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Mrs. Pairofshades and I are expecting a baby and would like to read up on parenthood. I came across one book in paticular, in about 2005, that I would love to find and read again. It was from a series based on personal anecdotes from parents who had...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pairofshades | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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There was a play I saw on TV in the '70s. I don't remember a title, or any character's name, but it was about a faculty at a British school of some sort, and an amiable professor of some unimportant english course, who was always there to help other...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: carping demon | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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For the last three+ years, we've used this Graco baby monitor to hear our little guy during naps and at night, but since moving to our new home (built in 2007), it's been like a terrible theremin, with interference noise increasing as you move away from...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: filthy light thief | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Crunchy parents and their untraditional opinions make me worry for the safety of my kid and theirs. Could my kid's health be in danger? How do I let go of my judgement and make friends?I have a niche hobby (babywearing). This hobby tends to attract a...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: peasandcarrots | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I thought that we had harvested all the peppers that were going to ripen. I was wrong. I just picked about ten pounds of ripe peppers that have been frozen and thawed and refrozen on the vine -- red chiles, poblanos, yellow bells, jalapeno-ish, etc....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: WyoWhy | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I have a fixed layout book in Indesign that I want to publish as an ebook on amazon. I need to export it as a fixed layout epbub and then amazon converts it to their format. It looks fine in indesign and when I export and view on my ipad as an epub,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: saul wright | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I'm looking for a career change. I am a very focused, caring introvert, part creative and part analytical. But I'm really poor in an office environment. I hate meetings with more than 3-4 people and it's very stressful for me. I like people but I just...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: selma52 | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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How do I feel more confident about myself?Basically, I'm not at an ideal place in life. I feel I should be making more money at this point in my life (I'm 28), and I've made financial mistakes in the past that I'm paying for now (debt, living at home)....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: morning_television | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I've been reading about various to do/calendar apps, as well as checking older questions on AskMetafilter and have gotten myself thoroughly confusaled and frustrated.What I would like: -- A calendar to note personal appointments such as doctor, dentist,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: SweetTeaAndABiscuit | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I was donating plasma and the machine apparently ate a hole in the tubing and my blood was exposed to the air or "contaminated." Obviously they can't use the plasma sample they got and didn't want me to get that blood back once they realized what happened,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: atinna | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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One of my cats has either sprayed or sneezed something on my wall... Is there a product or test that might determine whether the 'something' is blood?In the past two weeks or so, one of my cats has twice sprayed a wall with a reddish brown substance....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LOLAttorney2009 | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Boyfriend and I are at a crossroads after 6 years. He's in Chicago and I just left to move to San Francisco. After several months apart not speaking much, we plan to spend our December holiday making some big together-or-not decisions. He'll fly to SF...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gillianr | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Of late I have a hunger for something tasty and perhaps sweet an hour or 2 after dinner and nearing the time I all go to bed. Tell me some of your favorite ways to satisfy that in a healthy way please. I can't eat chocolate....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dougiedd | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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How might a Luddite live without a home internet connection, but still have access to email and basic surfing for occasional practical needs? (Specific smart phone recommendations?)I want to go paleolithic and cancel my home internet service. I have...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: hoist with his own pet aardvark | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Do you know of any works that include an account of what it was like to grow up using at least three languages, and also shows the difficulties and confusion of having that experience?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: slowlikemolasses | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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It was said by Wittgenstein that a perfectly good work of philosophy could be written which was entirely composed of jokes. Has anyone done it, in analytical or continental philosophy?Quotation is from H. Dribble: A serious and good philosophical work...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: curuinor | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Does anyone know the date, title of the article written by or about Toni Morrison many years ago in which she speaks at length about the U.S. treatment of children? It appeared in the New York Times Magazine....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Melanctha | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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My wife and I were talking the other night, and we were wondering about how human beings figured out what food is edible and what isn't - what possessed folks to figure out if they ate this part of the fish, but not that part, then they wouldn't die,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: joycehealy | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Any theories as to what my cat thinks she's doing when she meows loudly and brings me her stuffed toys?Ever since she has been little (she's 13 now), several times a week, my cat brings her favorite stuffed toy from another room to whatever room I am...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: microcarpetus | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Will I ever get an endorphin rush? I started an incremental exercise program, a couple of weeks doing a basic routine (24 mins a day) and then adding to it, and adding again (finally just under an hour a day). There were resistance bands and lots of...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: She Kisses Wyverns | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I'm wondering if there's any academic or research value in the papers my mom kept, documenting her struggles to get a long-term care insurance provider to honour their contract.When my dad was in an assisted living facility, his long-term care insurance...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Banknote of the year | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I am trying to determine the best way to clean up some DE that I applied too liberally to the carpet in my apartment, and I'm trying to decide how I can do so without a.) killing the vacuum and b.) killing my brother's lungs (or my own!). Anxiety inside.My...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dean_deen | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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This morning, a relative called saying I had sent them spam from my Gmail account. I ran to the computer, checked Gmail's login history, but found nothing suspicious. I checked the spam folder, and sure enough, two pieces of spam with a link to a phishing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Seeking Direction | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I'm looking for indie pop with mariachi elements, specifically the soaring trumpet fills, but jangly acoustic guitar is cool too. Something in the vein of Calexico, but less folk-y more pop-y. Barring actual good music I'd gladly take recommendations...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Keith Talent | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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My brother gave me his 2008 27" iMac. I tried to update Avira on it and now I can't turn it on. Help! I don't know from Macs - I have always had PCs.The iMac has been updated as far as it could go and is running OSX, or so I heard from my brother. It...