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We will soon be closing a small retail shop. I'm wondering what to do with our social media pages and web domain. We have Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus as well as our domain address. I'm not too sure what should be done with those and I couldn't find any good information about this on the internet. Delete them? Leave them up with a final post/thank you? Thanks all.

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My puppy is a collie x king charles spanial cross. Her recall when out on walks was really great until about a month ago. We moved from a suburb to a city and started walking more along rivers and in parks than in quiet fields. Her recall has deteriorated a lot. The biggest problem is birds and ducks, nothing will get her attention. If on the lead, with a bird in sight, I can hold a high value treat against her nose and she doesn't even blink. If off the lead she will chase the birds persistently.But even without birds, all of the recall training I've done seems to have reset right back to zero. She was improving consistently until the move. She used to love chasing sticks, now there is too much other stimulation for her to care about sticks. It's not usually a massive problem as I tend to go to contained areas and the birds fly off. And I can usually get a 'sit' then. But this weekend we were walking at a lake, with lots of ducks and she swam out quite far into the lake chasing ducks The ducks seemed to be playing with her, letting her get close then flying a short distance! Even paddling towards her on occasion. Cheeky ducks. No amount of calling or offerings would get us a glance. After an hour we caught her, but only when we tried to pretend to leave the area, she noticed this and followed us into a fenced area! This won't always be possible in the city parks circled by roads though.

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Lightning strikes at 7000 frames per second. [SLYT]

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Hi everyone, I'm traveling to Jordan this summer, and I'm interested in meeting other travelers while I'm there. The last time around people used couchsurfing.com to find events and places to stay, but it's been a few years and there doesn't seem to be much happening on that website anymore. Are there any new websites for travelers to find interesting events and cool people to go with? Thanks!

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Behind a Muslim community in northern Wyoming lies one enterprising man—and countless tamales.

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(very) low level of discourse of Star Wars fansites = MetafilterThere's a scene in Star Wars The Force Awakens where Oscar Isaacs, in his role as Poe Dameron, the "best" and "most daring" X-wing pilot in the Resistance, escapes from the First Order (the bad guys) in a stolen TIE Fighter. Having never flown one before, he expresses shock and surprise at how fast and agile it is--presumably in comparison to an X-Wing Fighter. Which to my 11 year-old nephew, with whom I watched the movie tonight, suggested that the X-Wing and TIE must have very different aerodynamics. When he asked me what the differences are, I told him I had no idea but I would see if I could find out. Hence this question. Thanks

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Inventions of Mine That Have Been Misused for Evil Purposes by veteran silly-person Jack Handey from The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs department

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When "Rationalism" makes you dumber: Scientific American writer John Horgan's recent talk to a large skeptic conference was cut short when he called for turning skepticism towards "hard targets" such as psychiatric drugs, medical overtesting and militarism, and away from "preaching to the choir" rants against the paranormal and superstitious. He also condemns belief in "sciency" hype like "the Singularity" or claims that the origin of the universe or human consciousness will soon be scientifically understood.

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Weird Skateboarding: Ritchie Jackson, Almir Jusovic, Jason Park, Kilian Martin, Gou Miyagi, William Spencer, no but seriously Willy Spencer.... Is This Skateboarding?

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I'm turning 31 this upcoming November. I recently had a mutual break-up with my ex-girlfriend mid-April of this year. It was the first real relationship for me personally, and I can say that I went through verbal-abuse at times during the two year relationship. Eventually, the relationship became very toxic and my ex recognized the fact that we're two completely different people. She was also apologetic about certain things that she had said and realizes that I wasn't going to reach my full potential as someone who felt that he was walking around eggshells all the time. The breakup was civil, and it was better for the two of us in the long run. Fast forward to today, I am much happier to have time to do whatever I want and whenever I want. At the same token, I also started thinking about the future. The majority of my friends are married and have started families. I have 3 siblings, and I'm not really close with two of them for various reasons. The only one that I see myself having a long-term bond with is the youngest and going to college that is six hours away from home. He will eventually start his own life at the tender age of 19. Friends come and go, and me along with my immediate family are not close to a large majority of family members (second cousins & etc) here in the states. It makes me sad a bit to know that family members are more like acquaintances. But it is what it is. Straight to the point, are you or do you know of anyone who has lived a fulfilling life being childless and unmarried? Can multiple activities (traveling, hiking, working on your car, painting, etc) outside of your work-life make up for the absence of a significant other + children? I'm not really fond of the idea of having children. I actually find animals especially small dogs much more entertaining and cuter to have around. I'm not even in the mental and financial state to raise a kid. I don't even envision possibly getting married in the nearby future. I am thinking of the possibility about going childless and single for a very long time. I won't be first one since I have an uncle and older first cousin who are childless and unmarried. My parents aren't going to be around forever, and my dad mentioned about having a long-term companion to do things with even if we don't have children. Any feedback from prior or current experience would be more than appreciated!

