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How Hollywood's Favorite Juice Bar Owner Eats Every Day. Come for the pretty zucchini ribbons. Stay for the magic activated cashews. via Kottke.

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My partner (future mr. snacks) and I want to hold a private ceremony with our closest friends, no parents involved, before we launch willingly into chaotic 300+ people wedding events with family. Looking for ways to navigate the emotional & possibly cultural weirdness of this situation: can we pull this off respectfully? Should we even try to keep the small one a secret? Snowglobe inside.His family is huge, Chinese, and scattered across SEA & the US, while mine is small, fragmented, and all up and down the West Coast. We are both the oldest kids in our families, and I am also the first of my generation to get married, so our pending wedding is a Big Deal to a lot of people, and that's fine with us. It will also be a destination wedding for most attendees regardless of where it's held. (We want to marry in Hawaii, which is conveniently cheaper and more fair for everyone involved.) We both want to include our families in celebrating somehow, but we also super do not want to exchange vows in front of any of them. Our relationships with our parents are complicated, his are overbearing and belittling while mine are inconsistent, selfish, and have historically abandoned me. Both of us have instead been heavily supported emotionally & financially by our close friends. Regardless of what happens, future mr. snacks' parents are going to hold a massive Chinese-family reception in their hometown. Cool with us! But he and I also want our own private moment in solidarity before we acquiesce to family ties and huge gobs of extended family. I mean, I like big parties and I will totally throw down on a huge shindig, but that's mainly for them. We want something meaningful for us, parents be damned. Is it sane to do a small and intimate exchange of vows before the big family-centered event on the same day? Or maybe the day before? Has anyone else done that or navigated through a similar situation? I'm not looking for permission to skip all of the complicated family stuff and elope at the courthouse. While we are still struggling to have good adult relationships with our parents, we both really want to celebrate our bond with our close friends and also maintain healthy connections with our families, despite their faults and sometimes shitty behavior.

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Toronto-based artist Bailey Henderson sculpts the fearsome sea creatures depicted on medieval and Renaissance-era maps. (Previously: Beafts)

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A few weeks ago I started seeing a guy I am now completely smitten with. We met through mutual friends and it started out as a drunk hookup (hah), but the following weekend I saw him again in a sober hang out context, and we ended up both canceling our evening plans and talking well into the night. I didn't expect to have such an intense and wonderful connection with him. I feel like he is alive in the same way that I am. We can talk about anything, and we spend a lot of time just laughing about nonsense. Like I said, we've only been seeing each other for a few weeks, but I already feel like he could be someone who is very very special in my life.Previously, I dated a man for five years who told me he loved me, told me he wanted to spend his life with me, proposed, and then broke up with me (completely out of the blue) two weeks before our wedding. I've now been single for a year and a half. I have enjoyed living on my own as an adult and being independent. I needed time to heal and embrace life by myself. I traveled, focused on my career, built a cozy home, dated casually, spent time with family and friends, etc. Just lived for me :) I am now 29 years old, and feel more confident and happy than ever. So I am not surprised that I have now found a great connection with such a sparkling person. The only potential problem is that the sparkling person is 24. Which makes him approximately 4.5 years younger than me. When we hang out, I do not notice the age difference. He is confident, kind, and mature. Not that it matters much, but physically we look the same age as well. I look a lot younger than my age, and sparkly guy has a deep voice and facial hair, so looks-wise I would say we make quite a natural looking couple. Career-wise we are also on the same page. We both work for global companies and are mid-level managers. So in all of these regards, age does not bother me at all. We have a great connection, and I don't care what anyone else thinks. I am happy when I am with him, the end. Except it's not the end, because I can't kick the voice in my head that's saying I'm making a HUGE mistake by taking a gamble on a 24 year old. When I go on dates when men in their 30's, they are often very open and honest about wanting kids and a family. I know for a fact that my current 24 year old beau is no where near ready to settle down. Personally, I am 29 and would love to have a family in the next few years. I do not want to rush into anything, and absolutely want to have time to explore the world with my partner before settling down . . . . BUT my eggs aren't getting any younger lol. Family is a deal breaker for me, and this would be the case regardless of the age of my partner. If he's 35 and doesn't want a family for 10 years, it's not going to work. So my questions(s) . . . . Even though it's only been a month, I've made it clear I really like him and only want to date him right now, and he has expressed that he feels the same. Unfortunately, I have some baggage. When is it the appropriate time to navigate this question? We've only been dating for a month, so it feels too soon to talk about family, but it's such a deal breaker for me. This is honestly my biggest concern about his age. Should I be honest about what I want? Or should I coast along and date him for a few months and just see how it goes? When I was dumped by my ex-fiance, I promised myself that I would begin my next relationship with intention. I want to be honest and up front about what I need in a relationship. But I'm just not quite sure how to navigate this one, as this guy really really does seem special. Any thoughts appreciated!

