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I remember when I was a "guest editor" on BoingBoing for a week back when they had comments on-site and learned that, except for one disemvowelling plug-in they had nothing, nothing!, for dealing with any serious moderation issues. Just a… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 12 days ago

From a MeFite who would prefer to remain anonymous.:Having a child with autism is so very difficult. My son is 4 and I still cry just about every day over the sadness and frustrations that life with him produces. He's another child that people can't… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 12 days ago

I am making a manual for the television system and labeling the mystery foods in the baking drawer. Snow is pretty heavy here, started around 10:30 (a little southeast of Providence) but it seems to be coming in bands. Not as windy as I'd feared but… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 13 days ago

I enjoyed writing this! I like watching what the Coral Project has been able to come up with. It's exciting because they have a combination of smart people working for them along with $$$ and buy in from big names you have heard of which helps… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 13 days ago

If so, and undergraduates couldn't browse their libraries' books and journals, what was expected of them, in terms of researching assignments? I think this is conflating two meanings of the word browsing. Yes, stacks were closed (I mean I… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 13 days ago

I was also quite impressed by the effectiveness of Xanax, but I know that Xanax is not a permanent solution I have anxiety that gets spikey and is mostly okay. I find that benzos allow me to hit the RESET button and calm down and get… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 14 days ago

From a MeFite who would prefer to remain anonymous:I was in a similar situation to you, except that meds worked pretty well for me. I stayed on depression meds (but went off anxiety meds) through my pregnancy and while breastfeeding (after… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 14 days ago

I was looking at the weather and saying "Huh it says there is a 95% chance of snow and where .... oh there it is!" curious to see how this plays out. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 14 days ago

You have my respect, and I appreciate you spelling out exactly what and why you want things to change, but I still disagree. This is also my general feeling. I appreciate that everyone's ideal MetaFilter is different but I feel pretty… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 14 days ago

Isn't doing the reverse also making assumptions about what tens of thousands of people want? Website default settings are already doing that, on all websites. The big thing is trying to ascertain whether the propositions and settings of… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I take care of a house with a bunch of the Toto low-water flush toilets (and I clean them all) and I am a huge fan. They have standard parts that are easy to find, they use very little water, they look nice. The only thing I would do differently is… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I support this pony, a lot, but I'd like to suggest an add-on pygmy goat: ability to hide location from even logged-in users. I like both of these ideas. I've benefited a lot from having my personal information available and will… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

You should put it up! Not with that "autoplaying" animated gif you shouldn't. [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Library cards allow access to major US papers. This is very very region dependent and usually involves some pretty terribly UX. So yes, but also no. I'm not against linking to WaPo generally but I do appreciate that people are saying they… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I have flossed for 19 days straight. I don't even recognize myself. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm in a long term relationship with a guy who started out like your guy and it works for me but with certain notable differences. We don't live together. We don't share finances. We're very committed and we live a few hours away from each other… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

making sure that it is easy to understand One of the things I like about facebook is their "view profile as" option. So you can see how your profile looks to any of your contacts to make sure you are sharing what youthink you… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I'll just hold up a finger and say "one minute, hon" - in a friendly, non-snippy way, finish my paragraph, and look up when I'm ready. This is how we deal with it too. Me and my SO have differing tolerances for this sort of… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

the (incredibly slow) Aladdin sketch I think that was the only sketch I sort of didn't like very much since it just seemed like it was all about Cecily being uncomfortable and miserable but the little bit t the end "You never talk… [more]
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FanFare comment - 2 weeks ago

This link will get you 200+ menus from 1915. You can look at a few fancier ones and see what things they were featuring. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I just want her to date outside her rapist's social circle. Is that too much to ask? Yes. Telling other people who they can date is not okay. I totally understand why you are upset and frustrated by this chain of events. I would be too… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Toad baked some cookies. “These cookies smell very good,” said Toad. He ate one. “And they taste even better,” he said. Toad ran to Frog’s house. “Frog, Frog,” cried Toad, “taste these cookies that I have made.” Frog ate one of the cookies, “These… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I think, however, that it should be up to hosts to decide when to extend hospitality and to whom, and not up to the guests. And this is where your opinion on this differs from, say, mine and bingo's. In my universe, I feel bad that I… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

