September 2011 Archives
Pungent shiitakes from a Korean market. Are they okay? [more inside]
Ozone-free air purifier for apartment on busy street? [more inside]
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good gynecologist in Sydney? [more inside]
My girlfriend is going to start sleeping with other women. I'm a man, and I'm not. Should we go back to using condoms? [more inside]
What happens to someone trying to cash a fraudulent check? [more inside]
How to visit Olmsted parks in D.C.? Without my car please. [more inside]
How do you stop yourself from being worn out by the negativity you perceive in the world? [more inside]
I'm looking for any and all songs about murder and murderers. [more inside]
Please recommend a psychiatrist (or psychopharmacologist) in the Brookline or Newton, MA area. Preferred: male, specializing in anxiety and panic disorder.
Once upon a time, I ate at a Turkish restaurant in Sydney. It was the best meal of my life. Can you help me recreate the various meat-in-sauce dishes we were served? [more inside]
What are your favorite mushroom-intensive recipes? [more inside]
MeFites, A long time ago I was playing trivia in a bar and in between rounds one night this dark, almost minimalist country song played. I'm reasonably sure it was a Patsy Cline song. It was in a minor key with a theramin or possibly backup singers (or both!?) providing eerie accompaniment to a very catchy tune. I'd heard it before so I assume it's well known, but it's not on her greatest hits. Any ideas what the title might be?
Looking for an online resource which will make me into an instant Archivist/Librarian... Ha ha... not really but close. I am setting up an online archive of old records, photos, and other documents. I would like to do this right so that the average Joe can use it but also so that librarians and archivists won't look down their noses at me. Are there any sites out there which have basic information on this sort of thing? [more inside]
My favorite book is James A. Michener's The Source. What else might I like? I detest romance and I don't like "spy" novels. I don't like Ken Follet. I did like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Googling and checking Amazon for Historical Fiction didn't yield anything interesting. Help me out here, guys, I trust your judgement.
How can I add a comments box to my tumblr blog? Tumblr says they have an option to install but it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?
Stomach/GI problems for the past two weeks, now mostly gone except for persistent heartburn. What alcoholic beverage will cause me the least pain? [more inside]
It is often said that pure math research finds unpredictable applications long after it is done. Has anyone tried to investigate this phenomenon rigorously? [more inside]
What's my next move with my weird neighbor? What in the world could have possibly made him do what what he just did? [more inside]
Where to find parts for my W.R. Brown compressor? [more inside]
Yosemite trip with my parents: what not-ridiculously-hard hikes are best for my parents, who are in their late 50s? We're going this weekend (early October.) [more inside]
Where is the best market in the US for unskilled labor jobs combined with a place where a young couple with nothing can start their lives? [more inside]
I'm not going to the Grand Canyon any time soon, but I'm still curious: what are some of its most unique aspects or little-known features? [more inside]
Can anybody help me out with the DC 52 Reboot continuity? Not continuity with past comics, but within the reboot itself. [more inside]
Regular gym users: What's your routine? When do you go, what do you do, when do you eat, what should I eat before/after, how much more water do I need to drink? More specific questions inside... [more inside]
Are there any public libraries or study spaces in or near Somerville MA that stay open pretty late at night? [more inside]
I want to understand economic policy better, but I'm looking for a source that takes a specific type of approach. Help me find it, assuming it exists. [more inside]
You know those videos where the camera is stationed above or to the side of a work table, and all you can see of the artist is their hands? I'm looking for examples that are above average in production and/or entertainment value. They could be time-lapse art making videos, or how to make an origami crane, or white-board illustration, or something similar -- but I'm looking for the cream of the crop.
I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
Help me understand the legal status of a refund that was mistakenly sent to me. [more inside]
What's your preferred process for finding and curating what you want to read on the web, and making it readable on your computer and tablet type devices? [more inside]
How do I make life magic again? [more inside]
What can I give my friend a gift certificate for in Billings, MT? [more inside]
Bunch of symptoms, maybe hypothyroid, what do I do next? For the past several years, I’ve had a bunch of nagging symptoms that together have been very frustrating, and at times debilitating. The onset of the symptoms was about 7 years ago. My GP initially thought hypothyroidism, but the tests came back normal. As the years have gone on, the symptoms have waxed and waned but never gone away, and I keep getting retested for hypothyroidism at my doctors suggestion, but the tests always come back normal. After looking at the actual values from the lab, and a bit of research, I’m wondering if it isn’t in fact hypothyroidism, and what to do next. [more inside]
How can I foster my 12 year old son's joie de vivre when I feel so grindy? [more inside]
Should I go see Moneyball? [more inside]
On my resume, I fudged the end date for my last job by six weeks, to cover up a bad situation where I was not at fault. A new company has given me an offer, checked my references, and sent me all the new hire paperwork. I'm supposed to start in two weeks. Only problem? I had to consent to a background check. Now I'm concerned that my lie will be uncovered. What do I do? [more inside]
I have an interest in reading about / discussing the California Gold Rush. Are there any good communities devoted to discussing/researching this on the web? Mailing lists, websites, it doesn't matter.
At what temperature should Filipino duhat (plum) wine be served? [more inside]
Please Hope me select a new TV. [more inside]
Can someone suggest a good CBTish/existential/thoughtful therapist who takes Tufts insurance in Boston? [more inside]
We can't actually make it to a baptism tomorrow... and I'm sure this will rankle the family. What kind of meaningful gift can we give them? [more inside]
What are some good sources of vegetarian protein? [more inside]
Please help me figure out if a CMS website we would like to do is feasible. [more inside]
Eczema School Uniform. My daughter has quite severe eczema and we're finding that the school uniforms are making her itch even more than usual, as they are not 100% cotton. Looking to you guys to help me find 100% cotton uniform items for her. She needs a shirt, Navy pinafore and white knee length socks. The main problem i'm having is finding a Long Sleeve shirt for her, those i've found so far are too big for her. She 5 now but is quite small for her age. Have thought about getting shirts made for her, but not sure if it's feasible? Any help appreciated.
How can I house break a 6-year-old rescued scent hound when I live in a condo with shared corridors and an elevator? After searching many rescue listings, I have found a cute dog that seems to be a good fit for me according to the adoption counselors. I plan to meet the dog this weekend and take her home early next week if all works as planned. The rescue agency told me that she doesn't like pooping on leash, but will urinate on leash. They think she'll be OK with the shared corridors and elevator. I'm mainly worried that she will make a mess in these common areas as I don't want to upset my neighbors. It is my understand that she will poop in the house at times because she doesn't understanding the concept of pooping on leash. [more inside]
Problem: a good friend wants one of my delicious Mountain Dew Throwbacks. Solution: Empty can of delicious Mountain Dew and refill with disgusting Diet Coke. Problem: I can't reseal a can of Mountain Dew. Solution? [more inside]
I dropped a handmade coffee mug and it cracked but did not shatter. Can it be saved? [more inside]
I own a Sonicare Toothbrush. The battery has now died. Phillips used to replace these toothbrushes for about 75% of their original cost. However, Phillips now has suspended this practice. Would anyone know of a small independent company that would repair my Sonicare by replacing the dead battery? Thanks in advance.
[Knitting/Crochet Filter] Help me find a great bag for my crochet projects and supplies. [more inside]
I have a Mac desktop with OS X 10.6.8 and use Firefox. When I try to download something like CCleaner or updated version of Adobe Flash, I'm unable to do so. Instead I'm told I've chosen to open a binary file, and when I click Save File, a blank box opens with a "Download" label, but then just sits there: a blank white box apparently doing nothing. I wait, and nothing happens. I'm computer dumb, so be gentle. Have I got my settings screwed up, or am I not doing something I should? This has happened a bunch of times when I try to download other stuff. I hate being ignorant. Many thanks if you can help.
What are the current options for vapocoolant/cryogesic/refridgerant sprays that are safe to use on human skin? What is a hassle-free option to find and buy in a foreign country (Korea)? [more inside]
Please identify this modern yellow clock. I have two pictures. [more inside]
My serious boyfriend has just tested positive for HSV-1, while I have tested negative. We are both panicking, and need good, detailed statistics and math on the risks, reductions, and transmission rates in order to figure out what to do. Please help! [more inside]
How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
Is there a (preferably free) online game like Zynga's Adventure World that doesn't require me to hassle my friends for things to move forward? [more inside]
Help me monitor students as they write in my online writing class [more inside]
Suggestions for bringing home a kitty friend for our lonely cat? [more inside]
What is child therapy like? [more inside]
How do I print a scientific/clinical research poster? [more inside]
What type of safety glasses should I wear to operate an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal system such as the Silk'n? [more inside]
Hello fellow NYCer's. There's a guy who is kind of special to me who really needs a mini break. I'd like to take him someplace kind of mellow and nature-y on Sunday. We just have the one day, and It should be within an hours drive or so. [more inside]
I recently inherited a great sounding and incredibly attractive old AM/FM tuner/amplifier. Can anyone recommend an unobtrusive DAB unit I can connect to the AUX? (UK) [more inside]
How do I keep all my artwork organized on my web site? [more inside]
On my Mac I use the software EyeTV and it requires me to hold Shift + Command + C to take a screenshot. That is an annoying screen combination--is there any way I can create a macro or remap the keys? Either in EyeTV, OSX Lion, or some other add-on software so I can just press, for example, space? Or Command+Z or some such? [more inside]
Is there a place I can take my laptop to get crisis bios recovery done to it in person, instead of sending it to the manufacturer and waiting forever? [more inside]
How do adult films like "Star Wars XXX" get away with it? [more inside]
What advice would you give to a young geek? What are the best sites with that advice? I have a geeky younger brother, and I want him to avoid many of the pitfalls and social isolation that hit me and have hit others. I've already sent him The Five Geek Social Fallacies, the Nice Guys rant, and at least one Something Awful thread. Similar sites, as well as personal advice, would be appreciated.
So I'm taking the plunge (sort of) and starting grad school to get my Masters' degree. How in the world do I pay for it? [more inside]
I have two pictures, do you know where these places are in Africa? [more inside]
Help me determine if I'm on the right path to healing my "depression", if that is in fact what I'm dealing with.
I can't pinpoint the source of my ongoing angst/depression/anxiety - is it emotional or physiological? [more inside]
Our cat, who in the previous 6 years has not brought home any animals, has brought home 3 dead rats. Ew! What's up with that? Why now? Should we put a bell on him? Is he fighting off a rat infestation? Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
Are there any Great Scientists who are also Great Artists? If not right now, who was the last person who comfortably fit in both categories? For the purpose of this discussion, a Great Artist has produced museum quality work (or a great novel, or similar), and a Great Scientist has made at least one 'important' discovery or invention, however you want to define that. [more inside]
In the spirit of Hagler v Hearns, the Ward v Gatti trilogy and Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III - what were the most exciting "must see" fights of the last forty years?
Commuter filter: I'd like to explore the possibilities of getting a scooter or motorcycle for my ~1.5 mile trip from home to the train station. [more inside]
Ska/two-tone recommendations? [more inside]
I think I'm interested in a job as a "field consultant" with a specific franchise tutoring company. Is my plan feasible/reasonable? This is the first job posting I've seen in months that has gotten me excited. [more inside]
I got a new job! Yay! But I have to fill out a consent statement... and I may have exaggerated a part of my job history... [more inside]
Are there any good credit unions in Chicago that have no membership restrictions? [more inside]
ComputerVirusFilter: OK...So i got a virus: Worm:Win32/Rebhip.A Heres my question. I had this virus on my computer and then connected to my work computer via Teamviewer. Could this virus be propagated to my work network via the teamviewer session? THx
How to quickly retile over a busted old floor? Bonus: potential asbestos hazard. [more inside]
I want to create (or help create) educational games, but I don't have a design or programming background. I'm more interested in the education/learning side of things. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
Why can't OSX "Lion" connect to NAS volumes even after i've enabled DHCAST128? [more inside]
A few years ago we rented a beautiful private home in Door County, Wis on Green Bay in October. Everything was perfect except that the water (well) really smelled of sulfur. We would like to go back there for the house, the fireplace the gorgeous setting and sunsets on the Bay but... that smell. We can bring bottled water for everything but bathing. Is it harmful to ones health to shower in sulfur water? Any tips as to how to mitigate the odor? thanks
I am looking to buy a new helmet for the one I currently use with my scooter is falling apart....any suggestions for where I can try on before I buy in Los Angeles and surrounding cities? [more inside]
Where should I shop for men's clothing in London for an office job? And what should I wear? [more inside]
I went to a Japanese Restaurant in Brisbane a while back where each table was decked out with an induction cooker, and the patrons chose their stock, and cooked their own soup. The Chinese people I was eating with told me the style was called "Shabu Shabu". Does anyone know of a similar restaurant in or near Sydney CBD?
[FashionFilter] Help me find glasses that flatter my face. [more inside]
Is there a way to see a list of Top Chef Texas restaurants/episode locations before Nov. 12? Failing that, I would appreciate some MeFite recommendations of the Top Chef foodie-type restaurants in San Antonio/Austin area. [more inside]
Please clear up the use of statistics by two people trying to compare crime rates in one huge city (NYC) to Charleston, SC. a much smaller city. [more inside]
I know it's time to leave my husband. But what's my first step? Details inside. [more inside]
I'm leaving my wife. Am I just being a selfish prick? [more inside]
Recommendations for an online Excel refresher course, preferably free, that will make me an Excel
God Master Wizard user compentant enough not to embarrass myself in 72 hours? [more inside]
I'm now the proud owner of a proper grownup bedroom set, with a dresser that has a mirror and everything. What are your best tips for organising all my stuff so I can ready most efficiently? [more inside]
Baseboards - Stained or Painted? My boyfriend and I are buying a house, and the builder has installed lovely paneled wood interior doors. He said that he would like to stain them to match the cabinets (a medium stain called "spice") and will also stain the baseboards. I love the look of the stained doors, but am concerned the baseboards might look...I don't know, old fashioned or something. Does anyone have stained baseboards, and do you love or hate them? Also, if we later decide to paint them white, how much of a pain is that?
Calling all Metafilter Latinists! What's the deal with usually-active Latin verbs appearing as deponents in some cases? [more inside]
What nocturnal animals shake when a light shines on them?
Long story short, this is for a project. I have vibrating motors, a photocell, and a microcontroller. So I am trying to come up with a use for these components.
What approximate percentage of the human population that has ever existed has lived a life free from violence on a mass scale? [more inside]
What are the best sex-positive articles / writings that you know of? [more inside]
Awesome autobiographies by European women. [more inside]
I want to make a really nice "family history" book (not necessarily genealogy, however) [more inside]
Tell me about animals that get drunk. [more inside]
Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal? [more inside]
What kitchen tools are necessary for a home cook in a western country looking to try their hand at creating dishes traditionally found in east and southeast Asia? [more inside]
What does a suicide from jumping look like? [more inside]
Philly folks: I'm looking for information about the new Union Transfer music venue. What's it like? And can you recommend someplace nearby to stay? [more inside]
Easiest way to get photos from my phone to the web that is NOT F**kbook? [more inside]
Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
Help me make the most visually unfortunate, ugly, cliche-ridden, god-awful Powerpoint presentation ever. [more inside]
How do I choose what to do with my life when I'm passionate about everything? [more inside]
My dad's Parkinson's is affecting his typing, and he's interested in moving to dictation software. But it's got to be easy to use for a mid-70s, Mac-using, quasi-technophobe! [more inside]
Help me think of a clever gmail address for a new Disney vacation advisor! [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a nice-looking filing cabinet? [more inside]
Belgians or Cyclists or Belgian Cyclists: Help me plan a spring trip to Belgium. [more inside]
My non-profit holds its gala benefit soon. In lieu of our usual clipboards-and-pens silent auction, we were thinking of using an internet service such as Bidding for Good. Good idea? Bad idea? [more inside]
Is there an off-the-shelf tool my small company can use to manage our PR contact list, our outreach efforts, and the results we've gotten (i.e. product reviews and articles)? [more inside]
I'm curious about the theoretical tax situations of characters from The Wire. [more inside]
What to do with three months of free time... [more inside]
Give me some things I can do/accomplish? I'm slipping into a dark, sad place that I can't talk myself out of. Therapy and anti-depressants/anti-anxiety are taken care of. [more inside]
A friend in another state spent the night in a domestic violence shelter. What can/should I do to help? [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a song from the "God" episode of Louie about 4.5 minutes in. [more inside]
I have some questions about and would like to hear people's impressions of Direct TV's NFL Sunday ticket to go. [more inside]
I'm looking for photos on the web or books showing international cities evolving over the last 10, 20, or 50 years, particularly in the developing world: Mumbai, Dhaka, Guangzhou, et al.
Anyone seen the English film Down Terrace? [more inside]
I can't stop listening to the icy cool Drive soundtrack. Help me find more songs like these!
Where do I donate prescription medication (Topamax/Topiramate)? [more inside]
I screwed up by waiting too long to get health insurance. Now what do I do? [more inside]
What are some healthy foods that one can take traveling abroad, to minimize the costs of eating out? [more inside]
I would like to purchase the greatest sweatshirt/hoodie of all time. Give me guidance. [more inside]
My wife is leaving a position with a not-for-profit due to a hostile work environment, unethical behaviour on the part of the executive director, and coworkers abusing organization time and resources. Should she approach the board of directors with this, or cut her losses and pretend she is only leaving for the money? [more inside]
I find it nearly impossible to make decisions, particularly if I have two equally good options. I always regret whichever one I choose. I'm a graphics student and yesterday I had to choose whether to take illustration or film this semester. After hours of weighing pros and cons I went with illustration, then I spent the rest of the day convincing myself I should've picked film. Now I've been given the option to switch, and I still can't decide! How do I stop driving myself crazy whenever I have to make an important decision?
Holiday suggestions for the end of October. Five days, leaving from London. [more inside]
Visual artists: what kids’ picture books do you love? I’m especially interested in books appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds, but if you have recommendations for books for older kids that’s great too.
If you go with the no-contract/prepaid phone service, unlimited talk-text-data is about $50/mo across the board. Sign a 2-year contract? Unlimited service is around $100/mo. What am I missing -- I know there's a free phone involved in the contract plan, but that can't account for a $1200 difference in service over a two-year plan. [more inside]
What patents does Microsoft own related to Android and where did those patents originate? [more inside]
What is a good website like mobileme for sharing photo albums that can be password protected? [more inside]
A lovely questions about everyone's favorite social networking site. Could someone explain further about Facebook's "Active Sessions" settings? [more inside]
Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse? [more inside]
What should we eat and do in Sunset Beach, North Carolina? [more inside]
Is setting up and managing a Facebook ad campaign something I need a professional for? [more inside]
What are some practical steps I can do to keep sane after a robbery and try to pick up the pieces of my memories? [more inside]
my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for dealing with many Wordpress sites from one central location. I have a number of personal sites, plus work related sites, and would like a secure, central way to deal with them all – plus a wishpony that is probably not even a spark in some stallion's eye... [more inside]
Ask people who knows child developmental psychology stuff about separation anxiety for 1 yr old. Will there be permanent damage to the kid? [more inside]
If I want to find out more about the fallout from the Pitcairn rape trials, who should I contact? I have read the wikipedia entry on it, but I would ideally like to hear from people who were actually involved in the trial, or who are closely connected with the community, what the impact of it has been on the community. [more inside]
I need a height chart that looks like art, not fairy princesses. [more inside]
I need a new font-smoothing app for Windows, or a fix to stop fonts in Chrome looking like Zalgo is coming. [more inside]
When buying your first astronomy telescope, for the same given price (say $500) would you prefer a larger aperture (Dobsonian) or a basic computerised Go-To function? [more inside]
My puppy had a seizure (her second, I think), what questions do I need to ask the vet when I take her to the appointment on Friday? Short version: 7month old mini daschund/min-pin mix, has had all shots, currently has worms (suspected tapeworm). Had a seizure when she was about 6 weeks but the vet at the time said it was nothing to worry about. Second seizure happened this weekend, over 5 months later. Internet research points to low blood sugar/crash as the most likely culprit but I want to be sure she's getting the right treatment. Other than describing both incidents to the new vet, I have no idea what to say during the appointment, or what questions I should make a point of asking? (story/details on both seizures below) [more inside]
Help me surprise my husband for his birthday. My husband always picks out his gifts for his birthday and this year I want to do something special. We live in the Bay Area and are on a low budget. He is a tech geek, but also loves the outdoors and having adventures. Any ideas for romantic gestures/ outings/ gifts that aren't that expensive?
I want to create a digital timer to run a motor and activate three solenoids in a particular sequence and for particular durations. [more inside]
There is a mold or mildew problem under the kitchen sink in my new apartment. My allergies are a curse that cause me to detect smells that normal people can't, and my landlord can't smell it and thinks I might be crazy. [more inside]
Please recommend some fiction audiobooks, not too in-depth, about women kicking ass. [more inside]
1-2 glasses of wine per night. On occasion, as a substitute, yoga or klonopin. How sustainable / normal is this as a night time regimen? [more inside]
I'm possibly coming to New York for a week on Oct 15th, and I have no idea where to stay. I don't really have time for any in depth research - please help. [more inside]
Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
Should I replace an 18-55mm lens with a 55-200mm? [more inside]
So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people' [more inside]
I am looking for articles and (to a lesser extent) professional/academic works that argue or present the idea that healthcare reform will be good for the home health care industry. [more inside]
Need help with OKCupid. Difficulty: I'm creepy [more inside]
Dear Chicagoans, I need to sell a nice camera tomorrow somewhere in the area. I'm a minor, so if I need to be 18+ to sell then my question is moot, but either way- if I theoretically wanted to bring in a camera and sell it on the spot, where and how do I do such a thing?
