publication that uses advertising on the website. My boss wants me to create an online system where a user can upload an image, choose from a number of different options (length of time the ad will stay up, number of pages on the site it will appear on, etc), then check out using PayPal. Am I crazy to think that there will be many problems down the road with this? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre at 2:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me remember this book, please.

[bookfilter] Help me remember this non fiction book I read as a teenager about "mind power" (if I remember correctly) [more inside]
posted by patheral at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

For how long was Han Solo frozen in carbonite?

For how long was Han Solo frozen in carbonite?
posted by R. Mutt at 1:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How many world leaders attend the UN General Assembly?

Typically, how many world leaders attend the UN General Assembly in Sept each year? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 1:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I get industrial strength hydrogen peroxide in Toronto?

Where can I get industrial strength hydrogen peroxide in Toronto (and is that what I need)? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 1:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Skills for a web freelancer

What should I learn/do to improve my chances of getting a web-related job/be a successful freelancer? [more inside]
posted by Memo at 1:51 PM PST - 4 comments

XML - Why won't you play nice?

XML_Torture: Postgre database with massive data stored as XML. I need to export the XML, along with some other data, to PDF. I need to do this for around 15,000 records. And by next Thursday. [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater at 1:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Warrenty Gas Furnace Worthwhile

anybody have experience with the gas company, National Grid, warranty/sevice plan for home heat? [more inside]
posted by daveo'h at 1:35 PM PST - 0 comments

Mouse for autocad

What would be a good mouse to use for Autocad? [more inside]
posted by state fxn at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How to repair a business relationship after a lawsuit?

How should I repair my relationship wth my former employer after a lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Music for party for 11-year old girl?

Suggestions for party music? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Help my body recover from a spectacularly bad year

Can unhealthy weight loss become healthy weight maintenance? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 1:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for beautifully designed mobile websites.

I am looking for beautifully designed websites built for viewing on mobile devices. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker at 1:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Am I getting screwed out of overtime?

Am I getting screwed out of overtime? [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Bringing a couch in from storage?

We've had a couch in a storage unit for a few years now. We'd like to bring it back into our apartment. What precautions should we take before we bring it? (i.e. concerns about dust, pests, molds.) The couch is fabric (not microfiber to my recollection) and has not been wrapped.
posted by entropicamericana at 12:49 PM PST - 1 comment

What is this thing?

What are these optical devices? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Photography Project

How can I make photo slides from a digital camera? Also I need a light box to display them. [more inside]
posted by jddizzle at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Is something missing from most artists' websites?

What do you look for when you’re looking at art online? Beyond the standard examples-of-work, bio, CV, statement, and contact information, what additional types of content (if any) might contribute to an informative, engaging website for a visual artist? [more inside]
posted by wreckingball at 12:37 PM PST - 10 comments

We need a locking mailbox. Suggest one?

We need a locking mailbox. Suggest one? [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I get a job with a view?

Help me discover the path to a job working on the clusters of equipment that sit on top of mountains. [more inside]
posted by Esefa at 12:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Beautiful Wordpress Design Examples

Cutest, Functional WordPress site layouts with lots of bells and whistles? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 11:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Seeking Austin family law/divorce lawyer familiar with gay legal issues

Can you recommend a family law/divorce lawyer in Austin, TX who is familiar with gay legal issues? Difficulty: house, savings accounts, powers of attorney, medical directives, wills.
posted by dancestoblue at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Is this raptor just a really gruff osprey?

What is this raptor I hear every morning? I'm in Plymouth, MA near a large lake. It's not an osprey or bald eagle (I listened to all the raptors at All About Birds), and unfortunately I have only seen it once (and not very well) so ID'ing it by sound is my only option. The problem is that it sounds like a Harris's Hawk, which only lives in the Southwest. [more inside]
posted by nekton at 11:30 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm solar-powered, and I want a backup battery.

Whenever it's dark outside, my brain starts winding down for the day. This is fine in the summer, but right about this time of year it starts to suck a little. How can I get going in the evenings? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:21 AM PST - 24 comments

Please not another Guess Culture office!

What questions can I ask to suss out the corporate culture of a new place to work? Also, how short a gig is too short a gig? [more inside]
posted by travertina at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you keep your class in order?

TeacherFilter: What kinds of rules and policies do you include in your classroom management plan for secondary science education? Either for specific circumstances (a cell phone policy) or in general (be respectful). [more inside]
posted by kro at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

One circle is boring, many circles are...?

Please help me to devise some crafty ideas for some boring, round boards! [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 10:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Microsoft Exchange 2010 DAG and Disaster recovery-does it work?

Does Microsoft's Exchange 2010 streched DAG work as advertised for fail over in a disaster to a colo? How hard is it to fail over? Is it difficult to configure? [more inside]
posted by aacheson at 10:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Not handicrafts AGAIN!

I know we've got some fabulously crafty people hanging out on the Green. What have been some of your best appreciated, cheap Holiday projects? [more inside]
posted by Ys at 10:32 AM PST - 47 comments

What's the best

Currently I am a marketing writer in Massachusetts and I would like to develop some new skills for Web page Usability Best Practices and also content and design generation. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Lock it up

How, as a blondiepants white girl, can I successfully participate in discussions about Black hair? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:28 AM PST - 40 comments

How can I stop being unproductively didactic?

How can I stop being unnecessarily didactic? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 10:23 AM PST - 38 comments

What are the benefits and headaches of equity in a private company?

What are the benefits and headaches of owning equity in a private company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get the perfect mattress in NYC!

Help me get the perfect mattress in NYC! [more inside]
posted by griphus at 10:18 AM PST - 4 comments

How to find out about a possible County Court Judgement?

How to find out about a possible County Court Judgement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't I just WORK???

Why can't I just WORK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 56 comments

The Apollinaire of the Xbox

How do I become an avant-garde video game reviewer? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

A bird-brained question.

Yesterday, I was watching a bird trying to cross a street. It would start walking, and when a car came, it would freak out and fly back to where it started, then start walking again. This went on for a while. Why didn't it just fly over the road to the other side?
posted by reductiondesign at 9:38 AM PST - 19 comments

shopping for a case/bag for my canon rebel

i am looking for a case for my new camera (canon rebel xs). i would like it to fit the camera with the kit lens and maybe have some extra room for a wallet. it doesn't necessarily have to be a camera case, but something that would fit and pad my camera and protect it from rain. thanks! thank you!
posted by sabh at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Know any great books on secret/unique/awesome R&D labs?

Help me find books and articles that detail the inner workings of Skunk Works-y research labs and other advanced R&D operations (like Bell Labs/Manhattan project/Lincoln Lab). [more inside]
posted by fake at 9:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Having a hard time coping with a breast reduction.

Just had a breast reduction last Wednesday and I'm having a hard time coping with this. Insight from others who've had this procedure would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 9:14 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me get an Iraqi penpal

How can I find an Iraqi penpal? I'm an American and I only speak English. [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Rockabilly First Dance?

Rockabilly Romance: what song should we have our rockabilly band play as the first dance at our wedding? [more inside]
posted by tiny crocodile at 9:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Great music to run to

Please recommend music I can listen to while I run! The more intense, the better. Video game music often works, but I'm open to anything that makes me feel like I never want to stop. Examples of what I love best inside. [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 9:03 AM PST - 23 comments

what's the best electric blanket for a massage table ?

A friend is looking for the perfect electric blanket to keep her massage table warm for the people she will be massaging (nothing kinky, sorry to disappoint). She's looking for electric blankets that heats quickly (under 15 minutes would be perfect), also required : a timer. This has to be an electric blanket for one person. Any make/model available in Europe to recommend ?
posted by Baud at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Vinyl masters

What are some quality but not-too-expensive places I can get tracks mastered and pressed on vinyl? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 9:00 AM PST - 5 comments

What's the best tool to author CD-Rom and DVD-Roms these days?

What's the best tool to author CD-Rom and DVD-Roms these days? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 8:48 AM PST - 2 comments

They're pretty friendly, actually...

What are some good icebreaking activities for cross-cultural friendship groups? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

PDF character encoding problem

I have a series of text-based PDF documents that I need to export to Word, but the character encoding is messed up whether I use Reader's save to text or simply copy-and-paste. Help! [more inside]
posted by drlith at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Playas in De Wallen

Please help me devise a serious RPG about the social milieu of Amsterdam's Red Light District [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth at 8:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Chart Me Up

Need recommendations for producing charts within a web page. Snowflake details: Must produce an image (JOG, PNG, GIF) so that the entire page can be exported to a PDF. Must work with SSL. Google Charts works great but does not allow for SSL.
posted by juggler at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I get the music from my mac-formatted ipod onto my new windows computer?

How do I get the music from my mac-formatted ipod onto my new windows computer? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 8:29 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I sync my iPhone 4 to my Mac without losing my saved game data?

How do I sync my iPhone 4 to my Mac without losing my saved game data? [more inside]
posted by chowflap at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Credit Union Closing Delay

Can anything be done to help a credit union with final closing? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 8:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Recipes for delicious cinnamon buns?

Looking for recipes for delicious cinnamon buns/sticky rolls! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:56 AM PST - 22 comments

Buy or lease a car ?

Can anyone tell me if leasing a new Prius would be better then buying? [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk at 7:52 AM PST - 17 comments

iTunes wants to delete all my apps!

I just plugged my work-provided iPad in to my office computer, and it's saying if I don't authorize this computer all the apps (that I paid for) will be deleted; but then it says 5 computers are already authorized so I can't! Please help. [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 7:42 AM PST - 4 comments

It WASN'T Goosebumps Vol. 873 : The Case of the Pernicious Pog

Calling upon the Hive Mind to once again exercise its SUPER DEADLY NINJA POWERS and identify another obscure, barely-remembered book! This time, it's an ancient kids' book. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Can a landlord use an expired lease to determine when I can move out?

Does it matter when my lease began if I'm no longer under the lease, but still occupying the premises? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 7:06 AM PST - 24 comments

The hot water in my shower was hotter today. Should I be concerned?

The temperature of the hot water in my shower was hotter today. Not scalding or uncomfortable, but hotter than I've felt it before. Why would that happen, and should I inspect the water heater? How do I do that, and what should I look for?
posted by bleary at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

map of london made from traffic data

A while back i saw a map of london, made using data of people's daily journeys. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
posted by compound eye at 4:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Tangled up in beads

My necklaces are currently in a drawer, getting tangled up and forgotten. Any ideas on how to sort them out? NB I can't hang anything up on the wall. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:16 AM PST - 34 comments

Mefites are Little Stars!!

Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star? [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 1:11 AM PST - 33 comments

Selling Tickets to the Delivery Room

How to negotiate difference of opinion between mum and dad on who should be present at baby's birth? [more inside]
posted by Kappi at 12:09 AM PST - 89 comments

September 20

Accurate Keyword Tool

What's the most accurate free SEO keyword/phrase tool out there? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 11:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Facebook's Blogger blog post preview is misbehaving.

I have a Blogger blog. People other than me have been semi-regularly sharing my blog posts on Facebook. Neat! But I don't like how Facebook previews the content of my blog post. It shows a photo of my face (from my Blogger profile) and the permanent text from my blog's banner. I wish it would preview the beginning of the blog post (and, ideally, not show my face). This issue seems to be Blogger-specific. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 10:43 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I solicit money for a friend?

I want to solicit donations with a money raised bar and everything to buy a bike for a good friend who just had her bike stolen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 PM PST - 23 comments

starcraft 2 mp3s

i want to copy the starcraft 2 voice mp3s esp tychus in the odin but the sc2 file is one big file i cant open i would appreciate any help i could record it during gameplay i guess but it wouldnt b quite as good
posted by quseio at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

British Consultate accepted my application but missed it was urgent!

The British Consulate Visa Section in LA today COMPLETELY MISSED the fact my visa application was entitled to priority service from UK-Worldbridge Service despite the priority service notice being the first thing they would have seen upon opening the envelope. My university in Birmingham has been extremely bad at getting documents to me and I start in a week and a half. Is there any way I can notify the consulate that I have made a priority service application and so it should be treated as such?
posted by parmanparman at 8:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there anything I can do about a cease and desist from Apple?

Our small stationery project just received a cease and desist order from our dear leaders at Apple. YANAL etc etc, but I am feeling rage out of my eyeballs and am wondering if there is anything we can do, or if we just have to bend over and take it? Juicy details inside! [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 8:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Best place to advertise creative/theatre/singing gig in NYC?

A small, cheerful, talented group of strangers will run into my girlfriend & I somewhere in NYC and break into song to help me propose to her. How do I find these fine folks? [more inside]
posted by shazzam at 8:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Where on Northern California Coast, 1960?

Where was this photo taken? It's on the Northern California coast in 1960. There's a house that is probably recognizable in the photo. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 7:49 PM PST - 17 comments

Flake, unserious, or maybe...shy?

Why might my co-worker talk about the two of us hanging out after work and then never follow through? Details of our situation inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 6:52 PM PST - 34 comments

Buy New Practical Car or Invest in Used Luxury Car?

Buy a new car or an older used luxury (BMW, Mercedes) car? [more inside]
posted by pxharder at 6:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Free calls over wifi on the Droid

Free calls over WiFi on a Droid? [more inside]
posted by klinefelter at 6:06 PM PST - 5 comments

It's time to smile.

Can you help me figure out the key/chords for Xavier Rudd's "Time to Smile"? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

eBay tickets?

Is it safe to buy concert tickets on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by bstreep at 5:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Fill in the blank!

"If [blank] were [blank(s)] then [blank] would be [blank]." Have you heard this before? Like, is this a particular saying with specific words in the [blank]'s? Or are there different permuations? I've had this general pattern in my head all day and I can't for the life of me remember how I've heard it go. Please fill in the [blank] and help me get it out of my head.
posted by hegemone at 5:16 PM PST - 54 comments


Can anyone recommend some good resources - DVDs, websites, or books - for learning clawhammer/old-time banjo? I don't live anywhere near a teacher, and am starting from scratch with essentially no musical background. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 5:02 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get rid of cigarette odours in an apartment?

How do I get rid of cigarette odours in an apartment? [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 5:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Get Confident, Stupid!

I have an opportunity to do what I dream of doing, writing a food column, but utterly fail at journalism. What do I do get cojones and pursue this dream to something bigger? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 4:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me make my iPad work for work

So, iPad, huh? Help me make it work (for me). [more inside]
posted by dg at 4:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Which tv couples are securely attached?

Examples of secure/insecure attachment relationships in movies/tv? [more inside]
posted by supramarginal at 4:18 PM PST - 7 comments

If a collections action goes to court, does the claimant have to be present?

If a collection goes to court, does the claimant have to be present? And a couple other questions about collections. [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 3:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Any good internet radio station for Coffeehouses?

Any good internet radio station for Coffeehouses? [more inside]
posted by moteldemoka at 3:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Pack clothing to go to 2nd home?

We just bought a condo (with a large closet in the master) in a ski resort town about 1 1/2 hours from our home. we use it on weekends and for vacation. I have a question about keeping clothes there or packing clothes each time we go. I thought originally it would make sense to keep clothes there but am finding it kind of makes me crazy. It seems like unless I remember what is there, I am forever guessing wrong. For example, last time I was there I was with only one pair of underwear because I thought i had some there. Anyone have any advice for me that will simplify my clothing life? It almost seems easiest to just pack all of what i need for the weekend. We go about 2 weekends per month and I visit random times alone during the month. Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 3:37 PM PST - 20 comments

How to coach soccer at Junior High?

Can you help me become a passable soccer coach for middle school? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Hebrew in LaTeX?

Help me with LaTeX (again)! I need to find a way to write decent Hebrew. I like the cjhebrew package, but I don't know how to change the font. I also tried using XeTeX, but I don't know how to get Right-to-left using it. Also, other problems. Warning: Long explanations involving Terminal and installing new packages that aren't on CTAN will go over my head. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 3:10 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a piece of art that has an interesting story waiting to be written?

What's a piece of art that has an interesting story waiting to be written? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 3:10 PM PST - 32 comments

I want my husband to go away.

I want to find some kind of retreat for my husband. Something over a long weekend up to a week would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 2:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Do they have to be useless too, on top of being unattractive?!

Have you been able to breastfeed successfully despite having tuberous (tubular) breasts? Do you know someone who has? Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:06 PM PST - 38 comments

Ga Ga ooo la la! Help me learn an African Language!

Would any of you know of good, basic grammars or online (podcasts, &c.) resources for learning Ga? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 1:46 PM PST - 2 comments

For the sake of nostalgia...

Horseracing sim? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 1:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Don't Want To Be A Lonely Scientist...

I'm a total nerd and a social butterfly - not the stereotypical combination, but it can't be that uncommon. I love learning things, playing games, solving puzzles, abstract philosophical debates - and creating emotional bonds with people, making small talk, giving advice, maybe even a little gossiping. What kind of job might be a good fit for me? What careers/fields are both intellectually challenging and socially rewarding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 31 comments

We're in the Future in Western Nebraska

I've traveled through the Nebraska panhandle three times this summer, and each time my cell phone clock jumped two hours ahead of what it should have said (to the equivalent of Eastern Time). Can you explain it? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 1:36 PM PST - 7 comments

2 year old house cat chewing cords and straps in half.

Why is our cat chewing cords and straps in half; and may eat small pieces of it, but mostly leaves it? (Shoelaces, Bra Straps, Tank Top Straps, iPhone cords, etc.) Aside from the idea that cats seem to enjoy chewing and licking leathery things or plastic things, like plastic bags, is there a greater reason? Maybe psychological? He is fed 1/3 cup of food twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, I doubt he is hungry. Any ideas on a replacement? More inside. [more inside]
posted by sir_rubixalot at 1:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Antidepressant weight loss?

My fiancee, who is 5' 3" and used to weigh about 125 pounds, has recently lost her appetite and I'm starting to worry about her. In the past six months she has lost 10-15 pounds and is never hungry. Although she never ate much to begin with, I have noticed a big decline in how much she now eats. She also seems to be sleeping excessively and doesn't have much energy. I know that she recently started taking Celexa to treat anxiety, but could it really cause such drastic changes? Are there any alternatives that she could ask her doctor about?
posted by anonymous at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

I want to go to rehab but I don't have a habit!

Where would I find something like rehab... but without the drug bit? So basically like a retreat, but with talks/mutual feedback (trying to avoid the word "therapy")... and not excrutiatingly expensive. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 12:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Audio careers in film and television

I'm looking for information about careers in audio, sound and music within the film and television industries. Info like how to find an entry level job/internship, size of the industry, average income, etc for jobs like sound designer, audio editor, production sound mixer, dialogue editor, composer, foley etc. Thanks!
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 12:05 PM PST - 2 comments

He likes ALL kinds of Swedish Fish!

My brother is back in Chicago and looking for a job, preferably in the culinary world. But he's also looking to move away from retail and restaurant work, and is both unsure what's out there and wondering what other kinds of education he could do to improve his future prospects. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 12:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Digital screen for museum exhibit

I'm looking for a digital picture frame that can play video and sound. I'd like to find something as close to 15 inches wide as possible. This is going to be used as a part of an exhibit, and must be no wider than 15 inches, total (screen + frame + anything else). There are no specific height requirements. Thank you!
posted by nalyd at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Have a Libra (not Virgo) baby?

My 2nd baby is due today. Me, Hubby and first baby are all Libras. It'd be cool if baby #2 were 'in the same club'. How long do I have to hold on in order to make this happen? ie: What's the first possible minute this baby could be born a Libra instead of a Virgo? Is midnight on Friday the 24th accurate?
posted by carolekorea at 11:57 AM PST - 13 comments

+1 to _______ skill!

Looking for suggestions for fun/interesting/unique classes I could take in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 at 11:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Filet crochet source

I am looking for a source for filet crochet valances like this one. Not looking for patterns, just finished items. I've seen these with a variety of figural shapes in kitchen windows all over Europe but can't find them the US.
posted by skidoom at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommendations for hardboiled detective SF or fantasy?

Can you recommend fiction that is a crossover between noir/hardboiled detective stories and sci-fi/fantasy? [more inside]
posted by gritter at 11:48 AM PST - 64 comments

Help me get up to speed with current educational trends.

