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My camping experience jumps directly from "getting drunk overnight at a campsite with bathroom facilities nearby" to "totally cut off from all society and pooping in a hole." What is the fecal protocol at a primitive (designated but usually more remote and no facilities) campsite in a Texas state park?

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How long should I stick it out with the birth control pill before giving up? I've been on it for only a week and a half and already have incredibly obnoxious side effects.I'm on Alesse and have never been on HBC before. The nurse who gave them to me told me to stick it out for a full three months before opting to go off of it or switch the pill, and assured me that most alleged side effects aren't really based in reality. Since starting on it I am constantly nauseous and/or incredibly hungry at the same time, full of inexplicable rage and 100% sexually apathetic. None of these are symptoms I have ever experience before and I don't know if my new relationship can deal. Is it totally nuts to give up on it right away or am I not giving it a fair chance?

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Best practices / protips for what to eat after having a large amount of blood drawn? Also, I will be having additional draws over the next few weeks.I went today for a blood draw in which they took 9 vials of blood. Oy. This large draw is a one-off, but I will likely have additonal draws once or even possibly twice a week for the next 4-6 weeks. The future draws should be only 1 vial if memory serves, but could be two. Complication: I am trying to get pregnant (don't tell anybody!!!), and the draws are related to that; they must be concurrent and are non-negotiable in terms of waiting to do one or the other. I went through a similar but actually much heavier protocol a few years ago and though not one of the many doctors I saw ever said anything to me about being anemic, I was pretty tired a lot of time for the duration. I already eat a pretty clean diet; I mostly stick to lean proteins, steamed veg, and very little processed carbs; I also eat legumes on a regular basis. Recently I've added avocado and coconut oil into my daily diet in order to add more fat. I take a multi, extra folate, and D every day. Aside from the idea of just eating more beef, which I am not opposed to, is there anything specific that helps the body rebuild it's red blood cell count and ward off anemia?

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I was a veteran, a father and husband and a small-business owner. Then I was deported.

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I'm trying to research the effect of natural light availability on apartment price, i.e. Does a south-facing apartment rent for more than a north facing apartment, and if so by how much? Along with a corollary of how much natural light would be considered ideal vs. the minimum. I found some rules on minimums through various city regulations, but I haven't found anything that talks about ideals, or price differentials based on desirability. Any pointers on research papers, books, organizations that may have information (I'm going to contact the AIA, but are there others?) would be extremely helpful.

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The Dangers of the Monster Myth In 2012 Jill Meaghar was murdered. Today, her husband, Tom Meaghar speaks out about the dangers of the "monster myth". "I dreamed for over a year of how I would like to physically hurt this man, and still often relish the inevitable manner of his death, but wouldn't it be more beneficial for Jill's memory, and other women affected by violence to focus on the problems that surround our attitudes, our legal system, our silence rather than focusing on what manner we would like to torture and murder this individual? Adrian Bayley murdered a daughter, a sister, a great friend to so many, and my favourite person. I am the first one who wants to see him vilified and long may he be one of Australia's most hated people, but it only does any good if this example highlights rather than obscures the social issues that surround men's violence against women

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We're planning about a week long road trip from Louisville to Mammoth Cave, south towards Nashville, east towards Great Smokies and ending up in Asheville NC. Looking for your suggestions for places to eat, places to stay, things to do along the way.We're planning this trip for late May. I've already got a partial itinerary in my brain, but I need your help filling in the details. We've never been to any of the states mentioned (other than flying through NC), so I'm looking for suggestions from locals and people who have traveled this area more extensively. Restaurants, attractions, day hikes - you name it. Possible stops along the way (Mammoth and Asheville are the main reasons for the trip): Louisville - bourbon trail - what's your favorite distillery tour, anything else? Mammoth Cave Nat'l Park - possibly camping, other things in the area? Day hikes? Nashville - no ideas here, and it's just a tentative stopping point. We're not big country music fans, but we do enjoy cool, historic cities. Oak Ridge/Knoxville - had thought about touring the atomic site, but it doesn't look like those tours start until June (insert scientist sadface) Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l Park - possibly camping again, maybe a day hike Asheville - visiting a friend here, so she will probably show us around...but we're always open to suggestions. Biltmore grounds look really cool.

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I'm looking to take an intro to statistics class this fall or summer. I'd be up for taking it online or in person, if in person it would have to be in or near Washington DC. It could either be an undergraduate or graduate class, but not one where you have to know calculus. Has anyone taken a good introduction to statistics class in the DC area or online that they could recommend?