I'm looking for a video documentary from a couple years ago tracing the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Released only on the web, it's similar in tone to the Everything is a Remix series; dry delivery, well researched, touches on remix culture. The Newcleus track Jam On It is prominently featured as a signifier of the 808's transition from a not-so-hot replacement for a drummer to being used for the sounds unique to it. If I recall correctly, it's about 8 minutes in length. It's not The Shape of Things That Hum.
I have a few hours in Manhattan tomorrow and want new messenger style laptop bag. Where should I shop? [more inside]
Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture? [more inside]
Cat is weird. She's constantly sticking out her tongue, like there's something caught in her throat, but she's not choking and is relatively calm otherwise. I noticed it this morning as I was leaving for work and she's still doing it tonight. Is it normal hairballness that will soon work itself out, or should I be worried?
How can I stay calm and productive when I have the most annoying coworker in the world? [more inside]
If you write a poem about someone and want to publish it, is that person allowed to prevent you from doing so? [more inside]
I'm trying to help a friend who wants to sell a self-made food product along with another name brand food product at farmers markets, co-ops, etc. What are the legal and /or regulatory questions they need to be ask themselves and where do they go for the answers. Hypothetical scenarios in the extended explanation. [more inside]
Can you point me to any ancient art depicting a great storm? [more inside]
I reliably get asked, by puzzled, well-meaning people, what makes me opt out of popular culture. How do I reframe the conversation so that it's clear that I never opted in? [more inside]
My last day of pastry school, yay! I'm applying for jobs in NYC and several people have asked me to come in and "trail" for an hour or a day. What exactly does that mean/entail? [more inside]
I work on a website and I need to justify new development for next year. Stuff like a site redesign and new features. I need to show the business case for doing it though, even though it looks like ass. But I have no idea how to do this. [more inside]
Is the twenty dollar sandwich a myth? We are headed to THEHotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and I'm wondering if it is worthwhile trying this trick. [more inside]
I'm a librarian-in-training wanting to improve my tech skills (which are pretty non-existent at the moment) and I figure the best way to do that is to have some projects to work on, but I'm having trouble coming up with any ideas. [more inside]
The front door to my house gets stuck on humid days. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
I like anime, but I've been mostly out of touch for a while. When I look at a list of titles I don't know what most of them are! Can you give me some recommendations of gorgeous or endearing or mind-bending anime series newer than 1996 or so that aren't Death Note, Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) or Wallflower? (Liked all of those, but have seen them!) Older favorites include Revolutionary Girl Utena, Fruits Basket, Saiyuki, Hana Yori Dango, Kodomo no Omocha, movies by Satoshi Kon... Gay characters are a plus, though not required. Availability isn't really a factor, I will find it as long as I know what it is!
What specific practice techniques improved your ability to keep tempo while playing a musical instrument? [more inside]
Anybody knows the music to this video of the Move your Money project? MYM is a fascinating concept, but I'd be even more happy with the music played here.
Search terms and/or citations for research on teaching the reading and writing of languages written in cursive scripts? [more inside]
Basic networking/backup over a network we have no control over? Looking for a sync solution for small business, please suggest and help inside! [more inside]
Selling my car to a private party before lease term expires, how to maximize potential profit and deal with sales tax issues? [more inside]
Help me throw a birthday party that doesn't suck for my soon-to-be-two-year-old. [more inside]
Give me your most complex, time consuming pasta dinner menu/ recipes. [more inside]
Best place for engagement photos in the CO Rockies? [more inside]
What are some cheap and interesting ways to spend 2-3 weeks without a home in and around the Bay Area? (examples: camping, retreats in redwood forest, etc). [more inside]
Where can I find folders with manga designs? [more inside]
I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
Background music and effects are way louder than voices in XBMC, so much so that I have to get up and turn the volume down every time theme song or music comes on during TV shows or movies for fear of disturbing neighbors (not to mention that they're uncomfortably loud). [more inside]
Recently I obtained (for work-related use) an older arc lamp power supply. It's a Zeiss unit brand-wise but was manufactured by Ludl Electronic Products (LEP) on Zeiss' behalf. It may well turn out that this particular supply isn't suited to our needs (based on the lamp we want to use it with), but I would still like to find some way to determine the pinout of the output connector. Unfortunately, I've had a heck of a time finding ANY schematics for 75 W DC xenon short arc lamp power supplies, and despite my EE degree, I remain baffled following *mumble* weeks worth of ohming-out and circuit-tracing. And at this point I've been staring at the darned thing so long that it's become hard to tell if I'm missing something really obvious or whether it's just futile to expect to be able to determine what pin serves what purpose without a schematic. Long, convoluted explanation beyond the "more inside" button. [more inside]
My husband, having lived in 4 states in 4 years, is trying to get a New York State driver's license. Only problem is that apparently two out of state licenses are still active, and the DMV refuses to give him a license. [more inside]
Does anyone have any information on this old Remington Noiseless typewriter? Pictures inside. [more inside]
What's a reasonable price for having the engine of a 2004 Jeep Liberty replaced in Northern New Jersey? [more inside]
What's the best way make sure my pictures stay around a long, long time? [more inside]
Looking for experiences with SSRIs prescribed for occasional intense panic attacks and anxiety (some social anxiety too) WITHOUT any pre-existing depression, suicidal, or bipolar symptoms. Xanax hasn't worked well (lowers anxiety but seems to increase irritability). My friend has seen a therapist, who recommended this after several months of sessions, and is going to talk with a doctor about options. He's concerned with doctors' tendency to overprescribe SSRIs and monkeying around with something that's probably not intended for this.
Tumblr folks (any left?): Is there a trick to proper tagging or is tagging buggy? I have tagged all my own work with my blog name, but only two of nine show when I search that tag. [more inside]
Password help please. How can i reset the password on my wireless router? [more inside]
Where can I find wood-carvings such as the one depicted in this (album art) for Morbid Angel's 'Covenant' album? [more inside]
(Passed on from an ESL teacher friend of mine, who got the question from one of her students...) A group of Chinese businessmen will be coming to DC to study at Georgetown. Their company is arranging accommodation on Michigan Ave. NE, and they're 1) worried about safety, and 2) wondering what the area is like. [more inside]
Stopover flight experts: I am in Istanbul with a Eurail pass and I want to fly home to Toronto with a stopover of a couple weeks or so to see Spain and Morocco. Can I get a flight within the next week or so for a reasonable price or should I just start trudging my way back across Europe by rail? [more inside]
I have an idea for a children's book (well a series of books) but I can't draw to save my life. Where can I find someone to help with this? [more inside]
Best way to get to know your new neighbors? We are buying a home and want to build a good relationship with our new neighbors. What are your recommendations for introducing yourselves without coming off as pushy? We believe that knowing your neighbors helps for a good community, but we don't want to seem over the top. Cookies? Muffins? Knock on the door and say hi? What has been successful for you? [more inside]
Recommendations for Chicago psychiatrist in the Loop for alcohol addiction and depression therapy, please. [more inside]
Recurring ringworm every few months - is it living inside me and resurfacing every once in a while, or do I just happen to get unlucky and come in contact with it all the time? How does ringworm work? [more inside]
I'd like some tips on appropriate gifts for an agent that got me a gig of a lifetime. A pile o' cash seems inappropriate, so what else are my options? [more inside]
Where is a good place to seek submissions for a new, small-scale, locally-grounded literary magazine? [more inside]
Until this year, my wife and I have been salaried employees with large organizations. This year, she has become a contract employee for the first time, and neither of us knows much about the process of paying taxes (Social Security, Medicare, and income) in that mode. [more inside]
Best way to create a overview of my property? [more inside]
Word 2007: I want to create an outline where each level is a different color. Is there any way to do this as I'm typing? (instead of manually later) I've tried styles, but I can't figure out how to apply the color to the text (content) as well as just the outline heading.
What's the best way to save for retirement as a freelancer? [more inside]
With all the rain we have had lately, there are a lot of mushrooms growing in the woods. I started reading about mushroom hunting and some mycologists claim that Chicken Mushrooms are reasonably safe to pick & eat. I recalled that there was an oak tree nearby that had been felled by Hurricane Irene, so I walk out to it and look. Sure enough, what I am fairly certain is a Laetiporus Sulphureus growing from the snapped trunk. [more inside]
I'm a first-time parent, and I worry that I'm getting into some bad habits, or at least a lack of good habits. Specifically, I snack at the late night feedings, and I don't exercise, usually because I'm worn out. Suggestions? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
Ideas for a single person to go somewhere over Christmas break. [more inside]
I just snapped at my boss, but it doesn't matter. He can't fire me. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
It has been suggested to me that I exhibit unconscious behaviour patterns which are giving people I interact with a different message to the one I would prefer. How can I become aware of these unconscious behaviour patterns? [more inside]
I've just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. What are your favorite diabetic-friendly foods/recipes? Any advice on keeping on track with my new diet? [more inside]
Need budget/bookkeeping software recommendations. Difficulty: Mac-compatible. Additional difficulty: It's for projecting/tracking expenses for NIH/NSF-awarded grants in an academic setting. Inside I give a list of requirements (most of which aren't grant-specific) and you tell me what software packages can accomplish 'em. [more inside]
Why does my friend want me to confide in her? What are the benefits of disclosure for oneself and for a relationship? [more inside]
Best recipes with jalapenos! My garden has given me several, and I can't keep up with the few meager recipes I have that use them! One added quirk, I have a 2 year old who is ok with spice, but not mouth on fire spice, and I just made chili. Ideas? I'd hate to see these go to waste!
What snacks should I serve at a pumpkin beer tasting? [more inside]
Growing a spine? How do I learn to stand up for myself? [more inside]
What are some examples of computer/board games with interesting tall-ship sailing systems? [more inside]
Plant Identification Filter: What is this New England tree with cherry-like fruit? [more inside]
What films portray the battles in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a Leechblock-like app for iPad? [more inside]
What did I and my kids just recover from? [more inside]
Thinking of a cartoon, possibly a Far Side one? Need help finding it! [more inside]
IrreligionFilter: When I was around 12 I was baptised and confirmed into the Church of England. I no longer consider myself as theist. What are my options for formally renouncing my religious past (apostatising)? [more inside]
I would like to use a straightening treatment on my hair - ie something that lasts for 6 months or so. I am wary of damaging my hair and of harmful chemicals. I'd like to hear from other Mefites who've had this sort of procedure done to their hair. More details inside. [more inside]
Does coffee stunt your growth. [more inside]
Can someone help me with what to to about a stolen wallet on a temporary work job please. [more inside]
I am a first year graphic design student at ASU. I have two years experience as a graphic designer at small sign shops. I am beginning to get a lot of offers to work on projects (album artwork, logos, brochures, etc) from friends and friend of friends. I am struggling with figuring out what to charge per hour. [more inside]
How do I stop my room from being the black hole of productivity/inspiration that it is? [more inside]
My odd, chronic jaw & ear symptoms are growing ever more uncomfortable and crazy-making. The specialists I've seen are stumped. I'm hoping the AskMe-verse might have heard of this, or can offer some suggestions, advice, or support. [more inside]
Im looking to getting a fixie bike... How does this bike stack up against the rest of them? I really like the look of fixies, and I love the idea of the connection to the road, and the fact that they hardly break (cause i break everything)... This bike is about 25 lbs... Is that alot for a $500 bike? Please just give me all the information/tips you can! Thanks!
San Diego Filter: Where's the cheapest/best place to rent a bike in SD? Also, I'm thinking about biking from downtown SD to Torrey Pine State Park--is this a good idea? [more inside]
What advice can you give to an undergrad working for a few years before applying to grad school? This is in the hard sciences. [more inside]
A friend and I are starting on a side project together - do we really need to incorporate? [more inside]
I'm dating a guy who is different from everyone I've ever dated before (in a good way) and because of that I don't know how to build emotional intimacy with him. [more inside]
My dad was an angry person throughout my life. He would throw temper tantrums to everyone else in the household. My mom would lose friends due to his behaviour. He has accused my mom of cheating, he makes decisions without listening to her and then throws temper tantrums when my mom tries to resist, and he has accused my mom of being lazy during times when she was the only one working. Neither my brother or I have much respect for him anymore, but we still love our mom. Mom phoned yesterday telling my dad has testicular cancer and is getting surgery for it. I'm coming in to visit at my mom's request. But she's going to try to make me go through the motions of pretending we're a healthy family. Am I wrong to not have strong mourning feelings towards my dad's cancer?
In Massachusetts: Yesterday on my way to work, going about five miles per hour in morning traffic, I bumped the car in front of me. (My fault; I was totally distracted by the kid waiting for a school bus who looked like he was about to run into the middle of the street.) We pulled off to the side of the road and I took a look at the "damage" -- a couple of scratches to the paint on the (plastic) bumper.... [more inside]
Duffy was agitated tonight when we were watching the bats at sunset. Was he agitated because he could hear them? [more inside]
After reading through lots of tips and tricks on backing up data on here, I am close to a backup system that really works for me. However, can anyone help me with two things: securing an offsite backup, and backing up a bootcamp partition? [more inside]
What's the deal with the sliding wheel? [more inside]
How can I tell if vintage fabric (some lovely old printed tablecloths with no labels) is 100% cotton? [more inside]
D.C. to Worcester, MA by train, ca. 1927? [more inside]
Question for parents who have used an in-home nanny in the past- what are some ideas for being the best nanny in the world and really impressing the parents? [more inside]
Looking for another Movie Scene... A war movie with a good ending, specifically a scene that can be used to show: 1. the skills the soldiers or people learned will be used in their normal life or 2. that there will always be more battles to fight. [more inside]
Having moved recently to Japan, I'm looking for an internet provider. Basically, I have my own router (that I bought in Japan about 10 years ago), which I can configure by myself. I am looking for a cheap plan, preferably without a commitment.
I rarely vent (except about philosophical or political matters) and don't see the point in complaining about my day. My wife behaves differently. Often she gets mad that I "have no response" to her complaints. How should I deal with these situations? [more inside]
I am looking into buying a Honda Civic with some after market modifications. Please help me decide if this car is worth buying. [more inside]
Please propose a stable arrangement for my father-in-law's finances. He's lost the plot a bit and keeps losing all his money and failing to make rent. [more inside]
I have until noon tomorrow to prove to my company that switching out our proprietary CMS system to Wordpress is a terrible idea. Difficulty: I know nothing about Wordpress. Help! [more inside]
Can you recommend a reputable speakers' bureau? [more inside]
Roadwork Filter: The road adjoining mine is being resurfaced. About 2 weeks ago, the surface got chewed up and roughened by one of those enormous road scrapers. [more inside]
Got a really weird call from a car insurance company after a minor accident. How does the car insurance system work in Australia? [more inside]
My wife has been dropping hints (like anvils on my toes) that she would like a string of pearls for her birthday, and I'd like to oblige. I know nothing about buying pearls. I can probably afford it, but don't want to break the bank. [more inside]
More past indiscretions have come to light - should I be bothered, or let it go because we've worked on moving past that?
Should I forgive infidelity because we were long distance?? [more inside]
Ways to get out and relieve cabin fever late at night, and maybe even be somewhat social? [more inside]
Soon my long distance sweetheart from Fiji will be coming to visit me for at least 6 months. Help me mitigate her Culture Shock, find familiar food/movies/etc for her, and communicate with her better while we navigate a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic relationship. [more inside]
I'm sick, I'm achey, and all I want to do is take a bath. So how the *%@# do I work this bathtub stopper?! [more inside]
Just got a notice to show cause why I shouldn't be fined or jailed for not showing up for jury duty...WTF! [more inside]
My phone connects to my home wifi network but won't load webpages/get internet. How can I fix this? Also, can anyone confirm that this won't be a hardware issue? There's a short window in which I could possibly exchange the phone, but I'd rather not if it's not a flaw in the phone. [more inside]
CanIEatItFilter: I just sterilized a bunch of breast pumps/bottles in boiling water. Can I use that boiling hot water to cook, specifically something like pasta? The bottles were all washed with soap and water, then thoroughly rinsed before sterilizing. [more inside]
Does anyone remember the title of a new age "non-fiction" book from the 1990s that purported to be the ecologically-bent transcriptions of a telepath in conversation with the souls of our alien ancestors, who had been reincarnated into the bodies of dolphins? [more inside]
We are moving to Chicago (Hyde Park). We've heard Chicago is a "city of neighborhoods" and we plan to explore a new part of the city each weekend. Suggestions? [more inside]
Help me assess my car insurance in Boston, Massachusetts and see if I should switch! [more inside]
Windows7 issue: I can't install new programs because my computer is trying to install Outlook (I don't even want Outlook!) I can't cancel the installation--it always starts again and says to run Outlook and set it as the default mail client, then asks for the CD, then keeps trying to install. Help! [more inside]
Help a guy with bad credit or no credit or no good credit (not sure which I have) get a modest car loan. [more inside]
GallbladderFilterites: Should I have my gall bladder removed? Write to Dr. Oz? Storm the NIH? [more inside]
My iPhone is suddenly working five times as fast. Great! How can I keep it from slowing down again? [more inside]
How do I watch the Rugby World Cup online in the U.S.? [more inside]
My MacBook's display suddenly faded to a very pale bluish white, and all the colors look very washed out. Closing the display and reopening it will sometimes fix the problem, but within an hour the screen suddenly fades again. Restarting has no effect. [more inside]
Diminished sexual confidence with girlfriend, stuck in a Catch-22 now, how do I get my mojo back? [more inside]
Is there an 'advanced' way to add or edit Google calendar appointments beyond the normal interface? [more inside]
What are some good TV series released to DVD to buy for a friend on bedrest? [more inside]
Is there a graphical representation of the number of english words, broken down by popular use? If not, is the raw data available online somewhere?
What exercises can I do to strengthen my form for horseback riding while not horseback riding? [more inside]
Itinerary whizzes and Washington DC gurus: can you help tweak my plans for a trip from the midwest to DC for four nights, all under $800-1000? [more inside]
Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible? [more inside]
Decent video hosting for budget minded company? [more inside]
I've never liked real-time strategy games. What games should I try in an effort to break into this genre? [more inside]
Just got quoted about $3000 for a new 200 amp main breaker panel (upgrading from 150 amp). Plus 300 permit fees. Seems like a lot. Am I getting ripped off? The reputable company quoting the job says it will take about 5 hours to complete. [more inside]
Which of the Babar books deal with death? This question stems from a childhood anecdote that goes a little something like this . . . [more inside]
What is this adult jungle gym style thing and how to use it effectively? [more inside]
Our employer has started a requirement that people sign in and out on a white board when leaving the building. It's not *that* big a deal, but it's kind of a hassle because of how we're set up. It got me wondering if there's a way to do this electronically. The ideal solution would be that I send a text about where I'm going. That text then shows up on a website, along with a time stamp. I would then send another text when I return. Is there such a thing?
He's got so many qualities I like...except for one. And it might be a dealbreaker. Am I being ridiculous? Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this? [more inside]
I'm looking for reporting/stories dealing with Russia right when the Soviet Union collapsed. [more inside]
Two buddies and I are taking a road trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco in November. After some research, I've come to a fork in the road... [more inside]
I have a degree in computer engineering but I would like to expand my programming expertise. I have a very solid understanding of syntax and procedural programming but I am looking for video training on system design techniques and other 'higher-level' concepts like testability. I have recently been going through the Khan Academy math courses and love it. I would like something similar for software design. It can be proper training or just really good podcasts. [more inside]
I need the awesomest secular Christmas card ever to send out for my small business. Please show me your funny or cool suggestions. [more inside]
I'm on Mac OS X, Chrome, Gmail. How do I get MS Word and Excel to play nice with Gmail? Right now, when I go into Word or Excel and click File/Send To/Mail Recipient (as Attachment), a Mac Mail window opens up. Same thing if I happen to click an email link in a Word or Excel doc. I've installed Gmail Notifier, which opens a Gmail window for mailto: links on web pages, but doesn't help with Word or Excel. (In Mail, I've gone into Preferences/Default Email Reader and selected Gmail Notifier (1.10.7) but this makes no diff.) So: how do I make Gmail the default email client for Microsoft Office "send to" and "mail to"?
When buying your first house, how much did you budget for decor/paint/furniture/etc right up front? [more inside]
Foodie trip to Italy- what restaurants shouldn’t I miss in Rome? What’s the best plan for a day of wine tasting in Florence? Where should we take pasta-making lessons in Bologna, and is there really nothing to do in Milan? [more inside]
RecycleFilter: I'm in need to nylon stockings with runs in them as well as used burlap sacks. Where can I find some? [more inside]
What's so awesome about engineers? [more inside]
What can I do to strengthen my knees and ankles to lesson the likelihood of a running injury? [more inside]
I need some help trying to come up with an idea for a good lady Halloween costume this year! Hoping to do something a little.... nerdy [more inside]
Need menu ideas for casual-but-special food that can easily be eaten off paper plates held on laps. [more inside]
I need ideas for craft projects memorialising loss of various different kinds. [more inside]
Does anybody have any experience with or recommendations for camera tripods/mounts for individuals in wheelchairs? [more inside]
Facebook Privacy: Is there a way to create a list of people who are able to view your profile (and all the activity on your timeline/wall contributed by others) but without the ability to see photos you are tagged in? So that the only photos they can see are the ones you have previously assigned as a profile photo. [more inside]
My kids are having trouble meeting up in Lego Universe. [more inside]
How do we get NBC/KNTV on our TV without cable in San Francisco? [more inside]
Does anyone know a specific place in Manhattan I could find mangosteens today or tomorrow (or if they're even in season / available)? [more inside]
I've been selected to participate in a 'Leadership Pipeline' at the very big corporation I work for. I'll have a chance to participate in a one on one discussion with the CEO, COO etc. What questions should I ask of them in order to appear engaged and stand out while not seeming disingenuous or cloying? [more inside]
What can I do to my office to help keep me calm, focused, and motivated? [more inside]
I have 15 years of experience building web applications, programming in interesting subject domains and leading programming teams. I enjoy software development, but it doesn't utilize my social skills very well and I think I have a unique blend of technical talent and communication skills. I'm looking for the next thing and I'm wondering if it might be sales in a technical field. [more inside]
Begging those in the humanities: How do you teach Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown?" [more inside]
Calling all librarians! I need a book of short, scary stories suitable for reading aloud to kids. [more inside]
I am looking for a nail salon in Manhattan or Brooklyn (Brooklyn is preferred) that is affordable, clean and serves wine while we get our nails done. Ideally it would charge under $60 for a mani/pedi.
