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I share custody (50/50, week on - week off) of my eight-year-old with her dad, and have since he and I split up over three years ago. Lately she's been spending all of her time at his house crying for me. Since she can't point to any tangible problems...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I've been working on this little project called CheckIn, which is supposed to be a quick and easy to use Foursquare app that let's you check in quickly and adds interesting features like check in reminders (and instant checkins in iOS 8 - currently working...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: antgly | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I'm presenting a cryptography demonstration to a small group of nerdy teenagers soon. As part of the fun, I have an activity in which they are spies that need to arrange a key exchange over a unsecure channel without any required prior knowledge of each...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: wiskunde | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I have a lot of cream cheese. I have a lot of wonton wrappers. I need to make room temp (in hot August weather) appetizers. Hopefully toddlers will like some of them. What recipes do I want? I'm also happily accepting other recipes or ideas for warm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cestmoi15 | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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My friend has an uncomplicated divorce (no assets, no kids, no shared debt, filing taxes singly.) The ex lives in Canada and is a Canadian citizen, my friend who is filing for divorce is in California and a United States citizen. She has free legal help--...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: blnkfrnk | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I want to take control of my time, writing output, attention and procrastination, bedtime, exercise, and diet. What tools should I use to track what I eat, how I spend my time, what I spend money on, when I exercise, when I go to sleep and wake up, and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: incandescentman | Monday, July 21, 2014
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My 87 year old mom is currently at the Psych ward in Fall River, RI. Her mental health has been deteriorating recently and we are looking into places that she might be comfortable at if and when she is no longer able to be at home in Wellfleet, Cape...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: silsurf | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Flying out to Oahu, staying in Kailua tomorrow and would love absolute can't miss places in Kailua town or anywhere else on the island. Looking for great food, beautiful (not greater than "intermediate" difficulty) hikes, where to go to rent jet skis,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: disillusioned | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I ended up in the ER on Thursday night with horrible stomach pain, lower left quadrant. After being scanned inside and out and subjected to other personal indignities I won't describe in detail (promise), I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis. What...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, July 20, 2014
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What is the true nature of Phi Theta Kappa? Also, what is the nature of my school if it is sharing my grade detail with this organisation?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: converge | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Can you help me find a dot com commercial from 1999 or 2000?I remember in 1999 or 2000 there was a TV commercial spoofing all the dot com IPOs at the time but I cant find a copy of it anywhere. It takes place in a corporate board room where this geeky...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Fiat124 | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I have a large tupperware full of a crystalline white powder. It could be sugar, or it could be xylitol. How can I tell? So far I've found two possible ways: burn it and record the energy per gram; feed it to dogs. I would prefer not to do the second,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: freyley | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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What are your specific investment recommendations for someone who's 25 years old, self-employed (contractor), has $130k in savings and no debt?I've just started a Roth IRA and put it in the 2040 Target Retirement Fund, but my friend recommends the 2050...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Forty-eight | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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My family causes me a lot of anxiety, to the point that staying away from them is a key part of keeping my sanity. They don't understand why I don't visit and won't discuss with me. How do I deal with the residual guilt?Without getting into long details,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I'm in an awkward position at work. Help?I'm basically a case manager at the professional level in a new project at work. My boss, who is a delightful person, is not a clinician and does not have any expertise in the population I work with. She was chosen...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Hi, I'm looking for some kind of mental health forum or Q&A site that's completely anonymous, no logins needed, etc. I could probably post my question here, but I think I know what all y'all's answers would be already.If I post anonymously here,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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About a week and a half ago, I applied for a job that I would be perfect for. I'm getting antsy. Should I sent a follow-up note?I have every skill they want, and more. And it's perfectly in line with my personal and professional goals. I want this job....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Ben and Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is fine, but I've realised that what I really like about it is the cookie dough. Do they sell their cookie dough separately?I've tried the usual supermarket cookie doughs (Tollhouse, Pillsbury) but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ashworth | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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My father has essential tremor, and it's gotten to the point where he can't write legibly, or even type. How can I help him?He is almost 70, and mentioned to my mom that he would like to find a way to create documents and type emails. He's a PC user...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: wearyaswater | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Is there a website that works like a bookmarking service but will also allow screenshots of the page? Or how else can I work this out?I want to get an accessible archive of my published articles and news mentions, but the bookmarking services I've used...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: divabat | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I am an I.T. worker who does technical work, and does it well. Now, I've done it so well for so long, that my supervisor has advanced me to a position of "Team Leader" and I am now in charge of telling other I.T. people what to do.I think my biggest...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: shipbreaker | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Heyso, I have this behemoth tent that my daughter and I used for camping and it comes in a tiny little duffel bag so I've been procrastinating on getting it back in the bag. I laid it out on the lawn to dry out last week and left it there for a few days......
