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My father has severe hearing loss (I'm pretty sure he hasn't heard my voice in the last 10 years). What we would really like is a headset that could plug into either his computer or his iPhone (preferably both) and allow him to both hear and talk with...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: boobjob | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I am trying to sort out using medical marijuana for chronic pain and I had no idea when I started out that it would all be so vague and experimental. I am now finding myself with things that I have tried and will not use and assume I cannot return. I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cairnoflore | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I have equal parts dirt and 2/3rds complete compost. Can I combine?I have a large amount of dirt/sod from removing grass while preparing a large bed. It is in a big pile in my yard, and feels more like silty top soil than sod. I also have a large compost...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cgs | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Looking for a way to show my toddler Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Episode 1525, or something similar.My toddler overheard a conversation about war, and became very sad when we explained roughly what "war" means. He's brought it up over and over again over...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Salvor Hardin | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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How do I review, audit, question, and negotiate this stack of medical bills? Employer-based insurance that is a PPO. It's decent. But the hospital's billing department, not so much... Lots and lots of individual bills. Most valid, but some may not be.TLDR...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: heigh-hothederryo | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I watched Ali Wong's Netflix special last night. I LOVED her glasses and want to know who makes them and if anyone sells them. So do a lot of other people.I've found multiple places online (reddit, twitter) where people ask her directly, and she doesn't...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 41swans | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I'm looking for "behind the scenes of the XYZ industry" type books. They can be fiction or non-fiction.I've just finished reading Kill your Friends a "fiction" book by John Niven which describes the internal mechanisms of the music business. It was the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jacobean | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Virginia to Las Vegas. I-64 to I-70 to I-15. Four days on the road by myself. Any advice?I'm starting a new job in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks, and I'll be driving out there soon, and I'm not really sure how I should handle things. I've always wanted...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: skewed | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I have been looking online for a specific service and came across a company that I had utilized 3 years before. All of the reviews were 5 stars. If I want to leave a review (not a good review) I need to log in to the googles. Is there any chance of blowback...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: futz | Monday, May 30, 2016
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One-way flight PHL-LGW-DUB: any practical issue (for example, at LGW immigration) with not flying the LGW-DUB segment?First time I've run into this leg-skipping question in my travels. In this case, I see a PHL-LGW-DUB that's better for me than any PHL-LON....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kalapierson | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I felt the need to apologize to a semi-notable person (if that matters) whom I have never met and doesn't know me. I emailed them a well written apology and a day later recieved a very gracious reply. Great. However now I don't know if I should reply...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Hi, I need to purchase some (cheap?) hosting for a small portfolio site for my camgirl/webcam model persona. I also need to host photos for my profiles on chat/clips sites. Is there a simple, easy, not shady, not expensive company you'd particularly...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I have an iPhone 6S that hasn't gone through any sort of damage, all of a sudden I've needed to restart it/power cycle to get it to connect to LTE. What's the deal? WiFi works fine, but I'll either get No Service or 1x, reboot and I'm fine for the day....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: geoff. | Saturday, May 28, 2016
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We've been scouring the internet for cool routes and it's just not cutting it. There are a lot of routes that people suggest that have heavy traffic and boating. We're looking for something a little more remote or secluded.Anyone who has experience with...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Marinara | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I'm looking to spend 7-10 days later this summer on vacation in New England. Areas of interest are Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, with Connecticut and Rhode Island as well if not too rushed. I would appreciate advice on feasibility but also would...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: librarylis | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I've been given a challenge- Meet someone new every day, for 40 days- but I have no idea how to do this.The easiest thing I could think of was just to go ahead and ask someone for the time each day and that would give me an excuse to just talk to a random...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: manderin | Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Americans looking for a place to retire not in America. We are looking to purchase a place now, rent it out, and retire in a few years. Here is our must haves: * 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath * Ocean view, access * In walking distance to a town, if not in it * Americans...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bleucube | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Hey wine buffs, looking for a winery in the Russian River area that sells wines similar to 'a good Chianti from Tuscany' - any leads? (Please go easy on me, I know nothing about wine.)So, our in-laws from Europe are visiting and my husband and his dad...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: The Toad | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I'm fascinated with computers, robotics, and photography. Yet, there's something captivating about IT and Computer Programming. I'm almost finishing up my Social Science bachelor's degree (Sociology), which is pretty worthless from a marketable angle,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: RearWindow | Saturday, May 28, 2016
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We've already emailed our landlord about it, but what do you suppose this noise is? It just started today. It's really loud and lasts for several seconds, then it stops for minutes or hours....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: perryfugue | Monday, May 30, 2016
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"I might come and see you off tomorrow.""I shouldn't waste your time. I won't be there." This is from the book, "The Third Man". Well, when you say, " You shouldn't waste your time.", how is it different from the former one?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mizukko | Monday, May 30, 2016
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My in-laws recently moved, and found a metal dogtag-like object in the finished basement. It looks as though it has some purpose, but we cannot figure out what that might be. [Side One] [Side Two]The object seems to be a high-quality design, and the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 1367 | Monday, May 30, 2016
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You're driving from Michigan to Wisconsin, taking I-94 to I-90. You'll inevitably have to drive around Chicago, and want to stop for lunch or dinner somewhere in there. Where do you go? Difficulty level: no cheese-centric cuisine.Assume little to no...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: yarntheory | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I have one hard drive with some important documents on it and I'm looking to protect these contents in the event of theft. What's the best (not too difficult) way to do this? I'm on Apple OS....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: malhouse | Monday, May 30, 2016
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the house i have just moved into (inexplicably) has all the lights mounted on the walls, with bulbs pointing sideways out of the fixtures, no sconces or shades on them, just plain light bulbs. the bulbs are all (HORRIBLE) fluorescent lights. This will...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: andreapandrea | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I am in the process of buying a new (to me) old (1942) house. Hooray! I just had the inspection done and have some questions about the wiring. I'm planning on hiring an electrician, but want to have an idea of what I might be getting myself into as well...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lilnublet | Monday, May 30, 2016
