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My partner has an adult child living at home with mh issues about your kid's age (I am using kid here just as shorthand, he's 22). The most challenging thing is the "doesn't leave the house" stuff. Here are a few strategies which they use… [more]
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wildly inferior layout/style. ... cold dead hands ... [more]
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is there something a little Marie Antoinette-ish about a charity in this country, which is full of terrible poverty, that says "Oh no! There are people who don't own real estate!?" Generally speaking, to me, no. This seems like… [more]
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I don't know offhand. He does seem to be responsive to comments on his Shop page on his website. He was a strong advocate for CC licenses on his works as recently at 2013. [more]
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If I'm reading this and your last question correctly, you went from being an employee of hers to freelancing over the summer. And now she hasn't gotten you the things you need to do the job without you riding herd on her? I think that's a doorway to… [more]
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He told me not to worry about it but not to do it again That would be my mantra He told me not to worry He told me not to worry He told me not to worry He told me not to worry He told me not to worry Sounds like you have some… [more]
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Limit the size of your family, or adopt. This is huge for two main reasons 1. obviously fewer people consume fewer resources, but also 2. having children makes people a lot more inwardly-focused (for decent reasons) and so they are… [more]
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Good luck wenestvedt! I have to say, I was sort of like "Do marketing for the conference... ehhhhhh" but Lauren was a delight to talk with and what started out to be a 10-20 minute interview turned into what you saw here. I was having a… [more]
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I have an awful lot of MARC records from NYPL I think... (might not all be books) that I'd happily put up on Dropbox for you. You can also get similar sets from LoC and Open Library. [more]
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I keep track of every book I read. I found that it was easier for me to put down books I didn't like when I still would enter them on my booklist (i.e. got credit for them even though I marked them as "unfinished", I am a cheevo-driven… [more]
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His grave didn't deserve the timid wallflowery dance around the malice and brutality that defined his life that it got here, much less the tone deaf praise. Not disagreeing that the man was seriously lousy in many ways, but isn't this… [more]
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foster a pregnant mama cat? This was going to be my suggestion. My mother did this (both once when I was a child and then again more recently). It's sort of fun to have a cat around the place, and then kittens but also to have the kittens… [more]
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I know this seems like a very solipsistic question, I feel embarrassed about that too. It is fine to think about your feelings, and to care about yourself. My mother died this summer after a longish illness. We didn't even get along… [more]
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Here are mine! Thanks to everyone who was patient and kind as I was slightly in over my head. You were all charming hiking companions. A little chagrined I had no need of my layers or something waterproof but the weather was pretty terrific. Thanks to everyone who made the trip and Dr. Fetish and nosila for hosting. [more]
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If you like plague novels, Year of Wonders is very much like this. Very sheltered rural woman in 1666 learns about the world. Very much agree with the Secret Garden suggestion too. [more]
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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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The relative dearth of comments here vs. the initial spate of hundreds on earlier "getting involved" threads speaks volumes. I like to think that people finally got off the internet Two Minute Hate Machine and decided to go into… [more]
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I have a mom who is (in my opinion) living with undiagnosed BPD. Your examples are similar, though more troubling, to things that happened to me. I think the best interpretation is that they didn't know any better or were, themselves, getting out… [more]
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I got two abnormal pap smear results six months apart, each showing abnormality with the technical term being "atypical squamous cells." To me this feels a bit like saying "Hey I have an unusual looking mole and the doctor… [more]
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Along the same lines... I spend a lot of time online but I try to balance time I spend creating with time I spend consuming. This works offline as well. I read books, but I also try to make postcards and write letters. I'll eat out, but I'll also try… [more]
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"hey, how would you feel about switching parking spots?" I'm in favor of a slightly more direct approach "Hey I'm going to need to switch back and use the other parking spot." (just in case their response is "We… [more]
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Absolutely. Hugs. [more]
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I love these types of questions. My favorite example of this is the Eddie Vedder song that was used in Into the Wild Hard Sun, is actually by Gordon Peterson (Indio) which was big in Canada brifly but who sort of faded away afterwards. But… [more]
