September 2012 Archives

September 30

Help me tell daughter Santa Claus truth

Help me tell 8 year old the truth about Santa [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 11:39 PM PST - 34 comments

Are there any private tour companies you recommend in Jordan?

Are there any private tour companies you recommend in Jordan? I'm Going from Aqaba -> Wadi Rum -> Petra -> Amman in a single day, morning to night. My plan is to enter Jordan in the morning at the Aqaba border crossing, then traveling to Amman in the course of a single day, seeing Petra and Wadi Rum on the way. I'll have a plane to catch out of Amman airport in the wee hours of the night, so I don't want to rely on Jordanian public transportation, I want privately hired transport to take my wife and I there. [more inside]
posted by Televangelist at 10:25 PM PST - 9 comments

RV rental recommendations in Las Vegas?

RV rental recommendations in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Sigh, It hurts.

Rheumatoid arthritis onset after seve infection? Possible? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 9:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I go back to Effexor?

I was on Effexor (venlafaxine) at a low dose of 50mgs/daily for 6 years. It worked for years until I started to have extreme symptoms of fatigue, short term memory loss, and concentration problems. But I was happier on it, I am very anxious and depressed in winter. I have been off Effexor for 2 years. If I went back, would it work again without the worst side effects?
posted by ElisaOS at 8:52 PM PST - 7 comments

More songs like this

Please help me find other songs like this one. [more inside]
posted by spork at 8:28 PM PST - 13 comments

help a baby out - eating and sleeping shouldn't be mutually exclusive

Babyfilter: At just over five and a half months, baby machine is starting to try solid foods. So far what this seems to mean is that about 4 hours after he goes to bed at night he wakes up crying due to gas. I'm looking for suggestions or anecdotal experience around how to help the little guy out. [more inside]
posted by machine at 8:19 PM PST - 17 comments

There's no place like home...

How did you decide where to live? How did you find the perfect place for you? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 8:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Not that I'm complaining, mind you...

Over the past year, I've notice that I've been approached almost exclusively by noticeably younger guys. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by gohabsgo at 7:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Giant Albino Squirrel?!

Mystery animal: fluffy white thing with squirrel-esque mannerisms: Go! [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 7:49 PM PST - 8 comments

ID this Spider?

Just curious, but what is this spider? It's thorax/abdomen/head is altogether the size of an almond.
posted by MansRiot at 7:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Women's Charities?

Women's charities, federations, or other groups I can donate to that will actually accomplish things with the money I send? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 7:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Quote, Poem, Song Lyrics, or other text for holiday card

I am designing my own holiday cards, with pictures of my family on the front. They are awesome looking so far, and I am really excited. A blank space on the back of the card is what I'm trying to fill; a 5" wide area, about 4-5 lines in 10-12 pt font. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 7:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Happy birthday to me, I'm a hundred and three....

My son, a first-grader, sings a song to the tune of "Happy Birthday" that goes: "Happy Birthday to me / I'm a hundred and three / I still go to preschool / and I miss my mommy / my mommy's at work / she fired a jerk / she hired a monkey to do my homework." Most kid-culture folk songs my son brings home are well-known to me from my childhood, but not this one. What is the origin of this song, if it has an origin? How old is it? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:41 PM PST - 14 comments

My perfect bag is too expensive for me!

I need a new bag. I think the L&S O.M.G is almost perfect, but it's more than I want to spend. Is there something similar available somewhere for $150 USD or less? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 6:28 PM PST - 10 comments

On the road to nowhere.

Ka-rear? What is "ka-rear"? I graduated with a BA in 2006. I'm 28 and 30 is on the horizon. I'm still on the ground floor, which also seems to be the only floor. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Are one-year-old pickles safe to eat?

A question about a jar of pickled onions I found in my fridge: will it be the cause of my untimely demise? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:25 PM PST - 9 comments

what sort of maths do the aliens have?

Are some areas of maths inherently central and others as more peripheral? Or is any sense of centrality just a human experience, a cultural artifact arising from: what has had greater application, what has been studied more, what produces a greater sense of the sublime in the human mind? Are some parts of mathematics inherently a more fundamental description of what is going on in the universe, or is it as silly (or correct?) to talk about maths that way as it would be to talk that way about a classical ballet? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Maintaining Inner and Outer Beauty : How Have You Women (&Men!) Done It Over The Years?

Attention all gracefully aging/aged people: what practical beauty/fashion/makeup/skincare/LIFE tips can you offer me, a 20 year old woman, who also wants to age beautifully (Inside and Out?) [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 5:59 PM PST - 47 comments

I'm a little daft.

Attention sewers of AskMe: Can you help me with this Daft Punk/vintage swimmer costume? [more inside]
posted by too bad you're not me at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How much should I sell my website for?

How much should I sell my website for? [more inside]
posted by JamesAtMidnight at 5:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Video conference with several people at once

Video conference with several people at once [more inside]
posted by jseven at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Was this experiment about emotions actually done?

I was recently in an Emotional Intelligence course where the facilitator discussed the "Three Chair Experiment," where three people sat beside each other without saying a word for 10 minutes. The result was the experiment was that all three people would eventually take on the emotions of the "emotionally strongest" individual - ie if someone was really happy, the other two would end up being happy too, even without talking. Or if someone was really angry, the other two would end up also being angry after the 10 minutes. I thought it was really interesting so I googled it, but couldn't find any more information. Has anyone else heard about this experiment? Are there any sites or papers out there that provide more information about this?
posted by ajackson at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Life Is But a Stream

Looking to stream some public talks/events. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me make a forest in Manhattan.

What are the best candles out there for making my home smell like a forest? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 4:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Does the 11th amendment prevent you from suing public universities?

Does the 11th amendment prevent you from suing public universities? [more inside]
posted by instantfail at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What size is this bike?

Can you tell me (or make an educated guess) from these photos what frame size mountain bike this is? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Better study resources for understanding ELISA chemically?

Better study resources for understanding ELISA technology? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 4:11 PM PST - 13 comments

I'm looking for the right set of terms to describe this hairstyle.

Image link with some examples. I need help coming up with a concise description of this hairstyle, preferably using hair/fashion industry standard terminology. [more inside]
posted by Robson at 3:51 PM PST - 17 comments

My cat is a carb-junkie

I just switched to a wheat-based litter, and my cat promptly got in her litter box and started eating it. Has this happened to anyone else? Will she stop or do I need to find another alternative? [more inside]
posted by scrute at 3:48 PM PST - 14 comments

how can we stop our baby rolling in his sleep?

How can we stop our 5 month old rolling on his stomach in his crib? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 3:47 PM PST - 30 comments

Help clarify my wife's pregnancy disability situation

In July, mrs. graymouser gave birth to a lovely little baby girl. I need help figuring out exactly what our situation is with regard to her disability and family leave. [more inside]
posted by graymouser at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Slide projector lens fungus worries

I have a working slide projector, Lens A with the proper plastic-only screw-on attachment but with lens fungus, and Lens B without fungus but with no attachment to connect to the projector. Can I do anything to clean the attachment from Lens A and put it on Lens B without worrying about spreading the fungus? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 3:31 PM PST - 2 comments

how do i stop this unhealthy obsession with my new boyfriend's ex-girlfriends?

how do i stop this unhealthy obsession with my new boyfriend's ex-girlfriends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 17 comments

I badly regret this

What's not to hate about being a transactional lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:03 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the benefits of re-financing my loan?

Homeowner needs advice: Bought a house one year ago, loan rates at all-time low, what are the benefits of re-financing my loan? Any disadvantages? I'm clueless... [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 2:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Toronto in December

I have the opportunity to visit Toronto from December 25 - December 29 and I have a few questions: 1) Will things (restaurants, shops, museums) be open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day? 2) Is it foolish to visit in December (weather? crowds?)? 3) What are the must-see, must-do things in Toronto? 4) What are the best restaurants in Toronto? (I'm looking for fine dining as well as local fare.) Thanks!
posted by tmharris65 at 2:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Finding a hindu priest to officiate our wedding in Cambridge MA

Indian wedding in Boston/Cambridge area [more inside]
posted by fdhidalgo at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

synch diaries in two samsungs

I have a samsung galaxy s3 and he has a samsung galaxy note. What we want is sowhen one of us opens his or her diary, we see a combined diary showing his and my items in the same view. We don't need to edit each other's diaries necessarily, we just want to know when a shared workspace has been booked by the other so wedont double book it. How should we do this, s calendar doesnt seem to do it, is there a google calendar way of doing it perhaps?
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:37 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I develop my skills as a poet if I cannot (currently) afford a workshop?

How do I develop my skills as a poet if I cannot (currently) afford a workshop? [more inside]
posted by hollypolly at 1:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Metaphysical, medical and media representations of the Double?

Looking for instances, whether fictional, religious or otherwise, of the idea of the "double". [more inside]
posted by Lorin at 1:15 PM PST - 33 comments

Country artists covering R&B songs?

What are some examples of country artists covering R&B/soul songs? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 12:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I consider an all-wheel-drive car?

Should I buy an all-wheel-drive car? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 12:09 PM PST - 26 comments

Triangle Textual Tattoos?

Recommendations for a tattoo artist in Durham, NC? Bonus points: super-skilled with fine detailed lettering [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Sometimes living alone and sometimes not.

Advice for living sometimes alone and sometimes with someone I don’t particularly get on with. [more inside]
posted by sock of ages at 11:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Why wasn't my son's infected toe washed and cleaned in the ER?

Why wasn't my son's infected toe washed and cleaned in the ER? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 11:34 AM PST - 15 comments

What should I pursue in order to live comfortably and have time for my family?

What career path is primarily 9-5, makes $60,000+ a year, and involves a high amount of contact with other people? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 11:27 AM PST - 35 comments

hungry for a houseboat

How difficult is it to own/rent a houseboat in New York City or the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by dysh at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find more artwork of this nature

Where can I find more art like this? [more inside]
posted by msali at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Odd basement drainage feature?

We're thinking about making an offer on a house. However, it has an odd feature in the basement that may be related to drainage. Can anyone tell us what this might do or what could be behind the wall? Picture here - it's the 4" bumpout in the back left corner. [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Help remembering classical piano piece

Need help identifying a classical song I hum to myself,possibly a piano piece, but can't remember what the name of it is or who made it. Link: [more inside]
posted by LittleNami at 10:55 AM PST - 4 comments

laundromat in OKC

Does anyone know a laundromat in Oklahoma City with Wifi on the North Side/downtown?
posted by rustybikes at 10:48 AM PST - 0 comments

I'm dyeing here.

RIT dye and a stainless steel sink - now there's a line in the sink where the dye level was. How, why, and can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 10:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Living with a food addict

I'm looking for tips and coping strategies and insight for living with a food addict. My domestic partner is now a diabetic and gets pancreatitis because of his overeating. I want ideas for how to lessen the impact on the household and to avoid obsessing about the situation. [more inside]
posted by Jane the Brown at 10:44 AM PST - 32 comments

Traveller Insurance

Has anyone had any experience with TravelGuard Insurance? Or just general advice on traveller's insurance? I am primarily interested in the medical coverage rather than trip cancellation. [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Getting the Most from a Philly Bus Tour

Best way to tour Philadelphia with an 8-year-old? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Lenovo U410...bad idea?

Lenovo U410 for AutoCAD and SolidWorks? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me get this linguistics joke?

Linguistics! Can you guys explain the joke in this image, which represents how different languages get from point A to point B? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink at 9:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting a legend in Google Map printouts

When I print out a custom map from Google Maps, it has little blue markers on the places of interest. Then at the bottom, it lists what all the blue markers are. But there's no numbering to say which marker goes with which description(????). As well the description is a single line without addresses. Is there a way to fix this?
posted by storybored at 9:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Toronto lesbian social groups?

Toronto lesbian community/friends filter: Where in Toronto can I find and join some sort of lesbian social groups? Where are the non-alcoholic local hang outs? I am single (so, the couples-only ones are out) and in my late 20's. I'm really just looking for friends. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 9:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Should I just go to Sephora and let them have their way with me?

People close to me have been constantly making suggestions for me to put more effort into my appearance and it's starting to take a toll on my self confidence. What should I do... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 8:37 AM PST - 81 comments

Piled High and Deeper!

How difficult is it, really, to get a post-doctoral fellowship? I'm kind of panicking about it, so any reassurance would be helpful; that said, it would also be helpful to know if this is a totally unrealistic pipe-dream at this point, so I can start to think about other options. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

The Games People Play

What "games" do you play to boost your mood or help you see things in a different light? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 8:19 AM PST - 26 comments

Best app to create documents with marginal commentary?

I'm looking for an OS X word processing program/app that will allow me to format pages for extensive marginal comments. Pages doesn't appear to allow this type of formatting. Some years ago, I tried doing this on Word 10.x and was driven close to madness by the fact that the marginal comments would shift up, down and onto adjoining pages, apparently at will. I was wondering if there are any other not hugely expensive options out there. Thanks.
posted by the sobsister at 8:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Unicode WTF?

Why does my macbook wig out? More details within. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 8:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Adjusting paper size for Mac "print to pdf" function"

Mac "print to pdf" function is defaulting to US Letter output, despite A4-formatted documents that print fine as A4 on a physical printer. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 7:47 AM PST - 6 comments

French arptor for lights bought in N.A.

What (European) plug adaptor do I need for this plug (attached to a set of fairy/Christmas lights)? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get over that my ex boyfriend is now more confident, but at my expense.

How do I get over the fact that my ex boyfriend is now more outgoing and confident, but at my expense? When we started dating, he was quiet, aloof, thoughtful. When he ended it (out of the blue), he devalued me and tossed me away like garbage. He never looked back, but is now so much more confident and seemingly happier. I'm having a hard time dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by Butterflye1010 at 6:38 AM PST - 34 comments

ID Insect nest

What kind of insect nest is this? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 6:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Miraculous Transformation!

How do I change the default language when I log into the iStore? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 5:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Name that tune: church video edition

Name that tune: this morning, the guest preacher played a video about Myanmar. He was from OMF International. I remember too little of the song in the background to do a fruitful search: something something 'what does it mean to live this life' and something about a shore, maybe. Sung by a man, sparse instrumentation. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by undue influence at 5:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Duvet tog boggle

I could use some duvet advice, re tog and filling. [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:02 AM PST - 12 comments

What happens to stolen iphones?

I am from the U.S. -- my iphone4s was stolen in a touristy area of Barcelona earlier this week. No calls were made on the phone in the hours before I suspended my (at&t) account and changed my gmail etc. passwords. It was not passcode locked/ didn't have tracking apps, but as far as I could tell it wasn't used. My question is: What "typically/usually" happens to such stolen phones? are they wiped and used as cameras/itouch?
posted by mrmarley at 4:36 AM PST - 6 comments

What films are longer than the events depicted?

What films are longer than the events depicted? [more inside]
posted by richb at 2:32 AM PST - 28 comments

Mac or Windows?

It’s time for my husband to get a new laptop, and we’re looking at a Mac that we’d share (the alternative is Windows). Help me decide whether a Mac is for us! [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance at 2:28 AM PST - 9 comments

fish heads. soup.

help me make a soup using what's sitting around in my fridge and freezer [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 2:15 AM PST - 6 comments

What are some popular grocery store books in Germany?

Can you suggest any German language, German originated, modern novel series for light reading? [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad at 12:16 AM PST - 8 comments

What keeps you motivated to stay healthy and fit?

What excites YOU about your regular diet/exercise routine? What motivational thoughts do you have that you believe are uniquely yours? [more inside]
posted by Th!nk at 12:03 AM PST - 32 comments

September 29

I have a bridged router acting as a modem, and a non-wireless vpn router. I need two add one or two wireless

I have a bridged router acting as a modem, and a non-wireless vpn router. I need two add one or two wireless [more inside]
posted by Unhyper at 11:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Have I been phished by a hooker?

Have I been phished? If so, what do I do? I suddenly started getting phonecalls and texts from people looking for prostitutes. They're calling both my cell and home phones. I recently applied for a credit card, and now I'm afraid the site wasn't legit. [more inside]
posted by mneekadon at 11:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Reapplying to a job you're still underqualified for?

I applied for a job requiring 18 months' experience and was rejected (at that point, I had 9 months' experience). I fitted all other criteria. The same job has popped up again, and I now have 15 months' experience. I still fit all other criteria (the requirements for both positions are exactly the same) Should I reapply?
posted by glache at 11:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Harry and Jon and ____

My non-reader boyfriend enjoys Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire because he easily became so invested in the characters. He doesn't care so much about literary value; he just wants characters that he can care about and journey with, and when they feel grief or happiness, he wants to mourn for them or celebrate with them. What should he read next? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 10:44 PM PST - 43 comments

Unsolved Mystery of the Disappearing Print Ink

What is this non-permanent printer ink I've received in a print? I didn't know that ink couldbe erased with a simple pencil eraser, but indeed the postcard-sized print I received on relatively heavy paper (possibly watercolor paper) was erasable with a pencil eraser. I only wanted to see if I could slough off a speck of dirt, and instead skin color came off the portrait. What's going on? Is this kind of ink going to fade and disappear in a couple of years even under glass? [more inside]
posted by reenka at 10:12 PM PST - 10 comments

What could this be related to?

Sex drive issues in my mid-twenties. Help! [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 8:27 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I stop my toiletry bottle from leaking?

I recently bought a travel toiletry kit from Target that included one screw-cap bottle and two push open style bottles. The second kind seem to be leaking, mostly because the part that you push down to dispense shampoo gets pushed down too easily and so it gets nudged by other things in my suitcase. Any suggestions for preventing this in the future? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 8:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Kingsridge suits

I’m looking for information about the men’s suit maker Kingsridge. It was an older brand, but apparently they're still around or someone is using the name. I’m just curious about the company, history, etc.
posted by bongo_x at 7:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Solution to OCR many bank statements into excel

Need to get data from hundreds of pages of bank records into a spreadsheet. We have a scanner with a document feeder, but would love some recommendations on software/workflow ideas. [more inside]
posted by capnsue at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to store an inheritance.

How in invest inherited money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Backing up a dual-boot

Does anyone have any suggestions for backing up a macbook pro that is running lion on the mac partition and windows 7 on the bootcamp partition? I have an external hard drive that time machine backs up to for the macintosh paritition, and I use acronis true image to do the pc portion of the backups. I guess what I want to know is am I doing this inefficiently or is there a better way to back up everything? I am not sure that I understand how backups work that well nor whether cloning my hard drive would be a better solution? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by nidora at 6:53 PM PST - 4 comments

What are a man's options for a signature flourish?

I'm a man who wears boring business clothes and I'd like my look more memorable. What's a good signature flourish or another way to make it easier for people who meet me to remember me at a glance? [more inside]
posted by grudgebgon at 6:30 PM PST - 42 comments

Tell me about a surfboard based on these stats, please!

Help me buy a surfboard! [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

What does radical clothing communicate? Seeking fantastic examples.

I am interested in learning more about the idea of radical clothing as symbolic communication, and thinking about how that works today. Thus, I am looking for the most fantastic examples of communicative garments. For example, garments made from recycled materials, that might up, that are in unusual shapes, and so forth. I have found some of these already, but I don't really know what they mean--other than being novelties. Are there unusual garments that you think about a lot? What do you think they mean? Any leads would be most appreciated. If you would like to recommend books or movies about this sort of thing, that would be welcome too.
posted by mortaddams at 5:58 PM PST - 14 comments

"It's worse than childbirth!"

My sister has a dental emergency -- a wisdom tooth with a wicked infection -- and we are in a rural area with no open dentist offices. What are her options? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 5:57 PM PST - 25 comments

How to track the sources a website pulls news from?

I'm wondering if anyone could suggest a tool or website that allows me to see a list of sites that a particular website is pulling news from. I know I can do this manually by looking at articles and noting the sites that are sourced, but I'm wondering if there is an easier way to do it. Any ideas? Thanks, - Michael
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 5:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Complementary Paint Colors for a Limestone House

We have a limestone house that has a small amount of periwinkle blue siding. In addition, the doors (front and garage), window frames, gutters, and various trim pieces are white. Image 1. Image 2. From the street, the house doesn't look that great. Repainting the blue siding should be a relatively easy job, but what color would really look good? Should the white doors be painted to match the new siding color?
posted by steinwald at 5:40 PM PST - 26 comments

The men in our lives are split between "do it" and "dont't do it"... what would MeFi do?

My friend found a used car she wants to buy. Could you tell us whether this is a scam? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 4:33 PM PST - 24 comments

Fischer versus Kasparov

Which player is more highly regarded, in terms of skill and mastery of the game, by the world chess community: Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? [more inside]
posted by mousepad at 3:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Take a little time to improve your life.

It's probably about time I go to college. I'm kind of (actually, very) confused. What do I do? (Wall of text inside) [more inside]
posted by Redfield at 3:27 PM PST - 27 comments

What does it mean to be "vulnerable" ?

"You have to let yourself be vulnerable" is too vague to be helpful. Tell me what it means? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 3:15 PM PST - 24 comments

I like Mondays fine, it's Tuesday through Friday that are the problem

How can I keep bidis fresh with little effort and cost? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Bard stories.

Looking for stories featuring/about bards/musicians/historians. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 2:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Nanotech! WOOT! What?

How can I tell if a product I'm about to buy contains nanotech materials? Are there labeling requirements (in the U.S.)? Can I tell by the chemical names? For any ingredient that's listed, can I tell if it's a nano-version of that material, as opposed to regular sized molecules? What consumer products are actually using these materials now? [more inside]
posted by Corvid at 2:18 PM PST - 19 comments

[android app filter] Lock current active screen

Is there a lockscreen app which will use the current active screen as the background? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel at 2:11 PM PST - 1 comment

Promoting a Toddler's Self Efficacy

I'd like to promote self-efficacy in my toddler, and am looking for different methods of going about it. [more inside]
posted by cardamon at 1:50 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I deal with my neighbor's cigarette smoke drifting into my apartment?

How can I deal with my neighbor's cigarette smoke drifting into my apartment? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 1:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Food for all

I'm thinking of starting a food- blog. The idea is to provide practical advice for people without money who want to eat good food made from good produce. I have decades of experience of being a poor foodie, but not much of writing or blogging. Any advice and all referencers will be valuable The blog will be in my own language (not english), at least to begin with.
posted by mumimor at 1:44 PM PST - 7 comments

True Calm Supplement - safe?

Are any of the ingredients in Now Foods True Calm Amino Relaxer dangerous? [more inside]
posted by denverco at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

More videos like Gangnam Style?

I'm finding myself quite happily drawn to the Gangnam Style video. Can you point me towards the best dance/pop/crazy dance videos NOT from the U.S.?
posted by agregoli at 1:14 PM PST - 50 comments

How can I step up my kissing game?

How can I step up my kissing game? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 12:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Sick of getting sick!

How can I stop getting sick? I teach High School and am constantly run down. I eat healthy, go to bed ridiculously early to get up early, exercise, and wash hands as often as possible (and have wipes in classroom) but it is pretty much impossible to stay healthy in a non-healthy atmosphere. [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 12:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Wildcard e-mail forwarding service?

Online service for wildcard e-mail address forwarding for a given domain? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Hot air heater for a cold damp bathroom?

Can anyone recommend a sub $100 heater for a bathroom? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 11:18 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I insert a separator between items in the Office 2010 ribbon?

I have finally been forced to switch from Office 2003 to Office 2010, and I am attempting to come to terms with the Ribbon interface. In the built-in Ribbon tabs, items are separated by short vertical "separator" lines, but there does not appear to be a way to insert these separators into custom tabs. [more inside]
posted by alby at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

"Buying" my car from my mom in NJ. What's the best/cheapest way to do this?

"Buying" my car from my mom in NJ. What's the best/cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 10:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Creating a CAD income from home (initially)

I need to get my head around the best path to retraining myself on (nominally Solidworks) with view to (in the longer term) doing CAD piece work from home - However there are several issues relating to software types and costs that I am not sure how to approach. [more inside]
posted by Brockles at 9:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for safety on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad?

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for the safety of evacuees on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 8:12 AM PST - 7 comments

"We Reserve the Right"

In public businesses one frequently sees those signs reading: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone," or something like that. Have you seen this principle applied in real life? I'd like to hear about it.
posted by mr. digits at 7:30 AM PST - 85 comments

Mom wanted me to be an astronaut, I wanted to be a diver.

I didn't choose the degree I am doing right now. It was my mom's wish... but I didn't realize at the time! If this happened to you... how did you cope? How did you take the best out of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Is this a bedbug?

Is this a bedbug? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Please Explain Multitrack Recording to a Multitrack Recording Virgin

If you can only record one track at a time via audio recording software (e.g. Ableton), why did I buy an interface that allows me to record two mics and an electric guitar simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:14 AM PST - 22 comments

Make a Database From a Book?

Are there examples of databases based upon a single book? [more inside]
posted by PHINC at 7:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Best cheese toastie in the world?

Cheese toastie filter: Please tell me about the best toasted cheese sandwiches in the world. [more inside]
posted by Bigbrowncow at 7:04 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I sell My Car between Canadian Provinces?

How do I sell a car between provinces? I live in Montreal, QC and my friend in Toronto, ON. She wants to buy my car. What do I have to do to sell it to her? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks at 6:35 AM PST - 1 comment

VPN for someone w/minimal IT skills?

Secure VPN for a novice? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Need urgent help in making gravy from scratch!!

Need urgent help in making gravy from scratch!! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 3:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Hush little baby....please, oh please, oh please

Why won't our 6.5 month old baby sleep? [more inside]
posted by brambory at 1:05 AM PST - 36 comments

September 28

Should I maintain this burgeoning friendship? If not, how should I end it nicely?

He's nice in some ways, but really annoying in others. Should I continue trying to build a friendship with him? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen at 10:46 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I calculate the probability of a specific sum of repeated die rolls?

I'm looking to learn how to calculate probabilities for a multi-round dice game. I've researched this question some, and it looks like I might need to know how to use the multinomial distribution, but I can't find any good introductions. Please point me to the most layman-accessible educational material on this subject, and help me to help myself. [more inside]
posted by Richard Daly at 10:16 PM PST - 6 comments

So because I have this I've got to be how old?

18+ girls 21+ guys everyone gets in free YAY... wait... what? [more inside]
posted by one4themoment at 7:11 PM PST - 28 comments

How to Manage a Job Interviewer Whose Knowledge is Outdated & Unfocused

I am presently going through interviews for an IT consulting position with a nationally known firm. I've been through two extended phone interviews. The initial call with the recruiter went great, but I just had a call with one of the main staff members and it was a train wreck. Extra library/MLIS snowflake details... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Neurological? Psychological? Just plain clumsy?

Why are my girlfriend's cat's back legs going out from under him? [more inside]
posted by komara at 5:58 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the new word for "awesome"?

What is the new word for "awesome"? [more inside]
posted by kellybird at 5:07 PM PST - 125 comments

Help me identify/fine a specific Honda Commercial

Help me find a specific Honda Commercial [more inside]
posted by robverb at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

I have no idea what I am doing.

I am looking for costume ideas which include a horse head mask? [more inside]
posted by ~Bert at 4:25 PM PST - 49 comments

Recommendations for alternatives to Lee men's Custom Fit Waistband flat front pants?

Recommendations for alternatives to Lee men's Custom Fit Waistband flat front pants? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 4:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for online bankruptcy debtor education recommendations.

Can you recommend a specific online bankruptcy debtor education provider? There are a billion and the ones I've looked at don't fill me with calm reassurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 2 comments

I like books that make me want to hide a knife in my garter.

I love all historical mysteries, but lately, I'm especially obsessed with jazzy, stylish ones set in the 1910s-30s. I spent the summer tearing through all of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 3:46 PM PST - 23 comments

What kind of upsidedown fish wants to eat my skin?

What was this weird up-side-down swimming fish in miami? Possibly a 'cleaner fish'? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

The beeping, incidentally, means he's speeding.

Tell me a little bit about this recording I made in a taxi in the UAE. I think it's in Urdu. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Non-US radio, please

What are your favorite non-American radio stations? Bonus points for stations that are available online, and mostly play music that I am unlikely to hear on American radio.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:14 PM PST - 44 comments

Online book reviews in Brasil

Why is it that in Brazil, there are no reviews / ratings of books on any of the online book stores? Does anyone know of any stores that might have this seemingly basic functionality?
posted by mikeanegus at 3:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Phantom Earthquake

There was a large-ish (6.9) earthquake in my area on Wednesday. Since then, I've felt a number of "phantom" earthquakes (along with a number of real aftershocks). Is there anything I can do to stop feeling the "phantom" quakes? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 3:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Good way to create an easy to navigate FAQ?

What is a good way to create an FAQ-type document so that it looks good and is easy to navigate on a computer? [more inside]
posted by quam6246 at 3:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Thyroid Cancer Question

Thyroid Cancer Question! Seeking advice about TSH (thyrogen) injections instead of witchdrawl/LID before RAI. [more inside]
posted by mrs.pants at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How does one become a High School Russian teacher

How do I go about getting hired for a position that doesn't exist: a High School Russian teacher? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 2:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Hey, Apostle? Can you fill out that TPS report by Monday?

What US religion or religious sub-set uses the titles "Mother" and "Apostle?" [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 2:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Francois, meet Francoise

What are all of the male/female homophone name pairs? I am looking for examples of names that sound alike but are spelled differently depending on whether the individual is male or female. Examples: Don/Dawn, Erin/Aaron, Francis/Frances, Yves/Eve.
posted by bq at 2:10 PM PST - 78 comments

Does Eczema Blanch?

Do eczema rashes blanch (turn white) when you press them?
posted by brista at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Help a beginner learn Java/J2EE

I need to learn Java/J2EE. Where do I start? What resources are out there? How do I become a good programmer overtime? [more inside]
posted by turniphead at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

the reading rainbow

I used to like reading until about fourth grade. That's when books started getting more intricate with more characters and multiple plotlines etc. I'm pretty sure I have ADD and/or a terrible capacity for that kind of thing. What books might I enjoy now? (I'm 21/F) [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 1:19 PM PST - 34 comments

I am also open to bids from local roofing companies.

I need help with sourcing unusual building materials for my DIY doghouse that looks like my ridiculous-looking house. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 1:18 PM PST - 21 comments

I Want my HBO ... on my Blu Ray

I subscribe to HBO. Why the heck can't I get it on my Blu-Ray? Is there some other way to get it on my TV (besides going to the actual channel)? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 12:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How or where can I make my house concerts bigger?

I host house concerts in San Diego. I need more space. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for a smart phone for cheap.

