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I have just started occasionally letting my precocious, smart but hyperactive four-year-old "play" on the computer. So far she loves Paint and writing herself "letters" on Notepad. I would like some more easy, fun, and ideally free things that I can give her to do on there. Bonus points for anything educational.Normally my daughter has a pretty short attention span, but "drawing" on paint and "working" on notepad have really sucked her in and kept her focused for the last few days and I'd love to take advantage of this. I've seen a couple old questions from 2006-2007 about websites for 3-4 year olds but nothing recent (please give me links if I'm wrong!). She's knows her letters and sounds, is not actually reading yet but we're starting to learn. Preferably stuff that isn't complicated to navigate. Thanks!!

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I am selling my car without a title transfer. Need quick advice on how to best protect myself.I put my car on Craigslist and someone agreed to buy it. When I went to look for the title on Saturday I couldn't find it and went to the DMV right away to order a replacement. The DMV said it can take up to two weeks to arrive, but will probably take about 5 days. I had agreed with the buyer on Sat. to contact him today when I'd had a chance to check my work schedule and set up a time to meet at the DMV to transfer ownership (this was before I knew my title was lost). I knew I had a busy week at work but couldn't remember what times I had free. He somehow thought that we would go today to change ownership and took work off. I told him I couldn't today b/c I had a bunch of meetings but that I could on Friday provided my title had arrived. He said he really, really needed the car right away as he has two jobs, etc. I agreed to sell him the car tonight and that we would have to go to the DMV to transfer owership as soon as the title arrives. I've prepared a Bill of Sale (with odometer reading, date, etc) for him to sign and called my insurance company to let them know I'm selling today and will transfer the title upon receipt of my replacement. They wrote me a policy for one month to cover the car (previous policy on it had lapsed). I've also taken a time-stamped photo of the odometer. Is there anything else I can do to protect myself in this scenario? I'm mainly worried about being liable if he gets into an accident. I have to go meet him in an hour and hand over the keys. He is paying in cash. He has agreed to meet me to transfer the title when I get it and I have no reason not to trust him. He seems decent. My only other (minor) concern is that he won't show up for a title transfer but I figure in a worst-case scenario I could report the car as stolen if for some strange reason I can't get him to meet me. I'm probably being overly paranoid, but I like to err on the side of caution. Are there any further steps I can take to protect myself against any liability or any other weird thing happening in the short time he will have the car when it's still registered in my name? I know you're not my lawyer and this is not legal advice. I have read this about title transfers in Minnesota. Thanks.

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I need suggestions for lunches that I can take to college with me, in my backpack, that don't require an ice pack - I just don't have room. The lunch will be consumed within four hours or so.I don't go out to eat, I make everything from scratch at home because I have food intolerances, allergies and I just don't eat certain things. I know this makes me a pain in the butt to feed when I go places, and at my school there's only a Subway with crappy $6 salads. Everything else is inedible for me. Allergies/Intolerances: Wheat/gluten (rashes/headaches/joint swelling) - this includes oats Dairy (SVT) Banana (severe throat swelling) Apples/Pears/Melons (severe gastrointestinal upset) I don't eat excessive salt or sugar, and only drink water. I've been this way a long time now and while it might seem pretty restrictive (it is), I'm happy with it. I do make my own breads at home, I have several kinds - masa breads and rice/coconut flour breads. So anything that can be made with bread is fine. I made BBQ chicken for my s/o to take to work with him for his lunches, but would that last four hours in a backpack and be safe to eat? I have access to all kinds of meats, spreads, some fruits, and I regularly have broccoli and carrots in the house and can get most kinds of vegetables. Any suggestions/ideas/recipes are greatly appreciated!

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So I'm aware that MeFi is probably the wrong place to ask this but you amazing people have surprised me before! I'm looking for the best-of-the-best fashion agencies in Paris, Milan, L.A., and London. Requirement: must represent talent, like hairdressers, stylists, etc. I am not looking for a modelling agency. More over the fold.Here are the ones I've found for NYC so far: Streeters Jed Root Art Mix Tracy Mattingly Bryan Bantry Agency Utopia Ken Barboza Associates The Magnet Agency Jump Management I'm looking for ones that are have equally high reputation as these ones do in NYC. Thank you so much for any help!

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Look at these weird snowflakes! How do they work? Photo one and two.Around 2pm at 28 degrees F I was walking around NYC during the first hours of the snowpocalypse. The snow was crunchy and dry and actually looked like fake confetti snowflakes being tossed from the clouds. I could not believe it actually looked like snowflake-shaped snowflakes to the naked eye! I'm not that familiar with snow as I've only lived up north four years now. Is this normal? What could cause the crystals to keep their form so well? They took several minutes to melt and the ground was covered with them. From the cursory research I've done the prevailing opinion is that you can only see the crystalline form at this size under a microscope. Can someone who understands the science of snow explain this to me? Is it actually common?

