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How does Google make so much money on advertising when everyone I know says they rarely click/tap on search ads and display ads?Do I just happen not to know the type of people who are inclined to look at ads, or is there some fundamental aspect of how...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Dansaman | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Yesterday I put up an unlocked iPhone 4s on ebay for sale. It literally sold in about a minute. This old phone sold at the price it was originally purchased for. I sent the buyer an invoice. They paid it with another minute. For this old phone, that's...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sock, the puppet | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Is there an all in one solution that will archive text message conversations for multiple styles of phones? Even more caveats inside...It has been recommended our operation start archiving text messages (we already archive email). I have no idea where...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dukes909 | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Helping our preschooler move from one home to another: we have lots of flexibility, so we want to plan the best transition we can as he leaves behind the school and friends he loves.We'll be moving from a house to a same-sized condo a 45-minute drive...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kalapierson | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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our previous kid-centric tablet died and so did some research and bought a kindle. However, now we need to find a cover to help our kids from breaking it in half.So far the searching I've done has resulted in covers that don't have access holes to plug...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: zombieApoc | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Problematic roommate finally moves out. Everybody is happy! Problematic roommate gives one day's notice that she is moving back in. Everybody is sad! How to head off disaster?This is the same roommate from this question. Since then, the following developments...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dekathelon | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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A good friend has been fired from her low paid private school job in the Cleveland Ohio area and is looking for advice on what she needs to do in the short term. She works in a somewhat hard to find work in field (music therapy for children) She's in...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bottlebrushtree | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Oh gardeners and florists and other plant people of Mefi, can you help me figure out what this flower is?The gentleman I'm seeing brought me a bouquet. Hooray! Despite familiarity with lots of annual and perennial flowers from my summers at a greenhouse,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: WidgetAlley | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I'm going on two months of frequent nausea. Sometimes I throw up, most times I don't. Otherwise I generally feel fine (no fatigue, headaches, other pain aside from my possible endometriosis, sniffles, fever or anything else). I've been to my GP.I am...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: AlexiaSky | Monday, April 14, 2014
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IMAP is supposed to be able to preserve message state information across clients. So why is it that my email read/unread states aren't transferring from my Macbook to my iPhone?I have two email accounts which I'm using with Apple Mail, both IMAP accounts....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: capricorn | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I've just made the switch from my old iPhone to a Nexus 5, and the only little thing bothering me is that the default music app doesn't display album or track lenths when you go to choose something to play. Should I install a new music player, and if...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: moorooka | Monday, April 14, 2014
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I met a guy on okc last October. He asked me out several times during November and I cancelled every time. He then deactivated his account for three months. He reappeared mid March this year and we have been hanging out once or twice a week since. To...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: DeadFlagBlues | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Just one year old marriage and in crisis Here is my situation, a bit longer so kindly as to bear with me. I just got married to a smart, matured and lovely woman exactly 13 month ago, we dated for 6 weeks and due to circumstances, (I had to stay in my...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Sall | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I've been on one date with a man whose brother died shortly afterwards. I want to support him and respect his decisions (including about whether to continue the relationship) but absolutely do not want to take advantage of his grief. I don't know how...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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My partner makes money and has savings. I am a grad student, have no savings, but will make money. How to handle potential cohabitation?My partner has been working full-time for the past 8 years, making from 70k to 100k. He has no debts. I transitioned...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: inevitability | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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So! We bought a house, and it has a yard, and some of the beds are lined with 6-8 inch (15-20" cm) field stone. I would like more, and a friend says she has a lot more that I can have for free! Her land is about an hour from my place. We own cars, not...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: RogueTech | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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I'm going to climb a mountain. I want to hold up a banner and take a picture when I get to the top. Help me get a banner made that is ideal for the job.I have a logo that I would like to have printed on a fabric or other material (I think the material...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: shew | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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My girlfriend has a diagnosed anxiety order. Oftentimes in conversation she has trouble processing what is said and pretty much shuts down. After the conversation she tells me that she was flooded and doesn't remember what we discussed. I want to learn...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: speedoavenger | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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According to my trusted mechanic, the transmission on my aged buggy is shot (I haven't had 3rd gear for a while, and now the car has begun to have trouble getting into 2nd and 4th) and the car is not worth the cost of fixing it. Fair enough--except that...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: chicainthecity | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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I have a jailbroken iPad. I need to study for computer certifications (A+, Security+, Networking+) in a remote location, but I'm having a hiccup.I'm already searching through previous questions for free downloads of the latest CompTIA certification books...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: DisreputableDog | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Could anyone point me to either (1) any recent books or studies that extensively discuss the role of parliaments and other legislative bodies in state building and reconstruction in developing countries, particularly post-conflict ones like Balkans,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: RandlePatrickMcMurphy | Monday, April 14, 2014