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Interested in recommendations of a Bootstrap theme I could buy which would work for an intranet application deployed in a reasonably conservative environment. More inside ...I just want a theme which will make things look a bit less 'bootstrappy' . What...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: southof40 | Monday, May 30, 2016
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I recently Googled my firstname+lastname, which I don't share with anyone else as far as I can tell, and found a tweet near the top of the results which I'm not particularly happy about.Some time ago (years), someone I used to work for tweeted a picture...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: STFUDonnie | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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My landlord needs a couple of days to fix some stuff in my bathroom so I booked a last minute trip to Toronto this week, from Wednesday to Thursday (coming via train from Montréal). My birthday is also coming up shortly + I recently hit an investment...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mephisjo | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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What's the best way to store store-bought fresh herbs so they last the longest? I usually have cilantro/coriander, scallion, mint, basil (Thai, holy, and Italian), and occasionally sawtooth coriander and Chinese chives on hand.I'm not looking for long-term...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: andrewesque | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I'm interested in learning more about Tunisia. It would be great to read about its recent history since the Arab Spring, but nonfiction that goes a bit further back in time would be great too. Thanks for any recommendations!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: knownfossils | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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A stranger thought I stole his citybike and proceeded to yell at me. I live in a nice area and this man "looked" to be a respectable middle aged business man, so it came as quite a shock for me. I know I shouldn't care about what crazy strangers say,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Dooney | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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My plan A for prescription lenses for my biking glasses isn't going to pan out. What should plan B be?I am farsighted - I can't see anything within about four feet of my face clearly. To remedy this in my normal life, I wear progressives, and they're...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pdb | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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It's been a few years since this question has been asked, and I know things have changed since then. There's so much info out there on the various genealogy sites, and I'm not sure what to do. Right now I have free trials with MyHeritage and Geni, but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: trillian | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I have shortish wavy/curly hair that I straighten and add some texture to with a wand. It really doesn't do well with rain/mist/humidity, but I live in a part of the country where I don't have to deal with that as much. What should I do to make it more...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: deus ex machina | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I was reading this article recently about a woman who got lost on the Appalachian trail and sadly died. It made me think about how I had always been told (at least hiking in the Northeast of the US) that if you get lost, head downhill, find a stream...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Toddles | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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After a confusing tax season, I'm trying to figure out how many allowances to claim on my W-4s. I have 4 part-time jobs, am in a masters program, and barely live above poverty line (really killin it at life in NYC). I currently claim exempt, but was...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kombucha3452 | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Another 'find me a dress like this dress' question. I'm loving this dress for my wedding. Not loving the price tag. Suggestions for something similar either online or in Toronto?I love this BHLDN dress. But we're doing a quick and dirty casual wedding...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: stray | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Tumblr and Google are now using two page login processes where you first enter your username or email and then are sent to a second page to enter your password. What's the reason/logic behind this switch from the standard two item form?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: srboisvert | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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What is the most convenient way to get from Vancouver International Airport to downton Seattle with an 8 year old in tow and plenty of luggage? Visiting Seattle this summer but flying into Vancouver because flights are much cheaper. Now, how do I get...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kwadeng | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I love TechShop, but there's none anywhere near here. I think there's some makerspaces in Seattle, but I'm looking for something on the east side (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland). Some place with tools and space to use them.The only place like this I know...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: triscuit | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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My life isn't at the greatest place right now and it's hard for me to hear about other people's good fortune. How can I get through a shitty period in my life without turning into a monster who is constantly envious of other people?Honestly, my life...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Almost every morning, I wake up earlier than I want/need to because I have to empty my bowels. Why?For the past few months, and sometimes before this, too, I have been waking up earlier than I want/need to because I really have to use the bathroom. (I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LoonyLovegood | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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We're in NYC for the holiday with no HBO and would like to go out to a bar to watch Game of Thrones. I found a place in Brooklyn but... My Jersey friend wants to stay somewhere accessible by PATH. Anyone know of places in Manhattan near a PATH stop or...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: DoubleLune | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I am in the early stages of planning my wedding for next spring, and starting to look into who I would hire to play some tunes for the ceremony and party. I have a pretty good grasp of how insanely expensive wedding stuff is, but I'd sorely underestimated...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cakelite | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Anyone know how to find out if there is any fiber optic service in the Glendale/Montrose/La Crescenta/ Tujunga general area? (within say five miles of this area?) The Verizon, Time Warner etc. fiber optic "search availability" functions are really vague......
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ConnieL | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I'm ashamed to say I've been somewhat avoiding the whole job application and networking stuff. I find it very difficult to speak to people because I have a quiet voice and I'm very standoffish. I tend to have a very robotic way of speaking and I've been...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sheepishchiffon | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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Know of any good drama-ish TV series that are great to dive into?My wife is needing a new TV show to watch. Something in the drama-ish genre would be preferable. Her previous favorites were: - Parenthood - The Good Wife - The Americans - Fargo - Downton...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sanka | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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I've started to read my childhood favourites to my children. This week we started Little House on the Prairie, which is still wonderful but.... Pretty culturally insensitive. We're glossing over some bits, and having some good talks about the First Nations...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Valancy Rachel | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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These little birds show up every day and hang out on my wife's car. It's really cute. I can't identify them though. I am in Wisconsin. Here's a quick video of them in action. It includes one of them trilling right near the middle....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Slinga | Sunday, May 29, 2016
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