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Uh, dude was not entitled to invite his GF along in the first place, especially to a "long-distance friends get-together" kind of special event. You didn't do anything wrong. Agreed. You did your best and please try not to beat… [more]
favorited 8 times, recently by sheldman, thischarmingirl, languagehat, DingoMutt, dawg-proud, fingersandtoes, cotton dress sock, FireFountain
Ask MeFi comment - Almost 2 hours ago

Before I became such a night owl, my equinox/solstice ritual was to get up with the sun and go for a walk somewhere (did not have to be "in nature") and reflect on the past and coming season. Usually I'd write down something I wanted to… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by jbenben, Lluvia, clew
Ask MeFi comment - 14 hours ago

Where her = your friend and not your friend's girlfriend (who it also has nothing to do with, but is less your concern). And concur with what DarlingBri and others have said, the drama can stop with you. Have fun. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by bunderful
Ask MeFi comment - 18 hours ago

If you're not super savvy with Word you can also drop images into a table so that you won't have as many issues flowing text around images. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Sequence
Ask MeFi comment - 19 hours ago

Facebook allows you to have very light contact with a lot of people and businesses. It's the one social network that "most people" are on (i.e. even people who aren't that tech savvy, or who only use the internet via their phone). I do a… [more]
favorited 11 times, recently by culfinglin, mudpuppie, vegartanipla, The corpse in the library, readery, DingoMutt, fixedgear, studioaudience, Phssthpok, jessca84, jgirl
Ask MeFi comment - 22 hours ago

What is the best, most diplomatic way to regularly decline participating in these optional events without giving the wrong impression? I'm politically engaged but in different, sometimes VERY different, ways from people who I work with. I… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by sandraregina, jbenben
Ask MeFi comment - Yesterday

CityMapper is also good for the Boston area and you can use it to compare cost vs time with stuff like Lyft vs bus. Highly recommended. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by bright and shiny
Ask MeFi comment - 2 days ago


I can remember learning, in otherwise ungreat biology class, that earthworms had five hearts because we dissected a worm and saw them! I've mentioned this story before, but my dad was a physicist and got to work for/with NIST before time was… [more]
favorited 20 times, recently by barchan, doift, peacheater, gamera, misozaki, rabbitrabbit, snsranch, Hypatia, jasper411, Fig, LobsterMitten, riverlife, limeonaire, languagehat, theora55, some loser, Johnny Wallflower, moonmilk, lazuli, gudrun
MetaTalk comment - 2 days ago

Nothing any Metafilter member has to post is so interesting that they couldn't wait another 24 hours if they miss the daily deadline. This represents my version of Perfect MetaFilter. I realize it's different for others, but… [more]
favorited 29 times, recently by zadcat, EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, gyusan, Old Man McKay, ImproviseOrDie, zebra, zanni, Phredward, Trifling
MetaTalk comment - 2 days ago

it will not make you more desirable This may be skewed for women, possibly, because I found that losing 25% of my body weight was totally the difference between getting random attention and not. Which is, as you might expect, a mixed bag… [more]
favorited 49 times, recently by Thella
MeFi comment - 2 days ago

it is better if I not become dependent on them. She has suggested thinking positive thoughts to counter the negative ones When people tell me things like this, I ask if they have any first person experience with clinical depression or… [more]
favorited 23 times, recently by fairlynearlyready, bookworm4125, ldthomps, Lexica, EXISTENZ IS PAUSED, thetarium, miaou, flibbertigibbet, jouir, Dressed to Kill, chesty_a_arthur, ferret branca, DingoMutt, PuppetMcSockerson, stillwater, Ziggy500, colorblock sock, BusyBusyBusy, Bella Donna, Tamanna, Amor Bellator, Miko, missh
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

The biggest deal for me was reading a lot of books that had kids that were not at all like me, so part of this is defining what "not like them" is. Ezra Jack Keats books about young black children who lived in cities were useful to have for… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by Champagne Supernova, Tamanna, tchemgrrl, Lisitasan, flourpot, Melismata
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

