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For Christmas, my mother has said she wants a fitbit/jawbone style fitness tracker and I'm trying to pick one out for her. I'm looking at newer, mid/high range models that will sync with ios and are easy to use.Most important is ease of use, at least...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pugg | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I run a website that hosts almost 2,000 sermon MP3s (all content that we own or have permission to host). I have one iPhone user who says that when they listen to THIS SERMON (just the first 2.5 minutes) the audio skips and loops back to the beginning....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: brownrd | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I'm looking for scientific articles on the topic. I understand that the mechanism of action is not well understood but I'm curious about the existence of any long-term effects.I don't take it daily, maaaaybe once a week? If that? My issue is dairy. I'm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: onecircleaday | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I would like to grab as many "sold" listings as possible from a site like realestate.com.au as xml or some sort of structured list that I can reformat into a csv type file for running some statistical analyses. I know javascript and some python, and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lollusc | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I want to lose five pounds. I don't have a specific deadline for this weight loss, but perhaps losing the weight over, say, two months would make me happy. The issue is that tips like "kick the soda habit!" and "cut out bread!" might not work for me,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: fernweh | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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My boyfriend and I are spending the holidays with our families near Lake George, NY and Great Barrington, MA. We would like to spend a couple of days between Christmas and New Year's away but in the area. Looking for location suggestions, as well as...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: i_am_a_fiesta | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I just moved to a new apartment in a different town and I hate it. Have I made a mistake? How do I cope and feel better about this?This past weekend I moved to a new apartment, in a different town, after living in my previous town for 11 years. I am...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: thereemix | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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We have some orchids next to the window and each one has roots growing out of the pot.The roots are getting out of control and spreading everywhere. It doesn't look very attractive. Is there a way to limit this? Can I trim them or remove some without...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gorcha | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I want an honest opinion on whether what I am upto could be considered cheating. It's a long read but I want to find out if I am wrong in what I am doing since I suspect my actions are hurting a woman emotionally. Apologies for the wall of text that...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Where can we get excellent local coffee and snacks and a great vegetarian meal while in Chicago/Antioch next week? We will be staying with family in Antioch. We are going to be in downtown Chicago for a couple of day trips visiting the Art Institute,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sadtomato | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I have a good female friend whom I have some history with and a girlfriend. My friend is hurting as I prioritize her less and my girlfriend more. I want to respect both of them and their feelings.I have a friend, A, whom I met a year ago and became close...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Durin's Bane | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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What would be the best (lowest cost / least hassle) way to get my immediate family (wife, son, daughter, myself) up and running on iPhone 6s for Christmas this year?Background: We currently have 4 lines with AT&T, with hardware running from iPhone...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: doctor tough love | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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So when I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of Cartoon Network (in the late '90s). I vividly remember watching one about a man that got into a cloning machine, made clones of himself, and then got the clones and/or himself killed in the compacting/smashing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: zer0render | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I need to get my cousin and his lady a christmas present. They both live in Milwaukee and love food. Where should they eat?No dietary restrictions. Price isn't a concern. I'm also very interested in cheaper places with great food. I can send them to...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pilibeen | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I finally broke down and got a Macbook Air today. In trying to use Mac Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to the Mac, I went with best practices and connected them with an Ethernet cable. They can't seem to see each other. They see each other...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Atrahasis | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Car Talkers of MeFi, help me solve a mystery! My 2001 Subaru Forester had a cylinder misfiring: car shook, check engine light flashed. Then it healed itself and the mechanic couldn't tell what was wrong, or that anything was wrong at all, so I brought...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: escabeche | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Without having to ask HR directly, I am wondering if a job offer is binding or nonbinding.I got a job offer which denotes the annualized salary and offer of the position. In order to respond to the job offer, one must follow up on a link filling out...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: proficiency101 | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Please help my little union find an online platform for decision-making. We would like a secure way to dis/approve proposals and vote yearly for officers. Anonymous voting with a unique identifier is required. Bonus points for discussion capabilities...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: willie11 | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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My roommate is snooping and sleeping in our rooms when we're not home. I'm scared there's more to it and I need advice.One of our roommates has been going into our bedrooms when we're not home. She has been hanging out in my roommates room when she's...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: shesbenevolent | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I need help wording a Christmas card that's accompanying a gift. The message I want to convey is that I really, truly, do NOT want a gift in return.I need to be a bit vague about the precise situation, but this is the deal: there's a group of us who...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: paperback version | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I have been going to a number of estate sales lately, and they always vary so much. I have a number of questions about structure and what-not, and I am hoping that people who either have run them, have worked for companies that have run them, or have...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Slinga | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: parmanparman | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A lovely friend of mine in London is keen to go vegan, but there are some requirements for the cookbook below.My friend Ben, who is a delight and helluva knitter, has decided to try and go vegan. I am pleased, but after seeing his continual FB posts...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kitteh | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Turns out reading aloud to lovers in bed is hot, but I'm close to exhausting my library of things that work for me. I'm looking for stuff that...- is short enough to be finished in under 15 minutes (chapters of a book are ok) - has a good read-aloud...