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Starting in January I will have a plot of land for organic gardening that measures 70-80 sq meters (750-850 sq feet). I am specifically looking for a comprehensive beginner's gardening book/bible to help me plan and grow my garden, but anecdata and advice...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lollymccatburglar | Monday, December 5, 2016
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My partner is slowly working back towards sexuality/desiring sex (1-2/year). I'm being patient/respectful of her timetable, & can generally handle myself in the interim alright. Last time she felt up to being interested though, it was a bit out-of-the-blue...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I have been trying to cut back on noodles to eat healthier, but now I'm thinking maybe I can find a healthy way to satisfy my noodle cravings. What are some healthy types of noodles and tasty dishes to eat them in?Requirements: 1. Vegetarian 2. Healthy....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Gravel | Monday, December 5, 2016
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My brother and his fiancee are discussing having a tropical destination wedding next winter, where the family could buy a resort package. I love them and would normally be there with no questions asked, celebrating in style! However, I'm planning on...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ceramicblue | Monday, December 5, 2016
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How do I communicate to my older leftist American friends and relatives that criticism of Russian propaganda and international meddling is not neo-McCarthyism?I've been having difficulties talking to my older relatives and friends about the Russian government's...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: moonlight on vermont | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Chaperoning several pre-teens to this area of Brooklyn where none of us have ever been; we're out-of-towners. What are some quirky, offbeat stores, ethnic restaurants, haircutting places--no tatoos, or piercings--that some 13-14 out-of-town kids might...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Elsie | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Is my sleep training dream possible? Inside, I describe what I would like to achieve, and what happens now. What's the closest approximation of my dream? How do I get there? Which of the many sleep training resources (books, blogs, gurus, consultants)...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: slidell | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I realize that this is the ultimate in, well, problems-that-aren't-really-problems, but I get WAY too many messages on OKC. Help me figure out how not to get bogged down? I immediately delete messages that just say "hey what up gorgeous" or whatever,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Pizzarina Sbarro | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I have a limited budget and am looking for suggestions for a national newspaper and a local-ish paper (Oregon) that I can subscribe to electronically. I'd like to balance getting good value for my money with actually doing good with my money. For example,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Bibliogeek | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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We need indoor holiday decorating ideas that can survive our cat's whirlwind of curious destruction.My wife would like some sparkle and sass in our living room. Something festive and blinky, perhaps with a sparkle. The issue, however, is the large, strong,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: radiosilents | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Are you a MeFite who has finally succeeded in keeping weight off, after more than one try? I successfully lost 10 pounds in 2015, and have in the last year, put ALL OF IT back on. What should I do differently this time?I used MyFitnessPal, and lost 10...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: airguitar2 | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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I can't seem to stop my mind from briefly, randomly replaying uncomfortable or unhappy moments. It's as if my mind is continually searching through the archives of my life and finding little moments when I've let someone down or didn't quite do the right...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I found this bug on the kitchen floor of my Oakland house a few minutes ago. I've never seen anything like it before and I have no idea how even to narrow down a Google search.It was about an inch long, and seemed only able to "walk" when it was traveling...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jesourie | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I recently bought a Bluetooth speaker that I use for my living room stereo. I connect my iPhone (6 if it matters) to play music or podcasts. I also like to play games on my phone while listening to music, but don't want the game sounds to play through...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Twicketface | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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I am trying to find a song (smooth jazz) that I listened to on a flight from Tokyo to Helsinki. Some pointers are inside.1. It was the first song listed in the "Smooth Jazz" category at FinnAir. 2. The song prominently contained the lyrics "how the story...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sour cream | Monday, December 5, 2016
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We are looking for a video that used to be floating around of a couple lip-syncing to the song Christmas in the Northwest. We can't find it online anywhere, and it's driving us crazy!!When my husband and I first got together 10 years ago, there was a...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: I_love_the_rain | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I need some help to understand what I can do at this point about our house that we own in Baltimore, Maryland. The tenant has partially moved out, hasn't paid rent for 3 months, and has been illegally letting 2 new roommates live there and he has been...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, December 5, 2016