What is the best $99 smartphone currently available from Verizon? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 12:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Phone Call

This is the land-line phone I want. But I'd rather not pay $205. Does anyone know of an similar phone at a lower price? I want only four things from my phone: Phone calls, auto-dial, voice mail, and don't be ugly -- nothing more. But, the land-line phones that are typically available in the stores have too many features and, to my eye, are ugly. Someone must know of a basic, well-designed phone.
posted by partner at 12:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a Jeanne Gang quote

I'm looking for a quote by architect Jeanne Gang I read in an article about her last year, and my Google-fu is failing me. Help me, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by dw at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Simple videoconferencing for two

What is the best video conferencing setup for boss and I to talk about data remotely? More complete description of circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Best headache-tracking app?

Recommendations needed for the best headache-tracking app. [more inside]
posted by twoporedomain at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

They are interested. Why don't they respond?

Someone "chose" me (rated 4 or 5 stars) on OKCupid. What should be my next move? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 11:12 AM PST - 26 comments

White or black iPhone more tempting to thieves?

Is there a difference in the white or black iPhone's attractiveness to thieves-- to the point where it should influence my buying decision? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 11:03 AM PST - 19 comments

How to get another position at a company I'm temping at

I'm a temp/consultant at a Fortune 100 company. My project is ending soon and I to find another one. How do I do so? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 10:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a (specific) blog by an anglophone about Paris/French culture!

Help me find a (specific) blog by an anglophone about Paris/French culture! [more inside]
posted by miss_scarlett at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Endocrinology anyone? Low Glucose - What do you make of this...

YANMD - I just discovered from 2 recent bloodworks that my 15 year old son’s non-fasting glucose levels are in the mid-60’s after eating what could be considered a “carb bombs” – cake, hot chocolate among other carby things. Is this some rare condition that no one has heard of? Something like the opposite of diabetes? Or does this mean nothing at all? [more inside]
posted by jamesalbert at 10:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for what amounts to Apple's earpods in black.

I'm looking for non-sealing earbuds with iPhone controls that aren't white, and I can't find them. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by unsound at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

I have a job interview. I'm getting sick. Help!

I have a very important job interview on Monday. I feel like I'm getting sick (sore throat, warm forehead, etc). If I'm sick on Monday, do I call and ask to re-schedule or soldier through? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 9:52 AM PST - 33 comments

Opera for Dummies?

I would really love to truly enjoy the magic and beauty of opera, but I'm a complete novice. While I have enjoyed Broadway style musicals since I was a child, opera has escaped me. Are there any books, specific productions or recordings I should read, watch or hear? [more inside]
posted by BrianJ at 9:47 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking for a cross-border Canada/US tax expert

Recommendation for cross-border Canada/US tax expert (in Bay Area, or other)? [more inside]
posted by Chaotic Bedlam at 9:34 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me ID this 60's sedan

Help me ID this car (mid-60's American Sedan) : [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 9:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Gay-friendly vacation spots?

Where should my girlfriend and I go on vacation in January? We're open to pretty much anything - and that's the problem. [more inside]
posted by vakker at 9:23 AM PST - 20 comments

What should I do with these old newspapers?

Should I save old newspapers? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch at 9:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Special dry skin advice sought.

People with dry skin: How do you apply lotion to just the backs of your hands? Special applicator suggestions go to the front of the line! [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Why is paid time off so hard to negotiate?

What is the purpose of rigid paid-time off policies? [more inside]
posted by fries at 9:04 AM PST - 39 comments

Good cell phone for a senior citizen?

Best simple cell phone for a senior citizen? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 8:43 AM PST - 8 comments

What are good, routine, activities/outings for a family that do not revolve around food/drink/restaurants? Details

I won't be able to eat normally for about a year, my family is supportive, but wants to continue to meet up weekly and would like to make sure I am as comfortable about it as possible. [more inside]
posted by dadici at 8:38 AM PST - 24 comments

Sketching Apps for graphic pieces?

Recommendations for sketching apps like Penultimate? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 8:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Does the US government do background checks on your education when issuing work visas?

I lied on my CV. Does the US government do background checks on your education when issuing work visas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

I heard that you were feeling ill ...

I have a cold/flu thing. What can I do to speed my recovery as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Supporting spouse weight loss while maintaining own weight

How do I help support my husband with his diet while maintaining my own weight? [more inside]
posted by statsgirl at 8:24 AM PST - 9 comments


So my cat just spectacularly broke a CFL lightbulb. I've read the other Asks on this topic, but I still have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue at 8:22 AM PST - 17 comments

From pipets to patents

From lab tech to law office. Help me be awesome! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Architecture Copyright Expert Witness?

I'm looking for an expert witness in the area of architecture copyright in the US. The Northeast would be ideal. It seems like there are a million online, so any additional recommendations would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Wiggle wiggle wiggle, yeah!

I need costume suggestions for an LMFAO themed Halloween party. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 7:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Quantifying the Effect of Gamification?

Is there good quantitative research on the behavioral effect of gamification and achievements? [more inside]
posted by jasonhong at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I help my fine artist friend?

I'd really like to help support my neighbor, a fine artist, in her search for commissions, management and new students. Unfortunately, outside of just helping her navigate networking sites online, I have no idea where to start. Specifics after the jump. [more inside]
posted by biddeford at 7:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Eccommerce Startup Question

I have grand ideas for an ecommerce web site and am curious about how to get where I need from an inventory perspective. [more inside]
posted by kmurray24 at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I ship perfume, nail polish etc abroad from the UK?

Is there a way to ship perfume and nail polish abroad from the UK? People are telling me there isn't but I don't quite believe them. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 6:43 AM PST - 10 comments

International Trade (for Dummies)

If you run a business that deals in international trade, how do you easily manage export licensing and reporting to the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security? What about getting Certificates of Compliance and Certificates of Origin? I know you have to get a cert validated by a chamber of commerce (and in some circumstances, by that countries consulate) but can you give me any sort of description that would help me streamline the process? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 6:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Does hip-hop/rap equal rock/pop as a genre that requires true musical talent?

Help settle a contentious argument: friend argues that hip-hop/rap requires less talent than rock/pop, and that the true measure of talent is being able to stand on a stage with nothing but a guitar and microphone. This doesn't seem right to me, but I don't know hip-hop/rap well. Is this a valid position? Are there any musicians in rap and hip-hop that defy this? [more inside]
posted by Locative at 5:59 AM PST - 72 comments

Return address labels?

Can you suggest some place to buy custom return address labels, who have a good reputation and tasteful templates? Google has a thousand tacky options that all seem the same.
posted by smackfu at 5:57 AM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to preheat a stainless steel pan enough that the food won't stick, but not so much that it warps?

What is the best way to preheat a stainless steel pan enough that the food won't stick, but not so much that it warps? [more inside]
posted by Jim Biancolo at 5:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Which books did Jerry Garcia read that helped him learn to play?

Which books did Jerry Garcia read that helped him learn to play? I'm not much of a deadhead, but I do have great respect for Jerry Garcia's playing, especially acoustically with David Grisman. In my own study of music generally and guitar specifically I've been venturing out of pentatonic scales into the major scale and associated modes, as well as trying to become a more knowledgable and lyrical improviser. I'm in a wormhole of reading tons of interviews with Jerry and he commonly refers to learning heaps about the guitar by "reading the books" that have come out since the last time he "read the books" about guitar/music. These interviews have been mid seventies to mid to late eighties. I'm wondering: What books was Jerry reading that were so valuable in helping him develop his playing? He never seems to reference them specifically. Anyone know what kind of literature was coming out and of good quality in that era? Thanks.
posted by idzyn at 5:25 AM PST - 4 comments

A song comparing her love to stars

Romantic song sung by female singer, with lyrics like, "Why do I need stars when I have you"? [more inside]
posted by catburger at 3:53 AM PST - 4 comments

We'd like that gift NOW, please

Several months ago, for my partner's birthday, my MIL decided to gift us with an electric kettle. We were happy, because we had been planning to get one, and said as much to her. But then she couldn't find the "right one" (she's quite particular about aesthetics) and now the whole idea seems to have slipped off her radar. But the winter is approaching, we're making a lot of tea, and we would really really like to have that kettle. Do we remind her, buy it ourselves, or what? [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 3:50 AM PST - 30 comments

Activities in Colorado Springs

Sunday activities in Colorado Springs? I am trying to coordinate an outing for a group of 6-8 women of varying ages on Sunday afternoon or early evening, but I really don't know the area. We will have an 80 year old and a 3 year old with us. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky at 3:18 AM PST - 2 comments

o espírito eo gringo

Can I find a Unitarian Universalist-like church in Rio de Janeiro? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua at 3:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden?

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 2:33 AM PST - 2 comments

September 27

Winter's coming. Bed warming time.

Electric blanket or electric mattress pad? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 10:33 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack for an x230?

What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack/bag for a Lenovo x230? [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 10:08 PM PST - 4 comments

HARP: good deal or not?

I have a mortgage that is perfectly healthy. Should/can I do a HARP refinance on it? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 10:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Games that I can play over Skype with my blind friend?

I'm looking for video games that I could read aloud and describe as I play so that one of my friends who is blind could participate. We would be doing this over Skype. Ideally, we'd like games with multiple choices and decisions that affect the gameplay or story, less linear games and fairly complicated gameplay. We wouldn't want anything in real time, anything that requires coordination or games where the visuals are essential. [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 9:58 PM PST - 36 comments

Superman Songs

Help me fill out my geeky "Superman Music" playlist. [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead at 9:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Do people throw money at musicians?

How does one become a "patron of the (punk) arts"? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 at 8:48 PM PST - 16 comments

What might be causing round marks on an Asian or Asian-American woman's back?

At the gym over the past few months, I have seen a few Asian or Asian-American 60-something women with their backs covered with 1.5-inch - diameter circular marks. Does anyone know what may have caused these marks? Are they the result of a medical condition? A medical treatment? A common injury or abuse? The largest Asian-American population here is Korean. The marks are varying in intensity, so it looks like they occurred over a period of time.
posted by jaguar at 8:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Is the full feeling in my throat heartburn or something else?

For the last several days, I have had the feeling that something is stuck in my throat or the urge to swallow. It lasts for hours and seems to occur after eating. Is this heartburn? Is it something else? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 8:05 PM PST - 15 comments

What is your homebrew sanitization process?

Homebrewers, what is your sanitization process? I am stymied. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 8:02 PM PST - 29 comments

I can't fly to India every time I need tea. Can I?

I have the most bourgeois question ever, but damnit, tea is serious business. Where/how can I get more of this amazing tea from Kerala, India? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 8:00 PM PST - 10 comments

I want to be a cool (weather) biker dude

Help this newbie cyclist figure out what he'll need for cool weather cycling. Bonus points for: Colorado. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 7:50 PM PST - 18 comments

How to deal with living in a less-than-ideal place?

How to deal with living in a less-than-ideal place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 PM PST - 26 comments

Carry All the Things???

How do I carry around all my stuff with grace and avoid looking stupid? I carry around a lot of stuff everyday, and it's extremely annoying. People are always commenting about how I have "so many bags" but I really am not sure how to streamline my stuff. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 7:37 PM PST - 46 comments

Getting invisible objects to cast shadows in Maxwell for SketchUp?

In Maxwell for SketchUp, is there a way I can get a transparent object to cast a shadow? [more inside]
posted by sakahane at 7:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Who's need, anyway?

"A friend in need is a friend indeed." [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Monogamous relationships

Is a casual, long-term mutually monogamous relationship the safest way to have sex outside of a serious committed boyfriend girlfriend relationship and preferred? [more inside]
posted by mrfawcet at 7:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Alone again, naturally

Book recommendations please: fiction and non-fiction [including (auto)biographies] of people who lived alone, and their experiences and thoughts about it. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a term for this kind of punning word play?

Attention, language types of MetaFilter: The Russian word poshlost' is roughly equivalent to the English "banality" or "self-satisfied mediocrity." Vladimir Nabokov wittily rendered it as poshlust ("posh" + "lust"), and described it as "not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive." Is there a specific term for this kind of word play? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free at 6:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Am I being oversensitive?

Spent two days, 12 hours driving helping a friend move from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The whole time my friend seemed unappreciative of my help and didn't even go as far to pay or offer to pay for any snacks or meals. At the end of it all my friend offered thanks. Am I being over sensitive or do I have the right to be a little annoyed?
posted by nathanm at 6:26 PM PST - 22 comments

When you need food, not the best food, just food they will eat.

"Best" wet cat food available at Kroger or similar? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Tell me more about Dignitas

Mr. SPA told me last night that he thinks about suicide. Knowing Mr. SPA and based on the surrounding facts and circumstances, I think he's referencing suicide in a bid to talk about escaping from the stress in his life. In other words, I think he's asking for my help. I don't know if I can help him. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SPA at 5:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Trying to prosper in Masschusetts

How can I use to invest while living in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 5:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Expected budget for experienced lone budget traveler in West Africa?

How safe are the following (mostly) West African countries, and what can I expect my budget to be? [more inside]
posted by maya at 5:15 PM PST - 7 comments

The amazing world of science let me show it to you

I'd like science-, scientist-, or engineering-related book recommendations for a 9th grade student reading at a 6th-7th grade level. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What should a doctor's note say so that I can acheive my morbid obesity fitness goal?

Obese and diabetic is no way to go through life son, so I want/need/have to exercise. Problem: Most entities (exercise programs, gyms, trainers) want a doctor's note from me to prove I won't drop fucking dead while attempting to exercise. I want to get a note (one singular note) from my doctor that will allow me to participate in as many different exercise programs as possible. What should the note say? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 5:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Whats the site?

Google-fu (utter) Fail. Name this website: Site owner is a guy. He tells you what the "best" product is in a variety of categories (cell phone, beard trimmer, laptop etc). The conceit for the site is basically "stop shopping and just buy this one."
posted by Vavuzi at 4:53 PM PST - 7 comments

I wanna be your super hero... of some ridiculousness

Alright MeFites, help me rock yet another themed birthday party. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 4:49 PM PST - 9 comments

What should I eat after I get my wisdom teeth out?

What are the best, funnest, most satisfying foods to eat after I get my wisdom teeth out? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 4:48 PM PST - 34 comments

How to enable the WYSIWYG editor in Joomla...?

How to enable the WYSIWYG editor in Joomla...? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 4:29 PM PST - 2 comments

my business ain't nobody's business

Help me write a funny, effective, non-shaming sign asking people to please not talk on their cellphones in the office restroom. [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 4:08 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I help my friend?

My friend is in a very bad way. She's had a painful breakup, and she has a long-term chronic illness that's tough to deal with. She's housebound, isolated, very unhappy and says she's thinking of suicide. What, if anything, can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 3:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Decode these Chinese characters, please!

Can you decode these hastily-written Chinese characters? Here's a picture. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Mammary cannons optional

Science fiction that deals with people having the ability to download information directly to their brains? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 3:27 PM PST - 29 comments

How to locate a telephone co demark box

How do I find the telephone companies demarcation box? The telephone wire comes off the street, into a conduit on the roof and then back out the conduit pipe and under the roof. The cable box and electrical meter are both right there, the tech and I were surprised the demark box was not. Is it possible my house doesn't have a demark box? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Talk me through closing a 401k

I have lost my job, and I want to use some of the money in my 401k to pay my bills, but not all of it. I would like some details about the next steps, if you have experience with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:35 PM PST - 20 comments

I'd rather starve!

How can I make my healthy meals taste less, well...healthy? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite at 2:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Loading multiple xCode projects to one GitHub repository?

Loading multiple xCode projects to one GitHub repository? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Best/Cheapest Men's Hair Dye In New York?

Looking for a place in NYC where I (a dude) can get good, natural-looking hair coloring for about a hundred bucks. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

What Can I Do About Never Getting Scheduled At My Job?

What Can I Do About Never Getting Scheduled At My Job? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 2:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Hither and thither and yon...

I am looking for interesting or weird places to stop on a once-in-a-lifetime epic cross-country road trip. I have a month to traverse the country. I'm planning on stopping at the House on the Rock in WI, the Grand Canyon, and the Jedediah Smith Redwoods Park. Anywhere along this route that I shouldn't miss, either for food or attractions? I am looking particularly for things I would never see or eat if I were not on a road trip, or wonderful places to camp. The route is inside... [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 1:54 PM PST - 34 comments

What is the Agent Orange of today?

Anyone heard anything about scary-powerful chemicals/biological warfare/nanotech designed to wipe out not just people, but flora and fauna as well? [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit at 1:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Lack the inspiration for a fancy title

How can I expand my business from a 1 person independent freelance/contractor to a few people (or with an assistant?) While simultaneously maintaining high quality and being able to trust the project or parts of the project to others. [more inside]
posted by Dances with sock puppets at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

What are my options for getting a U.K. visa?

I'm a U.S. Citizen and want to get a U.K. Visa, but I have to keep my U.S. job. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom at 1:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Stopping a Freeloader

My mother is being financially taken advantage of by my freeloading uncle. This is causing massive stress in our family, and resentments are building up. Is there anything I can do to help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM PST - 24 comments

Book Scent

What is the explanation for a particular pleasant scent that books printed in India and Pakistan seem to have? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Movies set in another country, please.

I need some suggestions for movies made fairly recently that are set in another country. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace at 12:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Can my local utility legally refuse to buy my surplus off-grid generated power?

Can my local utility legally refuse to buy my surplus off-grid generated power? [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 11:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Check-cashing stores are to banks as X are to Y

I was fascinated by this episode of 99% Invisible about how banks are too confusing, stuffy, and weird for many lower-income customers and how check cashing stores are taking advantage of this by offering really simple, straight-forward, more transparent (but expensive) financial services. What other institutions, businesses, services, products, etc. are designed for middle-income or wealthy people that confuse or put off lower-income customers?
posted by shotgunbooty at 11:51 AM PST - 57 comments

Looking for ideas for meals which each diner can customise at the table.

Looking for ideas for meals which each diner can customise at the table. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:51 AM PST - 27 comments

Featherbed in Vietnam? Good idea?

Should I get a feather bed mattress topper? Twist: Vietnam. [more inside]
posted by p1nkdaisy at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Tricks with chix

An enormous chicken with immense, disproportional legs? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What time-card should my small start-up use for DCAA compliance

Got a Government research contract - now everybody needs to start tracking their time with some kind of DCAA compliant time card system. We're a small 10 person start-up and there's a bewildering range of people and companies offering time tracking solutions. So I'm seeking the hive mind's experience. Should I just use a paper time-cards? If so, where can I find a good template or sample? Should I go with a software or web-based solution? We only have one contract and it encompasses almost everything we do so there's not a lot of complexity tracking multiple proposals. Our business is not to be a government contractor - this project is more in the line of a small business incubator grant.
posted by Long Way To Go at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Which Democratic Senate candidates should I donate to?

I would like to help some Democratic candidates get elected to US Senate. Where will my money make the most difference? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 10:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Are you there Google? It's me, antonymous

Why is google indexing my personal domain "better" than my work's domain - both have WP blogs, but only posts under my personal domain show up in the Google Alert I have for my name. I am responsible for the visibility of my employer's blog and I do not think it's being crawled effectively (or something). [more inside]
posted by antonymous at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

assistant (to the) regional manager?

What should my new job title be? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 10:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Oh noes. I'm dead.

Last night, while playing with Find My iPhone, I erased my wife's iPhone. That's right. I erased my wife's iPhone. Apparently, it wasn't backing up to iCloud. Unless I have a good backup on her laptop via iTunes, I am screwed, right? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:50 AM PST - 13 comments

I need a Wordpress registration solution

Please recommend a Wordpress plugin for event registrations. Or suggest an alternative. [more inside]
posted by beagle at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

So...should we sit down tomorrow at 5:30 to talk about forever, maybe?

How, exactly, did you start discussing marriage with the person you married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 AM PST - 67 comments

I want the power!

My iPhone (3G)'s power/headphone/volume rocker assembly is on the fritz all of a sudden. How can I try to remedy this? (Either cheaply/locally in NYC or DIY). [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 8:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Recording "screencast" together with webcam video in Ubuntu 12.04?

Using a laptop running Ubuntu Linux 12.04, I want to record three things at once: 1) video of my desktop, 2) video from a USB webcam, 3) audio from a USB microphone. Ideally I would like some setup which simultaneously starts all three recordings, and keeps them in sync, so that it will not be too painfully difficult to mix them later -- my eventual aim is to make a kind of "picture-in-picture" screencast. Is this feasible, and if it is, what's the best approach? (Free is nice, but if I can make this process smoother by paying less than a thousand dollars, I will happily pay.)
posted by em at 8:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Is an octopus an animal?

Is an octopus an animal? [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 8:47 AM PST - 41 comments

Seeking mental health resources for young Italian man

What are low-cost or online resources for a young Italian man with anxiety disorder and/or depression in Rome? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 8:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a "post-industrial Marx"?

Is there a "post-industrial Marx"? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 8:29 AM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with water damage caused by insurance-less neighbor?

Friend lives in a Philadelphia row home. His neighbor's house was sealed by the DA. Neighbor broke back in & flooded the basement intentionally. The water also flooded my friend's basement and he is now concerned about potential mold problems. Neighbor does not have insurance. How should he proceed so as to both deal with potential mold & mildew before they become a problem and not cause his own homeowner's insurance to increase.
posted by davidvanb at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Least inconvenient way to get into NYC if a car has to be parked somewhere

A friend and I are heading into NYC next weekend. We are coming from Montreal and driving across the border. However, after that, we haven't decided the best way to get into the city. Should we drive to Albany and take a bus from there? (Is there long term parking in Albany?) Should we drive into a suburb and take a train in? Should we drive into the city and find a lot? (I'd probably prefer to do one of the first two unless there is some reason to do the third.) [more inside]
posted by jeather at 8:13 AM PST - 32 comments

Fuckin' Maryland Divorces, How Do THEY Work?

Asking for a very dear friend, YANAL/YANHL/TINLA/OMG/WTF: my friend wants to divorce her emotionally-abusive husband. He doesn't want a divorce and intends to fight her tooth and nail. They live in MD. What to do? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 7:55 AM PST - 16 comments

When should I leave the East Village to catch a 7 p.m. flight at La Guardia?

I need good estimates on timing for a cab ride from the East Village to La Guardia on a Tuesday afternoon. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 7:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Who makes Bad Blake look like Marie Osmond?

This article about the Beach Boys ongoing acrimony made me wonder: who are widely considered to be the absolute worst musicians to work with/for. [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 7:33 AM PST - 42 comments

Help us switch to Drupal

The case for Drupal? Or, why we should ditch Kintera and not choose BlueState or Expression Engine, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Recommendations for psychiatrists specializing in anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues in Boston (Financial District)?

Recommendations for psychiatrists specializing in anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues in Boston (Financial District)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Gluttony throughout history

Looking for examples of gluttony throughout human history. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 7:17 AM PST - 20 comments

NYC Discount formal-wear

Where can I find a selection of cheap formal dresses, in a brick-and-mortar location, in NYC today? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 5:25 AM PST - 19 comments

You say scone, I say scone; let's call the whole thing off

We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
posted by monkey closet at 4:59 AM PST - 49 comments

buproprion and e.d.'s

Why is Wellbutrin contraindicated for patients with eating disorders? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi at 4:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Gauss, Escher, Bach. Give me math that doesn't read like math!

I have a very strong background in humanities but I've completed three-year undergraduate course in math. Though I passed it without trouble, I feel like traditional textbooks didn't teach make me understand a lot. What are best math resources (books, but not necessarily) that instead of trying to look like PM read more like literature or work on your intuition and talk about big picture implications instead? Something like Godel, Escher, Bach for various areas of mathematics. [more inside]
posted by desultory_banyan at 3:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Google Analytics: Best practices for tracking multiple domains?

What is the best way to set up Google Analytics to track multiple domains? [more inside]
posted by chillmost at 2:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Where is Siri?

Downloaded the new iOS 6 to my iPhone 4. The internet says that means I have Siri now. Why can't I find her? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 2:04 AM PST - 8 comments

What To Get The Vaishnava Who Has Everything?

My boyfriend is a very spiritual devotee of Krishna (via ISKCON). Before we were dating he lived in an Ashram for a while, and has been involved with the temple since he was in early high school. I'm happily Jewish, and not personally disposed toward that sort of devotion, and I think sometimes my inability to understand comes off as skeptical or disapproving. His birthday is coming up in about a week, and I'd like to get him something, or do something for him that will demonstrate a commitment to his spirituality - or at least something that shows I'm trying. I'd love your suggestions. More details beyond the fold. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica at 12:23 AM PST - 12 comments

September 26

How do you even say Louvre???

French tv & movie recs for someone who wants to be entertained but also get used to the language? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 10:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me become a man with a movie camera!

Where can I find cinematography courses in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome at 9:09 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a vacation - but where?

I need a vacation, but question is, where should I go? This Missouri 20-something is looking for trip suggestions in the western US for the week of October 22nd. [more inside]
posted by PhillC at 9:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting in tune with my emotions

I am seeking to understand emotional intelligence - how do those who are more emotionally intelligent see things differently? [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 8:46 PM PST - 28 comments

Roommate's work problems coming home to roost

How do I tell my roommate to get it together at work before he screws both of us? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 8:16 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I avoid procrastinating on tasks that have “fallen off the radar” / are less urgent?

How do I avoid procrastinating on tasks that have “fallen off the radar” / are less urgent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 PM PST - 14 comments

What are the best movie scenes involving disembodied heads?

What are your favorite movie scenes involving severed and/or disembodied heads? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight at 8:00 PM PST - 74 comments

How to be good pet owners when the situation changes?

My husband and I believe in being responsible dog owners, now the situation has changed and we're not sure how to continue doing what's best for our dogs. Complicated details (e.g., our long distance marriage) inside. [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle at 7:50 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do in Santa Rosa?

What interesting things should I see, do, eat, and (maybe) drink in and around Santa Rosa this weekend? I'll be there primarily for a bike ride* but will have a day before the ride and a day after to do other stuff, as well. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 7:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I get a tip on tipping?

We frequent a wine bar that features a self-service Enomatic machine. You load up a debit card and then serve yourself. My wife usually drinks wine and I normally order beers. A $50 bill may represent $40 charged up on the card, with only 2 beers actually brought out to me by a waiter. I've been tipping based on the value of what we actually consumed, so I'm doing the math on what my wife drank, even though it is all prepaid and self-serve. If I tip the full bill, the waiter that helps us the next time, when we may not need to add to the wine card, gets screwed. Waiters of Mefi, am I doing it right?
posted by COD at 7:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Why would a store charge more for a smaller soda?

A store charges more for the smallest size of fountain soda than for the next size up. What’s a rational explanation for this? The store is a Quick Chek, for what it’s worth.
posted by Sidnicious at 7:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor?

Second-floor toilet is leaking, can you help me figure out the best course of action regarding the floor? [more inside]
posted by joshwebb at 7:07 PM PST - 3 comments

I need more information about advocating for myself in the American Health Care system

So this was me commenting a bit ago about how some views toward health care actually damage the lives of real people. And now I need advice, because the situation has grown so far out of my control and I think I’ll go out of my mind with worry. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 7:05 PM PST - 57 comments

Good for a laugh?

What's the story with recreational use of nitrous oxide? [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 6:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Is this kind of professional grooming the norm?

How much say should my employer have over my physical appearance? [more inside]
posted by Saminal at 6:25 PM PST - 79 comments

Toronto transit logistics: plane to bus, wifi, lunch

Help me get from Billy Bishop airport to the Toronto bus station, with wifi and (hopefully) tasty food in between. I've got about 2 hours. [more inside]
posted by neroli at 6:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Organizing medical records for readability

How can I organize my medical records and lab tests so that they are as easy as possible for a doctor or nurse to navigate? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you recommend a pediatrician in Portland, OR?

Can you recommend a pediatrician in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting documents read aloud by a human being

Is there a service where I can submit articles or documents and have them read by a human being and get the result recorded as an mp3? I feel like such a service ought to exist somewhere, but I haven't had any luck finding one. Also, I'm not really interested in software that converts text to speech - it has to be read by a person.
posted by Proginoskes at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

tree me

What tree should we plant in our small front yard? We're in DC, and the area gets full sun. We'd like something beautiful and maybe blossomy, but that grows relatively quickly and is somewhat idiot-proof. Also, any good books or sites out there on tree care?
posted by yarly at 4:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Hold onto your butts!

Mrs. hamandcheese teaches children education programs. About dinosaurs. She needs your help with a specific crafty art activity teaching kids about bugs stuck in amber. Suggest us some amber-like glue solutions! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

How to become a freelancing cartoonist?

I want to become a cartoonist. Can anyone give me some helpful advice or point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 4:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Emergency medical question: potential nerve damage?

After a deep cut to the hand, what are the proper precautions to prevent nerve damage? [more inside]
posted by jef at 4:20 PM PST - 8 comments

The other kind of "shipping"

What are the best books and other DIY resources for learning about logistics and supply chain management, especially with regard to international sales?
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Between a rock and a mugging place

I only have time to run at night. This makes me nervous. Am I just a nervous nellie, or am I asking to become the Central Park Jogger 2.0? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 3:37 PM PST - 37 comments

How to make therapy work?

"You can't get over this unless you really want to." Do I not want to? I need to want to, and I'm a self-sabotaging ball of nonsense. Have therapist and group therapy, intake appointment for medication on two days, feeling like I'm maybe just making it all up. Or I'm using my intelligence to pull one over on either my therapist, or myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Lithium production of human body

How is lithium produced by the body? Is it broken from larger molecules (ionized) or supplied by the food intake in the basic element form? I know that lower than some certain concentration level in blood *may* be the result of bipolar disorder and physicians try to cure that by administering lithium tablets to patients. What I do not know is how lithium is naturally produced and maintained by the body. Wikipedia article on lithium is of little help, maybe the subject needs deeper digging. Thanks!
posted by raphael19 at 3:00 PM PST - 11 comments


Any thoughts on recovering lost data from TrueCrypt volume? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 2:53 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to be social and have fun. What do I do?

I feel like I've tried the usual suggestions...I'm looking for more ways to "get out there", meet new people and have fun. [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract at 2:52 PM PST - 29 comments

There's a hole in the countertop, dear Liza, dear Liza

What should we do with this big 1'x2.5' hole in the top of a bathroom countertop? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Nursing shortage HA HA HA

Help a nurse find a job, please? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 2:31 PM PST - 16 comments

V1? V2? What's that all about?

I want to learn how to skate ski and I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can you recommend any instructors or point me to some organization offering lessons? [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

DIY asbestos abatement for fun and profit

Best practices for DIY asbestos-wrapped duct removal? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 2:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Recommend a family doctor in Vancouver/Burnaby? One that can deal with allergies would be nice.

Anyone recommend a family doctor in Vancouver/Burnaby? One that can deal with allergies would be nice. Or at least give me suggestions on how to get one, because I've never done this before. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

What's it like?

