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We got an emergency foster on Friday, a young Boxer who had just had a hind leg amputated. I am fully aware that she will be fine, but I can't seem to find information on what to expect through recovery.I know her future will be great (she's young, she's very healthy, and she's extremely petite for a Boxer so she's an ideal amputee in dog terms) but as we are in charge of nursing her through recovery, I am more interested in timelines and pain management and mobility milestones and the things that will form our immediate future with her. I can't seem to find much detail online (everything is all "your dog will do great on three legs!") and would be grateful if anyone could point me to resources or tell me about their own dog's recovery timeline and how their mobility progressed. Winnie says thank you! (Obligatory photo)

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Every Alfred Hitchcock cameo ever in his own films.

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Nebraska is the 19th U.S. state to repeal the death penalty. Legislative Bill 268, abolishing the death penalty in Nebraska, passed the state legislature last week but was vetoed by Governor Pete Ricketts on Tuesday. The legislature has barely squeezed out a veto override, with a vote of 30-19. This makes Nebraska the 19th state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty, and the first Republican-controlled state to do so since North Dakota in 1973. Capital punishment has seen a slow decline in the U.S. in recent years, aided by recent repeals in Maryland (2013), Connecticut (2012), Illinois (2011), and New Mexico (2009). Public opinion, meanwhile, is slowly turning against the death penalty.

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hey girl: you can use my shoulder as a rifle stand, as you're the better shot of the two of us. (feminist mad max tumblr)

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I'm hitting a rough patch in my life and really failing at something for the first time(bout to drop out of graduate school). I'm looking for recommendations of novels or books that feature characters failing(in whatever way you define that). Not necessarily looking for feel-good/happy endings(although those are alright!). I'm more just curious about how others deal with failing + failing. Kind of a listening to sad music after a break-up thing.

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I blog on Wordpress. I'd like to make certain posts visible only to readers in certain countries. Details within.I'm headed into the Peace Corps. I've been warned that while blogging, I have to be careful about what I say because locals are internet-savvy, and my blog may be read by the people I work with, or people in local government. I'd like to be able to blog about things like, for example, my experiences being gay while serving. But revealing I'm gay to the people I work with is a huge concern because of deep-seated cultural homophobia. So, is there a way for certain posts on a Wordpress blog to be invisible to IPs registered to certain countries? I own the domain on which I blog, and while I don't pay for the advanced Wordpress tools, I would be willing to. I'm fairly tech-savvy and can follow complex instructions, but generally balk at a command line. I'll have a VPN that will allow me to access my blog from an American server. I realize that I'll be courting the risk of having locals viewing my blog through an American proxy of some kind, but the risk of that seems pretty minimal. I realize I could also not blog about sensitive issues - which would be fine - or also perhaps make my blog completely invisible to people in my country of service, but I would rather split the difference. What are my options?

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As a Filipino-American living 1300 miles away from my mother's cooking, I would love to indulge my homesickness and eat Filipino treats in a restaurant. I live in a major metropolitan area, but can't sit down at a restaurant to eat adobo. Why is that?In the Boston area there seems to be one actual sit down Filipino restaurant (in Quincy!). I haven't been yet, but it made me wonder why there aren't more Filipino restaurants around, as there is a pretty large Filipino population and not a lack of delicious dishes that can be made without super specialty ingredients. PRI had an article addressing the topic, as did Honest Cooking, but I wonder if Mefites can add their two cents or experiences. This can apply beyond Boston too, as it seems Filipino restaurants really only exist in California and NYC. Is there something holding Filipino food back from going big?

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My fiancee asks: I need to have my wedding dress altered and I'm trying to choose a place to go but having trouble finding a spot I can trust. Yelp reviews for some places are great but then there are the negative reviews that stick out and scare me away.I need a hem, a bustle, some fitting around the chest/arm opening and maybe removing a layer from the skirt. I also don't want to spend a fortune. Any recommendations on where to go in the Atlanta area for these things and price expectations would be helpful. Thanks!

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A friend is going to officiate our wedding. We want to give her a nice folder or binder with which to hold the ceremony script. Time constraint: We need this by Monday.We'd like for our friend who's officiating to have a nice folder or binder with which to hold the ceremony script and our vow booklets. I can't seem to find any that's not cheap-looking or crazy expensive. Any suggestions? Constraints: * I can buy it online or in a store in San Francisco. * I need to have it in my hands by 6pm Monday, June 1st. * It can't be a cheap paper folder or vinyl binder. We'd like for it to look nice. * It should hold a regular sheet of paper without folding, so 8 1/2 x 11 * It shouldn't be over $100 * Bonus: She can keep it and use for other things, like her resume, etc. That said, if you have suggestions that completely differ from the above, I would love to consider them. Fingers crossed that the hive mind can help! Thank you!

