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I've always loved these stories and the stories about the stories. The main one that is people's go-to is often The Good Life (and other titles) by Helen and Scott Nearing. This long article should give you an overview. Of course, some of the things… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Agreed, the first time I had a professional do my taxes I wasn't earning much but I had bought a house and was pretty sure I did not know the best way to optimize the stuff involved in buying the house (cashing out some investment accounts and etc)… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Here's a few troubleshooting steps to try to isolate where/when it happens. 1. Do you have more than one browser on your computer? Like Safari and Chrome for example? Would it be possible for you to try the video on both of them and see if the… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

Maybe there needs to be a "MeFi's Own" page instead. Some of those people are just well-known blogger types which (to me) is different from famous. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 2 months ago

Strikes me as crazy to imagine that no women actually internalize society's messages about how worthless they are. I think people use questions on AskMe as Rorschachs into other things. I think there are a lot of women who have… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Probably should have been a better post going into it, might have to clamp down more on "outrage filter" like we used to do back in the day Totally support this. I showed it to a friend who said I… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

It's my birthday tomorrow, so yes please get it out of your system. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

At least I think that's what this person is saying? That wasn't my take. There's a difference between "I might not want to be around these people" and "I think one of them would criminally assault me" but this is,… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I agree. He wrote the song, he can write another song that has his name in it. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Thanks Matt. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

while jessamyn helped lead it, it felt like something everyone modding pitched in on it Totally true. I do think there needs to be a point person for someone who is basically making sure that if there's a new expectation regarding… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I found out about Scalzi from MeFi and I just finished Redshirts and looooved it. I also read headspace's YA novel Shadowed Summer and thought it was great. Tried a Stross book, wasn't my thing but I recommend it to people who seem like it will be… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Incidentally, if you're ever going to a concert in a theatre in Vermont We have one in my town and it's ok for dancing in.... what town were you in, so I can make fun of them? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Is there some serious sound on/off you're doing on your end Matt? Every time you talk there's a hiss sort of thing going on. You should get a cool gamer headset! Thanks for making that post cortex. Loving NSFW_JPG. I hope you do not get measles… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

This is a signal of anxiety for me. Me too and it used to plague me. I do a few things. - benadryl or something that keeps me a little sleepier - exercise the day before, same thing - try to not have a bunch of morning things to do… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The mods could very well assume that the community is calling for a stronger moderation policy towards "thin" posts. Trust the mods to read the posts and the comments in the Meta threads and elsewhere. No one should be dissuaded… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Trove is amazing. Every time I look at it I weep for what digital content archives COULD be. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Do not visit Death Valley. If you're super risk-averse, this is good advice, but otherwise there are ways to at least see the place relatively safely if not go noodling around there. I've driven through there a few times and I've even… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

OP is a terrible lying asshole who should STFU and stop asking her questions here No one said that. It's super simple to be someone online, even someone online with problems, and not have people claim you're trolling. You do have to have… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

How can I be content with what I have while still working for a better world? I have a bunch of mantras that help me through this, personally. I used to be a lot more of an all-the-time fuck-the-man activist. Now I am a lady with a job… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

So when it comes to deleting a post that isn't obviously a shill or a double, you guys rely completely on the flagging system? If a lousy post doesn't get flagged, you guys won't make a judgment call and delete it anyway? If that's the case, how… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

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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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Yeah, I buttoned it because it's been coming for about a decade. I had been meaning to ask you guys about that. Good call. I hope he can come back with a bit less of a mod vendetta. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

👀 Fuck, blink must be totally deprecated now. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

the old mobile stylesheet was far more functional on mobile devices. I still use it. You can still use it. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I do feel fortunate to have the small handful of good, long-lasting friendships that I do have. My guy is a little bit like you. He's interesting and pretty into doing a lot of solo stuff and has a variety of interests but when you get… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

There is probably a local Capstone community action group that does emergency fuel service that serves your area (I worked with the one in Rutland and with the one where I live, with various people) which you might be able to put him in touch with to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago


one night, a friend and I made it our project I have the funnest Labor Day parties. one particular physically-wired light switch Pretty sure those are not physically wired. The X-10 had a whole series of switch-looking… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Valentine's Day is coming up which might be a great time to try something a little out of the ordinary without having to have any other "reason" so to speak. You could, for example, get a sex toy for yourself and introduce it to your spouse… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Let's solve that dang vacuum cleaner thing once and for all. I understand the impulse, and yet part of this whole process was deciding there were some things we didn't know and probably wouldn't. Systems attached to humans who don't exist… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

This is the article I wrote, in case people are curious. Mostly not about notifying places like MeFi but does talk about some of the tech aspects of estate planning. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I am reading a terrific book called Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine which basically pushes back on some of that well-known and well-publicized EvoBio stuff that says "Oh hey men's and women's brains really ARE different" Looks at the… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Maybe instead of "last 10 comments" it could be "last 10 comments or comments posted within the last week, whichever is less?" I think changing the algorithm is going to be a losing approach. This is one of those… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

It just seems like the odds are overwhelmingly, ridiculously against me. I am Sisyphus. I'd back up on this a little. The odds are against you because people in your age cohort are getting married and having kids, so the people you meet… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

My SO and I work on this. I can be snippy and irritable sometimes and usually that's just me working out some sort of anxiety or stress but it can make things between the two of us more fraught then they need to be. At the same time, me not… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The building was closed all day yesterday and until 3pm today. As far as I can tell, my computer was off for that whole time. I know you said you checked the system logs but when I worked in a library and our computers… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I got a perm in the summer of 1985, though I was in high school. You get the perm first. You go to a beauty salon of some sort (I went to a place on Newbury Street in Boston for some reason and I went with my friends not my parents, this might be… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

executrixies That one I made up. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

If I was your lover and I found out you had a different name on your driver's license than the one I knew you by, then yeah I'd be freaked out. Not that there's anything wrong with having a new name and making a new start, but doing it only partway… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

We opened up the memorial service with "Thank you all for coming. I know Tom would have loved having you all here so he could have ignored you in person" and people laughed because that really was his thing. Shy-or-something. Limited human… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Thanks so much for everyone's advice. The thing was yesterday and it went really well, better than I think I could have expected. Everyone here gave me good advice and the things that were particularly useful - eating a lot of my dad's favorite… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I like mugs. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Posting pictures to the internet was not a thing, not even remotely. There wasn't social networking picture stuff for sure, but people with blogs would post photos to their websites. I had a Sony Mavica then which took floppy disks… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

we've had a few that were strongly worded but we had no way of contacting the poster to request a rewrite I sort of feel that the burden should be on the poster to get in touch if they have questions. I mean there has always been MeMail… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

After my dad died, I wrote a real will. One of the things that I outlined with my executor (aka sister) is how to let people know in my various online places know that I'm not around anymore. There's an envelope in a safe deposit box that we share,… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I'm not concerned that it didn't get done. I was just wondering if it's normal to feel weird after getting the procedure done. Very normal. You will probably be cold and hungry because of fasting, for example. Most of the time when we… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

If the baby is really into the ethereal sound of it and not the beats part of it, he might like some very low key prog rock like the soundtrack to Aguirre Wrath of God by Popul Vuh. It's some of my "happy place" music and I have been known to like… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Fun fact: mathowie has used the word "seems" exactly 701 times in comments across metafilter What's fun about that? Aw hell, thanks for the update Rainman! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

And in the real world: the library. My favorite thing to do, when i'm in particularly "fuck capitalism" mood is to see if I can make the argument that the public library actually exists to serve some sort of capitalistic… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

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