I have an interview this week for an assistant volunteer coordinator position at a local organization. I've done some volunteer management before but haven't had a position like this. If YOU have, or do, what's it like? Any advice for an interview?
posted by trillian at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments

vietnamese poet

I'm looking for a Vietnamese (?) diplomat-politican-scholar who, when asked of the French Revolution, said something like "it has yet to be seen". Do you know this is? Do tell!
posted by beshtya at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Is she in to me?

Asking internet strangers if she's into me and for some advice if so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 53 comments

Happiness, you confuse me

How do I deal with happiness during the bad times when I find it confusing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 7 comments

English catchphrases in foreign language films

Are there any famous English catchphrases in foreign language television and cinema? Think of this as the Foreign language equivalent to "Hasta la vista, baby!" [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 1:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Should companies post copyrighted software on an unsecured FTP site?

A company I just interviewed with has an unsecured FTP site where their IT department posts full versions of copyrighted software, among other things. Yikes? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench at 12:43 PM PST - 25 comments

Cheap Airline Tix?

Hello everyone, This is my first post, though I'm a longtime reader. I am trying to find out if there are any ways I haven't thought of to buy cheap airline tickets from Reno, NV to Nashville, TN and back three times a year to visit family. [more inside]
posted by michellenoel at 11:48 AM PST - 10 comments

To drop a class or not to drop a class, that is the question.

To be optimistic or realistic - should I drop this class or not? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 11:38 AM PST - 24 comments

Shakin my pirate booty! (Trader Joe's soundtrack request)

I'm stuck in a musical rut at work lately. Help me mix it up, TJs style! [more inside]
posted by meindee at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm not trying to buy your affection but here's some cash

I am visiting my boyfriend's family for Christmas. His parents and two of his younger brothers (still in school) will be there, and I've met each of them very briefly. They celebrate Christmas with gift exchanges, but I was thinking about giving them cash, partly because I feel I don't know them well, partly because I don't want to travel with lots of boxes, and partly because cash is a perfectly acceptable gift in my culture (for New Year's Day). I've asked my boyfriend and he seemed lukewarm, but not entirely against it. Is this an absolutely horrible idea? If it's not, what is a good amount that says I'm not stingy, but also also not trying to bribe them?
posted by ethidda at 11:27 AM PST - 39 comments

Is leasing a Chevy Volt a great deal?

Is leasing a Chevy Volt a great deal? [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Los Angeles Life Hacks

I'd like some every day hacks for life in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 11:13 AM PST - 59 comments

Unable to enter; unable to leave

For an essay, I need a few more examples of films where the main characters cannot enter or leave a physical space, for whatever reasons. [more inside]
posted by perhapses at 10:56 AM PST - 88 comments

Please help me find a boilerplate terms and conditions statement for my new retail website

Please help me find a boilerplate terms and conditions statement for my new retail website. I am begining a retail web venture and need some terms and conditions verbage. Boilerplate will do. Can someone point the way today?
posted by citybuddha at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Ja sam student... Ja sam glup...

How can I learn to hand write in Serbian Cyrillic? [more inside]
posted by jph at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Do egalitarian heterosexual marriages exist?

Do egalitarian heterosexual marriages exist as a cultural phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by Mai2k3 at 10:30 AM PST - 57 comments

Job hunting in London - where do I start?

I'd like to work in London but I have no idea where to start! I'm a British citizen, age 30, but I've grown up in Australia. I'm looking for any kind of work that pays the bills. Policy work would be especially nice (I have some experience there) but temping/office jobs would be fine too. Can you recommend me some agencies and websites where I can start, and also any other hints and tips for first-timers to the London/UK job market! Thank you!
posted by EatMyHat at 10:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Where do I go to drive through the LA River &/Or Glendale Narrows?

Where do I go to drive through the LA River &/Or Glendale Narrows? [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 at 10:05 AM PST - 8 comments

In search of bulk drum of hand sanitizer near Seattle, WA

Where can I buy hand sanitizer in bulk near Seattle, WA? Ideal size would be a 15-30 gallon drum. Ideal price would be under $150. [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Find vector art for symbols of accessibility

Could someone help me find open access vector art for wheelchair accessibility symbols similar to the one in this photo from a shop in Leipzig? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 9:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Examples of verbal jujitsu?

What are examples of situations--in politics or otherwise--when someone took a question or remark that would seem to corner or embarrass them and completely reframed it, turned the tables on their attacker, instantly reversed the crowd's sentiments?
posted by shivohum at 9:36 AM PST - 35 comments

Laptop shopping

What's the decent, cheap laptop to buy these days? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:15 AM PST - 16 comments

Chomsky and the New Mandarins?

Noam Chomsky wrote a book decades ago called American Power and the New Mandarins and I was wondering why he chose the word "Mandarin." [more inside]
posted by ReWayne at 9:13 AM PST - 15 comments

What was produced at the "Red Desert" factory?

What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

And now she doesn't have a leg to stand on.

How to help my mother, with several health problems, from the other side of the world? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

My worst nightmare in high school was becoming a soccer mom someday

I'm worried about feeling too "boring" or "domestic" in my long-term relationship. Also, how to keep things exciting on a budget? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 9:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Possible new job, help me leave the old one

References and a toxic job--Help me navigate workplace politics so's I can get myself into a better workplace. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

What movie scenes were a happy accident?

What famous movie scenes and/or lines were not in the script but happened spontaneously or by accident? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:48 AM PST - 38 comments

Finding a new shrink to see ASAP in Greensboro, NC

How do you find a psychiatrist when you've just moved to a new place and have zero mental health or even just health contacts in the area? Or do you have a referral for the Piedmont Triad or Chapel Hill areas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm a newbie jogger. I have questions.

New jogger needs advice: achy joints, sore feet. I'm using a jogging stroller and fairly restricted to road/sidewalk surfaces in a small geographic area. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:19 AM PST - 29 comments

Physical therapists in the DC area experienced in treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

I am looking for a physical therapist in the Washington, DC area who has experience treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 8:13 AM PST - 2 comments

OK, fine, the sky IS falling.

What are some good, supportive conversational strategies for dealing with someone who's catastrophizing? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 7:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it?

Is there any software that will dynamically re-project a map as you click-and-drag it? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 7:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Is this a new friendship or a ticking timebomb?

My ex has sneaked back into my life during a difficult time. I'm appreciative of his support but I'm nervous about backsliding emotionally. How do I set the right boundaries? Or is this just the "being friends with your ex when you're ready" thing I've read so much about here on the green? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Advice for someone new to crossdressing and D/s.

My husband just told me he's into crossdressing and wants to introduce D/s into our sex life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Need advice on second-chance relationship that is failing miserably.

I gave a guy a second chance, but found out later that he had been extremely shady with me the first time around (details inside). I don't know how to get over it. Should I leave the past in the past and focus on us growing together or should I chalk it up to bad judgement/being too trusting on my part and leave the relationship? The explanation is pretty long. Thanks for taking the time to read. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by spooky car at 6:58 AM PST - 35 comments

Better living through chemistry?

Are there unpleasant compounds in plastic (specifically Britta filters) that are soluble in pure ethanol that I don't want to drink? [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 6:57 AM PST - 34 comments

I'm not a fluffer, thanks for asking.

Help me, a 30 year old TV production assistant, make a career switch. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 6:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Time Wounds All Healers

City of Heroes is shutting down. I am overwrought with grief! Okay, not really, but I'm a little sad, and I want to find a new MMO where it is fun to play as a healer... [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 6:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Picture Book Publishing 101

I want to write a children's picture book, submit it to a publisher, and get it published. Now what? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Facebook showing private messages

Facebook showing private messages. Has anyone noticed that PMs are showing up in the timeline? I've personally seen some of my own PMs on a friend's wall. Facebook of course, denies it all.
posted by xmattxfx at 6:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Need more compassion

How do I deal with being aggravated with people you can't avoid? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 1:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Not your ordinary fluoride

Does dentist-grade fluoride rinse ever expire? [more inside]
posted by Aliera at 1:35 AM PST - 1 comment

Meet my cousins: Jim, Jack, Jose, and Don. Jerry's out at sea.

Four college roommates and I moved into a new house in a sketchy neighborhood, next door neighbor welcomed us with a bottle of alcohol. And another bottle a couple weeks later. She now insists we make her a list of bottles we want. Something feels off. Are we being set up for some kind of scam? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 1:06 AM PST - 58 comments

September 25


Did Samuel Beckett actually drive Andre the Giant to school? [more inside]
posted by dd42 at 11:19 PM PST - 5 comments

should I learn Latin or Ancient Greek?

Early next year, I will have a lot of down time in or near places that were visited by the ancient Romans and Greeks. I am a moderate history and language nerd. If I want to read ancient source material related to some of the places I will be visiting, what language should I learn - Latin or Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by par court at 10:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Best stops between Montreal and Chicago?

Where to stop and sleep on a road trip between Montreal and Chicago? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 10:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Graduate school during maternity leave: good idea, or bad?

I am 30, happily married, and in the middle of next year will be eligible for a year of paid maternity leave. Around the time I become eligible, I am also starting grad school (MLIS at U Wisconsin, Madison). I feel like I could probably manage any two things: work + school (part-time), work+baby, or baby+school.; but not all three. I am attending graduate school part time via distance education, and my work is supportive.. For those of you who've had kids in graduate school - to what extent do these two mix? What worked and what didn't? I feel like if I go to school part time (3 years or so) and then start trying for the kid, I'm pushing the age thing (I'd be about 34 - and I have mild endometriosis). If I have a year of paid maternity leave, could I use that time to attend school full time? Or just part time? This would be tricky in person, but I would have at least some additional flexibility due to it being distance education. My husband, for what it's worth, pulls his weight around the house (he's actually neater than I am) and is pretty domestic/clucky.
posted by jrobin276 at 9:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Alcohol at a club meeting

I'm on the board of a club in California. Some on the board want to allow alcohol at our events. I'm scared we would be liable if someone gets hurt on the way home after drinking too much. You are not our lawyer but what do you think our liability is? We meet at a business but after hours.
posted by pibeandres at 9:37 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I send 100 emails with custom name inserts... as personally as possible

What are my options for sending out 100-200 customized emails? Using Gmail? Using a NameCheap domain? I want it to be as personal as possible. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:35 PM PST - 14 comments

How to find and purchase Sony radio sold only in the Middle East and Africa?

Where can I purchase this Sony ICF-J40 World Band Radio online and have it shipped to the United States? I believe it is made in Japan, but only sold in the Middle East & Africa.
posted by Bushmiller at 9:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Square deposit limits

Experiences with getting Square to raise card-not-present transaction limits? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 9:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Transporting Bikes From DC to Fort Lauderdale

What's the best way to get five people, their camping gear and five touring bikes from Washington, DC to Fort Lauderdale and back again? [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 8:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Foam or liqud soap?

Does foam hand soap work as well as liquid soap for cleaning purposes? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 7:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Any way to suppress the "Windows cannot access \\machine\share" error message?

Is there any way to disable the "Windows cannot access \\machine\share" messages that pop up when a network connection disappears? [more inside]
posted by deo rei at 7:40 PM PST - 7 comments

I graduated with honors. Two different ways.

My undergrad degree was with both 'high honors' and 'highest distinction', which are different. How on earth do I put this on my CV? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 7:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Prepared vegan food delivery in Seattle?

I have a friend in Seattle who's dealing with moving, school, work, and a relative in hospice. Not much time to take care of meals. Since I'm not in Seattle, I'd like to help by getting some food delivered. Are there any places in Seattle that will deliver prepared vegan meals? I'm thinking a few days to a week worth of meals, not just delivery from a vegan restaurant.
posted by JV at 6:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Giving Individualized Future Travel

My friend is getting married and has requested that instead of a present wedding attendees give money to facilitate post wedding travel. I would like to give them some travel related gift other than money. Is this wrong? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:08 PM PST - 82 comments

Cats scratch damage to security film on glass?

Will cat scratching damage a 3M security film on a glass door? Any other opinions on this film? [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

atone poem

Help this Reform-raised secular Buddhist-ish Jew observe Kol Nidrei alone! Right now! Unnecessary exclamation point! [more inside]
posted by threeants at 5:45 PM PST - 9 comments

High school track-what was that like?

What happens at high school track practices and meets? [more inside]
posted by pie_seven at 5:40 PM PST - 23 comments

How bad is amputation?

How likely is it that someone who has just amputated the end of their pinky finger will go into "shock?" [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping at 4:00 PM PST - 49 comments

How to represent "split" family in church directory?

My wife and I are divorcing, have been separated for quite a while. We both attend the same church with our kids. Our church is getting ready to do a pictorial directory. I'm not sure how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by punocchio at 3:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Reading and driving...

Please recommend region-specific literary or fun or literary-fun audiobooks for a long road trip. Thus far I have The Great Plains by Ian Frazier, for when I'm driving across the Great Plains. And American Gods by Neil Gaiman, for when I'm headed to the House on the Rock in Wisconsin. Driving from NYC to LA to Portland, Oregon. Anything but James Michener would be very welcome! (Not knocking James Michener, he's just not my favorite)
posted by troublemenot at 3:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Thinking of relocating to the Pacific NW but I've never been. Help me decide between Oregon and Washington.

I'm thinking of relocating to the Pacific Northwest USA for the climate and scenery, though I've never been before. I have 4 days to visit next month, and am having trouble deciding between Portland and Seattle as a base of exploration. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 3:43 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I tell him they want to let him go

I work on a small office, my stepson also works there. He is bright but for some reason his performance is poor, he makes a lot of mistakes that costs money, and doesn't care about the job at all. The office manager told me today that they don't let him go because they hope my stepson will find another job soon and leave (he just finish a MBA) but asked me not to tell anyone. The problem is that I don't think he is looking for another job. I don't want to involve my husband. I think my stepson has a great opportunity of looking for job while he has this one. What would be the best way to get him to know it without breaking my promise of not telling anyone? Thanks!
posted by 3dd at 3:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Seeking that first-kiss feeling

I'm happily married, but it's ridiculous how much I want a good first kiss. Help me get over it! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 PM PST - 44 comments

Forwarding Virgin Mobile number to Google Voice?

I can't seem to forward my virgin mobile cell phone number to google voice... and I'm really confused about how this works. I can't seem to find the exact answers I need to fix this issue. Help?? [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 2:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a good small business accountant in Manchester, England

My wife's looking for a decent small business accountant in south Manchester. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson at 2:51 PM PST - 1 comment

NC personal injury lawyer?

Can anyone recommend a good personal injury lawyer in North Carolina? I am trying to find someone who will not be working for the insurance company and it is proving to be a difficult task. Thanks!
posted by manaaka at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the lowest number and what is the highest number generated by Math.random()?

JavaScript question: What is the lowest number and what is the highest number generated by Math.random()?— 0.0000000000000000 or 0.0000000000000001, 1.0000000000000000 or 0.9999999999999999
posted by markcmyers at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

How to protest closing of a park?

Is there anything I can do about a local park closing for half a year? I have never done any community organizing and don't know where to start... [more inside]
posted by Shusha at 2:35 PM PST - 8 comments

I'd totally run for International Ms Velvet. Or International Ms Fuzzy Fabric Of Any Sort.

How did leather, latex, and vinyl get to be the most popular and celebrated materials in the kink/BDSM world - as opposed to say velvet, silk, organza, lace, muslin? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Reconfiguring Prefs After OS Reinstall (MAC 10.6.8))

My Mac (OS 10.6.8) is behaving wonkily, and I need to reinstall the system software. I'm wondering if there are any tricks for helping me reconfiguring my various prefs after the reinstall. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 2:32 PM PST - 4 comments

How should I address wedding invitations to significant others of my friends?

How should I address wedding invitations to significant others of friends? [more inside]
posted by mai at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Tips for getting a big raise at a small company?

Negotiating a large raise at a small company? Can it be done? And other related questions inside. [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Traveling to Italy

Traveling to Italy for eight days starting the evening of 12/25/2012. We'll be in Rome, Venice and Milan. Please tell me "must-sees" or "must-dos" while I am there with my husband and 8 year-old son.
posted by jen14221 at 1:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Get in my belly, bacteria filled fishcake.

Can I eat these fishcakes? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 1:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Dog poops in the house. Is crating the only option?

Aside from crating her, is there any way to keep our dog from pooping on the carpet while we're gone during the day? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 1:40 PM PST - 28 comments

Tax collectors crossing state lines?

My dad tells stories of New York tax collectors hanging out in the parking lots of popular New Jersey malls and Ikeas and the like, writing down NY plates and sending estimated sales tax bills or "reminders" for the voluntary portion of their bill. Is this real or apocryphal?
posted by disillusioned at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Super-important-room Names

The Situation Room. Mission Control. The Batcave. Give me some more super-important-room names. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 1:34 PM PST - 57 comments

How much do I have to pay to get a car I actually want to own?

As a rule, what is the lowest price point at which I should buy a used car? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer at 1:34 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the best, simplest customer service platform out there?

Looking for recommendations for a Customer Service online platform for a new startup. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:31 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I re-establish trust my long-term relationship after a lie?

How do I re-establish trust my long-term relationship after a lie? [more inside]
posted by otempora at 1:29 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I thank a recruiter who didn't end up placing me?

I have been using a professional recruiter. If I end up taking a position that I didn't find through them, what the best way to thank/compensate them for their effort? [more inside]
posted by i am a sock puppeteer at 1:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Online contact management panacea, where are you?

Where should I be managing my online contacts so that I can use them on my phone easily and how can I get there from the mess I have right now? [more inside]
posted by cmm at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Are these eggs safe to eat?

I thawed a chicken in the refrigerator and it leaked uncooked chicken juice all over the shelf. The cardboard egg carton full of eggs that was also on the shelf is now fully saturated with raw chicken juice. Can raw eggs in their shell absorb liquids like raw chicken juice? Are the eggs safe to eat? Even if soft boiled or fried over easy?
posted by ms_rasclark at 1:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Warsaw Weather

Where online can I find a record of Warsaw, Poland's weather for the year 2011, broken down by date?
posted by Parasite Unseen at 12:44 PM PST - 2 comments

My Gut Is Saying "Run" but My Brain is Scared

I posted this question a few months back but would like to... ask again with a little more details. I bit the bullet and signed up for classes again, and after my first half day back, I'm now at home having a panic attack regarding my decision. I'm a historic preservation graduate student, and after a whole year of freaking out about what I want in life, all I really want is a job that pays well, or an incredibly marketable skill. I doubt I will get either with this degree. [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute at 12:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking to buy or make a fighting octopus kite

I'm looking to buy or make an octopus kite, in the stunt/fighting style, like my wife had as a kid in the late 1980s to early 1990s, but haven't had any luck finding such a kite online. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:20 PM PST - 2 comments

I don't know how to respond to jokes my dates make about me

Last night I feel like my confidence was dismantled by my date. This has happened before, and I have an idea of what's going on here but I don't know how to correct it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:06 PM PST - 78 comments

Metal munching moon mice needed. - Help with cutting a light steel plate over concrete.

Efficient cutting of steel plate, backed with concrete-like material? Ideas? [more inside]
posted by FauxScot at 11:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Photoshop Elements or Photoshop for High Quality Printing?

The question: Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? The job: printing high-quality photographic prints on an Epson R2400. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

CompSci/Programming Social Network?

So, I'm getting back into programming and am interested in comp-sci type stuff. I've been thinking about maybe rejoining G+ and socializing with various ubernerds who are into that kind of thing... I left over the nymwars, but it seems they still haven't fully fleshed out their policy yet, so I'm still hesitant to jump back onto it. Is there any other sort of social network for nerds? I mean, like, a social network, not just a question/answer site stackoverflow, but some place where you're really feel like you're interacting with others? I feel like G+ still probably has a solid set of users from the technical fields, though I could be wrong, since I haven't used it in over a year, but at the time it had plenty of geeky people. I subscribe to the /r/compsci and programming subreddits, but I'd like something more personal and less forum-y...
posted by symbioid at 11:32 AM PST - 15 comments

What projects can we do ourselves now to help sell an apartment next spring?

My boyfriend and I will be putting his Co-op in brooklyn on the market early next year. We want to sell it quickly- what are the winter projects we can take on now to help move it this spring? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

What did 0 say to 8? Nice belt!

Please recommend a very simple every day man's black belt that will last a very long time. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 11:09 AM PST - 20 comments

Should I take Yom Kippur as a floating holiday at work when I'm an atheist?

I have the option of taking Yom Kippur off as a floating holiday. (The other option at my company for a floating holiday is Good Friday.) I'm an atheist. Is it disrespectful to take this day off when I'm not Jewish? [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 10:11 AM PST - 40 comments

Tips for managing while ADHD?

I have finally gotten myself promoted to manager -- sweet! I have ADHD -- crap! Have you been in this situation before? What worked for you? Help me figure out how to not just survive, but thrive! [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane at 9:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Sapphires are a girl's best friend

Diamond vs. gemstone engagement rings. What are we not considering? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:39 AM PST - 78 comments

Estate-filter: How to cash a check made out to a long-inactive non-probate estate?

Misterben, my husband, is the sole beneficiary of the estate of his late grandmother, who died over twelve years ago. Last month, it came to light that his grandmother had a life insurance policy, and the insurer sent a check to Misterben's cousin D (his grandmother's niece, and the executor of the estate). Cousin D was unable to cash the check because it was made out in the name of the grandmother's estate. Neither the cousin nor Mr B have a copy of the will to prove that D is in fact the executor, since it was so long ago. The estate was too small to have gone into probate court, and neither Mr B nor cousin D remember the name of the lawyer who handled it. What can Mr B and/or his cousin do that would enable them to get the check cashed? The estate was in Florida, D lives in South Carolina, and Mr B lives in Washington state. There are no personal issues between Mr B and his cousin, and the cousin is happy to pass along the money once she can cash the check. It is a not huge but not insignificant amount, so he does not want to let it go.
posted by matildaben at 9:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Help Me Cope With a Noisy Eater

I have about three weeks to come up with a game plan on how I'm going to deal with a noisy coworker's return to our shared desk space. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 9:30 AM PST - 18 comments

Cat person needs help considering a puppy

I've been a cat person all my life. I don't like dogs in general--most strike me as bothersome. I've come across the occasional dog I like, but I've never had to care for one longer than four days, at its own house. Now I'm in the unexpected position of considering getting a dog. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles at 8:09 AM PST - 56 comments

How to get started with landscaping our yard?

Ms. B and I live in our first house. We'd like to do some stuff in the yard, but don't know where to start. We're in the U.S. What do we need to know? [Some details inside.] [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher at 7:50 AM PST - 10 comments

How to find Hermann Hesse in English?

Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte (Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Between a rock and a hard place

I have recently separated from my wife of 6 years and have moved out of the family home into temporary accommodation. It has been about a month since I left and I am in a very confused place at the moment. My wife has put forward an ultimatum that is tearing me apart and I would appreciate some perspective from the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM PST - 80 comments

I have not had a proper period since May. I am not pregnant and don't have symptoms of PCOS. What kind of conversation do I need to have with my doctor?

I have not had a proper period since May. I am not pregnant and don't have symptoms of PCOS. What kind of conversation do I need to have with my doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 25 comments

Am I required to obtain an ESTA?

I need some clarification on how U.S. Customs' ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) system works. Do I need to apply? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 6:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Do you know of any really good American-made mens slippers?

Do you know of any really good American-made mens slippers?
posted by GuppieXX at 5:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Any books about British life during wartime?

Books about life in Britain during wartime? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr at 5:35 AM PST - 42 comments

Digital Learning in a School

Educators of MeFi, help me find some great digital learning techniques and resources. [more inside]
posted by brilliantmistake at 5:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Brand new iPhone4s with Euro SIM in the US.

Should I be concerned about cutting my SIM card into a micro-SIM card for use in the iPhone4s that I just bought? The key issue is that my SIM card is from Europe and I'm currently in the US. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:19 AM PST - 6 comments

IPad & Security

New IPad - very computer savvy - do I need to worry about security on my new IPad? I check my banking accounts everyday on my laptop and would like to use my IPad for this. Is there additional security needed (to download) or am I good to go?
posted by pamspanda at 5:06 AM PST - 7 comments

But, I need my physics notes from 1995!

I have about 3 smallish boxes of old school things from high school through university. I'd like to get rid of some of it, and keep the rest in some kind of (inexpensive) way that is compact and more or less won't fall apart. Do other people do this? (scrapbooks? photo albums? ruthless scanning?) How? [more inside]
posted by oranger at 3:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Films about discovering the truth about Germany's past

I just saw a new film called "The Dead and the Living" (Barbara Albert), about a twenty-something girl uncovering the truth about her family's history in Nazi Germany. It reminded me of Costa-Gavras' "The Music Box". Does anyone have any other recommendations for films on a similar theme, specifically about Germany, and specifically about the process of uncovering of the past rather than (as in say "Downfall" or "Das Boot") the past itself?
posted by Holly at 3:27 AM PST - 13 comments

What Would Ainsley Watch?

What is(are) the Republican/conservative/libertarian equivalent(s) of The West Wing ? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 1:38 AM PST - 39 comments

Why do bus shelters face the way they do?

A colleague who has recently moved to London asked me why bus shelters here sometimes face towards and sometimes away from the road, seemingly at random. I guessed maybe to do with the location of under-road pipes/wiring, but couldn't find anything concrete online. Anyone know?
posted by TheTelf at 1:18 AM PST - 10 comments

September 24

Four thousand two hundred and twenty five

Help me find a consumable from 1987 in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 11:14 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I record myself talking and listen to it later on my Android phone or Ipod Touch?

How can I record myself talking and then transfer that file to my Android phone or Ipod Touch so I can listen to it later with my other music and podcasts? I'm looking for advice on software, transfer procedures and best practices to make this an easy process. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 10:52 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I find an accurate detailed weather forecast for Hainan China?

How can I find an accurate detailed weather forecast for Hainan China? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 10:03 PM PST - 3 comments

But I'm just so nervous!

I 'think' I want to get comfortable with not using condoms. How do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by csox at 9:20 PM PST - 32 comments

The Wombats sound like......?

Just heard this song by the Wombats. I reminds me very strongly of another song or type of sound. Can you help me identify where I've heard a song (or sound) like this? It seems very strongly eighties to me, but I can't put my finger on it.
posted by Spyder's Game at 9:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What's this white powder?

What (if any) powdered drugs, illegal or pharmaceutical, can be identified by taste or smell - you know, like how the cops do on TV? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 8:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Show me how music works.

Show me blogs, books, and podcasts that analyze songs and break them down using music theory. [more inside]
posted by svolix at 8:34 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get ready to return to college

25 years old and going back to engineering school next year. What can I do to get back up to shape in the meantime? I'm in the army so online coursework is out of the question, but I can get textbooks. What should I be learning and how? [more inside]
posted by jrsnr at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Who is an expert in fragrance?

Many fragrances either smell wrong to me (the "raspberry" shampoo I use that smells sort of like fly spray to me), or worse, "light up" different parts of my mouth and tongue, and I can almost always taste them (from only smelling). Who can I talk to about this? I asked a hobby perfumist about the effect one of her fragrances had, but she had nothing to offer. Where do I find a scent scientist?
posted by thylacinthine at 8:02 PM PST - 26 comments

Isn't it nice to know a lot? Tell me about Into the Woods.

I have become obsessed with Into the Woods. Tell me everything I don't know. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 7:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations on books for starting in management?

I've been taking on some more responsibility at work with a slight shift towards management, but I feel like I'm in over my head. Can anyone recommend any good books or anything to help me get more up to speed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Is this place going to eat me?

I have a day or two to decide whether or not to buy a recently closed restaurant. I have tons of experience running small retail businesses. The books look good and the price is right. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 6:22 PM PST - 62 comments


Choosing between Ipads, how? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 6:14 PM PST - 15 comments

Are turbine vents (aka whirlybirds) useful for attic ventilation?

Are turbine vents (aka whirlybirds) useful for attic ventilation? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:46 PM PST - 12 comments

What did I buy?

Special snowflake thrift store furniture question! Identify our new dresser! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 5:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Tell me what to draw and I'll draw it

I like drawing and photography, but I have trouble just sitting down and doing it. I enjoy art classes where I'm given parameters for assignments-- is there anywhere online that I can find drawing or photography exercises? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 5:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Your shit dont stink

Humans generally dislike the smell of feces. Is that dislike innate, or culturally acquired? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 5:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Is this an offer I'd be a fool to refuse?

I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 5:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Best practices for a plaintext resume

Best practices for formatting a plaintext resume? I am going to apply for a job where I have to paste my resume into a form, and I'd like to have it not look terrible. [more inside]
posted by marble at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Vegetarian ISO romantic meaty meal

Carnivores of Mefi, please help this long-time vegetarian make a smashing dinner for her beloved's birthday! I did see this askme, but I would not consider myself an experienced cook and I really only need one knockout meal (though I will check those resources out!). If you were a meat-eater that did not like pork products or seafood, what would be a great special meal that a regular ol' girl could whip up with a few hours of preparation (and a not-huge bankroll) that would make your day? [more inside]
posted by PaulaSchultz at 4:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Plane, train, automobile? SF to LAX

Plane, train, or automobile? Which is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by babbageboole at 4:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking to learn to make chocolates

I want to learn to make some serious chocolates, like the kind you buy in a heart shaped box but even tastier. I need technique and recipes to take me from learning to properly melt chocolate to making the creamy insides. Do you have books, videos, or websites that could help me?
posted by Foam Pants at 4:07 PM PST - 8 comments

90s japanese film about love in faceless corporate world

Looking for a Japanese film I saw prior to 2003. It was a dystopian picture of some people trying to have an office romance in the corporate office landscape of Tokyo - lots of shots of bleak urban concrete and highways and faceless office parks full of conformist white collar employees - in the final scene of the film one of the characters is stranded walking along the edge of a highway. It dealt with a complicated love triangle. I know this isn't the title, but it was something like "Kiss me twice, now hold me I love you" or something a little crazy like that- I believe this film was made in the 90s or the early 2000s. It was in Japanese language with subtitles. There is a slight chance it may have been Korean, but I'm pretty sure it was Japanese. This film may have been discussed by Fredric Jameson in one of his essays as it was screened in a graduate school class on Japanese cultural critique.
posted by cmp4Meta at 3:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Is he into me or is he a player?

Is he into me or is he a player? (apologies for a long-ish one, but I never posted a question before!) [more inside]
posted by bloodandglitter at 3:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Is it ok if I just eat the blossoms

What are your tricks specific to getting through tough literature? [more inside]
posted by skrozidile at 3:18 PM PST - 31 comments

Is cutting myself on a CRT going to kill me?

I cut my thumb on the glass of an old broken cathode ray tube earlier today. Is this any more dangerous than just cutting myself on broken glass? I washed the wound out and put some antibiotic ointment and a bandage on, should I do anything else? [more inside]
posted by radiomayonnaise at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm thinking of breaking up with you because you're depressed. Yes, I am just that awful.