Teachers and other folks who work in the field of education: Where can I find out what’s currently popular/important in middle-school and high-school education? I’m looking for professional resources, trends, current education gurus—the kinds of things I’d find at Heinemann or at conventions like NCTE or IRA, but I’ve already been on the Heinemann site, and I can’t make it to conventions this year. [more inside]
posted by TEA at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments


Tell me about your cluster headaches and what you do to cope with them.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I stop spotting?

I started spotting today. How can I stop it by Thursday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Huffington Post style slideshow plugin for Wordpress?

As ugly as they are, I'd like to find a plugin or other way to add Huffington Post style slideshows to a Wordpress installed blogged. Does anything out there exist? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 11:15 AM PST - 0 comments

Nothing Compares 2 4

When I'm at the office, the Weather widget on my phone updates to show my location as "4." Huh? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Save my poor jumper?

Help me save my lovely 60s-style jumper! (Bonus points for London-based solutions.) [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 11:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Date Bar

First-date bar in the East Village or LES? Nothing fancy. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 11:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find non traditional action music

Help me find non traditional action music [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 10:57 AM PST - 20 comments

writing out other people's writing

Is there any value in writing out other people's work (by hand) as a method of improving one's own writing? In this case its poetry. [more inside]
posted by troubles at 10:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Dog housebreaking question

Why is my dog pooping in my bathroom, and how can I stop him from eating it? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I dip my toe into the pool of phone sex?

How can I effectively try out working as a phone sex operator? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Help my broken boy-picker pick better

Impaired judgment about men... is this a good guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 35 comments

Goodbye to all that

I was with my ex-wife for a long, long time. She cheated; we separated and ultimately got an easy divorce. We’ve each moved on, and I’m close to proposing to my girlfriend after about two years together. We’re a great pair. But I often feel unanchored, cast about by the knowledge that nothing lasts forever. Am I doing it wrong? Other divorced folks (esp. those on the dumped side)—what’s the path forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I email everyone, except one person, in Google groups?

Is there a way to email everyone, except one person, in a Google group? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

We're leaving, on a jet plane....

What would you start doing today, if you thought you were going to move from Boston to London in September 2012? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Who is the next Grandma Moses?

So I'm looking for stories of people who took up art or some other interesting practice later in life, say after 40, and did really well at it. Grandma Moses is the typical example of late-life artistic accomplishment. Are there others we might not have heard of? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:00 AM PST - 21 comments

So, I was at my son's bar mitzvah, and...

Which stand-up comedians tell personal stories as opposed to gags, one-liners and impressions? (I already know about Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen and Bill Cosby.) [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:54 AM PST - 57 comments

Lost in wiki-land!

What online resources are the kids using these days for university research? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 9:50 AM PST - 19 comments

New Public Transit Locales

Where are the *newer* public transportation systems in the US (implemented, let's say, within the 2000s)? [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 9:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Either he spontaneously combusted or has become allergic to money.

I have my former roommate's security deposit. I don't know his new address. How do I get him the money slash how long do I have to keep trying to contact him before I'm allowed to give up and keep it for myself? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:11 AM PST - 36 comments

Protecting my Precisssioussesss...

Headphone(NOTearbuds)Filter: Looking for a protective case for Beyerdynamic DT 770-PROs which were, apparently, designed for--and by--God himself! ;) [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 9:10 AM PST - 3 comments

How to break into tech writing in 30 minutes a day

I am interested in getting into technical writing. I have a full-time gig presently, but what can I do in my limited spare time that will make me a more attractive candidate for tech writing jobs in a year or two? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus at 9:04 AM PST - 6 comments

New power cord not exactly what I expected, should I return it?

My laptop power cord's ground prong (the third prong) broke off, and it stopped working in most wall plugs. I ordered a new one and when it came, it didn't have a third prong, but it works fine. Why is that? And more importantly, is there some future situation where I'm going to regret not replacing the old one with a new, three-prong plug? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 9:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Best earbuds for iPod?

What are the best reasonably-priced earbud-style headphones? I need a good set for use with an iPod and am looking to improve on Apple's white earbuds.
posted by killdevil at 8:55 AM PST - 24 comments

What songs should I listen to for a slow, long distance, trance-like run?

What are some good songs for a slow, long-distance run? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 8:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Need Coaching. The Job Kind. Help Wanted/Needed.

I need a job coach. I live in New York. Your suggestions would be very very helpful. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 8:32 AM PST - 7 comments

How does one go about moving to Paris?

I'm thinking about moving to Paris, France in a year. I'm a software engineer living in Canada. I will have a degree within the next few months. I have an EU citizenship (Portugal). I speak almost no French. What should I look into? Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by pmv at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify a strange plant

Need help identifying a mystery plant. [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Downloading online video

There is a set of three video promos running on the USA Network website. How do I download them? [more inside]
posted by prenominal at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Buying a vehicle with a lien, is reposession the worst case outcome?

What is the worst case outcome for buying a vehicle with a lien still shown on the title. [more inside]
posted by no1hatchling at 7:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Perimeter security for a young family.

I have a nightmarish neighbor. This particular question is about security cameras. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:46 AM PST - 43 comments

Blah blah blah web 2.0

Teaching English to a class of university-aged students. There will be one laptop and one projector in the classroom. I've never used technology in the classroom before. Help! [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 7:19 AM PST - 16 comments

Furniture Repair or Making in Chicago

Antique furniture repair/cabinetmaking. in Chicago. The place I used in the past to repair antique furniture is closed (the man retired). There was a sign on the door which did not suggest alternative shops. Any recommendations for furniture repair in the Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 7:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Shorten coffee's effects

Is there a way to make coffee's effects wear off faster? It's just that I need to see someone and this coffee that I drank seems to be pretty strong on me today and is affecting my mood.
posted by antgly at 7:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Need a Chicago-area paintball field recommendation.

Recommendation for a Chicago-area paintball field? My friends are planning to play this fall. Some things I'm looking for are: 1. Beginner friendly 2. Variety of fields 3. Inexpensive I've googled and I've seen the websites. I'm looking to hear from people who have actually played at them. Thanks!
posted by rsol44 at 7:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Got Junk? Yes.

How does one go about selling a bunch (and I mean, a LOT) of fitness equipment (good, bad, and unknown quality), and also try to get a return on months and months of storage of this stuff? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Rapid Ruby on Rails indoctrination

At year's end, I'm transitioning to a new web dev department that uses RoR extensively. Problem is, I've been a PHP/mySQL guy my whole working life. Help me bone up on my RoR, stat! [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 6:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Buy perfect or reupholster?

How much will it cost to reupholster a modern lounge chair in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by kevin-o at 6:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Sore all the time?

Are people who work out regularly sore all the time? Or does that pass?
posted by smackfu at 6:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Please help me fix my audio recording that has the volume too high...

I have a Zoom portable digital audio recorder. I recorded a live band, but the volume level was too high, and now it sounds muffled. Is there anything i can do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 6:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Flyers, Have I Got Some Unanswered Questions!

Super-spoilery Questions on Justin Cronin's The Passage (only read if you've finished the book, m'kay?). [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 6:11 AM PST - 5 comments

What is this flower and what is this bug?

Are this flower and this flower the same? In either case, what are they? (I love them). What is this bug? I've seen 3 of them in my sink over the course of about 6 weeks. (I don't like them very much). Should I do anything about them? Thank you!
posted by Salamandrous at 5:39 AM PST - 14 comments

Jeans like Hugo Boss HB1?

Fashion Help: Jeans like Hugo Boss HB1? [more inside]
posted by morallybass at 4:57 AM PST - 1 comment

That's a great answer, Google, but...

Does Google (or other search) really work, or do I just perceive that it does? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 4:51 AM PST - 16 comments

How to friendzone gracefully

I want to make friends, I keep getting dates. I'm not interested in an exclusive relationship with anyone at the moment. How do I turn a first date into a friendship without bruising egos? [more inside]
posted by ista at 4:24 AM PST - 37 comments

Do I have the wrong graphics card for my system?

Do I have the wrong graphics card for my system? [more inside]
posted by londonmark at 3:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Will freshly set concrete burn my dogs paws?

Will freshly set concrete burn my dogs paws? [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket at 1:44 AM PST - 6 comments

I have a boyfriend but I like another guy.

Cue in cliche drama: I have a great boyfriend but a guy I had chased after earlier this year is still hanging in my heart because he only half-rejected me. [more inside]
posted by formaltide at 1:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Blackened microwave: windfall or demon core?

Is a blackened microwave dangerous? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 12:37 AM PST - 8 comments

September 19

Getting from Victoria, B.C. to Seattle area via ferry

Helping a friend out by driving his car up to Victoria from the San Francisco and leaving it there for him. Looking forward to the trip, but stymied by finding an affordable 1 way trip back to the Bay Area in mid-October. Flights from Victoria are about $300, which isn't horrible, but we would rather take a ferry back to the States and fly back from there. [more inside]
posted by pkingdesign at 11:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Laggy Volume Control

Volume control on my computer is laggy and slow and crashy. To the point where it's unusable. This has happened on every Windows computer I have ever owned. Is my volume control program allergic to me or is this a common problem? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 11:29 PM PST - 20 comments

GTD: permanently display google tasks todo list on my wall (next to corkboard)

what sort of device can I buy to show my google tasks next to a corkboard, so I see them on my way out the door? do any photo frames do wireless sync? my first thought was a cheap old itouch, but the screen is tiny, and it does more than I need. low power use would also be a plus (i.e. not a laptop or cheap desktop with wall mounted monitor, which I also thought of - I do have an extra 17" sitting around) I could consider switching to another tasks app if required for the best solution, though I do enjoy gtasks in gmail and calendar.
posted by lrodman at 11:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Sell My Soul? How About Shoes?

How can I sell items online while keeping the most of my earned money? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 11:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Ironic Print Ads with Pop Culture Reference?

Can anyone suggest good examples of ironic/self-referential (e.g. perhaps they acknowledge their own advertising purpose) *print* ads (or perhaps billboards) that also use some kind of popular culture reference (could be movie/music/trend/celebrity/subculture etc.)? [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Mac OSX and Gmail Aren't Playing Nice

Mac OSX (Safari) and Gmail: why do 'read' and 'unread' messages always look the same? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell at 10:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Ways to Read Books On ipod

Have ipod touch--would like to read books on it! [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 10:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Emotional Chiptune Music

Beautiful Chiptune Music? [more inside]
posted by empath at 9:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Music analysis

Are there any websites or blogs that completely break down and analyze the musical composition and/or production of modern songs?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 9:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Cars do not run on air.

