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I want to be a journalist, but I'm not sure how to get there from where I am now. Looking for any advice, tips, or resources anybody can offer me.I'm 27 years old. And it has become obvious to me the career I should have always pursued: journalism. My...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: EmptyEmpire | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I don't know if this is a life stage thing or a terrible personality flaw or what, but I find myself feeling contemptuous of others' relationships, even though it's 100% none of my business. I want to stop this.My question is similar to this one, except...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: fernweh | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I am interested in a vehicle that is being sold by a private seller that is 3 1/2 hours away and in a different state. The asking price is $7500, which is a lot of cash to be carrying, especially after all those stories in the news about the cops being...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 445supermag | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I'm folding a thousand origami cranes, and I'm starting to get curious about the patterns on the Japanese origami paper I'm using. I think I recognize a couple of them, but I'd like to know the significance of any you recognize: maybe they are traditional...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: fiercecupcake | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I have an important deadline in the house buying process this week and I am totally freaking out about it. Perhaps someone wiser than I on mefi can help me not freak out about the upcoming deadlines and also tell me what is going on behind closed doors.I'm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Toddles | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I am interested in getting into corporate ethnography/ doing ethnographic research for market research, particularly as a freelancer for now. Tell me what you know about how/who/where.I'm a phD student in an anthropology-related field. I have just completed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: atetrachordofthree | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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How to convince oneself to make the right choiceThere are three people I've been casually dating (extremely casual as in we haven't even kissed and only see each other every few weeks, but yes, I know they are interested in dating me) in the past few...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: winterportage | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I have worked for the federal government for five years (2 on Capitol Hill and 3 in SLC) and also for a well respected local nonprofit here in Salt Lake City, UT for the past two years. I'm Associate Director and things are good. However, unless I become...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I've been offered a spare iPhone 6 by a relative (my current US iPhone 4S on a AT&T phone is aging and not always working well) but this iPhone 6 was bought in Hong Kong and was used in China. Is it possible for me to use it on a US carrier plan...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: zresearch | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I've got a female rat that needs to be spayed. My vet office gave me an estimate of $560. This seems way higher than I would expect (and I'm no stranger to vet bills, having taken care of many rats over the years -- but I've never done a spay). Is this...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: phoenix_rising | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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These leaves have been sitting in water for almost a year after being included as part of a flower arrangement. They have not formed any roots in the water, but recently started growing new leaves out of some buds in the bottom of each leaf. Can you...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jeto | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I am in charge of making dessert for an informal lunch for 50-60 people this weekend. I'm looking for delicious dessert recipes that are ideally not too labor-intensive. I am abroad and don't have access to boxed cake mixes, but otherwise have most normal...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: maca | Monday, May 25, 2015
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Should I change my job, and if so, to what? *Or is it a symptom of something else, and how should I address it? I have my own office on campus, with software I require, challenging and interesting work, huge flexibility, variety, good pay (with 25% casual...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: b33j | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I want to do some computer learning/practicing/programming. I'd prefer to do so away from the distractions of home. I'd like some place with good views, minimal distractions, all in the San Diego area. A Zen garden with WIFI would be the ideal place....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: zabuni | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I've been dating a never-married man in his early 40s for the past few months. (I'm a decade younger.) Last night he casually mentioned that he never wants to get married and would be fine with raising kids without marriage -- just as HE was raised,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Guinevere | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I'm looking for a sans-serif typeface that pairs well with Monotype's Bembo Book (specimen pages). Can you recommend one?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Quilford | Monday, May 25, 2015
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What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Going To Maine | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I'm a Canadian who got a job in the US and is moving to New York. I need to open an account at an American bank. What's a good American bank? Any to avoid? Is there a difference or are they all the same? (Alas, for those tempted to say TD, it actually...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bicyclefish | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I ate something that is against my beliefs, for the first time in my entire life (due to a miscommunication). I feel very nauseated - my thoughts focus on my body and wanting to throw up (I tried but am unable to?). Can I refocus thought away from the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I have a fanfic that's currently in a bunch of bits and pieces in Google Docs, and I'd like to be able to consolidate them at some point, do a thorough spell-and-grammar check and decide where to make chapter breaks. Eventually the work is to be posted...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: SockISalmon | Monday, May 25, 2015
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My long-distance partner is suicidal, and I don't know what to do.I've been with my girlfriend for a few years, and we are currently living on different continents, and will be for the next year or so. She has alway battled with depression of one kind...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, May 25, 2015
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What horse track in the U.S. can I sprinkle or inter my father-in-law's ashes at? Santa Anita would be perfect, but any horse track would do.My father-in-law loved the track. He was not in any way religious, and wasn't a "nature" person. The best idea...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: OrangeDisk | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I'm looking for suggestions on how to make this happen.I definitely want to do something cooler than baking soda / diet coke or baking soda / vinegar, or sparklers. I don't think it will qualify to him as "exploding" unless bits of cake are flying. Of...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: unstrungharp | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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My wife is having problems with what we believe to be non-emergency fluid retention (edema?) What should we be doing, and what type of doctor do we need?She is on a prescription diuretic, and that keeps her weight decently steady, but it has been creeping...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Jacen | Monday, May 25, 2015
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So my go to encruption product used to be truecrypt but Drama! So what is the go to, cross platform agnostic, encryption program that can mount encrypted containers as a drive letter?Question spawned by new laptop acquisition so it would be nice but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Mitheral | Monday, May 25, 2015
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I (26f) have been with my boyfriend (28m) for 6 years. I've always had doubts in the back of my mind and am thinking about ending things for the 3rd time in 2 years. Am I making the right decision, and how do I go about it?He's a good, simple guy, we...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Satsue | Monday, May 25, 2015
