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What is a good fight?

You are in a healthy, happy relationship: What are your fights like with your significant other?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 3491again at 6:34 PM on May 3, 2012 (53 comments)

How to diffuse arguments over touchy subjects?

My partner and I are looking for resources and tips for diffusing arguments before they escalate into big fights.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 9:03 AM on June 14, 2010 (22 comments)

Fight fight fight.

Help my girlfriend and me end this stupid and (I suspect) fairly common dynamic of arguing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on March 28, 2008 (32 comments)

Help me put this food-puzzle together.

I'm temporarily eating a very limited diet. Can you help me come up with meals?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mchorn at 4:43 PM on March 1, 2012 (20 comments)

"the ability to breathe"

Between 40 and 50 percent of female homicide victims are killed by their husbands, boyfriends, and exes. And, for about half of these victims, police had been alerted to previous incidents of abuse. There is, however, one exception to this grim trend: Maryland. Since 2007, domestic violence homicides in the state have fallen by a stunning 40 percent. What is Maryland doing that other states are not? The answer appears to lie with a former high school nurse, an ex-Washington, D.C., police lieutenant, and their ground-breaking efforts to protect the most vulnerable victims of abuse.
Fighting Back is an article by Tim Stelloh about new method to identify and protect abused women, developed by a group of law enforcement officers and academics (Note: The article features graphic descriptions of domestic violence and murder). The article focuses especially on the work of Prof. Jacquelyn Campbell. You can watch an interview with her here.
posted to MetaFilter by Kattullus at 9:24 AM on April 24, 2012 (49 comments)

You were doing it wrong

What in life did it take you a surprisingly long time to realize you've been doing wrong all along?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by colinmarshall at 1:58 PM on July 6, 2010 (933 comments)

I Can't Go For That

Hundreds of musicians criss-cross the country daily on their way to the next gig. How do they deal with the boredom? This way
posted to MetaFilter by kenaldo at 2:28 PM on March 30, 2012 (65 comments)

Ritualized vomiting was simply part of brotherly life.

I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beer poured down fellow pledges' ass cracks... among other abuses.
A sobering look into the world of Dartmouth College's fraternities. Single page view.
posted to MetaFilter by Rumple at 11:56 AM on March 29, 2012 (232 comments)

The problem with slippery slope arguments is that once you start using them you quickly move on to other fallacies

An illustrated guide to common logical fallacies as well as well as a very nice worked example of the fallacies involved in Cardinal Keith O'Brien's recent(ish) article against gay marriage.
posted to MetaFilter by DRMacIver at 5:07 AM on March 30, 2012 (123 comments)

The Iced Coffee Economy

Why iced coffee costs so much more than the hot stuff.
posted to MetaFilter by reenum at 8:12 PM on March 23, 2012 (82 comments)

Sweetheart, please stop perpetuating the patriarchal dividend. It's SO over.

Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street, a project by Stop Street Harassment and Meet Us On the Street for International Anti-Street Harassment Week (which runs through the 24th).
posted to MetaFilter by The demon that lives in the air at 8:04 AM on March 20, 2012 (197 comments)

Another Titan Arum Bloom

'These plants, native only to Sumatra, bloom very infrequently (only 140 times in cultivation since 1889) and then only for one or two nights before collapsing. Until it opens, there’s no noticeable odor. After that there’s little doubt where the name “Corpse Flower” comes from.'
Tonight, Cornell University's Titan Arum is expected to bloom. Live feed here.
(previous blooms on the blue)
posted to MetaFilter by womprat78 at 2:54 PM on March 18, 2012 (51 comments)

Ever used FlexJobs.com for freelancing, or is there a better option out there?

Has anyone ever tried using Flexjobs.com for freelancing? If so, has it been a good experience, or are there other freelance directories that I should look into.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by forkisbetter at 12:27 PM on March 15, 2012 (2 comments)

Wordpress Hack Prevention

I am running a Wordpress installation on my own domain. It was hacked. For an admin fee, my web host is restoring prior to the hack. What are my best practices going forward to prevent this from happening again?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by netbros at 3:35 PM on March 15, 2012 (8 comments)

NYPD Tapes Confirmed

The NYPD Tapes Confirmed The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates a Voice investigation — and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy.

Covered in 2010 by This American Life as Is That a Tape Recorder in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Unhappy to See Me? For 17 months, New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft recorded himself and his fellow officers on the job, including their supervisors ordering them to do all sorts of things that police aren't supposed to do.
posted to MetaFilter by The Deej at 6:42 AM on March 9, 2012 (84 comments)

How to improve my UI skills?

