Jan
02
2009

How can I get my question answered at Quezi?

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Do you need an answer to a question?

You can post just about any question at Yahoo Answers, and you’ll probably get an answer. Whether it will be a good or lousy answer we really can’t say…

Or, you can post your question at Uclue, for a price you choose (paid by PayPal and fully refundable if you don’t get a satisfactory answer). If you’ve set a realistic price, a real researcher will take your question seriously and research it.

Here at Quezi, our researchers can choose which questions they write up answers to, and we can’t guarantee that a researcher will post the answer to your question.

But…

You are invited to post your question on this page as a comment. A researcher who is looking for a question to answer can consult this page, and if they happen to be interested in answering your question … who knows?

Here’s how it works. Post your question here. Keep the question short, because it will form the title of the answer page.

Every now and then, we’ll delete the older questions so that the newer questions rise to the top.

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30 Comments

  • dixielayers says:

    I am looking for recent data on the self-improvement/self-help/personal growth/personal development market. I would like to know the names of the leaders (individuals/companies) in sales for:
    1. books, audio, other media sales,
    2. schools, training programs,
    3. motivational speaking,
    4. seminars, workshops, personal coaching, and
    5. websites, webinars or other on-line media.

    I would also greatly appreciate other market data such as:
    1. total market value,
    2. market shares by competitor,
    3. advertising data,
    4. market segment analysis,
    5. projections for market growth and sales,
    6. customer profile for self-improvement consumers, and
    7. any more detailed information about both the motivational and leadership market segments.

    dixielayers, attorney at law

  • eiffel says:

    Hi dixielayers,
    Thanks for your question. Realistically though, it’s unlikely to be answered for free at Quezi, because the answer won’t be of so much interest to the general readership of Quezi, nor is it likely to be of general interest to a researcher.
    Your question would be much better posted at uclue.com with a realistic price (because it will require quite a few hours of research). We answer questions like yours all the time at Uclue, and can produce a thorough report at around the $200 level.

  • What are some of the historically earliest book cover illustrations in the world?

  • eiffel says:

    Philipp, you may be interested in:

    “What is the history of book cover illustrations?”
    http://quezi.com/9207

  • Lawrence says:

    Would someone like to explain something about chapter houses?
    These are the room usually accessable from a convent church or cathedral in which the chapter members sit “in convent”.

    From my experience in England and northern Europe, chapter houses very often have a column in the middle. In England, they are also often polygonal The one at Wells Cathedral is perhaps the grandest example in this style:
    http://www.request.org.uk/main/churches/tours/wells/chapter.htm

    The one at York does not have a central column, but this website verifies my experience, describing the vault as not being “supported by the usual central column”.
    http://www.welcometoyork.co.uk/minster2.html

    I can imagine that a more circular room facilitated discussion and downplayed hierarchy (round table principle), and that a central column was a convenient solution for a larger room, but I seem to recall smaller chapter houses on the continent, which could have forgone the column.

    Of course, there are lots of images of chapter houses that do not fit this description, leading me all the more to wonder about the reason for the ones that do. Just tradition; based on a famous, earlier chapter house, maybe in the mother convent; prescribed by rules of the religious order??

    Not much help here:
    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03584a.htm

    Any interest? Too esoteric? Maybe just a suggestion of more general postings about church architecture.

    Regards, L

  • answerfinder says:

    Lawrence,
    Not sure whether I could do an article on this, but I hope the comment in this book will be of interest. Commences on page 52.
    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uSsDAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA52&dq=%22chapter+houses%22+architecture#v=onepage&q=%22chapter%20houses%22%20architecture&f=false

  • Lawrence says:

    Hi Phil, (Myo here)
    That was a wonderful reference, probably about as much of an explanation as I could wish for – not just because it more or less confirmed my assumptions.

    I searched for the book and found that it is on the open library, four volumes, 1876, which led me to the publisher, John Murray, seven generations of the name:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray_%28publisher%29

    Maybe articles about major publishers have a place in Quezi.

    Many thanks for your reply,

    Larry

  • Lawrence says:

    What happened to London Bridge?
    I know; someone who thought they were bidding for the Tower Bridge bought it, now “parked” in SW USA.

  • Lawrence says:

    Who was Vidocq? and the Vidocq Society?

    I know now, after hearing about the society on late night TV, but Vidocq was a very interesting character whose life and detective work also inspired writers.

    Maybe under a title about “criminal goes good”.
    There are/were probably a few others.

    Regards, Myo/Larry

  • Lawrence says:

    Again from late night TV:
    directional loudspeakers

    Sennheiser type, ultrasonic waves converting to audio frequency when one enters their field.

