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I've found that having slightly smooshy shoes (i.e. Crocs) works for me at my standing desk. You might also want to Google "fatigue mats" if you want to stand on something. Standing is just part of it, you also want to watch wrist/hand/neck… [more]
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Seconding McPhee. Big fan of Henry Petroski and his entire series of design books, many of which are great for different reasons. - His books about the toothpick, bookshelves and pencils really talk about a lot of human aspects of design. - His… [more]
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I have those. You can put inserts into them. Some of the Croc models do have fakey sheepskin lining which might be better for starting. Just a note: the nubs are soft like the Croc material themselves, so they might be tough to buff out (especially… [more]
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have you ever considered adding "previous day" and "next day" links to the historical view? I do like this idea! [more]
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That way lies madness! [more]
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How common is it for transgender individuals to use a restroom that does not match their gender presentation? More than never, which is what North Carolina Republicans would like it to be. People in North Carolina, I am so sorry,… [more]
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my dad doesn't want me to ask. Part of having good boundaries with a family member with a mental illness is being able to set boundaries around what is a normative thing for you to be able to do (i.e. ask about an invitation which… [more]
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Laws vary significantly of course. Just to give you an idea, I run a small movie club in my town in Vermont (USA) and we show mostly classic movies. We pay for licensing for each movie and it runs usually between a hundred and three hundred dollars… [more]
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You might also want to contact the local library (they sometimes have listings of old cemeteries collected by volunteers and that sort of thing) and the State Library who might have access to historical documents that the historical society didn't… [more]
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"My roommate was very particular about how he kept his space and while I kept things clean and did the dishes, our communication styles were at odds. He wanted to have a friend move in and that seemed like a good time to part ways" I… [more]
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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you can't have nice things. [more]
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The Disability in Kidlit blog has a very good set of reviews and topic-oriented booklists that cover just the areas you're looking at. Their Content page lets you narrow books down by age range and/or disability. Kansas Regional Library System has… [more]
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Barthelme is my go-to for this stuff (Amateurs is the best short collection) but there are also some great short (like very short) stories from Brautigan's Revenge of the Lawn that can work for this. I had a friend who always swore In Watermelon… [more]
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From a MeFite who would prefer to remain anon:Hi, self published author here. I sell ebooks only. Createspace is a huge waste of my time. I'd get into audiobooks but there are limited avenues for non-US citizens to get their work into audio without… [more]
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we're just wondering if are there other ways that my dad could divide his estate that may be a little more balanced? How do other families manage this type of problem - we can't be the first to encounter this, surely? Depending how your… [more]
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One of the things that has helped me also is basically not caring if people who disagreed with me that strongly or had such opposing viewpoints to mine considered me a terrible person. [more]
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I'm sorry, this is often such a struggle. I'd be looking for bank information and seeing if you can work from there (bank statements and what got paid where and when) to some of the other stuff. What was helpful for me when my dad died was keeping a… [more]
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It just doesn't happen in the subsite that was SPECIFICALLY MADE for discussing televised media. That's downright loopy. I find this argument persuasive. [more]
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for those who are watching ahead and already know how it ends. Spoiler alert: everyone loses. [more]
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I've done this, written a letter to someone who was terminally ill who I was fairly certain I'd never see again. It was stressful and the worst part was not knowing for the longest time whether it had gotten to her "in time" Mine was… [more]
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Nope, I would totally 100% say no to this and use the AirBnB "I do not feel comfortable with this guest" option. I have a lot of random people asking for things that are totally outside of what I indicate that i have available (someone… [more]
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Most of the people I follow usually address multiple topics which is why I like them. And they don't fight much which is the other reason. @jaysmooth and @anildash (both what they say and their RTs) to learn more about racial issues (and music)… [more]
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My sister dated this guy for way longer than she should have. There was some sort of bizarre symbiosis where he would beg and plead to stay in the relationship and she would let him even though it wasn't really giving her what she wanted. There was… [more]
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I've had family member-ish people in the Boston area in the psych ward. If you could Fedex thing thing to someone in the area, it's a perfect thing for MeFi Jobs. Make sure you understand whatever the limitations are. The people I've known in psych… [more]
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I like the idea of little magnets that involves a combination of thing you buy + thing that is made. Especially if it was small. You can also get mini buttons made at more or less your price point, maybe a picture of the structure with a 50 in the… [more]