Can anyone recommend an app for learning and playing poker on the iPhone or iPad? Not interested in gambling or playing competitively, and I have no prior poker experience. Quite happy to pay for an app, if it's decent.
I was reading a book to my son (Face to face with Lions from National Geographic) and found a very interesting statement about male lions that our ousted from their Pride. According to this book, a male lion averages only 3-4 years as a leader of a pride, before a younger lion comes in and kicks out the old guard. The book says that the old pride leader then tends to lose his mane, making him look more feminine, which helps him be able to stick around with his pride, without confusing anyone as to who the real leader is now. [more inside]
Looking for fiction about women and work. [more inside]
Create VMware virtual compatible image from old Vista boot disk. Help please. [more inside]
Looking for "smart charity" options for a senior, well-educated citizen with a big network. [more inside]
Need new fashion blogs! [more inside]
Where can I find some stylish trousers for my son that don't cost $50? [more inside]
What brand of car is this? I saw it in Iceland, I don't recognize it. There were no marks or words on the back. Over to you petrol-heads.
I think The KLF's Chill Out is as close to perfect as you are ever going to get in chill out music. Throw me musical suggestions based on this. [more inside]
Are there games that were invented as computer games and then became popular as real world games? [more inside]
I am looking for a non-woo-woo massage therapist in San Francisco. [more inside]
If I want to buy some shares of stock, and definitely get a printed stock certificate with my name on it, will any broker do? [more inside]
Arab Spring Filter: I am looking for recommendations for excellent, informed, insightful non-fiction writing, in Arabic, about certain topics related to the Arab Spring. [more inside]
I'm considering renting a small apartment with a super-tiny kitchen. So tiny that it doesn't have an oven! Would a convection/microwave oven suit my needs? Also, do you have experience with induction cooktops? [more inside]
Most useful things a husband can do in the third trimester. [more inside]
I used to, very effectively, market my website by leaving my url under my comments (My comments were always relevant.), but most sites have disabled that feature. What's another effective way to market websites?
Dying of food boredom. Need lowish calorie dinner recipes! [more inside]
I am a second-year law student choosing between a few law firms to work at next summer and, fingers crossed, after I graduate, and would love any feedback that the law-folk (and other esteemed AskMe contributors with relevant life experience) may be able to offer. [more inside]
Boston Filter/Being a Good Friend Filter: A dear friend was just admitted to the hospital in Boston, where she'll be for a few days. She's bored, and I'd like to send her some books and other media to keep her entertained. Problem: I'm in New York. [more inside]
A friend of mine is thinking about joining the US Coast Guard. Any advice? [more inside]
What's the best affordable (below $200) lens for my Nikon D40 camera? [more inside]
I received an unexpected gift card today for Fairway. Help me spend it! I am looking for suggestions for extravagant, high quality items I would normally not buy. I am not a foodie and do not do much cooking. [more inside]
Recommendations for reading materials for a student hoping to attend the international college withing a Korean University. [more inside]
My brother wants us to be close and I don't...What do I do? I feel terrible, but he is so UNLIKEABLE! [more inside]
Single mom's teenager disapproves of boyfriend - does it ever get better? [more inside]
My public library is renovating and The Friends OTL would like to sponsor a special collection/reading room in the Childrens department. I've been asked to help with the fundraising during the pre-planning phase of this endeavor by gathering examples of and ideas for promotional materials—flyers, glossies, and whatnot to help get the word out that this charitable opportunity exists. I don't really know where to start, though... do you? [more inside]
What should I do, if a bike ticket is filed incorrectly? [more inside]
Teach me how to spit like a [cobra/llama/Texan]. [more inside]
What was the name of the industrial/art/music robot installation-collective from the late '80s and early '90s? [more inside]
Help me pimp my hybrid. [more inside]
Suggestions for eating alone in New York? [more inside]
Looking for an old 80's fnatasy book. [more inside]
YANMD, but can you identify this skin...condition? (Pictures included) [more inside]
What is this succulent plant? [more inside]
Lap steel lessons in the Ann Arbor area? [more inside]
Seriously, what could people do to make the #occupywallst protests bigger soon? [more inside]
I'm moving to Japan no matter what, but should I tell my current employer sooner rather than later that I have decided to do this? [more inside]
I am going in for a doctor's appointment tomorrow, where it's likely I'll be told I have diabetes (or pre-diabetes, or diabetes caused by medications, or something like that.) What questions should I be asking? [more inside]
Why am I not supposed to use rechargeable batteries in my vibrator? (NSFW) [more inside]
Routine non-emergency hernia surgery--unmet insurance deductible and wondering if there are any cost-cutting ideas we will wish we had known when we get the bill for the surgery. Assuming the hospital won't just shout out ideas if we call them, so...any ideas? [more inside]
A question about the ending of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, specifically as it relates to Dickens. [more inside]
Can I travel with my son to the States and then back to Europe, while Mom stays home with sis? [more inside]
How "done" should restaurant salmon be? How should my friend ask for it to be less done? [more inside]
Looking for a rainy-weather replacement for some basic Tom's shoes. [more inside]
Divorce & Custody Filter: I think my husband is trying to buy my daughter's affection. What can I do? [more inside]
Currently a business analyst, and wondering where my career could go next. Give me ideas! [more inside]
What is a good wearable conversation-starter? [more inside]
I hate my job. I want to quit. Cannot find another job. My boyfriend owns a company. I could work for him. Need advice! I'm 27 and have been with my boyfriend and current job both for almost ten years. My job has been 4 years full time after I graduated. I do not make good money. There is no reward. I hate coming to work. I have started to do a bad job and am afraid I will get fired if I don't quit first. I am thinking about quitting to work for my boyfriend's company. [more inside]
Does a fan cut of the various Lion King movies combined in chronological order via story exist? [more inside]
Nero 10 video editing instructions are confusing. Help! [more inside]
A friend remembers seeing an article on a UK news site about a doctor who used plastic masks to reshape facial bones in lieu of surgery, but despite much Googling I haven't been able to help find it. (She doesn't remember the name of the doctor or the technique.) Follow up questions: a) Is such a thing viable and b) available in the U.S.?
It's time for a new DDS (or DMD, I suppose). Can anyone recommend a fantastic, friendly dentist in sunny Essex/Passaic/Bergen counties in NJ? [more inside]
I am currently a mid-level associate at a prominent New York law firm specializing in benefits and compensation. I am not cut out for working at a big law firm long term and there have not been many alternate opportunities lately that would be satisfying to me (i.e. working at a pension fund, compensation consultant, in-house positions). I enjoy many aspects of my field, but not the law firm lifestyle. I am considering going back to school to get a degree in human resources and am wondering if my JD and background in benefits and compensation law would help me secure a human resources job. [more inside]
Recommend a good Medicaid dentist in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
I feel like I am turning into a crotchety old woman about newcomers in my town and I am only 25 years old. Help me get this chip off my shoulder. [more inside]
I'm looking for some software to play the lottery. Does this exist? [more inside]
I've had two usb sticks die on me in the past few months - that's four years of school work down the drain (well, I have most of it backed up elsewhere, but it's not organized and it'll be hard to put back together). I have other memory issues which I'll explain after the fold. [more inside]
How do I get the best price from my ISP? [more inside]
How do I renew my Nursing Assistant Certification in the state of Washington? It has been about 5 years since mine has expired. [more inside]
Anyone have experience with remotely applying to jobs with the State of Oregon? Can it be done and how did you do it? [more inside]
I am constructing an ARG for my 10-year-old daughter, and I'd like some help coming up with puzzles. [more inside]
How do I get back into a more rewarding, less soul-sucking line of work after I've been away from it for so long? [more inside]
Destination thanksgiving ideas? [more inside]
I'm a lawyer, and I've spent my entire legal career at big Vault 25 multinational firms doing transactional work. In 2012, I want a new job. For those of you who left Big Law (or made other left turns from your legal career), how do you tell whether you just don't like your working environment or whether you should get out of law altogether? [more inside]
Are there any grocery delivery services in Nashville TN? My mother has trouble doing her own grocery shopping due to walking issues.
I am a woman. A man I have a court-ordered PFA (Protection From Abuse) against started a blogspot.com page about me using MYNAME.blogspot.com to write viscous lies about me and my underage son. The blogspot page is, of course, the #1 result on google when googling my name. He is not impersonating me, but he is harassing me and my family. What can I do now? [more inside]
How do we get over the guilt and just fire our nanny already? Very specific caveat inside. [more inside]
Help me think right about diagnosing my dead SSD laptop. [more inside]
What were all these Ferraris (and some Porsches and Lotuses and a Tesla) doing in Paris at Place de La Concorde Sunday, 25 September, 2011?
Do you live in Philly and have a dog? I could use your help. [more inside]
What is a good quote for a parent to put on a high-school student's yearbook page? [more inside]
The leather-thing holding it on snapped and one of the toggles has come off my duffle-coat. I have the toggle itself, and I have acquired some spare leather-things, but I'm not sure of the best way to re-attach. I don't have a sewing machine, and I don't think I know anyone who does. I have discovered that a thing called 'Fabric glue' exists, but is it any better than superglue? Will superglue work on wool/leather? I could put a few hand-stitches, but the thickness of both bits of material make me think that I might not be able to do a very good job. [more inside]
So, I want to be a grant writer. I'm a published author many times over, and have no problem with the actual writing/convincing stuff, but it seems that is the least important part of the process. [more inside]
Flats with a pencil skirt? [more inside]
Restoring MS Word 04 Color Palette in Word 11? [more inside]
Where can I buy a red paper umbrella/parasol in Toronto? [more inside]
I realised last night that I've never seen a Web Developer (like wot I is) claiming any kind of professional accreditation. Why not? Is there another professional organisation that would take us? [more inside]
What are some good songs to play while a group of people rotate through spots? [more inside]
What cultural narratives involve an American journey from west to east? [more inside]
What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
I need an oncologist that specializes in renal cell carcinoma. [more inside]
What are the things you'd wish you'd known or done the first time you did the Houston-Austin BP MS 150? [more inside]
Need suggestions for online way to play D&D with a mapping tool - [more inside]
Is there a website or program that will let me select from several easy recipes, plan for a week or several weeks in advance, create a weekly shopping list and (here's the hard part) OPTIMIZE my selections so that the most perishable food gets cooked first? [more inside]
I'm sick of having to pee every hour. Help! [more inside]
help me find personal writings of intellectuals or artists on the topic of fame [more inside]
Home Loans Question: How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down? [more inside]
MagCloud doesn't allow certain types of content and Lulu has a maximum of 48 pages for a saddle-stitched booklet. Where can I put my 80-page zine online for print-on-demand? [more inside]
What's the best Google Apps-friendly shared bookmarking service? [more inside]
Can you identify the font in this logo? I'm totally stuck, and would really appreciate the help. [more inside]
How to approach dating someone who has primary custody of two almost-grown children? [more inside]
What are the best online beginners conversational Japanese language resources? [more inside]
I’m looking for suggestions on an Android phone and pre paid voice plan and a pre paid data plan for occasional use. I have looked at the past threads but they get outdated quickly. [more inside]
Will I need to pay taxes on this inheritance? [more inside]
What are some fun games and activities that involve throwing colored paint at each other? [more inside]
Another shell script help needed post [more inside]
Should you continue to date someone, even though in about 1-2 years they plan to move back home, a place where you're pretty sure you don't want to move to? [more inside]
Insomnia-filter: Help this stressed-out couch-sleeper re-learn how to sleep in the bedroom (with television). [more inside]
Now my divorce is really happening, how do I learn to accept this is the way its going to be now? [more inside]
Pet peeve: hardened, twisted electronic cables that come with brand new products. How can you soften them? [more inside]
Hi, I'm an average ex hs basketball player. Are there are competitive adult men's basketball leagues in Washington DC? I live on Capitol Hill so not looking to travel very far. I'm also hoping to not have to pay to join a gym to play in that gym's league. If anybody knows of any I would appreciate the info. Thanks, Matt
I'd like to ask the Hive Mind's advice on the best way to manage my photography collection in an open and resusable fashion. [more inside]
Is it a terribile idea to put my small UPS next to my hard drives? [more inside]
My bed is too small. His bed is too soft. Where can we most comfortably sleep? [more inside]
I have been juicing a lot lately. I have been buying my veggies wholesale and in quantity. I juice a lot spinach but it usually goes bad before I finish the case. I am hoping the hive might be able to advise me on freezing the juice. I would like to know if the nutritional value is lost if I freeze spinach juice. I would also like some suggestions regarding what other juices might freeze well
I've recently been put on the RPAH elimination diet. A list of the foods I can eat are here. I have the Friendly Foods cookbook, but would like a little more variety in my main meals. Does anyone have some yummy recipes using only those ingredients? I'm allowed dairy and gluten.
My husband admires the work of John Taylor Arms with his fine attention to detail. Is there somewhere that I can buy inexpensive copies of his prints (in other words, under $100)?
Here comes an ultra-vague what's-that-song request. Rock. "Descending", melodic guitar intro. Almost certainly 80s or earlier. [more inside]
A question for California architects and builders and city permit experts -- are there egress options I don't know about? Can I demolish a (worthless) egress staircase and rebuild it later? [more inside]
Our cat (and another pic!) was spayed on Thursday morning. It is now Sunday night and we've discovered that this afternoon one of the stitches came out (pic here - it is the bottom stitch). What do we do? [more inside]
hip hop fans -- looking for a hip hop song, heard it on nyc subway, some kids were playing it. All I've got is that it starts with a police siren, and has a very danceable beat! [more inside]
Looking for iphone/ipod touch notes app with NO cloud sync. [more inside]
I love the idea of Team in Training (especially the community and goal-oriented exercise aspects) but am really not a fundraiser and don't want to become one. What are some alternatives for goal-oriented group fitness? I am in the Bay Area (specifically Marin) [more inside]
MetaPandora: Recommend me some more songs like French Film Blurred, Sinister Exaggerator, When It's War, Golden Hours, Burning Skies. [more inside]
Can a New Yorker live happily in Vancouver? [more inside]
Radiohead remix recommendations. [more inside]
Does anyone know of any books or articles that discuss the legality of America's Declaration of Independence?
Does anyone know of any books or articles that discuss the legality of America's Declaration of Independence?
Is there a way to watch the major TV networks' East Coast feeds on the West Coast? [more inside]
Delhi Filter: Help a PHD with her upcoming long research trip to New Dehli - Housing, and general tips on life and work in Dehli. [more inside]
What are the best Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes... for kids? Jokes based on 1980s pop culture don't really work for people born in 2002. [more inside]
The Rework. I'm looking for examples of the self-cover in a different style, i.e. a reimagining, where the musician reinterprets their own song in a new genre. Is this a thing? [more inside]
Exclusive music festivals with big name acts for only 500 people or less. Do they exist? [more inside]
I subscribe to plenty of podcasts, but sometimes have a hankering for live radio. So I'm looking for some entertaining talk radio to listen to while I fall asleep. Ideally I'd like to find some local (as in not nationally syndicated; specific location isn't important) radio stations that stream call-in talk shows around midnight Eastern time. I realize talk shows skew to the right politically, and I'm OK with thoughtful shows with a conservative bias, but not OK with ultra-right-wing screamers (e.g., Rush Limbaugh and clones). And I'm not too interested in shows that focus solely on politics. [more inside]
Need a recommendation for a gerentologist and a neurologist in Huntsville or Madison, AL. [more inside]
Looking for a messenger/briefcase type bag, that is taller than it is wide. Saw this Saddleback bag, but specifically I'm looking for something with separate compartments. Something like one big compartment and one small compartment. As in, there would be a compartment that would fit a laptop, and another compartment for miscellany. Here's the kicker: I would like the compartments to be able to be opened individually. E.g. I could open up and remove the laptop, without opening up the other compartment. [more inside]
I am considering adopting a puppy from the pound. She's a 9-month old shepherd mix and she's extremely mellow and sweet (though still playful and fun). I have a concern, though, do to her breed and an apparent issue with her gait: I worry that she might have a problem with her hip socket or with possible hip dysplasia. Video below... [more inside]
Somehow, my partner and I have a superhuman ability to ruin sheets. The seams of the pillowcases split open. The sheets themselves develop gaping holes where our feet hit them. On several occasions, they've gone into the washing machine apparently fine, and come out torn to pieces. Can someone please give me very specific advice about how to make this not happen? Fabrics, thread counts, brands, tips on washing sheets, anything. [more inside]
Lawyers, how do you organize your papers? I'm a pro se litigant in federal civil case looking not for legal advice but for organizational tips... [more inside]
When do I tell my employer that I want more work with that I may be moving? [more inside]
My roommate told me I can buy a computer and get a full refund on my taxes because I'm a student. Is this true, or partially true, or complete B.S.? [more inside]
This $20/month gym looks awesome... but it doesn't have barbells, so I can't do StrongLifts 5x5. Should I go back to my old gym, or do you guys have an alternative structured dumbbell/machine-based/bodyweight strength training program? Or a better gym suggestion in downtown Manhattan? [more inside]
I suck at having productive conversations about "heavy" stuff with my significant others, and as such, my current-SO and I are on a break because neither of us know how to work with each other when we're having problems. I want to be better. How? [more inside]
Help me write a shell script for use in Automator that will actually do what I need it to. [more inside]
I want a digital SLR. Which one and what accessories? [more inside]
Is there any way to find old real estate listings on the internet, searching by address--ones that have already sold, expired, or been withdrawn? [more inside]
Inspired by this question, I'd like to ask for recommendations of non-standard, non-Western fruits and guidance on how to prepare / eat same. [more inside]
Hey, remember when Hitachi said "The Hard Drive is the New Bling" and had that contest giving away a white gold and diamond hard drive charm? [more inside]
Please tell me your favorite poems about the demise of a relationship, breaking up, and letting go of someone.
How do you ask for a job after rejecting it the first time? [more inside]
I need restaurant recommendations for a really promising first date in North Central Jersey. [more inside]
Someone hit my car while it was parked and damaged the bumper, which was already damaged before she hit it. How do I handle this? [more inside]
First meeting (date?) was drinks but went awesome. If I'm picking her up for a dinner date and I feel a flower or 3 are in order (I have a good gut feeling about this) -- what kind of flowers? She knows I like her, I want to reinforce that.
Is minecraft worth it? And more importantly, will it keep me from going insane? [more inside]
I dropped my Samsung Focus into water two days ago. It works fine (yay), except the screen keeps lighting up unbidden. Can I fix it? [more inside]
How do I get over the notion I need to have perfect sex, and how do I incorporate new ideas into what we do? [more inside]
This is my first Ask MeFi question, and I'm asking on behalf of my parents. My father is in reasonably good physical health but poor mental health, which may be related to the meds he's on and the "quality" care he's getting in the American "system". Are there some kind of additional resources for me or them to help make their way through the bureaucrat-ese and get some better care? And maybe some additional health care (or heck, elder care in general) resources I could find for them? [more inside]
How do I plan my way out of this!? [more inside]
Are testicles underappreciated as sexual attributes? [more inside]
How much would a popular English-language book cost a person living in the 1700s? [more inside]
Please help me to remember the name of a favourite art toy from the Seventies [more inside]
Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries... [more inside]
A few months ago, I had a complete physical and emotional breakdown and actually went temporarily insane. I'm ok now. How do I begin to repair the relationships that suffered during this time? [more inside]
I love this new Mika music video, Elle Me Dit. Really almost an obsession for some reason. Anyway, I feel like I recognize several of the actors/actresses in the video from other things but can't figure out what or find a list of their names. Can anyone tell me who these people are? Particularly the mom, the grandmother, the dad, and the blonde daughter. Thanks! [more inside]
Where should we go for Thanksgiving weekend near the Tri-Cities in Washington state? [more inside]
Help me plan a free weekend in Sydney in October. No car. Staying near Hyde Park. Would like to see a beach. [more inside]
Why did my two smoke alarms stop working altogether when the batteries ran down? [more inside]
My girlfriend's finishing grad school, and is beginning her job hunt. How can I best help her cope with the stress? She's smart, capable and graduating from a top 5 school, but she's generally negative and I think her fear of being unemployed is heightened by the fact that she had an unsuccessful job search at the end of her BSc, and by the pressure put on her by her family. Plus, since I've got a job in her desired field, it makes it harder for me to relate to what she's going through. [more inside]
I am a 25 year-old gay(-ish?) male living in New York City. Perhaps uncharacteristically, I have a really strong drive to have kids (of my own) and really want to do so in the next five or ten years. I'm torn about how to get there though, given relationship difficulties that hinge largely on unresolved issues relating to my sexuality. Warning: TL;DR potential, but significant context is necessary. [more inside]
Is it possible to get bed bugs from a public laundromat? [more inside]
Torn by conscience, did I talk too much? [more inside]
Like many people, I've got wireless router issues (Netgear MR814v2 -- yeah, it's getting old). I'm troubleshooting them as I can and haven't found anything that should be interfering, and all my firmware is up to date. Putting that to one side, I'm pretty tired of running down and up the stairs to unplug the router and plug it back in again (six to 10 times a day). My diagnostics show I've got connectivity between the computer and the router even when I can't connect to the Internet. Is there some way to reboot the router from my computer?