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I like LH's stories about how he met his wife; they give hope to the rest of us nerdy linguophile crankster nerds. [more]
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I will probably be there! And am driving down from Vermont if someone needs a ride from points north. [more]
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I need to get my old Flickr account shut down. I own the account but I cannot access it and I don't have either a Yahoo account or any recovery email or phone number connected to it. When Yahoo bought Flickr, there was a period of time… [more]
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Me and my SO both have really nerdy hobbies that we are into and which other people sometimes consider unappealing. That's on them. I think the first bit is to make sure you internalize that ("That's their issue, I love my hobby") so you're… [more]
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And I don't think these are really "intrusive thoughts" They sound like intrusive thoughts to me. I have anxiety and a lot of times there will be one thing, whatever the thing is, which will set my mind off and then it will be… [more]
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I pay extra for paper towels that come in those smaller rip-off sizes because I usually only need about a third of a paper towel anyhow. [more]
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So why did Andre Braugher say clabburd? I grew up in an old farmhouse with people who talked about clapboarding incessantly and they pronounced it clabburd. I am also from the northeast. [more]
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No-one has ever used them for this in the history of the site I do. But I use them for many things. [more]
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I enjoy birthday weekend. When I was a kid it was always a headache to have a birthday right when school was starting. Now it mostly works. Me and Jim and my sister spent most of the weekend down in MA at my dad's place. An incomplete list of things… [more]
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about Bill Cosby or Leni Riefenstahl perhaps the problem would be more obvious. I fully expect people in the (terrible serial rapist predator) Bill Cosby obit thread to be talking also about the huge effect that he had on the world of… [more]
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"this is MY side and that's YOUR side." My SO is an only and we were just talking about this today as we took turns playing a video game. I'd play for a while and then hand him the controller and be like "OK I've played enough it's your… [more]
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There is no ASS postulate. That's how I learned it. [more]
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Some of this depends how much you are night owls and/or want to save money. I've taken public transportation (i.e. the bus) from the train station to Anaheim and it takes a while but it's doable, but a little more difficult late at night. Also… [more]
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You can't talk about Cosby's career or achievements without the context of his crimes. The thing is, some people probably can. And, as gusottertrout says above, if what (some) people are saying is that you shouldn't do that here, that's a… [more]
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Can we get stickers now? Yes I will go chip in over in the other thread. [more]
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For folks who know of and already like Gaffigan and are just bemused at how he makes all of this work, I suggest reading Dad is Fat which is I think what he was promoting on this NPR interview. There's a nice little floor plan of their apartment and… [more]
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Looks like a textbook deer mouse. You can check the droppings to tell for sure, it's possible they're too small to set off your rat traps. [more]
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I hate to be that guy but the "grippy hand" link and Deckard links are broken. [more]
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This is well within the range of normal tolerances. My bathroom has a dial timer which I can set for an hour to run the shower after I'm out. I find that even at the end of this, the towels will still make the bathroom humid. This is in a really… [more]
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I was really interested in this question as I enterered my 40s, never having had glasses (and coming from a family of glasses wearers) and did ask my eye doctor. He explained that, yeah, 40s is usually when you start needing readers and it can happen,… [more]
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I took typing in high school technically "before computers" (they existed but did not have typing testing software). We were in a classroom with typewriters. We'd practice learning the homerow and typing awa ese ses waw, etc. For testing,… [more]
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These are the super simple night lights I like and you can use these bulbs in them. [more]
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I think it would at least be polite to give us non-tweeters some warning that you're leaving the open web and heading to a walled garden that not everybody has (or wants) keys to. Twitter pretty much is is the open web inasmuch as any… [more]
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We both knew it was unique, and perhaps even a bit unhealthy, but it was so darned exciting. There are chemicals your body produces that make you feel this way. I don't mean to say this to be dismissive, those feelings are real, but they… [more]
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I am looking at a photograph of myself here in my mom's office where I am accepting my diploma at my college graduation wearing Birkenstocks with socks. Solidarity. [more]
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