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My mother-in-law's husband died last year, and she has nominated me to be the administrator of his estate. I have a copy of his living trust, but it is missing the trust related documents, transfer documents, etc. The trust was prepared in 1987. I tried to contact the attorney for the trustor, but it looks like he has either died or retired. Is there a way for me to obtain the missing documents? I live in California.

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I'm interested in finding a site / YouTube channel / similar portal that shows only the "action" portion of sporting events. For example, a Youtube channel that would edit out all of the footage from NFL games, showing only the time when the clock was running. MLB has clips of key pitches/hits on their site (as does the NFL), but not the whole game from what I can find. Can anyone point me in the right direction of a full game trimmd down to only the "action"?

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Find yourself elsewhere than in the grips of Juno, the Blizzard of 2015? Want to play the home game? Track the plows of NYC using the PlowNYC map. Want something faster than 15 minute update intervals, or less NYC-centric? Twitter's got you covered.

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Carles, of Hipster Runoff fame, is back with Carles.buzz.

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Hi Folks, I am writing for some tips on time management for when doing work on the computer. I like the Pomodoro Technique and am looking for an online pomodoro timer, that you don't have to download or pay for. I really like the marinara timer, but it is kinda glitchy. Do you have suggestions for something similar to this? Also, I work with headphones on, so how cool would it be for the timer to say, 5 mins left , and pomodoro 1 is complete start 5 minute break.Also, in the same spirit of time management, when I am on the computer I can very easily start watching hulu, checking email, etc. Is there a very easy no downloadable, not permit way to block sites. The only thing I need i youtube for my music. I have tried some things before that get very complicated and one thing that was called stay on top kinda gave my computer issues. I am on a PC. Thanks

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Albums That Never Were Soniclovenoize recreates versions of lost albums. The Beatles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), Pink Floyd (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), The Beach Boys (1, 2,3, 4), The Who (1, 2), Dylan (1, 2), Hendrix, The Doors, The Velvet Underground, Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Turtles, The Zombies, Van Morrison, Neil Young, CSNY, The Clash, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, and Mars Volta.

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A new approach to assisting the "ultra-poor" – the poorest people on the planet – is showing promising results. In up to 95% of cases, the approach has been shown to help people exit the category of ultra-poverty, defined as living on less than 50 cents per day. A Bangladeshi-based aid organization has pioneered the innovative development scheme. At a cost of $500 over 2 years, the method is based on exerting "maximum pressure on the major determinants of poverty; little to no health care, lack of livelihood skills and capital, illiteracy, low self-esteem, and social exclusion".

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Hello everybody, I just received a great recommendation letter I asked from a former professor, however, he made a typo on my last name several times throughout the letter. Can you advise me a way to ask him to correct it without making him lose face and feel embarrassed? It's a quite delicate situation, thank you for any ideas!

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UK should consider ban on Mein Kampf, says Scottish Labour MP [The Guardian] Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty has written to culture secretary urging a 'sensitive debate' on allowing its sale.

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[exercise filter] Please explain to me how the relationship between sets and reps works.To elaborate on the vagueness above, I'm doing a bodyweight exercise routine. The program gives me a goal of two sets of fifteen reps for pull ups. I have hit a plateau trying to reach this goal. One piece of advice I saw online is to try performing an equivalent number of reps over an increased number of sets. E.g. spreading (15 reps x 2 sets = 30 reps out over 5 reps x 6 sets). I notice that if I attempt two sets of 15 reps, I feel destroyed afterwards. But if I do 6 sets of 5 reps each, I feel like I can easily keep going. Given that the same amount of work is being done, why does the one routine affect my body more than the other? Physiologically speaking, am I doing anything different to my body? How do the two routines affect the body differently in terms of stimulating strength / endurance / etc?

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On Running and Street Harassment This past Saturday, eight different men verbally harassed me. Two stepped into my path and said they wouldn't move unless I gave them a high five. The murmurs, the coos and looks, all serve as reminders that I am not a person to them. By the seventh man, I was tired. He told me he could look at that ass all day. I told him to shut up. He said to me, "Don't worry, baby, I still love you," and my skin went clammy with defeat. And there was something about hearing the word "love" come out of his mouth that made me want to push him into traffic. When I talk to my dad about this, I want him to get it — how these interactions, over and over, tear at the soul. I want him to get that yes, not only am I angry, but I have a right to be. That regardless of whether or not I am polite in my response to these men, it is not my response that is the problem. I think he does get that, but I also think he still sees my anger as the thing that could get me in trouble. [SLToast]

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I'm looking for a book or website I read a few years ago about sovereign default and how it's actually a GOOD thing. The author pointed out several examples in history where countries had defaulted on their debt and emerged more-or-less okay (if I recall correctly there were examples dating back to antiquity). Does anyone have any idea what this was?