I ran my 2000 diesel VW Beetle out of gas. Before taking it to the mechanic, I want to see if I can fix the problem. I'm pretty sure nothing I do will screw it up worse than it already is. [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 9:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Our Tempurpedic is a (very expensive) torture device!

Finally got a Tempurpedic, a really nice expensive thick one. Every morning I wake up with excruciating back pain. I sleep on my side or stomach. My wife says it hurts her back too, although not as badly as mine. We already got rid of our old mattress. Any thoughts on how we can salvage the situation? If not, I might be forced to go to the hardware store tonight to buy a piece of plywood to throw on top of the torture-device-of-softness.
posted by zachawry at 8:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Who was this character in HBO premier "Boardwalk Empire"?

Who was the stand up vaudeville comedian supposed to be on tonights HBO episode of "Boardwalk Empire"? [more inside]
posted by JohnE at 7:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Lawsuit / Arbitration: How Do I Know If The Other Party Could Pay A Settlement?

How can I figure out if I would be able to collect a judgment against someone if I won a lawsuit (or negotiated a settlement in arbitration)? What are my chances of receiving any actual money if I were to win? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I know before buying a rental property?

What should I know about buying a rental property? I have a down payment put together and am considering it. I have various anxieties about this detailed below. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:40 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you say "homeless" in Swedish?

I will be applying for a master's degree program in Stockholm, Sweden. Can you tell me about the specifics of life in Stockholm—housing in particular—as well as Karolinska Institutet, or point me to places where I could get more information? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 6:29 PM PST - 7 comments

htaccess multi-domain redirect issues

I have .htaccess rewrite/redirect problems. What makes this more frustrating is that it is such a simple situation. [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape at 6:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Sandwiches of the future.

I enjoy sandwiches, but I am looking for an alternative filler to the standard meat and cheese that I would normally put in them. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 5:50 PM PST - 60 comments

Some things are better left dead. Is this one of them?

Is it worth the effort/cost to try to repair a 20-year-old Korg digital piano? It was recently discovered to produce barely any audible sound from both the speakers and the headphone jack. Not looking to recoup any cost from it, just looking to avoid putting a lot of $ into it, in order to make it donation-worthy. [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Great NYC-area beer sellers

Any recommendations for a good (selection, value) beer store in the NYC-area? [more inside]
posted by piro at 4:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Best Frenemies Forever or Mind Your Own Effing Business?

How to handle my mother's 'friend' who behaves more like a frenemy and who's been trying to pry into my personal business. I've been trying to take the high road (and my mom's tactic is to ignore these comments). But it's also completely NOT appropriate for somebody who's supposedly her friend. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 4:19 PM PST - 31 comments

I'm I'm seein' seein' double double.

Should I be concerned about this brief moment of double vision earlier? [more inside]
posted by omoikkiri at 4:01 PM PST - 16 comments

forgetful in the membrane

How can I be more careful/detail-oriented at work? I don't know how to fix something when I'm already trying my hardest at it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 14 comments

How would you react to this?

How would you react if your long-term boyfriend/girlfriend told you they have a past history of extensive physical, sexual, and emotional abuse? Or do you say anything at all? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Hiking locations near or around Houston?

Can anyone suggest any decent hiking locations near or around Houston, Texas? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 3:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Peace and yarn be with you

I'd like to volunteer with a knitting ministry in the Boston area. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 3:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Who put the LSD in CIA?

Know of any good documentaries on CIA funded mind control experiments? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 3:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me ause my ears for 36 hours of driving!

Need help finding new music for my roadtrip. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 3:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Do we want a car to visit Philadelphia?

Do we need a car for a four day visit to Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 3:25 PM PST - 17 comments

What's Chinese for "shakedown"?

Domain name registration/IP question, .cn edition [more inside]
posted by mosk at 3:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Where should I pitch a tent?

Help me plan a camping road-trip (starting from Kansas City, MO) in early October? Challenge: 1 toddler & 1 pre-schooler. [more inside]
posted by jferg at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Flash pointers for a Flex guy?

Flash pointers for a Flex guy? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:54 PM PST - 15 comments

What should I name my leg dent?

Is there a name for a dent in one's body after a bruise? [more inside]
posted by elpea at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find detailed employment descriptions online for free?

Where can I find detailed, by state, employment statistics with breakdowns showing such variables as gender, race, education level, etc... online? (ideally for free) [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 2:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Which software can I use to classify photos by dominate color?

Does there exist software that can classify a large set of digital photos based on color? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Sarah McLachlan in Dallas 2010

Does anyone know of a Sarah McLachlan special event in Dallas Texas around the 1st of November 2010? Not talking about the concert tour event, but some special fan event or something. It was mentioned on 102.9 FM in the last couple of days.
posted by ecollie at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Throwing chains.

What is up with my front derailleur ? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Good blogs about life and sports in the great outdoors?

I'm looking for inspirational outdoors/endurance/adventure/running/biking blogs to read. Written by amateurs, preferably. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Kitchen sponge vs. dishcloth

Why do people use kitchen sponges? Are they somehow better than just using a regular dishcloth? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 1:37 PM PST - 29 comments

Which European cities should two young backpackers visit?

I'm planning a summer in Europe with a friend and I'm wondering what you think of the preliminary city list... [more inside]
posted by csjc at 1:37 PM PST - 27 comments

Can you tour a cruise ship while its docked?

Does anyone know if it is possible to tour a cruise ship while it's in port without having to actually purchase a cruise trip ticket? [more inside]
posted by Cyrie at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Monkey Island: Were you fooled?

Secret of Monkey Island: Was anyone actually fooled? (Spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by baf at 1:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Kindling Abroad

Kindle 3 abroad? I'm looking to buy a Kindle and take it to Germany with me -- will I be able to download books from Amazon US without difficulties? Should I get the wifi or 3G version? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

tabasco sauce, packets or bottles?

Is Tabasco sauce in bottles different than Tabasco sauce in packets? [more inside]
posted by scharpy at 12:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Middle School Technology

Calling All Current Middle School Teachers and Parents of Middle Schoolers For Technology Information [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Need to create and share roadtrip route

Best online map tool for showing a route via multiple points? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Party arty

Advice for going to art openings alone when you're not in the scene but seek quality conversation? In NYC. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata at 12:03 PM PST - 15 comments

How Did My Coffee Cup Get Here?

I am sitting here drinking coffee from a Crate & Barrel jumbo mug (ie reasonably specialist item), made in China. What journey did it take from its origin in China to get to my kitchen? I'm particularly interested here in how freight & distribution of specialist items works - ie if you're shipping rice, I'm guessing you just fill an ISO container with rice and send it off, but if you've got lots of weird little things, how is the contents, packing, count, destination etc of a container determined?
posted by forallmankind at 11:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find information on the history of web mapping?

I'm working on a few research projects that address early web mapping. What are the essential articles, texts & blog posts that I should track down?
posted by serial_consign at 11:52 AM PST - 3 comments

PTSD psych in STL

ptsd psych in St. Louis [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Am I Crazy?

A close friend gave me what amounts to a psychiatric intervention. How seriously should I take this and how should it impact our friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 34 comments

Healthcare hunt in New Mexico

Free (or inexpensive) health clinic in Las Cruces, NM or El Paso, TX? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for online personality tests

Where can i find free online personality tests on different subjects? I prefer them to adhere to scientific standards. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 10:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Name of short ballet film

Help me find this short, very mod ballet film. It's in color, from the 1950s. [more inside]
posted by nikitabot at 10:53 AM PST - 3 comments

How should we split the bill when I make substantially less?

My boyfriend makes more than twice as much money as me. What is a reasonable way for us to split expenses when going out? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 10:53 AM PST - 43 comments

that's not my bag, baby

Can you help me find a daily commute kind of backpack that is stylish in a sort of rucksack-y military boho kind of way, that will also be functional? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Need to send single-spaced HTML emails in Entourage

When I enable HTML in email messages in Entourage, the email and signature both become double-spaced. How can I enable HTML and send single-spaced emails? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I tactfully suggest that my wife do Kegels?

How can I tactfully suggest that my wife do Kegels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 26 comments

Can we prevent our grandfather from being taken advantage of?

We need some guidance in regards to preventing our elderly grandfather from being taken advantage of. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Single food providing a balanced diet?

Does any company provide a food which, eaten alone, would provide a completely sufficient diet? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by insperatum at 10:05 AM PST - 14 comments

How to write LOVE on my arms?

What inspirational quotes/mantras will fit on my forearm? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 9:59 AM PST - 29 comments

O Canada

I would like to buy an iTunes Gift Certificate for someone in Canada. I'm in the US. Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 9:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Love these ornaments...want to display them!

Help me display these ornaments and these ornaments. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Serious FFVII glitch

I think I hit a serious glitch in Final Fantasy VII that would require me to restart from the very beginning. Help! [more inside]
posted by prunes at 9:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Painting the town red, within the blue lines

How do I use painter's tape successfully? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Seattle Chinese Restaurant Recommendation needed!

On the hunt for the best place to take an old friend to dinner for *really good* bbq pork fried rice in the general Seattle area. Would like recommendations for the best place both IN the I-District and outside. The pork fried rice is the main target, but am curious about what sort of advice the MeFi community has about good Chinese restaurants in Seattle in general.
posted by dorgla at 9:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Windows web site creation?

I need a simple code-free web site creation tool for my girlfriend that combines some basic CMS features with a WYSIWYG editor. [more inside]
posted by themel at 9:09 AM PST - 12 comments

What can you tell me about Roden Crater's progress toward completion?

Has anyone heard any recent news on James Turrell's Roden Crater project? I haven't seen anything reliable since this 2007 NYTimes article.* Specifically, is the 2011 opening date still on? (*either my google-fu is weak, or there's not a lot of good new information out on the internet.)
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

live fast die young

Looking for teenage party pictures (for an art project), the kind that kids get in trouble for posting on facebook: beer bongs, falling down, barfing, smeared make-up, frat parties at 4am, bruises, halloween living fast and dying young. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 8:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Dressing like Joan, Betty and Peggy

Help me find classic, vintage inspired (but not costume-y or actually used), work appropriate dresses, skirts and tops. Online okay, Toronto preferred, must ship to Canada and preferably allows returns for cash (not just in store credit). [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

spend my $1000 on a laptop, please.

