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My husband (5'8, 205 lbs, 39, South Asian) was diagnosed as pre-hypertensive after several months of high blood pressure readings. After a couple years going soft Paleo to great success for my partner & me, I'm finding myself totally confused by...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Locative | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Why is it so easy for me to naturally make friends but never meet guys that ask me out? I always thought that people skills in both scenarios are transferable. The only difference I can think of are looks but I don't think that's my problem.To clarify,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sabina_r | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I work for a rapidly growing company that has no HR staff and relatively few policies to speak of. I need to take extended leave under FMLA. Difficulty level: no one else can do my work.My typically healthy dad has had several health issues recently,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: anotheraccount | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I created a new Facebook page to share tips/tricks related to using iOS. There has been little to no likes on my page, and it's gnawing at me. Am I doing something wrong? More details inside the fold.Okay, so at the suggestions given to me by several...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dubious_dude | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I just submitted my dissertation (yay...)! But during the struggle I've decided that academia is not my cup of tea--what next? Details after dropping out of warp.Hello hivemind, A couple of days ago, I submitted my disaster of a dissertation (political...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: wallawallasweet | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Please recommend a stellar-sounding wired headset for use with an iPhone 6. Bonus points for killer mic.Mrs. Thistledown is a journalist who spends a great deal of time on her cell phone interviewing people, and has to type at the same time. Can't hold...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Thistledown | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I'm looking for interesting and diverse scenes and monologues that would work well in an acting class for female students, approximate age range 13-22.If you're able to provide an easy way for me to find the specific scene (like a link to the video online,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pseudostrabismus | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I've recently began dating a guy who's coming on pretty strong. While I want to embrace what feels like someone who truly cares after a string of emotionally distant men, I'm feeling like it's too much, too soon, and I'm getting incredibly idealized....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: shotinthedark | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I'm looking into buying a new camera. I was a casual dslr user (Canon) but now I rarely use it and want to find a lighter camera (but with comparable quality) to bring when I travel. I also like the look of the Fuji X cameras because I do think they...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Yeou | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The reason for the question is behind the cut, but basically I'm trying to find out if something like that is even remotely possible.A friend has an Internet friendship that's turning kind of serious, and this friend claims that they had a voluntary...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ElaineMc | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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How much and what type of math is beneficial to programming? What are the prerequisites / pathways to grokking this kind of math?Firstly, I know that you can be a perfectly productive, efficient and employable programmer with only rudimentary knowledge...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: man down under | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I saw this boat floating in Puget Sound a while back. Can you identify the make/model?I don't need the year or displacement or measurements or anything - just curious about what sort of boat it is, since it seems like exactly the type of boat I would...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: BlackLeotardFront | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Picked this up a few years ago at an abandoned pawn place in New Mexico. Love it dearly (although it does need a polish), but I have no idea where it might be from (definitely American, perhaps government?) or what the design might signify. And, hey,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: experiencing a significant gravitas shortfall | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I came across this cute metal thing in a closet and have no idea what it's used for. It's like a three dimension capital I. A magnet doesn't stick to it. Dimensions are about .75"x.75"x1". It weighs 1.5oz, which seems heavy for its size and the fact...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: oxisos | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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So we're planning to go on honeymoon for 3 weeks in May. I want to spend a week in Paris; he wants to spend a week in Germany. We are pondering a third city. Please help!I studied abroad in Paris and loved it. My fiance wants to go to Germany, particularly...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: madonna of the unloved | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I'd like to understand how Escher made his architectural illusion drawings so I can model similar environments in 3D and then use those models to draw my own creations out on paper. How do I even get started?Since I was a kid I was fascinated by MC Escher's...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: everyday_naturalist | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I've been depressed and lazy and consistently exhausted for the better part of a decade now. A good, productive day is rare, even on meds. Imagine my surprise then, when a few days ago I managed to clean my perenially disorganized and chaotic room with...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: marsbar77 | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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What are some tips that I could use to help me write out comics I'd like to draw?For the part year, I've delved pretty heavily into independent/self published comics. It's a great underground scene with a great community. I'm an artist myself (my website...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: morning_television | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I have a great employee and friend who needs to give trainings, and he umms, speaks too fast, and stumbles. I think he'd really benefit from a speaking course, but he tends to take things very personally. How do I offer/suggest this to minimize hurt...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ftm | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Are there any laws or regulations in Alberta, Canada, that would supersede a county-imposed pre-authorized-only payment scheme?My county recently passed some inanity requiring people to either sign up for either a) monthly pre-authorized payments, b)...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: CKmtl | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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So, my little food business grew significantly in the last year and the future is making the idea of my products finding shelf space in retail outlets a very strong reality. With that, I will be putting barcodes on my labels. I can't seem to find concrete...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: TwilightKid | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I want to introduce more kink and toys to sexy time with the Mr. I need to first get over my embarrassment of kink and sex toys so that I can then apply your lessons for how to introduce kink and sex toys to the Mr.We've been together 15 years, married...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: tafetta, darling! | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I was reading this comment by KathrynT about men's perceptions of women in groups being equal in number when the no. of women is 17%, women having to comprise over 80% of group members to get equal speaking time with men. I'd really like to know where...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: everydayanewday | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I have a 2012 Nexus 7 that hasn't been successfully turned on in over a year. After the last time I used it, I was without it for a few months. When I returned, it didn't seem to react to being plugged in to charge, even leaving it charging for a whole...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ocherdraco | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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My computer apparently picked up an infection while it was turned off. I know that's not right. What really happened?I am usually the person other people go to with their computer problems. But this one has me completely flummoxed: Today I went to work...