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cocoagirl | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I'm looking for descriptions of mid-19th-century passenger rail trips. I prefer contemporary accounts, and particularly of travel in the South. I can also use later research, and descriptions of travel anywhere in the country are helpful.In the South,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LonnieK | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I guess it's time to finally give up Xobni...I just updated to Outlook 2013, and have discovered that my beloved Xobni really doesn't work too well with the new version. I'm looking for some sort of add in that would let me quickly search by a person's...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: veryhappyheidi | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I've seen a few articles about dresses, clothes and other structures designed by algorithm: you input a shape (a scan of a body, a 3d model of a dress, etc), and the algorithm reduces it to a mesh of triangles. These triangles can then be cut out of...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: metaBugs | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I live in largeish, "luxury" apartment building (all rentals) in Brooklyn, with sixteen staff members. This is my first holiday season in such a building and I'm unsure how to handle tipping, despite having read previous Ask MeFi questions on the topic....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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My mother obtained this grocery bag (1 and 2) back in the 90s at our local grocery store. It is the best grocery bag EVER. However, we have never been able to find another one like it.There's no tag in it anymore that says what it was made out of, but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sperose | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Mrs. Sense and I live in Baltimore, and we'd like to take this coming weekend for one last shot at a quick weekend getaway. Help!Before the holidays, family visits, and of course, the arrival of Baby Sense in late January, we'd like one last opportunity...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: CommonSense | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone when connected to public (library) wifi, when it is working for everyone else?I had been using my library's public wifi on both my laptop and my phone all morning with no issues. I stepped...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: alligatorman | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I'm a gay man, and I'm letting myself live / linger in an amorous state with a guy whom, for all I know, is straight. What am I doing?Almost a year ago, I met a guy, befriended him, developed a close friendship with him, and fell in love madly with him....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kwadeng | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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How do you keep yourself from growing mentally flabby, falling into lazy thinking, defaulting to mindless entertainment, devolving into a decreasing attention span and ability to focus?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: roaring beast | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I'm in the market for a new Mazda. Invoice prices, holdbacks, dealer cash, special financing deals, and the like are all out there on the Internet. But I can't find is what bonuses Mazda offers to car dealers for hitting various monthly and yearly sales...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Mercaptan | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Where in the US can I live for a month with a budget of $1000?I am located in NYC. I don't need to travel anywhere exotic. I assume transportation would be the most expensive part so I don't mind staying within even an hour of the city. *Don't need internet...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: laptolain | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Any chance that somebody out there knows of an archive of the late '80s radio show, "Radio Kandy", made by John Candy and other SCTV members? mp3 files would be ideal. Thank you!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jimmereeno | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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My lovely clear plastic icicles have aged through the years and I need help returning them to their pristine wintry looks.I have some nice clear plastic (acrylic I think) icicles that I hang on my porch roof edge every Christmas. Looks nice and wintery...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: leafwoman | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Can you recommend some rousing, feel-good non-fiction?Looking for well-written non-fiction that makes you feel like the world is wonderful and the theme from Rocky is playing. In general I have liked John McPhee, lovely dry English Pelicans, and David...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kristi | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I (38, hipsterish, female) am attending a wedding on New Year's Eve and I'm looking for the right sweater or coverup for the dress I'm planning on wearing. Help me look fabulous in front of all my boyfriend's friends! Bonus points for other accessory...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: misskaz | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Can you help me come up with a name for a group of very talented cinematographers based in New York? Naturally the first place I went to was the dictionary (word by word), jotting down everything that had to do with the craft. The technical terms are...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cyrusw8 | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I'm trying to find historians, writings, examples... whatever I can about 19th century American (especially mid-Atlantic) veggie and herb gardens and could use some help! I'm basically looking for resources on what someone might have had in their home...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: youcancallmeal | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I wrote a 45-page nonfiction book I would like to put out as an e-book. Need input on how to go forward.A professional copy-editor has gone through it and fixed errors and it is ready to go. Need input on how to go forward. My goals: I would just as...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sitecoach | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Because of recent trauma and a manic episode that lasted several weeks, I seem to still be without a circadian rhythm. I am familiar with the most common suggestions, such as getting daylight, putting yourself on a sleeping/waking/eating schedule, and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mermaidcafe | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I have this dress. What do I wear with it?I have no sense of how to put outfits together. The picture is not me. I am built similarly though bigger and taller (I wear size large usually and have a bmi of just under 25 at almost 5'9"). I would not wear...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: RoadScholar | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Please reassure me that eating this questionable item is fine! I opened a jar of salsa and the left it (closed, unrefrigerated) in my backpack for a week. Oops! I've been pretty sleep-deprived of late, and so more forgetful than usual.I just remembered...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: i. shishkin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers?The pipes in question are well secured where they exit...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Admiral Haddock | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Where in Toronto can I get my girly parts checked out, if I don't have a family doctor? I have OHIP and have access to the university health centers, although I kinda want to have the check up soon. I've been kind of negligent and haven't gone for a...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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New IUD and possible infection is depressing me. Probably TMI.I got a Mirena fitted two months ago today. Since then, I've had cramping (about 75% of the time) that is bad enough to need to take ibuprofen every five hours or feel nauseated from the cramps....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside.I am a paralegal at a mid-sized defense firm. I started in the file...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Ashen | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Given the recent collapse in value of the ruble relative to the dollar, how can I buy things from Russia and have them sent back to the United States? I am especially interested in silver and silver snuffboxes. Are there any reputable English language...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: oceanjesse | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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