From the OP:Hi everyone. I don't know how to say this, really. Grant and I are sitting in a hotel room a few towns over from where I used to live. Last night, he was over and Jodie started up again. I had been turning over the words from the… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I live two places that are about 250 miles apart and I like to think that this feature is for me personally because I'd love to know if something was going on at Home 2 while I am at Home 1. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I've been mulling this over all day because it really is something I think can be unlearned. Part of what was helpful for me and maybe it will be helpful for you was reminding myself that I chose this partner--someone not like me in a few fundamental… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I'm a mink oil person for boots like this. I'm not sure I'd even clean them unless there are stains. Warm the boots gently for a little bit, let the mink oil penetrate (or snow seal or whatever) and then wipe off the extra. Do it again if the boots… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

This is the best. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I'm looking for advice, anecdotes from your own life, or links to resources that could help me understand this a bit more. I aged out of mine. I lived in an urban culture where I was a member of a few overlapping tribes of folks. I had a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

And possibly more importantly should I just leave well enough alone and leave him to continue living the way he is or is it ok that I want to help him move towards his goal of having children? People say a lot of things. It took me a long… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I am a librarian and I'd say you are overthinking this. What you are doing is 1. technically not kosher unless you specifically own the rights to your article (which you might! but I was unclear if the student wanted the article or the entire… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Joseph Reagle's Reading the Comments is on my to-read pile. I read his book on Wikipedia called Good Faith Collaboration and found it very readable and interesting. You should also subscribe to the newsletter of The Coral Project. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

This whole thread and none of you internet people pointed out that the 10 on salt-banana's butt is backwards? [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I have (sort of) been there. My parent got a scary diagnosis and surgery and wound up being able to maintain on medications for a good while (still, in fact) thanks to wonder drugs. So part of this is the awful not knowing, which is the worst. My… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

STRESS=BAD is a concept made up to sell cigarettes and deflect from their role in disease STRESS=BAD was a mantra that cigarette companies exploited with their own in-house research when they were trying to, among other things, get you to… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Maybe you are looking for a built-it-yourself (or not) orrery or solar system? [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I like MLKSHK which has some degree of MeFi overlap and I can go for funny photos and some random meme-y stuff which I might otherwise not have any idea of. I browse Flickr commons for public domain photos, sometimes just tossing random words into… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Also give yourself a huge pat on the back for turning the podcast around in a few hours. That is amazing stuff during the holiday season and a huge change from Ye Olde Days where we'd wait 3-4 DAYS just to hear ourselves tease each other. I know you… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I have heard this before but I wonder if anyone here can clarify a little? What exactly is it that is the knowledge gap? There's a really poignant scene in The Wire where some of the (poor) kids from the 'hood were invited to go out to a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

"I hate Winnipeg" (actually called One Great City) by the Weakerthans really has a great chorus for this, but no line about leaving. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

why limit yourself to an improvised weapon? Because you'd have it on you at all times? Because you can hide it so it's not obvious you're carrying it (not at all true with a baton the way you are suggesting, I'm not a person who carries a… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I promise not to yell at you, at least for the first week or so. Heh. Female mods getting online-yelled-at is actually a seriously shitty part of the job, so I am happy that you are not adding to the problem but I feel like it's probably… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Is this where I link to the lighthouse traveling library? I think it is. I am also in a rental so no backyard book burying for me, but I find that there is a really short list of books that I want to keep around for re-reading. The older I get it… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Maybe a world-weary jessamyn will have to be called out of retirement for One Last Job. I love the way everything has been going and Eyebrows is top notch but that trope has always been one of my favorites. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Are there accents where Reagan and Dragon rhyme? Cortex has such an accent which we talk about ad nauseum on the podcast as an adorable idiolect but maybe other people talk like he does? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Bustle has a good general interest article about this. Though it's argued from an (admittedly) heteronormative position it basically breaks down the idea that sexism isn't just "being prejudiced against someone because of their sex" it's… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I am a worried sleeper and yeah it's a mess. I sleep with ear plugs in which is helpful but there are also white noise machines that you can run on a phone that can help mask sounds. At some point you may just have to do triage on which concerns are… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

Two things need to happen, or one or the other does. - Partner needs to step up and work with you being Team Us on having these events not be so lousy. Partner can change the subject, can stop the discussion about the thing and fill you in, can go… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

FORGET IT IT'S FINE NOW [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

I'll be working tonight (admissions for a psychiatric hospital) As someone who had a close friend spending the night in psych admissions last NY Eve, bless you in advance for your patience and kindness that can make all the difference in… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

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