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There are also a few suburbs north that might be worth looking into buses for - Hudson and Maynard come to mind. Both have small downtowns and are fairly working-class. My sister lives one town over from Hudson and works in Maynard and I… [more]
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it's hard for me to write off my own dad when part of me wants closure. I worked out a relationship with my dad that I'm okay with. It still gives me some degree of grief, but I'm good at doing a few things. - Accepting him without… [more]
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When I give this sort of talk to librarians, I often include analogs into their world and try to express relative risks (i.e. "a stronger password is better than a weak one") and absolute risks ("you are safer buying something on… [more]
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Would it be weird to a single man to have a married woman ask to be your friend? I would fully disclose being married and not being interested in any kind of relationship beyond friendship. To me, it's a little weird but not that weird… [more]
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classic4lyfe. [more]
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It is statistically unusual, but not weird. Yep. I am another person who doesn't have one since I have no grounded outlets in my rental and almost no counter space. I do have a lot of other kitchen gadgets--electric kettle, toaster oven,… [more]
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When I think of people who are doing this sort of work, I think of researchers looking at things like facebook and doing semantic analysis, coding words. You might want to look into the concept of semantic differential. I get in the weeds after that… [more]
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To the best of my knowledge this is just someone using Archive.org as a barely-supervised place to secrete stuff. And this is said as someone who used to work there. Try emailing info@archive.org and they will let you know if there's something… [more]
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I'm insured but am I likely to be totally screwed if I don't have the right kind of coverage? I find this stuff pretty confusing. I don't live in a no-fault insurance state. Is this good or bad? I did something not unlike this over the… [more]
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I'm also in your general cohort and I pay attention to heart health guidelines. Sounds like you're close to what they suggest but you might want to add one more walk in during the week. Some of it depends what your goals are: muscle tone and… [more]
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My dad had an astrophysics degree and was really into this sort of thing. I grew up in Central MA and one of the things I remember most strongly when I was a kid, even though we probably only did it once or twice, was laying out in the backyard… [more]
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With kindness, training a dog out of behaviors that work for him in his forever home may be doing yourself a short-term favor while doing his owners a longer term non-favor. I concur with others that if the dog is getting exercise, there… [more]
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We had a community meeting about how to deal with the Encroaching Awfulness and concrete things people can do. I have a hard time sitting in rooms talking with people about feelings so I offered to be the house manager who opened and closed the doors… [more]
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Seems like a lot of these school websites have copypasted policies and I'd be super curious to get to the bottom of this. You've probably already seen this site which sums up a lot of existing policies about cold weather play but just in case you… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

A little outside the usual realm but The Turk by Tom Standage is about an early automaton. It's actually (SPOILER ALERT) not a computer but peopel thought it might be, and this was in the 1700s. I like this sort of book and in addition to Soul of a… [more]
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One of the things cop shops have been doing lately is providing spaces for people who buy/sell things on the internet to meet in a place that is decently safe. If I were the cops I might try to actually capitalize on this and use it as an outreach… [more]
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Speaking for libraries everywhere, I think this sounds lovely and I bet libraries would both like to see what your students came up with and/or being okay with giving some "This is the sort of problem we need to solve" UX feedback that… [more]
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To the best of my knowledge this is not possible from the iPad. The hack I would do if this were my problem would be to save versions of the EPUBs without images (probably using regexp which ... bleh) and then just toss them on my kindle for the… [more]
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I have Fairpoint DSL in Vermont. You can buy it without a land line ("dry loop") if you don't need a land line and save some money. Are you sure that is as fast as it will get? VTel are good people. If you want to drop me a MeFi Mail and… [more]
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I think it's important to operate from a place of good faith on AskMe and assume that the asker phrased the question in a specific way for a reason I agree with this in general, but disagree with it in specific only because we've seen in… [more]
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Do the shower/toilet pipes eventually connect? Is it actually my hair??? Yes, generally. You can see a diagram here. Depending on the age of your house, the age of the toilet and the age of the pipes this could be some coincidences or it… [more]
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[very much suggest people end the Blacksonian derail (filling in today for vacationing mods)] [more]
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MeFi comment - 2 months ago

There are technical blocks preventing more than one anonymous question a week. I know what they are. If you have a sock puppet account, that account can ask an anon question, unless things have changed since my time here. But yeah I am… [more]
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> I see it as a woman's discovery of her freedom and independence. Sure, and just like Thelma and Louise, the only way to resolve that "problem" is to have her die at the end. [more]
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If I move out she has threatened to not pay rent and leave me on the hook with the landlord. These are not the words of someone I would be doing any favors. I'd give her a good chunk of time to get a roommate and just make a clean break… [more]