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My girlfriend of 1.5 years will be leaving for Japan for a full year for grad school stuff very soon. I'm looking for tips for keeping things healthy while we're long distance. As always, snowflakes inside.She's left New York, subletting her apartment and staying with her parents for the next few weeks until she flies out. I'll be visiting her before then, but after that I won't see her for over 6 months (I started a new job recently, so I'm saving up vacation days to fly over, I should be able to visit for close to two weeks if I use them all and my personal days all at once.) We did this last summer, but only for a few months. We were also relatively new then, these days we talk almost every night and at least text when we don't. My biggest worry is working with the time zone difference. Japan has a 13 hour time difference now and will have a 12 hour time difference during the winter. While we're both not incredibly social people, there is a desire to get out and not be on Skype every night. So, advice? Pitfalls to avoid? Best way of being able to text each other during the day/should we just stick to email?

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My girlfriend has a herniated disk in her neck, for which disk replacement seems to be the best option. Her medical insurance isn't cooperating, and so we're starting to look into private options and medical tourism. Any advice on going down that route, particularly the medical tourism route, since it seems important to find a good surgeon (and we're not quite sure how to do that abroad).

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During my freshman year of college, I was in a class which used an interesting website as part of a lab problem. I find many references to the problem it solves, but no links to this specific website. I kind of want to show of the ridiculousness of some of the answers this website generated.The class was Introduction to Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Fall 1996. The problem is apparently (upon Googling) a very common problem used to introduce students to the OR&IE concept of Linear Programming. That is to say, how one would go about solving a problem like: Maximize x1 + x2 - x3 + a1 - b2 + c3 Subject to x1 < 5, b2 > 12, c3 < -4, (and other constraints). The example problem is to find a monthly diet of foods which costs the least amount of money while maximizing the amount of nutrients according to (for example) US RDA or other nutritional guidelines. The website had you check off foods from a list of those you were willing to eat, and would then merrily go about calculating your minimum cost, maximum nutrition diet. This was invariably something laughable like a 25 pound tub of peanut butter, 12 heads of lettuce, and 10 boxes of corn flakes.

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I've got Time Warner for internet (no cable TV) and they charge $8/mo for an "Internet modem lease" (grrrr) Is it worth it to buy one outright (like this one?)? Will it be a hassle with Time Warner?I want to save money over the long term, but it's not worth it if this causes connectivity problems or other hassles with Time Warner.

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Walking 'abreast' means walking side-by-side. What equivalent word means walking single-file?My brain is ticklish with the notion that there is a similar or similarly-used word, but I can't think of it!

