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Mazel tov, that is wonderful. [more]
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How can I find real people that need a helping hand that I can help with the least amount of drama and red tape? Read the newspaper. I live in a small town and it's very very obvious who is in sudden need of cash by who has had a house… [more]
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I'm friends with most of my exes because my breakups didn't burn any bridges [in most cases] and the people were excellent to begin with. It's really really up to you if you want to be friends and if the person who is your ex is hassling you to be… [more]
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There are a lot of options to help out and improve documentation in open source projects and it's also a really good way to get involved and see how a project works and what other sorts of things need doing generally. Koha is the project that I've… [more]
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Counting calories religiously and all the time (not just when trying to lose weight) works for the very detail-oriented, but for most people it's unrealistic. Yep. This is me. I am an obsessive list maker anyhow, so paying attention to… [more]
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As I said in the article, I think these things are trickier when your actual workplace is, at some level, The Internet. You have to more consciously disengage (or block) access to your old workplace which may also be your social scene… [more]
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Trusts are super tight legal encumbrances for money. I assume you are in the US. My knowledge of trust stuff is in the US. There is a person or firm in charge of the trust and that person can answer your questions and likely give you a copy of the… [more]
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ORThey, the MeFi wiki has a nice page about getting a lawyer. It could be more fleshed out, but it's not bad. Maybe we need two more for "seek therapy" or "see a doctor" with similar how-to-do-it advice. [more]
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the Great Taters Mystery. Now is as good a time to mention this as any. I got an email a while back from the gal who posted that anon thread. I've paraphrased a little bit but not much. The "taters" thing was, I guess, kind of like a code… [more]
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I had this. I was totally flipped out. We kept and eye on it. I got... not sure if it was a biopsy but a more scrapey scrape than a regular pap smear (a little hurty but nothing awful) which showed nothing problematic. It eventually went away. Good… [more]
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I also check ebay with stuff in my local and WILL NOT SHIP somewhere in the ad. This is for finding woodstoves in Vermont but I bet would work for speakers in Reno. [more]
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if any shithead ever asks me, at a professional conference, if he can touch my breasts, I'll go ahead and.... You know, I think I would go ahead and let him, photograph the whole thing and then go all dog-poop girl on the whole adventure… [more]
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Other Budnitzim. [more]
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warmshowers.org is (or at least used to be!) a decent way to find people to stay with. Still is. I host cyclists coming through from time to time. It's basically like free couchsurfing. People offer you a place to sleep, park your bike… [more]
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As it stands it just seems like he needed the "right person" to come turn him around, and it hurts that I wasn't good enough. My mom went through this after my parents split up after almost 20 years of marriage. She'd see my dad [who was… [more]
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Clickbaity headlines (and pullquoting) nonwithstanding, this is actually an interesting article mostly about why some Chinese scholars believe that understanding the history of Judaism and Jewish thought may be useful in China and is worth a read… [more]
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Do you need to show the screen exactly as it would look to someone who is viewing a similar device? My first thought was using Switch Control on the phone to be able to manipulate things on screen and then having a small joystick or something… [more]
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How do you feel about $35/month? My guy switched to Cricket recently and it's been just fine. You can still use the smart parts, keep your phone. They are owned by AT&T. Here are a few other options along the same lines. [more]
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I'm all over MLKSHK. Does anyone else use This? (hit me up via email if you want/need invites) [more]
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In my experience, those who find it easy to control their farts are confident that everyone has the same ability, and ascribe any evidence to the contrary to rudeness, laziness, lack of training, or weak character. Seriously. I am one of… [more]
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How, musically, has hip-hop advanced in the twenty-five years since then? How is this piece under consideration musically advanced since? However just like the Feminism 101 threads, it's sort of useful to approach the topic as… [more]
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Kerning problem. [more]
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I've been mulling over a lot of this for the past few days. As the kid of a technologist, one who also died this year, there is a lot of compare/contrast going on on my head. We had Macs in the house from 1984 on, though I didn't get my own Mac [a… [more]