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Most of the academic textbooks I've read have had a drawn-out presentation style based on psychological observations as part of an effort to project a particular voice.I find it difficult to successfully use psychological observations in my literary style. IMHO, my style is distinctive but not really intentionally so. I also have a lot of quirks in my style that I don't think really contribute to clarity. Anyway, sophisticated writing is not really my fotre. Chinese Studies is my preferred field of study. When I read someone like Johnathon Spence, his paragraphs seemed to be peppered with psychological observations or clever innuendos designed to ennervate undergrads who have to read his work. I think Spence is an awesome writer with a knack for finding interesting topics to write about. However, this drawn-out presentation style seems to be the norm for university textbooks. My guess is that it's all considered part of the "tempering of the steel" that happens during a degree course. My main question, really, is, if I NEVER learnt to write like Spence or any other psychologically-observant academic, would this limit my chance of doing well on advanced degrees? How much of academic success is based on having an impressive literary style? Thanks for any advice with this.

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I was to discover, however, that there were many others who didn't share my warm and benevolent views of emerging adults. Quite the contrary. Professor Jeffrey Arnett thinks 20-somethings are unfairly maligned.

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My spouse and I are taking my 16-year-old daughter to a concert tomorrow night: Ellie Goulding, with Conway, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. I have some random questions, and would appreciate any tips on having a great experience.We haven't been to the venue before. The show is sold out, though there are tickets available on various resellers. How crowded is it likely to feel? Are there particularly good spots for short-ish people to get a good view without being crushed? Are the security people likely to be draconian about photos? (Not going to record anything, just a few photos would be nice. Only the adults will have phone/cameras.) How are the acoustics? Normally I'd take BART, but if the parking situation isn't too bad, I would consider driving. Is it worth the hassle? If the doors open at 8pm, should we plan to arrive early? How early? And on the off chance that anyone else here is going, we'll be the middle-aged queer couple in sensible shoes trying to keep up with the teenager.

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My friend is in the midst of a job search, and a prospective employer wishes to interview him via video-conference. He is told that it must be "IP based" and not Skype, and they must be able to call him.(Asking for a friend, and both of us are completely ignorant about this topic to the point where I will probably use all the wrong words. Apologies in advance) My friend is in the midst of a job search, and a prospective employer wishes to interview him via video-conference. He is told that it must be "IP based" and not Skype, and they must be able to call him. My friend has an old computer, spotty internet, and no webcam, although he does have some friends with webcams. He can't use the facilities at his current job. I have the feeling that, in this modern world, where people seem to video chat all the time, this must be simple. But I know absolutely nothing about it. Is there some cheap or free software he (or the friend whose computer he will be using) can easily download? Does iChat, which is already on my Mac, count? Is it secure? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. My friend will attempt to get further information from the prospective employer on Monday regarding what they want, but, as time will be short and we start from a position of absolute ignorance, I thought I would try to get some sense of the possibilities ahead of time.

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I'm a foodie, and I'd like to plan some short summer day trips. What are the absolute best restaurants within three hours' drive of Boston?When I say best, I'm not necessarily talking about Michelin stars. This is what I mean: 97 reviews rating five stars, which is unusual for a small place in this area. I'm open to anything from upscale tasting menus to little neighborhood joints, but I want standout. I'm looking for places worth a long drive for the exceptional or unique experience. I'm open to anybody's suggestions and I'll take them all. But I'm looking for the standouts. Not just five stars, but the places everybody rates at five stars. Thanks in advance!

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I am doing some rather obscure research on the health insurance industry. I'm having some trouble finding the information I'm looking for. Hopefully someone here can help!In the parlance of the health insurance industry, there are providers and subscribers. Providers are your doctors, for example. You, the patient, are the subscriber. Medical service providers account for the majority of medical claims. Generally, subscribers only submit claims when they go to out of network providers. I'm trying to find the data on subscriber claims--dollar amount and percentage of the overall total (provider + subscriber). I tried emailing one health insurer and was told that this was something that they didn't actively track. I've tried searching through Google and haven't had any luck. Anyone have any idea how to dig into this further? P.S. It is also worth noting that I expect there to be significant geographic variations in how large subscriber claims are. For example, in NYC, mental health services are almost entirely provided on an out of network basis. This is not the case in other parts of the country. This makes it more difficult to extrapolate one insurer's experiences to the entire country. (Notwithstanding the fact that insurers have differing levels of exposure to different types of the market.) To the extent that I can find more granular data the better. However, I'm thinking that I'm going to have to take whatever I can get.