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Due to busy life schedules, my family has begun cooking weekday meals in a big cooking session each weekend. We cook 'em, we freeze 'em and on worknights, we thaw 'em and we eat 'em. There are a lots of fantastic recipes for freezer meals in cookbooks and on the interwebs, but we've got a hitch - our family has a member with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which puts limits on what ingredients we can use. (exciting caveats and details inside!)The recipes I've been able to find online all seem to fall into three categories: 1) Recipes where the vegetables and meat are chopped and frozen raw, to be assembled and cooked later. 2) Recipes that look amazing but on close inspection turn out to be mostly "one tin of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup" and "Six processed hot dogs" - the fine print of all of which contain most of the worst problem foods on the list 3) Lovely Italian and Mexican dishes that are based around tomato sauce. What we desperately need are carb-and-animal-protein rich freezer meals that can be cooked, frozen in individual portions, and when thawed, be either ready to eat immediately, or require no more than 10 minutes in a pan to brown or provide finishing touches. For example, lately we've been on a heavy rotation of meat-and veg patties (thaw and toss in a pan for 10 minutes) lemon chicken (thaw and toss in a pan with Greek yogurt and lemon juice for 5 minutes) and chicken pot pie (thaw and eat) and frankly, the troops are starting to mutiny. (there was a revolt last night over the chicken pot pie.) With winter coming on, we'll be doing root-vegetable soups, but soups aren't looked at with much more favor than the pot pie... We're adventurous cooks and not averse to making most ingredients from scratch (big on homemade stocks and sauces etc.) PLEASE lay freezable recipes on me! The fine print: All IBS's are not equal, and our kitchen's current rules list looks like this: Absolutely Prohibited: Onion, Tomato, Corn (and cornstarch), Coconut, Legumes, Brassicas (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, kale,bok choi etc) pretty much all Fruit (including Orange Juice and Bananas. Don't ask about the bananas). Food items preserved with nitrates and sulfites (pretty much all Hams and Bacons available where we live.) High-fibre Grains (so no brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, barley, quinoa etc etc. We stick to white bread, pasta, plain flour and white rice.) Unfortunately, this list rules out a lot of Asian sauces, as most of them - whether home-made or commercial contain proscribed ingredients. Fish Sauce, for some reason, is stomach-enemy number one. Acceptable in small doses: Soy Sauce and Wine (as in, a tablespoon of each in a marinade, but half a cup of wine or soy sauce chucked into a pan with a sauce is right out.) The good news: We've developed a lot of flexible workarounds - Diced Celery makes an acceptable substitute for onion. White Bread, Pasta, Plain Flour, and White Rice work beautifully for carbs. Oils substitute nicely for butter. Garlic is wonderful - in fact, in the absence of onion, garlic is the breath of life. Cabbage and kale might be bad, but spinach is great. So are all Herbs and Spices tried so far (most common ones and many less common). Also Grapes (and organic Raisins) and Raspberries. Vinegars and Mustards are GREAT! There's also lactose intolerance in the mix, but between lactose-free milk, Greek yogurt (a fantastic sub for cream) feta and aged cheeses (goat and sheep cheese are hard to come by, so assume that they are not available) we can cover almost all dairy-based dishes except a creamy cheese sauce. (Or custard. Lactose-free milk doesn't set. Damn it.) So please fill me with recipes - or at least one or two that I can slip into the rotation when the grumbling gets loud!

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You won't regret that tattoo. Single link Vimeo. A short, sweet first documentary by Angie Bird, via the Tattoo Historian at Tattoo History Daily. (Somewhat previously on the Tattoo Historian, Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman.)

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What is this mystery, military-esque metal button I found in Southport, North Carolina?I was using my metal detector in a yard in Southport, NC when I found this button. Here is the front of the button. Here is the back of the button. [Not the best image quality ever, but I believe you can see enough]. The front has an eagle with wings outstretched on top of an anchor. There are two branches underneath the anchor. The back reads: SCOVILL MF'G CO on top and WATERBURY, CT on the bottom. Any help would be appreciated! I've gone through a ton of old military button sites and albums and have seen a lot that look similar, but none identical. Unfortunately I don't know the history of the area very well so I can't help narrow down specific dates. This is about one mile inland from Cape Fear in Southport. I will upload better quality photos if these aren't high enough resolution. Thank you!

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A family member was very recently (last week) diagnosed with a glioblastoma. They had an apparently successful surgery this week. We're trying to come to grips with it and stay as positive as possible despite the typically poor prognosis. (Not sure yet what the deal is with our family member - apparently "all" of the tumour was removed, not sure of % removed or size of the tumour. The stats are obviously not great.) Of course, we're looking at anything that might help extend length and quality of life. There is some research that suggests "possibly", that staying away from glucose might starve any residual cells. At the same time, a restrictive diet may or may not be the best thing to inflict on someone who's been through this. There are probably many diets that cancer patients hear about; this is one we came across that seems to have some backing. Is there good evidence that a ketogenic diet can help? Is there a strong enough case for it to try it? Looking for answers from people with a knowledge base (or personal experience is welcome too), with respect to well-meaning others.The family member, also, lives in another country. If the keto diet is to work, we've read, it has to happen asap after surgery, and we would have to communicate this idea to her care providers. Not sure if they'd be open to it.

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So it turns out rather than religious fanatics unused to the freedom found in Holland, New England was actually founded by a bunch of Anglo-Saxon sell swords who had fled the British Isles after the Norman invasion on land given by a grateful byzantine emperor on the north-east coast of the Black Sea. Confused? Intrigued? Let Dr. Caitlin R. Green explain and set out the evidence for the existence of a 11th century New England/Nova Anglia.