It's hard to move from mj to something else for managing anxiety because a lot of the positive self-talk surrounding marijuana (and I have used it occasionally, I am not an anti-mj person) is all about how it's a natural way to relax. Moving to… [more]
favorited 9 times, recently by thetarium
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

There is also this essay by Russell Brand about loving someone with a problem (in this case Amy Winehouse and her addiction) [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by litera scripta manet
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

[few comments removed - please stick to the topic] [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by ourobouros
Ask MeFi comment - 3 days ago

Tim Carmody is a treasure. [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto
MetaTalk comment - 4 days ago

Then she cried and cried because I ruined Thanksgiving by not coming home. People have given you great advice about your brother but I'd like to also point out that this is so far from normal that it is also neglectful and emotionally… [more]
favorited 52 times, recently by A Terrible Llama
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

My father was a stay-at-home drunk in his retirement, sitting on the couch and making an awful lot of pronouncements about how other people, including me, should live their lives. Two pieces of advice he gave me were worth more to me later than they… [more]
favorited 47 times, recently by LobsterMitten, mecran01, China Grover, likeatoaster
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Habits, generally. Specifically - 45 min of "no screen" time in the am - flossing/brushing daily - meditation daily - reading 30+ minutes before bed (and no other screens) [more]
favorited 10 times, recently by leotrotsky
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Your clarification still sounds like you basically told your co-worker to make sure he wasn't killed like a character in a movie was, which is a very weird statement to make, and his taking offense/being put off by it is completely normal… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by fixedgear
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Looks like there are two articles with that title in that book's citations. One is online here and doesn't have that content. Manhattan Inc ceased publication in 1990 (though continued on as M Inc) and you can check Worldcat to see if there is a… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by MonkeyToes, Hanuman1960
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

Be disappointed in cortex, that went exactly how I planned it. [more]
favorited 7 times, recently by frecklefaerie
MetaTalk comment - 4 days ago

I think you're going to find the Cape a little remote for you and you might want to look at the other side of the bridge? My dad retired to Westport MA which is a little retirement town on the South Coast of MA. I'm not sure I'd suggest there… [more]
favorited 4 times, recently by Hanuman1960, Hand me my cowbell, mmw, ldthomps
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

It's actually easy: stay together until you don't. This has been my approach. I would say this does not work if you have certain things you need to seriously plan a life for, like having children. Everything else, literally everything… [more]
favorited 37 times, recently by tooloudinhere
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

My mother-in-law decided any help she offers will be in the form of taking my breastfed infant out of state for a month until I can have other arrangements in place. Unless you are desperate and need to do this for those reasons, this is… [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by thischarmingirl, SaltySalticid, DingoMutt, wwax, threetwentytwo
Ask MeFi comment - 4 days ago

She and I agree re. what behaviors should mean a time out or a loss of privileges, and we're both the bad cop with those. I just don't think real yelling from adults should be part of discipline or part of family life. You are correct… [more]
favorited 34 times, recently by blueberry, Devika, Secret Sparrow, ausdemfenster, apple_moseby, a good beginning, tatiana131, crush, forza, rainydayfilms, LoonyLovegood, kwaller, the turtle's teeth, BlueHorse, joseph conrad is fully awesome, saucysault
Ask MeFi comment - 5 days ago

It seems like you've explored options. It's unclear from your question if this is happening at one house or at multiple houses? My suggestion is based on one house. If this were my family member I would consider spending the $20-30/mo that cable… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by charmedimsure, cotton dress sock
Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

If you live somewhere where this is okay, a simple window feeder is a great way to figure out what's nearby you and get to see birds up close. Or even have a few feeders, depending on what your house is like. I live in a second floor apartment and I… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by not_on_display
Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

With kindness, I think you may have buried the lede where you were in another controlling abusive relationship before this one, and that there is a child involved. It can be hard to break the cycle of being with people who are wrong for you but… [more]
favorited 12 times, recently by DingoMutt, headnsouth, a fiendish thingy, mmw, ctmf, Snarl Furillo, schadenfrau, thereemix, Ragged Richard, I_Love_Bananas, ghost phoneme, corb
Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