Oh, MeFites, I could use your insight. I'm probably going to have to call things off with my girlfriend - and it's mostly because she's depressed and out of resources to deal with things, so small things are becoming huge stressors on a near-daily basis. I feel like this makes me a horrible person, but things are so fraught, I don't know what else to do. Help? [Long, full of snowflakes and sadness] [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story at 2:32 PM PST - 26 comments

The princess said her bed was so cold...

Nutrition Information: If it's not listed, is it absent? Or is it just not listed? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 2:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Wax On, Wax Off

Floor wax alternative to Bruce Liquid Paste Wax with Cleaner? [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 2:08 PM PST - 0 comments

Romney's Tax Returns

According to Wikipedia the IRS has 106,000 employees. How many of them have access to Mitt Romney's tax returns? And the real question: why haven't they been leaked? Are there protections in place to not have just anyone access anyone else's tax return anonymously?
posted by Dadoes at 2:04 PM PST - 28 comments

By the way...our mothers are sisters.

I have a bunch of first cousins, aunts, and uncles whom I've never met (or if I did I was too young to remember). Both of my parents had falling outs with their siblings and haven't had contact with them for decades. How can I best connect with these folks without stepping on landmines? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:03 PM PST - 9 comments

I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs, what else is there?

Academics: Is there a source listing open US community college art teaching positions or sources for international art teaching positions? I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs. I would like to broaden my open positions search.
posted by vegartanipla at 1:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Tips on tabletop RP mastering.

Game masters, dungeon masters, et. al. - lend me your wisdom and experience in constructing a cohesive and dynamic campaign storyline. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Insulin, sugar and the food pyramid

Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food? [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 1:36 PM PST - 26 comments

How soon to start dating again?

How soon is too soon to start dating again? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 1:34 PM PST - 17 comments

Decade-long dry streak.

This is a very difficult and embarrassing question to write. So please be kind. But essentially, I have been (involuntarily) celibate for many many years and it’s driving me CRAZY. How can I stop this decade-long dry streak? And if I can’t, how can I learn to make peace with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:30 PM PST - 42 comments

Adopting a baby. We want to. Who should we work with?

Adopting a baby. We want to. Who should we work with? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Ideas for navigating this?

Anybody know much about interstate unemployment (United States) claims? I'm in need of urgent assistance. A blizzard of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 1:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Settle this dispute - must we be literal ?

Would you feel deceived if I introduced my sister-in-law simply as a sister, at a work function dinner setting? Settle our disagreement. [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse at 1:15 PM PST - 62 comments

Looking for no-rot baseboard corner blocks

Where do I find no-rot (PVC, plastic, etc.) baseboard corner blocks for a bathroom? I found the trim easy enough, but the corner blocks I can find are all wood. Please help me not have to miter cut. (Already tried HD and Lowes)
posted by BeeDo at 12:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Best way to share a printer?

Best way to share a printer (and/or set up a print server) in a college dorm? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Sex in the Country

DramaFilter: I moved to a new city for boyfriend, then we broke up. Should I stay or leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:45 PM PST - 32 comments

Classroom management advice plz

I'm a newly certified teacher, teaching in the UK, and I'm getting eaten alive. How do I survive the year? [more inside]
posted by marcusesses at 12:42 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me listen to miserable music in Spanish.

I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising at 12:37 PM PST - 13 comments

What was going on with this speaker when we were listening to this band?

What was going on with this speaker when we were listening to this band? It was a big, round, object that would spin around fast at different times. [more inside]
posted by sybarite09 at 12:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Italy: From Rome to Florence... and Beyond!

Italy travelfilter: The girlfriend and I are headed to Italy for a late in the year vacation and need help! We've done a lot of the major cities before and are looking for something more rural, but that makes planning a challenge, given our complete lack of experience with the Italian countryside. Help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by slide at 12:14 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I ship my bicycle from the US to Canada without having to pay duty?

How do I ship my bicycle from the US to Canada without having to pay duty? [more inside]
posted by Babushka at 12:12 PM PST - 5 comments

How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?

I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Is it really so difficult to dig a large pond?

Is it really so difficult to dig a large pond? I received a quote for the construction of a rather large pond, (80 x 45). And, the quote seems high. Tell me Me-Fites about your experiences constructing large ponds. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar at 12:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me cook more

Looking for food/cooking blogs with very specific parameters [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Tell me about companies other than Birchbox that will send me goodies in the mail every month for a small subscription fee!

Which companies/clubs will mail me fun stuff for a small fee (or even for free)? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope at 11:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me drink good Arak

Arakfilter! I've happened across a little bottle of pricey Arak (El Rami, from Lebanon), welcome tips on its consumption. I've seen the suggestions about adding water followed by ice, though I wonder if it's the same with all grades, kinda like how one might not consume cheap and high-end tequila the same way. Thanks... and come by for a glass if you're in Dubai.
posted by ambient2 at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I want my child to be a long haired child

My four year old son has decided he wants to be a long haired hippie child. How do I help him grow out his hair, while keeping it out of his eyes? Is there an intermediate haircut between a bowl cut and a long bob-type cut? [more inside]
posted by faustessa at 11:47 AM PST - 18 comments

how to add new dictionaries on mac osx?

Is there any way of adding new dictionaries to the system dictionary app for Mac OSX? I am learning russian and would love to be able to highlight a word and receive an english-to-russian or even just russian definition. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

WATCH ALL THE MOVIES (on a kindle)

Can I hook up a Kindle Fire to an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by nushustu at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

What are your best 20-minutes-or-less recipe ideas?

I need quick, healthy dinner options for a family of three (some restrictions apply). [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 10:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Gambling odds question

How would one (legally) take advantage of the change in odds of a given NFL team to win the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I get my hands on Hachiya persimmons in NYC this week?

Even though they're not quite in season, can I buy persimmons (Hachiya persimmons, specifically) in NYC this week? Brooklyn or Manhattan, preferably.
posted by Viola at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows [more inside]
posted by Capa at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Specialty Bras in Bay Area

I am looking for brick and mortar lingerie shop in the Bay Area that carries extended bra sizes. [more inside]
posted by Squeak Attack at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Keep my cookies fresh!

I'm looking for advice on buying a vacuum sealer. Or, if they make them, just a vacuum for food packaging? My google-fu is failing! [more inside]
posted by firei at 10:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Remote salary negotiation

New potential employer wants me to propose a salary, and I have a question about how to value the working arrangement/benefits against my previous job. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 10:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Cut off.

I gave two weeks' notice at my work last Friday after over two years of committed service. The next day I received a phone call from my boss telling me I wouldn't be needed. I am paid by the hour and had these two coming weeks factored into my budget. I need the income to pay my bills. I live in Ontario and I wonder what I'm owed, if anything. [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Why, oh, why can't I just get what I see in the preview window?

[Adobe Premiere filter] I have a screencast of a Powerpoint presentation and a webcam video of myself explaining the subject. Using Premiere Pro, I have combined both so that the webcam feed appears as a picture-in-picture in a corner while the presentation runs. However, despite everything looking fine on preview, when I attempt to export the file, the Powerpoint part plays about 10X faster than it should. Help? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Me love hockey!

I just called TWC to see if they'd offer some sort of retention deal - instead, right after saying "I'd like to cancel" the rep followed with "What day would you like us to pick up the equipment?" Crap. So right now we have someone scheduled to come out in a week, and we have to decide if we're going to call back and keep the cable service or really go through with this. (Or try this again?) We wouldn't even have cable were it not for our need of NHL coverage. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird at 9:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Not awkward family photo creepy, slenderman creepy...

Looking for the creepiest/deeply unsettling family portraits out there (or ideas about how to produce this type or portrait). Not kitschy-creepy, inappropriate-content-creepy (like families posing naked), or even outright scary portraits. I'm looking for nightmare fuel; family portraits that may seem ok at first glance, but there are horrors lurking. [more inside]
posted by Kronur at 9:36 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me get a raise!

How to negotiate a pay-rise. In an art gallery, UK based. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Exciting unpredictable thrillers with intelligent characters?

I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
posted by yellowbinder at 9:23 AM PST - 26 comments

Recommendations for sports writers / publications?

I'm looking for recommendations for 'good' sports writing; authors and/or publications/websites. Online is preferable but print is fine. Bonus points for excellent Golf writing. [more inside]
posted by paulshannon at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

ToDo Today: Create a Better Checklist

Business was ... simmering ... and I was starting to let things slip. To get back on track, I created a couple of simple checklists of occasionally recurring processes and saved them as .txt files in dropbox. It works. But it's not very elegant. My lists lack an easy and satisfying way to "cross off" or "tick" finished items. I don't think the system will scale well. I'd like to have some calendar functionality. I may want to share them in the future. Do you have a better way? [more inside]
posted by notyou at 9:13 AM PST - 9 comments

PHP classes for a complete beginner

My job has offered to pay for some distance learning PHP training to help me move past my beginner-level skills. For this to work best for me, there needs to be a component of homework and accountability (I've done plenty of computer-based training, and it never sticks unless I'm actively practicing the material.) [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 9:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Airplane Mixtape

Help me with an airplane-themed playlist, with songs from the past decade and with lyrics mentioning “plane” / “flight” / “pilot” or any other airplane-related words. [more inside]
posted by querty at 8:45 AM PST - 54 comments

How to use the verb"want"?

I'm learning English.I can understand the sentence,"I don't want you to have a relationship with her." But I can't get these sentences grammatically. 1)He didn't want me near you. 2) He wants you around. 3)I don't want it back. Is 1) a shortened form of "He didn't want me to be near you"?How about 2) and 3)?
posted by mizukko at 8:41 AM PST - 17 comments

I need more haunting Southern Rock and Gospel music.

Playlist-filter. I've been listening to this song on repeat and I want more like it. Spooky-southern-gospel-rock type stuff. I know there are some ghost-story songs out there that would apply. Delta Rae - Bottom of the River
posted by domo at 8:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Bean, bean, the magical cat

I know, I know. Cats are weird. But can you help me manage my crazy little kitten's craziness? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 8:33 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking for an online guide to a minimalist house.

I would like to have bare minimum possessions in my house. Is there a good online guide anywhere for doing this? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 8:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I use my name for my business, or make one up?

I'm a proposal writer and editor who has decided to go the independent contractor route and set up my own LLC. Should I just use my own name, or come up with some other company name? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Wow, I've finally found something that was easier to do with the twins when they were toddlers.

Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 8:14 AM PST - 19 comments

Why does my iPone suddenly have horrible battery life?

What could cause the sharp drop in battery life for my iPhone 4S? Even if fully charged, it will deplete within 5-6 hours of idle time. [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Eat, drink and be married - what to drink?

["wedding" drinks - need help!] my partner and i are having our commitment ceremony in 3 weeks. neither of really drinks alcoholic beverages. we're confused/overwhelmed by the options and would love some advice. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 7:56 AM PST - 23 comments

Advice on radiator upgrades...

As part of a big upcoming pre-winter energy improvement and remodeling at Chez McMurphy (sprayfoaming, new windows, etc), we're going to have to remove the 1920s era cast iron radiators. I'd like to replace them with more modern efficient "european style" flat panels. (My first option, sandblasting and refurbishing them turns out to be considerably more expensive.) A couple of questions though.... [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 7:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Need help with child (6 y.o.) with extreme acting-out. Where to get help?

Need help with child (6 y.o.) with extreme acting-out. Where to get help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 AM PST - 27 comments

Baby Wants A Bad Bad Thing

PlaylistFilter: Help me make an "Unresolved Lust/Forbidden Fruit" mix-CD. Emphasis on lust. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:11 AM PST - 95 comments

Broken Metatarsals in Dogs 101

Fractured metatarsals in dogs. My dog has broken three metatarsals in one hind paw - the fractures are straight across in the same line. We've been advised to see an orthopedic vet to discuss surgery vs. splinting. What should we know going into this meeting? Can you suggest good questions to ask? Can this kind of injury be caused by stress, i.e. jumping on a hard surface? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

I need some help syncing my files.

I need an alternative to Google Drive that's going to work well with all my little snowflake snowflakes. And there are a bunch. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a breathable women's rain jacket

I'm buying a rain jacket for the first time, and I'm overwhelmed by choice. What details might I miss? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn at 6:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Stop lying - vodka isn't really tasteless/odorless...uh, right??

I've often heard the claim that vodka is required by law to be "tasteless, odorless, and colorless". Even Alton Brown, who I usually trust on these matters, makes the claim. This claim is often taken to mean that it doesn't matter what brand of vodka you buy - it's all exactly the same (Alton says this as well). How can this possibly be true? Anyone who's ever opened a bottle of vodka knows it has an obvious smell, with words like "paint thinner" describing it. Others will tell you that this just means you're buying cheap vodka, but according to the supposed law, it's all the same! Please help me get set straight. Is there a law or not? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 6:28 AM PST - 35 comments

Looking for a midwife in Toronto

Looking for a midwife in Toronto. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 6:23 AM PST - 2 comments

iphones needed for medical outreach in Ecuador

I volunteer with Cinterandes in Ecuador, a humanitarian effort that goes to remote areas and performs surgeries for people who can't access services otherwise. They use iphones for tele-medicine applications and are looking for donations of older version iphones. They could use 20 more. Is there a place where I can post a request for such donations that would reach a large number of iphone users? They have a 501.c.3 presence in Miami where phones can be sent.
posted by danascot at 4:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for social drm solutions providers for epubs?

Looking for Social DRM solutions/prorgram providers for epubs. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 3:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Somebody MUST make jeans for boys with bellies, right?

Where can we find cool-looking jeans for a short teenage boy (he's 5') with a big belly (like 34-35")? Old Navy husky are too small, nothing at Target seems to fit, and he says Walmart jeans are completely uncool. [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 3:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Finder not defaulting to show "Name" column - OSX 10.8

In Mountain Lion opening some (but seemingly not all) folders in "List" view, shows the "Date Modified" column on the left of the window, requiring me to scroll further left to see the "Name" column. What preference did I accidentally change?
posted by roofus at 1:55 AM PST - 16 comments

September 23

Hyderabad food loves me. Why?

I just spent one week in Hyderabad, India. The food was tasty, but the effect on my GI tract was amazing, and I am desperate to emulate this back home. But how? (TMI inside) [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 11:27 PM PST - 29 comments

why do I have a sore throat?

why is my throat dry and scratchy? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 10:51 PM PST - 10 comments

And that's why they call me "Adjective Noun" Surname.

Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 9:17 PM PST - 57 comments

How to start planning building on empty land?

How do I get started building a small house on my (potentially difficultly zoned) empty land on the south coast of NSW? [more inside]
posted by trialex at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

How to learn photography and painting

I'd like some guidance on learning how to paint, and learning how to take photographs. [more inside]
posted by sciurine at 9:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Definitive List of Films List

Film nerd filter: I'm looking for the best film lists ever assembled, with extra points to those lists that are some what more specific and obscure. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 8:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Conditional Admissions to grad programs--how common are they in the wild?

Grad programs--I've just heard (for the first time) that conditional admissions are A Thing. Would I have a snowball's chance with a good GRE score alone or will I have to take pre-req undergrad classes first? [more inside]
posted by wires at 7:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find out how to find out who is my biological father?

Can anyone give me any information or insight into how I might find my biological father? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 PM PST - 8 comments

There's got to be more to life...

Resources/ideas for proving to myself that there will be new passions out there for me to love [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 6:48 PM PST - 11 comments

but I'm drunk on love!

I'm not so into drinking these days; my new boyfriend enjoys getting drunk. How do we best manage this low-level incompatibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM PST - 44 comments

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

I just finished watching The First World War and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 6:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Was sind paranormale Tonbandstimmen?

I fell in love with Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes," so I bought a used copy of the 1992 Rykodisc release of Scary Monsters. When the disc arrived, I sat down for an intent listening session, good headphones and everything, and immediately noticed a weird glitch at 2:23, just after the word "following" in the lyric "but the little green wheels are following me." Then things got weird. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Ideas for optimizing my time at social events I have to attend?

I'm at business school, and we have regular social functions, mainly happy hours, promoted by the school with the aim of expanding our networks. It's not like I'm bad at them. I'm actually pretty sociable. But I'm there for a reason, and I wouldn't be there if I had a choice. Can anyone suggest ways to optimize this socialization time, for example, exercises I might practice at these events to be more witty, funny or charming? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Repairable shoes in NYC

Where can I buy a repairable shoe in New York City? I just discovered that the reason shoes are so cheap in America is, they're apparently constructed in some way that makes them impossible to fix. I'm willing to pay extra up front if it means that I can just get new soles sewn on instead of going shoe shopping every year. In terms of style, all I want are plain black leather oxfords or derbies, no pinking or toe caps or anything else that would make it harder to polish. In terms of budget, I'm currently paying $50 a pair every six to twelve months, and I'd like not to exceed that by too much (so, e.g., I'd be happy to pay $200 for shoes that reliably last two to four years). Bonus if anyone can explain why my cheap shoes are impossible to repair. If two piece of leather can be sewn together once, why not twice? It's not like thread holes wear out...
posted by d. z. wang at 5:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me identify this videogame

Help me identify an old videogame. ~1990, combat between different spaceship types, with gravity, momentum and orbital physics. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 4:45 PM PST - 5 comments

New to the freelancing world (programming)

What is the quickest way I can obtain programming gigs from odesk/elance/etc? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 4:43 PM PST - 3 comments

De-stinkify canvas

How can I de-stink these canvases? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads at 3:59 PM PST - 5 comments

The Governor wants a better intro

What happened with Romney's Univision intro? [more inside]
posted by mmf at 3:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find Korean pop culture

I'm starting a Korean class next week, and I'd like to get a broader exposure to modern Korean media. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 3:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Who gets vaccinated for smallpox?

Who, if anyone, gets vaccinated for smallpox now? [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

This is the big one, 007...

I'm holding a '007 Days of James Bond' charity fund-raiser marathon, starting this coming Sunday - all of official movies from 'Dr. No' to 'Quantum of Solace' plus a few more. So I'm looking for food/drink ideas we can put together - either 'sensible' stuff connected with the movie (sushi during 'You Only Live Twice'), silly generic ideas (' Prawn Connery') or anything you can suggest... Many thanks in advance!
posted by timpollard at 2:16 PM PST - 22 comments

weird whistling noise problem, losing my mind

I can hear a faint whistling noise coming from an unknown location. What could it be and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by myntu at 1:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Long lost ring

Trying to find a long lost ring for my SO, but I've never seen it. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman at 12:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Mindy Boot Find Project

Where can I find these boots? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 11:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How often should I go to the dentist?

How often should a "regular" dental checkup and cleaning take place? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 11:16 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me get my husband tickets for the Book of Mormon in NYC.

How can I get a pair of tickets for the Book of Mormon in NYC, ideally without spending a ton of money?
posted by kat518 at 10:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Billy ISO Little Ann

Help us fine the right dog for our son and family, who has a few specific requests and a few special needs. [more inside]
posted by rumposinc at 10:47 AM PST - 39 comments

Can you freeze a milk box?

You know those aseptic packages of 1% milk? Can you freeze them so that they're merely cold by lunchtime? Or does the milk separate or the container blow up or something? Thanks!
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments


Can you tell me anything about the woman's name "Elexener"? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 10:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Jamaica As I Want To See It

I want to tour Jamaica and learn about the history of the country, specifically focused on reggae music & culture. I don't want to stay in Resortlandia or do some kind of BS ecotour. Also, I don't drink. Can anybody tell me of a tour company or group that can help me do this? [more inside]
posted by shushufindi at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Did Rodney Dangerfield call his depression "the monster" ever

I seem to recall reading Rodney Dangerfield calling his depression "the monster," but now I can't find any reference to that fact. Did I make it up? Was it some other name? Some other comedian? Or did I imagine the whole thing?
posted by Busoni at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Fancy coffee-table books as gifts.

What coffee-tableish books would you like to get for around US$300 to $400? Alternatively, what books would make good gifts? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 10:18 AM PST - 20 comments

"Authentic" pumpkin-picking in Georgia?

I'm looking for a pumpkin and apple picking experience in Georgia that allows for me to actually pick a pumpkin off the vine. I want to take a hayride out to an actual pumpkin patch and/or apple trees, without the increasingly common pre-picked vegetables/fruits. I'm in Atlanta so the closer the better, but a 2 hour drive is totally acceptable for the right experience. Thanks!
posted by rbf1138 at 10:01 AM PST - 10 comments

I Just Want To Sell My House

What are the U.S. mortgage regulations on giving a gift of equity to a non-relative? [more inside]
posted by Athene at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

page not found

Google - Hijacked Page-Not-Found Screen [more inside]
posted by KRS at 8:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Teach me about cam modeling?

Does anyone here have any real life experience with (adult) cam modeling, and if so can you give a potential model advice/pointers/cautionary tales? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 4 comments

I need me some more Dexter!

Is there a way to catch the new, upcoming season of Dexter since I don't have Showtime? [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 6:09 AM PST - 13 comments

Baby, I love the way you stumbled up those stairs.

Why do I keep attracting alcoholics? [more inside]
posted by peacrow at 5:33 AM PST - 21 comments

OSX freeze on wake?

After the OSX 10.8.2 update several days ago, my laptop freezes on wake from hibernate (at least, it only does it when it has been asleep for a while). I posted on the Apple support forums here, but no one has responded. There are excerpts from my system log there. Things I've tried: fixing permissions, SMC reset, turning off my gmail calendar updates (I saw a lot of errors in the log having to do with that) but no luck. Any ideas?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 5:31 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I calculate the diameter and strength of a helicopter's downdraft?

How low can a helicopter fly before people on the ground are affected by its downdraft? Is there a standard way of calculating downdraft strength and diameter at various heights? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 3:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it normal for your girlfriend to slap you as a result of your own actions?

Is it normal for your partner to slap you if you yell hurtful things at them? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 12:10 AM PST - 133 comments

September 22

Help! Why are my blood sugar levels rising as weight falls?

Help! Why are my blood sugar levels rising as weight falls? [more inside]
posted by mmorelli at 11:36 PM PST - 37 comments

Are there any good English Civil War romances out there?

HistoricalFictionFilter: I'm looking for good-- but not too heavy-- historical romances (or romantic historicals) set during the English Civil War, preferably with a Roundhead/Parliamentarian protagonist. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 11:35 PM PST - 4 comments

not the brightest bulb in the monitor

My iMac is doing something weird with brightness. It's not showing up at full brightness except every once in a while for a second after the display has slept. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 11:19 PM PST - 16 comments

schools of economic thought

Need to get up to speed on Keynesian, monetarist, Austrian, and other influential schools of economic theory [more inside]
posted by swimmingly at 10:37 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this song?

What is this song: slow, dreamy synth song with programmed drum beats that played, in the last year or so, over a commercial that I believe featured a beach and was perhaps on MTV? [more inside]
posted by stresstwig at 9:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Finding work in Asia from abroad

I'm a young Australian, and I want to work in Asia. How do I make that happen? [more inside]
posted by mxc at 9:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Oh, that's great. I'm gonna die without my hat!

Tell me about Stanley Tweedle's hat. [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 8:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Healing damaged curls?

I've been wearing my hair pulled back in a ponytail for probably twelve years. I want to start wearing it down, but it's gotten way too damaged for that. How do I restore it back to health? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 7:08 PM PST - 30 comments

how do metro drivers get to work??

How do metro workers on the opening shift get to work? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 6:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Hawaiian Cowpie song

Can you help me remember a hawaiian song? The main vocal phrase sounds like cowpie. [more inside]
posted by surfgator at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Tell me what I don't know about my new iPhone.

I've just upgraded from a phone that could barely handle email to an iPhone 5. I'm psyched about this quantum leap, and I'm familiar with most of what the iPhone can do, but this feels a little bit like getting a new limb: I know it'll be great, but I probably don't yet know how great and in what ways. What do I need to know to get the best possible iPhone experience? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 6:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Swimming gear help please!

Goggles and swimming cap acquisition tips please! [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 5:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Seven = ?

Trying to identify a band logo. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Do I quit this job or have a nervous breakdown?

I'm badly depressed and anxious. And I've got the worst job of my life - I'm 42, so that's saying a lot - complete with a boss I despise and who seems to despise me. My therapist thinks I should quit. Um, hello? Realistically, what can I do? Special flower BS inside. [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 5:08 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I access my NAS remotely?

Does anyone know how to access a Synology (or other) NAS remotely -- esp. if they seem to be behind multiple routers in a big network? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 5:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Can my Kindle Be Saved? If not what do I buy?

Can my Kindle second generation be resuscitated? If not, do I take the offer of a discounted discontinued Kindle or wait and buy the Kindle Paperwhite on October 1? [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Applying to a permanent job when the longest jobs you've had were at uni

I have 14 months' of post-grad experience across 6 temp jobs (all related to each other). I'm applying for the permanent job I'm currently temping in. The longest positions (employment and extracurricular) I've held have been at uni. What do I do with my resume? [more inside]
posted by glache at 4:47 PM PST - 3 comments

FM transmitter/iPod touch woes

Can I use an iPod dock extender cable to get audio from my 4th generation iPod touch to an FM transmitter with a male dock connection meant for the iPod mini? If not, what are my options for inexpensive FM transmission from my Touch? [more inside]
posted by anthom at 4:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Drill baby drill. Or give up, hire a contractor. Whatever.

Can you take a guess why I'm having trouble drilling? Surprisingly long! [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 4:33 PM PST - 35 comments

How to let my kid play minecraft sans all the cursing

How to let my kid play minecraft sans all the cursing [more inside]
posted by jseven at 4:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Writers of fiction are smart peoples and they knows stuff

How does a writer like Kim Stanley Robinson, or any writer for that matter, obtain and integrate the vast amounts of knowledge necessary to create a fully detailed and realistic world on the page? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 4:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find these awesome vintage Michel Perry boots!

Brilliant shoe-finders of MeFi: can you help me track down a specific pair of shoes that probably aren't made anymore? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I watch on Netflix or OnDemand?

What is the best recent thing that isn't gratuitously violent or a documentary, that you've watched on Netflix or Comcast OnDemand this month? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 2:54 PM PST - 45 comments

Transparent notes on your desktop

I'm a big fan of Mac OS X's native application, Stickies. Screenshot here: Stickies on overkill. You can make them translucent -- but is there a way/application to make them totally transparent, so that you'd only see the text, floating on top of your wallpaper?
posted by demagogue at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Stuff it, Cupertino

Any way to disable the iOS 6 update prompts and badges in the handset without a jailbreak? I have an iPhone 4 and there's no way I'm letting them remove Gmaps.
posted by mwhybark at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

"I bet 'the Board' is spelled b-o-r-e-d."

What is your favorite legendary, hilarious clip? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown at 2:30 PM PST - 80 comments

Handling complex business logic without if-then-else

I'm working on a web app (PHP) that generates a personalized health guide based on a few user choices. The logic behind the generator is complex enough that if-then-else statements would get too nested, having too many conditions and difficult to maintain. I've been reading about rules engines, DSLs, karnaugh maps, finite-state machine, decision trees, rete networks and behavior trees. In addition to being utterly confused, I'm unsure which of these is the best approach for my app. Which one do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Sexual Desire: Ur Doin It Rong?

Sexual desire: how does it work, in your experience? To what extent does the visual have primacy? Is my experience deeply atypical or odd, and/or should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 1:30 PM PST - 45 comments

Is this a terrible idea?

What can and can't you do with Android? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Cheap, 3G, or readable: pick two

What kind of tablet/reader is best for me? I want something with built-in 3G, but I'd rather not pay an arm and a leg for a contract. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Is consuming bottled water in restaurants anything other than snobbery?

When should I order bottled water in a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 1:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Most cargo capacity for cross country move: minivan vs. SUV?

My girlfriend is moving from New York City to Miami for a yearlong clerkship. A one-way rental of an SUV or minivan seems to be our best option to move her stuff. What would have the most available cargo space? [more inside]
posted by theory at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Do we have a right to break our lease?

We want out of our apartment. What is the best tactic to take? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?

I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

How to trust myself again to believe in love?

The break up I recently is making me confused and it has shattered my confidence. I would like to know what happened, how falling in love is meant to be in reality and how to get back my confidence. [more inside]
posted by home at 12:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Reading RPG PDFs on the iPad

I'm looking for a PDF reader app for my iPad. Challenge level: RPG books. I'm experimenting with using my iPad to read the rules books for D&D, Pathfinder, etc. during the game. Key features that I need: 1) Jump to an arbitrary page number; 2) Find word/phrase within the document; 3) Renders quickly even with large files with lots of graphics; 4) Ability to add bookmarks within the PDF file would be a huge plus; 5) Ability to sort files within the app with folders would be a minor plus. Recommendations?
posted by philosophygeek at 12:14 PM PST - 8 comments

How to foil Facebook's evil plot to steal my eyes?

Is there any way to block Facebook's sponsored stories (ads) that are suddenly appearing in my news feed on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by looli at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Tired of eating plates of beans as a salad course

Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to pick out salad ingredients after arriving at a supermarket or farmer's market? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

What to do with a bumper crop of habanero peppers?

Please help me with your favorite habanero pepper recipes. [more inside]
posted by Hylas at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Jealous? Of Denmark? Why, yes!

Danish bicycle superhighway. How could something like this get built in a US city? And what could an average citizen do to support such efforts? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Inexpensive limo service from Bronx to Manhattan

Looking for in inexpensive (if such a thing exists) limo service to take two friends who are getting married tonight from the Bronx (in the Van Nest/Morris Park neighborhood) to Midtown Manhattan after their wedding (at 1:45am). The cheapest we've found so far is about $200, including taxes and tip. Is it possible to do any better? [more inside]
posted by LLF246 at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

What are some low-maintenance plants that grow in the shade?

Can you suggest some plants for a shady yard? North of Seattle, brown thumb. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Did I just offend this landscaper?

What did I do that was inappropriate in my consultation with this gardener/ landscape designer? [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 9:29 AM PST - 30 comments

Replacements for stone soup?

I need to organize six or seven meals for fourteen people. These meals are rather unique in that everyone needs to contribute something to the main dish. Think potato bar, salad bar, nacho bar, etc... Basically, I'm looking for ways to create a modern version of stone soup. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by rapidadverbssuck at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Special career snowflake needs advice.

Graduating in December. How do I market myself to employers? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

ISO free weight bone health guidance

Safe, at home free weight program for bone health? ISO recommended videos, DVDs, diagrams, etc. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Don't underline trailing spaces?