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We're expecting baby #2 in a couple months. I have plenty of practice and am happy with our make ahead/freezer dinner options, but with a toddler in the mix now, I know I'm not going to have the time to prep breakfasts and lunches immediately before mealtimes as often as I do now. I'm looking for your favourite ideas/recipes/blogs to cover those meals.Things like a big pot of porridge, tray bake of banana flapjack, or frozen burritos are already on my list, but I'm happy to hear ways of spicing those options up, and obviously want to hear other thoughts too. We all eat pretty much anything, although our toddler has a mild egg allergy which prevents him from eating things like scrambled/boiled eggs. Eggs cooked into something else is not a problem. At the moment, breakfasts mostly involve bagels with cream cheese plus maybe a bit of breakfast sausage, and lunch is either a sandwich plus fruit or leftover dinner from the night before. I expect we'll still have those in our routine come second kid, but I want options that I can pull out of the fridge or freezer and whack in the microwave for those times when I don't actually have a free 10 minutes to prep.

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Hard Numbers Reveal Scale of America's Trophy-Hunting Habit by Rachael Bale [National Geographic] Sport hunters, those who kill animals for recreation rather than out of necessity, imported more than 1.26 million trophies to the U.S. in the decade from 2005 through 2014, according to a new analysis of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's import data by Humane Society International and the Humane Society of United States. That's an average of 126,000 trophy imports a year, or 345 a day. Related: - Activists condemn trophy-hunting club for 'turning wildlife into commodities'. [The Guardian] The world's largest trophy hunting club was on the defensive at its giant annual auction in Las Vegas as animal rights advocates and conservation experts traveled from across the globe to condemn the industry that killed Cecil, one of Africa's most famous lions. The Safari Club International on Wednesday kicked off its elaborate four-day convention and "Ultimate Hunters' Market" inside the Mandalay Bay luxury hotel and casino – drawing 25,000 people to the members-only show. In ballrooms and convention halls with signs describing the event as the "THE BIGGEST THE BEST", hunters mingled with outfitters, gun makers, booking agents, taxidermists and other industry representatives and enthusiasts. - Can trophy hunting actually help conservation? by Jason G. Goldman [Conservation Magazine]One of the problems with hunting as a topic is that it's a complex issue. People are by and large lazy, so little research is done outside of a narrow range of personal interests. There are so many types of hunting, such as subsistence hunting by communities on their own land; hunting on fenced private farms that choose wildlife over sheep; trophy hunting in unfenced areas near national parks; canned hunting and so on, and each has it's own set of implications. And there are the moral/ethical considerations to weigh with the conservation implications. In my view you shouldn't lump all hunting debate into one pot and stir, you should rather try to understand each situation and then debate based on its merits. In that way you avoid generalising and insulting large groups of people (on both sides of the debate). - The Thing About Hunting: Why the hunting Conversation Hurts Conservation by Simon Espley [Africa Geographic] We humans tend to silo information to suit our personal requirements, and make enemies out of those who feel differently. We might agree on 99% of things, but the 1% apparently makes us enemies. Lets face it, we either hate Kendall Jones or we adore her – there is no middle ground. So the chatter around her tends to be angry, emotional, defensive and meaningless in the greater scheme of things – which is of course what she wants: the more attention she can generate the higher she ranks in the race for social media fame. And while we bolster her fame, the process of turning Africa's incredible biodiversity into trophies, trinkets, medicine and lifestyle products continues apace. The enemies of conservation are well-resourced, focussed and not distracted by the chatter about who has the moral high ground. - In defense of Texas huntress and conservationist Kendall Jones by Charlotte Allen [Los Angeles Times] After Jones gave an interview to TMZ titled "Why Does Facebook Want Me Dead?," a commenter wrote: "People don't want kendall dead — just to use her as target practice, feel a lot of pain, bleed some, get stitches — repeat. It's that simple." And then there was this, as reported by CBC: "A [100,000-signature] petition circulated on the White House's Change.org website demands that Jones be banned from Africa. Anonymous commenters said Jones should be hunted