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I'm seeking advice for the right accessory solutions and ways to remotely help my 80-year-old mom with her new iPad Air 2.My very cool mother just turned 80. She surfs the web like a pro, and is pretty good with email (and knows better than to get caught...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: The Wrong Kind of Cheese | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I'm a small business owner who's recently decided to raise the company's minimum wage to $15 across the board. Sue me, but I'd like to find out if I can translate this into some free press coverage.The small business I own has locations in Maryland and...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: CommonSense | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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I do not know how to drive a motorcycle yet I am the owner of a super cool 1976 BMW R75/6. What is the best venue for selling it and how do I make that happen as a non-driver?This was my late husband's motorcycle and I would like to sell it but haven't...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Mrs Roy G Biv | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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I'm going to be doing some solo traveling and I've decided to swallow my pride and buy a selfie stick. I've consulted The Wirecutter, but their recommendation is averaging really low reviews on Amazon, so I'm hesitant. I have an iPhone 6 and I will be...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: entropicamericana | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I have been put in charge of beautifying a tiny patch of land in nyc, what should I plant in it?I have been given charge of gardening the tiny patch of land (about 4 ft by 4 ft) in front of my brownstone. There is already a full grown tree in the patch...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Waiting for Pierce Inverarity | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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We're flying with two small kids in a month. The younger is barely under two, and we planned on taking her as a lap child because the tickets are $$$, and it'd be nice if the four of us could sit together in a three seat row. And we're driving on the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pennypiper | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I recently started dating a guy who seems great in a lot of ways, but a friend recently suggested he might be a "covert narcissist". Both of my previous relationships have been with overt narcissists and ended pretty badly, so naturally I'm not happy...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: seraph9 | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I've been vegetarian for 25 years; mostly vegan for 4-5. I don't claim to be vegan but I don't eat or cook meat (I am our family's homemaker). Almost all of my friends/relatives are not vegetarian or vegan. Most are fairly considerate when sharing a...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mrgrimm | Monday, May 2, 2016
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A few weeks ago I bought some stuff at an Ann Taylor Factory outlet for the first time in my life. I did not give them my email address. I started receiving marketing emails from them nonetheless later that week, to my main gmail account.Last week I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: something something | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Mr. BlahLaLa and I each have an iPhone 4s -- same phones we've had for years. Just in the last few days we're experiencing a weird phenomenon when both phones ring at once.Our phones will be hanging out near one another on, say, our living room table....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: BlahLaLa | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Today, I was on my Windows laptop and a command prompt window opened, which changed from red text to green text really quickly, almost too quickly to catch. I wiped and re-installed Windows, and now, the same command prompt popped up again! Screenshot:...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: xingcat | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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I lost my virginity at age 29 to my long-term boyfriend (a little over three years) and we recently broke up. Now that I'm starting to date again, I'm having a hard time imagining being with someone else. And I'm not sure how to sleep with someone who...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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So, last year I applied for an internal position for a different department...So, last year I applied for an internal position for a different department. Company's HR rules say that you have to tell your current manager before they will process your...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: museum of fire ants | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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We're in the market for a spin bike for our home for high-intensity interval training. I've started doing research and have come across various reviews and buying guides—brands, flywheel weight, resistance type, belt or chain, etc. I'm looking for...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jroybal | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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I have been working on meditating. It's definitely helped me in several ways. But now this app is telling me to stop daydreaming. I love daydreaming. I'm conflicted! Can I ignore this?I've been following the Headspace ap for awhile now. Apparently I'm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kalmya | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Can you please recommend a shampoo that will help me with my itchy scalp? No-poo is not an option - reasons why and other hair details inside.- short hair, cut in a bob - hair itself is shiny/healthy/not fried - roots get oily pretty fast - I wash my...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: thereemix | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Weird situation. I have two Mac computers right next to each other. One recognized the wifi on the Airport and logs in no problem. The other sees the network but can't log in. I'm usually pretty say with these things but no luck resetting airport, running...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: captainscared | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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In my mail today was a check from the IRS, made out to myself and my wife, for exactly $4000. The check and additional literature in the envelope said it was our tax refund. The thing is, we owed money this year, and I paid it via electronic check when...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: aaronetc | Monday, May 2, 2016
