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Is it normal for a new dentist to expect one appointment for an exam/x-rays, a separate appointment for a cleaning, and then another follow-up appointment for any work that needs to be done (and I'm fairly sure I need at least one filling, possibly a crown)? Also, is it true that no dentists offer warm rinsing/jet water? (Do you know one that does offer this near Durham, NC?)My old dentist doesn't have any hot water in the whole office (including bathroom sink), and my teeth (and the rest of me) are sensitive to cold. I decided to find a new dentist; friends recommended one and I set up an appointment. The receptionist said that they would see if a cleaning slot opened up, but that there was no cleaning generally for a first appointment. I've always had my exams along with cleanings. Am I wrong to expect this? I _think_ this has held true for first dentist visits, too. ***Also, she said that no dentists offer warm rinse / jet water anymore, because of hygiene concerns. Is this true? Should I just bring my own? I just want to get this all over with. I don't want to go to a million appointments. This is not my hobby. If your dentist is a nimble-handed genius with warm water, tiny fingers, and good character, and is near me (Durham/Chapel Hill, NC), please let me know. Bonus if they _don't_ offer Invisalign.

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Carbon Capture by Jonathan Franzen [New Yorker] Has climate change made it harder for people to care about conservation? And so I came to feel miserably conflicted about climate change. I accepted its supremacy as the environmental issue of our time, but I felt bullied by its dominance. Not only did it make every grocery-store run a guilt trip; it made me feel selfish for caring more about birds in the present than about people in the future. What were the eagles and the condors killed by wind turbines compared with the impact of rising sea levels on poor nations? What were the endemic cloud-forest birds of the Andes compared with the atmospheric benefits of Andean hydroelectric projects?

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The bands Sparks and Franz Ferdinand have combined into a new group, FFS. This morning, they released Piss Off, their first single.

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A photo blog from some of the less-traveled parts of Iowa. [via]

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Can any surveyor Mefites out there help me understand the notations on this survey?Image has been anonymized (locations/names). Specifically, in plain English, what do the 2 blocks of text at the front and back property boundaries mean? Front: ∆=2°00'00" R=1866.21' L=65.84' Ch=S07°43'17"E 65.84' (R=1866.21'–L=65.84') Back: ∆=2°00'00" R=1781.21' L=62.18' Ch=S07°43'17" 62.17 R=1781.21'–L=62.18' Also, anything else interesting/of note? Am I correct in reading that the property boundary doesn't include the entire front yard up to the sidewalk? Thanks!

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The Puppets return for a lesson in computers and being a clever smart boy in DON'T HUG ME I'M SCARED 4.

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"The biggest, most famous guy on the roster is Andre the Giant," DiBiase said. "Andre made Hulk Hogan, in my opinion. Here comes this guy that has everything going for him, you know, Hogan. His size, his whole deal, his look. But you know, somebody's gotta make him a star. And Andre the Giant more than anybody, I think, is the guy who helped Hogan become a star, and I think Hogan would tell you that." Being Andre the Giant.

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In biology, model organisms are the workhorse species in which most biological science gets done: fruit flies (D. melanogaster), house mice (M. musculus), shale cress (A. thaliana), zebra fish (D. rerio), nematodes (C. elegans), yeast (S. cerevisiae), and bacteria (E. coli.) They are science's heavy hitters... in the lab. But most scientists know almost nothing about how these species behave in the wild, outside of the context of humans. ELife's new series on the natural history of model species aims to change that. So far, they have published on the natural history of zebra fish, E. coli, and nematodes, with more to follow.

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The search for cute just got better with Bing: At Bing, we're always looking for ways to improve your experience. And the search for cute—be it for bunnies, kittens, teacup pigs, or hedgehogs—is no different. That's why today Bing is proud to announce its partnership with the Cute Cloud—a cloud-based data store created by Microsoft Research (MSR) to host the web's massive stock of cute images and videos, from portraits of cherub-cheeked toddlers and bespoke pets to GIFs featuring panicked squirrels and sleepy puppies.

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Due to circumstances beyond my control, I now am the proud owner of a jar of Patak's Madras Curry Paste (hot) and a jar of Patak's mild curry paste (coriander and cumin sauce base). I only have one recipe that uses the Madras Hot Curry Paste. Hoping someone on MeFi might be able to help out with recipes to use them up. I'm open to meat or vegetarian options, and have no allergies/diet restrictions. (Things that go well with rice appreciated.)FYI, I'm not an instinctive cook (sigh), so while thoughts like ... use it with vegetables ... are helpful, things more approaching an actual recipe would be better.