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I am in search of a solution that would allow me to live stream an event. Snowflake details inside.I am part of a rotating panel of guests on a podcast and the host wants to do a live "call-in" show. Normally, we get together and record episodes using Skype and later the host edits the show and posts it for public consumption. Now, the host wants to do a live show where they bring in people to chat and the like, for others to listen in live as it is happening. Note that all participants are in different areas of the world, so the event can't be broadcasted from a single site. Video is not needed and in fact not desired, because this is an audio podcast. Also there is absolutely no money to be spent on this, so any option needs to be free. What is the best solution for this? Facebook Live? Livestream? Google Hangout? Thank you!

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Chinese students gaming entry into and passage through Western universities The advertisements were tailored for Chinese college students far from home, struggling with the English language and an unfamiliar culture. Coaching services peppered the students with emails and chat messages in Chinese, offering to help foreign students at U.S. colleges do much of the work necessary for a university degree. The companies would author essays for clients. Handle their homework. Even take their exams. All for about a $1,000 a course.

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Norway's Virus make weirdness and dissonance surprisingly catchy and groovy, an uneasy truce between jazz and metal resembling a mixture of Talking Heads and Voivod. Stereogum offers a couple of looks at upcoming new record Memento Collider. "There's Crzal's [of Ved Buens Ende, Aura Noir, Satyricon, and more] cool, controlled vocal, sometimes backed by a wistful maybe-theremin. There's clean-ish guitar that's fringed with the fry of radiation. There's the equally hooky and knotty basswork provided by Plenum, a returning member whose other gig, Manimalism, is one of the more interesting projects to surface lately. There's Einar Sjursø's subtly massive drumming, perfectly providing the right snap to every rise and fall. There are nearly eight minutes of grooves patiently fighting over the title of 'that groove.'" For deeper digging: Carheart The Black Flux The Agent That Shapes The Desert Oblivion Clock Virus' musical predecessor Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters Aura Noir - Black Thrash Attack Dødheimsgard - 666 International A bit of backstory on injuries that ended Crzal's drumming career.

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I'm in search of a hands-on hobby/skill to learn and preoccupy myself with.I'll start off by saying I'm not very artistic/musical/creative. I'm interested in something a little more mechanical, if that's the right word. I'm for whatever reason not interested in knitting or anything in that vein. I'm also not interested in cars. I think I'd be interested in woodworking type stuff, but I'm looking for something more small-scale, doesn't require big tools. Lock-picking sounds pretty interesting and is something I'll delve into pretty soon. What else might I enjoy?

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I have 3 windows with about 50 tabs open in my Macbook. I now want to go to my iMac and have these same open tabs. How can I mirror that?• I am signed in my Google account • I have configured the advanced sync settings in Chrome to sync all data, including open tabs The problem is that it's not doing what I want to happen, which is - say I open a new tab in one computer, I also want it to automatically open in the other, and for everything to be updated in real-time (or at least changes will be synced if ever one computer goes to sleep). Is there a tool out there or a trick that helps me do this? For now the workaround that I am using is send all open tabs to OneTab, copy the URL for the sessions, and open that in the other computer. (My Google-Fu has failed me. I tried searching for this on Google, but either I'm asking the wrong question or using the wrong keywords.)