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In the State of Michigan, east of Detroit, on the north side of Lake St. Clair, within Anchor Bay, there are two islands. Dickinson Island and Harsens Island. What do you know about these places?Does anyone have any background, observations, stories,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lstanley | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Hi, I'm wondering what exam number DCAS / ACS is currently hiring for for Child Protective Specialist? Or do you know when they will be hiring from Exam #3341, which was Oct-Dec 2012. Thank you!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Rock 'em Sock 'em | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I am a fan of the New York Rangers hockey club. Part of the fun of being a Rangers fan is that the team is a part of an unusually large number of heated rivalries. Or maybe it's not so unusual. What other examples are there of sports teams that have...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: GalaxieFiveHundred | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Bought a large, possibly handmade chess set at a thrift store - can anyone give me more info about it?This is a large (~36"x18") chess set box that holds the pieces. They are made of wood and painted. I've never seen anything quite like this before and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: amicamentis | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I've gone and written myself into a corner in a story I'm writing. I need to figure out how two thieves can escape from the grounds of a castle.There are two gates: one at the front, and one at the back. The front gate would be suicidal to attempt –...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: talitha_kumi | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I would like to give a short awareness talk aimed at raising awareness of triggers. Five minutes or less, keyed towards the safety issues for the trigeree. What key points should I include?Anon for this one because it involves work. I work for VeryBigCo...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I've prepared a speculative application for a job in Industry in the UK. It has been suggested to me that sending it now would be a mistake since we're heading into the Easter holidays. Is this good advice that I should follow or just a cynical opinion...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Eumachia L F | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I'm in my first year as a principal at a special needs high school and recently, the school director (above me organizationally) hired a new teacher who isn't quite fitting in. Far too many staff members have approached me and basically, this new teacher...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kinetic | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Does anyone know of a documentary film that compares the Allied occupations (and "rehabilitation") of Germany and Japan after World War II? Bonus if it's about 50 minutes in length.I am currently teaching a college course on World War II, and on Friday...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dhens | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pretentious illiterate | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Hoping to ship my mom a gift basket including a pint or two of cold brewed iced coffee concentrate... is this possible?The more I think about it the more impossible/impractical it sounds... but she LOVES iced coffee and she gave birth to me. I've gotten...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rubster | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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My mother owned some art from the 60s-80s, and she passed a little over four years ago; since then, it has been in my spare closet. I would like to sell it, if possible, because I believe some of the work is valuable, but the closed art market makes...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: miss tea | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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My XP system is severed from the internet and runs beautifully as a stand alone. It has never been as responsive as now. I still have nag screens that are looking for an anti-virus and firewall. How are they disabled? I used REVO Uninstaller and CCleaner...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Raybun | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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CCSF offers online beginning Italian, but that's all I'm seeing. I am looking for beginner language classes in any language that is not English or French offered online through a California community college. Can you suggest any?I am aware that online...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: blnkfrnk | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Lately I've been looking into pursuing my love for comics by writing one-page stories. Catch is, I'm experimenting with layering the stories and de-linearizing them, but I need simple story ideas for the most basic layer of the piece. My best bet would...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: omar.a | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I have a deeply ingrained habit of being both a people pleaser and caring a lot about accomplishments, winning prizes, receiving accolades, getting praise and recognition from others. However, so much so that it clouds what I really want to do in terms...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I have to replace an 8 yr old Subaru fender. A standard color. The new piece comes primed, w/out paint. My understanding is the shop gets the color code, and attempts a match, knowing the color has faded. Question- good shop will be able to vary the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ebesan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Sooooo... my parents will visiting loverly Chicago... unfortunately, I just noticed that they won't fly in May 17th, but APRIL 17th. In two days. I'm a dumb. Anyway, I need some advice on what we should check out while they're here. I have a couple ideas,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Evilspork | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I am most likely getting laid off in about a month or so, at which time I will be able to collect unemployment. However, unemployment doesn't last forever. The thing is, my anxiety about the job search is preventing me from doing what's required to get...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: koolaidnovel | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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For the last few years my mother has had symptoms of schizophrenia. She believes that an organization is following her, harassing her and screwing job opportunities. She is taken things to a extreme level and has called cops accusing individuals, family...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: The1andonly | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I'm looking for good TV shows that have a short season (9-10 episodes absolute maximum) with episodes that are 30 minutes or less. A mini-series of 3-5 episodes that is available on Amazon Prime would be ideal. Does this exist?!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: aaanastasia | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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I lost close to 100lbs and have kept it off for years. I want to continue to lose the weight, but I don't have anything pushing me to do so. I'm not gaining, but I'm not losing either.My journey is complicated. I have been overweight since I have been...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: PuppetMcSockerson | Monday, April 14, 2014
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I'm looking for recommendations of books, articles, films or other media about homelessness in the US.Really anything - this is a very open-ended research project - but for example the history of homelessness, intersection with drug use, Vietnam, mental...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: latkes | Monday, April 14, 2014
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(Keeping this anonymous because I'm worried my security's compromised and don't want to make it worse.) So for about the past six weeks, the log-in process on the Bank of America site has been behaving strangely for me. When I go to the BOA site I see...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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My girlfriend just recently found out that she was dropped from her insurance. She signed up for an ACA plan, but coverage doesn't begin until the first day of May. This is a problem, because she's on several psychiatric medications that are either pivotal...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Two Stranger | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Cityson is graduating from a Western NY University. He's done great, and we're all as proud as we can be. About 8 family members are making the overnight trip, and would like to have a nice dinner after traveling on Friday, the evening before the ceremony,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: citygirl | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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My landlord just installed an alley gate between my building and another. It was in response to some attempted break-ins from the back of the walkup. The problem is that when the door slams shut, it's really loud and startling. On a Saturday, it slams...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: shimmer | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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When the good folks at Nestle USA (Lean Cuisine) and ConAgra Foods (Health Choice) package the meals that wind up in our microwaves, how do they know how long we should cook them? I assume it has something to do with volume and density of the food. What...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: John Borrowman | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Planning a trip to Ireland. Flying in and out of Dublin. 8 days, one car, three drivers. Help me prioritize where to go.We know we definitely want to go to Galway/Clare (Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Connemara) and Yeats' grave in Sligo. We're...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: elizeh | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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