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lakersfan1222 | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Please introduce me to the institutions, places, publications, and other tips, tricks, and shibboleths that will help me to hit the ground running when I relocate to Boston.I'm going to be relocating to Boston next month. This Meta about Market Basket...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Austenite | Monday, July 21, 2014
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A couple of years ago, I graduated from [famous university] with a decent bachelors in physics. Since then, I've been working in a job which I'm going to be slightly opaque about, but I'm basically a 'radiation physicist' who gets paid by the government....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, July 21, 2014
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In the 1995 Quebec Referendum - roughly how many grassroots volunteers/activists did each side have ?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sgt.serenity | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Is it common and recommended practice for a therapist to refuse to validate and affirm a trauma client?I've been doing therapy with the same counsellor for several years - it's for complex trauma and I've experienced some trauma during the time of the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Chaussette and the Pussy Cats | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Posting on behalf of my partner, whose bad tooth has worsened: the crown's gone. They're experiencing a throbbing headache towards the back of their head, "behind the eyes." While the pain has been off-and-on for a while, the last two days have been...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Ashen | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I haven't been to a doctor in a few years, and I don't have insurance now and won't have it for 8 months or longer. I was wondering how much would it cost to go to a doctor with no insurance and what choices do I have in the NYC area?I think it might...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I got a new job! Yay! Now I have to find a place to live. What's the best way to do this? I have certain criteria in mind for what kind of place I'd like, so is there someone I can pay to go and check things out for me? Like, a realtor or someone? I've...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Fister Roboto | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I have been writing since I was about 7 and always enjoyed writing stories, sometimes hundreds of pages long. In my final year of English at school my teacher said that I should really turn the start of a piece I had written at the time into a novel....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kat_Dubs | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Years ago, I read a "true story" about a man who receives a strange phone call from his brother, then later finds that the brother was surely dead at the time. Do you recognize it? Can you tell me anything about its origins?I don't remember which book...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Iridic | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I've extracted a .otf font from my Kobo Touch. I'd like to install it on Windows, but Windows can't handle it and neither can any of the font editing programmes I've downloaded. I believe that the file contains multibyte characters. I have tried right...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Solomon | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Is there any way to recoup the money I spent on Adobe products for Windows, now that I've switched to Mac?Back in 2011 I purchased Adobe Design Standard 5 for my Windows computer (with an educational/student discount that put it at about $550, I think)....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: brisquette | Monday, July 21, 2014
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So I got the go ahead from work to hire a photoshop artist to mock up some fake stuff for a presentations. Imagine for our purposes it's essentially for scenes for fake TV shows from the 70s. So I went to look on ELANCE and...well I have no idea what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rileyray3000 | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Is there a clear recognizable benefit to having the 32 GB SSD coupled with the 500 GB HHD in the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series? What I mean is, will I clearly be able to see the benefit, the difference in performance having the SSD compared to not? Is...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: franklen | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Does Twitter or Facebook provide any mapping like this, or is there an app that can, through access to a TW or FB account, create this kind of map? mapper.nndb.com...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: CollectiveMind | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I have for some years participated in a genberal interest message board I enjoy, where people frequently post personal topics. My SO has changed a lot since I first started posting about him, but people still seem to be influenced by first impessions...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: JoannaC | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Can someone id this typeface for me? Likely late 1800s-early 1900s. https://flic.kr/p/o8tGeU...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: PussKillian | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I'm still having panic attacks. I'm having a hard time getting my thoughts together because I'm so stressed -- and they're kind of circular on top of that -- so forgive me if this post is tough to understand.So, recap. A while ago I started to worry...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: myitkyina | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I have recently been hired as a product development manager in a new boutique retail chain. Another manager-level employee was hired around the same time as I was, and so far has been challenging to work with. Seeking advice on best practices before...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Lipstick Thespian | Monday, July 21, 2014
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With the recent events in Ukraine and Gaza lately, I've been feeling upset as to what our world has become, and where we as a race are headed. I'd like to understand how we got here. Can you share your favorite books, and explainers that illuminate the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rippersid | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Marker or fabric paint that will last well on flexible, heavy-use surfaces? Difficulty: I need it in a really unsaturated color like a soft medium grey or greyish blue.I want to color two different parts of these Nike shoes a solid medium grey: 1) the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kalapierson | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I write a newsletter for an environmental nonprofit and would like to modernize it. Right now we print a simple PDF and then straight-up email said PDF to electronic subscribers. Our subscription list is managed by Excel and yours truly. MailChimp seems...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: breccia | Monday, July 21, 2014
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How do I ask a friend to stop speaking in a baby voice? Friend in question is 22 years old.I met another woman through playing pickup Sport, and we get along well. We also play on the same team this summer and will play together in the fall. So I see...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mlo | Monday, July 21, 2014
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We'll be in New York in early August for a few days. What shows would be good for a six-year-old girl?We saw Matilda last year and our daughter liked it a lot. We've already seen The Lion King. Some shows categorized as "kid-friendly" that I'd appreciate...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Dansaman | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Our daughter flaps her arms frantically whenever she's excited. We have a tentative diagnosis of non-autistic motor stereotypy, but haven't found a treatment that works. The flapping doesn't bother her, but she's starting to get strange looks, and we'd...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Yo Soy La Morsa | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I'm looking to purchase an extra-large hybrid bike with an internal hub. This would be for casual riding with my family, but ideally the bike is somewhat sporty for longer rides and something I can grow into. The bike will not be used for commuting....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Cool Papa Bell | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I made a big batch of refrigerator pickles last night, and forgot to bring the brine back to a boil before pouring into the filled jars. The brine was warm-hot, but definitely not boiling. Today I have a bunch of cold vegetables that do not taste very...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mefireader | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I'd like to learn more about video and digital games. I don't know where to start. I'm thinking--there must be bloggers, games writers, etc. who are writing about both classic video games and new releases? Who are they?That's pretty much it. Any other...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Ollie | Monday, July 21, 2014
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I need to write a short blurb describing the services our group provides, which is basically defined in three dimensions, eg. "We provide services (A + B) for data types (C + D) in domains (E + F)." I imagine this is something faced by technical writers,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bjrubble | Monday, July 21, 2014
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