I have $1000-1100 to spend on a new laptop. Said laptop will be used as my work computer, but is also my computer, so I can use it as my primary machine in both places. Please spend my money. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 7:12 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I combine a number of (timestamped) wav files into one long file?

I have a number of wav files, timestamped as hhmmss.wav and would like to combine them into a single file with all of the clips at their correct (relative) positions. Does anyone have any ideas of how to do this? [more inside]
posted by d7415 at 6:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Where should we pick apples?

What's a good place to go apple picking for my family? We are in the Cambridge/Arlington/Lexington area. We prefer places that have animals. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Free online EFL resources?

Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
posted by people? I ain't people! at 5:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Numbering FAIL in Word: PRIZE OFFERED

Massive FAIL numbering examples in my Word2010. PRIZE OFFERED! Please help. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Is it ok to ask out a co-worker who already has a boyfriend?

Is it ok to ask out a co-worker who already has a boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by gunners at 5:05 AM PST - 52 comments

Aliens kidnapped my house.

Television movie from the mid to late 80's. Probably on Nickelodeon.a About a kid that gets kidnapped by aliens. [more inside]
posted by iamck at 3:27 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the name of this DOS game from my childhood?

When I was a kid I played a DOS game that involved a man running through mazes and avoiding man-eating worms to collect pieces to build a knight. The game ends with the completed knight fighting a dragon. Does anyone have any idea what this game was called?
posted by jordanian2 at 12:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Jazz Recs

Lazy Sunday Afternoon Jazz: I would like to live in the mood provided by this cover song, please recommend similars (preferably stuff from the past 20 years, vocals optional, absolutely no Diana Krall pls, thx).
posted by querty at 12:52 AM PST - 13 comments

help identify tv show or movie

What 70s or 80s television show or televised movie featured a scene with an angled room, a hallway containing a light source, and a man walking through the hallway into the room? Crude pixel drawing of the scene included. [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 12:41 AM PST - 9 comments

September 18

Please help with toddler-induced keyboard repair need

Please help me repair my laptop after my 2yo attacked the keys. [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 10:54 PM PST - 11 comments

How can people listen in to conversations in a room via a plugged in telephone?

How can people listen in to conversations in a room via a plugged in telephone? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird at 9:42 PM PST - 17 comments

What was the name of this four book series?

This is driving me nuts: there was a series of four novels that has been recommended in AskMe threads a few times and all I can remember about it is pretty vague: [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Affordable men's striped dress socks

I love these Paul Smith classic striped men's socks, but can't justify the cost ($30 a pair!). Does anybody know of similar styled socks at a more affordable price point? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotbruce at 9:21 PM PST - 9 comments

messenger bag organizer

Hi, I have a Manhattan Portage messenger bag. I've had it since 1996 and it's still in great shape. It's a fairly simple design with one small pocket on the inside. I'm looking for some sort of organizer. Something that can handle all the various wires, earbuds, papers and just general detritus that accumulates. I currently don't carry a laptop but I'm open to any form of organizer. Any suggestions? Thanks
posted by Shanachie at 9:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Who is this sky?

I found this framed photo at a thrift store. The subject looks very familiar, but I can't place him. Who is he?
posted by wsg at 8:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Boot Camp Hell

Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Windows 7 not getting along in Boot Camp. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 8:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Weird hiphop?

Is there any really (genuinely) weird hiphop/rap/R&B-ish stuff out there a la Tricky's Pre-Millennium Tension?
posted by xmutex at 7:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Suddenly cannot access Gmail

Suddenly cannot access Gmail from any browser. Help! [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

The pursuit of the perfect non-purse.

Lost a link ... it was to a site that sold wallets and canvas bags and clothes. It was based in the north westish states ( I want to say a Dakota? ) and also had a bit of a thing where they never used models in their pictures, actual employees or real customers only. I think I found it looking for zippered or taxi wallets about a year ago, and was impressed by their shoulder bags and purses, too.
posted by tilde at 6:43 PM PST - 5 comments

In Soviet Russia, data finds you!

Where can I find historical GDP data for the old Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 6:11 PM PST - 4 comments

audio receiver help

Need help selecting an audio receiver to integrate with a piecemeal existing setup. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry at 6:07 PM PST - 9 comments

forever undergrad

Please help me find a decent career without a billion years of school ahead of me. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Career: deadend. Money: want to spend wisely. Unsure about alot. Need advice from the "hive mind"...

Career: deadend. Money: want to spend wisely. Unsure about alot. Need advice from the "hive mind"... [more inside]
posted by audio at 5:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Termites eat my dust

Is this a termite and if so, now what? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 5:37 PM PST - 5 comments

More Jazz Vocals Sung Through Megaphone Plz

I would like more music with vocals like that found in Uncle Neptune's Tapioca Pudding Blues. Specifically, jazz music from this period with vocals sung through a megaphone. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 5:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Oxidized Avocado on skin

How will oxidized avocado paste effect your facial skin? [more inside]
posted by page123 at 4:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do when you're in between jobs?

Got laid off and have no clue what to do now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 34 comments

What can cause a mild receding hairline in a healthy, young (26) year old woman?

What can cause a mild receding hairline in a young (26) year old woman,who had normal hormone and vitamin testing? Anyone experiencing this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheap Photocopies in New York City

Can anyone suggest a place to get cheap photocopies in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza at 4:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Surely there's more than Funkytown...

MixTapeFilter:Songs about Minnesota? Sorta previously.
posted by advicepig at 4:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Novels or short stories, Charlie Kaufman style?

Who writes novels like Charlie Kaufman would write? [more inside]
posted by Snerd at 4:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Kid-friendly instruments with sustain

Are there kid-playable instruments (besides the recorder) whose notes can be sustained? Building or hacking or repurposing instruments is allowable. Brainstorming encouraged. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 3:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Treat with Kid Gloves

I need to find a variety of gloves for kids, preferably cotton. Not really winter gloves. More of an everyday glove. And variety is key. I tried Etsy, Amazon, Google. Mostly finding wedding or Fancy Ball gloves. How about fake claws? Polka dots? Hoofs? [more inside]
posted by 0BloodyHell at 3:29 PM PST - 20 comments

If not a PhD, then what?

If not a PhD, then what? Am I an idiot for wanting to pursue a PhD? If I don't do that, then what would a good alternative be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm really not. Really.

My friend asked if I was bisexual and I am feeling really angry about it. Should I be mad at her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 40 comments

Give me the benefit of your hindsight!

If you have ever been involved with someone who turned out to be dangerous, what were the things you realize in hindsight were warning signs? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 3:15 PM PST - 65 comments

SATA problem that's fixable?

I keep having to restart my computer to jiggle the SATA cable on my secondary HDD. If I don't do this, the computer drops the drive and gives error messages. How do I keep the cable firmly connected? [more inside]
posted by circular at 3:08 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I "expand" time ranges in Excel?

How do I "expand" time ranges in Excel? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What should a weird person like me talk about with stylists?

How can I stop being weird while getting my hair cut so that I don't have to be so embarrassed by my awkward conversations and not want to ever, ever go back? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 2:48 PM PST - 33 comments

How can I read 2666 in Spanish faster?

I've just started reading Spanish. I'm proficient at reading Spanish, but I'm missing a lot of vocabulary, so the process is taking forever. How can I make it go faster? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 2:38 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I properly approach women on the subway?

As a 28 y/o guy living in NYC, there is no shortage of attractive women. I recently read this, and would like to get some opinions from fellow MeFites... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 58 comments

Hack My Lease!

NYC rental filter: I'm looking into subletting an apartment in a co-op building. The landlords, looking for rental income while they wait for a better time to sell, added something to the lease that sketches me out. [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 2:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me be sociocompuspatialistically useful.

I'm not sure if I fit into the typical "liberal arts graduate" box, so what jobs do I apply for? Please help me work through my ridiculous interdisciplinary special snowflake details. [more inside]
posted by thisjax at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I put myself first in my life?

I've always been a "fixer/problem solver/peacemaker". How do I really focus on myself instead of thinking about others? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 1:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Put your left foot in....

Quack medicine? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 1:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me see unicode fonts

Help me see unicode fonts on my browser (Firefox 3.6.10). Yes, I've seen this and this, but they don't help me. I need step by step instructions for idiots. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Make Firefox Stop Using This Font.

Why did Firefox start using some stupid script font while I'm browsing? [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 12:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Cardboard + Halloween + Time = ?

Halloween Costume Ideas. What would you make for a costume if you had unlimited amounts of cardboard and time? [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 12:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Where's a good, inexpensive place to live in North Jersey?

Well, my fiancee and I are looking to move to Jersey. She has a job in NYC (specifically Rockefeller Ctr). I am a student at Temple in Philadelphia. I'll be commuting back and forth to Philly once or twice a week (staying in Philly 3-4 nights and Jersey 3-4 nights). [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Does the recording industry profit from piracy in any way?

Are there ways in which record companies (e.g., Sony, Universal Music Group, Warner Bros) actually profit from piracy? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 11:48 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me dress for an interview.

This is another question about interview clothes. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 11:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Those who have ears should listen?

Searching for entertaining Christian podcasts [more inside]
posted by carlh at 11:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get what I need from my live-in boyfriend!

My boyfriend and I have been living together officially for about 4 months, and our relationship is only about 8 months old altogether. It's worked out fine for the most part, but now we're moving to a new place and I'm about to reach the end of my rapidly-fraying financial patience rope. (advance apologies for length) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 25 comments

Can we be legally married twice in two different states?

What will happen if a man and a woman submit marriage licenses in two separate states less than a year apart? Specifically, if they get married by a judge in Washington state, then ~1 year later get married by a pastor in Wisconsin and in order to avoid having all parties involved know about the WA wedding, sign another marriage license and have it submitted to the state of WI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM PST - 50 comments

Do I need to hire an editor?

I’m writing a book for somebody else. The client will self-publish and I’ve made the assumption that the publisher doesn’t edit anything. Do I need to hire an editor? [more inside]
posted by powpow at 10:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Platformer games used for educational purposes?

Are there any examples of platformer games used for educational purposes? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommend me some video editing software for a simple text and graphics video for You Tube?