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I need to take a last minute flight. My choices are taking EVA Air in Premium Laurel Class, or United in Global Services First, San Francisco to Taipei. Which is the better cabin?Also, how does Premium Laurel compare to United Business?

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Oh my God, I'm ashamed that your are my son. The Peruvian show Sílbale a tu Madre (Whistling at your Mom) takes a...creatively confrontational approach to fighting street harassment. They enlist the mothers of chronic catcallers to catch their offspring in the act, a process involving makeovers, hidden cameras and very public shaming. The show is sponsored by Paremos el Acosto Callajero (Let's Stop Street Harassment), the first group of its kind in Latin America, which is pushing for a national law against sexual harassment in public. And Everlast.

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I'm writing a story, set in 1999, with a character who is a photographer. I don't know a lot about what that might entail. Help me out?Obviously, I don't expect to learn everything about photography circa 1999 from asking here. But the answers to at least a few questions about some of the specifics as they relate to this character would help me a lot. I have reasons for thinking this character would probably prefer film to digital. In 1999, would there be good, plausible reasons for that, would it be just a preference anyone might have or not, or would it be an unusual quirk? This character usually takes photos at night, ideally with a set-up that is easy to carry around and use at will. Is there anything they would almost certainly do, have, or use because of this (including such things as stops, apertures, flashbulbs, film type, camera type)? If you wanted to take a picture, at night, of someone under a streetlamp, and particularly wanted to capture the way it lit their hair, would you avoid using a flash? What would be the best way to take that picture? Is there any particular type of camera this person would probably be using, or a few suggestions as to what they might use? Thanks in advance!

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Living at ground zero of Blizzardville, with 55mph winds predicted, I'm belatedly weatherproofing my drafty patio door (via 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit for Patio Door). Question is: do I remove doorknob, or just drape the plastic over it? Aesthetics aren't a huge issue, I don't mind if the plastic shows.Here's a gallery of hot action shots of the door and knob, fwiw (I can take more if requested; cabin fever will soon leave me relishing activities like doorknob photography). If I do need to remove the knob, I'm not quite sure how to. It's sorta antique, with no obvious screws holding it in. And also I'm afraid it'd leave a gaping hole. Repeat: this is the indoor insulation kit (I usually install the outdoor one, but it's got to be >50 degrees for the tape's adhesive to work).

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Last night got a pop up notice that 127 files were deleted from my Dropbox. I didn't delete anything. What happened? I have one shared folder that has little activity. I'd like to know what files were deleted and where I can find them. I run OS X.

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Emma Munger's Men of Twin Peaks Pinup project are ready to wish your sweetheart a saucy and studly Valentine's Day! (SLTumblr)

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​​P​hDs​:​ Creative Writing - from the PhD research blog Deathsplanation:​ ​"​I almost went to college to study art. I even interviewed for a place. I had a portfolio and everything. That was more than a decade ago and honestly, I can't even remember if I got in. But I didn't go. Things changed, life took a drastic turn, and I wanted to leave everything behind. And so I did. I ended up at university, pursuing another passion of mine: archaeology; history, anthropology. ​​ ​"​I have never strayed that far from art. It's always been there, in my life. But recently, it's been a lot more... present.​"​ Post-graduate Alison Atkin​'s ​doodles and drawings​​ category​, and a tweeted drawing (linked within the piece); more on Atkin's research project at the University of Sheffield. Also linked (enthusiastically) within the blog post: Mmm... Marginalia section from the website, Got Medieval. Previously: foxes and fowl and so many footnotes

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I've recently acquired a beautiful ring with a 2 carat blue diamond in the middle and two smaller white diamonds on either side, in white gold. Nothing special about the setting, and I will have to get it reset sooner than later, since the band's wearing thin. But I'm curious what's up with this big blue shiny rock.I know this is more likely than not to be a treated and not naturally colored diamond. BUT it has a large, dark inclusion near the center of the stone. And the color of the stone is more of a light minty blue than anything like a true blue. - Would a man-made diamond have a big dark inclusion in it? It seems like they would use only perfect ones, if they're lab created. - I put them under a black light and all three stones seemed to fluoresce -- am I right to think this means they are synthetic? - Would a treated stone be this minty blue-green or are they all more blue? - If I take it to a jeweler would they be able to tell all this instantly? - I don't know how much was paid for it but I do know it was bought in a pawn shop. The answers won't affect how much I love this stone/ring, I'm just curious. Anonymous because I'd rather my friends/coworkers think it's a fake than that I have a 2 carat diamond on my hand.

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