What color to paint the frames of some neat little animal prints from a yard sale? [more inside]
How do cookies in iOS work? Is there a single cache of cookies, shared by any app that uses WebKit, or does each app have it's own cache? [more inside]
How can I change myself? [more inside]
So far my bed is my only effective hairstyling tool. Please help me come up with a better hair strategy. [more inside]
[NameMyCat Filter] What to name this stray cat I'm adopting? Famous sluts or single mamas? [more inside]
Need help identifying caterpillar. [more inside]
How can I ensure my kid isn't being penalized for his disabilities in school? He's a 13-year-old 7th grader who's been diagnosed with OCD and ADHD (hyperactive type) and is on meds (and receives therapy as needed) for both. He is a reasonably smart, very chatty little dude. In a recent discussion with one of his teachers, I discovered that he's being penalized and verbally reprimanded for calling out in class. [more inside]
Does the Ikea home delivery service (hjemtransport) at the Aarhus location in Denmark, actually accept goods for delivery on Sunday? [more inside]
Headed to Florida for two weeks (Cocoa Beach/Space Coast area), what can't-miss activities should I check out while I'm there? [more inside]
I'm in my early twenties and I look like a teenager but I'm top-level management in the company I work for and I'm also serving on the executive board. [more inside]
I am moving to London to start a new job next week/week after and finding my room/studio search hampered by squatters and wire transfer fraudsters. Can you recommend a letting agency for East London?
Binge Drinking or Alcoholic? [more inside]
Will a 12 hour flight kill my cat? [more inside]
It's spring in Sydney, and I would like to grow plants in my apartment, but I am brown-fingered, and haven't the faintest clue how to start getting them greener. Hope me! [more inside]
Pensacola Thanksgiving restaurant recommendations? [more inside]
In the text of my document (in Microsoft word for mac version 14.1.2) there are some bizarre horizontal lines just...sitting there between lines of text. You cannot get the cursor on them to delete them. I believe these lines are leftover old footnote separators from previous cutting and pasting from another version of word. But now, it looks like footnote separators are hanging around in the body of my text. How can I delete these lines? I tried the advice of the previous askme about getting rid of footnote separators, but it was an older version of microsoft word AND the advice pointed to was only designed to work for separaters actually in designated footnote areas. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the old separators refusing to exit the actual body of a text?
How can I get iTunes music onto my Windows Phone? [more inside]
I have a tattoo I want to amend, but stumped on what to change it to; there are no good tattooists near me, so can anyone give me some ideas or does anyone know a good one who'd be happy to give some quick creative advice via email? Also, I'm struggling for inspiration for new tattoos - anyone know good websites for ideas? [more inside]
Securing my insecure storage unit... [more inside]
I'm looking for crazy, off-the-wall (so to speak) 2012 wall calendars. I'm not talking Anne Geddes babies-dressed-as-dogs-dressed-as-flowers craziness, but rather things that make passers by stop to give it a side-eye and a "WTF?" A few requirements: monthly layout, SFW, non-religious, and not simply ironic. It has to be weird.
How to remove Lodgenet from a TV?I was just given a beautiful flat screen from a friend of mine that has connections with a local hotel that is updating all their older TV's. I hooked it up to all my devices and it doesn't work with many of them. It turns out it is a Lodgenet TV. I read somewhere that you have to remove the Lodgenet card as it is locked to a single channel. I have taken off the back of the TV but I have no idea what I am looking for. Does anyone know how to return the TV to its original state as the only way I can get anything to work is it to run through an old VCR instead of through the proper cables. (the three: yellow, red, and white). It's a 2004 Toshiba if that helps, and I don't have a remote for it.
I've got a very simple plastic widget that I wish to duplicate in carbon fiber. I'm looking, naturally, for that deep piano finish that CF can provide and I need the replacement to be 3-dimensionally identical. The trick is that this widget has a bit of thickness to it, even though only one side is exposed. Are there any good online tutorials or technique write ups on how to make a solid thing out of composite material? [more inside]
Can I jump start my car battery from my motorcycle? [more inside]
How did you and your spouse/partner handle relationship difficulties during pregnancy? [more inside]
Twice, about year apart, I have had my debit card cloned, copied or otherwise made use of without my permission. The first was around a year ago. When I checked my account and found point-of-sale transactions for about $120 at two different locations, about 400 miles and two days apart. In states that I've never been to. Called my bank, card turned off, money reimbursed, etc etc. Then yesterday... [more inside]
What is the best course of action after ending an affair with someone at work? [more inside]
How long can a dog hold it without hurting themselves? [more inside]
Help me select a new digital camera based on my requirements. [more inside]
Are there any, good, books (or peer reviewed articles?) on the economics of Mandate Palestine including original Jewish immigration before the British mandate? I'm interested in the comparative development of the immigrated Israeli and indigenous Arab populous, as well as all the relevant, important tidbits: rates and causality of forced landlessness, Arab immigration from outside Palestine, etc.
Is it true that Muslims are allowed to lie? [more inside]
Help an anxious dude navigate cross country. I have to drive from Portland, OR to Portland, ME leaving the first week of December. [more inside]
How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
Know where to find the video of the Sailor's Hornpipe that used to show up between kids programmes on Australian ABC afternoon TV in the 1980s? [more inside]
Calling all Stephen King fans: If you could ask him a question, what would it be? Alternately, if you have heard a great question posed to an author, what was it, or what made it good? [more inside]
I'd like your advice about drinking alcohol - or abstaining from drinking - and dealing with my emotions and seasonal affective disorder. [more inside]
Starting my career path. Help me brainstorm the possibilities. [more inside]
I have an Actiontec GT701WG that can supposedly act as a DHCP server, but nothing gets an IP address from it. Manually assigning IP addresses works fine, but that's a pain with several devices. I also have a Linksys WRT54G that I thought I could use as my DHCP server instead, but I can't get it to connect to the Actiontec with the static IP settings. How can I make this work without buying new hardware? [more inside]
I will be traveling in Asia for the first three weeks in October. I have Google Voice on my iPhone, and I'm wondering how I would be able to automatically forward calls/voicemail and text to Google Voice? [more inside]
What do I do with underdone cookies? [more inside]
What documentaries accurately depict the dying process? [more inside]
My four-year-old cat has recently started drooling when happy. Okay. But in the last two days she has twice peed in weird places inside. [more inside]
My wife received a plant in May, from our son's Kindergarten class. It grew and was nice....but then it died. Another plant grew in the same pot. My wife would like to know if it is a weed or another plant. If it is a weed, she would like to stop watering it. :) - Thanks for your help Hive-Mind!
True black and white printing on my Cannon Pixma--can it be done? [more inside]
Is the text of the unpublished epilogue to the Lord of the Rings available online? [more inside]
Where can I find Sitar lessons in Dallas, TX?
I will soon have 12 days in Asia for a photoshoot and am trying to narrow down four choices of where to go. Please help. [more inside]
Asking for a friend: I just "bought" a new car. On the drive home problems (that weren't there when I test-drove it) popped up. What are my options? [more inside]
Can I eat this, part umpteen gazillion. [more inside]
If lawsuits are so sticky and messy, why do I read about so many ridiculous court cases? [more inside]
Ten years ago I saw a painting at the Ringling museum in Sarasota. It wasn't there today. Help me figure out what it was. [more inside]
Flying from Hamilton, ON to Orlando on the cheap? [more inside]
How can I stream audio from several PCs (or one external-hard-drive-based music library) to my downstairs stereo? [more inside]
What are the best ways to keep sunscreen applied to my stubble from turning into a mess like this? [more inside]
A possum has made a nest inside my car's engine! What can I do to get it out without damaging the car or the critter? [more inside]
Where should we stay for a night or two to explore the Everglades? Not camping. [more inside]
Is this a real Google-thing or some kind of malware scam? Google search suddenly isn't working for me, sometimes. [more inside]
mp3 is deemed by some audiophiles to be a poorer quality format than something like PCM WAV. Yet mp3 files can easily be converted to WAV. So the data that apparently is missing from mp3 files (and ergo detracting from the overall audio quality) must be there somewhere in those files, just hidden or compressed? Is that correct?? What exactly does an mp3 file leave out when it compresses what, presumably, is the original PCM WAV file of a track?? And if using an A/D converter of some description you convert something from vinyl direct to mp3 you presumably could then convert that track to WAV - so where would all that additional data comprising the uncompressed WAV file (that may be ten times larger than the mp3) come from? I've absolutely no IT knowledge at all - so forgive me if these are embarrassingly dumb/elementary questions. I'm just intrigued.....
I just bought a dutch oven. What should I make in it? [more inside]
I am looking for an exhaustive list of bird names [more inside]
We took down a large cedar this summer that was listing ominously toward our house. Thinking we might use the wood, we've left a large amount of it here in our yard. Time passes, and the wood is still there. Am I creating a problem long term? What should I do with the wood with the rainy season coming on. [more inside]
Where is the best place to get essential oils? [more inside]
Help me contract somebody to design a personal academic/faculty candidate website. [more inside]
Who do you recommend for small-scale web hosting? [more inside]
New college needs to schedule classes, including required courses and electives. Constraints include (a) requirements as to the total number of hours each class must meet per week, varying as to credit hours awarded (typically entailing 2-5 hours per week) -- but permitting flexibility in terms of number of sessions per week (1-5), what time of day they meet, and so forth; (b) scarce classroom space, of varied room capacity, for classes of varied expected sizes. Instructors not such a big constraint. Seeking advice to pass on about software that optimizes the use of space and maximizes the number of potential class offerings, or kinds of people with background that could be consulted. Cheapness desired -- think of the children! -- but not indispensable. Thanks!
Watching the Notre Dame v Pitt game, and I'm wondering about the extra hash marks between the numbers and the sideline. I've never seen those before, can anyone offer an explanation? Thanks [more inside]
Apple TV first gen. (updated to current software) problem: Suddenly last night the menu for TV shows was empty, showing nothing but My TV Shows. No Search, Favorites, Top Shows, etc. WTF? [more inside]
The idea of going on the pill freaks me out-- am I being reasonable, metafilter? [more inside]
Is my external hard drive history? [more inside]
Why is my formerly well-behaved, quiet cat now peeing everywhere and vocal to the max? [more inside]
SuddenFoodCravingFromChildhoodFilter: MUST HAS "Aunt Fanny's Pecan Twirls". Apparently they come out of Georgia, and this is what they look like. No longer find in DFW area, rioting to ensue. Money is no object, this is life or death! Please help...
Does anyone know where this amazing waterfall is located? Tineye turned up 0 results.
Is there an Android app that will automatically switch on mobile data when I can't access the internet through the wifi connection?
I'm looking for an Android wifi manager app for my HTC Sensation 4G with a specific feature. When my phone thinks it's connected to a wifi network, it automatically turns off mobile data, which makes sense, as long as it's actually connected. Unfortunately, sometime there's something wrong with the wifi connection or the connection is really crappy, and I can't actually access the internet through it. This means that unless I go turn off wifi, I can't access the internet at all. Is there an app that will automatically switch on mobile data when I can't access the internet through the wifi connection?
I tore a silk dress, a long way from any seams or pleats or details. How do I fix this? [more inside]
If I upgrade the video card in my Mac Pro to allow me to upgrade Final Cut Pro X, can I be confident that I will be able to continue using the software with this computer for the foreseeable future? [more inside]
How can I cheaply/easily get company accounts for an Italian company? [more inside]
I just hooked my android phone up to my hifi. The default music player is ok but I feel I may be missing out on something. Streaming apps seem flakey. I would like recommendations on playing/managing/enjoying music through my android device. [more inside]
I'm in a panic because of a moral crisis. How can I justify owning anything recreational when others have nothing? [more inside]
I have a leather jacket that needs the lining redone. The exterior shell is fine (if somewhat worn) but the inside is coming apart. Does anyone have a good recommendation of where to get the inside of a leather jacket redone/repaired in Tampa, FL?
Does anyone know if a copy of this Saturday Night Live skit, where a party breaks into a nonsensical song about Kandahar, is available online?
What's the longest chain of adaptations, like the remake of the film of the tv show of the novel of the play? [more inside]
I recently changed my facebook account settings to notify me if my account is logged in using a device I haven't used before. Since then I have had 3 emails saying "It looks like someone used your Facebook account to log into Favourites" [more inside]
What recent poetry would you recommend? Who writes more clearly and appeals to the senses? (more inside) [more inside]
Could I have Asperger's Syndrome? [more inside]
I got tired of normal deodorants and anti-perspirants -- they didn't always work, I don't like the way they smell, and the residue made my clothes discolour and eventually break down under the arms. So I started using Odaban spray, which I love. There's basically nothing in it except, I think, water and aluminium chloride. Now I want to make my own version at home, but I'm kind of intimidated by the chemistry aspects -- can you help me? [more inside]
Help me build floor stands for my speakers - a DIY challenge! [more inside]
google logic failure: Where can I watch the Fox News / Google republican debate from yesterday. I don't want highlights, just to watch the whole thing. Any help appreciated.
Live Audio Broadcast Options: I want to broadcast a live music performance of mine to friends and family abroad. What are my options? [more inside]
Have you had good European or American food outside of America or Europe? If so, where and when? I was watching "No Reservations" on Netflix and was struck by how many Western countries had good examples of Eastern food. I haven't traveled in the East at all, but I can't help but think that the opposite must have happened. Please tell me if you've had great Smothered Chicken and Biscuits in Beijing. I want to hear!
If you're running a business and need legal advice, you pay an attorney. But what if you're contributing to open source software (i.e. for free) and have legal questions? [more inside]
Beyond just saying "I want a job", how can I effectively and creatively use social media like Facebook and Twitter to get a job?
I'd like to start giving regularly to a human services program that practices the Housing First model. Ordinarily, I'd be looking to keep my money local, but I just moved to Seattle, and the city claims to have a good record on HF, plus I can't find any non-governmental orgs doing work here. What housing first program in a major US city most needs the money? [more inside]
Sketchy-business-practice-filter: Recently got a letter from our insurance agent (car and home) saying, effectively, "We've reviewed your coverage, and according to some system we have (360 Value), the replacement cost of your house is roughly 30% more than what the current policy covers. If we don't hear from you in 30 days, we're raising your coverage to that $BIGNUM." [more inside]
What song is played at 1:30 in the Jamie XX essential mix?
Camping with a 4 year old in an unheated cabin when over night low is 37 F? [more inside]
Could you please help me decide which dress to wear to a wedding tomorrow? My fashion sense is limited - pictures inside. [more inside]
How to not feel taken advantage of by selfish "friends"? [more inside]
Where is all the hyssop menthol pain reliever stuff and how can I get some? In desperate need of menthol
Help me find the only pain numbing cream that helps me! (Or if we HAVE to, an equivalent to replace it.) [more inside]
How will change of address affect my trip overseas if I am on a temporary resident visa and still in the process of filing for removal of conditions? [more inside]
Feeling disenchanted with tuna salad, but want to keep eating fish for lunch every day. What are you best suggestions for easy, portable lunches that feature fish as a prominent ingredient? These need to be fully assembled before work and need to either taste good cold (ideal) or reheat in a microwave really well.
What degree of speed improvement should I expect or aim for in trying to improve running times? [more inside]
How do I break the cycle of abuse in my family and make a stable, happy and safe environment for my own (future) family? ( [more inside]
I have a massive Google spreadsheet containing entry info for a small film festival. I need to be able to produce tailored reports from it that only contain need-to-know info, instead of making people look at the master sheet. Is this possible? If not, what online software should I use? [more inside]
I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying. [more inside]
I manage a classroom of about 30 laptops. Because we we have no funding for upgrades it is up to me to keeps these things running. Everything my students do is web based, so a bootable CD running some form of kiosk type OS that serves up only a browser seems like a perfect choice. Can someone recommend a solution or even suggest another way to manage the lab?
In one week, I will have a bottle of home-infused tomato vodka. What should I do with it? [more inside]
How can I automate ftp transfers from one Mac to another? [more inside]
My mother is scheduled for a hip replacement next week; both hips badly need the surgery and she was originally planning to get them done with three months recovery time between the two operations. However, her doctor has raised the possibility of getting both hips done at the same time, and she's decided to go for it. Does anyone have any experience with having both hips done at the same time, or knows an elderly person who opted for both at once? What was their/your experience? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
DSLR Filter- Narrowed my choices down, need an outside opinion on a couple details. [more inside]
I recently bought a pair of beautiful lace-up brown high-heeled oxfords. I have no idea what to wear with them. Help? [more inside]
Help me be more empathetic/sympathetic. [more inside]
If you use LibraryThing, how do you use tags and collections? I am afraid I am doing it wrong [more inside]
How do I enable audio when remoting to a computer [more inside]
Calling all electronics/audio savvy MeFites. Let's say I want to build a feraliminal lycanthropizer. How? [more inside]
How do I fix my slow-draining toilet and sink? [more inside]
How to scrape a web forum? I need help understanding the process. [more inside]
Why do our jaws drop when we are dismayed or surprised? [more inside]
Rented apartment, flimsy aluminium blinds savaged by toddler. I cannot figure out their quick release mechanism. I've tried rocking (suggested here,) prying, and cursing. There are no accessible latches, tabs, or clips. All but one sit flush to window frames, so they cannot slide sideways. They have a Faber sticker, they are less than two years old, and likely from a Canadian supplier. I can't find a relevant Faber installation guide. I popped the end cap off the one that isn't tight against a window frame (pic,) and I took a picture of the plate attached to the wall (pic.) I'm sure there is some dead simple manoeuvre that I've missed!
Memtest says the RAM is clean. So why might my Eee PC 1000 be repeatedly rebooting? [more inside]
What can I buy a lifetime subscription to? [more inside]
Photographers: reducing your rate – do you or don’t you? [more inside]
Any SF Bay Area'ers know a good place to hang out by a little creek or by the ocean in the shade all day and just relax, have a picnic, nap or read? Maybe play some music at a low volume? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a therapist who deals specifically with anxiety stemming from money matters? [more inside]
I think my friend's small company might be getting ripped off. I need advice as to what is acceptable pricing for building and running a couple of websites. [more inside]
DC to Pittsburgh by bus on Thanksgiving weekend? Will it be a traffic nightmare? [more inside]
Rip Blu-Ray straight to uncompressed .avi at 1080p. What's the best way to do it? Details inside. [more inside]
More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
No mess, one touch espresso : Nespresso or super automatic? Which one should I choose?
I'm straight, midthirties, a woman, considered attractive, yet haven't had sex in a very, very long time, and I'm a little worried about the effect it's having on me. NSFW inside. [more inside]
Mrs. COD and myself are headed to VA Beach this weekend, and my efforts to secure a nice hotel cheap via Hotwire / Priceline have not panned out. We are visiting with friends on Chick's beach, so staying somewhere around the Norfolk Airport keeps us within 15 minutes of their place, which is fine. Has anybody stayed at a Norfolk Airport hotel recently? The reviews on the travel sites are kind of scary, but I'm hoping it's just Internet trolling and it's not really that bad. Cheap is good - we just need a place to crash Saturday night. Any recommendations from recent personal experience?
Looking for this pair of shoes? [more inside]
At mid-life, I've finally discovered cooking. I've experimented with Lebanese, Portuguese, Moroccan and Turkish because they're my favorites. But I'm single these days and cooking for one. What are some good strategies? [more inside]
Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
I want the best lentil soup recipes [more inside]
Where is religiosity growing and where is it shrinking? [more inside]
I have a round face and very thick, mostly straight hair. I'm thinking about getting a layered haircut shorter than my shoulders. Would this work?? [more inside]
How do I approach a competitor about applying for a job without jeopardizing my current position? [more inside]
Do I have a chip on my shoulder or is my boss underestimating me? Or maybe it's both? [more inside]
What is the best way to record a live streaming video broadcast from the Web? Details to follow. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a plug-in that allows adobe acrobat to sort pages by page number? I inserted page numbers into a document; extracted certain pages into separate files, and then combined them again; the page numbers were off as a result (and there are some dupes). I'd like to make them resort by page number. Any ideas?
I have a brand-new Dell laptop. What's the best way to remove all the bloatware? What things should I install? (Please no Linux, this is a Windows 7 machine and I need it to stay that way.) [more inside]
I'm going to Spain in November and desperately need hotel suggestions! [more inside]
I just purchased a Belkin Aircast bluetooth car adapter to use with a 1st generation Iphone. It's not working the way it's supposed to and I suspect it's because my iPhone is jailbroken. How do I fix this? [more inside]
Urgent care? ER? Where am I supposed to go? I don't have a doctor here (Fairfax County, VA). I'm clueless. I got the flu last weekend but am still experiencing symptoms, including a new one - a burning hot pain in the pit of my stomach. [more inside]
Any songs/tips for a non-jazz singer performing at a jazz jam session? [more inside]
We're booking a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Any recommendations on where to stay? How about ferry trips? [more inside]
My dream co-op financed--maybe. In my limited knowledge, the "five by five loan" sounds suspiciously like an ARM, although the lender swears it isn't. So what is it exactly? [more inside]
Where might I procure a cheap old timey laced vest for a nerdy Game of Thrones Halloween costume? [more inside]
Help me identify this mid 2000's neo-noir movie [more inside]
Can you name any songs or movies which feature palindromic structures? In terms of music, I don't mean notes or lyrics, but the sections, eg, CVCBCVC. Movie patterns would be more loose, but one could be settings, eg, starts out in a house, then a car, then a plane, etc, ends in a car, then a house. Another pattern could be the entrance/exit of characters. [more inside]
What hat should I wear this summer to keep cool without looking like a stereotypical nerd? I've worn fedoras all my life, and I've recently realized it makes me look a bit like Fedora Guy or a stereotype I want to avoid. Unfortunately, summer is coming up and I need to wear something to keep the sun off my head. I've been wearing this black straw fedora, and my dad recently gave me a more traditional Akubra (can't remember the exact model, but this might be close). I've also got a light straw hat and a 'wacky' one with cowboy skin (and a grey flatcap for winter). What should I wear when I plan on being outside for long periods of time? I'm in Sydney, Australia so there will be days when going out hatless isn't really an option
Know of any research, books, websites, etc. that look into how people would likely react in various global catastrophe situations? Apocalyptic without the fire and brimstone. Such as: economic collapse, global loss of electronics, plagues and so on. Sociological and psychological realities of how humans this day in age would actually behave.
