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The librarian answer to this is "WorldCat" as shapes says above. They have a commitment to linked data. They are a non-profit. I would not suggest Open Library (I worked there for a few years) because I don't trust them to not change their… [more]
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And here's the Taglines page on the wiki. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

Mostly! I did the "just credit union" thing for a long time and there were a few esoteric things I did not get. 1. Certified checks were a pain. I bought a house. Getting a big check for the down payment was a bit of a hassle. 2. Secure… [more]
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actually I think it was this part, cortex "any hat will make you look like you're wearing a costume, instead of dressing appropriately." I don't think it's a leap to get to the costume = not appropriate although it's a little different than… [more]
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My friend just let me know about Darebee (no ads, no product placements) which has a lot of small fitness workouts that are very easy to look at on your phone and have little proressions if that's your thing. They range from beginner to advanced so… [more]
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Oh this is very helpful (says someone who has been avoiding a lot of these threads but may be filling in a few days next week). Thank you! [more]
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Wet brush, apply paste, brush teeth, rinse brush, leave toothbrush hanging out in my bathroom like I was some sort of animal. Repeat tomorrow. [more]
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I don't want to hurt J/make her suspicious about never getting to meet my mom, but I also don't want to force my mom to do things she doesn't want to do. Your mom sounds like mine was. Has a lot of feelings but also expects you to be an… [more]
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Which one watches over me? [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

ILSA: TRUE COMPANION [more]
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I'm having a difficult time understanding your concerns here. Wool is generally hot. You are too hot when you are sleeping. Are you looking for something that is heavy? I am a never-too-hot sleeper and I do sleep with a sheepswool comforter as well… [more]
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I just want to see it thrive and be better in all respects. Like everyone, I too am confused. That said, I think we're a lot of really good writers, on average. I think the things we could do better at are more like empathy, patience,… [more]
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From the OP: Thanks everyone for your advice! My family is of the brutally direct style of communication, so it never occurred to me that MIL was being underhanded in her quest for yet more grandchildren. She did indeed take an offhand comment and… [more]
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I believe Maciej is pronounced mah-cheh Thanks! [more]
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The implied massive disrespect to Cortex that you think he isn't doing a good job with the finances I absolutely trust cortex. However, I don't think it's a stretch to say that historically on MeFi financial issues have been somewhat… [more]
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I was interviewed for a public radio show. I live in Vermont and it was a schlep to get to either of the local public radio stations with good studios and I didn't want to make the trip. So the producers called up a local recording studio in my town,… [more]
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It's not to everyone's tastes but I really liked her in Crash and enjoyed the whole weird movie. [more]
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I used to work solo at a place with a grill. The owners were cheap and I was not paid for any time other than my shift. So I had to clean up as the day went. If it was dead empty, I would clean the grill early. But the grill was still ON. Even then,… [more]
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My picks! Two about books/reading/libraries 1. mandolin conspiracy has his finger on the pulse of MeFi this month because I really enjoyed his post on Staying on top of the -ography in a digital age. I like big books and I can not lie. 2. 17th… [more]
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I can remember learning, in otherwise ungreat biology class, that earthworms had five hearts because we dissected a worm and saw them! I've mentioned this story before, but my dad was a physicist and got to work for/with NIST before time was… [more]
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Somehow I totally forgot that over the summer when I am at my fathers old house we'll name all the animals in the yard. So there is a heron named Helen, a groundhog named Rupert and a nuthatch named Johnny Cash (he had a little feather that sticks up… [more]
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I name my cars and try to give them names that could stand for a few things. My current car which is a boring black CRV that makes me feel like a tool driving it is called Prince. And if people ask I tell them - you know like Prince Fielder, a… [more]
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This is called Wildflowers of NY but it includes a lot of garden flowers and it's pamphlet size with a lot of photos. Usually the public library will have the best resources for what is truly local and there may be a Garden Club that has a local ID… [more]
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IS THIS THE NEW THREAD works on so many levels. [more]
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I have not heard of it but it does not surprise me that there is an etiquette of hanging out laundry. I'm mostly familiar with the debate surrounding whether you do or don't hang out laundry generally (some cities forbid it, some rural places just… [more]
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So, anyway, congratulations, cortex! You're being uncessarily churlish about this. [more]
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There can be personal value, perhaps, in being discriminating and discerning. You can make better choices for yourself, you can use extra data to assess risk, make plans, set goals. However, being a constantly judgey person makes you tiresome to be… [more]
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When I got out of a long term relationship with someone my friends were also friends with, I appreciated both having friends who were even-handed and non-committal "Wow that sounds really tough. I am here if you want to talk" and also who… [more]
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I'm sorry this happened to you, and sorry about the loss of your pet. This isn't normal, to my mind, but I'd chalk it up to honest mistake (even though it might not be) as you deal with it. I'd drop a note to the group via Facebook (so you can get a… [more]
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I've been reading this newsletter for several weeks now and have been liking it quite a bit. [more]
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I am a big fan of the social justice work that Dorothy Day did, mentioned above, and have also read some good stuff by William Sloane Coffin, particularly his book The Heart Is a Little to the Left: Essays on Public Morality which… [more]
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I've recently found that this is greatly frowned upon by libraries I'm curious where you found this? I'm a librarian and we don't really have any edict against post-its, particularly for non-rare, non-fragile stuff. Libraries are for use… [more]
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I don't think a mod would delete comments without even noting there've been deletions We do it. It gets discussed here in MetaTalk ad nauseum. I'm not sure how you don't know how this aspect of MeFi works. Stop talking about dickwolves. [more]
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I do a lot of one-off public speaking and I decided at one point that I needed to upgrade my car because I could not longer look professional driving it. I used to drive a late 90s Subaru wagon with a little bit of rust and some (fairly normal) dings… [more]
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Does this include the mini game where at 11pm on a summer night... I have the high score on that one. [more]
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You do not have to be married to have custody arrangements with a child's parent. You and your ex seem to have differing ideas of how this arrangement is supposed to work, so you need to make a formal agreement because the informal one does not work… [more]
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Ceri Houlbrook would want to at least know about them. (Did a post about her recently) [more]
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I have done this many times in various cars over the past 20 years so here is my loose advice... - You are unlikely to get disturbed most places but to minimize your chances, especially if you are concerned about harassment, you can choose:… [more]
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Now I'm as Canadian as apple pie Maple syrup . Quit trolling me! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

