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Non-American working in the US for 3 months, then returning to the US a year or two later. I want to use this 2 year gap to build a US credit score. How can I make this work?Situation: - I will be in the US for 3 months, working. - It is highly likely...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Ashlyth | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I have recently been put on a medication to manage chronic hives. It has one problematic side effect: my couch essentially becomes a black hole that adheres my ass to it with its gravitational pull. Once I get moving on a task the momentum sees me through,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, September 15, 2014
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After studying a lot of lighting tutorials, I've settled on some form of 3 point lighting to illuminate the subject (me!) as I cook. The problem is that my kitchen is connected to my very dark, cavernous living room, and so the space tends to swallow...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sunnychef88 | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Moving on from an old crush...Yep, she's the girl I really, really liked two years ago. She has a boyfriend too. They've been dating since high school. I first met her in the spring of 2012 at our college, as her and I were hired on as orientation leaders...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Urban_Painter | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I have a really hard time relaxing in life and sharing myself with others. It's making me miserable. How can I overcome this?I am 21 years old. Still living at home, currently working full time and taking a semester off school to figure out what I want...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: anon1129 | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I am 90% sure bf neematoad is proposing this week. I have an emotionally close but geographically far family. We're not on social media. What's the best way to share the news?The engagement was decided by both of us, only the proposal will be a surprise....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: neematoad | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: amoeba | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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What was the period after diagnosis like for you? What did you do differently? What, if anything, did you change? What would you recommend for someone going through it? Did you have any subsequent medical problems?This weekend I had what has been diagnosed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gingerbeer | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Dear NYC-ers, I need to have a new baby gift delivered to someone.I have a friend in NYC who is going to have a baby and I would like to have a baby gift delivered to them. However, I don't know what places in NYC will deliver a nice basket or gift or...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: triggerfinger | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I enjoy SF/F short fiction that takes a wide view of a sub-genre or universe, evoking its possibilities without spending much time on any given situation/episode. I can offer some examples, but I would be glad to read more.A wide scope is probably all...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Monsieur Caution | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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During a difficult economic climate, I think it's pretty realistic to suggest that if wanting to make a career change in your mid-thirties or even forties, the decision as to which career to pursue should be chiefly logically and strategically determined....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: emma33UK | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I believe I've just thwarted a scam being attempted in my name with my credit card. I have several questions about this: 1. Have I understood the scam correctly? 2. Does the scam have a name or is it something new? 3. Who should I report this to? 4....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: alms | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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It's today. I know I should have started planning earlier - I was thinking I'd just get her some flowers and a card and take her to brunch, but now I want to make it special. I still have not gotten into the habit of thinking "This may be the last time...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: caryatid | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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You how there's always a scene in science fiction movies where a character enters some futuristic utopia and a robotic voice starts talking to them, saying something like "Welcome to Futureville, where all your needs are met" ? Is there a name for this...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: craniac | Monday, September 15, 2014
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My entire iTunes library is on a 2008 MacBook. That computer is running Mac OS X, Version 10.5.8. I'd like to transfer the entire library from that old laptop to my new laptop, a (brand new) MacBook Pro, and to my phone, an iPhone 5c. The problem is...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rue72 | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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I love Junji Ito. He's probably my favorite horror writer that I have ever read. I especially like the stories "Glyceride" "The Town With No Streets" and " The Window Next Door" . I like the feeling of dread they exude. Not really into jump scares, or...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Gargantuantoe | Monday, September 15, 2014
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What is with the constant insistence to single people that they would meet someone if they just did X, Y, or Z?In my experience, this advice almost always comes from people who are married or otherwise coupled. And if the single person responds with,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rhymeswithcheery | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Solo Travellers - what practical tips do you have for handling the unpleasantness of getting sick while on holiday?I am going to do a lot more solo travel soon. Nothing too adventuresome - mostly in Western countries with high health standards. However...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: storybored | Monday, September 15, 2014
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My mom had a full hip replacement on August 22nd. 12 days later, she had a TIA. The ER lab tests (MRI, CAT scan, and electrocardiogram) said there was no sign of a blockage. 2 days later, her primary care doctor said it was probably caused by a blood...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: daisy77 | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Every now and then I realise that my heart rhythm has gone wonky. I don't feel ill with it, it's just... different. What's going on, and should I be worried?All answers will assume YANMD / YANAD. :) If relevant, I'm overweight, with slightly high blood...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: twine42 | Saturday, September 13, 2014
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I signed up for a senior-year seminar class for prose fiction. My GPA cannot suffer. I'm willing to learn anything and everything on the subject. Book recommendations are also appreciated. (English TAs and Profs are preferred! You are the next best thing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lorn | Monday, September 15, 2014
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What are some of the most ludicrous exhortations in pop music?Sadly, I got "The Safety Dance" stuck in my head tonight. After rolling it around for a while, I got fixated on the line, "Everybody look at your hands!" Which in turn led me to wonder: what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mykescipark | Monday, September 15, 2014
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What is the best way to get to the New York Maker Faire? I'm driving from New England and pretty unfamiliar with New York. The Faire is in Queens at New York Hall of Science. Website recommends several ways to get there. I can't tell one from the other...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: aarondesk | Monday, September 15, 2014
