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Through my public library system, I have free(!) unlimited access to Lynda.com. Seeking course recommendations to improve my creative, technical and/or business skills.Some background on me: 30 year old woman, undergrad degree in Cultural Anthropology...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: nightrecordings | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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What's this flowering plant called? It's short, has thin grass-like leaves, and seems to pop up every spring in the middle of Alabama (Zone 8a)....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: gregr | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I saw a nutritionist (registered dietician) yesterday. I have prediabetes (5.7) and she told me to add cereal to my morning yogurt and eat carbs at dinner. This is along with a balanced diet with fruit, veggies and proteins. Should I trust her advice?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: starlybri | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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My husband will be in the hospital for a long time. I have a small baby. I'm having trouble coping with how to build a life around this.My husband went into the hospital two weeks ago with what we thought was a minor glitch in a chronic illness he has...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I was a long-time chronic pot smoker. I have a rather slow metabolism and have worked hard to lose weight. I feel like I am sleeping better and I feel like I am experiencing less anxiety, which is fantastic. Recently, I quit smoking, rather cold-turkey,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I need to re-make myself, grow up, and take responsibility for my life. The fact that I zone out reading Reddit or tech blogs a lot is not helping. I want to replace this habit with better influences, communities, role models, ideally feminist-aligned.Bloggers?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: PercussivePaul | Sunday, February 19, 2017
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My mom had breast cancer. I have big knockers. I'm worried about getting a mammogram. Please help!So, based on my mom's age at her breast cancer diagnosis, I need to get a mammogram after my birthday this summer. Based on my doctor's rec it would probably...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Pearl928 | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Trying to figure out if there is a reason there is a glob of pipe compound in the gas line to my dryer.I'm moving my gas dryer and needed to disconnect the gas line. When I got the line uncoupled from the unit, I found that the pipe into the dryer itself...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Mid | Sunday, February 19, 2017
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I'm sensitive flower when it comes to sensitivity to chemicals and odors. I've had trouble finding anything to have cleaners clean my house with that doesn't end up making my eyes water and making it hard to breathe. Someone tried white vinegar and I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Jon44 | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Thanks to a lucrative year for my company stock, I am now possessed of a lump sum of money that I'd like to use to pay off debts/ important expenses.I am fairly sure I know that paying down credit card debt especially on cards with a high APR is a priority....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Looking for a two member experimental band from the UK. Going slightly mad. Details inside.Here is what I remember: - Two members, both men - Manchester? Scottish? - Found them via Mark Fell? - One word name - I might be wrong about this - Soundscapes....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: beshtya | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I like this camera a lot, but the screen broke. Should I repair it somewhere or replace it?I bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II a few years ago (so it is probably out of warranty). It has been a great camera: I like the big sensor for taking high...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pbh | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I don't think I'm depressed because I've felt depressed before but this feels different. I never want to get out of bed. I don't really want to eat and I don't have an appetite. I literally could zone out in bed for hours thinking about nothing. I feel...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sheepishchiffon | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Any strategies to work with a husband (aspbergers) that can't deal with taking care of the house?My husband is on the spectrum and is in therapy just as an FYI. So we bought a house about six years ago and then... nothing. No maintenance, repairs, yard...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rainygrl716 | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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In an interview with a writer, he mentioned old writing machines, that mechanically constructed sentences, maybe longer texts. Think spinning a wheel and getting a word. I've tried googling to find examples of such machines , but I find only online generators...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bwonder2 | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I need to start exercising more. My go-to is to walk my dog on the hills in my neighborhood, which gets my heart rate up (and my dog loves it too!). Unfortunately, it's been mega-rainy recently, so I need some alternatives that won't aggravate my chronic...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: radioamy | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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My primary/ deal-breaker requirement for a To Do list is that I am able to create sub/ child tasks on the primary/ parent task, and view them in a tree view. In Windows I currently use My Life Organized for this and it is awesome, but to sync with an...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: 7 Minutes of Madness | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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On the return leg of our American incursion, we'll be flying in from Florida and connect to our international flight with Delta. Currently JetBlue arriving 3 1/2 hours before our international flight departs is looking like the best option. Is that enough...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: PenDevil | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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My girlfriend wants to introduce our cats. Please help me plan how to do this.So, I live in a 1br/1ba. My cat, Thea, is about 9 years old. For the past four years we've lived here together. Before that I was in a number of room-share situations. Thea...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Alterscape | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I'm going to be in College Station, Texas for a few days. I'll have a car on Sunday and be free to drive around. I'd like to see some nice small towns, maybe hit some junk shops (open Sundays?), have some delicious BBQ, see some unusual local landmark....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Rumple | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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This article convinced me to leave my iPhone at home the next time I travel internationally. But what are the best options for staying connected while abroad?Ideally, I'd like some sort of smartphone combined with a plan that lets me use data, voice,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: AceRock | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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So, around 2pm today (Friday) the HR manager for the division of the company I work for sent me a meeting invite for Thursday of next week. She included a staff lawyer and HR manager that comes from another division. Neither my manager, nor anyone from...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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My spouse was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. I need help figuring out what needs to be done.We do not have a timeline, there are a lot of factors and a new-to-market treatment involved. I know about advance care directives and I am comfortable...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Is there a way to get high quality prints of a shot in a film?This might be a silly question as I might be missing something obvious. There is a shot in Kiarostami's Close up which I've always liked - I have recently fished out a frame from a charity...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lethologues | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I'm in a bit of a sticky situation with my ex-girlfriend. We broke up in November but we're still living together. I'm looking to move out but feel compelled to offer some financial assistance to her in the coming months. What is reasonable in this circumstance?As...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: masters2010 | Friday, February 17, 2017