Word/OpenOffice/LibreOffice/everything ...When I want to underline a single word in a word processing or email application I want just the letters of the word underlined not the spaces that follow it. All of the editing programs I use, when you double click on a word will highlight the word and the spaces that follow it (up to the start of the next word). So when I select underline the spaces get underlined also. I don't want that (who does?). It's ok behavior for bold and italics because you can't see if the space has gotten those attributes. But with underline you can see it and I think it's wrong and I don't want it. Why is it done this way and can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by Xhris at 8:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Erasing hard drives without a computer?

How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Let the beat drop(box)!

Making iTunes and Dropbox play nice together; can it be done? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 7:45 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the most interestingly designed books?

What are the most innovatively designed books currently in print? Do you know of one that has a particularly interesting layout, perhaps using typography, photos, drawings, or layout in an unusual way? If so, what makes it so great? I am interested in learning about some fun new examples of design.
posted by mortaddams at 7:30 AM PST - 22 comments


How can I get SMS text alerts from an RSS/atom feed? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 7:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Desperately seeking stability

How do I get a handle on what I've uncovered in therapy outside the therapist's office whilst my therapist is unavailable for a few weeks? [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 7:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Like The Hacker's Diet for muscles?

I'm making good weight-loss progress with The Hacker's Diet. Now, I'd like to add in exercise to build and tone muscle. I'm active and decent shape already, but don't do any weights. Is there anything as down-to-earth and straightforward as The Hacker's Diet for this? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 7:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I remove the screen on my laptop?

Can I remove a laptop's screen and use it as a desktop? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel at 6:06 AM PST - 9 comments

What is this Korean movie about two relationships?

What is this Korean movie I saw on TV? [more inside]
posted by Gorilla456 at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

New Zealand hiking?

Good day hikes in New Zealand? I'm travelling to New Zealand from the UK in November to go to a wedding. I'm taking three weeks off work and I plan on doing some hiking while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by antiwiggle at 3:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Motivational gift for PhD friend?

A motivational gift for my friend who is working on his PhD? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 2:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Blood donation when unknowingly exposed to Hep B

I just found out a close family member has had Hepatitis B for years. I last met them a month ago; my vaccinations are up to date. Does this mean I can't donate blood for another nine months of not-seeing this family member? [more inside]
posted by undue influence at 12:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I go for the really, really new car smell?

I've always heard, "Don't buy a first-run car, wait until the model has been in production for a few years." But, I'm really interested in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Would the fact that it's essentially a jacked-up Impreza offset that rule of thumb? Or should I stay far away from being one of the first US owners of this vehicle? [more inside]
posted by weathergal at 12:05 AM PST - 16 comments

September 21

What were some great, memorable gifts you've received?

What were some great, memorable gifts you've received? [more inside]
posted by eisenl at 9:36 PM PST - 48 comments

Blood-sucking fiends

How many mosquitoes would one have to get bitten by before becoming dizzy from blood loss?
posted by Aiwen at 9:29 PM PST - 11 comments

New Year, New Home?

Bay Area Rental Filter: How hard is it to find a rental house for January 1 in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 8:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Employee Forced To Reimburse Due To Error

What can I do to help prevent an employee I supervise from having to reimburse a ton of money due to an error in my supervisor's office? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:24 PM PST - 39 comments

What's the name of the PE/sports conditioning activity where you run to a point and back, then to a farther point and back, then to a farther point and back?

What's the name of the PE/sports conditioning activity where you run to a point and back, then to a farther point and back, then to a farther point and back? [more inside]
posted by Temeraria at 8:21 PM PST - 40 comments

How to unlock my front door via bluetooth proximity

Can you suggest a USB motor / solenoid / actuator that can by activated via the command line on my Windows 8 PC? I would like my front door to automatically unlock every time I approach it. Details are as follows: [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 8:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Help with teaching a baby to self-soothe (Sleep Sense program?)

Help with teaching a baby to self-soothe (Sleep Sense program?) [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 8:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Extra credit

I "paid" my bill... the credit card company goofed. Is my credit score ruined? How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 8:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I update from iOS 4?

I have an iPhone 4 and am still using iOS 4. Should I update, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 7:54 PM PST - 7 comments

What are these hand tools?

Just curious: what are these hand tools for? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 7:19 PM PST - 21 comments

can people really live in storage lockers? because that's the only application i'll get accepted.

How can I find a place to rent when I'll almost definitely fail a rental application and I'm a terrible risk? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 7:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I sync without updating?

I have a really stupid iPhone iOS update question. So dumb I feel embarrassed about it. I really want to avoid updating to iOS 6, but I need to get some pictures from my phone onto my computer and sync my address book. But can I plug the phone in and sync without updating automatically? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a good place to order a futon from in the SF Bay Area?

Is there a company in the SF Bay Area that can deliver a futon to me without making me miserable or driving me insane? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 6:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do we have cats AND Melmacians have cats?

In any of the Alf media (the live action sitcom, the cartoon, or any supplementary materials), is it ever explained how cats have come to be on both Melmac and Earth? Here, it says that it is unknown if Melmac cats and Earth cats are even the same species (presumably they coud be doing a kind of Allosaurus/T-Rex convergent-evolution thing), but perhaps someone out there with greater Alf knowledge can shed more light on this.
posted by Greg Nog at 6:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Weddings FTW!

You were a bride, and you had an awesome bridesmaid/maid of honour who was not involved in organizing the wedding. What did she do for you that was so awesome? [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 5:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Pregnancy and Shoe Size

Currently pregnant, and wondering when I can buy shoes again. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 5:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Keeping body and soul together with super glue

Anyone have any recommendations for using "super glue" instead of bandages on small, routine wounds? [more inside]
posted by Corvid at 4:52 PM PST - 11 comments

HIV: How likely is it to contract M to F?

I am a 20 year old Canadian female--I had a lot of unprotected sex with a very promiscuous male around 2 years ago. How possible is it that I may have contracted HIV? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 4:43 PM PST - 63 comments

seeking better understanding of this island

Any recommendations on articles, books that would help me form deeper insight into UK politics, especially Scotland? [more inside]
posted by cendawanita at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Don't have money for repairs to pass inspection, what do I do?

Car needs to pass annual inspection in Pennsylvania. Turns out I need $1000+ in repairs, and I paid $1400 for the car itself (valuable lessons about buying used cars learned). I can't afford this and it doesn't make sense anyway. I need a car. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:37 PM PST - 24 comments

How can a parent best motivate a 4-year-old who isn't a "pleaser"?

How can a parent best motivate a 4-year-old who isn't a "pleaser"? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 4:08 PM PST - 18 comments

How to Send Money Quickly

I'd like to send my mother a re-loadable gift card, but I'm overwhelmed with the options available. Can you help me send money instantly, with little to no fees, on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by plaintiff6r at 4:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Feed my Kindle

What are your favorite reads from, say, the last 30 years? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 3:33 PM PST - 60 comments

Hey is that a mouse on the hood?

How to deal humanely with a mouse problem? We have a family of mice living in our Toyota Rav. Which is funny and actually pretty cute there are 4 babies and 2 adults (that we saw). [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

gettin our kicks on route 66...

Ideas for gifts for a road-tripping couple? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow at 2:58 PM PST - 15 comments

College major question

If I wanted to become an expert on Schizophrenia, and do field work on the subject, what would I need to major in?
posted by SarcasticSeraph at 2:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Looking for Mythology Curriculum Given in Grade School in the Seventies

Trying to identify the mythology books I was given over the summer in grade school in the mid-seventies. They were definitely curricular, I think even had characters like Sam (a boy) and Nip (a dog), perhaps there was a girl named Jane but I may be confusing her with the other series we all know. I'm not a teacher, just want to re-visit them for nostalgia's sake. [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Baby's First Halloween

Geeky (or just really really cute) Halloween costume suggestions for baby. [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 2:15 PM PST - 39 comments

Mitt Romney then and now

How was Mitt Romney able to win the election for Governor of Massachusetts? How effective was he as governor? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia at 2:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Find me a clock

I am looking for a neat-looking clock. [more inside]
posted by bq at 1:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Identify this track based on a vocal sample

Can you help me identify a song based on a vocal sample? A female voice singing softly and slowly, "Maybe, tomorrow, I'll be..." [more inside]
posted by J0 at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Old Country Wedding in the New World

Looking for a rustic wedding venue in the DC/Virginia/MD (and potentially WV) region where the soon-to-be Mrs. Oneironaut and I can take over for the whole weekend, roast whole lambs, have a county fair atmosphere, and have the music and dancing go all night. We want to be able to control the space, have a house and potentially a few cabins available, and be within 30 minutes of a town with hotels. Any leads appreciated! And, this question is similar to this one, but we're anticipating more like 150 people, and don't need to be within an hour of the airport.
posted by oneironaut at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Ich bin ein frankfurter

Asking for a friend: I have a day and a half or so of sightseeing time in Frankfurt, Germany this Saturday and Sunday. What should I do and see while I'm there?
posted by ootsocsid at 12:49 PM PST - 8 comments

How long should we wait before trying to be friends?

How long should I wait before being friends with an ex? We tried going straight to being friends after breaking up, and it wasn't working so I asked for some time apart. We get along really well and could have a great friendship, but I want us to be ready and not screw up a potentially great friendship by not spending enough time apart? So how do I know when I'm really ready to be friends again? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 12:30 PM PST - 44 comments

Any suggestions for artwork packaging?

I work for a company that ships mounted photographs on a regular basis. Can you recommend any materials for packaging that is almost as durable as plywood, but lighter and cheaper? [more inside]
posted by joni. at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the best sewing reference book?

I would like to buy a good book on how to sew. I don't mean a beginner's instructional book, since I can already sew quite well, but a comprehensive reference book that covers everything from the basics to advanced tailoring and couture techniques. I want a sewing book that is the equivalent of Vogue Knitting, which is revered among knitters as the knitter's Bible. I've come across Vogue Sewing, and Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina. Would you recommend either one of these as the best choice, or do you know of another book you think is better?
posted by orange swan at 11:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I over-medicate my itchy kitty?

Quick question about big kitties and flea topical drops... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:23 AM PST - 20 comments

UI/UX for wedding RSVPs!

We’re doing online RSVPs for our wedding. Help me design the best-possible online RSVP system! [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 11:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Richie Rich or O Henry?

How many millionaires are self-made? The commonly repeated statistic, apparently from The Millionaire Next Door, is that only 20% of millionaires came from millionaire upbringings - which is then used to argue that class privilege doesn't really exist in America, and if you only work hard enough... I can slice that argument up easily enough (many of those millionaires are doctors, for instance, who rarely come from underprivileged households). But how many millionaires really are self-made? I can't find a source with data to back it up (other than quotes from that book, which I don't have, and so I don't know if it backs up the claim or not).
posted by IAmBroom at 11:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Are there good iPhone 5 cases available now?

Are there any excellent iPhone 5 cases available now? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

What is this crazy little thing called Twitter?

I have tried to figure out Twitter on my own for over a year. I still don't get it. I googled articles. I emailed people and asked questions. I paid attention when it came up in conversation in online forums. I finally screwed up my courage and set up an account, even though I didn't know how to use it. At some point, I asked someone I met in person about it. But I am still doing it Rong. So Rong in fact that I just stopped bothering to try. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 10:58 AM PST - 58 comments

Web host with best security against malware?

What is the most secure webhost for a small business? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Sheltered Meets Extroverts

Your friends scare you with their kindness. Now we're going on a roadtrip - advice? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 9:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Expanding my pure math knowledge?

Can anyone recommend some advanced (pure) math books to learn new subjects? Also nonfiction books about math that are good reads? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 9:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Besides asking for a good-quality large monitor, I'm stumped

Please help a not-very-savvy computer user make a decision. I have the potential to have either a Mac or a PC purchased for my use at work, and I'm not sure how to decide between the two. The story inside. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments

How to cope with mom's illness?

What are some tips to cope with mom's illness/despair? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 at 8:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Help choosing a virtualization solution

Choosing between virtualization solutions for server migration (VMware & Microsoft Hyper-V) when we know nothing about either product? [more inside]
posted by MeProxy at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

So. Assuming we can't reanimate Rod Serling and invite him over.

What should I get my mom for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 23 comments

El Dentista

Dentalfilter: I have several old amalgam fillings with decay under them that I need to replace. Should I get dental insurance? What kind? Also, UK or US? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 8:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Family Secrets on Film

Documentaries about ordinary people, their secrets and inner lives. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 8:42 AM PST - 36 comments

No lumps, some aches, plenty of fear.

Routine mammogram yesterday, not entirely unexpected secondary mammogram and ultrasound next week. Please help me calm down about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I separate this data column properly?

Question about splitting data into columns: I have one column of data that I'd like to split into seven separate columns. A typical, complete row in the column looks like "mefi:1,​ask:3,​meta:2,​projects:5,​jobs:5,​music:6,​irl:4" where the number values can be anywhere from 1-6. The problem is that if any one or more of the seven subsites are left unanswered, the entire value is missing (there is no "[subsite]:0" or "," as a placeholder). Consequently, separating the column into seven distinct columns using the comma as the separator causes the data to fall/shift into the wrong output columns if any one or more of the seven subsite categories are missing. How can i fix this? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 8:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a vocal sample from an electro swing tune.

Does anyone know where the vocal sample from this song comes from? The song title mentions Bing Crosby but I don't think the first speaker is Bing at all. Is it from a movie? a song? help!
posted by merocet at 8:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Books about day-to-day operations of a small business

Book recommendations requested: I liked My Korean Deli, which went into considerable detail about the day-to-day operation of a small convenience store. [more inside]
posted by enn at 8:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Will I regret this apple cider experiment?

What is going to happen to this fermenting apple cider while I'm out of town? [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 7:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Just the list, please

I am hoping to find an Android app (or web service) to replace the list-making service I suspect may not be available for much longer. I do not want complexity; fewer features are better. I want to make lists, check items off and then be able to re-add them later (for a grocery list, for example). Surprisingly few apps can limit themselves to these functions. [more inside]
posted by timepiece at 7:43 AM PST - 18 comments

How can I track the space shuttle online today?

Would it be possible to track the flight of the Space Shuttle over the Bay Area today using flightradar24 (or something similar)?
posted by zeoslap at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

No, really, how do you do it?

For those of you that have to, how do you track your time at work? I'm not interested in the program you use or anything like that but what do you do if you have only 5 hours written down but you need to fill in the gap for the other three hours and you just honestly can't remember? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 7:39 AM PST - 26 comments

Travel Tips Needed

Travel for Dummies filter. I am in my early fifties and have rarely travelled. I'd love to do more of it, but have a few health/financial challenges. Can you give me your tips for how you make travelling as easy and rewarding as possible? Bonus points for suggesting possible low-cost destinations or ideas. [more inside]
posted by purplesludge at 7:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Gee, where is my Gmail?

Gmail acting mighty strange [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 7:00 AM PST - 7 comments

How do you deal with people who make insensitive, hurtful comments about your disability at school / in the workplace?

How do you deal with people who make insensitive, hurtful comments about your disability at school / in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 6:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Should I take my old job back?

I left a good job at a bigger corporation early this year to join a startup. Nine months later, I'm not sure it was a good decision. Is it a bad idea to go back to my previous job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Midnight Cowboy Snacker

Why and I eating in the middle of the night and how do I stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Cheap Flights to Ireland

Can someone recommend a good site or service that will notify me of cheap flights to Ireland from NJ and when they are available? I can be flexible about when to go, am not too good at searching through sites for fares. We had a great time there this summer and want to go again. Are there cheaper flights in the winter? I would like something specific to Ireland, not cheap flights everywhere in general.
posted by mermayd at 5:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me become a CFO

My long-term goal is to become the CFO of a company. Would this job be a useful step in that direction, or a detour? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 4:43 AM PST - 12 comments

How Do I Get Hired In Higher Academia?

What are some other employment resources to get noticed at a major University? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:35 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I learn how to fly?

I took an introductory flight lesson and liked it a lot. Now what? Learning to fly an airplane seems expensive, time consuming, and mostly pointless. Yet I liked it. [more inside]
posted by haykinson at 12:46 AM PST - 31 comments

September 20

How can I improve my vocabular for Boggle-playing purposes?

How can I improve my vocabulary for Boggle-playing purposes? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Going abroad but staying in touch

How can I make sure I receive and can check voicemail while in Italy? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 10:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Yeah, yeah, yeah, PANDAmonium

Black and white or panda themed party food. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 10:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Low key home network monitoring possibilities?

Now that my kids are getting older and wanting to use more stuff online from a wider range of devices, what can I do to keep an eye on what they're doing? [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 10:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Hooded Mens Pea Coat

I just wish I could find somewhere a hooded men's pea coat such as this All Saints one that is actually in stock. No luck whatsoever. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stroke_count at 10:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Itching for new Japanese groups to listen to!

Give me some Japanese artists/songs (based on my musical preferences) that would help me learn Japanese/impress people at karaoke! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 10:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Online fantasy community

I want to discuss the (urban) fantasy genre in an active online community. NaNo is okay, but I'm looking for something a little more geared toward examining the tropes, the mechanics of creating a magic system, etc. AbsoluteWrite is cool, but its pace is a little slow for what I want. Am I best off combing through LiveJournal, or is something else out there? [more inside]
posted by goosechasing at 10:10 PM PST - 2 comments

I have absolutely no idea where to go for New Year's.

You had an unforgettable experience watching the ball drop in NYC this past NYE. The thought of staying at home this New Year's makes you feel sad and depressed. Where in America do you ring in 2013? [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 9:50 PM PST - 12 comments

The Ravonettes?

I have the opportunity to interview the Ravonettes. I am a casual listener, but they have a huge following that follows them much more intensely. I would like to know what questions would a diehard Ravonettes fan have of Sharon and Sune? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Trying to find a resource for an adult who wants to beef up their computer skills

Browser say what? Trying to find some learning material (online or books) for a 35 yo adult. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 9:11 PM PST - 3 comments

This is my shoe question. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Comfortable, stylish, informal, professional, durable, RE-SOLABLE men's shoes recommendations needed! [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 9:10 PM PST - 14 comments

You're not the boss of me...

How do you deal with rudeness from people of authority? [more inside]
posted by murfed13 at 8:44 PM PST - 32 comments

How relaxed is too relaxed?

How much does a light courseload weigh against you on a medical school application? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Yahoo Mail Be Damned!

Yahoo Mail to GMail. How? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Too large for carry-on?

How likely is it that Delta Airlines will accept my slightly-oversize backpack as carry-on? [more inside]
posted by Hither at 8:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Roleplaying websites?

Decent MUDs/MUSHs?MUCKs/Freeform text roleplaying sites/places? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 7:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Spiders everywhere, but I don't know what kind they are.

What kind of spiders are these? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 7:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Debate parties please!

Where can I find a place to watch the presidential/vice-presidential debates? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 7:26 PM PST - 5 comments

School me in the art of critiques.

What are some good strategies when critiquing in a college art environment? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

My boyfriend recently lost his job, and today he found out he's ineligible for unemployment. His life is in shambles. What can I do to help?

My boyfriend recently lost his job, and today he found out he's ineligible for unemployment. His life is in shambles. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 7:19 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Options for grad school loan?

I'm about to bite the bullet and get a student loan. Help me out/talk me out of it/give me a better option. Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:44 PM PST - 16 comments

It goes like: dumdumdumdumdadadDA!

What's the name of that song? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 6:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Double-entry accounting for non-dummies

In a modern accounting system that uses double-entry accounting, I believe each line on an Income Statement reflects one or more GL account period *totals*, correct? Does that also apply to Purchases/Cost Of Goods Sold? [more inside]
posted by edjusted at 5:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Raise or fold?

Should I exercise my time-limited stock options? I can afford it, but not without unease. I think it's a probably a good investment, but I have trouble determining how good. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me get rid of this pimple

I have a painful pimple on my inner labia. How long is this going to take to go away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 21 comments

What's to do in Guam?

What's there to do in Guam in early October? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari at 5:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Another package going out today? Greaaat.

Do I contact the person giving out my email address as her own? [more inside]
posted by troika at 4:30 PM PST - 18 comments

Mailman Etiquette

I order many things online and get lots of packages. I really like my mailman. Is there something nice I can do for him? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 4:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Is ground beef that's packed in a tube as good as the stuff that comes in a tray?

Is ground beef that's packed in a tube as good as the stuff that comes in a tray? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 4:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for the fastest cheapie digital camera I can find.

I am looking for an inexpensive point and shoot camera with the lowest shutter lag possible. [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 4:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Do I save by moving into my apartment in the winter rather than the summer?

Apartment lease economics: I'm planning to move to a new apartment. I'm considering waiting until winter to move in, because leases are cheaper in the off season. But will my rate just go up when it's time to renew a year later? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

What happens during iPhone activation?

AT&T/iPhone: I bought an iPhone 4 on craigslist. I plan to cut down my 3G's sim into a micro-sim and put it in the 4. However, before I got started I factory reset the 4 and now it wants to go through an activation process. What does "activation" mean, in this context? [more inside]
posted by homodachi at 3:37 PM PST - 6 comments

If you were really sorry, you'd do it!

iPhone 4S: For some reason, Siri will no longer make calls for me. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 3:23 PM PST - 2 comments

The Final Journey

Help me explain death to my 9 year old. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 2:47 PM PST - 17 comments

How much do they actually intend to pay me?

Salary confusion: They offered me (and I accepted) a salary of 50k. My position starts next week and is guaranteed through May. I don't remember them saying "50k/year," just "50k." So how much will I take home bi-weekly? (pre-tax and benefits, for simplicity). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments


How do I tell my dad that we need to find a better weekly news magazine? [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath at 2:29 PM PST - 35 comments

How do you try to get a musical produced?

How do you shop around an original musical? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 2:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Special order web app ideas?

I'm looking for a web (or desktop at a push) app that will help me track customer special orders. [more inside]
posted by dance at 1:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Je manque de volonte

I'm looking for online foreign language (French) courses/classes with an instructor component. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should I get my car's brakes checked?

I need my car's brakes looked at. Where should I have this done, and should I expect to pay for it? How much? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 1:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Fragrant and glycerine-free hair care tips needed!

What are some fragrant, glycerin-free options for shampoo and conditioner? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 1:08 PM PST - 10 comments

How would you turn this yard into a vegetable garden?

Vegetable gardening experts of the green, please help me make the best use of my back yard. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Shoes as durable as Dr Martens in Toronto?

Looking for every-day, unisex walking/office shoes that will last for years - also a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on (in Toronto, Canada). [more inside]
posted by jb at 12:00 PM PST - 31 comments

Draining the Caldera

If we knew when it was going to happen could our society engineer a way to prevent an upcoming volcanic eruption? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 11:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Meaningful phrases, in Italian, to express a fond farewell.

What are some phrases in Italian that convey "goodbye" in a not-so-casual, but rather sentimental if not hopeful way? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking alphabetical naming lists

I'm looking for A-Z lists, similar to the NOAA hurricane naming system. Instead of 26 names, I would like lists that follow a theme. Geeky lists / themes are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Real.Wolf at 11:25 AM PST - 26 comments

Calling all you AOL mail experts!

How to, as the default, block html/images from *all* senders (not just "untrusted senders") when accessing AOL email via the web? Or alternatively, how to reset that trusted sender list? [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters at 11:22 AM PST - 2 comments

This title is probably irrelevant.

I am looking for histories of medieval and Renaissance Italy. [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 11:12 AM PST - 12 comments

five hours and 45 minutes of crappy sleep. For the last 20 years.

Last night I slept for five hours and 45 minutes. For the last 20 years. I've tried many of the frequently recommended solutions such as melatonin and environmental changes, and am not sure what my next step should be. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:44 AM PST - 35 comments

Sustainability in Detroit?

Going to Detroit. I need recommendations on the cool places to see regeneration, sustainable initiatives, parks, art, urban agriculture, etc. (the innovative stuff that makes Detroit awesome!) [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 10:33 AM PST - 13 comments

I have insurance goddamn it!

My doctor's office billed me up front for an IUD and told me I would be reimbursed. Today, after calling them repeatedly, I found out that they have not filed a claim for the device, and they couldn't give me a satisfactory explanation as to why. I have no idea what to do now. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:20 AM PST - 21 comments

looking for a particular stock chart

Does anybody know of a free internet picture which is very close to Jeremy Siegel's (Stocks for the Long Run p. 47 of the 1994 Irwin edition) figure 3-2 "The real Dow-Jones Industrial Average"? [more inside]
posted by bukvich at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Science. SCIENCE!!!!

Looking for child development milestones, with an emphasis on experiments, neural processing goobles, and mad science shenanigans! Tell me what weird experiments I can conduct with my child.... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Spoiler, please.

How does the end of 'Get Carter' differ from the end of the novel, 'Jack's Return Home', it's based on? [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 9:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Take the money and run!

My 'rents want to support me. I don't really feel like I need their support anymore. Am I being silly by not considering their offer of money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:21 AM PST - 39 comments

Share this - Facebook sharing is going to kill me

How can I create custom content for a Facebook share? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 9:21 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I fix a Gmail/Google voice phone number on the same account

How do I force my Gmail account's phone number to associate with the same account's Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Best OTC sleeping pill?

Is there a BEST over-the-counter sleeping pill or do I just need to find the one that is best for me? Or are they all the same? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 AM PST - 30 comments

any body?

Is there any positive body acceptance / Health at any Size type stuff out there geared towards a male (or even just clearly mixed- or non-gendered) audience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Sleep doesn't rule everything around me...

(Chronic Insomniacs-filter) Sleep avoids me. Been doing so for years. Any tips or tricks to try and successfully sleep? Always special snow flakes.... [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 8:00 AM PST - 36 comments

What could be causing heart weirdness?

Medical advice... What could be causing extended and ongoing heart weirdness? Long-ish details inside... [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 7:50 AM PST - 25 comments

I thought we would talk, but not call it off.

How to deal with the end of a 20 year friendship? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 6:55 AM PST - 38 comments

Strong mutual feelings and attraction for a close opposite sex friend who is engaged

Where is this going?! Strong mutual feelings and attraction for a close opposite sex friend who is engaged... [more inside]
posted by Vareshka at 6:42 AM PST - 49 comments

By the time I'm 40, I will be see-through!

Is-This-Normal filter : I am a few short months away from turning 30, and have noticed while looking in the mirror and at body parts I can see without one, that over my whole body my veins/arteries are a lot more visible than they were before. Is this a normal part of aging? Can it be stopped, or mitigated somehow? Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by Fig at 6:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Phone Equipment

Where can I get cheap PBX phone-exchange switching equipment? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 6:20 AM PST - 7 comments

my girlfriend seems distant. i need a womans advice

How can i save my relationship with my girlfriend? We have been seeing each other for exactly one year. We are grown, she in her 30s me in my 40s. she has a young child and my kid is in college. Since we started dating its been pretty fun and loving sometimes hard also. [more inside]
posted by tlrjr at 6:13 AM PST - 18 comments

Is it possible to get a custom field on a Wordpress post to expire or delete after a certain date?

Is it possible to get a custom field on a Wordpress post to expire or delete after a certain date? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 6:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Is is time to change to an Android phone?!!!

What did I do to my iPhone 4 that caused it to not be able to "save images" from Twitter and Facebook anymore? All the gory details inside... [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 6:10 AM PST - 3 comments

I get it, you're sorry. Now leave me alone.

I'm trying to figure out next steps in this truly stupid interpersonal relations drama I'm having. "Sarah" did something I specifically asked her not to do. When I asked her to reverse her action, she complied, but is now overly remorseful. I need to respond, and I want to do it in some way that gets her to stop apologizing while keeping her at arm's length. Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by lesli212 at 6:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships and UK Law

My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov at 6:06 AM PST - 31 comments

Cheap rent ANYWHERE on the East Coast

It's a bit of a wide net I'm casting here, but where's the biggest and/or nicest apartment I can rent for under $500 in fairly cool cities in the Eastern half of the USA? Say, anywhere east of (and including) Minnesota to Louisiana. I love NOLA, and I've liked everyone I've ever met from Minnesota... [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 6:05 AM PST - 22 comments

Can you translate these Japanese characters?

Can you translate the Japanese characters on this antique sake jug? [more inside]
posted by beagle at 5:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Order or Project Management System Suggestions... I am drowning!

My business is booming and it's driving me crazy! The process that worked when only a few orders trickled in isn't scaling and I am finding myself prisoner to my workflow. Email and google spreadsheet is clearly not cutting it and I need input on a project management or order system. [more inside]
posted by hellodonna at 5:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Cyprus: Larnaca > Paphos

Cyprus: Travel between Larnaca airport to Paphos. What are my options? Has anyone done this recently? Many thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter at 5:24 AM PST - 1 comment

Books on Years of Lead/Strategy Of Tension

Can anyone recommend good books on the Years of Lead and/or the Strategy of Tension in Italy ? They have to be in English. Many thanks
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 4:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Syncing calendars - .ics conversion or another way?

How do I convert ics files? Since my work computer was upgraded to Office 2010 64-bit, I've been unable to sync my Outlook schedule with my Samsung phone (which uses Samsung New PC Studio). It will still sync with my Google calendar though. Both Outlook and Google only seem to export .ics files. NPS seems to import .nsf, .dif, .mdb and .vcs. I found a free .ics to .vcs converter online but it seems to convert a single appointment from what I've verified is a complete export of my calendar. How can I convert the files or otherwise get the phone calendar synced?
posted by monkey closet at 2:23 AM PST - 3 comments


"HnT" in the St. Louis area? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 12:45 AM PST - 6 comments

September 19

Webcast? Webseries? Webisode?

I hate TV. I don't own one, either. I need more webseries in my life, like The Slope or It Gets Betterish. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments


Help! We just found a black widow spider inside our house. They are endemic in our neighborhood. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose at 8:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to meet, not to eat.

You need to meet with your soon-to-be ex-husband to go over some financial issues. You've both agreed to do it without your lawyers just to get some stuff resolved without the complication of their "input". Where? Your house feels uncomfortable as a site. No way are you going to his new place. A restaurant? No. We don't want to have dinner together, just talk quietly and calmly and maybe go over some documents. The library? Feels weird. Suggestions?
posted by anonymous at 8:42 PM PST - 42 comments

Projector System Help!

Can you please offer insight into my projector system? I have questions with regards to projectors, screens, and installation. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Wordpress theme for software blog

Seeking recommendations for a "look what I've done" type Wordpress blog theme in the area of software development. Help me filter the Niagara of wordpress themes ! [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 8:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I needlessly irritated? Is this legal?

Sold my old house: is it legal for the new owners to change the locks and start working inside the house prior to closing? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 8:09 PM PST - 42 comments

I've made a huge mistake?

How can I create a web-searchable database of indexed newspaper articles? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 7:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Botched Banana Bread?

