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Oops, I thought we changed it up to the current year variable, but pb will get it fixed up later tonight I'm sure. [more]
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From another user in a similar situation:I went through something similar with a previous partner and I was going to mention that it was due to his depression before I saw that you already mentioned depression as a factor in your question. Yes, this… [more]
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This Biggie remix of the theme song is kind of amazing [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

I still don't understand the fact that Adnan and Don didn't call Hae after she went missing. Wouldn't they both wear out their phones dialing her number looking for her? That fact still shocks me and I'm not happy with any of the explanations. [more]
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I think this video is amazing, but I'm wondering how they got to shoot it, since I suspect the park doesn't really let people do this for the heck of it, especially pro photographers. Did they do it on the sly? How did they not get yelled at if they… [more]
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I am curious how many comments have been deleted from the current Shanley Kane thread There have been a handful (I'd say around 6) because it's a potentially contentious thread and I don't want it to be a flamefest like other threads on… [more]
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[It's best to drop the "cishet" derail and stick to the larger issues in the article] [more]
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I haven't seen it since it came out but I remember that I liked the first 2/3 of the movie, but thought the last act was a mess, where we're supposed to hate Scarlett Johansson for being a "prude" while he acts like a bit of a jerk. I… [more]
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These weren't GoPros though, it looks like they used bigger Canon digital SLRs with nice lenses. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

Yeah, looking at the photographer's personal site, they list "Disney" as a client, so I guess this was paid work. Still, I'm surprised it's sitting on some guy's Vimeo account instead of being only released through whatever official Disney… [more]
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You wouldn't see a woman on the winner's podium except in extremely, extremely rare circumstances. Yeah, this is a derail we should drop, combined fields isn't fair or equitable. We only see women and men finishing on equal levels at the… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

From the OP:Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts and stories. I spent the last 24 hours pretty ambivalent about what to do, knowing that the relationship wasn't working for me but also that I really like everything else about this guy. We… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

The Haunted Mansion is really interesting to me as a phenomena more than as a ride. As a kid, I was afraid of it, and put off even riding it until I was older, maybe 14 or 15, and finally understood its purposely goofy nature. I guess I took all the… [more]
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I've never gone to these places, but I've been to a non-sexy coffee chain that prides itself on flirty baristas (which I find weird and don't go there often because of it), but I think you should consider anyone working there is a human being and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Man, that's really weird that all these coincidences happened at once. I've heard stories of people that worked for domain name registrars that would buy good domains that people searched for but didn't purchase within 24hrs, so I suspect the bidding… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

There are plenty of good reasons not to eat meat (environmental, ethical, etc) and moving to plant-based foods is better in those regards. If people want an equivalent version of plant proteins that can fool top chefs into thinking it's real meat,… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

From the OP:Thank you so much for these answers. You have really helped relieve my tension. There is no proof, thank god. No emails or voicemails or anything like that. And there will be a platoon of lawyers helping with the estate going forward… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Here's an idea of how much of a scam it is: I dutifully bought insurance whenever I rented a car, often paying a couple hundred dollars per week extra on long rentals, and I never needed it once in 6 years of renting cars several times a year. In… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

And oddly, I've heard it used to describe behavior of guys being bullies in the IT world, not really used in any way to "bully" guys. When an IT jerk yells at you for being too stupid to join their WiFi and places blame on you and… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Huh, that's a weird first definition, I never associated it with gamers. I've most often heard it in Open Source circles, as a way to put down jerky programmers who have a know-it-all attitude, where if something isn't working for you, it's… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

From the OP:I have a (terrible) update to this situation that might be useful to those who come across this question in the future. On New Year's Eve, about 6 days after I posted this question, "John" was in a common area of the… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

[updated the 404 suicide note link with a working copy of it] [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

[busted_crayons can you take a step back from this thread, you've made a significant % of comments here already] [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago


OH MY GOD I loved this show so much because for the last decade or so I've long wondered what ever happened to Jennicam. I found it early in my internet travels, in the 90s, and I occasionally checked in on it every few months. I distinctly remember… [more]
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I haven't tried Beyond Meat stuff yet, but hearing they're working on fake beef is good to hear. Alton Brown of Good Eats' fame wrote something for Wired a year or two ago about the fake chicken when it came out and he said it was super convincing… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I read the book this past Summer and enjoyed the book immensely, and I loved how raw and real it felt. I'd lost my mom a couple years before reading it and revisiting that heartbreak was rough in the book, but I really loved Cheryl Strayed's arc in… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

[at this point, talking about "passing" feels like it will derail the thread from the original story and I'd ask people to ease up and not let this subject overtake the thread] [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

It's really sad to hear JetBlue is going to cram more seats and start charging for baggage. Since their flight paths are limited on the west coast, I don't fly them often, but I do enjoy the brief respite when I fly them. I hate the baggage charge… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I'm perfectly ok with someone calling a thought I hold as hypocritical if it means I treat words directed at people in a group enduring thousands of years of oppression as different than words describing a group that was usually doing the oppressing… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Happy Holidays all, and here's hoping for a mellow 2015 with more good news than bad. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I wanted to like this more than I did. I love Chris Rock, I love comedy, I love Chris Rock's standup, I love hip-hop and reminiscing about old school rappers. I'd heard glowing positive reviews of this, so I went in expecting greatness and came away… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

That's a really strange reaction for such a nice thing. I did the same for my two nephews a few years ago, and I get a very minimal tax deduction because I use my own state's program, but that's not why I do it and I don't "make money"… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago


It's not a terrible idea, I seriously considered it many years ago when Adam Savage was around a lot and could make for a good guest. I figured I could also ask Hodgman to do one, but beyond that, having a dedicated subsite or (ab)using Ask MeFi for… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I thought about it in the early days of AMAs, but aside from whatever weird UI things we'd have to do, I didn't feel like having to police the editorial side. And by that I mean, the verification stuff is a huge issue and timesink, to verify it's… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I kind of know kcalder from Twitter and I'd heard little bits of this story through tweets over the past year but I'm really glad they devoted an entire episode to explaining the background, since I had no idea how vast and deep it ran. Also,… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

(New Yorker link works for me just fine) [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I just remembered that in order to set up the 529, I had to get the Social Security Numbers of my nephews, and I used that opportunity to warn their parents that it was a kind of bank-related gift so maybe that cushioned the blow when I surprised… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Yeah, I feel like there's a disconnect here between what readers of the site see and what mods see on the back-end. Rape-related threads cast a big shadow over the site for mods, where every single thread that mentions rape in any context will become… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

I've seen Wordpress versions of everything at html5up, one of which might fit the bill (a few of them use parallax but they all look pretty great). [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I saw a preview for this on AppleTV and since I love Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, I was totally on board. The trailer looked funny and showed everyone joking around. I guess I'm mostly mad at the movie studio for misrepresenting it as a Comedy… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

Whoa, there are a lot of good domains for that joke. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

for some reason I found the account of the killing of Bobbie's horse so much harder to take in the book Yeah, I was really dreading this scene in the movie since it's excruciating in the book. They shot the horse in one shot in the film… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

This is a story of unintended consequences. In Facebook's defense, it works great for the vast majority, and I didn't see anyone mentioning bad stories for several days, they seemed to be all happy ones. My guess is most of the posts (well into 90%)… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Etrigan, I was just going to post the next two and leave comments in the existing threads, since those were all first watch by default of being when the show aired live for the first time. [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 months ago

Just to be clear, I too like that podcasts are personal and I can listen in headphones and in my car alone, but I also think they could be socially enjoyed too, without affecting personal usage. My main point is that podcasts should drive… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I love that this joke got resurrected this week out of nowhere, and that there are still new people that haven't heard the joke before. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

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