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In the late 90's / early 00's, my mother bought me a collection of craft and activity books published by (or related to) the magazine 'Highlights for Children'. I have vivid memories of some of the contents due to the long hours I spent poring over each...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Vrai | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I'm looking for an app/webpage/program that allows a group of individuals to track regular goals together--something that allows a manager to set up the different tasks for each group member on a daily/weekly/monthly basis and then allows each group...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: meese | Monday, December 5, 2016
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To make a long story short, I moved in with an acquaintance of mine from my graduate program and her fiancé in May. It was fine at first, but it has been a nightmare the past couple months and I decided to move into a studio of my own. Some of the things...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: achloha | Monday, December 5, 2016
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In the last month or so I've had my credit card info stolen three times. First one card, then another I rarely use from a different credit company, then the same (reissued with a new number) card as the first time again about a month later. I think I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Wretch729 | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I'm looking for readable, if not informative, non-fiction books about witches.My Google-Fu is failing me. I get so much about the Salem Witch Trials and how to do kitchen magic, but that's not what I'm looking for. What I want is some good history and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gc | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I'd like to learn more about the rapping techniques of the Beastie Boys, specifically the way MCA, Ad-Rock and Mike D would break up lines and rhymes and bounce the lyrics back and forth. Are there any articles or interviews that analyze how they did...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Faint of Butt | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I need a new mechanical kitchen timer and would like one with a lovely, musical bell. Something that sounds better than a clatter or a buzzing. Ringing is ok, a single ding would be nice, too, so long as the bell is musical and wonderful....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rebent | Monday, December 5, 2016
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We've never been a 2 car family. But we might need to be. How do non-car-folks pick out cars?We're not car people. We're fairly agnostic towards cars (although, we both dislike go-kart-type vehicles like Honda Fits). I have a job offer on the table that...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: furnace.heart | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Aargh! My neighborhood fundraising campaign opened a GoFundMe account 4 days ago, and we have already collected almost $4K. But as I was editing the campaign description tonight, an error box popped up saying that they were suspending my account while...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mmiddle | Monday, December 5, 2016
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My Viore TV has developed an interesting problem -- when it's in its usual spot in the living room, any button pressed on the remote will "stick" and keep repeating. If I move the TV to a different spot, the problem stops and the remote works perfectly....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dislegomena | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Can you recommend some readings that explain the science behind meditation?I'm not dissing the spiritualists -- I'm just not interested. I read The Relaxation Response about 45 years ago, in which a Harvard prof examined the measurable physiological...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LonnieK | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I am trapped in Time Warner Cable (or Spectrum) purgatory and seemingly unable to escape. I am at my wits end. What can I do?For over the past six weeks I have been experiencing frequent service issues with my internet connection. My service provider...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: helios410 | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I'm going to be starting up a book club at my work, a large Jewish non-profit, and I'm looking for some advice and getting some answers to my questions. HR knows about this and is on board.We have around 80 employees in my office, and I'm guessing we'll...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: andoatnp | Monday, December 5, 2016
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How do you set goals and make positive changes without berating yourself in the process?There are some areas where I would like to make changes in my life, but I'm having trouble framing the goals as "positive bonus changes" rather than "remedial punishments,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: delight | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I currently am a high school science teacher working in Chicago. I love my job, but I am frustrated with the complete lack of computer science education at my school and through our entire school district. I know that this is largely due to a lack of...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: thelastpolarbear | Monday, December 5, 2016
