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I'll be traveling to the East Bay (Oakland, to be precise) in July, and I'll be alone. Can you recommend places that are good for solo diners? Difficulty level: I really want dim sum.I've been to Oakland a bunch of times, but I've never been there alone, and for various reasons I stuck mostly to bars and bar food. This time, I'd like to try some slightly higher end food. So other than bars and pubs, are there places you'd recommend that are especially good for solo diners? Any type of food is ok except vegan (no offense, but I'm sort of a carnivore), and I'm not going to worry too much about price. Also, as I noted, I'd really like to have dim sum (we have dim sum in NYC, but the stuff out in SF/East Bay generally makes it look pretty limp by comparison). I've actually never been to dim sum alone, since it's sort of a group dining experience. Is there anywhere in the East Bay that would be suitable for solo dim sum? I'm not worried so much about the staff looking askance at me or something (although that's sort of a consideration, tbh), but I'm thinking that maybe there are places that have something like dim sum samplers so I won't have to have a zillion leftovers from the usual 3-4 piece plates of dim sum. I'll be there in July during the week (Wednesday to Friday) and the hotel is directly across from a BART station. I could have access to a car if I needed one, though, so somewhere I could reach only by car is fine too. Thanks, you guys!

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Walking in the Danchi - a photo-blog of concrete Danchi style buildings in Japan. [via]

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Being the Computer Technician for a Hospital, Clinic, School District, or Corporate IT has been always one of my ideal long term jobs. But curious on how the the Outlook of a Desktop Support Technician will be for the next 20+ years? I love talking to people a lot and resolving technical issues.Well I just got accepted into a Desktop Support role at a private school and the interview went pretty. They asked some technical questions and soft skills questions and I got the job. Im glad it did and after some more in deep researching of the IT Field I think Desktop Support would be a good ideal career for me. When I was in School I took some web programming and java classes because it was part of my major but I never had no desire to be a programmer. Writing code all was very boring and tedious to me and most of the time I wanted to kill myself. Then had some interaction with Databases and Network Security. Databases were still interesting and Network Security not as much It was when I got a chance to talk to people that got me really excited for the most part. Learning about technology is awesome while I can share and apply my knowledge everyday with different people while doing more Hands On tech work at the same time. Its pretty awesome I am thinking of getting my Comptia A+ Certification more to have access to more desktop support roles. But to succeed in Desktop Support? What is recommended? How would I keep up with technology and what kind of Certifications are recommended ? Has anyone here worked on Desktop Support? How has it been for you?

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I have used several automobiles that have bluetooth and have paired my devices with them. I like that i can hop in the car and my phone will automatically pair and connect. My car does not have this luxury however i do have a mini jack input and usb power. I am looking for a device that will give me bluetooth audio in my car. I have bought a couple over the years but they Neither A: turn on when my car turns on and B:pair automatically with my device. Hive! Do you know of such a device that I can power with my car's USB and will pair automatically with my phone (iphone6)?

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RIP Chuck Barris, dead at 87. NYT obit. Forever associated with The Gong Show, he not only created The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, but he was also a songwriter who wrote game show themes and the hit "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon. And perhaps he's a CIA assassin as well? He wrote the "autobiography" Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, later made into a film with George Clooney and Drew Barrymore.

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I need help deciphering some writing in an old book I bought in Slovenia.I bought the book from a second-hand English bookshop in Ljubljana in 2016. It's a UK paperback edition of Georges Simenon's Maigret Stonewalled, published in 1977. The book is nothing out of the ordinary except for some writing on the inside back cover. My best guess at the writing: 451/11-7D ND 23,45 ITT 2,00 My guess is that the second line is the original price in the local currency (Yugoslavian dinar?). Perhaps the third line is sales tax. The first line *could* be some kind of classification number, but it doesn't match any I'm aware of. Good luck, bibliovores of MetaFilter...

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I recently finished screening and thoroughly escape-proofing my porch, with an eye to giving my cats a safe taste of the outdoors. But I know my two white cats will now need sun protection for their ears, and many human sunscreens are toxic to cats. What feline sunscreen do you use or can recommend?We are in Florida, if that matters. Having been to the awesome big cat rescue in Tampa and witnessed the florida sun's impact on the poor white servals, I really want to try to help my cats avoid that fate.

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At work, my boss has asked me to verify a few thousand numbers, as to whether they are cell phone numbers or landlines. Preferably by uploading a spreadsheet that feeds back results, rather than one by one. Any advice? Thanks. (both free and paid solutions considered)

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Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware - A dive into the thriving black market of John Deere tractor hacking.

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I'm trying to come up with a nice, catchy, .com-domain-available name for my blog on the topics of organization, budgeting, planning, productivity, aimed at the disorganized and overwhelmed crowd. Something like Unf*** your habitat with a focus on organization and planning - and with less swear words. I'd like to keep this PG-rated. Any ideas are welcome!