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What are the logistics of having a parent in so-so to mediocre health move in? He is currently in St. Louis, MO and my wife and I currently live in Johnson City, TN.My father currently lives in a one-bed, 3rd floor apartment in St. Louis. He no longer drives. After several family conversations, we all (myself, my 3 older brothers who live in St. Louis, and dad) agree that the current situation isn't feasible anymore. He needs to live on the ground floor due to a bad back, and since he suffers from dizzy spells, he needs to live with someone. As independent and bull-headed as he can be, my dad agrees. Since I am in the best economic condition of all my siblings, he will be coming here. Although my wife works full-time, I only work 25 hours a week so I can spend pretty much every morning chilling with him and helping him run his errands. Also, our home can accommodate ground floor living. We, as a family, just came to this conclusion today. The logistics of physically getting my dad moved here with his things are already figured out. I need your help to figure out the rest. Here are some of the logistical questions I have: 1. Do we need to get a physical copy of his medical records to bring here with him? 2. How easy is it to make sure the SS Admin knows about the move? 3. How do I help him make new friends in the area? I know I'm not covering everything. My brothers are going to be helping and probably coming up with more logistical things we will need to deal with. For those of you in this situation, or know of people in this situation, what specific pieces of advice do you have? What are some potential issues I should know about?

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Time-Sensitive filter, Name-that-Movie filter, Korea filter: Can anyone confirm what movie this abandoned set in Korea was built for? And fast?This is for an article I'm doing on "abandoned film sets," which is due today (although my editor is amenable to waiting one more day given this circumstance). The hotel in those pictures is on Jeju Island, and the pictures make it look AMAZING, and my editor would be all over it - the only problem is, I can't find any confirmation that it even WAS a film set, much less what film it was built for. I've written to the owner of that blog, and he said he heard it was for a film called "Romantic Orange", but isn't sure. The article can run without it if necessary (I've got a good number of sites), but the pictures just look so amazing I'd love to include them. But I do need some kind of confirmation this was a film set in the first place. This would appear on Atlas Obscura. Thanks!

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Please share with me your best springtime punch recipes that are alcohol free and really fast and easy to make!My parents are coming on Sunday for Easter brunch so this is a no alcohol event (neither of them drink). For us this is basically like a springtime version of Thanksgiving -- we eat way too much seasonal food and then lie around whining about how we're full. What is a punch that would be good for this? For reference, we're having stuff like cucumber sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, fruit tarts, and lace cookies (in addition to a leg of lamb). This recipe needs to be easy, FAST, have as few ingredients as possible, and ideally be pretty cheap. If possible I'd like to make it tomorrow night to have it ready for Sunday but if it's easy enough I can do it Sunday morning. There will be eight people here. Thank you!

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What software can I use for a high-level view of my team's available vs. allocated hours and budgeted time approved across our projects?I manage a team of 8 people that does fee-for-service in e-learning and web development within a university department. We current have about 50 projects in various stages, sizes, and needs. We are good at planning and delivering on client needs, but I need help getting a high-level overview of the team. The big questions are: For any given week/month, what projects are being actively worked on? For those projects, what staff are assigned to them? Of the staff assigned, how much of their time is allocated? How does the allocated staff time relate to the available hours budgeted for the project? How much unallocated time is available? I'm currently tracking this in an Excel workbook with many sheets, linked cells, and filters, but it's frustrating at best. The other questions for each project (which Excel sufficiently answers but would be nice to include): What is the status? Who is the lead? What is the duration? Is the budget approved? What is the approved budget/number of hours? We are currently using Basecamp for tracking to-dos and milestones for most individual projects, as well as issue management in BitBucket for web projects, and Toggl for time-tracking, and all of them are useful for their piece of the puzzle. I've looked at many different project management platforms but none of them seem to deliver the team-level view in the way that I need. A couple of things that I've looked at come close but are too specific/limited. This will be used primarily by me as a manager and doesn't need to be a collaboration-first tool. I'm also comfortable with something that isn't super polished as long as it does what I need. Web-based is preferred but I don't care whether it's cloud hosted or self-installed. Desktop software would need to be Windows or Linux. If there is something that does this plus would serve as a Basecamp replacement, we'd consider it, though it would be harder to deploy since it would require a big change to the team's workflow. Any advice on new tools or how to extend our current ones is much appreciated.

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How should I spend my week alone in Thailand (or nearby)?I'm doing a bit of backpacking in Southeast Asia next month, hooray! My partner and I will be flying into Singapore, then spending two weeks traveling to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur, Krabi, etc. He'll fly out of Bangkok on June 1st, but I've extended my stay a week until June 8th. What shall I do? I have backpacked in Thailand once before on a longer trip years ago, including Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, along with Siem Reap/Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We'll be visiting Koh Lanta and Krabi on this trip. I'd rather see someplace new, although I guess any of those could be a fallback. I was thinking about staying in Chiang Mai, which I've never visited, but right now the heat's around 102-108 F – and with Thai humidity, that's prohibitively hot. Qualifications: someplace reasonably safe for a solo female traveler; extremely walkable but not too tiny; has cafes or a hostel with a spacious common area where I can write on an iPad for hours; not a predominately early-twenties backpacker party scene (I'm 30). I'm pretty well-traveled, but I don't have extensive solo travel experience abroad, and when I'm alone I can get overwhelmed when infrastructure is hard to figure out (multiple transfers, or a bus station is hard to find). Other than that, I'm down with villages, islands, beaches, whatever. I like hiking, taking endlessly long walks, meeting friendly people, most things. I'm also not against flying someplace nearby (like Laos?) for the week, since who knows when I'll be in the neighborhood again. ขอบคุณค่ะ!!