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So for the last week or so I've been getting one or two calls a day to my cell phone that are not for me. They are all service providers calling to check in or confirm something - health care appointments, a Y membership etc. Each one has been asking...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: leslies | Friday, February 17, 2017
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My son is turning five and wishes to have a whirlpool-themed birthday party.Not space, nor superheroes, but whirlpools. How can we most effectively integrate this theme? We are having the party at a local park with a playground, picnic tables, and a...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kitschfrau | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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We just moved into a new house, and in addition to a dishwasher (which we hadn't had for 9 years), it has a lovely undermount stainless steel sink. It's beautiful! Deep! Great for filling pots! ...and at the exact right angle to hurt our backs while...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: linettasky | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Can you recommend songs with lyrics expressing "quality assurance" and "research & development?" Like, I vaguely remember a dub reggae song (but not the title or artist) that went, "Top quality dub! This is the best quality music!" that would be...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pH Indicating Socks | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK in 2010, but left almost immediately afterwards. I assume it's automatically revoked and useless in cases like that - or is it?I received the visa on the grounds of a relationship that imploded the same...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cotton dress sock | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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My house has a wall out the front that I'd love to paint (or have painted) with a mural. There are no council regulations preventing this, but I can't think of a good picture.The wall is concrete and measures about 8 metres long and 2.5 metres high....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: superfish | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I was just very, very generously gifted with some Lebanese pantry items. Help me find recipes to use them up!Through work, I regularly collaborate with about five or six people around the world, and they all came to NYC for a team conference. The guy...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: EmpressCallipygos | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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Looking for your input on where to stay in London in the later summer.We are looking for a flat with either 2 bedrooms OR 1 bedroom with a relatively spacious living room including a comfortable bed. I've been looking on airbnb. I may also consider vrbo...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: RoadScholar | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I've moved into a dark basement suite and I've been shopping around for plants that will survive. However, I'm having trouble finding consistent information about low-light plants and it's driving me totally bonkers.I just recently moved into a basement...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: thebots | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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I have pain meds that I'm forgetting to take every day or struggle to remember when it has been 4-6 hours later for my next dose or remembering even if it feels like I don't need that second dose I should check in at least to see if it is getting worse....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kanata | Saturday, February 18, 2017
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While taking the bus, someone stood right next to me when (I believe) there was no need for them to do so. I didn't notice there was so much free space further down and would have said something if I had. I am not happy about this: am I overreacting?A...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Friday, February 17, 2017
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This week, during my appointment with my therapist, I relieved a difficult task for homework! She ordered me to do something for myself to, basically, celebrate my accomplishments and... more broadly... survival to this point in my life before my next...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Friday, February 17, 2017
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There are guides for dummies on US tax reporting. I need THAT but for EXPATS. Know of any?I'm looking for a step by step guide (book/ebook/ecourse/website/video/webinar) on tax reporting for expats - SPECIFICALLY how to do the Streamlined Foreign Offshore...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Friday, February 17, 2017
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What to do with a custom-made gift for the ex that arrives in the mail 1 month after a breakup?Background: We (me- early 40s F, him- late 40s M) broke up a month ago after 18 months of an exclusive relationship. I thought things were wonderful. Sure,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Friday, February 17, 2017
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My question is about how to fight small scale corruption in a small town (in the US). I believe there are some MetaFilter readers here who are involved with local government. I have a friend (John) who is involved in local politics in a very small town....
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I'm going on a cruise and am interested in looking extra good. Where in Los Angeles should I get some extra hair removed?If I was gay I would be discribed as a bear. I'm looking to go to a non judgemental hair removal place and get my back hair removed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Uncle | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I'm lost during this prayer in shul. I know I'm supposed to do certain things, but not always sure when I'm supposed to do them.I have a transliteration of the amidah so I can see the words, but it doesn't have instructions on it for movement. I'm very...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bearam | Friday, February 17, 2017
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It's been a stressful week (thanks, Trump!), and I would like some escapism. Movie and TV suggestions, please.Absolutely nothing sad, depressing, disturbing or in any way a tearjerker. Comedies are great, thrillers are great, heartwarmers and dumb action...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: triggerfinger | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I have a Microsoft Surface 4 Pro that I just don't like as much as I would like the cash it might be worth. I have recently sold used iOS devices simply through a company that will appraise them and give a decent return. Is there such a venue for computers,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: zachxman | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Census.gov is overwhelming me. What is the fastest way to figure out how many school-aged children live in each state broken down by whether they live in the city, suburb, or rural location?...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: turtlefu | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I need a new job, but I'm wasting time cycling through several different options, never really getting anywhere with any of them. Help?I don't like my current job and would like a new one. A complicating factor is that I don't have a clear idea of what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: silly me | Friday, February 17, 2017
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What options should I put into the drop down for the question of gender in my software application?I'm hoping I can get some insight into how the non cisgender community would like to be referenced during an account opening process. I'm setting up the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: herda05 | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I'm looking for recipes, resources, or suggestions relating to a certain style of Indian cooking that was described as: modified for a European and/or German palate.I recently travelled through Germany and stopped in Bayreuth (Northern Bavaria) for some...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cranberrymonger | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I would like more t-shirts with all kinds of excellent liberal progressive feminist stuff on them. But, I would like my t-shirt purchases to support the great causes, too. I don't mind if the (real) artist makes money but I would like some of the money...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Glinn | Friday, February 17, 2017
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I was prescribed labetalol (100mg 2x/day) starting at 9 days postpartum due postpartum hypertension (~145/90). It is now 5.5 weeks postpartum. I've missed the last two doses on accident but my blood pressure looks fine (115/75). I'm coming onto when...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ethidda | Friday, February 17, 2017
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