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I have a hypothetical question about the use of psychadelics and the sense of self: is it possible to take a psychedelic drug and perceive how others "see you"?...Because ultimately the experience and understanding would be coming from you, right? I'm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Dressed to Kill | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Do you know of any sources for handmade, terracotta flower pots/planters in the northeast?Looking for sources for nice, handmade indoor/outdoor garden planters for gifts. Preferably someone making them in the northeast - I'm in the Philadelphia area....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pilibeen | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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In a year full of grief, I'm searching for music, writing, and art to get me through. Please share what was meaningful for you in working through your own grief.This was me. I was thrilled to find out two weeks ago that I was pregnant again. I found...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Synesthesia | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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I bought this piece (and a side view) today, but all the sellers knew about it was that it had been donated by a weaver. What bit of kit did I luck into?It's made of wood (about 20" w. x 20" deep, and 20" high), and seems professionally put together,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: MonkeyToes | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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So I am a guy getting harassed by another guy at work, and by the way, this is a "professional work environment". A couple months ago this guy comes up to me and starts making comments like "you are looking good today" and just stares at me for a prolonged...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pieceofcake | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I'm looking for a smart On-Off-On switch and/or a timer switch that will work with Google Home. I have a whole house fan that is controlled by two physical switches. One to set the speed of the fan to High, Off , or Low, and a second timer switch for...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: willnot | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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After binge watching "The Crown" on Netflix, the major theme of which is that the Queen's job is to be a glorified mannequin-symbol, what's the point of the Queen reading the red boxes?I understand that the show is fiction, but reality does seem to be...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ashworth | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Infuriating windows 7 laptop problem opening/redirecting linksOn my windows 7 laptops, actions that used to open a webpage in my browser no longer do, and redirects from within the browser also can have problems. Here are some examples: - I connect to...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: medusa | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Help me figure out if we're thinking clearly about a house purchase ...We are middle-aged first time home buyers. After 25 years of living in a rent stabilized apartment in NYC ($1400/mo) we recently moved to a college town for a job. We pretty much...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: agent99 | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Typical Northeast US suburban neighborhood. Every night, between 11:30 and 11:50 PM, a bright flash, like from a camera, is visible through the windows of two rooms.The rooms are adjacent, one window faces South, the other faces East. Street is all residential...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: OrangeVelour | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Hi, Can anyone identify the maker of the bed in this picture? It's from a house renovation project done by the firm LOT-EK in New York. I'm guessing it is something that is still made and hopefully available, because I want to buy one! Please help!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cmp4Meta | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I have major depressive disorder, comorbid with anxiety. I have a therapist whom I see weekly. I have a prescriber whom I see monthly. We talk about this. But I still wake up every morning and experience about 20 seconds of normalcy before horrific reality...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: tzikeh | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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For the life of me I cannot find the location, if any, of the on ramp going west. Help I live in the east end and want to enjoy the new east end bridge but I can only find the off-ramp going east that exits on River Road. Where will the on-ramp be? (...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: usermac | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I'm helping buy a 3d printer pen (sort of like this) for my niece for Christmas. I feel like suggesting some cool stuff that she can do with her 3d pen. There are lots of guides for cool stuff you can do with a 3d printer, like this one. Are there any...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Sleeper | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I just learned that in 2006, Steven Colbert challenged his fans to mash up Beatles songs with Christmas songs. I found a couple on YouTube, but can see that there was once a site with a whole collection of the mashups, titled the "White Christmas Album."...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Miko | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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How do I move on when I don't feel ready to? I broke up with my boyfriend 3 months ago and even though breaking up was the right decision, I can't seem to let go (snowflakes within)I ended my last relationship because my bf was doing nothing but sit...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Chrysalis | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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My pc does not wake from sleep mode. This started yesterday: I move the mouse or hit return, the computer starts, the start button stops flashing, and then nothing. The monitor says it receives no input. I have to unplug the machine and then push start...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: philfromhavelock | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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I don't find cake mix with pudding (combined) in the grocery. I need a substitute. Bonus recipe included.I've never made this recipe but am looking for options. I've rarely used cake mixes and don't find this one. The recipe dates from the 1980's (1)...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mightshould | Sunday, December 4, 2016
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