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My place has forced heat. I'm getting quotes to cut in AC. Most reviews I read say the person who quoted the job said they should replace their ducts, and this seems like a typical upsell. Sure enough, at the first quote, the guy suggested replacing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: willnot | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Back when I worked at a college bookstore, I was lucky enough to pick up the first collection of Fruits postcards, depicting amazingly eclectic and inspiring street fashion in Japan. Shoichi Aoki's photos have been above my living-room couch for the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: limeonaire | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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I'm visiting DC, and visited the Holocaust Museum today. I had an unsealed bottle of water, which I was allowed to bring in. However, the security officer asked me to take a sip of it first. Why is that? A Google search wasn't very insightful. Thanks!...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cozenedindigo | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I'm getting ready to start busking, and I got a Snapchat account at the advice of a few other buskers. I'm not sure how to use it.I'd like to use Snapchat to let my friends and fellow buskers know where I'm playing. Since I don't have phone numbers for...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pxe2000 | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I want to be more mindful, in the sense of the general "Mindfulness" ethos. But meditation drives me out of my gourd. What can I do?I've read a lot lately about how mindfulness meditation can help with chronic depression on par with antidepressants,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: stoneandstar | Monday, May 2, 2016
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We'll be there in early June, with access to a car, for about a week. Accommodations are sorted, but we'll be free for most of the days. This thread had lots of great recommendations, but I don't want to miss anything. Two adults in average shape, neither...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: korej | Monday, May 2, 2016
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My favorite pants, the ones I'd wear to work every day if I had more than one pair, have seemingly been discontinued. Please help me replace them.They are kind of like the ones here. The pair I have on are boot cut, pull on with a very heavy stretchy...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: nubianinthedesert | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I am leasing a car. I just noticed the "maturity date" was yesterday, meaning I forgot to return it on time. Doh! I feel like a total idiot, but then I was under the impression that there would be tons of notice about how to schedule an inspection, etc.,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: insoluble uncertainty | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Generally I avoid white clothing, but I recently acquired a few nice blouses--plain white, white with dots, white with stripes--and I'd like to keep them nice. But all I know to do with white things is bleach them. How do you keep your white clothes...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: witchen | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I've got a web development firm classified as a single-member LLC filing as S-Corp, and as such I pay myself a regular salary. It's just that for the past year I've been on sabbatical, and my salary has dropped to near zero.Now that I'm back at work,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jacob | Monday, May 2, 2016
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My 7-year-old came home from religious school with a lot of questions about the holocaust, a subject we hadn't talked to him about yet. Now he's freaking out and I don't know how to frame the conversation. Help!We have a culturally Jewish identity (my...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LKWorking | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I am seeking suggestions for music similar to (or would be enjoyed by someone who likes) "The Koln Concert" by Keith Jarrett.The Koln Concert Thanks in advance for any recommendations. I found a related Yahoo Question with a couple of answers but I was...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 99percentfake | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I've read a lot of reviews of ebook readers, but short of downloading all of them, it's hard to tell if they do what I want them to do. I also have a question about ebook devices.I've been using iBooks on my mac primarily for amateur or self-published...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kutsuwamushi | Monday, May 2, 2016