Does anyone know where I can get a single item embroidered in Toronto - hopefully on a Saturday morning? [more inside]
I need to make an awesome, KO baked good that will bring lots of money to our bakesale, with some specifications. [more inside]
Help me identify this clump of tree roots that a plumber cut from my sewer line today. It's either from a California Redwood, an ash, or this little tree that I haven't identified (maybe it's an ash too? It has berries while the big one does not, but I guess they flower and fruit on a multiyear cycle.) The house is in southern California, and roots are apparently invading the line through a bad splice between two sections of ABS pipe.
ID this horror film that featured a bunch of people trapped in a house, someone sliding down a rope bare-handed, and a hole in the ground that opened into hell? [more inside]
My boyfriend is about to face a court date next week for a furnishing alcohol to a minor charge.... he would gladfully face punishment for this crime, however, he didn't furnish alcohol to a minor. The prosecutor wants him to accept the plea agreement and not waste anyone's time. My boyfriend just doesn't want it on his record. Any ideas? [more inside]
Does anyone know a wonderful child/family psychologist in Baltimore to work with a first-grader (and his parents)? [more inside]
What the hell happens at the end of Peter Watts' entertainingly grittygrim space vampire novel Blindsight? (spoilers expected and obligatory, naturally) [more inside]
Is the 5-year(!) non-compete clause I signed valid? [more inside]
I need to replace an old e-commerce website with something more modern. Can you make recommendations for a non-programmer - Drupal or other CMS? Something else? [more inside]
Help me with my short story [more inside]
Help picking a topic that lends itself to document analysis via XML-based techniques that preferably has to do with Politics or Political Science (more inside) [more inside]
I need a good, slightly nerdy costume for Halloween, and I want something actually decent that won't be overly expensive. I could use some help with the actual logistics, though. Advice? [more inside]
I'm addicted to tea. Usually flavoured black. Earl Grey especially. Now I'm not allowed caffeine (even decaf is being considered borderline). How do I get my tea on keeping in mind that I'm not a big roobios fan or floral herbals? [more inside]
Repercussions of swearing at homeowner's association? [more inside]
I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
What is set in stone in car negotiations? [more inside]
For students' day at a middle/high school, each department of teachers has been asked to submit or perform something. I could use some help thinking of something that will entertain the students while keeping it appropriate for the age level. [more inside]
I want to set up a wiki so that my fellow students and I can collaborate on a constitution governing our class. Is there a space that I can do this somewhere on wikipedia? Or are there any other wiki 'hosts' (preferably free and ad free) that let people have a wiki for simple purposes such as I just outlined? [more inside]
Which laptop should I buy? [more inside]
I hate intrusive facebook. My favorite facebook blocker is 3 versions of firefox behind and doesn't appear to be actively updated anymore. What's more, with the latest redesign, FB has a new social plugin thing on other sites that I can't figure out how to block. What's the best way to keep facebook and its assorted APIs, plugins, sniffers, trackers and malware on its own damn webpage?
What can one do with a garage other than use it for its intended purpose of storing cars? [more inside]
Panicking about my relationship, which is then causing me to panic about my panic. I have no one to talk to and I just want to know that I'm going to be ok. [more inside]
My mom is getting married in 3 days to a man she's been dating for two months. She emailed me this news (not too weird, that's our main form of communication) last week and I have been in too much of a state of shock to respond. How do I respond to this? I'm still not even sure how to feel about it. [more inside]
I have been skipping sleeping some nights lately, just to avoid the unpleasantness of waking up. How can I get some sleep at night without having to deal with a "sleep hangover" in the morning? [more inside]
What 2-D, physical, non-photographer, non-sequential (more or less straight-ahead drawers and/or painters) artists are considered to be "cutting edge" right now?
I am shooting a short film for my MFA in New York City in November. I need help finding a small studio apartment to rent very short term as the film's single set. [more inside]
Pottery is made in a pottery. What else is made in its namesake? Is there a name for this? [more inside]
How much should I budget for a wordpress stylesheet customization? [more inside]
Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
I subscribe to too many RSS feeds that publish too many items and I can't take it anymore. Help me pare down to something resembling "essentials." [more inside]
How do you find a therapist? I have been trying for months and can't find one that is accepting new patients and takes my insurance. [more inside]
Has anybody ever heard of a quote, supposedly attributed to Samuel Adams during the lead-up to the American Revolution, about how "the revolution will need exactly three martyrs; Less than three won't have enough effect, and more than three is a sanitation problem"? I can't find any evidence of it online even though I thought I might find a Snopes/misattribution article on the topic. Anybody heard of it before -- maybe attributed to somebody else?
ahem... this is a little embarrassing. I am female in my late 20's and have been attracted to both men and women before, and have sort of had relationships/ people I dated. When friends talk about their, hmm, libido, I never really know what they are talking about, and the phrase "physical attraction" as opposed to emotional or pretty face has never made sense to me. Until the other day. This woman with whom I have been working on a project came to the last meeting in a tight-fitting shirt, which accentuates her very slim and nimble waist. And uh, hmm, let's just say, both physically and mentally, I reacted instinctively and unexpectedly. (good thing nobody noticed.) And 2 weeks later I still can't stop thinking about it, so here it is, hive mind, explain to me. [more inside]
Possible new job question: should I stay with my current job or take this new one? [more inside]
How to deal with a difficult person at work? Main question of the day: Do I cc this particular email to my higher boss? [more inside]
What can I wear (other than a traditional bathing suit) while swimming at the gym? And how to start a very gentle swimming regimen while dealing with major back problems? [more inside]
Do I really need to go to therapy or is this something I can do on my own? Go ahead, MetaFilter, talk me OUT of going to therapy! [more inside]
Ping pong in Houston, Texas? [more inside]
Am I going to electrocute myself with my home extension cord repair? [more inside]
What's the difference between setting up a Mac OS X server and turning on file sharing on a regular Mac? [more inside]
[TeacherFilter] Advice needed on getting these inner city middle schoolers to be quiet. [more inside]
Can GoogleTV add value to my HTPC setup, without cable TV? [more inside]
I've read that in the past, the family of an executed prisoner in China later received a bill for the cost of the bullet used in the execution. Is this true? [more inside]
How reputable is Stautzenberger college's Veterinary Technology program? How about San Juan's distance learning program? [more inside]
Do people actually quit their jobs to go to school while living on loans and government assistance--with children? If so, how? [more inside]
NYC doctor filter: Looking for a new primary care physician (last one moved away). Preferences: Upper East Side office location; takes insurance. Beyond that, no particular needs. Can you recommend someone you like? Thanks.
How do I become someone's home cook-for-pay? [more inside]
I need a lens for low-light, hand-held, food photography on my Canon 40D. I will be renting the lens so cost is not an issue and prefer only one lens instead of swapping them out. I will be taking pictures in restaurants during actual meals so dishes must be fully framed from the seated position. No tripod, no flashes, no standing up, no trickery. What would you recommend?
This comes up every year at this time: people needing help with ideas for Halloween costumes. Here are the particulars which make this case a bit different: looking for an affordable (cheap, actually) idea for a six-piece rock band (two women, four men.) Something we can actually wear onstage and perform in without dying of heat prostration, or spending more on the costumes than we'll make playing the gig. Any good ideas out there?
How might one go about having a (murder?) mystery-themed dinner party? [more inside]
How do I learn to focus on my own life? [more inside]
What if you're not sexually attracted to the people you fall in love with in a way that's fulfilling?
Where can I find out more about people with opposite sexual and romantic orientations? [more inside]
Can you recommend some good books that have characters that I would actually aspire to be like? [more inside]
My parents will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in August 2012, and my family is already planning a commemorative catered dinner/dance. On the evening's agenda will be a musical solo, sung by my talented teenaged niece Peaches and accompanied by my sister on the piano. I'd like some suggestions as to what song Peaches might sing. [more inside]
Drinking outdoors in New Orleans: I'm planning a picnic with a large group of people in a New Orleans city park. I know outdoor drinking is permitted in New Orleans as long as the alcohol is consumed in a plastic cup and not the original container. My question is, can I bring a cooler of beer and wine to a city park, and serve the drinks in plastic cups? In other words, am I legally permitted to have open glass or metal containers outdoors as long as they're in a cooler?
How do I best repair a rusty wheel arch. [more inside]
New Android phone in Toronto - Bell? Rogers? Someone else? [more inside]
Commitment ceremonies: how do you do them? Particularly - how do you explain the idea to family? [more inside]
I ordered this item from Amazon.com last month and when I ordered it, I noticed that the shipping date was September 28-October 29. That seemed a little weird so I contact Amazon and the rep just confused me more. Do you know the inner workings of Amazon? Can you explain this to me? [more inside]
My best friend is getting married! And I am doing the reading! Yay! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that really fits the couple. Halp. [more inside]
We just had twins. How soon can we expect one parent to be able to look after the two of them for a couple of hours without any help? [more inside]
Could someone recommend a podcast featuring excellent radio drama, old or new? I'd like something with high production quality, engaging stories, and regular updates. Thanks.
I have gotten myself in to what feels like an awkward position. I agreed to babysit the child of my husband's co worker once a week. The deal was that they would pay me $50 each time. I agreed because I was looking to take on a second job anyway, so this was perfect. We are going on three weeks at this point, in which I have not been paid. That part is obviously awkward enough, but the additional details make me feel pretty crappy. [more inside]
I improved a website for a business. The client was satisfied throughout the project and at launch 1 yr ago. But he fell out with his partners and they're threatening to sue me. I billed about $5k for the site. The site now does everything he wanted - consistent navigation, improved graphics, data driven pages (it had been over 100 html pages with little consistency among them). Can I be sued for violating some best practices like not saving Includes in their own directory, having some HTML tags inside a SQL database, leaving test code and unused files on the production site and not optimizing queries, commenting-out unused code instead of removing it? Can I be sued for leaving the site vulnerable to SQL Injection attacks even if there were no actual damages? [more inside]
What's the best way to upload an Access DB using PHP and read its contents into MySQL?
I'm looking for the best wireless router and extender combination to spread internet access throughout a large area. [more inside]
I have some questions regarding MMS charges and the Facebook Messenger app. Between it and the upcoming iOS messages in iOS5 I would like to completely eliminate my texting plan (in light of AT&T's total dick move of eliminating the $10/month text plan-which I was going to move to after iOS5). I figure between Facebook and my iphone-owning friends, family, and girlfriend I should be 99.9% covered and I'll eat the per-text charge on the 2-3 a month that may slip by. I just cant seem to find a clear answer on one point, though: [more inside]
My favorite "last minute, destination-nonspecific" travel site just folded. Are there any others out there? [more inside]
Pimp my pantry - Allergen free style. [more inside]
If you were having lunch with the Australian Minister for Health which new, innovative, targeted and cost effective measures would you suggest to improve health care in Australia? Ideas could focus on regional services, mental health, hospitals and nursing or GP services, preventative health and so forth. Links to fresh, successful strategies in other countries or well argued position papers would be appreciated. Simply suggesting spending more money isn't an option. This question has nothing to do with the oft rehearsed arguments over health insurance and provision in the USA.
My father is 78 and is housebound after 16 years of suffering from the after-effects of several strokes. I showed him my iPad and he was entranced so we are going to get him a top of the line iPad. What are the best apps that we can put on the iPad for him? [more inside]
I would like to learn French. I like to watch movies. What are some French-language movies that might allow me to do both things at once? [more inside]
What are your beginner/intermediate SAS handbook recommendations? [more inside]
In Korean, the words for 'mom' and 'dad', respectively, are umma and appa. In Hebrew (maybe other Semitic languages, too), they are ima and abba. Is there a link between Korean (maybe other east Asian languages?) and the Semitic languages?
Hi, I just got into an online relationship with a friend whom I've known for three years. He left his previous (online and real life) relationship of three years because his girlfriend was blackmailing him and spilling his secrets to other people which made him lose friends. She was both nice and mean, in his own words, bipolar. He said that he has emotional residue because he felt that she was the only one who would stay with him but that he knows he should let go of her. He made peace with the notion that he will be single forever before I told him that I'd like to be with him. [more inside]
I'm looking for fun educational youtube videos. [more inside]
Are steroids legal in China? [more inside]
Macbook Pro or Air for SPSS? [more inside]
Help me identify this song from 1992-93 from some half-remembered lyrics! [more inside]
I need advice on how to plot out my career - right now I feel doomed to drift. I work in development currently, not sure I want to stay there, but it's the only thing I know how to do. [more inside]
TL;dr, I have a very clingy friend. [more inside]
I have a 12 hour layover in Warsaw. What to do? [more inside]
Any decent wordpress shopping carts? FOSS or for sale doesn't matter so much as good to go right now and stable for at least a few years into the future. [more inside]
It's my grandmother's birthday next week, and I'd like to give her some sort of book with cute and funny short stories/jokes, a la Reader's Digest. It should also be clean humor only. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I need some help getting a Flash rollover to behave. [more inside]
So, there's this movie. It involves a beautiful double-amputee woman and a man, and I think they're in love. I believe there's a prisoner dynamic. Pretty sure it was a mindfuck scenario, very bizarre, and possibly directed by the daughter of a big name. Any ideas?
My mom needs a home health aid. She's in her late 60s and has MS. Any advice? [more inside]
Why do parents refer to themselves in 3rd person when talking to their young children? [more inside]
Is it ok to write my role rather than exact title on my resume? A company has unique titles like for project managers they call them team leads. I rather use titles that are better understood and more common and searchable. Would this be considered misrepresenting facts or lying??? [more inside]
What are some classic/great albums that are less than 45 minutes? [more inside]
Attention, MeFi Sewers and Seamstresses! Please help with advice for altering a knitted dress. [more inside]
How can I actually learn to speak Korean? I have a few materials, but they're not hitting the spot for me. Or I need to do something else with them. [more inside]
Central Texas heat: Canned sardines -- okay in the glove box of my pickup or will they go south or explode or ??? [more inside]
Help me recall which movie features a determined maniac lifting up a coed and impaling her on deer antlers above the fireplace? [more inside]
Mom wants to go to the Brooklyn Flea Market this weekend. Of course, nothing is simple in Marky world... [more inside]
What small things can I add to my work space (or change) to make my day more cheerful/more efficient/better all-around? [more inside]
I'm looking for an interstate bus advocacy, lobbying, or research group. I'd like to talk to someone about how the market shifted over last 10 years, especially in the northeast. Topics for discussion: Increased ridership (possibly due to recession). Their pricing and the competitive pressures MegaBus/Chinatown exerted on, say, Greyhound. Also, issues of safety and worker rights. Have they made their rides cheaper on the backs of underpaid workers and decreased rider safety?
How can I easily find out which were the best (American) football games from the past weekend? [more inside]
What are your favorite recipes from Yamuna Devi's Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking? [more inside]
Please help me deal with my hair [more inside]
I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help.
I'd like to decorate the interior of my home without paying an interior decorator. I could use some help. [more inside]
Help me identify an old song. I've recorded a small clip of the melody. [more inside]
My professor just told my entire class that I am the special student who is allowed to do something the rest of the class can't do (use a laptop to take notes) because I have a 'dispensation'. Can he do that, or was my privacy just violated? [more inside]
Outlook 2010 stops indexing after a certain date in a certain email account. Rebuild indexes, restarting service, does nothing. [more inside]
With fall approaching, I would like to light a fire in my gas fireplace, but I cannot figure out how. [more inside]
Building an in-ground swimming pool and looking for hacks about going through the process. [more inside]
Crash course tips on homeowning/homebuying? What do you wish you would have known before buying a foreclosed fixer-upper? What new (to us) home tips can you share? [more inside]
Weird Unix terminal issue where yer trying to up arrow through bash history and it looks messed up, right? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a website. It was a collection of short horror fiction pieces, organized as a bestiary maintained by a secret government organization. It had entries for, I think, a giant preternaturally intelligent and malicious fish-like thing, a haunted subway train, and an orb that acted as a portable black hole or something like that. What was it?
I have some questions about the MPA degree. Is it a useful degree? Does it actually help in the job search? [more inside]
White guy debating applying to teach at a HBCU seeks your input. [more inside]
Teaching an on-camera acting class to kids age 8-12. Looking for interesting TV and film scenes featuring kids. Can you suggest scenes, ideally as YouTube links or online scripts? [more inside]
A more durable substitute for Vans? [more inside]
How should I depict our complicated organizational structure in my database design? [more inside]
Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
Online Dating Filter: What are some tell-tale red flags that someone might turn into a creep? Please help me fine tune my creepometer! [more inside]
UPS has decided to stop delivering without a signature after a package went missing. Now what should I do? [more inside]
How do I interpret the crime statistics on a given neighborhood in my city? And is it then appropriate to make a judgment call on whether or not it's safe to put my child in a daycare there using that information? [more inside]
You are a man and you were once shy about sex, particularly about vocalizing your wants/needs. How did you come out of your shell? [more inside]
How to negotiate employer paying for flight to interview? [more inside]
I hung up curtains last week using IKEA's Dignitet curtain wire system. Last night the steel cable yanked one of the mounts out of the brick wall it was attached to. What do I do now? [more inside]
Does anybody know of any attempts to shoot ice balls from a tennis ball machine? Couldn't find anything via search. (Note that I'm in California and haven't been able to lug a tennis ball machine to the Sierras, and wouldn't want to attempt this at a tennis club for fear of getting blackballed, no pun intended).
I would like to swap my manual transmission car for an automatic transmission car. Is this even possible? (More inside) [more inside]
'Do the birds have a constant vertical acceleration? Do they have constant horizontal velocity? Let’s find out, shall we.'
My five year old son is obsessed with Angry Birds. Suggest some ways that I can use the obsession to teach him a little tiny bit about physics. [more inside]
So I'm publishing my first book. My editor has asked me to secure photos and the international rights. How does this work? What are some good cheap sources? [more inside]
I think I may have found a way of definitively finding a long-lost crush. Tell me if that's a bad idea. [more inside]
Removing blown in insulation easily? [more inside]
Help with job offer question needed asap! [more inside]
Is there any online resource that functions like microsoft word that I can use to get my paper appropriately edited? Within the hour? [more inside]
I am about to go to my first therapy session in a few hours, and I am kind of terrified. I don't know what I should be trying to achieve in this first meeting. I am afraid my mind is going to go blank, or I will freeze up and not be honest with the therapist, or I will go into jokey-mode. What are some ideas that might help me to keep in mind? [more inside]
I designed the website, installed a WYSIWYG editor for my client to update the text, and now the site looks terrible. What should I do? [more inside]
Does this app exist? I want a utility for my Android that will provide on-the-fly translations for selected sections of a body of text I am reading, without requiring me to leave the text or manually type in the section I need translated. [more inside]
I Lost 60 lbs and cured metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) quickly on a modified Atkins diet. Can I start juice fasting without raising my sugar/insulin levels and "blowing up" again. I am down to about 5% bodyfat with normal blood sugar and LOVING it. How can I juice without upsetting my sugar/insulin balance again? Is it worth it? [more inside]
Are there helpful online resources for adults who want to learn swimming strokes? We can both swim, but we'd like to develop proper form. [more inside]
Storybooks (standalone, series or anthologies) that have empowered female characters and are appropriate for a kindergartener? [more inside]
Where can I commission custom made decoder wedding rings? [more inside]
What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
Why do Airport, iChat and VPN stop working in certain coffee shops? [more inside]
"To be" or not "to be"? That is the question! [more inside]
What's the best mobster movie for every country (other than America) that's ever made a mobster movie? [more inside]
Ok, therapy. Now what? [more inside]
Would you serve this? I need a little mefihelp with food advice for an upcoming poker game. [more inside]
I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
I took painkillers a few weeks ago (opioids) to alleviate symptoms and am experiencing what I believe to be severely low testosterone. How can I reverse this? [more inside]
Should I tell sexual partners about my mole in an, er, delicate area? [more inside]
Issue with bibtex author-year citations and two authors with the same last name. [more inside]
How do I buy train tickets for the new high speed train between Shanghai and Beijing? Have you taken the train? Tips? [more inside]
I'm considering working from home as a virtual assistant. If you've done this how was it for you? Can you recommend good companies to work for? What should I do to increase my opportunities as a VA and what should I avoid?
YANMD but about once a month a week before my period, my gums are sensitive. I have very good oral hygiene so this bothers me. Obviously it is likely to be hormonal but what can I do about it?