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Cargo holds for international flights are pressurized, right? Will that prevent plastic containers with thick gooey liquid type stuffs from exploding all over my luggage?Okay, it's my last Japan-related travel question. You guys were a huge help last time around and I'm really grateful for it. Thanks for pitching in one more time. Our friends have asked us to bring over a couple of items for them, including several bottles of smelly hand soap and a one gallon bottle of syrup. It doesn't appear to be a problem to bring them over (no pseudoephedrine or natural ingredients in this stuff) and I've purchased a bunch of large ziploc bags to protect it all, but am I setting up my luggage for disaster? There's a seal on the syrup bottle and the soap bottles have dispenser pumps in them and no seal. All have a little bit of air in them, which is my main concern for clothes destroying explosions. It's only my second time flying internationally, so I'm way out of my element here. Thank you in advance for calming baby coo words or announcements of the end of the world for my clothes. Either are welcome.

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DocSend, a digital document delivery and analytics company, unveiled a new service today for more traditional document services: DocSend Dachshund Delivery

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Spectre teaser trailer An ominous teaser trailer to Spectre. Keep your ears open at the 1:01 mark. An interesting choice of scene to feature.

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Game of Smurfs

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This weekend I'll be the photographer at a small high school prom dance, but I've never shot photos in this setting. What tips do you have for the technical aspect, and the social side of getting kids to pose and liven up for better photos?My wife is a teacher at a small high school, and she's one of the class advisers for the junior class, who are in charge of setting up their prom. The kids delayed in making decisions, and overspent on their budget, so my wife asked if I would be the photographer. I agreed, but last time I went with her to photograph her students at a dance, I felt awkward and had a terrible time of getting the kids to smile and relax. I'm terrible at small talk in general, so I'll be asking my wife to cajole them into loosening up and smiling for a moment, but she also has to chaperone and may be off supervising her students. I'll be bringing my Nikon D3100 with its stock 18-55mm lens, but I'm mostly an idiot about cameras and keep it in P&S mode. I also have two manual lenses, a 28-80mm and a 70-300mm, but I'm not great at getting the focus perfect with those, and I have a folding reflector and a decent tripod, but nothing beyond the stock in-body flash, and I don't know what the lighting will be like there. I've been reading up on my camera, and I'll be doing some test shots these next days, but I appreciate any ideas and tips from folks who have dealt with similar situations, both technical and social.

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What I really want is an 8TB hard drive with an ethernet port on the back side. The Intel NUC is almost right but it only supports a 2.5" drive at best. Is there a product that does what I want? It must run Linux but doesn't need to be particularly fast.

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In their quest for enlightenment the legendary monks of Mount Hiei put themselves through an excruciating endurance challenge: 1,000 days of long-distance running. (SLGuardian)) Runner Adharanand Finn writes: I have come to Japan, hoping to meet one of them and to find out what they can teach a recreational runner about the path to spiritual wellbeing. What he discovers is beautiful and true, though at first he's a little nonplussed. A priest at the temple tells me that the idea behind the constant movement is to exhaust the mind, the body, everything, until nothing is left. "When you are nothing, then something, pop, comes up to fill the space." He mimes a bubble popping. This from the comments: No, they run around 30km a day for 100 days a time, each year for the first 3 years. Gradually it extends out to 40km in year 4, up to 84km (right around Kyoto) for 100 consecutive days in year 6. Year 7 its back to 100 days of 40km or thereabouts. The Imuro valley course is a bit longer. The Do-iri, the 9 day fast, they absolutely do stay awake the whole time, they have monks making sure they do. No water, no sleep. Just stay in the temple and get up to fetch water for an offering at 2am every night. There is an excellent youtube video about Genshin Fujinami from Journeyman pictures that goes through the entire challenge. And the guy who trained Genshin, Sakia Yusai - completed the ordeal twice.

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So I'm in need of free online resources for learning how to use Service Now. My colleague at work provided me with the training manual they give you for the course, which they don't sell. I lost it, and while he doesn't personally care that much as it was no longer of much use to him and was for Calgary (the oldest version currently in use) anyway, it sucks for me because now I'm not sure what to do other than just look at the wiki, which isn't nearly as useful as it doesn't have all the exercises and stuff. I managed to find this, but it's for Aspen (a version no longer in use) and my colleague said looking at that would be a waste of my time. Can anyone help me out here?

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Travel error filter: Booked a ticket to the wrong place at the wrong time. Have prepaid hotel room in another location. Seeking solutions and ideas.Going over to visit my daughter who is studying in Spain. She wanted to go to the Canary Island so I bought tickets Madrid to Tenerife non-refundable. I then booked rooms at the Sheraton La Caleta Resort again non-refundable. Did not know the Tenerife has 2 airports TFN in the north and TFS in the south which is mostly international travel. I booked my flight to TFN .TFN, it turns out, is about 100 Km's from my hotel. The plane gets in at 23:00, all public transportaion has ended and the rental car places seem like they are shut down too. The taxi fare is 120 Euros. Feel stuck and need creative solutions to this problem, if any are to be found. Thanks in advance.

