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Well, November 2004 is when I opened the floodgates for the $5 accounts And January 2005 is when I started working. Coincidence? [more]
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I am sorry you are going through this. I do not have local suggestions but I do have one of those mothers and my advice to you is: lie. Or stretch the truth and tell her the cat died and don't go into it. Decisions like this are tough enough... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

Now this puts the onus on the community to flag posts and request the inclusion of one of the standard tags on the post. Mods would then do so at their discretion. Also worth a reminder that people can tag posts by any of their... [more]
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Would asking for some sort of content warning to be added to a link also be kosher? Mods expect people to accurately describe links and not surprise people with NSFW content behind them. If someone adds a link that doesn't have context... [more]
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A roadtrip with a purpose! I had a longer-term goal of going to all the towns in Vermont in order to get a better feeling for my adopted state. There are 251 of them. It took me several years (of doing it in dribs and drabs) and now I'm... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

I use MyFitnessPal for tracking all this stuff and the model they use has a few things built in 1. what you get to eat per day to maintain or lose weight 2. rough estimates of calories lost via exercise (these are inexact and also have to do with... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

Aww that is a pain in the ass. I went through this last year. They were in my walls and I could hear them. It made me agitated. We called pest guys (like for mice) and they were all like "nope you need a trapper" (I am in MA) and so I... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

We already do keep the MeFi Mall page up year round. It would be nice for it to be an always-on thing that was always promoted in some specific way where you didn't have to look for it in the FAQ and whatnot. I don't know/remember what... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

There would be social pressure to use it if it exists. I think you may be overstating that a little. Having ways to sort posts on FanFare (to find posts by the same director or same actor) has value and I think multiple ways to link... [more]
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When my dad died at home (and was found by his housekeeper) I went into an anxiety swivet about things exactly like this, so I think I know a little how you are feeling. I am sorry for your loss. I live alone and come from a family of people who all... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

I have a giant room in my father's old house (now mine and my sister's house) that is a challenge like this. A few things that helped - built in bookshelves, really deep ones, takes over a foot off of every dimension, plus you can put things on... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

"Sphincters prove effective in the mediation of the entrance or release of liquids and solids; this is evident, for example, in the blowholes of numerous marine mammals." ...and your butt. Further reading: Sphincter ani internus... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

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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MeFi comment - Last month

the time AskMe was involved in the death of a beloved poster Step off. AskMe is "involved" with the death of everyone who has used AskMe to ask about their lives who has died. If you think things in that thread were that-level... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

That's a neat idea there might be ways to suck in the actors and other people involved even episode by episode by linking up with IMDB and then you wouldn't have that annoying thing where an actor leaves a series but then all the posts for a whole... [more]
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If you're seriously broke, a root canal and accompanying crown are going to be much more expensive than an extraction. You can get a spacer put in if you are worried about tooth movement. I am not a dentist, obviously, but I've had a lot of weird... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

In the library world we call this look "The open face of reference" and joke that it's also why people ask us if we know where to find things in the hardware store and that sort of thing. I get asked for directions a lot because I'm... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

I'm saying after a while, in cases where the whole background of a discussion becomes ironic-fake-boyzone, that might really not be all that different from its just being a real boyzone, in terms of its being tedious and discouraging certain... [more]
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Your job is not your date, your job is your job. You do not "work it out" with your job, you do it as best you can or you get another job that you can do as best you can. Your job is a contractual agreement between you and an... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

Same bee costume as last year but since I'm running for Justice of the Peace again I decided to campaign a little. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

it's actually a business deal. Definitely true from a legal perspective. And different to many people from a cultural perspective. I was married in an "I got married as a bit of a joke" way, got divorced (when my partner met... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

Still silence from the mods on the rabies question? The OP wasn't even asking about rabies; none of the comments urging her to ignore proper medical advice were even admissible answers. It's not a court of law. Answers that are relating... [more]
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I'm an editor on Wikipedia and I am on the advisory board to the Wikimedia foundation. If you work for the organization I'd be careful about making changes on the org's page. Not that you can't but I'd be clear about identifying your link to the... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