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Statements that were written perfectly clearly can be read as statements with some other meaning when a reader approaches them with bad faith or with the intent to find something wrong with them. But then if I am understanding you… [more]
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I am a poll worker in VT. Like WI we are an open primary state. Wisconsin does not register voters by party preference or affiliation. Which means when you register to vote you do not have to choose a party. The way you vote is absolutely private… [more]
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I work with libraries generally and Little Free Libraries can be a great way to sort of expand the reading/book population or they can be used as a way to sort of subtly throw shade on the library so I'd try to get the library involved in the process… [more]
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Get those good floor mats for dealing with mud and dirt, heavy duty. Shake them out and vacuum the interior of the car every few weeks. No food/drink/smoke in the car (or have one travel mug you use that is spill proof). Biggest thing is just… [more]
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I love that comment. It's really helped me get a handle on the bad pattern of "sensible" procrastination where I overplan for things and then think that I should get credit for all of that wheel-spinning as productivity time. I know it's… [more]
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My standby for this sort of thing is red pepper lentil soup. Spicy without being weird, very very simple, and has recognizable veggies but also a big jolt of protein. Also it's vegan (if you want it to be) which means it's flexible. 1-2 T oil 1… [more]
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We have a medium-level Miele which takes forever, has no energy saving settings, and basically autoclaves our dishes and we love it. Needs some occasional maintenance, decently quiet, fits right into our kitchen behind a panel so you never see it… [more]
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The majority of people have NO IDEA how a composting toilet works--are you prepared to deal with that shit (literally)? This would be my main concern. And I am someone who has actually used AirBnB to stay in a bus 20 miles from nowhere… [more]
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There's not thaaaaaaat much difference between their positions. This is what I think about the Republicans based on the things that I value and care about, which is sort of the point. People think Vermont and New Hampshire are really… [more]
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My Dad was always a hanky-honker and I had no idea why he made that noise, it never occurred to me that he couldn't blow his nose quietly. As a kid I would often rag on him about it. I do feel that holding nostrils together can make them sort of go… [more]
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the organizer of the performance feels it has been ruined by not being a surprise, and now does not want to perform it. Which, honestly to us is kind of a relief. I'd caution you that to my mind this does not sound at all like they're not… [more]
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Yeah that's why I generally ignore the election threads entirely. I totally understand why some people feel a sense of utmost urgency about the process and how every small part of the path from here to these seems like it's mission critical. At the… [more]
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you'd be surprised how much of that you can mitigate just by voicing the information you're holding in your head. I read through the other answers and this stuck for me. You sound anxious to me. And I know that because I do very similar… [more]
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It's unclear to me if there was a specific dumping or if you are just extrapolating from the long period of low/no contact, perhaps you could clarify? If it's the latter I'd encourage you to maybe make some room for this, presume there's a reason… [more]
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Have you had a cold or anything else recently? Ears are weird and a eustachian tube that is a little clogged up can definitely cause this. Have you tried decongestants like Sudafed or other antihistamines if you get allergies? Did you try the… [more]
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Have you experienced this, do you know where it comes from, and how do you change it? This is how I am. People are often surprised to know that I have a great deal of ... it's not anxiety or awkwardness so much as an "I have no… [more]
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Hey I just got back from four days at a Hilton and have the symptoms you described! My take is basically that their rooms are actually - hyperclean as opposed to my dusty place - vaguely bleach-y and scented with various things - air conditioned… [more]
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my friend thinks it took place in the early eighties. ಠ_ಠ We have been together for nearly eight years! dilaudid's intel is convincing. I owe you $.50 and will have to adjust to the fact that myt high school and college years were a… [more]
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I round up. I weigh things. When I make recipes I actually use the app's (I use My FitnessPal) recipe builder so I have a decent idea of how many calories are in what I am eating. I did a lot like what ethidda describes: eating things that have few… [more]
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Nothing at all could make today better for me. [more]
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behind the scenes github will translate the web edit into a pull request. Yep, I get it. But if you don't want to edit the document or just make comments, you do what exactly? (not asking you or anyone, just posting a rhetorical question;… [more]
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You may want to spend a little more cash and look into boxer briefs with wider waistbands. Saxx model is featured in that post, actually. Calvin Klein is the brand that I know that does this but you can often find this sort of thing more cheaply at… [more]
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