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Women who have taken the oral contraceptive pill are protected from some types of cancer for as long as thirty years according to new research from The University of Aberdeen. Full paper (no paywall)

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I'm looking for ideas for database/statistics themed baked goods, possibly with a medical research angle. All the 'computer cake' pinterest boards are terrible.I'm a database programmer moving from one research team to another database/stats team which works across multiple projects at once. I need to make cakes and/or biscuits both for the old team (we're all going our separate ways and are having a goodbye party) and the new team, whom I want to say hi to! Recipes and/or pictures are great, but if all you have is an idea then I'd like to hear that too. We're a Microsoft SQL Server-based operation, fwiw. IDEAS I DON'T WANT: - Anything to do with the internals of a computer. My colleagues and I basically never look at circuit boards, so there's not much point putting them on a biscuit. - Anything based on an inaccuracy, however amusing, because I have Problems with pedantry. - Really boring generic stuff that looks like something a mother who struggles to install printers might make for her computer-obsessed teenager as a gesture of love and support. I am not saying it's a bad thing that this happens, I'm saying it's not what I'm going for on this occasion.

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I've made an appointment with a neurologist but I just an incredibly disorienting seizure where apparently for the first two hours I missed the "Who is the president is the?" sort of questions. Then the rest were spotty pieces of memory that were very foggy dream-like, with it me like watching a movie almost. There were dream like elements (I thought people said things they didn't, etc.). I am fine now, but while I wait on my appointment, what is going on?I had one seizure before this, several years ago. I was very shaky in the hands the day before, people joked about DTs. The next day while walking, I saw a weird like LSD orb then passed out. Next thing I know I'm in an ambulance. Then given the same, "What year is it test" told I missed the first few times, but then I was okay. None of the weird dream like stuff of my second one. All tests came back with everything looking normal, including CT scans. As someone who knows no one with somewhat regular seizures (I don't know if every two years is regular), or no one with seizures in general I'm finding my descriptions hard to Google. The last one was so weird, I'm still gripping that it happened. The convulsions must have been severe as I'm still in severe muscle pain 3+ days later and even in my heavy work out days was not that bad. Both came in periods of high stress, but in general periods of high stress (new job, new client, etc.) not episodes where I'm pulling the trigger on a life or death decision. I did not feel the stress other then usual gripes to friends. What is most scary is that the second one was only caught as I was on a friendly phone call and she panicked when she heard a drop then gurgling sounds then labored breathing, then ... no breathing (on-site paramedics said my pulses were fine just slow). I'm beginning to have fears of doing regular things outside of a padded room should I happen to have a seizure on subway platform, or worse, driving a car (which I don't do now until I get a diagnosis). I have no previous illnesses with anything other then GERD, so this is all kind of scary. The infrequency almost makes it worse as I kind of turned the whole seizure thing behind me as one off (my doctor even said that without this every happening again and it being adult onset, it may have been lack of sleep, anxiety or just poor diet that could have triggered it). Any advice would be appreciated!

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This was a couple years ago, but it still bothers me from time to time. To get my attention (and as a mild rebuke while she asked about something I hadn't done yet), my coworker slapped my butt. What, if anything, do I do?I am 100% confident that the swat was not intended to be sexual or intimidating. This person is in her late 50s/early 60s (I'm in my late 20s, female), and is kind of known around the office for her somewhat brusque work style. At the same time, she is very friendly on an interpersonal level, and just generally more huggy than most other people are in our traditional office setting. She's been here for decades and is kind of an institution at this point. At the same time, touching someone's butt is wildly inappropriate, and I just want to know this won't happen again because I'm still leery of her years later. Escalating this up the hierarchy seems like overkill, though, because she's not a predatory person. I'm just not sure how to handle this and need some advice. Thanks!

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I have two preschool-aged children, both of whom exhibit some classic signs of OCD. I've been aware of it in my eldest since they were very tiny, but only recently my youngest has been sharing that they are having intrusive thoughts about death and dying. They are especially struggling with it at bedtime and asking a lot of questions about it (which I am comfortable answering in an honest but reassuring way. We had a death in the family last year, and my parents are both dead, so I think my kids are old enough to start understanding that all living things must eventually die).That said, I am in weekly therapy for OCD and ADHD, and part of why I am committed to it is because I want more resources for parenting kids who seem to have inherited some of the same issues. My psychiatrist has been very helpful with this, but I wanted to reach out to other parents and see if you have experience parenting kids who struggle with obsessive and intrusive thoughts and strategies you've developed (or books to read, etc) to help them learn to cope with it.