down like the animals she targeted. Rape threats followed. Some called her a 'slut' and 'bimbo.' Misdirected rage assailed other blond women who shared the name Kendall Jones." Yet, when Katniss Everdeen of "The Hunger Games" wields her bow and arrow, she's hailed by feminists as "feisty" and "independent." When Kendall Jones wields hers, she's denounced as a shameless self-promoter who wears short shorts and makeup (horrors!) and posts mean memes about vegetarians. - In Defence of the Trophy Hunt by Michael Petrou [Maclean's Magazine] Cecil, like all lions, was magnificent to behold. But let us acknowledge that is a subjective appraisal. He was less intelligent than the pigs we raise in cramped factory farms and kill in industrial slaughterhouses. He was a rare animal, but not an endangered one. There are more than 30,000 lions in Africa. He had a black mane and was said to be friendly—a clear case of anthropomorphism, which likely means he had simply grown used to safari jeeps. So why the outrage over his death? Much has to do with how we perceive lions. They are evocative and iconic, which is why they have adorned heraldry for millennia. Much also has to do with why he was killed: for the perceived sport in it, and for the "trophy" pelt and head. - In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry for Lions by Goodwell Nzou [The New York Times] MY mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me. So sorry about Cecil. Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe? Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine. My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I'd experienced during my five years studying in the United States. Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people? That all the talk about Cecil being "beloved" or a "local favorite" was media hype? Did Jimmy Kimmel choke up because Cecil was murdered or because he confused him with Simba from "The Lion King"? In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror. - A Hunting Ban Saps a Village's Livelihood by Normitsu Onishi [The New York Times] Lions have been coming out of the surrounding bush, prowling around homes and a small health clinic, to snatch goats and donkeys from the heart of this village on the edge of one of Africa's great inland deltas. Elephants, too, are becoming frequent, unwelcome visitors, gobbling up the beans, maize and watermelons that took farmers months to grow. Since Botswana banned trophy hunting two years ago, remote communities like Sankuyo have been at the mercy of growing numbers of wild animals that are hurting livelihoods and driving terrified villagers into their homes at dusk. The hunting ban has also meant a precipitous drop in income. Over the years, villagers had used money from trophy hunters, mostly Americans, to install toilets and water pipes, build houses for the poorest, and give scholarships to the young and pensions to the old. - Jane Goodall Asks Tough Question About Cecil The Lion [The Dodo] After expressing her initial mourning, Goodall asks questions that put Cecil's death in the context of trophy hunting as a whole. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion be proud of killing these magnificent creatures? Lions, leopards, sable antelopes, giraffes and all the other sport or trophy animals are beautiful – but only in life. In death they represent the sad victims of a sadistic desire to attract praise from their friends at the expense of innocent creatures. And when they claim they respect their victims and experience emotions of happiness at the time of the killing, then surely this must be the joy of a diseased mind? There are many ethical issues, which we seldom face up to, whenever an animal is killed. For example, is it "worse" to shoot a wild boar for food than to slaughter an imprisoned factory farmed hog? Does the life of a wild turkey matter more than the life of a free range domestic turkey? Is the person who grants a license to the hunter, or the one who authorizes that person, or the one who drafts the laws that make it legal to do this, as guilty as the person who pulls the trigger (or fires the crossbow)? These and many other such questions are seldom asked. And when they are, they sometimes seem impossible to answer. But trophy hunting is hard to defend. And the outpouring of anger and hatred occasioned by the killing of Cecil shows how many people feel that the days of the great White Hunter should be brought to a close. It is excellent news that many airlines have now refused to carry trophies. Cecil has become, albeit unknowingly, a martyr for a cause. [Excerpt from her full statement, released by The Jane Goodall Institute.]

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The biggest change to the island's economy isn't the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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"This is what it's like to spend a fifth of your waking life in transit."