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Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you?They could be specific products or just a new/different way of doing a task that makes it easier, faster, or just less of a chore. Examples: — Lysol cleaning wipes! The kind that are pre-moistened in a canister. They make it SO easy to give, say, the bathroom a once-over while I'm brushing my teeth at night and damn if I've ever had cleaner (...or clean, period) mirrors and sinks. — Rechargable electric lawnmowers, specifically the absurdly expensive but AMAZING one I just bought that does everything an awesome lawnmower should but quietly, with an easy start, and no maintenance or messing around with gas or oil. — Laundry sacks (i.e., blue Ikea bags) instead of hampers; so much easier to lug around and up and down stairs. — Better trash bags with that flexible texture so they're much less likely to leak or tear. Makes emptying the kitchen trash much less distasteful. My parents were pretty bare-bones broom/vinegar/rags kind of housekeepers, and I can be charitably described as being...uh, indifferent when it comes to housework, so I never learned or cared to learn about how to do this stuff better/more efficiently. I'm mostly interested in making chores super-convenient, and less worried about saving money or doing it The Right Way. So disposable solutions, As Seen On TV gadgets, totally different approaches—as long as it WORKS, bring it on! Relevant details: I live alone, in a billion-year-old tiny city house with significant yard/garden chores. I have a cat (OMG the Litter Genie, how I could I forget that one!). Hardwood floors and area rugs. No dishwasher, anyone have genius ideas for dish management? And yes, I own Home Comforts and thus know all the things I should be doing—but am way too lazy to do them the old-school way, either at all or as often as they should be done. I am not interested in hiring a cleaning service at this time. Thanks AskMe!

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...the first thing I noticed when I started to write my code was that the latitude and longitude coordinates of the message locations have more than 5 decimal places of precision, making it possible to pinpoint the sender's location to less than a meter. Stalking Your Friends with Facebook Messenger

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I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind, by Michelle Goldberg, author of To Breed Or Not To Breed Women in their 30s and 40s exhibit a mix of wishful thinking and woeful ignorance when it comes to their fertility. Why? How long should a woman wait to freeze her eggs?

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The organization for which I work has one zillion (well, OK, maybe 40,000) videos in the Real media format. I did not create this scenario, I am only dealing with it. The videos reside on a single server, and are in multiple nested directories. I want/need to convert them to a more neutral format (I'm thinking mp4), using as little manual intervention as possible .Ideally there's a program that I can fire up, point at the root directory and it will just chug its way (for six weeks!) through converting every .rm it finds. Eventually every file (\\server\folder\folder\folder\video.rm) will have a copy called (\\server\folder\folder\folder\video.mp4) I'm ok paying for a tool, and I'm ok with a command line tool, if that is the only way to get it done. I have tried Handbrake but so far have not been able to get it to work for this.

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"If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?" As automation continues to replace human labor, writer Scott Santens thinks everyone deserves a basic income provided by the government. To help fund his activism, he's launched a crowdfunding campaign to provide himself with $1,000 per month. Although other countries are considering and even implementing the idea, it's no surprise that not everyone agrees.

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Recently did my first 5K, which went great, except my knee got tweaked. Now it won't go back to normal. What are some good exercises I can do to make my knee feel better and stronger? Hoping to avoid physical therapy.SO. As you can see in a recent question, a few weeks ago I did a 5k. I did a week of light training beforehand (jog 60 seconds, walk 60 seconds, etc). Everything was going great until I very, very stupidly trained two days in a row and on the second day, my right knee started to hurt. I iced like crazy, did nothing but stretching for the next week, and did my 5K with 80% walking. Since then (3 weeks ago) my knee still feels... a little off. I'm desperate to get back to training but I don't want to do serious damage. It doesn't HURT per se, and I'm not limping or anything. But it feels off. I can't explain it. It feels tender like it's swollen but it's not. If I press on it, there's no pain and it doesn't look different from the other one. Here's a pertinent fact. I spent my entire childhood sitting in the infamous "flying W" position. I still love that position now in my 30s, although I know it's terrible for you and I never ever sit like that amymore. It's so comfortable though  But yeah, supposedly that effs up your knees and ankles and hips etc. I've had ankle problems before but after some vigorous physical therapy, my ankles are now awesome. My knees however are crap. If I bend down/squat, they pop like a gunshot every single time. I do yoga but it hasn't helped. So what do I do to A. fix whatever I recently messed up with the right knee and B. strengthen both knees in general? I know, I know, physical therapy. My phys therapy for my ankle was a life changing miracle but it was also months of expensive, time consuming, super painful torture. Realllly hoping to avoid that here.

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