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In June, I'll be moving out-of-state to take a management/director position. The person who holds the job now is retiring; he has asked me if there's anything he can do to help prepare for my arrival - he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: infodiva | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I have encountered a Facebook "malware scanning checkpoint" that is trying to force me to download something it claims is Kaspersky Malware Scanner. That's got to be a hack, right? How do I get rid of it?This seems like a fairly obvious hack or phishing...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: anotherpanacea | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I'd like to get a tattoo which expresses the following concepts or mantras; just do it/don't overthink things/say yes to all opportunities and if live gives you lemons - make lemonade/be grateful for what you have. However, I'm having trouble coming...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: neilb449 | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Is there any way to reduce the lag while playing slither.io? I have the same problem while using the iphone 6s app (wifi), playing on the iphone browser (wifi), and playing on my computer.I tried playing in incognito mode, Firefox, google chrome, deleting...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: LaunchBox | Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Any experiences with Ikea warranties? We are girding our loins for a return and want to be best armed.Our Karlstad sectional is f-ed up. The arm has somehow janked itself up and a cursory inspection shows it to be a construction issue. Ikea warranties...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mrfuga0 | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: alex1965 | Monday, May 2, 2016
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What is the best cordless vacuum money can buy? I hate vacuuming so much and am totally overwhelmed by the market for cleaning machines. Which one will help me tolerate the most loathsome household chore since mopping?* My floors are ~1/2 installed low-pile...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: amnesia and magnets | Monday, May 2, 2016
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So I've purchased some good airtight storage containers to keep my winter clothes in during the warm months. I'm confident they will keep the moths/mold/mildew/dust out. But what's the best way to keep the clothes smelling fresh when I open it next year?Cedar...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gwint | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Why are my yellow squash growing tough, leathery skins like a gourd?I'll be planting my garden soon, and for the last 2 years, my yellow squash have grown with thick, tough skins that have to be tossed, and I'm not sure why. I pH-test my soil every year,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: archimago | Monday, May 2, 2016
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My wife has to go non-dairy for health reasons (severe heartburn). She's OK with the non-dairy stuff in baking. But when she spreads it on toast, she said it is awful. So far she has only tried the Country Crock stuff and Smart Balance. Obviously she...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: luvmywife | Monday, May 2, 2016
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So, I'm in a new relationship, we've been together about 2 months. Although I liked him from the beginning, he was slightly keener and always the one arranging dates, etc. I told him I was a slow burner, he was ok with that and happy to go my pace.However,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Britchick35 | Monday, May 2, 2016
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Your thoughts requested on what to do with solid but not beautiful cabinets. Photo: http://imgur.com/kosnhAqI'm going to move into a new place in June, and we're updating the kitchen: take down wall between kitchen and dining, new floor, countertop,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jlittlew | Monday, May 2, 2016
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For a friend's birthday, we are looking for good recent (last 5 - 10 years) biographies or autobiographies. Books are best (and available as paper rather than ebooks), though if there is an excellent movie available as a dvd that would work also.He is...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gudrun | Monday, May 2, 2016
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My mother is not coping well with my grandmother's impending death. My mother and I have a complicated and not particularly close relationship, and her coping style is hitting a lot of nerves about the crappier aspects of my childhood and I'm finding...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: hotcoroner | Monday, May 2, 2016
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My husband points out that as people age (40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond), they become cranky and rigid, and previously benign idiosyncrasies become more pronounced. Everyone in my family has died young, so I have little experience with this. What's the science...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: metarkest | Monday, May 2, 2016
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There are several established invasive trees on my neighbor's side of our property line. By right, I can have overhanging limbs removed. At least one of the trees has all of its limbs on my side of the line, and I presume removing them all would kill...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Admiral Haddock | Monday, May 2, 2016
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We are looking to buy a new car, and are deciding between a small SUV/CUV (like a Ford Escape) and a small hatchback (like a Ford Focus.) For those who have had to make the same choice, what made you choose one or the other?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: smackfu | Monday, May 2, 2016
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I've been working in a social work profession with the public for ten years. I'm burned out and ready for a change. My spouse is supportive, we have the $$ to go to one income, but I'm hesitating.I am done with working with the public. I'm just tired,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, May 2, 2016
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What can I do in 30 minutes to demonstrate my teaching skills in an unfamiliar context?I'm up for a faculty position and have been told that I'm an attractive candidate because I can fulfill the campus's need for someone who can teach interdisciplinary...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Monday, May 2, 2016
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