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In 2016, what software and methods do professional animators use for TV-quality lip sync animation with the aim of acceptable quality at the fastest speed?By "lip sync animation", I mean the matching of lip frames (visemes) to voice over audio. By "TV-quality", I mean the quality found in shows like Family Guy, Rick and Morty, or South Park. Note this is not a "how do I do this" question. This is a "what does the industry do" question. For example, are studios using automated lip sync solutions? Or for quality reasons, is it all done manually? Maybe an automated first pass followed by manual clean-up like Toon Boom affords? What about motion capture via sensors or camera (e.g. Adobe Character Animator)? I know there are many ways to skin a cat, but what is predominately used by animation professionals? A little context: I hacked together some lip sync animation software, and I want to compare it to other solutions to see how good it is before investing more time in it.

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Monday Punday - try to figure out the pun illustrated in the cartoon. No scoring. No prizes. And no "I don't get it, tell me" button. (Hint: If you can't figure out the first three, don't torture yourself further.) And no points for complaining about the "Microsoft Paint"-style art. It just goes along with "puns are the lowest form of wit".

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In the far reaches of the sky there are sun-bright discs as wide as solar systems, their hearts run through by spears of radiation that outshine galaxies. The energies that feed these quasars beggar all metaphor, and their quantification seems all but meaningless. What does it serve to know that they are converting matter to energy at a rate that equates to the complete annihilation of a planet the size of the Earth ten times a second? Or that all the fires of the sun, from its birth to its death, would be a few weeks' worth of work to one of them? No human sense can be made from so inhuman a scale. Boggle, and move on. [via 3quarksdaily] Or stop, and appreciate that for all their grandeur, quasars are actually rather hard to see. Not one of them is close enough for the naked eye to pick out; even through the largest telescopes their mighty discs are but points of light. Again, the numbers are incomprehensibly enormous: billions of light years, when the longest trip taken by humans, to the Moon and back, is just a few light seconds. Yet here is a human connection that makes something wonderful of the spectacle. The billion-year journeys of the quasars' light end at human telescopes. And there this far-flung light is not merely absorbed, but also understood.

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I'm very pregnant and accidentally ate Alta Dena sour cream that has absolutely no indication of whether or not it is pasteurized on the packaging. Google is not giving me a definite answer. I live in CA and I think it is legal to sell unpasteurized items here. Can you help me figure this out?

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I am one of the thousands of Americans who live overseas and because of ludicrously low incomes have never gotten it together to file taxes in the USA. Zero of my USA friends here are filing taxes in America. I suddenly co-own a business but their accountant does not do expat taxes. How to go about this smoothly would be a delight. I am currently being quoted £500 for each tax year preparation.

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Asian bakeries seem to have the art of soft, squishy cakes down to a science... and I want to learn that science. Should I be using any specific recipes, ingredients, or techniques that will give me this texture?What I am talking about are things like this taro-filled cake bar from 85 Degrees or pretty much any of the items on this page by Paris Baguette. These cakes are not really a genoise. They are actually pretty sturdy but they are certainly not dry. And the texture of these rolls and bars indicates that these cakes are not cut into layers or anything but bake up at that thin height. I am thinking they might be steamed instead of baked (Previously). The ingredient list indicates that they are probably made with cake flour. They have a lot of spring but not a browned crust in sight. My only beef with them is the same one I have with most commercial cakes - they are usually too boringly sweet and artificially flavored. How in the hell are these cakes made in giant thin, uniform sheets that are so dang tender?!

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I have been close friends with this guy for about 1.5 years. We slept together and had some sort of semi-dating thing going for a couple of months when we first met. Then it fizzled out and I was more hurt by this than I anticipated. As of recently, he is now in a serious relationship. It bothers me. Time to cut the friendship?After our casual thing ended, he just sort of said that he would prefer us to be friends as he is not ready for the serious relationship. I entered the female friend zone. We talked nearly every day and he was great source of support in my life. Whenever I needed help with something, he was there for me. I hid my hurt feelings and thought I have moved on. I dated guys and I was genuinely into some of them. He casually dated many girls and it never bothered me. Ever since he "fell in love" which happened just under 2 months ago, he is constantly talking about how happy this girl makes him. I feel terrible and am plagued with questions like "why not me?" "why wasn't I good enough?" It also doesn't help that I am still single. I feel like I may need to distance myself. Be less avialable to talk and hang out. It's depressing because I don't have that many good friends. But it may be the only thing to do. Thoughts?