I need some video editing software to produce a simple video of text, photos and soundtrack for You Tube. [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 10:03 AM PST - 3 comments

No, I really do just want to be friends.

How can I best deal with the unwanted romantic advances of someone I will be seeing on a regular basis? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 28 comments

False positive for non-illegal prescription drugs on a pre-employment urine test.

I just had an offer for my absolute dream job at a large British bank in New York rescinded 2 days before I was to show up for work. I had signed all forms and passed the background check, but I came up as positive on the (gc-ms urine) drug test for - of all things - benzodiazepines. I have never taken a benzodiazepine and am posting anonymously so you know I have zero reason to lie. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Quintessential Charlotte NC in 2 hours?

How should I spend a few hours on Monday afternoon in downtown Charlotte, NC? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 9:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Best Tuna EVAR

Help me make the best tuna fish sandwich ever! [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney at 9:42 AM PST - 53 comments


I use Chrome for Mac. Is there any way to open PDFs inline, avoiding the clunky save-to-disk rigmarole?
posted by dontjumplarry at 9:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get my back back.

Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:40 AM PST - 10 comments

I drink too much, and I also drink once a week. Help?

Does the fact that I'm asking you all if I drink too much mean I for sure drink too much? or, Can you be an alcoholic if you only drink once a week? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester at 9:23 AM PST - 28 comments

Are Toyotas Safe?

In light of last year's extensive recalls and "runaway vehicle" issues, is it safe to buy a new Toyota? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 9:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Where to find a Dutch weather house?

Where can I buy a weather house in Holland? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 8:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Professional wardrobe - what do I need?

DressMeFilter. I'm transitioning from California grad student to East Coast professional. What do I need to wear and how can I do it affordably? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:33 AM PST - 24 comments

How to make a protein drink

When mixing whey protein powder with milk, should the milk be hot, warm or cold? Or does it not matter? Does the powder need to completely 'dissolve'? [more inside]
posted by kid A at 7:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Hospital now or Doctor Monday?

Sick toddler question: my almost 2 year old had a fever (about 103) that came on Tuesday night. He was so lethargic and complaining of neck and back pain (Both complaining and having a fever slow him down much are NOT like him) I took him to the hospital. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Writing a book: how to maintain focus and discipline?

Writing a book: how to maintain focus and discipline? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 5:59 AM PST - 11 comments

French Movie Name

French Movie Name. I just can't remember the name of that french movie, it's happens entirely in one night in all over Paris. There was a football (soccer) match, some guys were watching it on a TV in the street, the guy or someone near him broke it and they wanted to kill him and the movie went all insane going all over the place and all over Paris with people getting killed all over the place (for what I can remember).
posted by zouhair at 4:18 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do in Toronto this week?

Headed to Toronto, leaving tomorrow, back on the 24th. What should I see/do? [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 12:27 AM PST - 25 comments

September 17

Trollface is my bridesmaid.

I've decided to fade away from a specific friendship or at least take a break from it. The problem is, this person is my bridesmaid, my wedding is less than a month away and I have been allowing her actions to overshadow what should be a fun and joyous time for me and my fiance. [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 11:29 PM PST - 68 comments

I'll go bother a philosophy professor if I have to. But I'd rather ask Mefi first.

I have a philosophy of language question. Or maybe it's actually a literary theory question. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 10:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me navigate the world of camping purchases...

Getting camping gear together... what should we buy next? We have just bought a tent (4 person), 2 chairs and 2 therma rests. We will be camping at a caravan park this time. What should we buy next? What are the priorities? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 10:50 PM PST - 16 comments

So many options . . .

I live and work in midtown Manhattan and was walking home from work today when I was stopped by a woman. I'd guess she was somewhere between 50 and 70 - yes, I'm terrible at estimating age. She was dressed well and conservatively. She told me I reminded her of someone she used to know, that she lived nearby, and wondered if I'd like to get lunch or dinner with her sometime later during the week. [more inside]
posted by slide at 10:10 PM PST - 49 comments

Where should a growing family live near Cupertino?

We might be moving to the South Bay (CA). What neighborhood should we live in near the Cupertino area? Rent or buy, but must have a short-ish commute and be family-friendly. [more inside]
posted by raintea at 9:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Exquisitely terse guitar solos?

Exquisitely terse guitar solos? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 9:43 PM PST - 60 comments

Nice Hoboken sub-neighborhoods?

Nice Hoboken sub-neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by koudelka at 8:57 PM PST - 6 comments

How to be a Taoist?

How to be a Taoist? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 8:32 PM PST - 14 comments

How to delet things from google post death

How to delete things from google post death? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 8:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Diet questions

Fruit and protein powder are pretty much all I eat, is this okay? A few questions about fruit and protein powder. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 8:25 PM PST - 32 comments

Help a fashion novice get a handle on her new handbag.

I recently bought a Fendi Classico No. 4 as a self-reward for an accomplishment and because it's just perfect for me. But I don't own a lot of designer items or keep up with all the trends, so I'm a little clueless as to how to treat it! A few specific questions are below, but my general question is - what should I know about owning a really nice handbag like this? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 7:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Buying a house - Closing without funding?

We're buying a house. Due to a misunderstanding, we went through the closing today, but the bank isn't prepared to fund the loan. What can we do except wait? How do we do right by the seller? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 13 comments

looking of this artwork

Artist name or where to buy, I saw several prints(of paintings) years ago. topic was humorous boating scenes. The one that comes to mind is "stalking barracuda" with a watercop hidden behind a mangrove island as drunken boater/fisher people fly through a "no wake" zone. there were others: "lookout" as the name of a crashed vessel. You get the picture? I'd love to find out where to buy them. Thanks!
posted by patnok at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

Why didn't pump toothpaste catch on?

Why didn't pump toothpaste catch on? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 7:31 PM PST - 36 comments

Getting Through the Baby Blues

How did you get through post-partum depression? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:25 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm guessing 100% stocks isnt the right answer

how would you manage your mom's 401k after her retirement? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 7:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Best Symbian Apps for a Nokia.

What are some of the best Symbian apps for my Nokia phone? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 6:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Funky Furniture Finds

Where to get funky furniture in south of LA? [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF at 6:44 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I track multiple objects with high precision.

How should I go about tracking multiple objects in an environment requiring high precision? Is what I'd like to do even possible? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm at 6:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find movies with "shell game" scenes.

MovieFilter: Help me find movies with scenes like the returning the painting scene from The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Name that French rabbit movie!

What is the French movie, probably from the 90's, that concerns rabbits, an old man with a family and a farm? My friend watched it in French class back in high school (late 90's), and is DYING to see it again.
posted by phaedrus441 at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me help my dog

I was just sitting outside on my friend's lawn with my dog, who was tied to a tree branch about 20 feet away (that I checked for strength before tying her up) and quietly watching squirrels. A woman walked by and smiled at us, and my dog lunged at her, breaking the tree branch, and proceeded to jump up on her and ram her nose into her, barking. I feel absolutely terrible and have no idea how to fix this. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 5:45 PM PST - 32 comments

vegan or macrobiotic

A friend of mine is touting the glories of a macrobiotic diet, so I'm looking into it for myself. I'm put off by the ying/yang woo woo aspect of it, so I was looking at going vegan but with more whole grains and a lot of seaweed. Surely I'm not the first person to think of this. Is there any literature out there that would be helpful? Is there any reason to really, for instance, avoid nightshade vegetables? Any reason to eat two bowls of miso soup or drink twig tea?
posted by kristymcj at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm sure Metafilter will be able to recommend a clean place, reasonably priced.

Where is a good, inexpensive place for a spur of the moment trip to New Orleans this Saturday? [more inside]
posted by HSWilson at 5:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Doggone it, help me do the right thing!

Can I get a dog? *Special snowflake filter.* [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 5:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a squeeze machine

I've been reading about Temple Grandin's "squeeze machine," and I would really like to use it. (More info about what it is here.) Are there any places in the NYC area where I could?
posted by sdn at 4:22 PM PST - 10 comments

How about "skyline" or "in the distance"...

When a book is reviewed by an editor, do they look for words that are repeated too much? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Removed Mole Reappearing?

Removed mole reappearing? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

I like to bite and I cannot lie

I like to bite things. People, really. Yikes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 28 comments

An African or European swallow?

How to get Firefox to un-crash Adobe Flash player so I can get on with my life. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find a good reference for male body types to shoot for in my workouts?

Where can I find a good guide to target body types for a male seeking direction in his workout? [more inside]
posted by NBJack at 3:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Why can't I win even if I win?

When you "win" an argument with your spouse, it's not really winning, or is it? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 3:13 PM PST - 48 comments

Goopy tub equals sad.

Claw foot tub and water based paint stuck to it. Help a girl out. I want to take a bubble bath in a non-paint marked tub! [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Perl regex hell

I have been hammering Google for about three hours now trying to find the answer to what I expected to be a simple question: WTF is up with regular expression backreferences in Perl? I cannot make this (simple) find-replace work. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 2:38 PM PST - 14 comments

froze and thawed a bottle of coca cola. now half of the content is missing. is all that just the carbonation?

froze and thawed a bottle of coca cola. now half of the content is missing. is all that just the carbonation? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:17 PM PST - 15 comments

understand calculus

I've finished first year calculus (diff./int.), but I'm not sure I understand fully what I've learned. Can anyone point me to something, not too technical, that might help.
posted by larry_darrell at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Perfect beef/lamb meatballs?

Cooking filter: I'd like to make some beef/lamb mixture meatballs for use in a slightly modified version of this recipe and I'm not sure what proportions of meat and what mix of seasonings to use. [more inside]
posted by moxiequz at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Need help with job search techniques

I was laid off from my job almost 2 years ago, and while it was depressing, I was unhappy and was starting to explore a new industry, anyway. In the past 2 years, I have spent a year and a half going back to school full time for a more specific degree that supplements my BA. I also took on a few internships along the way. I graduated in January and have been looking for a full time position without any sort of success. Clearly I am going about this in the wrong way; what should I be doing differently? More details below. [more inside]
posted by saturn25 at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Does this international edition college text have the same problem sets(in the same order)?

Does anyone know if the international edition of "A Concise Introduction to Logic, Tenth Edition" has the same problem sets as the us version? Alternatively, does anyone have the u.s. version who would be willing to compare? Failing those, does anyone know of a resource online where I could find out?
posted by vash at 1:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Seriously the last album I bought was This Is It.