(UK railfilter) Why would my train suddenly announce that only tickets with specific reservations were valid? [more inside]
Lady moving to Boston from Virginia. What are your Work winter clothing essentials? [more inside]
Help me my restore my leather jacket and make it last forever! [more inside]
Our wedding cake people canceled on us 2.5 weeks before our wedding! So we're seeking some affordable NYC bakeries who make GREAT cakes (we don't care about decorations, just the flavor) and can fulfill an order for 100 people on fairly short notice. We are considering asking for multiple smaller cakes, as it seems requesting one large, stacked cake significantly narrows down our options when ordering sort-of last minute. [more inside]
What's the best solution for a company to manage their Twitter account? [more inside]
How many virtual worlds (e.g. Second Life) still exist and don't suck? [more inside]
How should I handle a POP 19.6GB Outlook 2007 .pst file that is bugging the heck out and crashing daily? I believe I need to: a) Reduce the file size now, and b) implement a better strategy for the future [more inside]
Recommendations for things to do and places to visit in or around the town of Skipton, North Yorkshire next week. [more inside]
I'm running in a Zombie Infected 5k Obstacle Course. I could dress as a casual runner caught in the apocalypse, but where's the fun in that? [more inside]
What is the best Verizon phone that works well with Macs but is not an iPhone? [more inside]
What's the best way to help 250,000 unskilled, decentralized workers on a flexible part-time basis earn money at home in their spare time? Solutions should be a) legal, b) scalable, c) easy to learn/implement. [more inside]
How do I connect my Witopia VPN wireless router to my ISP's wireless router? [more inside]
Mac OSX Networking: Can I configure different applications to use different Network services to connect? How do I do that? [more inside]
I need recommendations for international call cards, Calling from the Netherlands to the UK, that can be purchased in the UK(or Ireland) [more inside]
I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]
What's this particular old drum machine beat? [more inside]
Best friendship options for a middle-aged man - gym, Spanish meetups, Movie meetups or something else?
I have quite a limited social life, partly due to lifelong social anxiety, and would like to try to make more friends locally (I enjoy some online contacts, but friends IRL is my focus at the moment). Since I am not working, and likely won't be in a position to for some time due to a mental health challenge, my funds are limited for going out so I need to be selective. For what it's worth, I live in Glasgow (Scotland), I'm male and age 41. I think I could pursue one of the following three options, but not them all. [more inside]
If I have an address in one city in the UK (in Wales), can I check myself into the psych ward of a hospital in another city (in England), or will I be transferred back to the first city? This is a situation I need to be sure on before I put myself in the way of possibly being sectioned.
Is there a website for photos of women who have had kids? [more inside]
Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port?
Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port? [more inside]
MovieFilter: It's about a painter who thinks turpentine kills emotions. But what's it called? [more inside]
Best Verizon Smartphone? IPhone vs Droid 3? [more inside]
How much money should a couple budget for one year's worth of travel? [more inside]
I am looking for an article or blog post that came out fairly recently, definitely this summer, I think within the last 6 weeks, about an author (female, I'm pretty sure) who tested Amazon's editorial oversight by uploading an e-book consisting of a single word and having it approved for sale. [more inside]
I'm having trouble getting my Macbook to reliably communicate with, well, anything else on my network, and not having a spare router or laptop is not helping the troubleshooting process. [more inside]
Looking for a doctor / nurse practitioner in Portland, Oregon. I want someone who will work with me, as opposed to running the show. More info inside. [more inside]
Looking for data points on natural gas heating costs of a house in a cold(ish) climate with radiant heat.
Looking for data points on natural gas heating costs of a house in a cold(ish) climate with radiant heat. [more inside]
What are your spinach secrets? How can I make cooked spinach at home that is as delicious as what I get at restaurants? Even loaded up with butter and salt, it's still not the same. [more inside]
Please give me advice on a sticky job resignation issue. My manager did not accept my resignation date, and then things got complicated. [more inside]
Anyone know any good pub quizzes in Brooklyn (preferably Park Slope or vicinity)? [more inside]
MacBook Air won't boot properly. Need to get some files back! [more inside]
Massive video camera files...where to put them? [more inside]
Postal Service Filter: What's up with extra barcode stickers next to postage on two Media Mail packages I sent today? [more inside]
Whats that website where they get a guy and a girl to try stuff? [more inside]
What are some good movies (clips) that have a retreat from a battle scene? Specifically looking for times when the good guys have to retreat, regroup, replan, then try again (hopefully for victory). More details below [more inside]
Berlin. Will be there celebrating my son's birthday, between 25th and 28th of september. He runs a cool restaurant in Stockholm, loves beer, football and music and will be 47. I am 70 love museums, art shows, wine -and still like whooping it up. Will be staying in Kreuzberg. What shouldn't we miss?
The sand paper keeps slipping off this Dremel sanding drum. How do I make it not do that? The bit is secure and the sand paper is the proper size for the drum.
How much should I charge for developing a mobile/web app? And, should I charge hourly, weekly, or ask for a fulltime position? [more inside]
My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside!
My life just tapped me on the shoulder and told me it's time to grow up. Questions about switching a job after years of doing it and maybe being pigeonholed in it inside! [more inside]
can't-believe-I'm-asking-this-filter: How would I go about finding more information on celebrities/public figures who have been accused of being supernatural or not human? [more inside]
Are we killing our neighbor's tree with our hot water heater? If so, what can we do about it? [more inside]
My boss needs an academic reference manager (think: Papers, Sente, BibDesk) that can handle a huge existing BibTeX reference library and a huge-separate-but-sometimes-overlapping existing library of papers in PDF format. Have one you love? Tell me about it. [more inside]
Can you help me find this hip-hop song, and/or the nerdy online article that analyzed part of it? Theme: so many stacks of money that you could lay on them, like a bed [more inside]
I'd like to use this photo on my website, but would like to get permission from its owner first. [more inside]
Oily watery leak in car? [more inside]
Where are the industrial live/work spaces and/or workshops in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
Since discontinuing my beloved Starbucks Breakfast Blend for my Tassimo coffee maker I have been lacking in one of my favorite rituals... the cup before work. None of the other coffee brands seem to stack up, not even close. It maybe a silly question to waste on an askme, but has any other MeFi fan of the former Starbucks selection found a respectable alternative coffee for their Tassimo machine? My machine is now way underused. Note to Starbucks and Tassimo: thanks for letting down your customer base. Booo...Hiss.
What technologies, procedures, or incentives exist to ensure proper rolling of coins? [more inside]
At some of the older buildings on my campus the men's room has a very strange design to the urinals. They are sort of soup-bowl in shape (a gross analogy, I agree), there are no dividers between them, and unless you take steps to prevent it your equipment is fairly visible to anyone who walks in the door as you're using them. This seems odd to me. I think the buildings that they're in were built in the 70s or 80s... is there a design reason / philosophy behind the worst bathrooms I've ever used in my life? [more inside]
Need routing help, RV traveling from Winnipeg to Memphis ... our usual route has closures and detours. [more inside]
Should we eat it... a year from now? [The Wedding Cake Edition] [more inside]
I could use some help choosing a hotel in Puerto Rico (or should we go somewhere else?). [more inside]
Is there a travel website where I can search for vacation deals or packages from 2 (or more!) *origin* airports? [more inside]
I just received the Social Security card for my first child. Please advise me on what I should do now. I plan on talking to my financial advisor to set up a college fund and will start making deposits very soon. Should I set up a bank account, savings account, 401k, etc...? [more inside]
OK. Here's my issue. I can drive, but I've inherited a bit of a driving phobia from my mom (who doesn't drive at all). In the small town where I'm originally from, I just stuck to regular roads and state highways. I've never liked the freeway. [more inside]
Language Learning Filter: How long is it going to take me, a person speaking a Germanic language (English) to go from the first tier of intermediate to advanced and/or fluent in a Romance language (French), assuming 20 hours of classes a week? [more inside]
Why is snot yellow? And where does it come from? [more inside]
Is this how love works? One day it's unmistakable, then next it's almost impossible to find. [more inside]
A follow-up to this question. Protecting a car full of my belongings while driving cross country for several days: complications: musical instruments, computer gear and cat. How? [more inside]
Is there software capable of analyzing the note-to-note event data from a melody played on a solo acoustic instrument (live or recorded), and then generating a text file containing said data in a list form? [more inside]
People who take Vitamin D to stave off SAD-type gloom: please give me your anecdotes. In particular, how long does it take to start working? [more inside]
Cisco experts -- how do you get AnyConnect working with Active directory? [more inside]
How do I introduce new girlfriends/dates to a best friend who also happens to be somewhat of an old flame? [more inside]
I want to take some intensive language classes in Germany for 6-7 months. I'm not affiliated with a university, and I have a bunch of question about visas and one short question about stipends from the Goethe Institut. [more inside]
Funeral road trip this weekend: from Minneapolis, MN to Medina, OH. Is it really going to take 12 hours? Any can't-miss stops along the way? Route suggestions? [more inside]
Fantasy ID filter: book read in the late 80s, early 90s. Child in fishing village, purchased as a slave or servant by a traveling magician. Beautiful city in decline, animal (fish?) shaped necklace with a seed in its mouth? [more inside]
Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
How do I go about getting some of my stories made into comics? [more inside]
I'm back to exercising but my weight is at a standstill. What's worked for you? I'd love to lose 30 pounds. Also...any ideas for controlling your diet for someone who really enjoys the culture of food? [more inside]
I've got a week or so to drive around Wyoming, and northern Utah. (Coming back via I70, spending a day in Crested Butte.) Leaving Friday afternoon. What fall color should I absolutely not miss? [more inside]
When an author, political figure or other speaker donates their speaking or appearance fee to charity, do they garner any tax benefits? Does this donation show up as a charitable tax deduction on their tax form? Does it show up as a charitable donation on the sponsoring organization's tax form? [more inside]
My mother has given me the go-ahead to spend all the family money I need to help attract a nice girlfriend. What are some fun things I can do? [more inside]
Can you recommend films that have open or unresolved endings? [more inside]
I'm in need a morale boost. I'm feeling a little lost on how to cope with a rocky friendship. [more inside]
Put my mind at ease! Job interview worries [more inside]
How can I protect my interest while selling my website? [more inside]
Is there a way to find out if 'petrol' or 'gas' is the most recognized word for vehicle fuel by country? [more inside]
How can I train myself to stop being so insecure about my breasts? [more inside]
How can I convince my soon-to-be landlady that keeping bikes inside will not result in damage or a bike-house apocalypse? She's strongly insisting that bikes (currently inside) be moved outside, where they will almost certainly be stolen, and at least damaged by rain/weather. (Long - Lots of context/details about testy maintenance issues with previous leaseholder inside.) [more inside]
What are good resources for researching and evaluating enterprise web content management and digital asset management systems?
What advice would you give to a young female STEM graduate? I have eleven years experience. I graduated from a STEM program in 2000 and recently received my MS degree also in a STEM field. Five years of my experience were in industry, the last six are in a research lab in academia. I am not a student, I am a regular employee of the university. My MS degree came from another university. During these six years I have never seen sexism like I have seen it here. It is anticipated my current place of employment will no longer be because our funding will cease. We are all looking for jobs. [more inside]
I finally have a room of my own to decorate! ...And it's the size of a walk-in closet! Help me figure out how to make this tiny space into my home. [more inside]
Can I use any Bluetooth ear piece with my new Dragon Dictate software? [more inside]
How do I keep a sandwich overnight without it getting soggy and gross? [more inside]
I have a friend in his mid 20s who has, I would guess, a 9th-grade literacy level. I'd like to help him bring that up a bit, so he is more successful in school (he just started at a community college taking business classes). I don't know where to begin! There's soooo much information on the net, I'm having a hard time processing it. Can you suggest a good place to start? [more inside]
What's a good program for making simple animations synced to music on OS X (10.6.8)? [more inside]
Comparative religion filter: Seeking a calendar, chart or similar that takes a seasonal approach to listing/identifying religious events, festivals and important occasions for major world religions. [more inside]
I have a flight from Toronto to Montreal (YYZ-YUL) at noon on Thursday. Air Canada flight attendants are expected to strike at midnight on Wednesday. What should I do/expect? [more inside]
I'm working on a project in China at the moment aimed at getting luxury European and North American brands to install themselves at a new five-star hotel and luxury shopping plaza in one of China's many rapidly growing second-tier cities. The location is excellent and the nimiety of demand and feasibility studies we have conducted show this clearly. We need to convince key decision makers not only in Paris, Milan, London and New York but also here in Shanghai. But how to contact the right people? [more inside]
My bedroom smells like pee. Ew! Gross! But also: we don't have a pet, we don't have kids, we're scrupulously clean, and we can't seem to find the smell's origin despite much aggressive searching. What on earth can this be? [more inside]
I want to casually amplify a speech outside and on the go—and without electricity present. Help me, fellow geeks, who are geekier than I! [more inside]
Which of these two (complicated) flight options will A) give me the biggest baggage allowance, and B) cost the least for excess bags? [more inside]
Midwifery filter: I'm searching for a suitable course of study to become a direct-entry midwife. Are there any programs in Europe that are taught in English? Bonus points for programs that have a distance-learning component. Many thanks! [more inside]
I'm in need of heavy, new music. I know that sounds general, but if I give a couple of examples, could you recommend similar tracks or albums? OK: The Zed's Dead remix of Massive Attack's "Paradise Circus." The entire Araabmuzik album. Also, the Weeknd's first EP. [more inside]
Why are the majority of forested trees in Brandenburg firs and upon crossing the Polish border into Lubusz Voivodeship they are all Birch? [more inside]
I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR.
I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR. [more inside]
I would like a nice transition in our Bride/Groom dance to having a dance with my mother. Just the tone obviously, I am looking for a piece of music that fits well. It doesn't have to be in the same era. Thank you. [more inside]
What are some anti-monarchist novels or plays? [more inside]
Help me identify a children's fantasy story! It was a radio drama (possibly based on a book, possibly airing on the BBC) that I listened to when I was young. Details inside... [more inside]
I'm trying to remember where I would have read this. I remember a discussion of the omnipotence/omniscience of a writer in relation to his story world and its characters -- I think the book must have been about writing fiction. There was a particular example having to do with Time, and how a writer who is interrupted by a knock at the door leaves his character, who was about to sit down (or set the table or something), mid-sentence and in a state of limbo. Come to think of it, maybe this was about philosophy or theology... I may have gotten some/all of the details wrong. Any of that sound familiar?
Describe your experience traveling semi-adventurously (developing country, language barriers, etc) with a very small infant, like a few weeks old small. Specifically concerned with health and safety issues but also comfort and parental sanity. [more inside]
Help me navigate the IP landmine field that is the world of font-embedding. [more inside]
I am exploring a career change into health information management. Is an RHIA worth the extra cost? [more inside]
What are the common tools of the trade - software, mainly - for Vimeo-wave videographers? [more inside]
Is there any good (Mac) software for making a comprehensive cookbook index from recipe ingredients? [more inside]
Looking for alternatives for a hard-to-find gift: Chanel No. 5 Bath Powder. [more inside]
What are the best online resources for info about older Chevy pickups? [more inside]
Help my fiancee not get scammed when buying her wedding dress! [more inside]
I'm looking for coping strategies or appropriate vents for long-repressed irritation with minor things, such as frustrating professors, unfortunate policies, more-sociable roommates, and the stuff of life. While I'm ok with impersonal set-backs and serious personal challenges, these minor interpersonal irritants seem to be driving me closer and closer to open confrontation, and I don't know how to channel it properly while retaining some measure of my natural calm and distance. [more inside]
Give me a haircut. I am a youngish guy with a beard that I keep trimmed pretty short. I need a haircut to match. Longer, I-hate-my-current-haircut story inside. [more inside]
I wrote a book and would like Urban Outfitters to carry it - what specific steps would you take to ensure this eventuality? [more inside]
I want to go to the gym, but the gym is so boring. Reading books/listening to music/watching TV during compatible exercises (i.e. no books with free weights) doesn't seem to help. How can I keep myself stimulated so that I can get through more than 30 minutes of working out? [more inside]
Finding games for an ancient iPod Touch [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Question about sentencing likelihood for a Class B Misdemeanor for marijuana possession in Travis County, Texas. Previous record and details of current arrest inside...YANML [more inside]
Your experiences with antidepressants and, uh, word-forgetting? [more inside]
Why does my cat seem to like sweaty clothes? [more inside]
So I've lived in beautiful San Francisco, California since 2005, but I've recently started a job down in Sunnyvale. I can take Caltrain down there, but it's an hour's trip plus half an hour on either end to get from home/work to the Caltrain station in question. This is not sustainable, so I'd like to move south. I'm 31, single, and a city boy from way back, so moving to The Suburbs gives me pause. Also, I sold the only car I've ever owned back in '05 shortly after I moved here. So I have two questions: [more inside]
Looking for flute music to play without an accompaniment: I'm a classically trained flutist, and have been asked to play during a casual open mic night in the near future. [more inside]
Netflix Instant Stream has about 1 out of every 20 movies I search for. I guess I'm too "indie" for them or something. Hulu+ and Amazon Prime aren't much better. Are there any streaming alternatives? [more inside]
Why does my internet kind of disconnect? [more inside]
Give me your best detailed, graphical overview of the U.S. healthcare system(s) - ideally with a view of number of covered lives. [more inside]
I have a new chihuahua puppy who is a bit too aggressive and not sure how to train it out of him. Details inside, advice needed. [more inside]
Who sells misses' size 18 dresses? [more inside]
I think I have a yeast infection but I'm having a hard time getting a doctor's appointment anytime soon. Advice for what to do in the meantime is appreciated! [more inside]
How do I remove memories of an unpleasant person from my mind? [more inside]
Two questions about a potential trip to Disney World: 1) Is it crazy to plan a trip to Disney World for the Saturday-Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving? 2) Is it vital to stay at a Disney property? Thanks!
I'm aware that re-releases of old films (eg, from the 70s, Star Wars I'm looking at you) are common as and when new formats become available, but what is the logic in this other than commercial? [more inside]
Teaching ten year-olds about turning grapes into wine - any fun/pedagogic insights/ideas? [more inside]
So I am still looking for a place to live. This is so stressful and frustrating, and the worst part is I only have about three weeks before I must move out. I'm seriously not sure what else I can do right about now. [more inside]
Is there a word that would express your combined surprise/confusion/confoundment upon witnessing an event or situation? How would best express, in a single word, your brain's "WTF-moment"? [more inside]
Edgy flower delivery alternatives: anyone know where I could order something cool for a punk-rock loving 16-year-old who's in the hospital this week? [more inside]
HKMovieFilter: What HK action movie is this scene from? [more inside]
Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
How to name a specific polyhedron? [more inside]
Um...should I retake the GRE? Will my mediocre quant score keep me from getting into computer science grad school? [more inside]
Our mover, licensed and bonded, turned out to be a criminal. He stole some of our things but even worse is that he's listed in the sexual offender directory. We're already warning others in our reviews but could/should we be more explicit? [more inside]
PLEASE tell me where to buy and how to get installed decent laminate (or other relatively inexpensive) countertops in Seattle. Home Depot has robbed us several times over in the kitchen remodel we're doing, and I can't deal with them any longer. I need another place to purchase countertops, and an installer (bonus if they're the same). I also would like to have this done in the next week or two, as I'm due to deliver a baby in three weeks. Of course, HD said this would all be done weeks ago, and it's not. Cabinets are being installed today and tomorrow. Help!
Need name of a book of fiction reviewed several months ago (NYT, WSJ or LA Times) about memory loss. A woman in her 30's wakes up (next to her husband she does not recognize) and remembers nothing about her current life.
I'm having a baby in December, which means I need to pick a pediatrician soon. What kinds of questions should I ask the doctors/staff to help me make up my mind? Any recommendations specific to Atlanta would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
Daughter (grade 11) is researching self terminating seeds. Not "natural" hybrids, but actual technological termination. Please help her (and myself) find credible citations about this technology. [more inside]
Las Vegas, NV area locations needed for cable television show about metal detecting and treasure hunting. [more inside]
Do I tell my boss about my mental health issues? [more inside]
I want to build a shelf like this. I have no idea how to build a shelf like that. I am a complete noob and really dumb questions are inside. [more inside]
Anxious preschooler. Resource recommendations please. [more inside]
Interested in starting a home daycare. Tips please. [more inside]
How difficult is it to get a replacement from Staples using their protection plan? There's nothing wrong with the item in question, but I'd like to sell it and if I can replace it for a new one I imagine I could get more for it. Also, is there any way to transfer the plan to a buyer since there's still over a year on it? [more inside]
It seems like 'y' sounds are often replaced by 'j' sounds when words make a leap between languages. Is there a phonetic rationale for that or some other reason? [more inside]
How complicated is it to get from CDG airport to Brussels by train? [more inside]
Seeking help from MeFi gardeners! We're about to move into a place that we're really excited about, and our landlady- who lives next door- wants us to have a plan for the garden. I think I may have done some weeding a couple of decades ago, but am otherwise clueless as to how to proceed. Soil-based special snowflake questions inside. [more inside]
Can anyone help identify the artist and source of this image. It is in the Arts and Crafts style, 15 " tall by 40" wide. It appears to be a lithograph. [more inside]
What are your best examples of scientific spinoffs? [more inside]
Who sells an Apple-quality LCD monitor in a smaller size? [more inside]
I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity, but unfortunately it also confused me
I've read a poem that has intrigued me and piqued my curiosity but unfortunately it also confused me. It would be great if someone here could elucidate its meaning for me. The poem is The Curse by John Donne.
