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I don't know if your dates are flexible or not but the big thing to me when I think "February trip to Boston" is that you don't show up right in the middle of school vacation which is the 19th-23rd because many interesting things there will… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Froma mefite who would prefer to remain anonymous: I didn't realize until my early twenties that if a man would have sex with me, all it meant was that he wanted to have sex with me, not that he liked me as a person or found me attractive. This is… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Oh right, when we used to do more traditional present giving-and-getting, the bad presents were always from the cats. They have terrible taste. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

It sounds like your mom is pretty attached to you and just wants to connect with you. This is my take too. Or it's possible she is managing a mental illness, as my mom was, and this is a low level manifestation of anxiety or something… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Yesterday her ex sent a harsh email to her, angry I will be intruding on the weekend and that she didn't give him more advance notice. This is about your SO and her ability to manage this so that she can clearly be on TEAM US with you… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I insist this be the theme for the MeFi 10th Anniversary Party. [more]
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Music comment - 2 weeks ago

Today is my birthday and I take it back, the cats got me some lovely coffee. I hope everyone else from MeFi with today birthdays is having a good day. "that sounds fantastic." Paul Ford had this to say on Twitter today and I… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

Thank you! I am mostly offline today having a bang-up time. Whoever thought that early this morning would be a good time to try to steal Jim's identity, I just have to say NOT TODAY FUCKERS, we are living well. It is the best revenge. Will update… [more]
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We had a lot of oppressive family traditions when we were kids (highly routinized Christmases, stressful visiting relatives, mean anxious parents, "you better like your birthday or else" stuff) and so now that we're grown ups, have spent… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

This is one of those weird questions where there is almost AskMe unanimity. You want this, or a variant of this. Brother printer. Nice boxy shape. Laser. Just works. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

My take is a little similar which is that your friend is just being insenitive generally, Regardless of your specific work/laws/country situation, you were in a situation where your cash situation was perilous and she bragged about her purchases… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Your SO is putting her ex's petulent, childish feelings ahead of your comfort and the solidarity of your partnership for what reason, exactly? Yeah. I have an SO who has a childish bitchy ex (possibly with actual mental health issues, so… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Check your PMs, I have a friend in Raleigh who used to run a web shop and would be able to give you a ballpark idea of whether this makes any sense at all. To my mind this is crazy high (and, agreed, the range is too wide) for something built on a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I thought that was a great interview and a really interesting look at a bunch of changes over the last five years or so. I was also incredibly touched that cortex took the time to outline my contributions (and others') as part of that whole thing… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

From a MeFite who would prefer to remain anonymous:My wife is ugly. She knows it and I know it, but we've never talked about it. It's that hard. Until I met her, fell in love with her, and married her, I never really understood what a burden… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

my tiny snowboarder crashes into the snow and dies They do not die! They just crash and are usually fine (or disappear but I believe even then they do not die). And they start over. At level ten you can be a girl snowboarder (maybe my… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

First, think about whether you'd like to go camping with him if it were not a date. If no, then just cancel. If you'd still like to go but want to head off awkwardness, you can try something like this. "Hey there when I said yes to the trip,… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Is this really a grand gesture, or is it creepy as hell? Unfortunately, this really depends. I have a few creepy people in my history and many very nice people. If I got a superduper anonymous and somewhat valuable gift, I would worry… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago


Do any local folks have unsung or niche nonprofits they'd like to put up for consideration for donations? I donated to Portlight who helps people with disabilities in times of disaster and disaster relief. They help people with… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Is there a way for us as a large group to help them as a small group? A GoFundMe just for Mefites? Just restating basic money policy as I understand it: any organizing to raise funds needs to happen as a result of user (not mod) actions… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

For me it depends whether I'm looking at little things like "Get out of the house and don't fuck around all day" or bigger things "Make a healthy dinner and eat it at the dinner table" For little things where I just need to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

My blog started in 1997 (I was 29) so I can read about what I was up to. There was a small set of mostly west coast bloggers at that time. I lived in Seattle at the time. Here are somethings that seem context/time specific. - those laser light… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