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I'm type 1 diabetic on a low carb diet taking a basal dose of Lantus. I notice that within a wide range of daily units, I fast at a nearly constant blood glucose level of 69-72, determined with a continuous monitor and fingerstick calibration/confirmation. Why would this be happening? (I'm looking for a good explanation or resource, but not Medical Advice™ as I have a doctor I consult with before making changes to treatment.)My guesses, if it helps to talk to me about it: My Lantus dose is low in most of the range and my remaining insulin production can complement it (not sure why it would produce so hard as to keep the number at 70, though.) My Lantus dose is high in most of the range and my liver is releasing a minimum amount of glycogen to keep glucose level acceptable (total guess, and doesn't a diabetic's liver regulate poorly/overcompensate?) My Lantus is somehow not effective or bottlenecks so the actual insulin available doesn't vary much (I insert it on my stomach in various places. I experience this between 7-20 units.) Other information: When I'm on a normal-carb diet, I have to take 27-35 units of Lantus to fast in the 90s or low 100s and I go up between 150 and 200 after most meals. I'm 32 and male, and I was diagnosed at 30. I am slightly overweight and exercise a little less than I should, but I do it every day. If I eat carbs on my low-carb diet (yogurt or carrots, usually), exercise can stop the rise in blood sugar and I usually do this after eating carbs. Why do I want to know this? Mainly, I want to understand how my body works. I also want to know if I am taking too much Lantus and understand what could be the effects/risks of reducing it low enough that I don't fast at 70 anymore. Again, I work with a doctor to make treatment changes, but like most diabetics, my successful treatment depends on my understanding my body, and I'm interested in a good explanation.

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I've seen these questions about how to change a fearful-avoidant attachment style, but I can't find any information on how to help a partner who is fearful-avoidant feel loved and secure.The most obvious answer is "be consistent, give the other person time to feel secure, don't leave", but how do you get around the unequal dynamic created by essentially committing to a relationship when the other person can't commit themselves? What do you do when a person periodically begs you not to leave, but leaves and comes back repeatedly? Is there any way at all to give them the love they need while making clear you're not doing it because you don't believe you can do "better", but because you actually love them and you know they're not having these problems to hurt you? How do you tell them their behavior is hurting you without it feeling to them like a confirmation of every awful thing they already believe about themselves? Is there literature on these issues I'm not finding? (The vast majority of stuff I've seen about trying to love avoidant partners deals with dismissive-avoidant, which is of very limited help because the self-concept and behavioral patterns are so different.) If you are someone who either has or has had a fearful-avoidant attachment style, what are things that people have done that have helped you? Are there ways that people have been able to be sensitive to your needs without communicating a lack of self-respect? If you have managed to have a successful relationship with a fearful-avoidant partner, how have you done it? Any tips, resources, personal stories, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Throwaway: fearfulavoidantmefi at gmail dot com

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One of the things that I reliably love in music is lyrics that sound like good poetry. Help me find more musicians who reliably include this trait in their work!Recently I discovered Dessa, whose music includes a lot of lyrics like this, and it's leaving me hungry for more. I'm finding it a little difficult to describe what I'm looking for, but some of the elements I'm thinking of include a lot of emotional complexity, an air of contemplation, and a gift for really communicating a particular set of feelings. Genre of music is not particularly important to me, although I have found that spoken word poetry doesn't generally work for what I'm looking for. A few other examples of artists who turn out the sort of lyrics I'm looking for and who I like: Tracy Chapman, Frank Turner, Missy Higgins, P!nk, and of course the inimitable Vienna Teng.

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We're considering relocating across the country and renting out our current primary residence. We don't have experience with this, so if you've done something like this, what advice can you offer? Some questions we have include:whether it's worth it to hire a property management company, and if so, how do we evaluate the various optionshow to handle routine maintenance like yardwork and how much "control" to exercise for things that we care about like permanent plants and garden bedshow to manage communication and maintenance remotely how to interview potential renters If you've rented out your home, let us know what we should be considering or arranging.

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I'm looking for some residential cordless phones that I can pair with my cell phone (an iPhone 6). There are a load of link2cell phones out there , and I'm having trouble figuring out which is the best - and simplest - option.I am looking at getting rid of my overpriced triple-play bundle and using just internet and my cell. I plug the cell phone into a recharger every evening, and I don't want to move it around on the off chance I need to make or receive a call in the middle of the night. This rarely happens, but I'd like to plant a phone near my bed and forget about it. Voicemail messages should go to the iPhone, not this system. Since there won't be a landline anymore, it doesn't need to be a dual system. Suggestions? Anything else I should be aware of?

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Gigabit Internet has come to where I live. For the first time in a long time, I finally have an upload of more than 10Mbps and no data transfer cap. What are some ideas to actually do with it?I know this is a "problem" lots of people would like to have and I'm definitely not complaining. :) I'm trying to find clever ideas for what to do with 1,000Mbps in each direction. My backups are already hosted "in the cloud" and my Plex server is fully-equipped for streaming to any number of my mobile devices. Streaming is already a thing in my house with multiple Rokus and TiVos online. Any other suggestions? I have at least one spare, reasonably powerful computer that can sit in a corner and do whatever, plus I have a handful of static, public IPv4 addresses. Internet geeks with lots of bandwidth, give me your suggestions.

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