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Biblio | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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A client located in the Caribbean wants to pay me via PayPal ; I am in Canada. I don't have a PayPal account, and I'm not sure how it all works. They will pay me in USD, which is great. I have a US dollar account at a major Canadian bank. How do I get...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Nevin | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I want to read, watch, or hear things that teach or discuss how to make electronic music. But from a creative or structural perspective, not a solely technical perspective.So, I finally feel comfortable in the mechanics of Reaper, my software of choice....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: threeants | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Hi all! My family used to buy me paperback children's books back in the 80's like the Great Brain stories, Henry Huggins/Ramona series or How To Eat Fried Worms; stuff in that sort of vein. I recall Dell Yearling being one of the common publishers. But...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: starscream | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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I probably should have asked this weeks ago... My husband and I will be in Portland, OR, for Valentine's Day and we'd like to have a nice but not ludicrously expensive dinner. We like Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, northwestern, seafood. Neither...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: skycrashesdown | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I have a 2012 version of the Nexus 7. It's been bugging me to upgrade to Lollipop.Lately, it's bugging me to install Lollipop. I have no problem doing so as long as it doesn't slow my beloved tablet to a crawl. No one I know has a 2012 and had updated....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kathrynm | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I'm trying to set up several micro USB charging stations in my house and car, and I'm realizing that I retain very little from 9th-grade Intro To Electronics. Set me straight on how current works?Suppose I have a 2.4 amp USB charging cable plugged into...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: foursentences | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Have you and your significant other ever had a rad valentines that involved collaborative planning, surprise AND romance? Tell me everything!So..I'm trying to think of scenarios that can preserve the fun and romantic nature of having each of us surprise...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Gray Skies | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Can anyone recommend carpenter jeans that last more than six months?My wardrobe is stuck in the 90s, but we have a relaxed office so it all works out. The carpenter tool pocket works superlatively as a carry pocket for my cell phone. While I might scrounge...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pwnguin | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Decorating-challenged man with limited colour sense has large family room (24' x 30') with walls divided roughly half way up the wall (on three sides) by narrow (4") shelf/plate rail. Is there a general guideline/rule for painting such a room with one...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: RafikiGuy | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I'm creating a short story unit for my grade 12 students and so I'm looking for 5 or 6 good, suspenseful ones that will (hopefully) really pique their interest--even the ones who hate reading.I've used "The Most Dangerous Game" in the past with great...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: figaro | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I lit a match yesterday. I am afraid that the matchbox and everything the match touched will spontaneously ignite. Please reassure me with science, or, failing that, tell me what to do to avoid spontaneous ignition. Thank you very much!From what I have...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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My five-year-old gets really sad, every single night, about the fact that he has to sleep alone. How can we help him?My son is very social and extroverted and has hated being alone, especially at bedtime, since he was a baby. For the first few years...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: logic vs love | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Hi AskMe. I'm losing my mind. I heard a cover of the Boney M disco song Rasputin on Pandora a few years ago. It came up in rotation a few times, but I can't find a version that matches the one I recall, either on my channel thumbs-up songs or on a Pandora...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Lou Stuells | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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After a promising-looking month, my financial situation has tanked. I'm in my last night in the place I've been living (a weekly motel) and I'm not sure where I'll be this time tomorrow. I'm looking for advice as to emergency housing for one person in...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: item | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Google Maps gives me a range of times between two routes depending on the time of day I query, so I'm curious if anyone has personal experiences between these two routes and suggestions for others. I'm trying to minimize driving time as much as possible.The...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gucci mane | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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We bid on a house, our offer was accepted, the inspector comes in a week to view said house. Assuming all goes to plan and house is not secretly falling apart, what should our priorities be between the confirmation signing and the closing date?Here's...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kitteh | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Just came back from a weekend at Big Bear with a bunch of kids and not sure it was fun?What I mean is that we had a group of people with 3-6 year olds. We booked months in advance in the hopes of having a great snow adventure. There was not much snow,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: silsurf | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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It seems like wherever I go, businesses have flat roofs, while houses have sloped ones. I've always heard bad things about flat roofing, but presumably they have some sort of reasoning for not going with the sloped.I've thought maybe they need to walk...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Trifling | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I have a dear friend planning a destination wedding in Jamaica for April 2016 she is having some difficulties in picking the resort. Would you be able to offer any suggestions?The bride will be going down with her mother in law March of this year to...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: blueberrypicasso | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Nephew is way into Magic: The Gathering and wants cards for his birthday. I know nothing about this. He's been playing for 6 months or so. What's the safest bet for a gift in the $20-40 range?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gwint | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Can you tell me what it was like for a junior high girl to get a perm in the eighties?This was one of the great mysteries of my youth: what happened when girls got perms. I could lie and say I'm writing a coming-of-age novel set in 1987, but the truth...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: roger ackroyd | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I recently enjoyed The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and am searching for similar novels. By which I mean novels that are about people living their lives, and the growth and change that naturally happens as they do. Engaging, but not particularly dramatic....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dry white toast | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Is there a Berkeley Ca near you?Listening to Car Talk last weekend a caller described her city (Madison, Wisconsin) as the "Berkeley" (California) of her state. To me, that implies a young, cosmopolitan, counter culture friendly town. That got me thinking....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Mr.Me | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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I attended an adjunct faculty meeting at a public two-year college in Texas. Before the meeting, the campus vice president asked an instructor to lead us all in prayer. So we prayed. I was under the impression that public colleges weren't permitted anything...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jackypaper | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Is switching to a small local provider of microwave internet from Comcast a good idea?My home was recently offered the chance to switch to a local provider of microwave internet from Comcast. We haven't really been happy with Comcast but its the only...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kittensofthenight | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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