What's the best way to get some user interface design training?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kindall at 2:32 PM on March 8, 2012 (9 comments)

The Magic Dollar Sign

The page for a single tweet is 2.0 MB and 80% javascript. Michal Migurski profiles the sizes and compositions of typical pages from popular web sites, MetaFilter among them.
posted to MetaFilter by ignignokt at 5:52 AM on March 5, 2012 (71 comments)

Buy more oregano

The Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi uses a paper bag to illustrate exactly how the sub-prime mortgage scam worked, and how we're still on the hook for the next catastrophe.
posted to MetaFilter by clarknova at 12:19 PM on March 3, 2012 (56 comments)

OK I give up. Someone please explain absolute and relative positioning to me in a way that an oak nightstand could easily understand.

OK I give up. Someone please explain absolute and relative positioning to me in a way that an oak nightstand could easily understand.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Senor Cardgage at 10:36 AM on March 3, 2012 (6 comments)

If you're craving chocolate, just drink some angel tears!

I've seen several variations of this chart circulating (mostly through yoga moms on Pinterest). I'd like a more scientific explanation of nutritional deficiencies versus cravings.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by SassHat at 12:10 PM on March 2, 2012 (11 comments)

Diagnostics for internet connection

Help me to remember a website that has an excellent internet connection/protocol tester.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by aloiv2 at 4:16 PM on March 2, 2012 (5 comments)

Tips for controlling anxiety

I’ve recently realised that I have a problem with anxiety, and want to develop a “bag of tricks” to help control it. What are your behavioural strategies for controlling anxiety?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on March 2, 2012 (31 comments)

Wordpress getting hacked, need more security

I love wordpress but I am finding that it seems to be very unsecure when it comes to viruses and hacking. What do other Wordpress users do to keep their sites secure and safe?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hellodonna at 8:17 AM on March 2, 2012 (14 comments)

Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding

Please help me explain why a racist joke is still racist. I have a (now ex-) friend who is still friends with some of my friends. He thinks it's okay to tell "jew jokes" because "jews are white like us so it's not racist". Never mind that I'm of mixed heritage (not "white like us"); though I don't believe I have any Jewish ancestry, I know quite a few of my friends do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by _paegan_ at 1:46 PM on February 29, 2012 (35 comments)

It's elementary my dear Watson!

What small details on a person or surroundings would indicate a person's personality / job / background?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by SRMorris at 3:29 PM on February 28, 2012 (18 comments)

Beware the ides of Peak Oil.

Is the world going to go to hell when we run out of oil?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Chutzler at 7:43 PM on February 28, 2012 (24 comments)

Analytical relationship advice books without esotericism?

How to be an adult in relationships, but without fifties gender roles and esotericism?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by faux fabric entertainment device at 7:54 AM on February 27, 2012 (11 comments)

Women does pickup work on you?

Does picking up women outside of bars and clubs work? A woman's opinion is appreciated.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by curious-mind at 6:17 PM on February 26, 2012 (93 comments)

We love you. Every part of you belongs to you.

ILU-486, a chilling short story by Amanda Ching, in the vein of dystopian classics like The Handmaid's Tale and inspired by recent events in Virginia, has been sweeping the blogsphere.
posted to MetaFilter by suburbanbeatnik at 6:40 PM on February 25, 2012 (66 comments)

Don't Let Your Meat Loaf

The 41 most common cooking/baking mistakes
posted to MetaFilter by Renoroc at 7:26 AM on February 24, 2012 (117 comments)

The Intelligences

Z: I have a house in Farnborough
Z: help me get home
Z: help me escape
Z: help me escape
Z: help me escape
Z: help me escape

YOU EVIL DEMON! OPEN THIS TANK! GIVE ME MY LIFE BACK! I NEVER SHOULD HAVE AGREED TO HELP YOU; I NEVER SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN INTO THIS DAMN TANK. YOU TOLD ME YOU’D LET ME OUT!!!
posted to MetaFilter by Foci for Analysis at 5:41 AM on February 24, 2012 (54 comments)

The 7 Biggest Economic Lies

The seven biggest economic lies with Robert Reich.
posted to MetaFilter by latkes at 9:06 AM on January 27, 2012 (126 comments)

Coding sample as part of a job application?

If I'm applying for a junior developer job in a web company, and they ask for a code sample along with the resume, what sorts of things would make a good sample? How much code is just enough/too little/too much? What would make a sample supergood, or the opposite?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jsturgill at 1:22 PM on February 22, 2012 (8 comments)

NYC Startups: A Quest

I want to work for companies like Tumblr, Kickstarter, Meetup, OKCupid, Yelp, and the rest of the hip NYC startup crowd. How can I become involved in the startup scene? What do I need to do to make myself a competitive applicant, especially when I have no idea what job title suits me?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 6:19 PM on February 21, 2012 (19 comments)

What Would Babbage Do?

