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Getting divorced in Illinois. I still love my husband, but cannot remain married to him for many reasons, one of which being that I can no longer take care of him emotionally and financially without ruining my own life. My first instinct was to try to...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Hi Metafilterers! I very much need clothes for work and for home. Everything I own is worn out. Oh, AND I'm pregnant. That's what's forcing me to the store now: two of my four shirts no longer fit. But I'm hoping to be strategic about buying clothes...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: slidell | Friday, September 4, 2015
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What plants would do well on our 3rd story rooftop garden in Toronto?After some back and forth with the city they have approved our plans for our new house. The one thing they are making us change is reducing the size of our rooftop deck. Originally...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: any portmanteau in a storm | Friday, September 4, 2015
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There are tons of apps to use an Android phone to track runs. But most of them are subscription-based, bloated with features that I don't care about or want, and lacking in features I do want (simplicity, future-proof-ness; I want my data to remain usable...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: CustooFintel | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Why are the ads on my Kindle so completely off-base? I'm a BIG Amazon user. I buy tons of products of all sorts, many books, and many, many ebooks. So why does Amazon do such a terrible job of targeting ads to me via my Kindle?The ads are uniformly,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: BlahLaLa | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Specifically, what's it like to work for the state (PA) but through a "vendor"? I have a job offer to work for the State of Pennsylvania, but I would technically be working for what they're calling a "vendor" which I gather is sort of like a staffing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ashworth | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Lexapro has me farting all day long. I did not have this problem prior to starting the medication. Help!I'm taking 20 mg/day. First I thought it was a side effect that would eventually go away, but it's been 5 months at this point. I have a reasonable,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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So I'd like to take a picture of an image I have on a mug but I don't know how I could get the entire image. Is there a way to do a kind of panorama while circling the mug? Software that could stitch multiple images together? Any ideas appreciated, thanks....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: zeoslap | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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So, I currently have a system where when I accomplish a certain daily goal, I stick a star sticker on a physical calendar. Now I want to keep doing that, but on my phone!My current calendar method is fun, but my job is changing to a new role where I'll...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rainbowbrite | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Let's say you order a big, full-plate dinner salad at a restaurant and ask for dressing on the side. You are counting calories. They forget and it comes pretty heavily dressed. You are at a work event, it's busy at the restaurant, and you eat it because...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: flourpot | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I'm about to take a work sabbatical for 6 months starting January 2016. I would like to spend 3 of those months on mainland Europe. I want to spend at least a couple months skiing nearly everyday. I'm open to going pretty much anywhere in Europe. I'm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: just.good.enough | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I'm going to be in Beijing for a couple of days sometime soon and while I'm there I'd like to buy serious, modern, scholarly editions of some of the Chinese classics. Not translations into any modern language, definitely not versions set in simplified...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: No-sword | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Over the next month my job is going to be insane. I'm in charge of a major initiative type thing that means I will be working pretty much almost every day this month, doing things that stress me out such as leading tours, speaking in front of hundreds...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: whistle pig | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Our bathtub has started draining slowly in the past month or so but I don't see how it could be due to hair. What could it be?Earlier this year (February?) when our shower was draining slowly, a plumber came and removed a clog that had been deep in the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: needs more cowbell | Friday, September 4, 2015
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An old waste pipe in my apartment, that shouldn't have been connected to anything, overflowed earlier this week. The pipe was in the bottom of my interior HVAC closet. I had standing water in the location for slightly over 12 hours. Maintenance came...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cardinality | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Hi, I have a classic NYC problem that I'm sure has a simple solution. Old couch, walk up apartment, desire to replace old couch (or do we say sofa, I'm never sure) with a new one. How do people do this?I can pay for delivery for the new one- but how...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bquarters | Friday, September 4, 2015
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I used to be part of a group that blogged anonymously and read anonymous blogs through xanga, which effectively shut down a year or two ago. I really miss this community, as well as the opportunity to read these sorts of semi-private blogs. How can I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gemutlichkeit | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Hey fabulous helpful denizens of mefi! I have work-related travel coming up for Tampa & St. Petersburg, Florida. I am a special snowflake of a traveler, as seen by my ask history.Here's what I'm looking for... Food: vegetarian, no gluten, no soy....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bile and syntax | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Hi, I was elected P.T.O. President of a lovely small organization serving a very diverse elementary school with 490 students this year. The weekly emails are ( as I understand, the old board is slow to give up responsibilities & info) sent out in...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: slothhog | Friday, September 4, 2015
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I got married. I'm trying to change my name so my maiden name becomes my new middle name and I drop my given middle name entirely. It's harder than it looks.For both personal and professional reasons, it's important to me to keep my maiden name as part...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: the turtle's teeth | Friday, September 4, 2015
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Does anyone know which episode of the Muppets (or maybe Sesame St?) this pic of Kermit surrounded by lookalike frogs comes from?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dontjumplarry | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Lately we have been cooking a bunch of things on Sunday or Monday that can be assembled mix-and-match style during the week, and it has been awesome. We're getting a bit tired of what we've been making, though, so I'm looking for additional ideas that...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: stellaluna | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Where should I put my money, with specific goals in mind?I'm making decent money right now and I'm saving a good chunk, but I'm not that financially savvy and I feel like I could be investing my money more wisely. Travel/experiences are definitely a...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sprezzy | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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The boss has a husband who is gossiping about me to my co-workers. Can anything be done about this?I have been working at a small private school for the past 8 years, on a series of 1-year contracts. This year, I was told that my contract will be renewed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Trying to identify this typeface for a project. I keep getting close, but no cigar. Hope me? Sample. (It's all I've got to match to.)...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: xedrik | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Please help me find a place to stay within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Miami between 4th and 8th November. Slight snowflakes inside.So I screwed up and didn't get my ducks in a row in time, and now the conference hotel for the American Translators...