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mygothlaundry | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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I am taking a much-needed vacation in December before the holiday season. I would LOVE to get out of the city for a week and just wander around in nature, but I don't know where to start given the potential obstacles. I grew up going to Acadia National...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: picardythird | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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I'm looking for all the places that claim to have the weather change every 5 minutes.This seems to be a constant refrain in so many regions: Toronto, UK (Wales and London), and now I read an Oklahoma blog that also mentions this. I am certain that I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: olya | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Resources for a 14 year old boy who is gay?Ah sorry if I am not wording this properly - I know this is a sensitive situation but I'm reaching out for help. A family friend has reached out asking for help. She has a 14 year old son who she thinks is gay...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: xicana63 | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Not meant to be snarky on Buffalo per se-I wonder this about most cold places- but why did the people who settled Buffalo think it would be a good idea to live there permanently?I mean, the winters are extremely difficult there now in 2014, so what would...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: the foreground | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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There is a 19th century portrait of a somewhat famous distant ancestor that I'd like to get my own version of. The portrait is held by a museum but not at all a famous piece of artwork, it is noteworthy because of its subject. Where (or who) can I pay...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: arnicae | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Now that I have worked full-time for a year I have discovered what I really want in a career – limited to no human contact.What I hate most about where I work is having to interact with people; indeed, I loathe being around people. Each day at work...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 8LeggedFriend | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Just had my first baby, in my very late 30s...yay! I took four months off once the baby came. Before the baby came, some major things happened - i got promoted to supervise my team at work -- and my mom passed away suddenly. Additionally, I had a complication...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: SanSebastien | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Our recent cold, drizzly weather has me wanting to to curl up with a good book, but not just ANY good book, really specific specifics inside.First, looking for female protagonists (female authors preferred but not a deal breaker). I'm in the mood for...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: WalkerWestridge | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I would like to learn how to appreciate esports as a spectator. I have a hard time getting into random Twitch matches. Please link me to your favorite YouTube videos of classic or important or especially cool matches! I'm mostly interested in MOBAs (LoL,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: prize bull octorok | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I am interested in going out to see live music in Austin but I'm not plugged into any groups who seem up on the scene right now. Who are the good bands? what is interesting in Austin music right now? what are the best venues and why? I'm open to any...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jayder | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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The other day I read this thing about ATOMIC GARDENING And apparently this controlled mutation is the reason we have ruby red grapefruits. So my question is what ELSE is atomic that I didn't know about? Is there anything else using radiation unconventionally...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rileyray3000 | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I ran a few luggage bags into the airport terminal for my aging grandmother and ran back out to the curb. Must have been 2 minutes. Airport security waved me away from my car and told me my car was being towed. I just stepped in my car and drove away...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Avenger50 | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I am looking for fiction books on Medicine Women and Acupuncturists. I know that I was at a library a while ago and there was a fiction book on a woman who was an acupuncturist. Do you have any ideas? I can't recall the title. Also, I would like to see...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: TRUELOTUS | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: chimpsonfilm | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I'm hosting a brunchluck (brunch potluck, for my birthday) and want it to be festive, warm, etc. I'm not sure how to decorate/theme/make it really warm and welcoming given that it's going to be rainy and grey outside. Difficulty level: grad student brokeness...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: verbyournouns | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I go to a large public university in Canada and it has come to my attention that people are bribing their way into the university and/or paying people to write their personal statements. There's also rampant cheating - people paying to have their essays...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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My favorite games are competitive games (boardgames, card games, etc.) with the scoring removed. I'm wondering what other games I might enjoy within those constraints, and other ideas for altering gameplay to make more games fun.I like both games I can...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Margalo Epps | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I will be taking a flight from Barcelona to Lyon, and I am an American. I plan to buy the ticket on easyJet (I have a separate set of tickets for US to Barcelona and Lyon to US). I have always used trains for intra European travel up to now. What should...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Tandem Affinity | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I feel like I'm being picked on and somewhat bullied from two girls in my program. It feels like middle school all over again. How can I handle this? Blubbering details inside.We all just started graduate school and are all about the same age (just graduated...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: buttonedup | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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I read a while ago about a stretch in a particular river that's very dangerous because it's very narrow and looks calm, while in actuality it's extremely fast and deep. People try to cross it, or they get in, and boom. That's it. Does anyone know what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Captain Cardanthian! | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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My seven year old daughter wants a pedometer for christmas. Does anyone have any favorite pedometers that are kid-friendly?She borrows one from her gym class at school, but it resets every 300 steps and is not at all accurate. She likes my fitbit, but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: notcreative | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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My wife is interested in a grow your own mushroom kit and can you help guide me turn this gift up to 11?The details: 1. We love cooking together. 2. We love cooking with mushrooms. 3. She expressed an interest in one of those grow mushroom kits. 4. I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cmfletcher | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Where / how do I buy whole watermelons during the fall/winter (i.e. now?) Am located in a major metropolis in the NE USA. Thanks!I presume they'll be imported, and be expensive and whatnot, but is there still a way? Failing that, how do I even buy pre-sliced...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: raspberry jam and clothes iron | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Super specific question here: What's the 'definitive' book on school desegregation in Seattle? I'm googling around and finding a bunch of older books, some from university presses, etc, but it's difficult to see which of these are considered credible...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Tenzing_Norgay | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Almost 6 months ago I screwed up a newish friend by vanishing and leaving them in the lurch with a job for a client (anxiety and depression problems, etc). I know the work relationship is absolutely destroyed but, is there any chance of repairing the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Memo | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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