Baking filter: My oven broke in the middle of baking banana bread. What to do now? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 7:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Standing on the shoulders of giants

I'm looking for a list of the best (however you define it) third-party Python libraries. E.g. Django, Beautiful Soup, PIL, etc. [more inside]
posted by prunes at 7:06 PM PST - 12 comments

I'll take "Things I Should Have Learned in College" for 500

I write creative nonfiction and I'm getting to the point where I've almost exhausted myself on straight up memoir/personal essay. I have ideas in mind for essays that I want to write, but they require a good deal of research. Problem is, I never really learned how to research properly. [more inside]
posted by Modica at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Best way to get paid in multiple currencies?

Asking for a friend: what is the best, fee-avoiding bank account set up for a freelancer who works internationally and is paid in multiple currencies? More details... [more inside]
posted by scuza at 6:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Wine tasting and wine tasting and...?

Can I experience Napa Valley without staying in Napa? [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 6:30 PM PST - 14 comments that video game!

One of my esteemed offspring wanted me to bring this to the hive mind, so here goes: Okay, Mom, I finally remembered to write this note. This is what I'd like you to ask the Metafilter crew. So there's this really old game, and it's either Atari or just from that era. [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us wrap our college-educated minds around our student loans.

Please school me on student loan debt consolidation. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Functional MRI?

The fMRI (functional MRI) is primarily used in research; can I get one done for clinical reasons? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

I eat fast, maybe too fast.

I eat very quickly. I enjoy my food well enough, but I seem to enjoy it at a rapid pace, which can be a bit awkward in company. Is there an easy mental realignment to eat slower? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 6:13 PM PST - 23 comments

Figuring out careers and jobs while working out my gender issues

Quarterlife crisis and being trans--how to optimally navigate a job/career quest while addressing gender identity issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the odds?

Math/probability not sports: I am not a gambler, but I am trying out a method of betting on sports with some initial success. At what point can I use the numbers to confidently assume that this is down to the system rather than luck? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 5:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Accountant/Lawyer/Financial Adviser-Filter?

I recently found myself in the middle class with none of the financial acumen needed to handle money on this scale. To be specific, my most complicated financial transaction to date has been handing someone two hundred dollars in cash and riding off on his bike. I'd like to talk to someone knowledgeable about money about my financial goals and be told my options for achieving those goals. Do you know such a person in New York City or the nearby suburbs? The two specific goals I have in mind right now are saving for retirement and paying off a bunch of debts. A possible complication is that all of the debt is in my parents' name, so it might be nontrivial to structure the repayment so that, from a tax perspective, it doesn't look like I've just started giving my parents lots of money every year. Also, it would be better, though not strictly necessary, if this person could speak Chinese to my parents.
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 11 comments

What does the couple who has everything register for?

We live in a tiny Manhattan apartment and have everything we need. What do we register for? [more inside]
posted by alicetiara at 5:23 PM PST - 39 comments

Meatpacking district advice

Taking a last minute weekend trip to NYC. Friend booked at Dream Downtown (355 West 16th Street,). Looking for a nice restaurant and drink spot near by. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 5:09 PM PST - 12 comments

body shots?

How do you do a body shot? Can the tequila stay in the shot glass or...? Just don't necessrily want hair involved. Thanks.
posted by the young rope-rider at 4:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Name that mystery tune?

Can anybody identify this Chinese language song? At least, we think it's Chinese. A friend of mine found it somewhere totally devoid of context, and now we're wondering what it is and where it's from. Any help you can give us would be just fine.
posted by KChasm at 4:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Indoor archery in/around southeast Portland.

What are my options for indoor archery in and around southeast Portland, OR? I'm only familiar with Archers Afield and that's a bit further than I'd like to drive. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 4:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Unfortunately safe for work

What was this early type of downloaded porn? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 4:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Hanging art without wall attachments

We're opening a small art gallery, and need a solution for hanging wall art on plaster walls, without putting holes in said walls. [more inside]
posted by klinefelter at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

What does the Casper suite allow Admins to see?

My office just announced that they are installing Casper QuickAdd to all of our laptops in the next week or so. I want to know what they are going to be able to see after I do the installation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Help with music for 'Grand Slam' moment slideshow for work...

I am putting together a slideshow for my library system's staff day, based on grand slam moments in the lives of staff. I need help with the music... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 2:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Save our surveillance

What's the best way to protect surveillance equipment from lightning? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Social media: Here's how you doitright.

How can I locate someone to provide a day of social media / online presence consulting to a non-profit in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 2:03 PM PST - 4 comments

I am a scientist, I seek to understand CVs.

Does anyone know a good science/engineering resume editing service? Having trouble figuring out what to leave/chop. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 2:03 PM PST - 3 comments

How did you act when your relationship was entering an unknown period?

How did you act when your relationship was entering an unknown period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 32 comments

NYC lawyer familiar with Brooklyn DOB?

Seeking recommendation for NYC lawyer who is familiar with how the Brooklyn Department of Buildings really works as well as resident/condo board relations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Need Help on Navigating Smart Phone Plans

I am looking for advice on finding the best smart phone deals. I have an old clamshell phone. I need very little for myself...not even texting though want the occasional use of apps. I am currently moving to Denver and may switch from AT&T though my wireless and phones are bundled and very cheap ($90/mo for our two cheap phones and wireless for home though that would change *a lot* with upgrades?). I am really confused on what the hell is a decent deal. I don't make many calls whatsoever but my wife will be calling family or perhaps using Face Time/Messaging via an iPhone if we can afford. We don't need the newest and best phones but am not sure where to start for packaging costs, especially as we may do wireless separate once we get to Denver. Any thoughts on how you would go about this, where you would buy a phone (new or refurb), deals that have worked for you (assuming you don't use the phone for a lot but still want the options of some of the apps). iPhone? Samsung? Razr? Carriers recommendations? I want to go as low $ as possible but not make a stupid decision out of pinching the hell out of the pennies.
posted by snap_dragon at 1:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Be vewwwy quiet...

I would like to hunt wild pigs. Only problem? I'm a liberal Democrat, I live in San Francisco, and I've never been hunting before. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 1:30 PM PST - 30 comments

Bean plating technology for canned beans

Before I cook dried beans I sort through them usually finding and discarding a clod of dirt, a small stone, or a moldy bean. I have never found a stone in a can of canned beans. Are the canned bean manufacturers sorting the beans before canning? If they are, why can't they use that technology to clean the beans that are sold dried? The tedious sorting keeps me from cooking beans from scratch as often as I'd like.
posted by SandiBeech at 1:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Name some examples of humorous tragedies in film and literature

I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd. [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 12:56 PM PST - 23 comments

SF that starts out as realism/historical fiction and ends up somewhere else?

Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
posted by RogerB at 12:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Think John Kelly Chocolates but without the sugar.

I *love* buying chocolates or candy for friends and family on special occasions. It's kind of my thing, and the fancier the better. The problem is I have a diabetic in the family, and I want to send them something to celebrate an anniversary. Is there such a thing as fancy sugar-free chocolate or candy? I need something nicer than a bag of sugar-free Lifesavers.
posted by phaedon at 12:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school?

Should I try to start an LGBTQ organization at my middle school? How? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:38 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for an old sci-fi book

Looking for a science fiction book that I read back in the 70's-ish. It was about a guy who was in a jungle way way into the future. A few key points that should a ring a bell are: 1. There were these humanoid creatures that were short and fat and connected to a main plant by an umbilical cord. The main actor cut one of these cords and these "tummytommies" (some weird name like that) then became irritable. 2. There were these "balloons" floating around the jungle with long ropes dragging in the trees. It turned out that these were creatures that would catch prey with those sticky appendages and begin pulling the victim up to their chattering teeth. 3. This was when the world was very old and, I believe the story ended with the world ending. That's about all I remember.
posted by SparkyPine at 12:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Where is the best place online to determine the price of a limited edition giclee print by artist Ashley Wood?

ComicBookArt(ist)Filter: Where can I find out how much a limited edition giclee print by artist Ashley Wood is worth (if such things are even worth much, not being the original art)? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do websites tuen tiny and grey?

Some web content, like Tumblr and the videos on Netflix appear in greyscale, with vertical lines all over them, and smushed into the left side of the screen. If I want to click on something, I need to click on the place it would normally be, rather than where it appears on the tiny, greyscale screen. I don't think it's my browser, because it happens on both Safari and IE (I know, I know, but I can't watch Netflix on Safari). I couldn't find an answer on Google. Thanks in advance!
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? at 12:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Cepacol purchases tracked/rationed?

I bought a pack of Cepacol lozenges at my local neighborhood pharmacy here in Massachusetts, and was surprised that I was required to scan my driver's license to get it. Active ingredients are listed as Benzocaine 7.5 mg and Dextromethorphan Hbr 5 mg, none of which I recognize as chemical precursors to drugs with a high potential for abuse, like (for instance) Pseudoephedrine. Dextromethorphan does have some potential for abuse on its own, but the ingredient is common to most cold formulations, none of which are tracked or rationed. Does anyone here have a good explanation for the driver's license requirement?
posted by The Confessor at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

iPhone, why do you hate public transportation?

I did something stupid today and 'updated' my iPhone 4 to iOS 6.0. The new Maps app doesn't include public transportation options (as Google Maps did previously) which I use extensively here in San Francisco. What are my options? Will anything be as seamless as the Google Maps app was?
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Are home no-chip manicures worth the price yet?

Has anyone tried the (newish) home no-chip manicure kits? Recommendations? Tips? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky at 12:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Using Paragon "Adaptive Restore"

Need help with Paragon "Adaptive Restore", part of the Backup & Recovery 2012 software package. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 11:49 AM PST - 0 comments

How do you put past relationship "guilt" behind you and would contact after a breakup be a good idea?

The nutshell: how do you put relationship mistakes/guilt behind you? And contact with her would be a bad idea, right? (We’ve been broken up about 3 months now with no contact, except for one email exchange about two weeks after the break up). [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeah at 11:31 AM PST - 26 comments

Where can I buy those huge American Army duffel bags in the UK?

Where can I buy those huge American Army duffel bags in the UK? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

"It's all in your head." "I don't think it is." "Well you would say that."

I'm dealing with chronic pain and fatigue; after several specialists were unable to find the cause, I was referred to a pain clinic. I had an evaluation with a psychiatrist today, and at the end I asked him about his findings. Among other things, he said there was evidence of Somatization Disorder. But I don't think that is it; I think the pain has a physical cause. But if I do have Somatization Disorder, I would think that anyway. How do I determine if that is the problem or not, and if not, how do I make sure my doctors don't dwell on it. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

How to recover from a very public psychosis.

How can I get over periods of psychosis and depression by putting it behind me, gaining some experiences and achievements to make the relapses feel like less of a big deal?or How can I stop thinking about me? [more inside]
posted by Erred at 11:04 AM PST - 9 comments

great gift for 1 year old?

i want to get a great gift for my friend's daughter, who is turning 1 year old next week. [more inside]
posted by akaJudge at 10:32 AM PST - 42 comments

We have a bunch of yellow larvae on our ceiling

We have a whole bunch of larvae on our ceiling only. What are they? Where do they come from? What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 10:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Frenchbook Textbook Doesn'tSuckbook

Advanced French textbooks that aren't printed by Vistas Higher Learning? [more inside]
posted by Chutzler at 10:08 AM PST - 2 comments

How to make a TV appear broken ...without breaking it

We have a basic Toshiba LCD HDTV (2 yrs old). I want to disable it for the next six weeks so no one can use it. I.E. it needs to appear as if it is broken, but it really isn't. I need to make sure all plugged in peripherals (DVD, Wii, AppleTV, antennae, and cable TV) cannot be viewed. Any ideas?
posted by apennington at 9:38 AM PST - 29 comments

Do you have any first or second hand knowledge on the "People to People Ambassador Programs", based in Washington DC?

Do you have any first or second hand knowledge on the "People to People Ambassador Programs", based in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 9:36 AM PST - 21 comments

The bass is at my place, but now needs to get in YO' FACE

I bought a bass! Can you recommend any specific online tutorials / resources (e.g., on the youtubes) to learn to play the thing? I already play guitar. Bonus: I like Britpop. What are some fun Britpop songs to play on the bass? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Shows with experts as the main characters

In Breaking Bad, Walter White is a genius chemist. In Prison Break, Michael Scofield is a genius structural engineer. What other shows use a main character's genius in a given field like these shows do? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 9:01 AM PST - 40 comments

High arches, low spirits.

I love the look of Frye Veronica Slouch boots. I cannot get my high-arched foot into a Frye Veronica Slouch boot. I am sad. What (high quality, brown leather, made to last, damn sexy) boot can you recommend with a similar look that can accommodate my arches?
posted by lizifer at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Raise or Call?

I like my job, but I have received a more lucrative offer from another company. How do I get a raise without leaving my company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 AM PST - 19 comments

What fun things should we do before having kids?

AdviceFilter: What life experiences (or fun things) should my partner and I make time for, before having a baby? [more inside]
posted by amoeba at 8:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Help with organizing my hot mess of an external hard drive!

Good ways/ideas/tips for how to organize my external hard drive (because I put it off each time I added things to it...and now it's a hot mess). And ideas for keeping it organized when I add things in the future. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 8:32 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC Piano/Synthesizer Lessons?

Hi, I'm a (somewhat) experienced piano/synthesizer player interested in taking lessons in New York City. I took about 4 years of classical training in piano, violin, and voice when I was in high school, but I'm looking to grow my skillset as a musician. I'm looking for a piano teacher in Manhattan or Brooklyn who would be comfortable with teaching synth lessons. Can anyone recommend a good piano (or synth) teacher in NYC?
posted by shotintoeternity at 8:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find ways to grow professionally.

I'm a general purpose Analyst at my job. I work in the marketing department, and do the bulk of my analysis on client development initiatives, but also am the sole source of analytical support on the operations of the department, like budgeting, managing people, business planning, etc. What would be some good opportunities for professional development? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Ow, my perfectly-fine knees!

Non-injury causes of knee pain? [more inside]
posted by kagredon at 7:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Google Desktop Side Bar Replacement

So Google Desktop has been discontinued for a while, and while I was able to rescue some gadgets after a reinstall I have a feeling that I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 at 7:37 AM PST - 5 comments

The tortoise wins this one

Is there any overcoming Achilles tendonitis? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 7:36 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I stop snooping?

Please help me stop snooping. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I edit this Wordpress theme?

How can I edit this wordpress theme? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Need a map!

Is there any kind of slick map-generation tool available online (preferably for free-ish) that I can use in my presentations? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 6:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I just get backpack straps for it?

How do I carry this massive smartphone around? [more inside]
posted by daboo at 6:54 AM PST - 14 comments

how to know when spending more for free shipping is a good deal

Going to purchase something online. Shipping is expensive. A larger purchase will get me free shipping, but the cost would be more than the cost of the smaller purchase plus shipping. How do you analyze decisions like this? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu at 6:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Can I move a big tree?

Can I move a 15-18 foot tree? Best practices for something so big? [more inside]
posted by kirst27 at 6:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Are job recruiters helpful?

Looking for a job and trying to figure the role and value of recruiters. Do i find one and talk with them about what sort of job I'm after? How do you find a good one?
posted by boombot at 5:59 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I truncate .mp3 and .m4a files without transcoding?

How can I truncate (cut the end off) .mp3 and .m4a files without transcoding? [more inside]
posted by beniamino at 5:44 AM PST - 9 comments

I think I inhaled a bit of a melting plastic bag while cooking. 30 minutes later, I got a nosebleed. Should I be worried?

I think I inhaled a bit of a melting plastic bag while cooking. 30 minutes later, I got a nosebleed. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by suburbs at 5:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 at 5:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Basic steps to put some zoom in my Zumba?

I'm a dude, pushing 40, relatively uncoordinated with very little rhythm, and taking a Zumba class. Can you assign me some homework? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 4:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Home-made tatami air fresheners?

Can I make aromatic oils that will diffuse through tatami sticks myself? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto at 2:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Calculating calorie burn for unconventional sport

With all the specifics can I calculate a better estimate of how many calories I burn doing archery than online calculators (that give me figures as low as 220 and as high as 500 calories per hour) [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 12:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Fast-paced and smart audiobooks

Can you help me find some audiobooks that are relatively fast-paced and simple, but also have good dialogue, characters, and themes? Even if you don't listen to audiobooks, maybe you know page-turners or beach reads that are deeper than the normal fluff? Or maybe you know good literary fiction that is simple and fast-paced? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 12:41 AM PST - 29 comments

Cover me iPad!

What sleeve or skin is good to get for an iPad (3rd gen) in conjunction with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 at 12:37 AM PST - 1 comment

September 18

arthritis at 30?

Is it normal to be developing arthritis in my fingers at 30, or should I be looking for a new doctor? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 9:39 PM PST - 19 comments

fiery feet

My feet are so itchy I could punch someone. What bugs in my house could be biting me? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 9:22 PM PST - 24 comments

What art have you seen that addresses illness, healing, or fertility?

What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 9:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I resole these shoes?

Can these shoes be resoled by a cobbler? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 8:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Upside-down-gardening apparatus. How did you do it?

I'm very keen to try growing my tomatoes upside down next year. Do you have any suggestions on what to hang the buckets from? [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Society + technology = where?

The intersection of technology and social services and policy: who are the innovators? Where and what are they innovating? Are there conferences like the recent XOXO conference for this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:55 PM PST - 5 comments

East in the West?

Did Eastern Bloc countries do on-the-ground historical research in the USA during the Cold War? [more inside]
posted by lstanley at 7:54 PM PST - 3 comments

two yahoos

I have an email address Can I also get ? [more inside]
posted by thenormshow at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I learn to play a song on guitar?

How do I learn to play a song on guitar? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 6:58 PM PST - 13 comments

I support you... to a reasonable degree

Your SO is a performer who performs multiple times a week. How frequently do you go to their shows? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 32 comments

Sequential Art for the Slammer

I need recommendations for comic strip collections, graphic novels, and manga that can be purchased from Amazon, don't contain drug/sex/gang content, and can enjoyed by someone in their twenties. This is very much a follow up to this question. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:31 PM PST - 30 comments

How do animals and humans survive extreme physical pain and physical assault?

How do animals and humans survive extreme physical pain and physical assault? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 6:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen.

Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 5:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Best shuttle viewing spot in LA?

Where should I try to see the shuttle fly over Los Angeles on Friday morning? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 5:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Spirit Photography Techniques

Do we know how William Mumler created his images? If not, what are the most popular theories today, and what do we know about other spirit photographers?
posted by naturalog at 4:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Good habits to habituate?

Transform-my-life filter: looking for "good habits" to build into my life. [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 4:28 PM PST - 37 comments

How much should I charge a former employer (that laid me off) for contract work?

I was recently let go ("cost cutting") from my job as a web developer, one that I've held for well over a decade at the same employer. After they gave me the news, they mentioned the possibility of me doing work for them in the future on a contract basis and asked what I would charge them. How much is a fair amount to charge them while making sure it's worth my while? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM PST - 26 comments

Shit or get off the pot can't mean 20 minutes, right?

How long does it take you or a loved one to poop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 84 comments

Male and Female Sexual Relationships

What type of sexual relationships do women and men enjoy? I have a question, what is healthy sex and a healthy male female relationship. [more inside]
posted by mrfawcet at 3:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Headphone repair - a better way to do it?

Headphone wire repair. Is there a better solution than cutting off the plug and splicing a new one? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 3:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Invitation to a Beheading

Help me assess how much of a problem these not-so-nicely printed wedding invitations are. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 3:30 PM PST - 20 comments

Alarm clock recommendation

Help a picky person find an alarm clock? [more inside]
posted by medusa at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Feeling a little self-conscious about my current hairstyle (male). Should I keep it this way or try something else out?

Feeling a little self-conscious about my current hairstyle (male). Should I keep it this way or try something else out? [more inside]
posted by audio at 2:57 PM PST - 37 comments

What intriguing bag is this?

Looking for the creator of an intriguing tote bag (possible long shot here) [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

a source for sodium fluoride drops without sucralose or artificial colors?

Can you suggest a source for sodium fluoride drops without sucralose or artificial colors? [more inside]
posted by JamesD at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Entschuldigung, ich versteh nicht: ich bin Amerikaner...

I am traveling to Europe for work, for a week. I have never been outside the US before. Please tell me about very simple, basic things which I might not know due to inexperience. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 1:27 PM PST - 71 comments

What is it like to live in Snowmass, Colorado?

I'm going to be bartending in Snowmass for at least the winter. Aside from already being acclimated, what do I need to know about living and working Snowmass and Colorado in general having only lived as an adult in Oregon and Arizona. [more inside]
posted by efalk at 1:25 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you spot an amateur?

How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 1:17 PM PST - 275 comments

How does Dove Nutrium actually work?

Beyond blue beads bypassing animated skin layers: how does Dove Nutrium actually work? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

tehloki and the angry inch

Somebody has decided to remove most of my door handle in an attempt to get into my car, or in a fit of rage, or something. Will getting it repaired through my insurance make my rates go up? Should I try and fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 11:49 AM PST - 34 comments

What was on your baby registry that you use and what was on it that you don't use?

I'm building a baby registry. a) What was your absolute most-used, wouldn't-survive-without-it thing you had on your baby registry? b) And what were you absolutely certain you'd use all the time that just gathered dust? [more inside]
posted by davebug at 11:32 AM PST - 67 comments

Need MacPro help in Austin Texas

Can anyone recommend a good and affordable Mac hardware and software tech in Austin, Texas? I've had a series of drive failures and I'm in way over my head. Need help replacing drives, reinstalling OS and, if possible, cloning from a failed drive. [more inside]
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

I want to replace a mortice lock but I don't know the model number

I'd like to get an id of this Chubb mortice lock so I can buy a new one on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by nevan at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

"Marry me" in Marathi?

Can anyone tell me more about this CD of Indian wedding music? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Will my beloved Google maps go away on my iPhone tomorrow?

I have an iPhone 4S with iOS 5. If I download iOS 6 tomorrow, will Google maps be replaced with Apple maps? Meaning, will the upgrade REMOVE Google maps from my phone? If so, will I be able to download a Google maps app? I already have other 3rd party map apps; I want the one that's actually from Google. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 11:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a way to not barf when dealing with CITIBANK

A week ago I got mail stating that Citi had sold half of my student loans to Discover. I went to make my loan payments the other day to find that my minimum amount had more than doubled. [more inside]
posted by misformiche at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Recipes for rib eyes that aren't in steak format?

Recipes for rib eyes that aren't in steak format? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 10:27 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I break my Sprint contract?

Help getting out of a cell contract because I have no service. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I lose wedding weight?

I'm getting married in a year, and am currently a bit out of shape. I feel I should lose weight to fit into the nicer wedding dresses, but need feedback on how realistic/rational my goals are - especially given a complicated history. Also, how to deal with a fiance who has strong concerns about this whole thing? [more inside]
posted by corb at 10:13 AM PST - 63 comments

40 acres and a huge personal liability

My friend owns a property jointly with several other family members. What are his options for 1) limiting his liability 2) optimizing the legal/tax situation for hypothetically putting capital improvements into the property and 3) optimizing the legal/tax situation for transferring ownership when a part-owner passes away or sells their interest? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 9:58 AM PST - 1 comment

how to resolve a diversity conflict

A man died near our condo 7 years ago, and anonymous neighbors maintain a memorial at the relevant telephone pole by attaching stuffed animals, artificial flowers, and other stuff to it, which weather eventually turns into trash. The city has occasionally (rarely) removed it, but the mourners pile more on right away. How can we best negotiate an end to this long-running custom? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 9:49 AM PST - 86 comments

Finding a driving partner for a very long one-way Canadian trip.

What would be the best and safest way to find a ride share on a long one-way (Toronto->Yellowknife) Canadian road trip? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me throw a Hawaii-themed party in LA!

My lovely girlfriend has been throwing me fantastic birthday parties for a few years, and this year (in November, in Los Angeles) I want to return the favor in kind. She lived in Hawaii in her youth, and has visited every year except this one, so I thought I'd try to bring the big island to her for her birthday party. I'm thinking 25-30 people, suggestions for any level of fancy from not fancy at all up to very posh appreciated.
posted by thedaniel at 9:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Find me some motivation

I'm losing focus on my weight loss goals and I don't want to fall off the wagon. I have had to fight hard to lose what I have lost, and I do not want to back track. How do you get your head back in the game and really find the time to focus on it and prioritize it when your life has become extremely busy? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Old Dog Needs New Mac

Graphic Designer asks: Can I use a laptop as my "main" computer? I've been a designer for 20+ years and have used every mac since the original, but I've always had a desktop mac as my go-to machine. Now, it's upgrade time, and I'm thinking of using just a laptop for everything. More inside... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 8:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Help organize and streamline my work process, pretty please

Can you suggest a system that could help a group of employees manage a long, many-stepped process? We're driving ourselves bonkers in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Movin' On In

Moving in with two roommates - one friend, and one other guy the two of us just met. What haven't I thought of, and what should I be prepared to deal with? Long list of stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 8:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Family cell phone plans

Please choose a family cell plan for us. [more inside]
posted by Kazimirovna at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Pagers: Are they all awful? Also, is there some other inter-office paging solution?

Pagers: Are they all awful? Also, is there some other inter-office paging solution? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo at 8:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Will the nausea go away?

I was prescribed 5mg Adderall twice daily, and the nausea is killing me. Will this go away? [more inside]
posted by hotelechozulu at 8:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Can my ex tell I saw his tumblr?

Can another tumblr user tell that I viewed his tumblr site? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Ideas for 10th wedding anniversary in midst of marital stress?

How should my husband and I celebrate our 10th anniversary given some recent marriage difficulties? I am looking for ideas that honor our years together but aren't traditional romantic gestures, which might feel a bit hollow or forced right now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Brilliant Retail product search - how can it be revised to accept numbers?

Brilliant Retail product search - how can it be revised to accept numbers? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 7:56 AM PST - 2 comments

What are these tools for?

Can you help identify what trade this toolkit is from, and what it is used for?
posted by Morsey at 7:28 AM PST - 19 comments

AsthmaFilter: Medication options for the uninsured?

Current over-the-counter medication options for asthmatics? [more inside]
posted by smirkette at 7:05 AM PST - 16 comments

I get less rejection from OKCupid.

I'm looking for a doctor in Toronto. Does anyone have one they can recommend? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA at 6:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Alone Abroad: Help me cope with anxiety and flashbacks

How can I make sensible choices when I'm not feeling my best? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 6:12 AM PST - 7 comments

iPad shutdown app

I watch movies when I go to bed at night. When I wake up in the morning my iPad is exhausted. I would like to have a reminder happen (that if I don't respond to) shuts down my iPad and preserves its battery. Is there a commercial or free app that does this or can I create one easily in this suggestion?
posted by unliteral at 6:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Lisbon Photographer needed

Help me find a english speaking photographer in Lisbon [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 6:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Spare parts for an ex-Japan Toyota Hilux Surf?

How (in the hell) do I find spare parts for my '02 Toyota Hilux Surf? Difficulty factor: car in Kenya, originally made for Japanese market, wife in US and could bring parts back. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 5:46 AM PST - 7 comments

The caps lock light on my two-year-old Macbook keeps blinking back on, but yet caps lock is not actually activated...

The caps lock light on my two-year-old Macbook keeps blinking back on, but yet caps lock is not actually activated... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:22 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I stop spam from my Google Apps account?

What can I do about spam ostensibly being sent from my Google Apps-hosted domain? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 4:03 AM PST - 8 comments

The time-traveller's advice: 30-year-old edition

My turn! Citizens of Metafilter: What advice would you give to your thirty-year-old self? [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws at 3:43 AM PST - 69 comments

Phoned in.

The iPhone seems to be available everywhere now--at Target, at Radio Shack, at online vendors. Where should I go to get the best deal on an iPhone 5? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Foreign travel query

When traveling in a foreign country, do you check in with your country's consulate? [more inside]
posted by jsslz at 2:40 AM PST - 29 comments

What sort of database for a non-profit training organisation?

I need to organise some kind of database for my non-profit training organisation, to track students, courses taken, etc in Moodle, and possibly to integrate with a Joomla site as well. I've been told that Access will not work for us. Will a Customer Relations Management thing suit us, or is something more required? If so, what should we be looking for? Requirements and constraints inside. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 12:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Best options for retrieving old laptop data?

How do I retrieve data from very old (one is circa 1998) laptop drives? They contain a lot of interesting history from my time in Silicon Valley before the tech crash that I vowed I would one day retrieve. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 12:24 AM PST - 3 comments

September 17

Help me ditch my dumb-phone.

New to smartphones; want to buy an unlocked, preferably quadband phone. Advice? [more inside]
posted by artemisia at 10:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Special Snowflake needs an Alarm Clock!

Special Snowflake needs an Alarm Clock! I have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up well. If I awaken too abruptly it rattles me and it takes hours to get on an even keel. [more inside]
posted by cat_link at 10:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Good Functional Language for a Noob?

I'm looking for a solid language to work with for learning functional programming. I think Python piqued my curiosity, as has working with ANTLR and trying to get a handle on that beast of a program... Understanding syntax trees and seeing how LISP expressions are like trees... It's all fascinating to me. What's the best language for a functional newbie? [more inside]
posted by symbioid at 10:02 PM PST - 21 comments


Ok, so my gf has some sort of thyroid condition? Shes on a lot of natural hormone (like 18 mg a day? 3 pills, I think) and her TSH is low. She says, and I believe her, that the high thyroid is what keeps her functioning, awake, etc. However, doctors seem to find the low TSH alarming and want to lower the thyroid dose. She will have none of this, and gets upset. I have no idea whats going on. help? please? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 9:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Drink Hard & Speak Easy

I'm throwing a speakeasy themed Prohibition party. What are some fun movies from the 1920s—that are readily available through Netflix—that I can project onto the walls to create ambiance? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 9:28 PM PST - 16 comments

More Swag Than Times Square

Where can we take the best/most interesting/most creative/most unique picture in NYC? [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises at 9:25 PM PST - 15 comments

What D.C. activities on a need-to-know basis?

What off-the-beaten-path activities can I do in D.C.? I would love to do something that makes me feel a bit like a VIP. I want the city to seem like it does in a spy novel. Seeing the vintage Congressional bathrooms, getting a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress, and unusual sights like the Pentagon's gold AK-47 are the kind of things I'm after. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome at 8:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Can my mountain bike frame be repaired?

Can my mountain bike frame be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 8:31 PM PST - 14 comments

All your medical recommendations for Portland, OR

Recommend me your dermatologist, gynecologist, and GPs in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by ansate at 8:15 PM PST - 7 comments

What have I done to my ankle?

YANAD (or maybe you are), but a few weeks ago I suffered a fall from my horse and now there's a funny bump on my ankle. I will be going to my GP sometime soon but am still curious as to what it may be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

More Fun? One way to find out.