I turned off the notifications. I had a phone for a long time with a terrible battery so I didn't use it for things that drained it (i.e. facebook). I have a routine where I get up in the morning and do something, anything, for 45 minutes that… [more]
favorited 17 times, recently by Dalton
Ask MeFi comment - 6 days ago

in which I learned the term "ethnography" from Jessamyn. I am a wizard! I did not comment in that thread! [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by sebastienbailard
MetaTalk comment - 7 days ago

have a 'post when permitted' button that allows you to submit the post, but actually posts it to the front page at the 24 hr point. Better: have a "post when permitted" button that actually posts to the front page at the 25 hour… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by a box and a stick and a string and a bear
MetaTalk comment - 7 days ago

When I need to do this, I'm usually at the SIBL branch of NYPL. Comfy chairs, cubbies for working, good internet. OK for everything but teleconferences (imo). [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by gudrun, theora55, thereemix
Ask MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Alan Mendelson, The Boy from Mars by Daniel Pinkwater. That book is amazing but it is not this book. [more]
favorited 5 times, recently by mumkin, Mchelly, bq, ErisLordFreedom
Ask MeFi comment - 8 days ago

my current kitchen has NO stove hood filter/fan whatsoever. None. Ditto. And where to start with the wrong weirdness of this kitchen? - I have over a gallon of maple syrup in the fridge in four different containers because they are… [more]
favorited 8 times, recently by standardasparagus
MetaTalk comment - 8 days ago

Just FYI but you could get a refurbed Mac laptop for just a little more than that. That said a refurbed Dell would be half that and a lower end laptop would be under $200. So it might be worth adjusting your search from "$999 laptop that last… [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by wenestvedt, une_heure_pleine, asperity
Ask MeFi comment - 8 days ago

Have you experienced this, do you know where it comes from, and how do you change it? This is how I am. People are often surprised to know that I have a great deal of ... it's not anxiety or awkwardness so much as an "I have no… [more]
favorited 21 times, recently by unstrungharp
Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

Libertarians in the US are different from Anarchists in that they usually believe "the market" is the way to level playing fields and get things to work out. So you don't need environmental regulations because better companies will… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

The first thing I think of here is BATHTUB (I mean, if you have one). What I would be doing is loading up on goo and weird smelling stuff and - making sure my bathroom was clean - lighting candles and maybe some incense - having clean towels… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

FWIW, there are also some piratical sites that specialize in academic content and have an eclectic collection of journals. SciHub. So much of this is relative to where you live. I had a whole answer set up and then saw you are in… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

Was just coming here to say, I was at Funspot on Monday and they played a lot of Wham! It's also a good time for some 80s metal if you can stand stuff like Steppenwolf/Born to be Wild or Motorhead's "Please Don't Touch" [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

Friend was present as the whole scene unfolded and we both realized the flowers would harm the cat; the cat would have to go to the ER. The only scenario I can see where this is friend's responsibility is if friend brought the flowers… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

It's fighting with itself. Can you soap up the window just for a day (on the outside) so it basically can't see its reflection? Just drag a bar of soap around it in irregular zigzags. Will come off with a hose or in the next rainstorm. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 days ago

My 40s have been pretty great compared to other decades. I feel like I know who I am in a lot of ways and so can have more certainty in the things that I am doing. Doesn't mean I always do the sensible or "correct" thing but I have a better… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

I travel with a white noise machine usually, though I use the one on my phone as a backup. This is one I've been looking at but not yet gone all-in and purchased yet. I'm lucky enough to be able to sleep with earplugs and it does seem like you might… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

First an answer to your stated question: the crazy cat lady danger zone is above N+1. That is, when you have one more cat than people that is enough cats usually. This doesn't mean it's wrong or a problem but just... that is the fact. Three cats for… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

If you make and submit your own, you're stuck with it. Still mad! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 days ago

The two things that seem at issue here are the "I can't control this" aspects of your personalities. For you the crying and for her the shutting down/blackout rage stuff. These conflict. If it's true that both of you can't control these… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 days ago

Surely you can see how this would be morally wrong? I disagree with your metaphor and your description of my comment as "overreacting" and won't be engaging with you on this topic further. [more]
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MeFi comment - 12 days ago

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