You know I'm just an editor like anyone else, right? I just happen to understand the inner workings of the Wikipedia bureaucrats. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

This kind of trigger-happy bureaucracy is one of the reasons I don't work that much on Wikipedia these days. I added an image. It will be fine.... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

There are a lot of parts of this in Peter Watts' novel Blindsight where they encounter an alien intelligence that they 1) don't understand 2) torture. It's not even horror literature but sci fi but the description (from a character who is basically... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

I really don't like the idea of inpatient psychiatric care because it seems extreme That's your issue to work out without your girlfriend, for the time being. The general model is to put the person who needs help in the center of the... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

A few other things about attics and basements. I grew up in the Northeast where we had a lot of both. Our odd big house didn't have an attic growing up which I thought was a bit of a ripoff but DID have a barn which is where we stored all of our junk... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

How about a place to put your keys? This was going to be my suggestion. If you have a "landing strip" area where you put your things when you go in or out of the house, a small thing that you share that is "from home"... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

Librarian-trained farmer? I call myself a librarian and I haven't worked inside a library in nearly a decade. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

"people who have been here for years are saying this stuff about how the place works - what's going on?" They are wrong, is what is going on. There's not necessarily any connection between longevity and trustworthiness, as much... [more]
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It is a testament to the strength of mathowie's character that he left that entire exchange in the podcast. [more]
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has MeFi ever been sued or involved in a legal suit that involved the quality or accuracy of an AskMeFi answer? Not when I was working here. Not at all.... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

Mods have devoted an extraordinary amount of time trying to help you understand how they do their jobs. Your inability to synthesize this and make a model you are comfortable with in your head, after all this time, is not reason enough to turn this... [more]
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aren't write-in candidates kind of... small-town? What happens if there is a write-in winner named James Smith or Maria Garcia and a bunch of them come forward to claim the title? I'm a small town election worker in Vermont. There are... [more]
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Yay! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

in response to someone else. I get "don't start a stupid gun argument." I think it's good advice. We should all not start stupid gun arguments. I have many strong opinions about guns. Not tossing them in to a ton of places... [more]
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not once did I hear even the suggestion that any single one of them lived or traveled with a heightened sense of impending rape. I don't talk to guys about my rape concerns because I don't want to jinx things or get lectures about how... [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

In these cases it's important to have a story and stick with it. Residence, as you've seen is a sort of tricky thing anyhow but the IRS is mostly concerned with your legal residence (and doesn't delve too deeply 99% of the time) so blabla see an... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

Now the Vatican, there's a secret porn library. I tell people this and they think I am making it up. I like the weird collection of medical literature and displays and anatomical mannikins at the University of Alabama Birmingham Lister... [more]
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Even when I didn't agree with what he was doing (I loved Bernie Margolis) you really felt like he was going the best thing for the city, in his estimation. He was a politician you could feel good about liking and while I'm sorry he's died, I think we... [more]
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MeFi comment - Last month

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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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

skwt did a very good job with that piece. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - Last month

Why would you be afraid or uncomfortable about saying something here Because they may poison all further interactions you might have with the people you're talking to, or with the site in general? Here are some things I don't talk... [more]
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The good news is that stuff from that time period is really likely to be public domain. The libraries of Vermont are FULL of those sorts of things. You might do well looking at town histories which will give you a lot of details and they're a lot... [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last month

How do you know that it's a cue cards problem, cribcage? Not doubting, would just like to know more about this because I've noticed it too and I was curious.... [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

That's struggle, pain, anxiety and difficulty. Grad school can be tough, but get some fucking perspective, dude, or drop the hell out. I've mentioned this before, but one of the things that has helped me not bitch people out here on... [more]
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That may have been one the worst SNL flubs ever. Agree. She's clearly a crowd favorite because she's got an over-the-top personality but I'm not sure she works on stage as a full-fledged sketch person yet. Though I don't know about... [more]
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FanFare comment - Last month

My SO was in a pretty terrible relationship long before he met me and there was a lot of residual crap he hadn't really been able to manage or process if that's the right word. So something sort of not-that-awful would happen and he'd get into an... [more]
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but they got that wrong. Every flag, most likely. [more]
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