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I'm in the process of getting divorced and am seeing a couple different dudes. I like them both a lot but am in no place for a serious relationship. My soon to be ex is the only serious adult relationship I've ever had so I totally don't know what I'm doing.Dude 1 is someone I met a few months ago. At the time I wasn't dating anyone else and neither was he, but we both agreed that it would be best to keep things chill, not see each other exclusively, and just see where it goes. Recently I started seeing another guy, who also knows that I'm not ready for anything serious and I'm dating around. My question is: how much is appropriate/necessary to tell these dudes about each other? I'm especially concerned about the safe sex stuff. I'm on the pill and dude 1 and I haven't been using condoms because we both have been tested and weren't seeing anyone else. Dude 2 has also been tested and had no other recent partners. If it were just me I'd be inclined to ditch the condoms with dude 2, but the fact that I have multiple partners makes me worry about putting other people's health at risk. Also, I worry that both these guys want to hang out a lot and do stuff that I find very boyfriend-y. Like they're both so sweet and thoughtful and into me even though I've been totally clear that I don't want a boyfriend. I apologize if this comes off as a "my huge penis makes it difficult to ride a bicycle" type thing, but I just honestly have no idea how to handle this situation.

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Can anyone suggest mechanisms to stop an elderly person from flushing inappropriate objects down the toilet? Like, I dunno, a toilet lid that only opens up when you sit on it? Or some DIY thing? (He needs support while walking and transferring, so there'll be another human around when he goes.)My grandfather has recently had a significant decrease in health. He's being taken care of by my grandmother and my parents/aunts/uncles. Right now, he's transitioning from a medical facility to my parents' house, where they and some hired assistants will take care of him for the short term while they figure out the best long term option. This inappropriate-objects-in-the-toilet thing is just one random annoyance that my mom happened to mention in an email update. (I live far away from my parents and am experiencing all this remotely.) And it seemed like just the sort of random mechanistic thing Mefites might be good at, so I'd love to hear some suggestions to pass on to my mom.

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Is there anyplace in the Chicago area that sells chlorine-resistant swimsuits that I can try on in person? I've found the online sites but don't want to do trial-and-error-sizing while paying the shipping charges back and forth.

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If you only know Indigo Girls from their few hits from decades ago, you might not be aware that they get pretty intense on every album. Let's look at their deeper tracks from each of the Girls and how they evolve across time, starting with the beginning of their label recording career in 1989, Indigo Girls and the tracks Blood And Fire [Amy] and Love's Recovery [Emily]. Their first album Strange Fire, privately released but subsequently re-released in 1989 on their label after the success of their major label debut, with track changes, features the deep cuts You Left It Up To Me [Amy] and Hey Jesus [Emily]. Their 1990 album Nomads Indians Saints had a lot of hits, but it's unlikely that songs like Keeper Of My Heart [Amy] or You And Me Of The 10,000 Wars [Emily] made the radar of anyone who didn't own the album. The heavily literary-influenced fourth album Rites Of Passage (1992) contained Jonas And Ezekiel [Amy] and Virginia Woolf [Emily]. both continuing to be fan favorites to this day. But it was with their fifth album in 1994, Swamp Ophelia, that the Girls began to truly dig deep when it came to their album tracks. Emily's Language Or The Kiss is a deep lament, and Amy's Touch Me Fall turns into something unexpected. It's hard to pick two "deep cuts" off of Shaming Of The Sun (1997), IG's 6th album, but I think probably it's best to listen to Don't Give That Girl A Gun [Amy] and Leeds [Emily] if you want to see what they were going for on this particular album. The truly epic Come On Now Social was released in 1999, and is IG's 7th studio album. It included brilliant deep cuts Trouble [Emily] and Sister [Amy]. 2002's Become You, IG's eighth album, is great all the way through, but the standout deep tracks are Amy's confrontational Yield and Emily's reflection on the death of her sister, She's Saving Me. While they may have fallen off the popular music radar, Indigo Girls continued to record, and in 2004, they released All That We Let In. The featured deep cuts off this are Tether [Amy] and Come On Home [Emily]. Despite Our Differences (2006) could have been a bit of a comeback album for Indigo Girls. It included the standout deep tracks, the heartbreaking Dirt And Dead Ends [Amy] and and the comforting Lay My Head Down [Emily]. 2008 saw the release of Poseiden And The Bitter Bug which might be IG's most ambitious album in many years (released in both full band and acoustic duo versions at the same time, with different tracks and running orders for each). Across its span, it has some truly epic tracks. These include Fleet Of Hope [Emily] (which inspired at least one friend of mine to see them live) and Second Time Around [Amy]. Skipping over their holiday album, Beauty Queen Sister is Indigo Girls' 13th studio album. It didn't make much of a splash anywhere outside of their fandom, but it still has some pretty great tracks, including Feed And Water The Horses [Emily] and Share The Moon [Amy] And bringing us up to the present, IG's most recent album, their 14th since the 80s, One Lost Day features the deep cuts Findlay, Ohio 1968 [Emily] and Texas Was Clean [Amy]. What will the deep cuts off their next albums be? Or what are the deep cuts I have left out of this post? Indigo Girls continue to be an astonishing musical force, and they never fail to create something that connects with their fans or even causal listeners.