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I think my first question would be whether this is a relationship dynamic or whether your wife has an anger problem generally. Like ... if she yells at you but no one else, that is a bad dynamic with the two of you. If she yells at everyone she has… [more]
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We deal with this in the library world sometimes where our choice is to remove this but some library catalogs don't have this option but do allow customization. A few things that have been helpful. - have a "prefer not to answer"… [more]
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Is it possible that you can change the contact address to add a nickname so that your proprietary sender started with a letter that no one else started with? So like: xxmomxx instead of mom which gets confused with mothra which gets confused with… [more]
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"It's funny, the idea that you could have to be back after your family has been here so long, it's ridiculous and would never happen so that's what makes it funny." Seconding very much that humor is relational. If he's explaining jokes to… [more]
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the other is the snarky Machiavelli answer, not deleted. Sometimes people give snarky pithy answers that might, through some lenses, also be an answer to the question. And it's hard to tell if they're just supposed to be snark or they're… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months 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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You need to consider the anxiety an emergency and worry about recipes later. Exactly. I am also cheap-to-a-problematic-perspective sometimes and the baseline issue here isn't food or money, it's anxiety and disordered thinking. Whether… [more]
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I thought the article JinA linked to was super interesting and worth its own post in some ways. At the same time, he brings lot of baggage into threads with him that I think is distinct from his own words and people react to that. Anyhow, that's… [more]
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Even though Turbo Tax could mostly guide you through this, a tax professional could not only give you more confidence that you were doing everything right but also give you information on best practices for tax year 2017 which would be helpful. After… [more]
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Mine was a super weird thing. I've always done the list making and the calendaring and whatever and I'm pretty efficent. But the thing that really took me the rest of the way (especially about a lot of small stakes stuff like household things,… [more]
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Or at least that's what I tell people when they ask why I still have a 5. I don't. I have an SE. And they're all like wait what. Yep. I had your exact issue (phone wouldn't hold a charge, esp in cold weather and it had already had a… [more]
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I have to say, I've been enjoying SNL this season but this episode didn't do it for me as much as some others, maybe I was just having an off night. A lot of the sketches seemed to hinge on pain or harassment or that sort of thing. And I know this is… [more]
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There is also the very common XY Problem which is my favorite and I talk about it all the time driving everyone crazy, sort of like what OnTheLastCastle is talking about, but narrower. Basically you ask for help solving one thing which you think is… [more]
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1) You can check the historical weather but July is usually okay with some stupid hot days and August is usually hotter. Cooler the further north you get in the state and at the higher elevations. There's a mountain range that goes through the middle… [more]
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A few suggestions/questions... - are either of you pot smokers? do you have a bong? Is it empty? Could someone have spilled it? - do you compost? is your compost container sealed tight? is it clean? - what's your food storage like? is it… [more]
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Is this really a recurring issue? People asking questions that are not phrased in ways that are liable to get them good answers is a recurring issue. Common failure modes are - You are too angry/emotional to ask a good question and… [more]
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It's a service that offers to teach you how to get your finances in order and then qualify to buy your first home. Adding to what everyone else has said, these services are often offered FOR FREE from local banks who are trying to get… [more]
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Candy by Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson has some talking (beginning and middle) and some singing. [more]
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I am kind of impressed with the attention span possessed by all of you who are like "okay cool I'll just wait a week" Here is a quote from frog and toad which covers this. [more]
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From today's perspective I'd like to think I'd have screamed bloody murder about the idea of changing it without even making a MetaTalk announcement had I been hired a few months earlier I was all "three and out" for this… [more]
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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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I am really glad everyone else is having the "Can't listen while driving" issue because it was vexing me and we've been doing more sound checks but I basically had to stop listening to it in the car (loud enough to hear cortex would make me… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Cliff Janeway novels by John Dunning? There are five not three but they're very good. [more]
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I have some Bose Model 101 speakers that I've had with me since the late 80s. They're small enough that I can mount them unobtrusively, have a deep rich sound and Just Work. Other similar things in my house: Cuisinart (they replaced my blade after… [more]
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Humidifier was really the game changer for me in keeping sinus issues down to a manageable level. Everyone's sinuses are a little different, but there are certain things that should at least be on the "to try" list. For me this is -… [more]
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