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This is a situation I was in, sort of. Grew up with an alcoholic parent who was emotionally abusive (this is probably affecting your outlook a lot, fwiw) and a mom who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer when I was in another country. I was just… [more]
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This is me. I grew up in a house with a lot of yelling and a parent who would sort of "sic" the other parent on me and (try to) keep me in line by implying that the other parent might hurt me. I only got smacked a few times, but it was… [more]
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Well, I kinda feel like a limit up around 1000 or 2000 characters or something wouldn't be exactly crazy. That's a long paragraph. And there's always more space in [more inside] and comments – so this wouldn't constitute too much of a restraint,… [more]
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I have this problem. Usually it's only noticeable when it's really bad. I usually just tell people "Yeah I pick more at my cuticles when I'm nervous/stressed. I'm working on it." People don't want to get more in depth with advice or… [more]
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it made me feel like an asshole, like I was pestering him, and I didn’t like feeling that way. Seems like you and this guy were on different trajectories and that's totally fine. However it seems like he was friendly with you (despite… [more]
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Strip the watermark, rehost them, redistribute them, and stick two fingers up to the Google Terms of Service. The public domain means something. The Internet Archive does host a fair number of the PD Google books (with the… [more]
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By MeFi's own waxpancake, eh? Wish I'd known. Good piece, waxpancake! Thanks for posting that, metaquarry! Yeah Andy's article was great and I found myself sending him links "And over HERE is where Google did THIS and said THAT and… [more]
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Worldcat! You may not be missing anything. Worldcat is a huge records accumulator but they only display availability information, if this is the same as it used to be, for member libraries. My hunch is that when a library ceases to be part of… [more]
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Did you grow up in a place without flouridated water? I did and my teeth are cavity-prone. My sister, however, grew up with me and has very few cavities. Also dental technology has improved over the past decade so that dentists can see mini-cavities… [more]
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I met the salmon lasagna lady (or the roommate who asked the question) and we had a grand time talking about that whole thread again. [more]
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You are welcome to get straight up quant on this if you want, I'll propose a napkin-math methodology I have a simpler one 1. Take the posts from two days of MetaFilter 2. MeMail the posters and ask 1) "Do you read Reddit?"… [more]
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I thought that was how we dealt with Little Green Footballs, almost before my time. [more]
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I used to live half time in Seattle and half time elsewhere. I would have my insurance company take the insurance off the car for the time I was not in Seattle. Now, I also did not DRIVE the car and had it parked in a friend's driveway, but I also… [more]
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We have always been On Notice. [more]
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Maybe the signing bonus should compensate me for taking that risk. Ha. No. That is not what it is for. You know that is not what it is for. paying over $4,000 above the amount I received just to quit my job also wouldn't be fair… [more]
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Do you folks regularly invite people your home to people with whom you were acquainted 10 years ago but don't particularly like? Do you leave the door unlocked in case any strangers need a place to crash? I do, but I am aware this is not… [more]
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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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I actually would like to encourage more Askers to follow up with updates on how things turned out no matter what the question was about. We've sometimes had wrap-up MeTa posts encouraging people to do that. Explaining how the resolved… [more]
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Let me know if this might be a possibility! I would likely send an email exactly like the one your wife's "friend" sent. In my universe, it's literally asking "hey is it okay if I stay with you?" and I assume that the… [more]
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It's more like MomFilter: "hey honey, I thought you might want to see this funny thing!!" You've helped me put my finger on exactly why those things drive me batshit. [more]
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You're the man now dog, own it. [more]
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There's probably a combination of things that will help this situation 1. Managing expectations: I agree with other people that having lower-key meals be the expectations early on will help. Maybe use easy meats like ground hamburger or having… [more]
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I'm not sure how obscure Waking Ned Devine is, but it's wonderful. Coming here to say exactly that. On preview: yup. I think Super Troopers is really funny but it may be an acquired taste and/or local humor. I liked Butter which has a lot… [more]
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