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Yahoo's defining moment had nothing to do with its accomplishments. When we look back on Yahoo knowing what we do today, it's clear that Yahoo's true self was revealed in a single, stark meme. I'm talking, of course, of the infamous Yahoo Answers query "how is babby formed?"

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I'm trying to determine my options for suppressed handguns that I can use without hearing protection.A number of organizations, including OSHA, publish safe limits for exposure to continuous noise, but I have yet to find any authoritative source that outlines the safe limits of exposure to impulse noise (such as gunshots). The general consensus is that you need hearing protection for any impulse sounds over 140 dB, but this seems to be based on hearsay. I have no idea whether it's an accurate cut-off. (From my research, the sound range for unsuppressed handguns is 150-170 dB, while the sound range for suppressed handguns is 118-149 dB.)

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The NBA's Secret Addiction

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With 100 different cats, he rubbed the plant matter on a sock or a square of carpet, and set the material in the cats' line of sight. Then he waited. Catnip Ain't the Only Plant That'll Send Your Kitty to Blissville Previously

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I have a friend who is a very good cook. We mostly hang out by cooking together. Unfortunately, she's now on an extremely restricted diet: no meat from land animals or poultry, no dairy, no gluten, complex carbs only in moderation, basically* no simple sugars. Fruits and vegetables are very likely to be okay. Eggs, pulses, and plant oils seem universally okay. What can we cook together that would entertain us for an afternoon but fit these criteria? Obscure salads? Fancy crudite cuts? Actually there appear to be some complicated rules about simple sugars. She'll eat sucrose as molasses but not granulated sugar or simple syrup. Similarly, fructose is okay in honey but not corn syrup. I'm going to over-approximate this as, "no simple sugars." I want to be conservative here because this diet helps with her joint pain.

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I used to be able to find men's clogs at American Eagle Outfitters that were similar to the Birkenstock "Boston" clogs, but a lot cheaper. No longer! Does anyone know where I might find something similar suitable for wearing around the house and office?

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I'm changing paths with my business -- how do I keep up optimism and focus?I've been in business for a long time, but family medical crises have interrupted my career. I can no longer do the type of work I used to do. I've sort of ground to a halt with what I was doing before - I really can't fit that kind of work in anymore. I've done therapy to deal with the grief of that. I see a new opportunity to take some of what I've been doing in part of my business and spin it out as the focus, in a way that could provide a revenue stream and career opportunity that will work within my life constraints. But this means going from larger sales values (think $10k) to more like $100. When I think about how I will need 100 people to pay $100 for me to earn $10k, it feels daunting. But, on the other hand, I really can't do the work I did before. I need to embrace this. I look at it, though, and then I can't imagine how I could ever scale it up to where I have 40 or 50 buyers a month at that price point. And then I think of all the other places my career could have gone and how much I could make there and this feels kind of pathetic. Wondering if I can make $10k seems kind of pathetic. I know I have the business skills and the right pitch and that I can do this, but then it feels so pathetic. Aside from more therapy, how do I build myself up to keep focused on this work? When I wrap myself up in it, I get excited and the day blurs by. I know part of it is that I've had a career interruption and I have to get back into things. At first, my idea seems brilliant, but then I start thinking it's pathetic and that earning just $10k a year seems both daunting and useless. Yet I know it would make a difference to my life and move me more toward financial independence and away from the drudgery of doing caregiving I don't want to do. I guess it's that I need to embrace the idea of making $10k or $20k a year and having to work hard at it, but knowing it represents only a couple of hours a day of work time, so I can't measure it against bigger things. It's depressing as all heck, though, to know my income is so constrained, I guess. And yet I tend to be kind of an optimist -- my therapist says most people would have completely given up, not instead gone back to figure out what they could still do and have a meaningful career. I'm not having trouble with the meaning or value -- it's more about the money and the daunting idea of having sales come in small amounts, not $10k at a time. Any advice? Thanks.

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I lost my California driver's license and need to replace it as soon as possible, because I'm interviewing for new jobs and may have an offer soon. I actually don't own a car and almost never drive. The license is really just for official ID purposes.I don't have a passport, birth certificate, or any other photo ID. I could order a copy of my birth certificate, but it could take up to a month to get here. I do have a social security card, two (different banks) debit cards with my name on them, and a subtenant lease for the room I'm currently renting. There is plenty of information online re: what you need for a new license (which would require a birth certificate, passport, etc.), but not a replacement. This info from the DMV website doesn't specify what documents are required. Have you recently replaced your license in CA? What did you bring to the DMV?

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I am looking for a cereal that is sweetened (minimally) with an unrefined sugar (like honey). Anything?Erythritol is also a possibility

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How a Christian movement is growing rapidly in the midst of religious decline A Christian movement led by popular independent religious entrepreneurs, often referred to as 'apostles,' is changing the religious landscape of America.

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