How tough/insane is it going to be to colour my hair to look like Dr. Horrible's? How do I go about it? Difficulty level: Never done this before, though my wife has some experience with hair colouring at home, and planning on doing it at home as I can't see spending salon level money on a Halloween costume. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Empty a parent's house fast

What's the quickest, easiest way to clean out my mom's house in San Diego when I don't live there? [more inside]
posted by Lauram at 6:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Could post-conviction collateral relief release a sexual predator from prison early?

Pennsylvania criminal law filter: How does post-conviction collateral relief work, and how often does it result in dismissed charges? Details of one particular case inside... [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

the gift of charts and lists is the greatest gift of all?

How to choose a digital (video) camera? Not against photo and video capability as long as the video rocks. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

waterdamaged macbook pro battery difficulties

so i "fixed" a relative's water-damaged macbook pro, but it still has issues. [more inside]
posted by camdan at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I make kitty jail easier for my cats?

How do I keep my cats calm while separated and waiting to reintroduce them? [more inside]
posted by MaritaCov at 6:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Front Towards Bird Feeder

Is it be possible to make a few replica [100% inert, of course] Claymore mines while also practicing my slab/ceramic skills? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Are Nabisco Twigs available anywhere?

Are Nabisco Twigs available anywhere? [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 5:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Zee German?

What is "the German" (dance? Game?) referred to in several Louisa May Alcott books? [more inside]
posted by xaire at 5:31 PM PST - 14 comments

What are some good recipes for chicken drumsticks?

What are some good recipes for chicken drumsticks? [more inside]
posted by shoesietart at 5:22 PM PST - 17 comments

I think I'm genderqueer / agendered. Now what?

I think I'm genderqueer / agendered. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Vatican Cameos at 5:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me figure out what to read next!

Yet another "please help me find more books to read" query [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 4:54 PM PST - 32 comments

"Nature" for humanities?

Is there an equivalent of "Nature" for the humanities and social sciences? I'm looking for a magazine or blog that curates notable scholarly papers from non-STEM disciplines (philosophy/sociology/psychology/cultural studies/etc) for a wider audience. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 4:47 PM PST - 13 comments

How to do a webinar?

How can I find an audience for a software demo webinar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me restore a lost file! Please!

I accidentally saved in dropbox an old version of a paper I'm writing in Word. Now I can't find the updated version, either in Word or in dropbox. HELP HELP please. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 4:25 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do about friend's drug use?

Uncertain about friend's increased drug use, could use some meta-advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:15 PM PST - 20 comments

Very comfortable elastic-waste, drawstring "yoga" pants

I'm looking for very comfortable elastic-waist, drawstring men's "yoga"-style pants for hanging around the house and for practicing yoga. Must have pockets. Most dedicated "yoga" pants seem to cost $75 or more. I'm hoping for cheaper!
posted by Quisp Lover at 4:08 PM PST - 20 comments

Do I eat this? I really don't want to get sick.

Toss or eat? Yesterday's (restaurant-made) spaghetti in meat sauce that was unrefrigerated for about 10 hrs today. [more inside]
posted by who squared at 3:52 PM PST - 35 comments

Where can I find these boots from the Sartorialist?

Where can I find these boots? [more inside]
posted by theRussian at 3:35 PM PST - 4 comments

How to discharge anger at an ex two years after the breakup?

When everything on the surface seems healed and healthy after a breakup, how do you quash obsessive thoughts and anger about an abusive ex- two years on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Cheap, public transit reachable parking in the outskirts of NYC. Is there such a thing?

I live in New York City. I own a car that I only need to use 2-3 times a month. Are there any low(er)-cost parking alternatives if you don't need constant access to the car? The ideal parking situation for me would be a garage with 24-hour access that would be reachable by public transit. Something way out there in Queens, Brooklyn or even Westchester. Is there such a thing?
posted by gertzedek at 2:42 PM PST - 13 comments

How to travel between USA/Canada as a dual citizen

DualCitizenshipFilter: I was born an American citizen, the son of a Canadian mother. A few years ago I applied for and received my Canadian citizenship, and was provided with my Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. I have never applied for and do not have a Canadian passport. If I were to enter Canada now (by air or land) what do I say, what do I tell them? Can I just show them my canadian card and be done with it? What about coming back to the U.S.A.? Can it be done both ways without either passport?
posted by kjl291 at 2:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Seeking Free WIFI In Las Vegas

Hello, My family is traveling to Las Vegas at the end of September. Knowing the hotels charge for WIFI, I am asking if anyone would know of a FREE WIFI spot near Harrahs on the strip? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the meaning of life?

What's your favorite web place for open-ended questions about almost anything? I'm basically looking for a great, engaged, smart community - like Metafilter - but with the ability to ask and answer more open-ended questions and to engage posters in conversations.
posted by st starseed at 2:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggest some books for me.

College senior looking for books to read before I enter the workforce and become a "real person." [more inside]
posted by Precision at 1:50 PM PST - 28 comments

Bing is up in my new tabs, hijacking my cursor

Is there a way to set my browser preferences to not automatically place the cursor in a Bing search field upon opening a new tab? [more inside]
posted by donpedro at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a pediatrician for a newborn near Reston, VA.

Looking for a pediatrician for a newborn near Reston, VA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Multiple applications for similar Amazon openings?

Amazon insiders, and/or HR savants: I am applying for a position at Amazon, through their "Careers at Amazon" site. I notice that there are several positions listed, with different ID numbers, but essentially similar roles in the same metro area. Is it prudent, imprudent, or a non-issue to apply for all of those? Do they all go past the same sets of eyes?
posted by anonymous at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

$10 at a hardware store?

What is the coolest thing I can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot for ~$10.00?
posted by reductiondesign at 1:09 PM PST - 30 comments

Henry needs large, flat, shallow tray for his bath.

I need a relatively shallow 3'x3' or 4'x4', flat bottomed plastic tray... thingy. I want to give Henry, our very large African Spurred Tortoise, a bath. [more inside]
posted by BlackBox at 12:29 PM PST - 30 comments

How does fact checking a book work?

I'm looking for information on the process of fact checking a book manuscript. What are the norms in this field? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Risks of Forming Babby

My partner is in her her mid-30s. We've got at least a year before we're in a position to be trying to have children. Just how freaked out should I be about the increased risk of health problems in the kids/etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 33 comments

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions?

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 12:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Extended stay in Gaithersburg

I will be staying in the Gaithersburg, Maryland, area for four to six weeks and I'm looking for a decent extended stay hotel. Has anyone stayed in this area before and could you recommend a good extended stay hotel, preferably close to NIST? Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani at 12:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Brightening up a dreary corporate parking lot - what is it?

Can anyone identify this plant? It's growing on the edge of a parking lot in Largo, MD.
posted by ryanshepard at 11:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Apps, Settings, and Prefs Synced Across Multiple Macs

Macbook Pro + Mac Pro = sync everything (apps, settings, preferences, dotfiles, macports installs, etc) between the two over the internet? Both run OSX 10.8... [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Which states let campaigns keep donations and which make them spend them dollars?

In certain US states political candidates at the local and state level have to spend all of the funding they get for a certain campaign before the November election. In others, they get to keep that pool of cash for future elections. This is what I've heard anyway. But I can't find any kind of definitive list of which state has which law. Does such a list exist in an easily accessible place? How do I find out more about individual state's campaign finance laws without wading through endless Secretary of State documents? And as an aside--does this come up often? Do campaigns ever really bother to hold onto money if they are ahead or do they usually spend the dollars on the current campaign anyway?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Artist ID

Can anyone help in identifying this painting and artist? [more inside]
posted by Cuspidx at 10:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Which tablet is the best (little) bang for the buck?

My beloved netbook is dying and I want to replace it with a tablet. But which one? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How to get sides of big toes completely clean?

Though I clean under them with the little hook part of my nail clipper, and though I've had pedicures which definitely help, I can't ever seem to get the side edges of my big toes completely sparkling clean. Lint accumulates, I clean it out, but the sides still always look a touch darker than the rest of the toenail. Maybe all the dirt that's been there over the years has stained them or something? Any tips on solving this?
posted by Malad at 10:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How to stay when it hurts like I'm already gone

How do you stay in a relationship when you know there's a very good chance it might end soon? [Siberian winter's worth of snowflakes inside.] [more inside]
posted by Sockmaster at 10:29 AM PST - 42 comments

lost and found

Found a wallet with a bunch of German identification (passport, drivers license, ID cards). How can I get this stuff back to him? Is there a better way than just mailing it to the address on his passport? If I do mail it should I use USPS? I'm in NYC.
posted by laptolain at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Help a guy look dashing sexy cool with his collar up.

Don't guys wear the collar up on suit jackets anymore? [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 10:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Intruder Alert!

With a new neighborhood comes new neighborhood cats, and one of our indoor cats is freaking out. What do we do about this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Choosing Lender - 1st Time Home Buyer

My agent asked me to select a lender I want to work with to get the loan process kickstarted. She feels we're getting close to get an approval from the second lender (the first lender already approved) on a short sale single family home and wants to get my file processed and ready by the lender of my choice. I'm struggling a bit with the criteria as they seem to combine both hard numbers (interest rate, fees) and less quantifiable matters like how to I feel working with a certain lender etc. Appreciate your advice on a no-nonsense criteria and how to best choose / compare lenders. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Michal at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Sharp eyes, sharp eye exam?

Eyes 20/10 with correction, where to get the sharpest prescription in the US? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments


Can anyone share their experiences with Kaiser Richmond/Pinole - especially in regards to pediatrics? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 9:23 AM PST - 1 comment

Men's linen shirts in Toronto...

Where in Toronto can I buy men's linen shirts, preferably dark colors and short sleeves? I'd rather not order online due to sizing and such. Thanks.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Welcome to Big Brother: Office Edition.

Office Crush Filter: We work in a tiny office. Is this still worth pursuing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 AM PST - 32 comments

What is a good cheap netbook to run SPSS on?

Any recommendations for an inexpensive and highly portable netbook? I want to run the PC version of SPSS on it and take it to my stats class. I will also want to check email, but that's about it. [more inside]
posted by mlle valentine at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Penn Jillette without the politics

I can juggle three balls, walk on stilts, and eat fire. What are some good books/resources on learning more? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 9:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Help my dogs share the woods with bowhunters.

Please help me assess and mitigate the risk to my dogs from bowhunters during deer season. [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 9:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me be a great DM!

Help a somewhat disorganized dude be the best D&D 3.5 GM he can (hella long inside.) [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:56 AM PST - 14 comments

What should I look for in a sub-1K mountain bike?

Which low/mid range mountain bike should I get? I'm a reasonably serious road rider, but now find myself living in an area where the road biking leaves a lot to be desired (and, frankly, the local drivers and roads have me worried for my safety). The mountain biking is supposedly fantastic, so I'd like to give that a try. I'm not looking to do jumps, but am happy ascending and doing controlled descents. This will be an off-road only bike used near Albuquerque, NM. [more inside]
posted by jeffch at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments


I need cheap tickets to Berlin from Durham, NC ASAP. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Going through Grandmother's house - where to sell the items?

Where to sell items - craigslist? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Recommend some female-lead rock bands

Recommend me some songs (rock or pop) with female vocalists that send a shiver down your spine. [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 8:38 AM PST - 65 comments

Hide and seek.

Laptop techs of MeFi, I present you a challenge...This laptop refuses to turn on its backlight! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I send a cover letter with this fax?

Should I send a cover letter with this faxed hard copy job application that's due today, and if so, where can I find good, quick instructions on how to do so? The special details -- I originally filled out an application through an online system but it was inactivated as of two days ago. Online system didn't require resume or cover letter, and the application is very structured in what it asks for. Do I try to save HR & myself some time by skipping a cover letter, or do I make the extra effort to type something out in the next hour?
posted by soundproof at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Shine a light on NYC Real Estate Pitfalls

Tell me about your NYC apt hunting horror stories... [more inside]
posted by Hurst at 8:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Disagreeing with a Client: Graphic Designer Filter

What's the best protocol to follow as a freelance graphic designer if a client requests something not possible or a graphic element that will ruin the overall composition of a given piece? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 8:09 AM PST - 9 comments

"Trust me, I'm a great worker. Just don't ask my last boss..."

I was fired and now I'm trying to get hired. How can I tactfully deal with this subject in interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Maid in Seattle?

Looking for a good cleaning service in Ballard, WA. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:54 AM PST - 1 comment

Hel me nopt mess up my next pair of Dockers.

What is causing the mystery stain to my Dockers in the washing machine? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 7:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Best offline iOS travel apps?

What are the best iOS apps you can use while travelling without a data plan? [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 7:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Ethanol-containing gas in a two-stroke engine - what to do?

What to do with ethanol-containing gas in a two-stroke engine? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 7:13 AM PST - 13 comments

The Search for Two-Year-Plus Pants

I finally found a pair of black, cordura cycling jeans that seem like they'll last for years. On the other hand, I've started to discover that my Levis don't last. Where else can I find indestructable pants? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 7:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I cool it with my long distance friend until he leaves his girlfriend?

Divorce from abusive ex almost final, unexpectedly slept with a friend. We have loads in common but he's not (yet?) available. Cool it, or enjoy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 31 comments

Recommend a dentist in Putney, London?

Can anyone recommend a good dentist in or around Putney, London SW15? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 7:01 AM PST - 1 comment

There is no Jay Smooth video about this one.

I have never used "Jew" as a verb. I no longer "welsh" on debts, and I haven't used "gyp" since I was educated on the racism behind that term. Do I also need to stop using terms like "Mexican standoff", "Chinese firedrill", and "kabuki dance" if I intentionally don't want to create offense to a reasonable person in another cultural group? I grew up in very homogeneous territory and so I'm still learning. Please school me. I love words, I love colorful language and descriptors, but I don't want to be an ass. Words matter.
posted by availablelight at 5:48 AM PST - 62 comments

Looking for a pressure canner

Please recommend me a gasket-free pressure canner! [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Events ideas for an alumnus club

please help me with university alumni club events ideas! [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 5:36 AM PST - 6 comments

I want to find contact details for every library in the UK

Does there exist a list of address/contact details for all libraries in the UK (or Scotland)? Failing that, is there a way that I could acquire or build such a list without doing it manually?
posted by Kirn at 5:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the main cities for creative, arts and media scenes in Canada?

What are the main cities for creative, arts and media scenes in Canada? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 5:06 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get the body I want in 8 weeks

MeFi fitness gurus, point me to the best 8 week fitness plan [more inside]
posted by Megami at 2:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Very long question on things to see/do in the British winter

Spending a month in the UK during winter, our first time there. Need your ideas and recommendations on interesting things to see/do! [more inside]
posted by epiphinite at 1:01 AM PST - 33 comments

September 16

Suspicious about my "new" camera

I bought a Panasonic Lumix FZ150 camera from It arrived last week. It's supposed to be new, but I think it's previously-owned. [more inside]
posted by Dec One at 9:12 PM PST - 14 comments

And in Act Three, it turns out it really isn't lupus after all...

Recommend some good TV series with strong procedural elements that are currently on the air. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 8:58 PM PST - 44 comments

Looking for a better way to alter a Tumblr theme

What is a good way to edit a Tumblr theme when I have limited experience with "modern" HTML used in tumblr themes? I have a tumblr and I picked up a decent looking free theme, but it seems to be missing some elements. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for a book to last me a month

I'm going to be spending the next few months backpacking in the wilderness. I'm looking for 1-2 long books that would both be a great read and would last most of the trip if possible. [more inside]
posted by aleatorictelevision at 8:47 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I deal with my 9 year old sister?

How can I deal with my 9 year old sister? [more inside]
posted by kiralee at 8:28 PM PST - 27 comments

A different fussy suitor from those I've met before

I'm working through an explanation/derivation of the secretary problem that I've never seen before. I know the eventual answer, and I understand most of the steps, but explain this to me like I'm an idiot: [more inside]
posted by supercres at 8:28 PM PST - 9 comments

See the horn, see the horn it shines / Don't get too close or it'll burn your eyes

I'm looking for quite a few marching band/concert band covers of rock, especially punk rock bands. [more inside]
posted by michaelh at 7:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Foreign currency exchange in Gainesville, FL?

Where can I change my Sterling and Euro banknotes to USD in Gainesville? [more inside]
posted by pont at 7:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can a bunch of people volunteer in the Seattle area?

I need a place where 50-75 people can spend a weekday (not weekend) volunteering in the Seattle area in late October. The only unacceptable answer is "go clean up this trail / move these heavy rocks / pull these blackberry bushes." [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

And then the station pulls away from the train!

What are some films with hilarious sight gags? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 7:06 PM PST - 42 comments

What is this mystery code token?

Mystery token! What is it's use? What is it made of? When was it made? What do the numbers mean? What do the letters mean? What does the grid mean? What does the dial mean? What is the significance of AM? What does W. & H. CO. mean? [more inside]
posted by clorox at 6:37 PM PST - 22 comments

at&t vs. verizon for iphone in bay area?

Should I choose ATT or Verizon for iPhone in San Francisco/Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 6:34 PM PST - 20 comments

need to learn how to shop best for the whole family

Ask advice from Moms (could be dads) who do clothes shopping for the whole family (kids, yourself, spouse). If you don't have a lot of time to shop and you want to try to find good deals, how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by akomom at 6:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Executive Function for 20-somethings

What can I do to improve my executive function as a 23 year old male? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:31 PM PST - 15 comments

"nothing, nothing, nothing... HISS!"?

My pressure cooker used to gradually build up to high hiss. Now it's silent for a long time and then pops to high hiss. Do I need a new pressure cooker? [more inside]
posted by nadise at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me stop these migraines. Please.

Lots and lots and lots of migraines. Help, please. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 6:06 PM PST - 37 comments

What do I do with over-dried salmon jerky?

Good use for over-dried salmon jerky? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 5:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get the most out of an android device?

So I followed my own advice and I now own a Galaxy Nexus. It's my first android experience. Help me get the most out of it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 5:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Numbers Rackets and Benford's Law

Does Benford's Law apply to Numbers Games? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:10 PM PST - 10 comments

booking a car without a credit card

Is there any place near Parma Airport, Mallorca/Majorca that you can pre-book a rental car with a debit card (not a credit card)? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:58 PM PST - 1 comment

do you think my new boyfriend is bisexual or gay? or maybe just a little metro?

do you think my new boyfriend is bisexual or gay? or maybe just a little metro? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice at 4:55 PM PST - 72 comments

Was this a real XKCd comic? Or am I mis-remembering?

Memory Fail: Was this a XKCD comic? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Two jobs with one application?

Job number citing for two almost identical jobs? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 4:35 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I stop a company from billing me for services I didn't ask for?

How do I stop a company from billing me for services I didn't ask for? [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate at 4:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Unmerge Records

How do I kill the links to an outside source in a Word document? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits at 3:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Which tablet is best for reading many, many pdfs?

Looking for a thin, light, rectangular device on which to read scientific papers... which one?? I know nothing about tablets, except that they exist. [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden at 3:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Cell phone use in other countries

Cell phones in countries (Americas-Latin, South, Central etc.) [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 3:02 PM PST - 9 comments

We want football but not much else.

We're moving to a new place in DC and would like to explore television that includes watching NFL games and do not include just paying for a big ol' Comcast or DirectTV contract. Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Once you go short you... get lazy and end up with long hair again

Help me find a new hairstylist who understands "low maintenance", in Ann Arbor, Denver, or Phoenix. [more inside]
posted by nat at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

can nerve blocks cause hand tremors?

can nerve blocks cause hand tremors? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 2:03 PM PST - 7 comments

How to investigate an airline/airport go around?

How can I learn what caused an apparent aborted landing and go-around at DFW airport today? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 1:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Remote app in reverse?

I have a Macbook Air and an iPad. When they're both at home I want to be able to control music playback on the iPad from the Air. What do I want? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments


As a follow up to this question about suddenly coming into a substantial amount of money - I'm wondering if anyone in the New York City area can recommend a fee-only financial advisor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Best practices for post-op family support?

My husband will be having major surgery next week. As far as I can tell, I was born without normal sick-person-wrangling instincts. What helpful or comforting things should I be planning to do to support him through recovery, at the hospital and afterwards at home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 PM PST - 21 comments

how did he do it?

Has this guy found a way to not pay medical bills, if so, what is it? (in the USA) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

What's in this Whole Foods prepared grain salad?

Can you help me recreate this cranberry, pecan, and grain salad from the Whole Foods salad bar? I don't need an exact formula, just help figuring out what's in it. Sad, I know but I'm going crazy missing it! [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 12:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Maa, maa, maa? Thai tones and beginning language learning

I'm taking a beginning Thai language class, with an emphasis on oral communication. Is it vital to learn the tones/alphabet first? [more inside]
posted by elisse at 12:23 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a functional, inexpensive DVI over cat 6 extender

I need a functional, inexpensive DVI over cat 6 extender that will handle 1920x1080. The run is about 50'. [more inside]
posted by dickyvibe at 12:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Fifty Shades of something

Please don't hate me but I am one of those soccer Moms who really enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey. What would I like to read next? [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Does the internet contain a trustworthy loan interest rate aggregator/advisor?

How do I find out what constitutes a "good" car loan for a given set of circumstances? [more inside]
posted by contraption at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Goose-like banjo tune

I'm trying to identify a bluegrass-style banjo tune that was meant to sound like the honks of geese. I seem to remember the recording I heard was by the brother of a more famous player.
posted by phrontist at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Will this poster emotionally scar my little brother?

I have this NSFW poster in my room. I study sexuality and art. My mom, grandmother, and 6 year old sibling are visiting me, and will want to see my room. Should I take the poster down? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink at 11:45 AM PST - 40 comments

Questions about kegels

Should kegels be done every day or every other day for maximum effect? Is there a website equivalent to 100 Push-Ups for them (i.e., gives you a routine for doing them, including how much to increase as one's muscles grow stronger)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Your stereotypical gay gym crush.

Can I approach my crush? How? What to say if I do? (slightly long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Can this Pork Knuckle be Saved?

I purchased a rotisserie roasted pork knuckle at the Farmer's Market yesterday. I unfortunately neglected to pay attention to the prep instructions on the scribbled note at the stand. When I got home, I got out the slow cooker and started throwing stuff in...the meat and knuckle bone, a ham hock that I had stored in the freezer, a bunch of shredded carrots, cabbage, a cut up onion, 2 cut up apples, some seasoning, and a beer poured over the whole thing. I left it slow cooking for about 8 hours, then on warm overnight. When I got up this morning, the slow cooker was off and it was room temperature. Two questions: 1. is it safe to eat? 2. It doesn't really seem edible in it's current state. There's not a lot of liquid but what there is is mostly fat. It smells good but looks like a mushy mess. Is it salvageable for any purpose? Can I do something else to it to make it a broth base? Bonus question: I pulled the crispy skin off and stuck it in the refrigerator separately. Suggestions on what to do with that?
posted by ms_rasclark at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Job-hunting for my brother

How can I help my unemployed brother find work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Apartment hunting with a mold allergy (Chicago)

I have a rather serious mold allergy. How should I go about finding a mold-free (or almost mold-free) apartment in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Should we have a greencard wedding in Vegas?

Someone I just met has suggested getting married for me to get UK citizenship and her to get US citizenship. Is this insane? [more inside]
posted by slartibartfast at 10:35 AM PST - 44 comments

PlantFiler: Help ID This vine in Atlanta!

I just recently moved to Atlanta (yay) and have been doing some gardening (aside: fellow atlanta mefi-ers please say hi, i need friends here!) Anyway, in pruning the honeysuckle bush outside our place, i found that about half of the plant is entangled in what looks to be some kind of invasive vine whose leaves look like this. I've cut most of it out of the plant now but I'd like to know what it is and what i should be doing to keep it away. I also see it growing up the side of the house a little. Please dont tell me its poison something because i 've been rubbing my hands on it all morning.
posted by softlord at 9:04 AM PST - 18 comments

DC Cinderella needs a cheap set of wheels

Party Princess wants a shared horse drawn carriage in DC [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Help identifying a short story

Help identifying a short story I originally read in an Isaac Asimov "Science Fiction" magazine. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 8:38 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me identify this drawer runner.

Help me identify these drawer runners so I can get replacements. [more inside]
posted by knapah at 8:13 AM PST - 1 comment

I'm going to South Beach and I'm as boring as Mitt Romney...

So, I'm going to South Beach, FL for the first week of October. But I don't do nightclubs, don't drink much, and usually fall asleep by 11PM. You are of course thinking to yourself "this guy is crazy!" Crazy I may be, but I'm wondering what is there to do in south Florida that does not involve (1) nightclubs, (2) excessive drinking, (3) staying up very late. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 7:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Bento newbie seeks sensei

Help me find the perfect bento box. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 4:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Family might find me using my SSN

I tried to find similar threads on google but there doesn't seem to be any. Is there a way to make my SSN information private? [more inside]
posted by kopi at 4:35 AM PST - 13 comments

What to do in an 18-hour layover in Tokyo?

Hi! On Xmas day this year, we'll be en route to Vietnam for two weeks... But before that, we'll be spending an 18 hour layover in Tokyo. Any recs on what we can do/see in that little time? [more inside]
posted by picarosado at 4:22 AM PST - 13 comments

the sound of your own voice, outside your head

Singers: how did you get over feeling so exposed singing your own lyrics? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 4:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Classy, sturdy, usable suspenders: buy, or make?

Need advice on finding or making a practical, yet classy, pair of button suspenders. (Y or X style) [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel at 2:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Significant stories in Other Cultures

Are there Asian, African, or Spanish speaking equivalents to the Arthurian legends? [more inside]
posted by gt2 at 12:42 AM PST - 33 comments

September 15

Flipping Through Channels-Next, Next, Next...Oh Wait, That Looks Cool!

What are some of your favourite drama television shows that focus on character development rather than settings and storylines reated to to the emergency room, court room, etc..? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning at 11:40 PM PST - 37 comments

Bathroom lighting emergency -- need a battery powered lantern!

I've lost power in my bathroom (and adjacent room) and it will be a week before it gets fixed. What's a good battery-powered lantern I could use while I shower? [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 11:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I have to print my Yankees tix?

I got some print at home Yankee's tickets. Can I just put the PDF on my iPhone and have them scan off that to get in? Or do I need to print? [more inside]
posted by chasing at 10:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Women's Health Services in Southern US?

Please tell me about Women's Health Services in a particular southern state, specifically access to what I will term pharmaceutical termination. Online it looks bleak. It seems this medication can be ordered online, here. Is ordering online a legit option? Is it safe? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by SockyMcSockyPants at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Australian rural healthcare and a broke pregnant American girl ...

My sister-in-law is somewhere in NSW, Australia, pregnant, and a US citizen ... are we supposed to be freaking out? Links to pages of how a US citizen gets healthcare in AUS appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Risingfenix at 10:05 PM PST - 30 comments

How much does plastic surgery actually cost?

How much, realistically speaking, would I have to save up for plastic surgery in New York? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 9:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Help my child with Tourettes and ADD

Are there grants or financial aid for my 8 year old daughter who has Tourettes Syndrome and ADD? I need money to put her in a tutoring center and to put her in physical activity programs. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 8:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to try men's colognes in Toronto

Widest selection of men's colognes/scents in Toronto or GTA? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 8:14 PM PST - 2 comments

What's fun for groups in new york?

Looking for fun group activities in NYC - 20-50 college-age people, budget roughly $20/person. [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 8:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Legit or fake Canadian consumer survey?

Canadian filter: Consumer Research Centre survey from 2012 Consumer Product Survey of British Columbia, from Diane Simon, offering a possible $2,500 from answering a 16-page survey. Legit or fake? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V at 7:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How to take a full-web-page screenshot

How do I take a screenshot of an entire webpage (difficulty: using functionality built-in to Firefox 9+ or Windows 7, and I accidentally did it yesterday)? [more inside]
posted by pla at 7:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me identify this short story

What's the story where the guy talks to a bunch of dead people and then finds out he's dead? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 7:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Anyone looking to hire a tree-sitter?

Is it possible to be happy in a low-level office job if you're working for a cause you’re passionately devoted to? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 7:12 PM PST - 27 comments

How to use Pledge Music without being a computer genius?

Can someone please help me understand PledgeMusic? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 7:06 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I cite a book chapter I wrote, but was betrayed over?

In getting ready to update my CV for a big deal application, I just learned (via the table of contents view on Amazon) that I was dropped as the co-author on a book chapter that I wrote for a professor. What is the best way to put this on my CV, now that I know "in press" is replaced by "so long sucker"? And as a junior person in academia, how do I keep this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by artdesk at 5:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Social Security Disability Applications

I'm seeking real-life experiences in applying for Social Security Disability. Yesterday I completed my on-line application for Social Security Disability. I haven't been able to work since February and have been receiving first short-term and now long-term disability payments from my prior employer (I no longer have a job to go back to even if I were able to work). My long-term disability is approved in 3 month chunks, but since there has been no improvement in my condition, I don't have any reason to believe it wouldn't continue to be approved although it's stressful to me when those reapprovals come due. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 4:12 PM PST - 18 comments

Please help me find video footage .

I've searched for a long time for video of George Bush's 2003 surprise Thanksgiving visit to Iraq where he comes out and the soldiers jumped to their feet and erupted with cheering.
posted by rockhopper at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me pick the right email address

What email address should I choose for my personal domain? [more inside]
posted by r-senal at 3:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Becoming an awesome programmer

If I wanted to become a badass programmer, where would I start? Let's say I have no experience now, and by the end of this road, I want to be able to write code for anything - websites, iPhone apps, etc. Please map out a plan on how you'd do it - what you'd read, etc. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by rastapasta at 3:21 PM PST - 17 comments

One hunts a squamp with bait.

BookFilter: sci-fi novels with "menagerie worlds." [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 3:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Save a sock-eating Labradoodle from himself

How do you stop a year-and-a-half old Labradoodle from eating every sock in the house? He's just back from the vet yet again, and his determination to find at eat socks at any costs is racking up untenable bills and stress. Any ideas to save him from getting muzzled or crated? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 3:09 PM PST - 27 comments

When you run this long we call it a dreadmill

Where is the best gym on the Las Vegas strip to run 18 miles on the treadmill? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 2:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Their father is dying, 6000 miles away.

My partner's father is in the early stages of death. They are in the Midwest. I'm in the Middle East. Snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by femmegrrr at 2:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a company's offer of severance pay be withdrawn?

Will my company stop paying me severance if they learn I've already found another job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Academic mefites: Did I compromise the review process?

How much of an ethical breech is mistakenly sending a request for peer-review to a group of 5 people? [more inside]
posted by Milau at 2:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Best Hotel Wifi in NYC?

Which NYC hotel has reliable and fast internet access? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

How much to hang a projector and screen?