This may not be useful to you, but here are the nearly 2000 MeFites who have Flickr accounts. You can poke around and see if there are names you recognize. I just added some photos today but I'm not someone who posts a lot in the topic areas you are… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Mine has always seemed straightforward to me but it's clearly not. JESS-uh-min. (no Z sound in there) [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I used to work for IA and mostly like them but I would not use them for something that requires a very high degree of OCR accuracy. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Moth generator. SICKOFWOLVES. 115 MetaFilter Projects. Waiting for Unicode Snowman to come back. Also thumbs up to bear and Birds Rights Activist. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago


I saw some of those at the beach yesterday, those things can MOVE. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I love the outdoors. I like interacting with it and also observing it from a distance. I haven't been camping much since I became a fussy sleeper but one of my greatest joys is being on a road trip or in a new city for work and finding some weird… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Oh Kwine that is terrific, please put it on Projects. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I can be reached via PM, & my number is on my website, I think. Can confirm Devils Rancher is right-on real-life dude, so if anyone needs help in Austin, this is my vouching that you should call him if you need to. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Pig roast - in New England this isn't a barbecue but just a roasted pig, people bring beers and sodas and side dishes, eat in the backyard. Chicken pie supper - these are usually fundraisers at small towns (at least in Vermont) where you pay one… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

As your librarian I am here to tell you that reading widely is one of the best ways to improve and diversify your writing and so, in a sense, it is also "for work". You are producing your intellect which is helping you with your… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

asked if I had a problem with her. I told her I didn't, and she said "You are lying to me and you are lying to yourself." This is, again, awkward, because you did lie to her by saying you didn't have a problem with her. Then… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

If you guys ever come to south central Alaska I can tell you about all the best places Highly recommended!! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Ann Sparanese was, interestingly enough, my grandmother's librarian. My mom grew up in Englewood New Jersey. I was lucky to serve with Ann on the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association and I remember when that… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

How do I get my body even? Every goddamned day. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Do not roll. I look up and to the side usually with mouth grimace. To me looking straight up is more of a "Lord help me, when will this ever end?" sort of expression. Up and over is more like "This fucking guy, AMIRITE?" sort of… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

This is not entirely unlike me. I can answer some of your questions. - It's okay to just tell planners about the windfall. They will, optimally, want to know about your lifestyle and help you with investment strategies that work for your life… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I'm worried that my tastes in particular are incongruent with those of a supposedly smart person. I have this problem! And at some level the issue comes down to "according to whom?" Like, culture is basically some sort of… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Except that fussy one you have to hand wash. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I find that daily exercise is key for keeping my head on straight. I get up early and walk for 45-60 minutes. This is true for me as well. I view exercise like medicine which helps me from having it drop off the to do list because I'm too… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Get off the highway a little early and drop by Cazenovia NY which has a super weird library (with a cat!) attached to a museum (with a mummy!) and is also a cute as hell little town. You can continue to Cooperstown on Route 20 which is the longest… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

For people who enjoy terrible liars, there's also this recent article about a literary con job/long grift. Not as cool on the updates as the Pajiba article, they did such good work. [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 weeks ago

I have high boundaries about physical contact, and this felt invasive. This is also me. While I don't mind contact that I initiate, people who touch me and startle/surprise me make me feel instantly unsafe. This is partly about me… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 weeks ago

you mean theeeese stickers? Please send me a few. Let me know if you need my current address!! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 weeks ago

But really, the true glory to getting to an almost-zero-junkmail existence has been jgreco's suggestion to file USPS Prohibitory Order Form 1500 to the last remaining holdouts that you can't tackle individually. Yes. And the Post Office… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 4 weeks ago

“F - U - C - K - !” Makes you stronger! I'm having 100+ people over on Saturday for a Celebration of Life for my neglectful and sometimes abusive, but also interesting and funny, dead mom. She mellowed significantly in the last 15… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 weeks ago

a Celebration of Life sounds like the perfect repudiation of a Nazi rally. Funny joke: I have a cousin named Richard Cohon. Every time I get an email from Richard Cohen from the Southern Poverty Law Center, I think it's my cousin… [more]
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