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My beloved border collie is aging rapidly. He still has lots of the old BC traits but his body can't keep up with them--how do I help him avoid disappointment and keep him happy?My BC is 15 years old, and has just begun to slow down in the last couple...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: stillmoving | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I'm hoping to follow the Scottish Independence Referendum returns live as we do here in America for our big elections. Does anyone know where someone in the USA could watch as the counts come in? (Does this even happen over there, making a night of it?)...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: drowsy | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I am looking for guidance on how to go about withdrawing from investment accounts well before retirement. I know the generic advice is that you should be steadily socking away your retirement savings, not spending it, but I need access to cash at the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Alternatives to the discontinued iPod Classic 160GB?Our household is dependent on large storage capacity personal music players. Right now, we're rocking the iPod Classic, but it's possible that it's on its last leg. In any case, it's pretty beat up,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: VikingSword | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I've been watching build up of moop from ants dining on my carport for a few years now. What can I do to remove these critters as they've seemed impervious to my attempt to remove them so far.The main place I see this is along the back wall of a carport...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: diode | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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We're looking for recommendations for a hotel, resort or villa on the beach at Ka'anapali or near Lahaina that will not just tolerate a service dog but will welcome one.My parents have only good things to say about the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, but if...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: infinitewindow | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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With the encouragement of my significant other, what started as an article on foreign policy and international relations for a non-profit research centre is now being expanded into a book. I would like some advice on writing a book.I started writing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 8LeggedFriend | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I have an external Blu-Ray drive very similar to this one (I think it's the same, but I'm not 100% sure), and I'm trying to figure out what voltage it needs from an external power supply.It can be powered via USB, but I'm seeing symptoms that I think...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: primethyme | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I made a design on Cafepress, and now I'd like to make a new one based on it. Unfortunately, I do not have the original image of the design anymore. I thought there would be a way to get it back from Cafepress, but I cannot find such a way. Is there...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Flunkie | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I remember an erotic bear automaton from a movie. I cannot find it. This is bugging me.The automaton was an antique brass or silver wind-up with music. There was a girl on a swing, facing an aroused, standing bear. The girl's legs are spread, and the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: frykitty | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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My girlfriend and I have silver wedding rings. Unfortunately, they apparently contain nickel, which we are having a bad reaction to. We love these rings and want to keep them. But we can't wear them now. Do you know of a protective coating we could apply...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: maurreen | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I am moving to Las Vegas before the end of the year, and I'm looking for work. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator/visual story teller. I've applied for a few casino, and mobile gaming jobs, but have had no luck so far. I suspect that one of the primary sticking...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: hanzoschmanzo | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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This is a "what should I wear; please show me exactly because I haven't figured this out in twenty years of adulthood" question. Today's topic: a reasonable looking, but not bulky layer for traveling.The goal here is to find a warm layer that can reasonably...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: fingersandtoes | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I have a 2007 vehicle that has some minor body scratches. Today, I noticed many of these small, vertical, scratches running most of the length of my vehicle on the right side. Here are images of my vehicle (a bit hard to see) I did take my car to a car...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: denverco | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I'm using this tutorial to try to create weather icons in Photoshop - I'm having trouble getting the shapes to appear at the right sizes.I'm trying to create a 50px x 20px rounded rectangle size. When I follow the instructions in the tutorial, I get...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sweetkid | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I have a cheap pleather jacket that I wear all the time - the inner lining is stained and I'm worried about washing it. The jacket says "dry clean only" but when I took it to the dry cleaners they said they'd charge $60+ to clean it because it was "leather"...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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On the occasion of recently turning 30 and wanting to arrest my weight gain, I'd like to figure out ways to cook things that are healthier than the stereotypical bachelor chow I've been subsisting on for the last year.I'm not really into cooking anything...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Alterscape | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I'm looking for a daypack that'll carry an SLR camera, an extra lens, a book, and a water bottle. I'd like it to be compact enough that it can't carry much else. I'd like it to offer some mild degree of protection to the camera and the lens. I don't...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: SpringAquifer | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Are you in the UK? Have you recently bought spectacles online? Were you happy with them? If your answer to all these questions is YES, please tell me more! Plus any other advice or information about buying glasses online.I'm in London and would like...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: EXISTENZ IS PAUSED | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Is there a way to ignore how you feel and just get things done regardless of whether you feel like doing it or not? I don't understand why I am having such a hard time doing the things that I used to do? I used to be able to get a lot of things done,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: nidora | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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In my distaste for brands I tend to remove tags from my clothing, but in one case this has backfired - I found a brand of jeans which fit me perfectly. Sans tag, all I have to go on is the imprint on the buttons. It's a shield with a pointed demon tail...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bkudria | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I'm questioning my (female) gender identity. I am looking for online resources, maybe a forum or online community that is specifically ftm or has specific ftm threads/conversations. I've combed reddit but the format of reddit feels less like a conversation...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I'm trying to find a piece of classical music from a few barely-remembered details. It had a number of short-ish solos (in a row?) of parallel structure. I'm sure that there were harp and oboe solos but I think that there were others as well. I think...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: quiet coyote | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I want to buy a drum kit (as a gift) and have no idea where to start (this is in Melbourne if you happen to have some location-specific information).I'm buying a drum kit. Why, doesn't matter. The person (who is an adult) to be using the kit doesn't...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: wilful | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I want to design a simple wedding ring for my fiancee. She loves Iceland more than me. Is there any unique material or gem that could be used in a ring? Or a referent to the area?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ebesan | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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I have just had a total hip replacement (one week ago) and am recovering beautifully. I am female. I am supposed to use a toilet with a raised seat and have installed one in my primary toilet at home. I am theoretically allowed to go to a restaurant,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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At a dinner party at our home a few years ago one of our guests brought up issues of life insurance and their concerns about adequate coverage for their family. They asked my husband and I how we manage our policies. My husband announced to the group...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, September 14, 2014
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