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I've flip flopped on what I want to go to school for and/or what kind of career track I want to aim for. Can you help?Like it says on the tin, I like to fix things. Right now I'm in a Quality Assurance type role in a call center. There's a lot of data floating around and not many people who know how to organize it. I've spent the last six months making Excel dashboards, creating SQL queries and VBA macros, and analyzing data. I love all of these things. Like a lot. I thought I wanted to be a data analyst at one point, and even reached out to a few MeFi people for advice on that career track (thanks Ruthless Bunny!). But now I'm not so sure. I really like working with data, finding ways to extrapolate answers from the data you have, getting answers to your boss, finding trends, etc. But I also am loving learning SQL and figuring out how databases work. My pet project right now is building a database and a front end application (as specifically warned against in this question). And last but probably most, I love Excel. I love building new projects, finding ways to present data in ways that make sense. Learning new ways to make my formulas more efficient, cleaner, and more adaptable to change. So what kind of job can I get where I do all of that? Will being a data analyst let me do at least most of that? Will I get bored if I pursue a career as a DBA? Can I just sit around and wait for people to pay me to fix their Excel problems? I know this is a big question. I've been flip flopping for the last six months on what major to pursue in college, and what kind of personal projects will best help me later on. I feel like I don't know jack about real world careers and I don't want to make decisions now that I will regret later on.

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The Princess Steel, W. E. B. Du Bois's recently-discovered SF story. W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Princess Steel"

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I'm completing a Computer Science degree. Graduation is this May, and I'm really worried about finding an entry level job. The main reason I'm worried is I have no work experience in Computer Science and I have no idea whether I am currently "hire-able."Rather than working internships in the field I'm studying, I've been working a reasonably well-paying job that I got from a friend. On the up side, I'm debt free and have enough money saved up to comfortably afford one more year of college -- including living expenses. On the down side, I have no idea how to sell myself in an interview, and my current job is ending in the next few months. I've got questions: -The university offers "concentrations" in Information Security, Video Game Development, or Bioinformatics. Would staying in college another year to complete a "concentration" actually make it easier to find a job? -Is there any sort of additional certification that would make me standout in general? -If I'm building a portfolio to show what I can do, then do you have any general recommendations? --- Additional Details: This isn't my first time being in a situation like this. I already have a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I graduated in 2010 and passed the the State Certification to become an Engineering Intern (EI). I struggled to find work in part because the BP Oil Spill negatively impacted the Oil and Gas Industry which is where most of the jobs were. My Computer Science senior electives were: -Computer Security -Web Development (Using Ruby on Rails) -Data Models and Database Systems I'm really stressed... I feel like I don't currently have any very marketable skills. I need to calm myself down. Any advise you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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I know you can give an actor flowers after a performance, but what about backstage crew?Next weekend I am attending a school production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", and I intend to bring flowers for one of the children who is in the play (I'll give them afterwards, don't worry). I know another child who has worked just as hard on the production as the kid who is on stage, and I would like to get her flowers as well, but is there something more theater-appropriate? I know she would love to get flowers, but I thought that maybe there was a more backstage-specific sort of a gift. My default is flowers unless a theater person shows up to tell me otherwise. As always, thanks in advance.