    Cheers, Myo/Larry

  • eiffel says:

    Hi Myo,

    What exactly is the question that you are asking here?

    Directional Loudspeakers
    http://quezi.com/128

    Regards,
    Roger

  • Lawrence says:

    Unintended lakes.

    The Aydarkul Lake in northern Usbekistan is one big mistake (300 by 30-50 km!) resulting from unexpected runoff when the Chardara Reservoir was created (as though the country didn’t have enough problems with water).

    Tourist-oriented websites delight about the great body of water and beaches, but the lake is well off the beaten path – and beaches, well, kind of normal in a desert area.

    Lecture no. 9 on this site talks about it, but they don’t like to tell how it was formed.
    http://syrdarya.biol.uw.edu.pl/l9.html

    You will have to search to find details about its origin, maybe by finding something about the early days of the reservoir (1969). Here is a map showing the Aydarkul lake west of the reservoir from the dam on the river.
    http://www.cawater-info.net/analysis/water/chardara.jpg

    But not to pick on the erstwhile USSR, California has the Salton Sea:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea

    Are there others?

    Larry

  • Lawrence says:

    Hi Roger,

    I just thought it might be an interesting subject, but only if one of you does and doesn’t have anything better to do.

    Regards, Larry

  • Cynthia Brown says:

    How do you research unusual antiques?

    I have found a carved wing-back chair. It’s French, and has a mandolin at the top, curved cut-outs in the wings (very comfy – shoulders fit there), faces on the wing carvings that are said to be Joan of Arc, and lion heads on the arms. It had once been painted white. It had horse-hair upholstery, prior to reupholstering. I want to find out more about this chair, but don’t want to pay $150/hour to an appraiser.

    Thanks!

  • -=pretty momma=- says:

    hi, i would just like to know the difference between amoled and the TFT in cellphones

  • eiffel says:

    Hi pretty momma,

    We’ve written a Quezi article to answer your question: What’s the difference between AMOLED and LCD cellphone displays?

  • CJ says:

    What poem has the line “elf from dark savage wood” in it? And who is it by?

  • eiffel says:

    Chris, I can’t find a well-known poem with that line in it.

    Two possibilities spring to mind: either a translation of Dante’s Inferno (which starts with Dante wandering in the dark savage wood), or a modern poem based on “Hansel and Gretel”.

    There are many such poems, any one of which could contain that line as the story does indeed include a dark savage wood and some elves.

    Possibly Roadl Dahl’s Hansel & Gretel poem, although as that’s not online I can’t check.

  • Chella says:

    How does a gas engine / car engine work – in basic terms?

  • eiffel says:

    That’s a great question, Chella. Here you go:

    What are the major components of a car?

  • Jan says:

    The fruit on our mystery tree is sweet, orange and soft, with 4-8 seeds, but the outside has tiny polygones with black specks in the middle. It is NOT a Pawpaw or a Persimmon. What can it be?

  • eiffel says:

    Jan, your fruit might be a Rollinia. Another possibility is a guanabana which is usually green but can be orange. Why don’t you upload a picture to an image-sharing site such as tinypic.com then post the URL here and we’ll identify the fruit for you.

  • Anonymous says:

    can’t we form a water other than hydrogen and oxygen?

  • eiffel says:

    A water molecule can only be made from one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms.

  • Laurie says:

    What is the weigh of a tea chest 500x500x750mm full of tea please

    Laurie

  • eiffel says:

    Here is a rough estimate. According to this table:
    http://www.asiinstr.com/technical/Material_Bulk_Density_Chart_T.htm
    the density of tea is 0.43 grams per cubic centimeter.

    The tea chest has a capacity of 187,500 cubic centimeters, therefore the tea would weigh 80 kilograms. Add perhaps 10kg for the tea chest itself.

  • Beverly says:

    I have an antique copper jug with an inscription in a triangle the foll.
    shape of an oval 80
    “namna YXAO
    TTO MIONNET
    EPNNH”
    what does this mean?

  • eiffel says:

    Beverly, can you post a photo of this inscription onto a photo-sharing site?

  • scott says:

    My question is about a multicolored recamier featured in http://quezi.com/3520. I have been looking for a recamier/ fainting couch. The asymetric quality is exactly what i want. I cannot seem to locate said recamier and was hoping you could direct me as to the origin of that couch
    thanx
    scott

  • eiffel says:

    That’s a wonderful recamier at http://quezi.com/3520 isn’t it?

    That recamier is a “made-to-order” model from Squint Limited. They also do a lot of other interesting pieces of furniture.

    But if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford their pieces.

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