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My 7 1/2 year old just got glasses. Having been 8-year-olds with glasses ourselves, we know that some level of damage and loss is probably to be expected. We paid for the damage insurance plan, but that won't help if he loses them. What's our best option for a GPS-like device to help us (literally, if possible) keep tabs on them?I have looked at the sites for Tile, Trackr and StickNFind, but they seem to be too big to attach to glasses (or can the StickNFind sticker be wrapped around the arm?). We could put one in/on the glasses case, but that assumes he will reliably keep his glasses in the case, which is a level of conscientiousness that - if he had it - would probably keep him from losing them in the first place. Plus he only needs them for classroom use, not all day every day. Ideally we would love to find something that would attach to his glasses in a comfortable unobtrusive way, that we could track via an app or web program if he left them somewhere not in the house. If you've tried any of the GPS-on-stuff devices, what would you suggest? I'd also love to hear any non-tech solutions that worked for you.

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Tormund thinks Brienne is beautiful (possible spoilers for the Game of Thrones HBO series)

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Imagine it's the Fall of 1987 and you recently saw The Princess Bride (trailer). Then you heard that Fred Savage was back, in an oddly familiar setting with another story, this time about dinosaurs. You might be thrilled to see Dinosaurs! A Fun-Filled Trip Back In Time! (full film), even if you've already seen Will Vinton's clayanimation that was used as part of a dream sequence of sorts. Flash forward to the present day and you might do a bit of research on the "prehistoric monsters" featured in the short film and find some of the details less than accurate. Luckily, we now have Wikipedia with a complete list of dinosaur genera, but if that's daunting and too impersonal, dinosaurs.about.com has a list of Dinosaurs A to Z with some facts and jokes to make it more than another long list.

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I'm looking for recommendations for reliable, small- to medium-sized chest freezers to buy new.I'd like to get a chest freezer to store meals and fruits/veg for myself, as well as meat for my pets. We have a freezer/fridge in our rented place, but it can barely freeze a tray of ice. I'm looking for something that is relatively small, since I'm really only freezing things for one person and three pets. I'm also looking for something that is as reliable as anything can be in this day and age. Most of the stuff on Amazon has a spate of one-star reviews detailing how the product stopped working after 18 months. I'd like to get something new rather than going the craigslist route. And finally, I'd like something that has an Energy-star rating, though that may be too much to ask. Do you love your small, reliable chest freezer? Please share!

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What does "sure" mean in response to a question? Yes, No, or "uh, kinda maybe"?This is similar to this one about the meaning of really My partner and I discussed the meaning of "Sure" : I maintain that "sure" confers acceptance, but with some reluctance, and so I often find it somewhat noncommittal and passive, e.g. "Do you want pizza tonight? Sure." is not the same as "Do you want pizza tonight? Yes." In my mind, I hear "Sure, I suppose...if you insist, I guess I could, if that's really what you want.." vs "Yes, that sounds delicious to me, nothing would make me happier!" Obviously body language and tone matter a lot, but I'm wondering about regional differences? I'm of the Male of the West Coast and she is a Female of the East and Mid West (USA). Is "sure" universally less committal and enthusiastic than "yes"?

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From an ecological standpoint: When there is roadkill in the road, is it better to swerve around it, or run over it?This is gross, sorry. But it's been weighing on my mind. When you see a roadkill-- say a squirrel or a bird, we have a lot of both here-- is it better to swerve around it, because 1. ewww and 2. it's easier for scavengers or cleanup crew to remove in one piece, or.... is it better to aim for it, and smush it more, in the hopes of breaking it down faster so crows and other scavengers can clean it away? This presumes the roadkill is clearly dead dead DEAD, beyond help.

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