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TLDR: my GF's (likely relatively soon to be wife) fam is from Shanghai. They don't speak much English, prefer shanghainese, and have fluent but heavily accented mandarin (somewhat ironically, their mandarin has atrophied a lot ok the US because they hang out only with shanghainese speakers!). I need advice for when and how to learn shanghainese! Snowflake details within...Ok, so the original plan was to focus on learning mandarin, since everyone understands it, and it's the lingua Franca of China. So I've been working on that and am currently somewhat conversational, and I think with a year or two of continued focused study, I'll be in a good place. But the complication! I've found that while learning mandarin has greatly increased my 1:1 communication ability with my gf's family, it has had no effect on my ability to be in a group. Yes, I think if I get more fluent they'll have more of an incentive to use mandarin when I am around (right now there's still some repeating and correction), but I think that fundamentally, they feel most comfortable with shanghainese. SO: what to do? My original plan was to get good enough to be able to really communicate and understand in Chinese, then add some shanghainese to the mix. But I'm wondering if I shouldn't add some shanghainese to the mix earlier since I basically have recurrent, free study opportunities but without some study, can't really take advantage of it. So this gets to the two questions: - have you ever studied two languages? Is this an awful ideal? - have you ever studied a language with very few educational resources? How did you tackle it? Also, when I say "learn shanghainese" I mean mainly just build an ear for it... I don't know that I need to be able to speak because they really all do understand mandarin fluently. Me and my gf do want to move to Shanghai for some time at some point, but that won't be for a while. I see a couple options... 1. Never learn any shanghainese. 2. First get fluent in mandarin, then learn shanghainese 3. Keep focusing on mandarin, but still introduce some shanghainese so that I can get the most out of my interactions with her family. I'm leaning towards 3, but my gf supports 2. I think she's afraid of shanghainese confusing/poisoning my mandarin, as I'm still intermediate there. Any advice? And I mean, even if I want to learn some shanghainese, that in and of itself will present a problem. Mandarin has mountains of learning materials for foreign learners -- shanghainese has very very few. I'd probably try and track down a teacher on skype, and just make enough progress to understand the grammar and basic vocabulary. Halp???

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This internet radio station plays music from the Jet Set Radio soundtracks and music that would fit perfectly in them. Real-life Jet Set Radio!

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I'm interested in food delivery services, preferably ones I can sign up for online. I'd like to try a number of them, whether they deliver from a restaurant ready to eat, a box of produce, deliver a box of food to make with a recipe, or to reheat, delivery a specialty item like booze or cookies or meals for particular diets, whatever.I can't seem to find a complete list online, or a site that provides organized info on this space. They don't have to be a startup, they can be old school, though I understand subscription startups usually have some sort of invite/code/coupon system so I can try one week/delivery at a discount/free. I'm in the Mission if it matters. I don't expect MeFi people to send me codes/invites, but if people want to, my email is my username @gmail.com.

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My elderly parents health insurance costs have now become unaffordable. Are there any ways of reducing this cost without significantly reducing the coverage currently offered to them?They have had private health insurance for decades. It has been great for them in health terms, I'm sure it has saved their lives a number of times in ways that might not have been catered for by the NHS. As such they are understandably reluctant to give it up. However the costs have risen to a point where it now accounts for around 50% of their income, about £15,000 a year (it has increased by £2,000 in the last year alone). I'm trying to find out: Does insurance increase every year based on your claims? Does that seem like a crazy amount of insurance to pay annually for two people? Are other insurers unlikely to take them on based on their health situation and previous claims?

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My freelance design business has been going very well lately, and I'm starting to get more clients. As such, I feel it's time to finally put a name to it, create a website portfolio, etc. The only trouble is coming up with a name!I do graphic design and photography, as well as a small spattering of other stuff like basic web design, branding, etc. My clients are a little all over the place at the moment, in terms of industry, but what I'd LOVE to start doing is more non-profit work, especially for internationally-focused organizations (think NGO's, refugee charities, etc). I want a name that is meaningful. What I'd really like is a word or two from Rumi's poetry, as it has had a big impact on my life (having lived in Turkey for awhile), and the messages of the poems very accurately reflect my worldview. However, any neat names I come across are taken by design/media companies already! I really wanted "Guesthouse Creative" (for Rumi's "The Guesthouse" poem), or "Lamppost Creative" (for this quote), but both of those are already very taken. I was also thinking of something related to a Latin tattoo I have, saying "Omnia Mea Mecum Porto", but that's too long for a brand name, and I don't know how to shorten it and still keep the meaning. Here are my requirements: Preferably both the .com and .ca are available, as well as most of the social media profiles. I'd really prefer it to be in the format of "_________ Creative" because I don't want to limit myself with "_______ Design & Photography" in case I get back more into video, etc., and it really does need to mean something. My strongest values are justice, pacifism, self-sacrificial love, caring for the orphans/widows/refugees, and I have a strong love for adventure, risks, and learning. I'd love for the name to be generally spiritual (Sufism preferred), but I don't want anything too religion specific (no quotes from Jesus, for example). Maximum 3 words, prefer 2 or 3 syllables. So, I know it's been asked a hundred times before, but you guys are always so awesome. Any suggestions for business names would be SO appreciated!! Thanks in advance! :)

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