Pretend it's 2030 and you're making a Best Of The 00s music mix. What do you include? I pretty much ignored pop music for a decade and now I want to catch up and hear great stuff from this century. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 12:50 PM PST - 42 comments

That's a funny accent you have there...

Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
posted by Biru at 12:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How to make my house not smell (so badly) of decomposing critter.

My house smells like decomposing critter. A critter died at a point in my chimney that it cannot be removed without removing the masonry and taking apart the chimney. (It died on the shelf above the damper.) The chimney dude recommended we just wait it out and said that with the average daily temp being 90+, it should be 'fast.' However, it's really damn disgusting and we're a week into a likely 2-3 week process. In the meantime, recommend any smells to help offset the stench? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket at 12:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Getting rental deposit back

UK: rental deposit problem. What is our best option for recovering the deposit - we are not covered by any of the tenancy deposit schemes? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 12:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Ireland weather in February?

I would like to take a horseback riding vacation in Ireland focused on cross-country jumping. I might have some time in February, is this a good time to go? [more inside]
posted by gwen1234 at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

This is silly, but it's been driving me crazy

I need help identifying an anomalous EU-license plate that I saw in Salzburg, Austria a couple years back. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Trying to find a gift for film professor cousin.

Thinking of getting him a Barbara Stanwyck movie poster; is that good? Which one? [more inside]
posted by theDTs at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Rundll32 crashes

I have just re-installed Windows Vista, and when trying to change power settings, rundll32 crashes. Help! [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

We want to make a DINK-move, not a dick-move.

Husband loses job, gains new job. Awesome! But I'm expecting a great job offer myself - on the other side of the country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for more than just "being annoying"

Several people I work with/socialize with/etc. fall into the same habit and I want to get a handle on what to call what they are doing so I can help explain it to them. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:50 AM PST - 55 comments

How do I more easily get songs in album order on my iTunes/iPod?

On iTunes, is there a way to make it so that songs are arranged in the intended album-order rather than alphabetically? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 11:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Will gators eat my kids?

If I move to Orlando will gators eat my kids? (and other questions) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 34 comments

Experiences with end of life

Hospice and end of life: what to expect? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Broken Vagina

I know that you are not my doctor, but maybe you've had similar problems with your vag? I think mine's broken... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:19 AM PST - 22 comments

What are your favorite hiking trails in the DC area?

I just discovered that I like hiking! What are some good hiking trails in the Washington DC/Nova/MD area? [more inside]
posted by BigVACub at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me buy a great 2.1/3.1 audio solution.

Help me upgrade my audio! Mishmash of decades-old audio equipment isn't cutting it anymore. [more inside]
posted by somacore at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

You will receive guidance from a mysterious stranger.

Help me come up with something creative to do with a few dozen fortunes I've collected from fortune cookies over the years! [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

What could cause a sudden onset of slurred speech and general brain slowness?

What could cause a sudden onset of slurred speech and general brain slowness? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:08 AM PST - 36 comments

What's a good book on the lives of Hispanic immigrants?

What's a good book on the status of Hispanics in America? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments

The plug-and-play home theater, this is not

My Panasonic home theater audio receiver died. I want to replace it but not all the other components of my system. How can I find compatible hardware before making a purchase? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How to filter twitter feed by keyword?

Help me filter my foodtruck twitter feed! I want to get only tweets referencing my street (so I can only see the foodtrucks who will be near me that day) without having to read 8000 other tweets. Iphone or web based please. Bonus points for easy -- I'm a twitter novice. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 at 10:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Why is clothing getting crappier?

Why has the quality of retail clothing declined compared to 10-15 years ago? [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 10:14 AM PST - 33 comments

Can you recommend some books for women who don’t feel they’re good enough, skinny enough, have enough, or are nice enough.

Can you recommend some books for women who don’t feel they’re good enough, skinny enough, have enough, or are nice enough. What are some books that would allow these women to relate and demystify the great American ideals so they can have a different perspective of their lives. [more inside]
posted by PeaPod at 10:11 AM PST - 19 comments

Will a cold drink on a hot day really make me sick?

At the risk of being totally culturally insensitive... What is it with Europeans and superstitions about the temperature of drinks? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 10:07 AM PST - 56 comments

Best 1.5 (Cheap) Days in Olympic National Park?

Myself and two friends have decided to do our annual reunion in Olympic National park but since we’re all short on vacation, we only have Friday night through Sunday afternoon. Is there a way we could somehow combine a 4-10 mile day hike with a coastal experience in this amount of time? I've seen the and sites but I'm sort of overwhelmed by choice and looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by neko75 at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Another "kids/no kids is a deal-breaker" question.

How do you broach the subject of having kids in the future when first dating? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 10:02 AM PST - 27 comments

objections to reminiscence

A character in a book that is ... worried/afraid of reminiscing, for fear that it may taint their memory (or sense of self), or lessen the experience, or something similar? (might be Sartre's Nausea, but I can't find an appropriate quote.) Thanks! [more inside]
posted by paulesque at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

You can lose what you never had

[Word Filter] Is there a term to describe the disappointment you feel at losing something that you never actually had and didn't really want or plan for? It can be in English or another language. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by scarnato at 9:31 AM PST - 17 comments

radically minimalist proposal

I want to propose to my long-time partner, but an overblown wedding proposal sounds agonizing to me as an introvert. I am now thinking that I would like to aim my energy at finding the most creatively minimalist proposal that I can. My partner is completely quirky, so the strangest ideas are totally welcomed. I'm overthinking this to the point of paralysis, and losing months of engaged bliss as a result! How the heck should I propose given all these elements? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 9:30 AM PST - 37 comments

I heard there was a secret chord ...

I need to find some transition music. My best option so far is the first 40 seconds of the intro to Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah, but it's far too short. Can you help me find something with a similar sound? [more inside]
posted by ourobouros at 9:13 AM PST - 22 comments

Iranian Jewish female singer, accompanies herself on the Persian sitar

Iranian Jewish female singer, accompanies herself on the Persian sitar...who could it be? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 9:12 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I winterize my bike in a rainy city?

Help me winterize my bike [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

What kind of doctor do I need to see?

You are not a doctor, but you can hopefully help me determine which kind I need to go to. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 8:39 AM PST - 17 comments

I don't want to embarrass my kid

Help me be the awesomest room mother ever. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 8:33 AM PST - 7 comments

files flying south for winter

Help!! I have a new disk image on my mac, files have disappeared and I don't know which way is up. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

YAFQ (yet another furnace question).

Yet another question on furnaces (actually, boilers)--this time, propane versus oil. Does it make sense to replace my oil boiler with propane? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components.

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components. Any and all options welcome. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Fugly Technological Behemoth

How can I camouflage this monstrosity hanging out in my office? [more inside]
posted by chara at 8:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for Twitter feeds that offer good deals

Looking for Twitter feeds of companies that advertise deals and sales on their Twitter feeds. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:08 AM PST - 1 comment

$7000 Attic Insulation: Stuffed with gold and fairies, or a good deal?

Related back to this question, we are finally pulling the trigger on a new furnace, hoping to get the work done before a state rebate program for such purchases expires. We have gotten several good bids, and are taking more, but the best one came from a guy who would also fix our insulation problem- for $7000. We're a little daunted. [more inside]
posted by pickypicky at 8:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Clogged Toilet Question

I'm troubleshooting, DIY, a clogged toilet. Here's what is happening. What does it mean? (BTW, I have barely any experience with toilets, and while I have plumbed for a summer, I do not have any real knowledge of household plumbing). [more inside]
posted by scunning at 7:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Turning a PSD into Wordpress

I have the PSD, I have average knowledge of Photoshop, PHP, CSS & HTML and I have a Wordpress blog. What advice can you give me on making my blog look like the PSD? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 7:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Help my daughter choose a school

Sending daughter to college ...but which of these? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:45 AM PST - 24 comments

I need suggestions for Mac budgeting software.

What is the best budgeting software for a Mac that I can sync with an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 7:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there such a thing as "swamp wax," and could this be it?

Digging a hole last weekend, we found this. Help us figure out what it might be. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 7:30 AM PST - 6 comments


What can I do/send/recommend for my long-distance, recent post-amputation friend to combat boredom? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 7:28 AM PST - 16 comments

How should I wire my home theater setup?

Home theater conundrum. Ok, so, what's the best way to wire this up? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:19 AM PST - 24 comments

Best quality in ripped clips?

How do I get the highest possible quality when ripping clips from DVD's? I've been using AoA DVD Ripper software to make .avi files, and while some of them look just fine you can sometimes see a huge difference in quality. Should I be using different software or settings? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 6:56 AM PST - 13 comments

How to cook a flank steak frozen post marination

I froze a flank steak after it was marinated. How will this affect the texture of the cooked steak? [more inside]
posted by yarrow at 6:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Casino link risks?

What are the risks of accepting an offer to put a single link to a casino site on your website? [more inside]
posted by singularian at 6:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend the best Australia-wide accommodation and travel online sites?

What would you recommend as the most comprehensive and helpful online site for searching for accommodation and holiday deals in Australia? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 5:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Suggestiond for telling 5 year olds about my job?

I am looking for suggestions on how to liven up a presentation about my job to a kindergarden class. [more inside]
posted by TedW at 5:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Reconciling with mum

My mum and I have a fabulous relationship over the phone, but when we're in the other's physical presence, not so much. The thing is, she's generously offered to move from California to the UK for six months so I can go back to work part-time when my year of paid maternity leave runs out. [more inside]
posted by katiecat at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Flying solo in Toronto's nightlife?

Going to be in Toronto soon and want to enjoy the nightlife. [more inside]
posted by alon at 5:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I go to therapy?

Going to therapy - should I bother? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:26 AM PST - 16 comments

How long will it take for Chester to decompose?

How long will it take for Chester to decompose? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:46 AM PST - 8 comments

KHAAAAAAAN this be valuable?

Many, many years ago now I picked up a small toy Klingon battlecruiser, made by Corgi in the UK. It's still packaged (blister-packed) and although the packaging is a bit bashed that's the most unusual thing about it; it proudly declares it's from 'Star Trek II: The Revenge of Khan'. Now I know that was the original working title of STII but aside from this one item I've never seen any physical memorabilia-type items referencing it - I've tried Googling Corgi Collectors pages etc. but again, no joy - do any hardcore Trekkers out there have any idea what (if anything) it might be worth? Many thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard at 12:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Seagull, New York? Is that on Long Island?

