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We're on a bus! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 days ago

GODDAMNIT I AM STILL ON THIS TRAIN. I mean, I am on my way back from NYC and we had a few small delays and now there is this freight train sort of broken down on the line ahead of us and I guess there is a thing with its air where you have to ..… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 days ago

They gave us cheddar goldfish and dried fruit and cookies for free but anything else you have to buy from the cafe car which I do not feel like doing on principle at this point. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 days ago

For people who are already in LL, I'd like to suggest also poking around in the forums where there is a lot of nerdy discussion about trivia and match days. Also consider signing up to be a tester for other people's one day specials and minileagues… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 days ago

We've had a few guests in the past including ColdChef, mothershock, kokogiak and the new mods when they came on. I agree, more guests would be a good thing. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 days ago

WestJ, recently demoted to Memorial E League, still enjoying it! If someone knows me IRL-sh and wants to be referred, please drop me a note. I am really serious about making sure you won't cheap and won't forfeit. An hour? That feels like too… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 12 days 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 - 12 days ago

I am both a slob and a nitpicky order freak. I developed ways to sort of overlook some of the slob aspects to maintain my self-image and have lately been working on, as you say, tightening the whole thing up. A few things that were helpful - some… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 13 days ago


I'm really curious about that shop vac on a timer. Me too, like what the fuck Dad? And it really made a huge crazy noise. There are x-10 switches in the basement that we still haven't figured out. You have to press some buttons randomly… [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I am not much of a drinker (and definitely not a scotch drinker) but I would have two (2) beers for a podcast if cortex would edit out the bathroom breaks. Would LOVE to have pb on and talk about the beaming ray of pure sunshine he has become since… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

Alanon will be very, very helpful for you. Concur. I had an alcoholic parent and everything medusa said rings true for me. It's a natural thing for people to minimize the drinking problems of those they love. It may be helpful to you to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I am a money hoarder. It's a symptom of my general anxiety and some issues about self-worth (thanks lousy parents) and I've been working on it. At some level money is worth the value you put on it and those around you put on it once your basic needs… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

My friend cannot handle silence. She cannot last more than 4 seconds without filling the space between us with words. Much of it is noise. Many people are this way and that is fine. I am more like you. I find people who just sort of talk… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

We're definitely a little goofier if we do the podcast later in the day, all other variables nonwithstanding.. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

those of use on dialup or satellite internet or low volume metered accounts appreciate the warning. 25% of the US doesn't have broadband at home. Many people have metered data plans on their phones. Large mystery PDFs don't often… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

Jessamyn, isn't the word "merci" in the name of the "Merci Train" used in the sense of "thank you"? Yes, it totally is! You mean I was pronouncing it wrong? And I have to go to Woonsocket sometime. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

Oh bless you. Jim and I sat through the entire thing just hoping it would never end. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm sure there's still a lot to like about it, but for me: He started interviewing a bunch of musicians, which I was less interested in. And Maron's underdog schtick really only works if he's not one of the most popular podcasters with his own TV… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

Be disappointed in cortex, that went exactly how I planned it. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

I'm a huge fan of cash. I even have a checkbook which I use to pay for some things. I have credit cards and pay them off at the end of every month. As long as you feel like you know where your money's going and you are not unduly inconvenienced, cash… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

As a counterpoint, I have a bank that refunds my ATM fees which can be helpful for this sort of thing. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

My thoughts went straight to Under Armor tank tops. They have a masculine look, they are snug but not binding. They're not specifically for swimming but have a fitness gear look that wouldn't be out of place in the water. This is their… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Was everyone a foundling found in the library?? JUST ME THEN? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks 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]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

An oldie but a goodie is Over the Next Hill: An Ethnography of RVing Seniors in North America by Dorothy Ayers Counts. I just finished reading Full-Time RVing: A Complete Guide to Life on the Open Road by Bill and Jan Moeller who have written a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

my SO told me he’s sad when I get up while he's still sleeping. He’d rather have me stay in bed and wake up with me at his side… when I comply there is something screaming inside, I am antsy and usually end up angry, in addition to guilty and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

Bottom: spinach Top: roasted corn, black beans, roasted red peppers dressing: chipotle something Bottom: spinach Top: strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese Dressing: balsamic something Bottom: mixed greens Top: Roasted chicken, sliced toasted… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

*wonders how many times she re-rolled to get that title* You can REROLL? I just assumed my character was pre-loaded or something. I mean "found in a library"? C'mon.... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

MLKSHK shut down this weekend. We had a lot of notice and there's an active group of maybe 200-ish nerds all trying to get up a new post-MLKSHK site (code name: MLTSHP). It was a goofy image-sharing site and it was one of my short list of internet… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

My parents feel that, whether or not they are paying for something, they should be allowed to veto anything they dislike, and that planning our wedding without them being allowed to weigh in on every decision has been disrespectful. Hey,… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

update from the OP So, before I posted, I was totally ready to get on the phone to Mr Anonymous and make an idiot of myself by apologizing for being fat. And I was convinced that he wouldn't want me. How COULD he? I'm FAT. And ugly. Who in their… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

follow-up from the OP Thank you so much everyone for your insight and also for your kindness. I actually got all teary reading all the nice things everyone wrote. It's so easy to get trapped inside my head and just see things from one rigid… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

[Seriously folks maybe don't continue to harp on the "this is dangerous for kids" stuff after a couple comments. Everyone is dead, we know it's not safe.] [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 weeks ago

I cast the Silence All of Life spell! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 weeks ago

*glares* Hey glaring is my skill! along with poetry and link-farming [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

First: is apnea being dealt with? No counting backwards from anything or standing on one leg, please. How about vigorous exercise? That is what helped me. I was one of those "Stay awake basically all night, drinking to shut my… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

what podcasts (or other media, I guess) everyone consumes that are on topics about which they have no underlying interest. I really like reading books about sports much more than I like being any other parts of sports culture. The science… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Would. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I don't know if you've been there but Nancy's Air Field Cafe in Stow MA has a really nice breakfast/brunch thing (check website to make sure they are open when you are going) and they have some nice seating areas where you can watch little planes… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I'm in a not dissimilar boat, having gotten out of a long term relationship last year and have a sort of space in my life where the person I told everything to used to be. I've had what I consider to be decent success NOT feeling that there's a hole… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

It's a variation of the "dead goat" derail. And I get it. I (mostly) understand the privilege I have (I'm always learning) and the privilege I don't. I read the news, I call my Congresscritters. This is my exact experience… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks 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]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I can't figure out why libraries keep being the targets of budget cuts whenever this sort of thing comes up. My best guess is because they resist measurable outcomes. It's hard to quantifiably measure "social good" in a way that… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago


Thanks, as always, cortex. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

Nthing Headspace which gives you the first month free. After one year of Headspace I moved on to other apps. This was me also. I asked this question a while back. Headspace taught me a lot of the techniques that were helpful and I moved… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

How do you know someone went to Harvard? They tell you. Alternately there is a WASP-y tendency to say "I went to college in the Boston area/Connecticut" as a way to not say Harvard r Yale. People who went to BU just say… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

My feeling is that while the emotional labor concept is a useful construct for understanding the larger world, the only time it's super useful when in active conversation with someone is when you are talking with a partner or someone you have a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 weeks ago

I'm on board for YAYPRIL even if no one else is. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 weeks ago

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