I need the perfect public domain image for my Hallowe'en postcards! [more inside]
My Lightroom catalog is finally hitting the terabyte mark, which means I either need to double what I'm doing now (internal 1TB drive, which is backed up to an external 1TB drive) or something different. Any tips on how to manage large digital image collections? [more inside]
Help this part-time expat do Internet dating while living between two countries. [more inside]
How can I make my wife climax during intercourse? [more inside]
I'm looking for creative places to hide things in public spaces. Probably a good question for scavenger hunt and geocache junkies. [more inside]
Should we keep our puppy? What do we do? [more inside]
She has a crush on me. I don't feel the same way about her. What should I do? [more inside]
I accidentally removed an item from my credit report, and I want it back. Is this possible? [more inside]
What are the MUST DO's in the Los Angeles area that will convince my boyfriend that it is the perfect city to move to? [more inside]
What are family-friendly destinations in Thailand accessible by train? [more inside]
Is it believable for a young adult male to go to a strip club and say that he doesn't enjoy the entertainment?
Is it believable for a young adult male to go to a strip club and say that he doesn't enjoy the entertainment? [more inside]
How do income taxes work when my income is not by W2s or invoices? (home day-care; house cleaning) [more inside]
I dimly remember some lines from a poem or novel that go something like, "The something something, which something something, something something something, that nothing [heals/helps]" Basically I remember the cadence, but very few of the words. The lines were very poignant. What were they? [more inside]
I tried starting over. It failed. I am feeling hopeless. I have a small group of friends in my new city, but I don't want to wear them out by being negative or constantly in crisis. I've been in therapy off and on for 15 years and am not in it right now because I don't know if more of it is even what I need. [more inside]
Can you suggest resources or further ideas for a student starting a master's thesis in philosophy (the topic touches on racism and discrimination)? [more inside]
Best flower delivery in NYC, preferably in/near Greenwich Village? [more inside]
How do military attitudes about decision-making differ from civilian ones? [more inside]
I just found out that my girlfriend does web cam shows for money I need advice/perspective on the situation. [more inside]
Looking for NYC Psychiatrist recommendations. Points for taking Anthem BCBS. Extra points for LGBTQ specialization. [more inside]
I've never felt like the type, but as I get older I've been wondering - should I be one of those people who gets up early every day and has a few hours to do things before work? Is it unquestionably going to improve my life much more than staying up until 2 AM every day would? I think the morning time would be spent either going to the gym, or lounging around with breakfast and coffee and internet. Curious about who has tried this and decided it was or wasn't worth it to rise early, especially if you didn't think of youself as a morning person.
I made blackberry vodka. Should I be worried that my equipment isn't sterile? [more inside]
Travelfiler: Colorado Vacation helper: Me and several buds are looking for a cabin to rent next summer on the lower Gunnison river. Looking for suggestions/tips... [more inside]
What professional sport has the most criminals? [more inside]
Should I get Last Night on Earth or Zombies!!!? Have you tried both? Which should I get and why? [more inside]
My parents (in their 60s) and my brother and I (both in our 30s) are planning to take a Mediterranean cruise this spring. However, that's as far as we've gotten in the planning! I'd love some advice, especially from people who have done this before. [more inside]
Help me create the best mix tape ever. Love songs if possible. Looking for artist like: A Frine Frenzy, Tori Amos, Adele, Cat Power, Lissie, Ani DiFranco, Regina Spector...etc. The mix tape can have songs by artist mention above. Thanks!
How can I wrap up a birthday cake to send it from Toronto to my son in Los Angeles by UPS/Fedex? [more inside]
I am flying into London Stansted later this week. I'll be meeting a friend who works in Central London, and then driving with them to South Yorkshire. We'd like to meet somewhere in far North London/Beds/Herts that is as least somewhat on the way from Stansted to the M1, probably somewhere off the M25, and ideally a relatively small, uncomplicated town (I haven't driven manual or on the left for a couple of years and this is going to be during rush hour!). It should also be easy to get to on the train from Kings Cross or Euston. I don't know the area, so I'm going by Google Maps at the moment. Our current plan is Potters Bar station. Any better ideas?
I need to furnish a house for myself, my wife and two small kids. We have zero furniture right now. We will only be in this house for a year until we eventually buy a house. Without knowing the space that we will eventually end up in, I am not sure if I should make big investments in couches, entertainment centers, etc. I need to do this as quickly as possible. Should I buy what I really want or should I just buy cheap stuff for now? Either way, what's the easiest way to do this without running around like a mad man? I am going to have to pull this off without any help. Should I just walk into Ikea with a shopping list? Can I have all of this stuff delivered? We are in Austin if it matters.
I like the look of this gallery plugin on this website but I can't seem to find a similar version that I can use. Can anyone recommend a similar version?
I have an old Super 8 camera in good working condition that I don't use any more. It's not worth anything, is it? I'm trying to declutter but having a hard time letting this one go. [more inside]
Where can I watch Chinese Basketball Association games online? Streaming would be preferable, but I'd also be happy to download and watch the day after if anyone knows where they're posted. [more inside]
I'm currently performing a mock research comparative analysis for a class. I'm researching the financials of 'our' metrics versus our highest competitors. One of the questions I'm attempting to answer asks if the variances (or standard deviations) of 'our' profit margins are statistically similar to the variances in profit margins of our competitors over a five year period. I have 11 companies representing the profit margins of our competitors, and of course the reports on our profit margins for these five years. Now it's been a while since my last stats course... so I'm wondering, would I use an F or Levene's Test to answer this? Or am I completely off base... and should look to another form of analysis.
What books can you recommend on the cultural history of alcohol in America? [more inside]
I do okay when it comes to doing my makeup and hair, but I pale in comparison to the girls at my university who are able to come to class fully dolled up. What am I missing? [more inside]
Are there any tour operators in Phuket who do half-day cave canoeing trips? [more inside]
How can I get my broken Canon digital camera and my malfunctional Flip video camera repaired? [more inside]
I saw some potted flowers on someone's front gate and I would like to know what they are. They were bright pink, shaped like impatiens, but the leaves were a uniform and solid dark maroon/purple. They were sort of the same color as maple leaves before they turn in the fall. Unfortunately, I could not get a picture of the plant, and I have been looking at images of impatiens and other flowers all night with no luck. Green thumbs of AskMe, do you have any ideas?
It's getting to be That Time of Year again, and this time I'm geeking out well in advance with canning. I've got the techniques down, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't have questions, now would I? Specifically, I'm looking for recipes. [more inside]
Cheap Christmas getaway. Is an all-inclusive Mexico type thing our best bet, or is there somewhere local (Toronto area) we can drive to? [more inside]
Looking for a blog post detailing the perfect storm of elements for a "cool" t-shirt. [more inside]
In the absence of an abundance of easily burnable carbon-based fuels, how would you refine iron ore into iron or steel, and what byproducts would be released? [more inside]
Family counseling needed. How to do this when we live in different states? [more inside]
Laundry intervention! Washed clothes, but no dryer and no space to line-dry...how can I make it so my clothes are minimally wrinkled and mildewy in the morning? [more inside]
LONGSHOTfilter: help me find this photo, probably clipped from the Minneapolis Star Tribune or St. Paul Pioneer press, almost certainly after 2001, most likely 2002-2005. [more inside]
Do I need to calm down A LOT, or is it okay to yell until I'm hoarse in the hopes of keeping them safe when my little kids create such out-of-control craziness? [more inside]
I don't know know anything about saving for retirement other than that you're supposed to do it. I've been trying to educate myself by reading blogs like Get Rich Slowly, but I'm still confused about what I should be doing (if anything) beyond my 401k. [more inside]
I just gave my dad a Garmin etrex legend hcx for his birthday. I have a mac, he uses Ubuntu. Could anyone help me help him get the maps that he needs to make his new tool as useful as possible for him? [more inside]
Our family's four bikes were stolen ! BOO ! We have renters insurance, Yay? Do you have any tips for navigating a successful renters insurance claim for bicycles? [more inside]
Anything amazing to stop, see or eat on the way home via I-95 South from Mystic, CT to NYC tomorrow? [more inside]
What's the dress code for a formal visit among top government officials? [more inside]
DIY Wedding Centerpieces-calling any and all creative types! [more inside]
I will be in D.C. over the Columbus Day Weekend (Oct 7-10), recommend some things for me to do. [more inside]
What car part is Ryan Gosling rebuilding in Drive? [more inside]
How bad is it to stick out the winter with my house's ridiculously old heating system? [more inside]
I'm trying to track down a French book, published recently, 2010 or 2011. It's either a conlang book or a book about an invented society. Possibly both. It is not a novel or a collection of stories but a description of the language/society. This is the author's first book. It was published by a respected publishing house and garnered positive notes in France.
What is a great, inexpensive experience I could do for one week? [more inside]
How to deal with borderline-inappropriate/socially inept parishioner at my job? [more inside]
Recommend some good books about bikes? [more inside]
How can I fade in and out in the most recent version of iTunes? [more inside]
Are there non-aesthetic (e.g. health, cooking efficiency) reasons for removing stains from my stainless steel pans?
I'll be heading to Iceland Airwaves next month in Reykjavik. I've never been to the country or festival before, and would love to know/meet a few kindly people to enjoy my time with. Where would you suggest meeting them, either during or in advance of my trip? Other tips for Icelandic tourism are welcome as well.
I built a mob farm in Minecraft but its output does not seem to be nearly as great as the tutorial implies. Did I mess up or are my expectations just too high? [more inside]
Why would nearly all of a 1940s-era house be run on two 15-amp circuits? [more inside]
Once we get rid of all the mold, what's the best way to moisture-proof our crawlspace? [more inside]
In my back yard there's a tree with a hole at its base. This hole leads up into the tree, and appears to be filled with freshly-tilled mud. Something to be concerned about? (Pic inside) [more inside]
We're having issues with my BF's wife. I feel like I've made all efforts to get along, but she's unbearable. [more inside]
My boyfriend wants a piñata full of condoms, nips (airline-sized bottles of alcohol), and fireworks for his birthday. How do I make a piñata shaped like a T-Rex holding a can of PBR? Where do I find (plastic!) nips in Chicago? How do I go about obtaining fireworks when they're illegal in Illinois? [more inside]
Quick one for the British among us: how decent are the accents really in Tim Burton's version of "Sweeney Todd"? [more inside]
I feel so average and uninteresting. What can I do to remedy this situation? [more inside]
NCAA football question: In college football, the offense will often get to the line of scrimmage, and then everyone will turn and look at the sidelines for the play. Why isn't this considered a false start? Are the players not considered "set" even though they're standing still at the line of scrimmage? It just always looks odd to me when I see the entire offense, including the linemen, suddenly turn to the coaches (or to the signs and placards) for instructions. Looks like a false start.
[Distraught Progressive Filter] I need a postmortem on liberalism in the United States. [more inside]
Some help with general aviation safety related statistics. Do I really have a 7% chance of dying in a ball of flames if I fly for three hours a week in a fixed wing non-commercial plane? [more inside]
What was originally a mileage run to SFO and back has now become a 12 hour vacation in San Franscisco. What would you do in the city if you were me? [more inside]
Help us find a great jacket (probably with hood) for our small dog! [more inside]
Help, I need tips or advice on ways to prepare myself to be around a toxic person at an upcoming family gathering. [more inside]
Internet as visual medium - Intro texts for college level? [more inside]
My company want to hire a musician to compose/perform a song in Japanese for a media project we're working on. Where would we even start looking? [more inside]
How to go about having a casual fling? [more inside]
Some questions about recovering from viral gastroenteritis... [more inside]
There's a piece of music always played in documentaries and other film clips usually to satirize the "age of mass production." It's a very peppy '50s bit, often with a guy talking in a stylized '50s radio announcer voice over it, accompanied by sped-up clips of factories rolling, women working, and the like. What is this music and how do I find it?
I would like to improve my ability to make sense of the news and form an educated opinion. So what are the techniques you have for connecting the dots in today's news stories to get the big picture? For e.g. if you want to get an idea about Greek defaults - Is it through reading select big picture blogs/sites or reading a whole lot of random stuff related to the topic? Do you read rely on select trusted sources ? Or do you quickly go through a whole lot of Google News Stories / Wiki entries etc. [more inside]
A friend of mine is interested in joint ML(I)S/MA programs. He's flexible in terms of the MA field, but is particularly interested in postcolonial/subaltern studies, area studies, religious studies, gender/queer studies, that kind of thing. Which programs should he consider?
Can anyone recommend a good defensive cologne to use to ward off the nasty smells I encounter in the New York City subway system? It has to be cheap and come in a small package that I can throw in my bag to be used when necessary. [more inside]
A year or two ago a movie did the rounds of the blogs. As far as I remember, Mom said goodbye to preschooler, 'have a good day at daycare', and then the preschooler went off on his own on his running bike, through the woods doing all kinds of stunts. I could have sworn it was on kottke.org but I can't find it there or anywhere else. What was it?
Starting from "oh my gosh the stairs are killing me," what is reasonable progress in terms of fitness? [more inside]
I need help figuring out if the Patriots Jets game will be shown locally on Dish Network on 10/09/11. I have some diehard Pats fans visiting and will need to come up with other arrangements if it won't be shown. [more inside]
How do I make OSX Lion, Netgear's ReadyNAS Duo device, and Time Machine work together? [more inside]
In Osaka – Japanese language courses or schools? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a place where expatriates live that's cheap, has good weather, and most importantly has other expats over 60 living there? To clarify 'cheap', Mexico sounds a bit too pricey for my resources. [more inside]
Help me manage my scandalous past -- or at least figure out how to reduce its prominence on Internet/Google search results! Details within. [more inside]
What do you do when you’re the most boring person you know? [more inside]
I'm considering using Devonthink Pro for research and article writing. Looks very interesting. And MeFites out there already using it with great success? Would love some tips and pointers about what your process is like. Thanks! [more inside]
I have a Tumblr blog. I have a Disqus account. The two are working together perfectly. Except one thing: the main tumblr blog page just shows the number of comments; to actually SEE the comments, you have to click-through on the "comments" link. I'd like to show all comments on the main Tumblr page of my blog. Can this be done? [more inside]
Help me extract text from a PDF of a Powerpoint presentation! [more inside]
I'm looking to get a used computer for video editing. What's a minimum reasonable hardware configuration for editing 720p video? [more inside]
How to be the best grandparent babysitter [more inside]
Recommended apps/websites for financial management for a couple - preferably phone-based with syncing [more inside]
I have a Nook Color which came with the stock 1.2 version of the BN software. I rooted it successfully to Cyanogenmod 7 (Froyo). Everything was great; birds sang, unicorns frolicked, and all was right in the world. Then a couple of weeks ago BN decided to push the 1.3 update over the air, and while I was using the Nook, the machine rebooted itself with the update, annoying me at the time because I was in the middle of using it. I put it aside for a while due to travels & such, and yesterday just picked up the Nook to realize that the 1.3 update busted my root. Most of my installed apps are gone, Android Market is completely nonfunctional, gmail and talk are dead. How do I fix this? [more inside]
How can I a single guy in an open relationship, arrange logistics to date/hang out with other women when I can't hang out in my apartment? [more inside]
How does one deal with constantly being told that they've done something wrong to another person? [more inside]
The skin on my face has not been as smooth and radiant the last couple of years. I am 26, female. What can I do to get it back to normal, or if this is the new normal, how can I prevent it from getting worse? [more inside]
How can I preserve my wisdom teeth? [more inside]
My friend is planning on shaving her head before travelling for a year through Russia/China/Eastern Europe. Will she run into cultural difficulties because of this? [more inside]
Is it possible to grow a thick (emotional) skin? [more inside]
Bedbugs! I'm staying with a friend and just found out that she might have them. I've already stayed two nights. Should I stay a third? Should I put all my stuff in the heaters, even if it will get damaged? Questions inside. [more inside]
Why does my spatial awareness suck? [more inside]
Sydneyfilter: An expatriate friend has expressed an interest in exploring the culinary delights of Western Sydney. For the purposes of this question, let's define 'Western' as everything west of, well, Newtown. We'll probably spend a Saturday exploring by train. My list of options so far includes banh mi in Marrickville and baklava in Lakemba. Where else should we stop and what else should we eat?
Some Questions About Traffic-Light controlled roundabouts in the UK. [more inside]
Why might a process not use all available physical memory under Windows Server 2008 r2 standard? I have 32Gb of RAM acknowledged by Resource Monitor, of which 19.4 are allocated to a process (the IBM solver CPLEX running in command line form from Power Shell) that has just thrown a controlled OOM error despite there being another 12 Gb marked as available. I'm going to assume (to start with) that the program itself isn't the culprit, but is there a per-user limit switch, a per-process limit switch or something similar in 2008 r2? Any other ideas?
I am going to be teaching a short course on "Teaching and Presenting in English" to some Spanish postgraduate students (in Spain). They will be going on in the future to present at international conferences or maybe teaching in English speaking universities. Please help me hive-mind... especially those of you who have taught/presented/been taught/presented at in a second language. What do you wish you had known beforehand? What advice would you give someone about to present in English? Is there anything an English speaking audience would expect that, say, a Spanish speaking audience wouldn't?
My beautiful, leafy tomatoes have blight. My cooker is broken. Help me save as much as I can. I need recipes to preserve green tomatoes that I can do on a one burner camping stove. [more inside]
Help me understand my 4-year-old's anxiety about school and structured events. [more inside]
What to do if someone has symptoms of a pending heart attack but can't go to a doctor until later/tomorrow? [more inside]
How to I become the person who designs fun science exhibits and demo? [more inside]
I plan to go to the beach with my laptop and record the sound of the waves for an hour. What microphone type/ brand (not crazy expensive) would I need to do this? [more inside]
Recommend me some Drone Classical. [more inside]
Explain to me a bit how RV hookups work and how you could hook up in someone's back yard. [more inside]
I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
How to make a simple train-themed computer game for my 4 year old. [more inside]
How can I best prepare my rear end for "special" anal sex? (NSFW) [more inside]
I need to find music clips to go with some home videos. This one of Amsterdam is 2:45. This one of Bacharach Germany is 4:02 and this one of Frankfurt is 3:11. The clips are for my own purposes only. I share them with friends and family as reminders of the vacation time we had together. The music should be easy enough for most people to enjoy/tolerate, not too mainstream and should be perky(ish). Here is an example of a video I made on Whitehorse, Yukon where I live. I'm looking for the same sort of vibe for the other videos. [more inside]
Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
Looking for some great music mashups! [more inside]
The pants Tom Cruise wears in the trailer for Mission Impossible 4 are excellent quality. Where can I get them? [more inside]
Trying to decipher a line in a poem by Philip Larkin for a translation… [more inside]
I'm trying to find an article or blog post I've read within the last couple of weeks. [more inside]
Where would you buy a waistcoat (you know, like the vest part of a three piece suit) in Chicago? I know that All Saints has two in the fall line, but they (like the department stores) are both basic black. Guy is looking for something a little more exciting, maybe with matching pants. I don't want the responsibility of sewing it myself (and pants are definitely beyond me, anyway). Custom is probably okay; online is okay; custom on-line is not preferred. He will not have the patience for going through vintage or consignment shops.
Is a gaming PC for £400ish doable and where do I even begin to figure out what I need? [more inside]
Hello...I'm thinking of applying for a manager position but hesitate because not sure I'm ready or that my skin is thick enough. Anyway, I'm interested in finding resources for new managers that might help me determine whether I am willing to take on this new challenge now. I saw a similar thread but it was back in 2007 so I am wondering if there have been any recent resources in particular that you would recommend.
I put on this facade of being nonchalant and detached when I'm around this person I'm dating. Why do I do this, and how do I stop? Confusing details inside.
I put on this facade of being nonchalant and detached when I'm around this person I'm dating. Why do I do this, and how do I stop? [more inside]
I'm hoping to sell my vintage Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair by the end of the month. I need resources on how to price my chair. [more inside]
I need to find a dependable, intelligent, trustworthy all-around Computer Guru for my mom and my brother. They live on Long Island and I live in Chicago. They frequently call me with computer issues that I can't fix remotely and I say "You need to find a local computer person to deal with that." But then I realized, I have no idea how to do that. So I come to you. How do I go about doing that? [more inside]
We live in a large apartment building mainly occupied by retirees and young professionals. It's pretty quiet and there's not usually a lot of drama around here. A month or two ago, new young couple moved in on our floor. Coincidentally, also a month or two ago, we started hearing loud, angry arguments coming from one of the nearby apartments. The yelling makes me awfully uncomfortable and I feel like I should help somehow. Do I have any responsibilities as a neighbour apartment dweller to make sure everyone is all right down the hall? [more inside]
Help me make the most of Google Voice! I want to be able to send and receive phone calls and text messages on my Mac. I have an iPhone and a Google Voice number. Can you clear up a few things for me? [more inside]
Can you suggest good books on the evolving social contract? [more inside]
My one-year-old cat was spayed on Monday (five days ago). She appears to be doing fine, except that her tummy has started sagging. Is this normal? [more inside]
I'm a pc, mr.p's a Mac. My laptop has died once and for all, and he's recommending an iPad since all I do is surf, email, and watch movies. I travel a lot, so the long battery life of the iPad interests me, but as near as I can figure, the only way to get a movie onto an iPad is to buy one from iTunes. Am I right about that? I welcome all pro/con opinions on the general question. Thanks.
I have an apartment that I'm not using. Is there any way I can monetize this? [more inside]
What are some of your favorite museum websites (urls please)? Specifically looking for interesting and engaging historic house museum websites.