How much should I be spending to have a DLP projector hung from a ceiling and have a motorized screen installed? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 1:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Is an increased electrical service worth the extra cost?

Is upgrading an electrical service worth the extra expense? [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

I am allergic to something in my home that isn't pollen, dander, or mold.

I am allergic to something in my home. The symptoms only show up while I'm at home. I don't know what it could be. Is there something or someone that can figure out for me? [more inside]
posted by bosco_costanza at 1:35 PM PST - 16 comments

Stuck in nostalgia; how to move forward?

Stuck in nostalgia. How to move forward? [more inside]
posted by fieldcannotbeblank at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Any recommendations for a book on history of computer security?

I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

This again? I already paid you.

I got a response to a debt verification letter I sent. What's my next move? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 12:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Plant ID

Horticurious: Please help me identify this plant that was growing among the catnip. [more inside]
posted by aparrish at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How to setup my HK3490 receiver with my computer?

Dear Audio-gear enthusiasts, I need help with getting my Macbook and HK3490 stereo receiver working. It kinda works, but it kinda doesn't. [more inside]
posted by muymuy at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Proximity sensors, y'know, for cats!

I'm looking for proximity trigger/sensors system with triggers are small enough to be worn by household pets, possibly attached to their collar. The sensors can be stationary and plugged into a power outlet. [more inside]
posted by yorick at 12:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me buy a part that Dell doesn't want to sell me

I need to add a 3rd hard drive to my Dell Precision T1600 workstation. I want to buy this bracket to mount it in an optical drive bay. But unfathomably, Dell only sells that part in the UK and Ireland -- it's not listed on their US site. Help! [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

What do Mexican school children learn about the Aztecs?

What do Mexican children learn about the Aztecs in school? [more inside]
posted by GPF at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Things to do in San Francisco this weekend with somebody that can't walk very much?

Things to do in San Francisco this weekend with somebody that can't walk very much? [more inside]
posted by TheTorns at 10:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Parenting and Privilege

Asking for a friend: any one know of popular (or scholarly) books/articles on raising feminist children that might give more than a nod to boys? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Pop the question please?

I want to be engaged, but I want him to propose. [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 10:11 AM PST - 46 comments

give me your tired, your poor, your huddled Swamp Things yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore

Looking for your favorite works of environmentally conscious and ecologically focused science fiction and fantasy. Obscurities preferred! [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 10:06 AM PST - 29 comments

I like work but not when I have to.

If I feel like I "have" to do something, or that I'll get something out of doing something, I immediately lose interest. How can I learn to enjoy tasks for their own sake, even when I know that's not why I'm doing them? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 9:59 AM PST - 9 comments

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time?

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh at 9:24 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm looking for a cobbler in Dallas, Texas

I'm looking for an excellent shoe repair place in Dallas. [more inside]
posted by hugandpint at 9:11 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I import my pre-organized photos into Aperture?

What is the best way to import my 10+ years of photos into Aperture without screwing up the existing on-disk organization? [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

What is "The One", how do I know if I've found him, and how crucial is it that I do so?

What does it feel like to find "The One"? How do you know when you have found this person? How essential is this feeling for a successful and happy long-term relationship? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 8:40 AM PST - 51 comments

How many times should you hang out with friends while in a serious relationship?

My fiance and I seem to be in disagreement of how much time is "enough" to spend with friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 43 comments

I'm reckless, it's expensive. How do I change?

I'm reckless, it's expensive. How do I change? [more inside]
posted by lyinlion at 7:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Breaking up an LTR when your SO has no backup ?

Break-up filter - how do you end a long term relationship with someone who doesn't have anyone else or anything much to count on as back up or support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 AM PST - 18 comments

Which PC laptop to buy for engineering college that'll last me at least 3-4 years?

Which PC laptop to buy for engineering college that'll last me at least 3-4 years? Coming from Apple Macbook. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 6:52 AM PST - 38 comments

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours?

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous at 6:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Best way to learn Oracle Webcenter

What are the best resources for an Oracle newbie to learn Oracle? [more inside]
posted by Nugget at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments


Received a old Ham Radio transceiver as a gift. Is what I'd like to do with it plausible? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 6:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Mystery Date Kit Ideas?

My good friends are getting married and I'd like to give them 5 or 6 "mystery date kits." What would you put into the boxes if you could only spend about $10 per box and/or use some stuff from around your house? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Stories about affairs?

Searching for stories about infidelity. Specifically, stories about emotionally-involved affairs (not one night stands) where one party in the affair is married or in a long-term relationship and the other is single. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 6:17 AM PST - 22 comments

New roommate at 40, where do I start?

I’ve decided to get a roommate to offset my bills. What is this going to be like? [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 5:12 AM PST - 17 comments

To smartphone or not to smartphone?

To smartphone or not to smartphone? Can I have the advantages without being sucked in by the electronic leash? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 4:12 AM PST - 7 comments

What happens if federal appeals courts give split opinions on constitutionality of a federal statute?

If multiple federal Appeals Courts issue differing opinions on the constitutionality of a federal statute (like with the federal healthcare law), what happens if the Supreme Court doesn't take the case? [more inside]
posted by denverco at 2:27 AM PST - 5 comments

A mail order bride for me

Mail order bride site that is not a scam? Does one exist? If you have successfully found yours how did you do it?
posted by digividal at 1:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for classic children's literature to read to my class of five year olds

Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 12:54 AM PST - 33 comments

SAD and Light Therapy

I'm looking to buy a "light box" to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. I'd love some recommendations on a good quality unit. Suggestions from those who have tried and tested would be much appreciated!
posted by LivinginYes at 12:36 AM PST - 13 comments

What can tempt my siblings away from Annapurna?

Some of my siblings are talking about doing the Annapurna Circuit together next year. I've did it a few years back but would love to travel with them - can you recommend something that would provide similar adventure and excitement for them and also be new for me? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 12:02 AM PST - 5 comments

September 14

Do these things on windshield wipers serve any function?

Do these things on windshield wipers serve any function, or are they purely decorative? And is there a name for them? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece at 11:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Why are delivery times for post to Vancouver so unreliable?

Why is post from Europe to Vancouver, BC so extremely unreliable in terms of delivery time? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 10:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me make a great mayan mocha!

Recreating a recipe for a spicy "Mayan" mocha: what kind of peppers to use? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Private International Travel...The price is worth the no TSA?

[Novel Filter/Oh the 1%]: How do international flights work when flying on a private jet? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Specialist for a very special illness

Gastroenterologist for brain cooties? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 9:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Oh the Mysteries of the Massive Internet of Congress

Help me with this mystery document/page from the Library of Congress.... [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 8:15 PM PST - 9 comments

And I've never been to Boston in the fall...well, Haverhill...well, Hampton.

Traveling to Haverhill, MA and Hampton, NH during the first week in October. Where are your favorite restaurants? What shouldn't we miss? [more inside]
posted by firelizard at 7:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Feline Emergency

Neighbor's dogs just attacked my kitten. What? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl at 7:17 PM PST - 48 comments

Dear Ms. Wilson and Messrs. Smith, Willians, Jones, and Davis,

I need to address a formal letter to five recipients of different rank and gender at once. How? [more inside]
posted by Nameless at 7:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Disabling the tuner in a TV set

How can I disable the tuner in a TV set? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 6:38 PM PST - 6 comments

book about living chess set

Looking for the title of a YA book featuring a living chess set. [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 6:32 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I Stay in a Relationship that I Helped Ruin?

I deeply hurt my partner emotionally. I was insecure and stupid. She was there for me when I wasn't for her. Now, I've gotten all my confidence back, and she's not present in the relationship. I truly love her and want her. Should we continue? [more inside]
posted by sunogenous at 5:43 PM PST - 28 comments

What is this mystery object?

What is this mystery item I found in our kitchen? Pictures here (with a pen in the background for scale). [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 5:41 PM PST - 9 comments

One step solution to for a new google doc?

I like to write using google docs. I used to have a functioning bookmark that was a one-step to new doc solution, which I loved, because it was simple, and efficient. Some time ago that bookmark stopped working, and now it's a matter of several mouse clicks. This is a very small matter, but if someone has a one step solution they care to share, well, that would be delightful.
posted by letstrythis at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Mountain books

I am looking for literary works about mountains. I imagine they exist, because being in mountains and climbing them and seeing everything from up high is such a powerful experience. I know there are movies about this (for instance the silent ones by Arnold Franck), and I suppose there must be an equivalent in writing. Ideally, they would be rather lyrical or poetic texts. Any ideas, hive-mind?
posted by MrMisterio at 5:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Drug Dealer Neighbors With Barking Dogs

My neighbor's dogs wake me up at all hours of the night barking. It is taking its toll on my well being and capacity to work. It's actually a big big problem that is not fixed by ear plugs and multiple sources of white noise. I am literally surrounded by white noise. The big problem? I'm fairly certain they are drug dealers. I have tried to handle the noise in a low key straightforward manner, acting as if they wer not drug dealers. Someone tipped off the landlord though about the barking and they blame me for "tattling". [more inside]
posted by KoiPond at 4:55 PM PST - 54 comments

Where can I buy battery powered chasing LED light strands?

Does anyone make battery powered chasing LED light strands? [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

DIY dresser knobs?

DIY Dresser Knobs?: Is there some way we can avoid spending $30 on what was meant to be a free to very low cost project? [more inside]
posted by dysh at 4:16 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I deal with an oppositional child? (Child within, that is.)

There are things that I genuinely want to do and like doing, but something in me rebels. Help. [more inside]
posted by summer sock at 4:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Harmonium by John Adams. Not that John Adams.

(Classical Music Filter) Any idea what this album I listened to in 1973 was? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 4:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Happy New, what?

(Jew Filter) High Holy Days ideas for the unaffiliated? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 3:56 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the equivalent of "John Doe" in other languages?

What is the equivalent of "John Doe" in other languages? [more inside]
posted by daniel striped tiger at 3:33 PM PST - 37 comments

One of these days these boots are gonna ... be on my feet.

Brown leather, wide-calf boots with minimal bells and whistles and a comfortable foot for under $200. Is this the impossible dream? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 3:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Does Midsomer Murders portray English country life realistically?

I know that the real English countryside is not as violent as Midsomer County -- no place is -- but how realistic are the other aspects of country life portrayed in the show? (specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Is legit or fraud?

Has anyone used Is it an okay site to buy from?
posted by cashman at 3:12 PM PST - 1 comment

"Your incabulator is leaking, sir, and we need to realign it."

Comcast just called me and says that something in my house is feeding noise back into their system, and that I need to schedule someone to come out and look around at everything. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 3:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Glowstick eating cat

So, my sister's youngest cat bit her way into a glowstick, and now we're worried. [more inside]
posted by Inner Universe at 3:09 PM PST - 8 comments

After a bunch of trips to mechanics, my car engine is hesitating/missing intermittently, and I would love a second opinion.

My 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE (1.6L) has been acting up for the past few weeks, in decreasing degrees of severity. After a varied set of problems and repairs, the engine now hesitates at random, more often when idling than when driving. It sounds like it's about to die completely and then returns to normal in a second. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth at 3:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find some awesome bumper stickers.

I need some bumper stickers. There are so many to choose from. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 2:59 PM PST - 37 comments

How do I tell my parents that I'm not having sex?

I have no idea how to talk to normal people about my not-normal relationship, particularly when it comes to parents. At what point does it become strange? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe at 2:53 PM PST - 34 comments

Satay peanut sauce recipe

Searching for a half-remembered peanut sauce recipe. If that fails: your favourite amazing and simple satay peanut sauce. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

College student friendly time management & study-skills related resources?

Can you recommend any time management and study-skills related resources for a freshman college student? [more inside]
posted by braveterry at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

I wish for socialized medicine.

I went to the ER. The doctor claims to not honor my insurance's discount. My insurance claims the doctor is in network and should honor it. I did not pay the difference and it has now gone to collections. The collections agency said I signed an agreement to pay all fees, so I'm on the hook for this amount. (But I obviously disagree.) How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Having crossed over, unseen by most, from another dimension of the the inner mind to the outer limits of the night gallery, where do I go next?

I've seen The Twilight Zone. I've seen The Outer Limits. I've seen Tales From the Darkside. I've seen (and, puns notwithstanding, was bored by) Tales From the Crypt. I've seen Night Gallery. What else is there for me to see? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 2:09 PM PST - 41 comments

Need to finally become an Excel/Powerpoint ninja. But how?

I finally need to break down and school myself on Excel and Powerpoint. What's the best way to master them in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

short question

What are the best online communities for short story writers? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

What are our choices in caring for an infirm uncle?

What alternatives exist to nursing home care for an almost senior citizen with severe epilepsy? Lots of details follow... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 1:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I break out of the pen and paper to-do prison?

Can you reccomend any good Right-brained/Visual/Spatial/Kinesthetic alternatives to pen and paper, linear to-do lists? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 12:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I handle the salary negotiation discussion to my advantage without blowing it?

AskMeFi and other say to never throw out the first number in salary discussions, yet this has backfired repeatedly. Stick to the oft-repeated advice or rework based on experience? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I find affordable sheet music for the viola?

Where can I find affordable sheet music for the viola? I would like music that is interesting even when played by only one violist and is not classical. [more inside]
posted by I'myourMuppet at 12:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Which stores have trademark smells?

Which chains have trademark smells? [more inside]
posted by mikesch at 12:56 PM PST - 58 comments

What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool?

What's a reasonable price range for a basic in-ground swimming pool (rectangularly shaped, 3-5ft deep, chlorine or salt water)?
posted by starkraven at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Do swans really mate for life?

Will my friend the swan get a second chance at love? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 12:22 PM PST - 6 comments

What should our name be?

Help my curling team come up with a clever name for our tournament! [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 12:02 PM PST - 23 comments

What's the most convenient way to send confidential information securely?

How can I electronically send confidential/private information to other people as conveniently but securely as possible? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

In search of a motor vehicle that can take what I dish out

Help my find my dream motor vehicle: I want a durable and dependable ride that can take a fair amount of abuse and is cheap to fix. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by pupus at 11:29 AM PST - 24 comments

Losing My Namedrop Edge

Looking for namedrop/shoutout songs like LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge", Daft Punk's "Teachers", and Scooter's "Hyper Hyper". [more inside]
posted by LSK at 10:59 AM PST - 21 comments

What sexy dance will an iPhone and Macbook do together?

What magic can an iPhone and a Macbook work together? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves at 10:00 AM PST - 15 comments

What is this style of ring and what is it made out of?

Jewelry Filter: What is this style of ring and what is it made out of? Flowers made out of some seemly synthetic or plastic. [more inside]
posted by Submiqent at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this lost webcomic!

[Vague Webcomic Filter] I'm looking for a webcomic from the early 2000's. It was black and white with maybe a slight anime style to it. [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

I want to customize my house without the elbow grease and project disasters.

Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
posted by semacd at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Best version of the Child Ballads?

I'd like to get a copy of the Child Ballads, but there is a frustratingly large selection and very few reviews of any of them. Any suggestions on the best version? [more inside]
posted by HSWilson at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments


A school administrator just read me a letter listing what they say are my misdeeds and asked me to sign it. I do not agree with the contents of the letter, and I am scared that they are asking me to sign something that is factually incorrect and tht I do not understand. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ladypants at 9:24 AM PST - 25 comments

What children's sci-fi book is this?

Book Filter: What children's sci-fi book (written for kids around 5th to 6th grade age) included scenes where the border between the parallel universe and our universe would open up and household items would travel between the two universes? [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 9:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Facetime for Android?

Is there a way to talk make a Facetime call from an Android phone to an iPad? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 9:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Are the 420 delivery services advertised on craigslist safe?

How safe are the "420 delivery" services advertised on craigslist in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 11 comments

What is the best Croatian-English dictionary for a Croatian student in the US?

What is the best portable Croatian-English-Croatian dictionary for a college student in the US? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Help finding a therapist. Generally or in Atlanta, GA

Help finding a therapist. Generally or in Atlanta, GA [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

How to be a mom-to-be?

Babby formed. Help me arm myself with knowledge. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:23 AM PST - 31 comments

Wow really roughing it there, tough guys

Weekend backpacking trip near Philly? [more inside]
posted by MangyCarface at 8:23 AM PST - 7 comments

MeFites in Canada: which artsy, progressive town or city should I move to?

MeFites in Canada: which artsy, progressive town or city should I move to? [more inside]
posted by oswego at 8:21 AM PST - 25 comments

Help My Marriage Survive an iPad/iPhone Transfer

My new computer arrives next week. I am giving my current computer to my wife. We both have IOS devices. Help me survive this without disaster. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 8:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Housing near Lexington

I need housing for a job starting November-December Lexington, MA. Can you advise this single nerd? [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 8:01 AM PST - 10 comments

wifi phone DNS

WiFi data issues. My phone (Android) connects to the network and I can log in to the server, but I'm not getting any internet. I'm a bit lost here; I've got access to every setting imaginable, but I dont know what I'm doing. Any help very much appreciated! If I had any hair, I'd be tearing it out. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get cheap and delicious food in Harlem?

I work in West Harlem on 135th St. and 8th Ave. I love all types of food, but especially meaty, flavorful foods like oxtail stew. Where should I go? I'm a grad student with a 45-minute lunch break, so the cheaper and closer to work, the better!
posted by Viola at 7:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Following up after a job rejection--yes or no?

Should I follow up after being rejected for a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Lost iPad. Erased from iCloud. Now what?

I lost an iPad. While tracking it's location with the find my i-Device service, I erased the device from iCloud without realizing this would remove my ability to track the device. Now what? [more inside]
posted by areodjarekput at 7:26 AM PST - 1 comment

DIY handbag repair

The strap of my handbag broke and I'm looking to repair it but how? As you can see by this photo, the short metal bit fits into the metal cap. The metal cap holds the end of the braided strap but the strap does not fill the cap entirely; the end where the opening is is hollow. Would filling it with some kind of glue or epoxy work? But which kind? [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:00 AM PST - 13 comments

My new roommate just declared: no dates can ever spend the night here.

My new roommate just declared to me that there is a rule in our apartment: No dates are allowed to ever sleep over. Can you help me figure out how to have a productive discussion about this with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 64 comments

I've been reading about locksmith scams

I bought a new 2012 Toyota Corolla LE. I received 2 Master keys (Smart keys with buttons) and a valet key (starts the car, but doesn't open the trunk). The dealership wants crazy $ to make more keys. They're equipped with an immobilizer, so only those keys can be used to start the car. I want a spare that will open the doors in case I lock myself out, either for a Hide-A-Key under the car or my wallet. Will a $3 duplicate from a hardware store accomplish this? If not, is there a cheap way to go about it?
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Fine-tuned searching - how is it formed?

What kind of search engine is this, and is it something which one has to code themselves or which websites get someone to set up for them? How does it work? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Cooking 101: Cooking for the on-the-go student.

I need recipes for on-the-go! With the semester starting, I need things I can prepare ahead of time that will last, are healthy, don't need refrigeration, can be eaten cold, and aren't sandwiches. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 6:27 AM PST - 19 comments

Occupy Muldoon's!

What kind of art project(s) could I create with old paperback edition of Muldoon's Handling a Criminal Case in New York (that I'm willing to take apart)? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Mystery seeds

What are these mysterious seeds? They're 2-3 mm in diameter and about 2 mm high, spherical but slightly flattened (like a small tomato) with a brown hull and a round hilum. Important: the seeds were found in the gizzards of 23 day old broilers, so the hulls have been partly removed, some elements (like hairs) may be lost and colours may have been altered The broilers are from Western France, but the seeds could have contaminated an imported feed ingredient (such as Brazilian soybean meal or Ukrainian sunflower meal). [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 5:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Too many Lemons

What to do with a large surplus of lemons and limes?
posted by Lone_Wolf at 3:41 AM PST - 32 comments

Stop taking omega-3 to prevent heart attacks?

Should people no longer take omega-3 supplements to reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular events? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 3:25 AM PST - 10 comments

How Can I Look Like A Reseach God For Future Employers?

What are the best techniques for searching the web for past news articles online? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 2:48 AM PST - 5 comments

But I am a non name knowing dork.

What is this thing called? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! at 2:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a tool to generate complex CSS layout.

Looking for a tool to generate complex CSS layout. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 2:18 AM PST - 3 comments

September 13

How to deal with an unstable ex-roommate?

My ex-roommate is refusing to pay bills and threatening to sue me for having sex. What's my best course of action? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 11:28 PM PST - 44 comments

Memes and Themes: Best bits of children's picture books?

Looking for lists of memes, themes and repeated elements in children's stories that I can use in entirely new stories I'm making up for actual children. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa at 8:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Me and my partner want to have an ANC, interested in your stories

Are you part of an Adult Nursing Couple? I'm interested to hear your experiences. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

I hear the espresso's really cheap in this joint

Paying for first dates: who should do it? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 8:29 PM PST - 90 comments

Daddies, enlighten us on paternity leave

How long do you recommend for paternity leave, based on your experience? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 7:22 PM PST - 72 comments

Tell me everything there is to know about TV tuner cards.

What channels can I get from a tuner card in NYC using just the antenna? No cable hookup or FIOS or any of that fancy sh*t. I plug the card into the computer, I put the antenna in the window, I activate the relevant programs, and . . . . ? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 7:08 PM PST - 9 comments

CLAIR in Japan

Have you been hosted by CLAIR on a visit to Japan? Looking for stories and anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by sconbie at 6:22 PM PST - 0 comments

Best way to signal a section change in an audio book?

In audio books, what's best-practice for signaling a section change within a chapter? [more inside]
posted by silusGROK at 6:08 PM PST - 10 comments

hopefully there will be some good answers!

What are some non-religious words or phrases for expressing good wishes/thoughts for the future, besides "hopefully?" [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 5:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Is there a brain chemistry boomerang effect?

Can going off and then later back on an antidepressant "do" something to your brain chemistry or is in some other way unsafe or unwise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Easy to read Ulysses footnotes?

I want a version of Joyce's Ulysses with footnotes at the bottom of the page. Paper or e-book. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I see Godspeed You! Black Emperor twice in 3 days?

Should I see Godspeed You! Black Emperor twice in 3 days? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:26 PM PST - 21 comments

What's a good self-study program?

What's a program that will help me stop memorizing the answers to practice exam questions and actually test me on the material? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Where should I spend a few months abroad?

I'm a freelance web designer in New York State hoping to move abroad for 2-3 months early next year. I'm very interested in going somewhere warm, cheap, and accessible. A few more details inside... [more inside]
posted by cvp at 5:15 PM PST - 8 comments

wellbutrin makes me feel worse

My doctor prescribed me buproprion (generic Wellbutrin) for anxiety/depression and I feel like I'm even more anxious. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 PM PST - 38 comments

I'll pay you to NOT have a phone number.

El Sabor just posted an iPhone pre-order question, but I've got snowflakes. Please help! [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me figure out the name of this poem!

My girlfriend has a favorite poem that involves a cricket (or possibly grasshopper) and a bird. I believe the bird has a red belly. Can you help me find the poem (it may also be a short story). I realize I'm being vague- sorry!
posted by razzamatazm at 3:40 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I manage "shift sleeping"?

Shift sleeping... I work standard office hours, but my boyfriend is a boozehound who works till very late (or early). What can I do to preserve my sleep/sanity - and his? [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 3:20 PM PST - 14 comments

How to get home fees status

How can I qualify for home fee status in the UK for medical school? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me enjoy my wedding (and keep from freaking out beforehand and the day of!)

What can I do to manage my stress and anxiety (about being the center of attention, the logistics, and getting married itself) on and leading up to my wedding day? And do you have any other advice to help me enjoy and appreciate my wedding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Devices to remind my cognitively impaired mom not to remove her oxygen?

Please recommend devices/tools/strategies to help my mom—who has mild dementia—remember not to remove the oxygen she is now required to wear 24/7 for COPD. Longer story inside... [more inside]
posted by JuniorBCat at 2:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Non-crappy Android phone with decent signal/service/price??

I'm looking for a pre-paid android phone at a reasonable price (looking at the lower-end Androids since I'm new to them and I don't want to spend more than $200-$250). The only problem is that I have no signal in my apartment when it comes to Sprint/Spring-tower based carriers. AT&T Go Phones charge you extra monthly for a data package and I'd rather not spend more than $50/month. Help? [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

What is this soooooong?

Please help me figure out what this song is before my head explodes! [more inside]
posted by brilliantine at 1:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Deciding whether to switch from temp to permanent employment?

For those who made the switch from temp to permanent work, what factors did you consider, what helped you decide? [more inside]
posted by glache at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Please stop staring at my hot air balloon.

Help me find that travel tee shirt with all the little pictures on it! [more inside]
posted by letahl at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Feel More Confident About This Super Long Presentation on Confidence (sorta)

A presentation on assertive negotiation and learning confidence: my time slot is twice as long as I expected! Can you help me brainstorm a group activity to break up the time while illustrating the concepts? Do you have any resources to share? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Curling up

What should I look for in hot rollers/curlers? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the deal with the alien sitting on a rock?

What is meaning of the cartoon logo of an alien sitting on a rock in the MAHLI calibration image on the mast of NASA's Curiosity rover?
posted by mqk at 1:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Why do some soldiers salute like they do?

Other than the few people I know who have gone through military training; and haven't been able to give an explanation regarding this to me, I'm curious as to why some army-men/navy-men/airmen salute as they do? By that I mean what goes into the use of the two types of salutes I've seen: the vertical back-of-the-hand forwards (seems more common with British soldiers) raised to the eyebrow salute vs. the horizontal flat hand with the index touching the brow, pinky forward (seems more common with American and other soldiers)? [more inside]
posted by pyrex at 1:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me destroy my own personal Clothes Mothra!

I have a MAJOR infestation of clothes moths. I've read advice on here about how to get rid of them and how to keep them away, but I still have some questions. Please help before all of our beautiful clothes are ruined! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Is anyone else frightened at the apparent ineptitude, lack of transparency and otherwise confusing Direct Loan repayment system in the US?

My loans have been transferred and split at least twice, usually without notifying me. There used to be a fairly easy to navigate website, but now that they are shared between myedaccount and edfinancial, or not. They are unable to give me clear answers. And now it's impossible to even find my full payment history online. I'm not sure if I'm looking for advice or to be held. Is anyone else experiencing this?
posted by SpicyMustard at 12:39 PM PST - 6 comments

The USS Dick Cheney

Nautical reenactors/historians, help me understand this news of the weird. [more inside]
posted by 7segment at 12:31 PM PST - 8 comments

"Brain Thunder" is the closest term I could come up with

What is physically happening when I "make my brain thunder"? [more inside]
posted by waraw at 12:20 PM PST - 40 comments

Are global but think local

Are there differences between Eastern style websites as opposed to Western style sites? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

What-Is-This-Plant Filter

What kind of plant is this? Not-so-green thumb needs to know! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for flats in all the wrong places

Share with me your go-to brands and/or stores to find good quality, cute but relatively inexpensive flats (ideally less than $50). [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 12:03 PM PST - 16 comments

Are private school loans a good option for me and my professional master's program? Any other suggestions?

Are private school loans a good option for me and my professional master's program? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 11:56 AM PST - 20 comments

to join or not to join?

Should I join SFWA? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Choose Your Own Smell-venture?

Need the archetypal examples of various fragrance families, as well as a place to sample 'em on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

ready to read about refuse.

I want to learn about garbage removal in early New York. [more inside]
posted by DaveZ at 11:32 AM PST - 5 comments

Cop a squat?

Can a person who has had hip or knee replacement use the SquattyPotty?
posted by mcbeth at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me understand what fool thing I did

What horrible injury have I done myself? Not-immediately-threatening bike accident injury question. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

She said she has herpes - and I don't know what to do

I'm torn... I went out with a girl who was very sweet, and we seemed to hit it off really well. Things started to get a little heated and she suddenly stopped and started to cry - she informed me that she has herpes and wanted to let me know before we got intimate... Now I don't know what to do... and I feel like a jerk [more inside]
posted by strongdad at 11:04 AM PST - 36 comments

Can anybody tell me...

What exactly is an "arm chair philosopher", and how is that different from a 'philosopher'?
posted by SarcasticSeraph at 10:44 AM PST - 27 comments

Can I sell my photos of people?

Can I sell photos I took of people on the street who didn't know they were being photographed? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 10:39 AM PST - 15 comments

iPhone Pre-Order Questions

First time pre-ordering an iPhone! Looking for tips/experiences/advice. [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 10:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Automated screengrabbing

I need to take regular full-screen screenshots of around 12 different webpages that all have similarly formatted URLs. Is there software that makes this easy, and preferably automates it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 10:27 AM PST - 3 comments

What music makes you most productive?

What music makes you most productive? [more inside]
posted by jeisme at 10:15 AM PST - 49 comments

Athletes who zigged when others were zagging

Please help me find examples of athletes who did something completely counterintuitive in terms of the sport (so seemingly wrong) and won because of it. I'm especially looking for those moments that have been captured on video. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 9:58 AM PST - 61 comments

Robotic morning routines in tv/movies?

Automated/robotic morning wake-up from tv show or movie... [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead at 9:52 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I list a necessary degree I don't have just yet?

What is the best practice for listing a degree in progress on a resume? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Nimmie Amee at 9:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Is the BBB still relevant and is accreditation worth it?

Can you help me figure out if it's worth $500/year to get my small business accredited with the Better Business Bureau? [more inside]
posted by mireille at 9:44 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm looking for contemporary SF/Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction journals.

I'm looking for contemporary SF/Sci-fi/Speculative Fiction journals. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

You can assume we've already considered Of Mice & Men.

Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
posted by psoas at 9:26 AM PST - 21 comments

What's on Italian minds?

Educate me about Italian current affairs. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 9:23 AM PST - 8 comments

How to research a mortgage lender and real estate developer

How do I research a real estate developer and a mortgage lender (in Brooklyn) to make sure they're trustworthy? (more detail below) [more inside]
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 9:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Relational database on the cheap

I'm looking for a free/cheap alternative to Access or Filemaker for simple relational database work. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 9:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Is there a email service that doesn't require SSL?

Is there a email service that doesn't require SSL? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

What's it like to live next to a hydrofracking site?

I'm looking for stories about hydrofracking. Specifically, for stories about how a drilling company obtains leases and commences operation, and how it manages its relationships with the locals. Ideally I'd like stories from the perspective of neighbors and people in the local community where they have operated, but stories from the drilling company side would be interesting, too. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

US Furniture Manufacturing

Can anyone recommend resources, companies or strategies for finding suitable US furniture manufacturers for a line of new designs? [more inside]
posted by beisny at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Please hope me! Can I save this PDF form!

I filled out a PDF form last night in Google Chrome and saved the PDF. Then I emailed it to someone important. This morning they told me they had received a blank form (!). I opened the attachment and yes, it's blank. *@#$&@!