TELEPHONE: (212) 354-5500 TOLL FREE FAX: 1-800-458-6515 TELEX: 220014 CABLES: "Seagull" New York . . . What? [more inside]
posted by clorox at 12:18 AM PST - 13 comments

September 16

Are 90% of economists stupid?

Economics: Is free trade good? 90% of economists say yes. But free trade depends on comparative advantage, and comparative advantage depends on capital immobility. And capital isn't immobile anymore; everyone invests everywhere now. So what gives? [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 10:39 PM PST - 31 comments

Fast loading website suggestions?

Can you suggest some frequently-updated websites that work well on an older browser with a slow connection? [more inside]
posted by birch effect at 10:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Backsplash tile to complement granite counters and wood cabinets.

Need help deciding on tile for our new kitchen backsplash! We recently moved into a renovated house, and it already has these granite countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the color or strong veining, but they're new and we don't have the money to replace them. Our cabinets are currently dark brown, though we might paint them a light grey or white in the next year or so. What kind of tile or marble should we use on our backsplash? Or should we just paint it another color with somewhat washable paint? We cook lots and there are already quite a few marks above the stove and around the sink. [more inside]
posted by barnone at 9:43 PM PST - 26 comments


I'm looking to add some complex product options to an existing Magento install that were previously done rather messily. This is proving troublesome. [more inside]
posted by setanor at 9:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Document Management System 2010.

DMS 2010. Help me find a PHP script, requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by Aya at 8:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get a master's that relates to math and computer science and would prepare me for getting a PhD in a computational field that is yet to be determined?

What is your advice for a recent graduate who majored in math and who wants to eventually do research in a computational field, but really hasn't a clue what that would be. Specifically, do you know of any masters programs where I can prepare myself without exactly knowing what I'm preparing for. [more inside]
posted by fiddlesticks at 8:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Unwanted Attention From An Unwell Friend

Snowflake Filter: How to deal with unwanted attention from an unwell friend? [more inside]
posted by gumtree at 8:30 PM PST - 20 comments

One continent. Six months.

So I'm in my final year of medical school. I have about 6 months of extraneous time on my hands. Help me find something both interesting and useful to do in Asia for those 6 months. [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 8:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Unusual things for work

What are some unusually / useful things you keep at your desk? [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 at 8:05 PM PST - 109 comments

Bad vibes to ask for some protection?

I am lending a musical instrument to a local touring band. I should have the tour manager sign some sort of contract/agreement. Right? What should such an 'agreement' say? [more inside]
posted by palacewalls at 7:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Finding "A Common Reader" Again

I miss the Common Reader catalog. Have you missed it too, and do you know where to find a list of what was in the inventory?
posted by msamye at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Please help me understand spimes.

I really thought that small, cheap location aware devices existed and could be purchased but I can't find any. Do they not exist yet or am I using the wrong search terms? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Would Andre the Giant still have a posse?

My Google-Fu has failed me - would an unused Andre the Giant Has a Posse sticker be worth any money? [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 6:27 PM PST - 11 comments

How Do I Set Font Sizes and Zoom for a Mobile Site?

What's the best way to spec font sizes in CSS for a mobile web site for the latest versions of Android, Blackberry, and Safari Mobile? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 6:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for no-bake moon cookie recipe

Long ago when I was a kid Cricket Magazine ran a recipe for "moon cookies" attributed to astronaut Michael Collins. These were no-bake spherical cookies that I seem to recall involved peanut butter, not the "phase of the moon" sugar cookies that my Googling is turning up. If anyone has a recipe that sounds like this, please help me find it in time for a "moon festival" party this Saturday!
posted by LadyOscar at 6:20 PM PST - 19 comments

Travel newbie trying to book a holiday trip, what is the best way?

How to get the best price on airline tickets when you are flexible on when and how you go? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 6:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Export Word styles to OpenOffice Writer?

Is it possible to export styles from Microsoft Word to OpenOffice Writer? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 5:55 PM PST - 2 comments

iPhone what what?

Snowflake iPhone or Blackberry question -- which one and how-to? [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 5:54 PM PST - 10 comments


What are some every day physical gestures, common behaviors, and/or spoken phrases stereotypically favored by elderly people? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:53 PM PST - 64 comments

Please hope me make these calls stop!

Someone has been publishing my son’s cell phone number in ads for some land he has for sale. How can we get him to stop doing this? Plus: I know the guy’s first name and where he works and it’s close by. Minus: He insisted in an email that the phone number was his. [more inside]
posted by zinfandel at 5:48 PM PST - 32 comments

Books on Bosses?

In preparation for Boardwalk Empire, what are the best books out there on political bosses, political machines, and their heyday on the American scene?
posted by LeonBernstein at 5:38 PM PST - 9 comments

I don't know why I can't make this decision myself.

Special snowflake "Should I buy this used macbook pro?" question. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 5:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What happens to Smash Williams on Friday Night Lights?

What happens in the end to the character Brian "Smash" Williams on Friday Night Lights? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 5:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I fix my Mac's broken Disk Permissions?

Mac OS 10.6.4 - my Disk Permissions are broken. How did this happen, and what do I need to do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 4:51 PM PST - 3 comments

scammed by karvt cases

I ordered an iphone case online months ago and never received it. I have emailed 5 times to no response. What do I do now? ( KARVT | MacBook Skins) [more inside]
posted by femmme at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Keep a minor on birth control?

Can a parent/guardian do anything to keep a minor on birth control? [more inside]
posted by doctord at 4:17 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I ask a girl to a school dance in Norwegian?

How do I ask a girl to a school dance in Norwegian? More specifically, a translation would be great! [more inside]
posted by Galen Alexis at 4:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Newbie to MS Access deleted something essential. HELP!

[MSAccess Filter] HELP! I have been thrust into Access with no understanding of how it works beyond a 10-minute "use this" and "do that" session. Now I think I inadvertently deleted a couple of essential "forms." Can I get them back? Or rebuild them? I know the data must still be in there, but I don't know how to display it. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 4:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me push my buttons.

I have 20 lbs of beautiful antique and vintage buttons of every size, shape, material and form. I recuperating from surgery for the next 4 weeks. Can you suggest projects to utilize my time and materials? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 4:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Is a Free iPhone Really Free?

I have been offered a used iPhone by a friend who is upgrading. Can I still use its Wi-Fi without getting a data plan? [more inside]
posted by charred husk at 3:11 PM PST - 22 comments

8-) Deal with it?

I'm looking for an animated GIF of someone sending a series of texts that are an ASCII representation of the "Deal With It" meme. Where did I see this?
posted by joshuaconner at 3:11 PM PST - 3 comments

How to colour the tetrahedra in a chain of 24 to produce a rhombic dodecahedron?

How should I colour each isocoles tetrahedron in a chain of 24 using three colours, so that when I fold up the chain into a rhombic dodecahedron each rhombic face is a single colour and is different to its neighbours? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus at 3:02 PM PST - 10 comments

What's in the box?

My BF found this unusual wooden box at a Goodwill store in Lancaster, PA and we're trying to figure out what its special purpose is. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 3:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Is there circularity in the methodology used to establish my students' educational goals?

I have some questions about the use of normalized testing data to establish goals for struggling students. [more inside]
posted by alphanerd at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Name for a new sandwich

I have a chance to name a new sandwich at a favorite lunch spot. I have a chance to name a new sandwich at a favorite lunch spot. I gave the owner the idea making some tweaks on an existing sandwich. He liked the idea and said it will be on the menu next week. Then he said I had to name it. The new sandwich will be a Carolina style pulled chicken, marinated in Buffalo wing sauce with Gorgonzola cheese. All stuffed in a hallowed out sub roll to make a "handwich". I've been racking my brain for a name that might incorporate a Buffalo/Carolina connection, but Buffalina or Carofalo are the lazy way out. Also, using my nickname "Eman" in the name of the sandwich would not bother me. So bombard me with your ideas.
posted by unceman at 2:53 PM PST - 40 comments

Which used bass?

Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Open Source Freedom

Now that Freedom for Mac costs money, is there an open source program that works similarly?
posted by outlandishmarxist at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Help us sell a house we don't own!

How can a neighborhood group help attract buyers to a (recent bank repo) house for sale? [more inside]
posted by dhartung at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Good long-distance gifts for Alzheimer's patient in a nursing home?

What are some long-distance things I can do to make my grandma happy? She is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's. [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 2:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Fictional character driven by a sense of unfairness

There is a trope I really like, and I'm looking for more examples of it [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 2:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Book Recommendations

Looking for books on genetics, archaeology, and anthropology for a 14 year old interested in history and non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by saffronwoman at 2:09 PM PST - 15 comments

SPX CBOE index question

Please help me understand the SPX CBOE option settlement calculation. If the closing price today is 1124.66, and one of the first stocks open lower or higher, how does it influence the settling price? It is based on only the first stock opening, and the other 499 based on the Thursday? Or all of the 500?
posted by bright77blue at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Grammar help: Constructing a question.

Grammar help: Constructing a question. [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I get blackberry bold ringtones into my blackberry torch?

How do I get blackberry bold ringtones on my new blackberry torch? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 2:00 PM PST - 2 comments

T-Mobile prepaid phone science please

Suggestions for a T-Mo prepaid phone model? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Wanted: An awesome, but cheap, sound system for a student co-op

What kind of (budget, DJ-quality) sound system should we buy to have amazing parties at a student co-op? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 1:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Three cats might be a little too much company

I'm usually at the top of the class where cats are concerned, but I'm too emotionally involved and could use some outside opinions. Summary: found a cat, took it in on behalf of the owner - but it turned out to be a different cat. I would normally only take a cat in if I could look after it, and I'm not sure I can commit to the new cat - but how can I not? tl;dr inside. [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 1:16 PM PST - 25 comments

Getting Photos Into Photos, Not

Help me get my pictures off my computer and onto my iPad permanently. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to stop on a Chicago to SF road trip.

A friend and I are taking a road trip from Chicago to San Francisco. We'll be staying on I-80 for the most part. Do you have any suggestions on places we should check out or places we should stay away from? [