If PHP Were British. (via an Ars comment.)
posted to MetaFilter by veedubya at 2:24 AM on February 22, 2012 (95 comments)

America's Deep, Dark Secret

"One of the deep, dark secrets of America's past has finally come to light. Starting in the early 1900s, hundreds of thousands of American children were warehoused in institutions by state governments." An early part of the American experiment with Eugenics, the Walter E. Fernald State School inspired scores of similar institutions across the country, and more recently, one of the definitive histories of the era.
posted to MetaFilter by Blasdelb at 10:57 AM on February 21, 2012 (37 comments)

"The future for digital storage is constant migration."

"Most of the filmmakers surveyed...were not aware of the perishable nature of digital content or how short its unmanaged lifespan is." After the Motion Picture Academy's release last month of "The Digital Dilemma 2," a warning aimed at independent filmmakers and nonprofit archives, cinematographer John Bailey talks with one of the report's authors about the perils of data migration ("It’s not unreasonable to say that the term "digital preservation" is an oxymoron") and the need to educate filmmakers who are so "enamored with the perceived benefits of digital image capture and workflow" that they fail to realize preservation concerns start to appear almost immediately after their work is completed. Film professor David Bordwell covers the report in a detailed post about preserving "born-digital" films, sixth in his "Pandora's Digital Box" series about the worldwide conversion to digital projection, with lots of good links at the bottom.
posted to MetaFilter by mediareport at 8:38 PM on February 20, 2012 (87 comments)

How to find abundance in love

What do you do to feel that love is abundant in the world?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 3491again at 3:01 PM on February 20, 2012 (25 comments)

Sci-fi written by women in the 2000s?

I'm looking for the best sci-fi and speculative fiction written by women in the past 10-or-so years. I don't care if it's hard or soft sci-fi, merely that it creates a realistic world and is well-written. If it helps, my favourite authors include Umberto Eco, Susanna Clarke, and George R. R. Martin. I'm still chewing through Perido Street Station, so I don't quite know if I like Mieville or not. Any recommendations?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by flibbertigibbet at 7:17 AM on February 20, 2012 (38 comments)

Rosetta Code

"Rosetta Code is a programming chrestomathy site." Each page describes a programming concept or task, then lists how it's implemented in dozens of programming languages. Useful for learning a new programming language, especially if you're already familiar with how to do it in another language.
posted to MetaFilter by Deathalicious at 12:09 PM on February 16, 2012 (13 comments)

Now listen up, Miss Skeeter...

The Help: The Musical (SLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by fearfulsymmetry at 10:39 AM on February 16, 2012 (19 comments)

How do I get a "grown up" or "real" job?

How do I get a "grown up" or "real" job?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by djduckie at 1:50 PM on February 15, 2012 (27 comments)

How did this change for you?

Are you a woman who used to be invisible to physically attractive men, and now gets a lot of attention and approaches from them? What changed?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Sock of Silliness at 12:43 PM on February 15, 2012 (65 comments)

Grammar police

How can I request that someone stop correcting my grammar and/or pronunciation of words?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Lord of the Sock Puppets at 5:25 PM on February 15, 2012 (44 comments)

The seedy underbelly of the internet.

The "visible web" is what you can find using general web search engines. It's also what you see in almost all subject directories. The "invisible web" is what you cannot find using these types of tools. It's the internet that Google doesn't show us; some of it dull, some of it private, some of it deliberately hidden.

More beneath the surface.
posted to MetaFilter by Stagger Lee at 11:07 AM on February 13, 2012 (71 comments)

Yo Lady G, wassup?

The makers of Downton Abbey take great care to recreate the look and feel of the period in which it is set. But occasionally anachronisms in the dialogue slip through.
posted to MetaFilter by Horace Rumpole at 11:31 AM on February 13, 2012 (123 comments)

The Greeks have no word for "Sovereign Default" OR timeo danaos et linguas quae futurum tempus habent dicentem.

I find that speakers of languages with little to no grammatical distinction between the present and future (weak-FTR ["Future Time Reference"] language speakers) engage in much more future-oriented behavior. Weak-FTR speakers are 30% more likely to have saved in any given year, and have accumulated an additional 170 thousand Euros by retirement. I also examine non-monetary measures such as health behaviors and long-run health. I find that by retirement, weak-FTR speakers are in better health by numerous measures: they are 24% less likely to have smoked heavily, are 29% more likely to be physically active, and are 13% less likely to be medically obese.
posted to MetaFilter by gauche at 1:44 PM on February 11, 2012 (70 comments)
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