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There has never been a better men's running-style casual shoe, IMO, than the Adidas Tobacco. They were briefly reissued but are no longer available. Is there anything similar on the market?Recently I was reading Robert B. Parker's Promised Land, published...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Creosote | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Super weird (for me) constellation of symptoms... what is going on?YANMD, but I made an appointment with my doctor... they can get me in in one month. *sigh* Trying to figure out if this is something I should take to urgent care or not. About a week...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: easter queen | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I need to pack up a bunch of possessions to store for a year. What can I safely store outside in an unheated shed, given that it might get down to -50°F?We're going away on sabbatical and renting out our house. Some stuff can stay in the house, but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: leahwrenn | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I am looking for a large (>1000 files) corpus of real-world Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, though I wouldn't turn down Open/LibreOffice/Gnumeric/etc. formats).I am aware that there is a limited ability to retrieve office documents from...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: hoverboards don't work on water | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I need help coming up with an event/obstacle for a high school adventure race/obstacle course. Details and complications inside!I'm helping organize a high school adventure race/obstacle course type event. The route they will be travelling is about 5km...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Nightman | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I am a nutritionist. I am building a wordpress website and I would like to find a way to a. have clients book their own appointments seamlessly on or from my website, b. have clients pre-pay for appointments via paypal, c. keep their health information...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Pablito | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Soft and comfy, but too ratty (has a large rip) IMO to donate to a shelter. I don't know how to sew, myself. Putting it in the trash/landfill seems like overkill and a waste of resources. Except for the rip, it's very serviceable. I am in the continual...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: intrepid_simpleton | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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I was trying to make this hat, but it turned out like this. The hat in the video has the ribs bunched together, and they only show up when stretched. On the hat I created, the ribs always stand out and look stretched. I used 100% acrylic double knitting...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Solomon | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I'm interested in paying for a professional driving course (2-3 days) for my Dad. He's a experienced normal driver who has done one or two super casual track days. He's interested in taking his skills to the next level, particularly doing some higher-speed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: stewiethegreat | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I had been using Oprah's free 'O board', which was a free dream or vision board. Do you know of any other free ones that are just as good and easy to use?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: TRUELOTUS | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I am trying to find more stories (preferably myths/folklore, but general fiction/film/etc of any time is fine) that contain a certain motif. I would also like to know if there is a term for a story that contains this kind of theme which I can only describe...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mermaidcafe | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I'm looking for someone to help me communicate with my Chinese grandmother who only speaks Hakka, a dialect spoken in her village in Hong Kong. Is there somewhere I could find someone to help me interpret over the phone? We are in Sydney Australia, but...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: strekker | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I just got a CSA box full of 6 different types of greens. Four to five pounds of fresh greens is a lot for a single person to eat in a few days! I have about 3 days to cook or eat them before they will start to spoil. While I am skilled enough in the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: KMoney | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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looking for itinerary help...So as an update to this question I decided on 6 days in Iceland, with two days in Amsterdam tacked onto the end. Right after I booked my flight work got busier, so I haven't arranged much in terms of housing/activities and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sprezzy | Friday, May 22, 2015
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What's the one thing I should be doing to stay healthy as I age, keep up my energy, stay healthy and be in good health for the neither or four decades?I'm 48 years old. Since my last birthday I've noticed lots of signs of aging: needing reading glasses,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mulcahy | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I particularly hate flying. I'm also not good at being in strange places, but the flying is my big concern at the moment. I have to fly in a few days and even though this is a trip for fun, that I expect to enjoy (in between the flights), I am filled...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bunderful | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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My 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew really like to watch music videos. The ones they love most are goofy, high energy, and have some type of underlying story. They are particularly into music that is danceable and visually they like bright colors...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ezrainch | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Where in Brooklyn can I get a few pieces of plywood cut to specific/odd dimensions?Hi all, I have a weird nook in my closet were I want to put some plywood shelves that are somewhat irregularly trapezoidal in shape (10.5 x 5.5 x 16 x 17)ish. I just want...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: greta simone | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Can anyone help identify this design (I know it was at least used on sheets and wallpaper, if not more products)? This is a design on a product line that has since been discontinued. I'd like to know who used to sell these products and how to find them....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: dmalashock | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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I'm an administrator at an ISP. I'm not sure if I'm data entry or if I'm gaining transferrable skills. Inside are a list of tasks I perform on a daily/weekly basis...My tasks include: Auditing processes. Example: I go through 200-300 accounts that day...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: GiveUpNed | Saturday, May 23, 2015
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My adorable 7-month-old (ish) kitten Milo is not always as restful as the pictures make him seem. He has lots of energy and wants lots of play. I try to keep him entertained but I think he may need another little bundle of furry energy. I have only ever...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Athanassiel | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Yesterday after masturbating my penis was unusually irritated. When I looked at it under a good light, I saw several small bumps on the head that look sort of like the pictures of herpes one finds through a Google image search (if smaller and milder)....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Husband just dumped a glass of water over the keyboard of his MacBook Air. It immediately shut itself off/ went dead. There is water dripping dripping out of the ports on the right side. What do we do?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: SLC Mom | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Mr. Arnicae and I are getting married! Because families are complicated, we're getting married solo (at a difficult to access international location) and are planning a post-wedding tour of all our main family members locations. Can you help name our...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: arnicae | Sunday, May 24, 2015
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