SM Stirling (Emberverse guy) does some of this in his Nantucket series too, if you haven't read that. Less fantasy stuff in the first part. Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 is a very world-buildy novel focusing a lot on how the governments work, who owns… [more]
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Yes! I trust my partner to call me out on any of my biases or flawed thinking, done with much love and care of course. Me too. To me part of love and partnership is that while I will care about them and love them (almost) no matter what,… [more]
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I have been exercising vigorously and spending a lot of (non-exercise) time in the sun during this week. Lots of sun and exercise both up my usual sleep time by nearby an hour. I go to bed and wake up when I want and keep rigorous track… [more]
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It was sort of a joke when I was a kid (70's?) that you didn't want to tell people you weren't home so people would occasionally have an answering machine message that had a very clear dog barking on it. My friend's dad made a joke answering machine… [more]
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I think of people's brains as having a number of different sliders in them that affect how they appear to the outside world. I am like this Outside Awareness__I_______________________________________Inside Awareness Where outside is being… [more]
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My 40s have been pretty great compared to other decades. I feel like I know who I am in a lot of ways and so can have more certainty in the things that I am doing. Doesn't mean I always do the sensible or "correct" thing but I have a better… [more]
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I wouldn't call Concord fun but I have always liked Concord. It's the state capitol so there is a neat walk around Capitol Area. I love diners and Concord has many decent qualities but no real diners The Common Man has good food but is… [more]
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Oh and read everything by and about Richard Proenneke also in Alaska. His journals are super readable. (and sorry I misread your question, Let us Now Praise Famous Men is not first-hand) [more]
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A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece is about a woman who went to Alaska in 1904 as a sort of missionary. So it's got annoying clueless colonialism (but surprisingly not as racist as you'd think) about Native/Indigenous people… [more]
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