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Tamanna | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I have several websites that are hosted through Network Solutions. Since April, I've noticed more and more malware that is blocking my access to my websites. Only the sites on this provider are infected. Until this year (and for the 8 previous years...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: CollectiveMind | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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When producing a documentary video, will it be necessary to pay royalties to owners of trademarks appearing in some of the scenes?Our workshop (in Tokyo) is currently being filmed for a documentary video production. On the wall at one place is a small...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: woodblock100 | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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My husband believes it is safe to leave the house with the (electric) oven on. Maybe not 100% safe, but no less safe than leaving the house with any electrical appliances plugged in. I am not so sure, and I am failing to find any reliable information...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: meese | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I put a (very expensive, pasture-raised) 6 lb. pork shoulder into my All Clad ceramic slow cooker this morning. I just went into the kitchen and discovered that although the slow cooker shows it's set to low and that 6 1/2 hours have elapsed, the heating...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ms_rasclark | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I'm trying to get back into the swing of creating art regularly. I'd love to get a regular stream of the great paintings of Western art. Wide-ranging and updated at least daily. Anyone know of such a thing?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mkuhnell | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I'm going from employed to being a freelancer. So now I need a name for myself. Details under the fold.I will be doing audio post production mostly, but there will be some music production too. I find it hard to come up with a good company name that...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: hz37 | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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I have an Gmail account with an unprofessional-sounding handle—think Schnookums2318@gmail.com. I've been using this for far too long. Firstname.lastname@gmail isn't available, but firstname.middlename.lastname@gmail.com is, and so I took that one....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pipti | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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My wife and I have both been using Google Drive on the same computer (Windows 7). It's worked fine for a few years. Now hers won't sync, but mine will.We noticed today that hers hasn't synced for 2-3 months. The program is 'unable to connect'. Can't...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: monkey closet | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Im a 40yo Male and I just had some blood work done and although my Testosterone levels are withing the normal range, they are on the low side said my doctor. He prescribed androgel. Ive read all over the interwebs about a possibility of hair loss. Well...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: flipmiester99 | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I'm staying in an AirBnB in Copenhagen soon and I want to take our host some treats from the United States they might not be able to get in Denmark. I'm bringing some local cookies/candies from my specific region, but are there other things that might...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: something something | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Anyone been able to inside Dismaland without advance tickets and/or a nightmarish wait?I was lucky enough to be sent to England for work and able to extend for a few days. I was super excited for a chance to go see the Dismaland pop-up but the site went...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: uleekunkel | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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A friend of mine has a craving for a banana milkshake from Steak and Shake. Unfortunately, there's no Steak and Shake anywhere close to here. Specifically, she wants the artificial banana flavor, and weirdly, it seems like it's easier to find real banana...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: explosion | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I escaped a long-term abusive marriage homeless with a lot of hermit like attributes. It's been about three years of clawing and crawling out of that hole, and while I'm not completely out, I do have an apartment, job, friends, and enough money to feed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 80 Cats in a Dog Suit | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I'm trying to find a comic and his routine from YEARS ago. Can you help?I was watching Just for Laughs on the Comedy Network here in Canada, one evening, when a biracial comic came on and began doing his routine. I remember it as HILARIOUSLY funny, and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Nyx | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Please recommend piercing studio/tattoo shop to redo my earlobes in the Seattle/Eastside/Renton?Tacoma area. Thanks!Hi! I need recommendations for a piercing studio/tattoo shop to do earlobe repiercing of closed ear holes. These ears were done over 30...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: tipsyBumblebee | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I was an early adopter of Google Music with the "all access" feature, and have been generally happy with the service for listening to my own library of music and adding new albums from artists I already know I like. The one thing I really don't care...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: tonycpsu | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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There was a fire in my building 2 weeks ago and everything is so smelly, the smelliest, the most smelly.The management had professional cleaners come in and scrub down my walls and floors and whatnot. I'm taking care of the rest of my belongings, using...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: poffin boffin | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Sometime around 1970, Zap Comics ran a one-time strip that showed a guy trucking along, and then a thought hits him. He snaps his finger, turns around, and takes off in the opposite direction. And he does that again, and maybe again. That's it; no words....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LonnieK | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Like it says in the title - how do I go about getting a vasectomy. Is this the sort of thing I speak with my primary care physician about? What about minimizing cost? Do I speak with my insurer and find out what common and customary is?This is my first...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I've had my home phone number since December 2006, and over the course of the last nearly nine years I have received thousands of automated phone calls from a credit company that is looking for the person who had the number before me and refuses to stop...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: orange swan | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Is it wise to romantically/emotionally invest by dating someone knowing that they are currently not fully settled or stable in their life situation?This guy I met a couple of weeks ago has recently come out of a long term relationship (6 months ago)...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sara479 | Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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I'm looking for a Joomla module or best way that lets admins create links to articles on a sidebar that can be nested/indented and ordered however the admin likes. Ideally it would be about as easy as managing a Wordpress menu. Right now, the site uses...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: michaelh | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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Omg, AskMe! I have a very important visitor coming over for dinner tonight. The house is reasonably tidy but I haven't cleaned cleaned in . . . a while. I will have about an hour between dinner prep and guest arrival; what high-impact cleaning tasks...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: peachfuzz | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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I think trying new things is crucial to keeping life interesting, but by definition my imagination is constrained by the things I usually do. I need some ideas!I'm following Malcolm Ocean's excellent advice in Try Things, where he draws on a survey of...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: henryaj | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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