What exactly does it mean when one non-profit entity (such as programs on public broadcasting) is supported, sponsored, or "made possible" by another? [more inside]
1950-1960 Lamp filter: Please direct me to a resource in which I can look up 1950s and 1960s styles of lamps. [more inside]
How do I repair familial relationships when I am the person that caused a lot of the damages? [more inside]
I'm looking for movies on audio downloadable like an mp3 album, perhaps divided into tracks by chapter. Where on the web can I find this? [more inside]
Do professional psychologists have a way to quantitatively measure the attention span of humans? [more inside]
Hivemind: Hope me find my iPhone somewhere in my house! [more inside]
Looking for a tool to calculate ELO rankings for an entire tournament of an arbitrary game from scratch [more inside]
I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
Have you dealt with a lease provision that specifically precludes using any device to hang a picture without approval? Can this be negotiated away, or are landlords inflexible about this? [more inside]
I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
Google+WordPress integration: ridiculous idea or this might just be crazy enough to work? [more inside]
Help us meet our new kitten's playtime needs! [more inside]
Getting an error after upgrading Ubuntu on dual-boot system (Vista x64). [more inside]
I'll be in Amsterdam from 8pm until 8am over a Sunday night in October. What should I do? Will any museums be open? Is there a literary section of town? Best place to eat a late dinner?
How do I start feeling more connected after disassociating because of social anxiety and past experiences? [more inside]
Toronto to NYC under $100? [more inside]
"When will [movie] next be shown on TV?" - is there a TV guide service (with UK listings) that will either tell me the answer to questions like these, or send me an alert when it knows the answer? [more inside]
Best PS3 Driving / Racing game for 5 and 6 year old? What steering wheel control to get? [more inside]
Should I bring this up or let it go? I have been hanging out with a neighbor that I have known for about a month. Twice in an offhanded way, he has mentioned his alcohol consumption to me. [more inside]
I had unprotected sex and performed cunnilingus. I'm uninsured. I'm asymptomatic. Where and what type of STD testing should I look for? Also, if I test clean then what is the chance that that she too is/was clean? The primary question is where can I get a general panel of STD testing cheaply (or free) given that I am currently uninsured because I'm (hopefully temporarily) unemployed. Barring other options, how much should I expect to spend at my general doctor for the proper tests? Is that worth it given my situation below? [more inside]
How can I revolutionize the way I think about and organize my Facebook friends? [more inside]
My boyfriend thinks about being with other women. I don't mean sexually. Is this normal? [more inside]
Perhaps a particularly female problem - when/should one ever "dump" friendships or just downgrade people to "associate"? How is this done? Reference to female because of so many articles similar to: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=1808389&page=1 [more inside]
I recently moved near Glacier National Park and love it. I scour our maps and the web to find interesting hikes and GNP and the surrounding areas never disappoint. Recently, a seasonal worker was hiking on his own and tragically died. When I looked on the map to see where he was hiking and where the mountain was that he last logged a summit, there was no trail.. This got me thinking about bushwhacking and back-country hiking. [more inside]
Where could a person get a (working) used computer with at least 1 GB ram in it for $100 or less? [more inside]
I want to watch scenes of awesome engineering under pressure in the movies. [more inside]
Confused, lost and looking for suggestions to get back on track. [more inside]
My elderly mother has and I-pad 2 for large print e-book reading, etc. She has limited mobility in her hands and is bedridden. Does anybody know of a case that makes the edges of the iphone "Bulkier"? [more inside]
How long can I expect to enjoy my new seafood-related rash and is there anything I can do to speed this up? [more inside]
I need to draw a small diagram and drop it into an MS Word document - what are the best free, user-friendly tools to do this? [more inside]
Does anyone know why the lights on top of the John Hancock Center in Chicago are glowing green today? [more inside]
Hospitalfilter: I cut my finger a few hours ago and somehow managed to peel a bit of skin. Is this something I need to see a doctor about or can I roll with hydrogen peroxide, bactine, and gauze? I have insurance but I don't have a doctor, so if I have to see one, I'll have to go the ER. Pics are a touch gross. http://amandawaller.imgur.com/finger
I've been asked to type up and edit a work of fiction for a friend / relative / neighbor, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are moving in together, and he wants to bring two very large, very ugly (to me) pieces of furniture with him, as they are of sentimental value to him. All I ask is that he puts the pieces in storage, because the items are just not things I want to look at on a daily basis. (Apologies for a long post inside). [more inside]
This morning my husband and I woke up to discover that seemingly overnight our house has begun to reek of what I can only describe as a strong burning hair smell. We haven't started using our heater or anything like that yet, and nothing has changed in our daily routine. Any suggestions on what might produce such an aroma?
Can you name this 1990s British sketch show? [more inside]
What are some piano pieces for four hands? I'm NOT looking for duets, only pieces where two people simultaneously play the same piano.
Downsides to setting aside cash to self-insure a car? [more inside]
How do I construct a resume for applying to a program that caters to non-traditional students? [more inside]
In which Manhattan park did my partner and I spend hours talking? [more inside]
My search skills are failing me here, but I recall reading (possibly on The Blue?) about a bank in the UK that's been around for centuries that is run privately by it's depositors who are also shareholders. I'm looking for the name of the bank and hopefully the article/post I read. Any help would be appreciated.
This question is about as meta as I think I've ever come up with. There's a site that allows you to send a link to a google search, and the resulting page shows the search being typed into google and completed. Maybe I'm having an idiot moment, but I can't think of any way to search for the site without using the words "google" or "search" which obviously obfuscate the results I'm looking for. Anyone know the site I'm referring to?
I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist. [more inside]
Guidance on being a queer lady? [more inside]
I'm looking for printing software which will allow me to pinpoint with great precision the location of multiple images on the page (ie, margins, distances between images). I've tried using tables, but they're not completely reliable. I'm using Windows 7. Any suggestions? Thanks!
What are some interesting/exciting ways to present a card/letter/postcard that is going through the mail. [more inside]
I'm a bad geek who has never built a website ... not even static HTML. Help me figure out how to build an interactive website with a python backend. [more inside]
Are there best practices for communicating with biker gangs in the Northeast? I'm trying to find a biological parent and need some advice. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a no-equity second mortgage? [more inside]
Should I marry the girl I like having sex with, or the one I like the rest of the time? [more inside]
Young preppy guy looking to add some new items to my fall/winter wardrobe! [more inside]
Air purifier and air humidifier for a home with a newborn and two dogs? [more inside]
I love articles that describe the results of real-world trials of different ways to do a specific thing, and then conclude that one method is Objectively Best. Like everything America's Test Kitchen has ever done, or this article about the results of various gardening methods. Please to recommend your favorites in this genre! [more inside]
How long would it take me to learn to weld steel and aluminum bicycle frames? [more inside]
How to optimize the Tasks function in Outlook 2007 when RTM/gtasks are off the table? [more inside]
Can you suggest any thoughtful analyses of why the costs of college tuition in the US consistently exceed inflation by a large margin? [more inside]
What should I know about becoming a professional organizer? [more inside]
How and/or should I make amends for my (minor, one-off) shoplifting? [more inside]
Help a complete newb create high quality ambient recordings of spaces (need recommendations on equipment, and software)
Help a complete newb create high quality ambient recordings of spaces (need recommendations on equipment, and software) [more inside]
I have resorted to eating at fast food places because after making the same 10-15 dishes over and over, I am out of food ideas. I am looking for healthy Vegetarian or Fish recipes you have found online this year that you like the best, and maybe some new spices. [more inside]
I've lost some weight recently - all above my waist. Now my shirts don't fit! I've searched teh interwebs for advice on shirts but mostly what I get is vague or styled for a much younger (or slimmer) crowd. So I put it to y'all. How do I shop for a now pear-shaped body when I've been hour-glass most of my life? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I are sick of watching tv at night. Board game suggestions for two players only? [more inside]
Can an atheist join the Freemasons? [more inside]
Is it an insane idea to get my pet dog a pet rat? [more inside]
What kind of laptop computer do I get? [more inside]
Wordpress experts: Please help me figure out this baffling thing that's happening with comments on a friend's site. [more inside]
Visiting the Maker Faire NYC this weekend with a couple of really bright kids, 8 & 12. It looks like we can go one of the days. Any advice?
I need Halloween costume ideas for myself (plus baby bump), my husband, and my 2 year old, and preferably ones I can do on the more homemade side of things, though I am not opposed to buying some accessories, I just don't want to buy a pre-made costume if possible. [more inside]
Okay, I've been living in NYC over ten years, but there's something about taxi cabs that still confuses me. I understand what the cab lights mean most of the time. Cab number light is off = cab has a passenger. Cab number light is on = cab is available. Off duty lights are on = cab is off duty. But what about when both the number light and the off duty sign are on at the same time? [more inside]
Trying to get a simple headset working with my (otherwise functional) Dell Dimension 9200 has led me to the hell I'm in now: no sound, scouring 2 year old message board posts for dodgy links to poorly labeled sigmatel drivers. Horror awaits inside! [more inside]
Interactive sandbox with gears, pulleys, shafts, etc? [more inside]
Does anybody know the facts behind the date discrepancy between Kazantzakis' Last Temptation of Christ being published in 1953 and it being on the Roman Catholic Index of Prohibited Books which was last published in 1948? [more inside]
MovieFilter: Transportation planner looses his job. In the end he pitches his plan and gets his job and girlfriend back.
MovieFilter: Transportation planner looses his job. He ends up pitching his plan and gets his job and girlfriend back. [more inside]
Birth control filter: is my NuvaRing timing okay? [more inside]
I can insure my spouse through my employer. My spouse can insure me through his employer. Right now we are just going with the better of the two plans. Is there any reason we would want to sign up for both? [more inside]
I'm providing the picnic next weekend for an outdoor concert with a friend who has multiple dietary restrictions. I've read previous questions about gluten-free summer picnics; I'd like suggestions for cool-weather picnic foods that do not contain gluten, soy, or dairy. [more inside]
I am interested in flying kites (single line). Need help to get started. [more inside]
I'm looking for reccommendations for ice skates to buy. [more inside]
Which Albert Brooks movie opens in a sporting goods store? [more inside]
Looking for an wireless microphone system (lavalier style) that connects to a stereo minijack of a video camera.
Looking for an wireless microphone system (lavalier style) that connects to a stereo minijack of a video camera. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an interesting activity that I can get philosophy students to engage in, to accompany a seminar on the expression theory of art? [more inside]
Help me become ok with conflict. I avoid conflict. Not just overt, head-butting conflict, but also minor disagreements, disapproving looks, divergent preferences... all the way down to the friction generated by the give and take of an interesting conversation. Anything short of complete harmony, and I'm looking for a way out. Sometimes this means avoiding the person or situation. Sometimes this means just shutting up and smiling. Sometimes it means not developing an opinion of my own until I know what other people think first. My absolute fear of conflict is a drag. It makes me and my life pretty bland and I want to beat it. Tell me how to beat it. [more inside]
As a 17 year old, can I legally move out on my own in Illinois? [more inside]
Pregnancy when you have spina bifida occulta [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
Where can I find the latest figures and in-depth reports on annual U.S. government subsidies? [more inside]
My youngest son is going as a Ghostbuster for Halloween and I'd really like to get him some combat boots to complete the costume. Not surprisingly its hard to find boots for a 4 year old. Any suggestions? (thanks)
I have two days to set up a room for sit-down interviews with politicians. What looks good on camera, and how should it all be arranged?
How can I make an awesome set for sit-down interviews with politicians? [more inside]
Recommend a day trip by boat from Portland, Maine. [more inside]
I'm researching how the ways companies make decisions can help individuals make decisions. Can you think of examples of famous companies making a radical, transformative decision in the last 10 years? [more inside]
Did I actually do anything useful in this car accident? [more inside]
Looking for "cheap" but high quality masters/finance program in Europe(preferably), that has an emphasis on hedgefunds/quant/derivatives/trading and is taught in English. [more inside]
I've got angst - the honest-to-goodness, existential, "why are we here?" kind. Two years of trying to shake it haven't worked - and have sometimes made me wonder if it's worth fixing at all. What do I do now? [more inside]
I need help on figuring out my career path. My experience includes business analyst, design/development, product development, internet services, and consulting for quite a few years now. I am having problems finding a career that I want to settle in and enjoy. If you have any career advice *or* if you know a good career coach, please help! [more inside]
Struggling with an interracial relationship that conflicts with my parents' wishes, what do I do? I have no clue. [more inside]
Please recommend books: urban fantasy and mysteries, no thinking required. [more inside]
I have a column of words in an excel file. I want to get the number of google results for each phrase in my file. Is there a simple way to do this? [more inside]
We're about to refinance our mortgage, and have two questions about assets and income, and how they affect the application. [more inside]
Help me through an existential crisis. [more inside]
How do I make a good Indian curry with a pre-made curry powder? [more inside]
I'm twenty-five, have a master's degree, speak French fluently, and have studied/interned/volunteered in the States, Europe, and Middle East, but am at a loss as to how to parlay all that into an international career. Living in NYC, but would move back abroad in a heartbeat for the right job. [more inside]
The ASP World Tour/Hurley Pro is going to be at San Onofre State Beach over the next week. Are the heats closed to public spectators? [more inside]
How do I find, collect, beg, borrow (but not steal) new books for a school library that is filled with 30 year old, out of date, books?
Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.) When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
I Know what "snook"is. Could you tell me what this gesture is named? With one's thumbs in one's ears wiggling one's fingers (and one's tongue in the air ...will you sing..something like na-na-na-nah-naaar?) What does it mean?
Trying to ID a movie from someone else's description: Basically, the movie consists of the camera moving from tent to tent; within each tent is a group of people playing flamenco music. [more inside]
Does this website error message indicate that my financial institution is using a version of Apache built in 2006 on their secure server? Should I be concerned about that? If so, what should I do about it? [more inside]
Gift ideas. Want to send about 50 small gifts to a software dev team that has done an excellent job. Ideally, there's something for everyone, rather than a few things that have to be shared. I don't have much money -- maybe $50-$100 total to spend. Ideas?
Whovians: What are the essential non-TV series Doctor Who stories? Best novels, TV series novelizations, radio dramas, etc?
One of the people at my job had to quit due to a heart attack. I volunteered to buy a gift on behalf of the office, but I have no idea what to get. What should I get for someone who is sick and probably in a dire financial situation? [more inside]
Hi Everyone Our iPads synced with Exchange 2003. We can send email etc. The Global address list and Company calendar (in the public folder) are not working. Any way to do that with the current version of IOS? Or will IOS 5 do the trick. Thanks! BB
Help me find a fresh perspective to break through useless relationship patterns. [more inside]
I am trying to find a quote that's something along the lines of... The more I think about the little things (or maybe 'details') in life, I realize there is no such thing.
Can you recommend website stores with the same American old-school hand-crafted masculine vibe as these web sites? I'm looking for accessories, grooming products and more.
Jewelry filter: I have a wedding ring here and it is peridot and diamond stones. I recently went hiking and a lot of dirt got stuck behind the stones. I have tried washing it and scrubbing it with a soft toothbrush, but some of it is not coming out. There are tiny holes in the backside of the gems that the dirt got into. Any ideas for cleaning? Would a jeweler be able to clean it?
OSX 10.6.8 on MBP doesn't seem to be playing well with Motorola SurfBoard SBG901. [more inside]
The epithelial tissue in my mouth sheds itself daily. Up until today I had no idea that this was abnormal. [more inside]
I am working on a piece of writing set in a women's college. Having never attended a single-sex institution myself, I'm curious about the little ways in which day-to-day life might be different. . . . standards of grooming, dress, delicacy or lack thereof in conversations about sex/bodily functions, competitiveness in the classroom, etc. I am sure there are a lot of facets I haven't considered. If you've attended a single-sex institution, or know a lot about the experience, can you help me in my research?
How to avoid import taxes on a parcel from the US to the UK. [more inside]
How many oxygen masks drop on an airplane? Is it one for every seat or are there extras? [more inside]
Ethernet ports in every room, but none of them work. The brains of the system which is in the wall of a closet is a Square D Multi-Link Structured Wiring System. How do I find out how it's set up and how do make it work as it should? [more inside]
How to approach a public school substitute teacher that may have something against my niece? My niece needs to improve her grade, and I don't know the best way - long - [more inside]
Asking for a friend (really): How do you (or did you) deal with finding out that you have an adult child you didn't even know existed? [more inside]
If I connect my computer to a set of speakers using several sound cables (1/8 inch) daisy-chained together, will the sound degrade? [more inside]
I'm trying to rent a big house in Montreal to accommodate somewhere between 8-12 people this coming November for a conference. Does anyone have any specific experiences or recommendations? [more inside]
What's the best way to win at Ticketmaster - 2011 update [more inside]
This is a multi-part question: My wife and I are going on vacation in February. We want to go either to the Caribbean or to Europe but cannot decide (I know, I know...these two really have nothing in common). What are the pros and cons of these two destinations in February? The Caribbean: which island? We're not looking for a "spring break" kind of a feel or huge crowds. Which island(s) has the nicest beaches, some cultural activities and good restaurants? Europe: Paris or Italy? We know February isn't ideal, but is there anything we should know about these two that would exclude them from the short list?
iPad users - how are the ergonomics? I've found plenty of speculation about iPad ergonomics, but not a lot of discussion from actual users. How do you make the iPad comfortable for use? [more inside]
Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
Can you recommend financial software that can deal with virtual sub-accounts? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the number of food products that are sold in the U.S. that contain high fructose corn syrup. I've done some preliminary searches and have found some lists, but I've come up dry when trying to find actual numbers. I'd like a reliable source that I can cite, but I'll take almost anything at this point. I am at a university and have access to a large number of subscription database resources, so I'll keep looking. But I thought metafilter might be able to help out here.
I am a professional translator, Japanese to English. I work almost entirely in comics and novels, at home, alone. My Japanese language skills are atrophying, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
Will US Immigration get upset if I take my BlackBerry with me to the US on vacation? [more inside]
I lost the password for my Playstation Network account, and no longer have access to the associated email address. How do I get my PS3 back online? [more inside]
YANMD, but let's talk Thyroid: [more inside]
After kicking around the idea for years, I think this is the time to do an “Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra” costume for Halloween. And I need help. The ridiculously picky details are inside... [more inside]
Affordable + good suits in SF bay area? I need your secret little tailors... (I'm a dude.) [more inside]
Are beer and a 20 something's body mutually exclusive? [more inside]
What could be the problem with my wi-fi connection? (Details of the setup and symptoms inside) [more inside]
Help me be a better editor... for my wife. [more inside]
I'm about to become a project manager for the first time. Help! [more inside]
Where in the Chicago area can I find a bottle of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne? I like the vintages from the 2000s; they run about $120-$150 a bottle. I tried Chicago Wine Co., but they only sell the older vintages from the 90s or earlier, which are at least double the price. Same with House of Glunz. Any high-end wine shops that might be a good bet? The choices are somewhat overwhelming. Thanks!
This weekend I'm setting up a website for an academic event. I'd like the homepage of the site to have large, clickable progress bars that display the number of posts for each of the subpages (News & Announcements, Blog, Events, etc.). As more posts are added to each of the subpages (posts would likely be sorted and displayed by category and tag), its respective progress bar takes up more screen real estate and the tally count listed on/near it increases. Basically, I want the homepage to look like a giant, dynamic bar chart. Is there a freeware (or cheap) template, widget or piece of code that allows me to do this? [more inside]
One of my university students is being physically, mentally and emotionally abused by their parents and has asked me for help. What can/should I do as their teacher? [more inside]
I'm new to this online dating thing, and I'm not really sure what the etiquette is for dating multiple people simultaneously. Help me figure out what the unstated expectations are! [more inside]
I'm already on the radio (public radio--and yes, I do sound like that)--now I'd like to get into doing some voiceover work. I live in a remote area, so getting an agent and going to auditions isn't likely to work for me. I'd just like to do some work on the side, and technologically I'm set up. So what I'm wondering is, has anyone used online marketplaces like voice123 or voices.com? Is one better/worse than the other? Are they worth the (small but not non-existent) investment to be a "premium" member? [more inside]
What can I do about this stiff/antsy/tired feeling I get when I'm at work? [more inside]
Where can I purchase spray on (human) body paint, preferably that which does not require additional equipment?
Googling is leading me down a lot of not-so-helpful paths, so is anyone aware of spray on body paint/body makeup? Bonus points if it's iridescent/shimmery at all, and doesn't require additional setting sprays. [more inside]
What do I serve with New England clam chowder? [more inside]
Where in Toronto / GTA can I find old or broken, unvalued pinball playfield components for use in an art project / architectural model? [more inside]
Why does my cat keep running away from home, and how can I get him to settle back down? [more inside]
Calling all electronics hobbyist people: I want to get (back) into making electronic stuff -- noise-making stuff, specifically -- as a hobby, help me get started. [more inside]
I'm feeling really lonely and depressed. My normal coping strategies either aren't cutting it this time or aren't immediate enough. What are some different ideas? [more inside]
Recommendations for an orthopedic surgeon in Seattle? [more inside]
1) What was the name of the shareware, turn-based, tile-graphic RPG for Mac I played in the late '90s? 2) Is there anything like it nowadays? [more inside]
Is the IT company I've hired ripping me off? I need to establish a VPN connection from my funeral home in one town to my main office. One computer, one server, one database that needs to be accessed. [more inside]
I swear there was a (possibly free) MMOish space game very reminiscent of Star Control II, but I don't think it was Starport. [more inside]
I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty that needs new tires. The factory tires are 225/75/16 I have 4 brand new tires 2 are 225/60/16 and 2 are 215/65/16. What problems am I going to run into if I put the 215/65/16's on the rear and the 225/60/16's on the front? Are there safety concerns? are there Mechanical concerns?
Can I have volunteers evaluating the reading level of a bunch of ESL students? If so, how? [more inside]
Help me fly from Kentucky, to California, to Korea, back to Kentucky! It'll be fun!! [more inside]
Looking for the impossible - a liquid foundation for pale skin that covers redness but not too many freckles, and lasts a good while without giving me spots. Recommend something! [more inside]
Is this how a manicure is supposed to look? I've never had one before, but I am sorely disappointed. [more inside]
I need the smallest, cheapest, most basic, mac-compatible printer on the market. [more inside]