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VC for the people - "It's just that people who have options are much more likely to actually find success than people who don't." also btw... Swiss To Pay Basic Income 2,500 Francs Per Month To Every Adult - "A date for the vote itself is yet to be confirmed, however, it could take place before the end of this year, depending on the decision of the Swiss government." Larry Summers on forwarding the Doozer economy - "In short, a Doozer economy in which we should stop worrying about making a viable return on investment relative to the wider social benefits of that investment is probably best." The Rise of Anti-Capitalism - "THE unresolved question is, how will this economy of the future function when millions of people can make and share goods and services nearly free? The answer lies in the civil society, which consists of nonprofit organizations that attend to the things in life we make and share as a community." It's OK To Be Lazy - "I'm heavily invested in the notion that idleness, laziness, and procrastination are vital to the full flowering of human life. (If they aren't, I'm fucked.)" Developing the Developed World - Peter Thiel on getting from 0 to 1 (and then from 1 to n...) The Google X-Factor - "Process reflects: 1) optionality, 2) via negativa, 3) magnitude of correctness (not frequency), 4) financial returns will reflect a power law, and 5) extraordinary performance comes only from correct non-consensus forecasts. Chart of the Week: How metro areas drive the U.S. economy - "It probably should come as no surprise that most U.S. economic activity is concentrated in metropolitan areas. What may be surprising, and what the map above shows so clearly, is just how concentrated in a handful of big metros the U.S. economy is." Wealthiest Households Accounted for 80% of Postrecession Rise in Incomes - "A recent article by Labor Department senior economist Aaron Cobet highlights the sharp disparity between the wealthiest and poorest Americans in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 recession. 'While average income has returned to pre-recession levels, income gains have been distributed unevenly,' Mr. Cobet said. The economist mined Labor Department data to show that the top 20% of earners accounted for more than 80% of the rise in household income from 2008-2012. Income fell for the bottom 20%." "Capital" and "labour" - " 'Looking at the 21st-century economy through the filter of the Marxist categories of 'capital' and 'labor' is not particularly insightful...' 'capital' and 'labour' don't necessarily map neatly into profits and wages, nor onto 'workers' and 'capitalists'. Wages of workers and bosses can both be a share of the return on capital." Why wouldn't people want to reduce inequality? - "Why might this be? I've explored one answer to this question, which I'll term 'feedback in opinion formation.' Everyone who's ever held a microphone too close to a speaker knows what feedback is. It turns out that the same mechanism is at play in how we all form opinions, thanks to the degree to which our choices are all connected." -The Economic Case for a Universal Basic Income -Could We Afford a Universal Basic Income? -A Universal Basic Income: Conservative, Progressive, and Libertarian Perspectives

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Need some quick ideas for a romantic mini-honeymoon in the near future.My fiancé and I have set our wedding date for 5/23/15. We are going to have a nice wedding and reception so it's going to take us around a year to plan it. On the other hand, (in our case) it makes much more financial sense not to wait and just go ahead and get married. We have decided to have the best of both worlds. We are getting married THIS May 23rd, but we are just going to keep it hush hush for the most part and still have our wedding next year. (That way, we will have the same anniversary date...and who remembers the year anyway?) We are also planning to have a 3 day mini honeymoon now and then the big honeymoon to Hawaii next year. I'm looking for ideas on where to go for the mini honeymoon. (Originating in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.) Preferably a couple of hours away or more...just not too far so that it feels like all we've done is drive. We've lived here most of our lives so the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area is a little redundant. MeFites, help me plan a nice, not too expensive, mini honey moon!

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Two of these Java class names from the Spring framework are made up. One of them is real. Can you guess the real one?

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Will switching home ISPs solve my spam problems? I have my own consulting business, and work from home in the East Bay. I have one employee who also works from home, but she lives in SF. I have an issue with my outgoing email when sent from my house (but not my phone when it isn't connected to my home wifi or from my laptop when i am elsewhere): it often bounces back as having "spam content", goes into my clients' junkmail folders, or just disappears. This used to only happen with one client, so I just assumed it was the fault of their IT folks, but now it's happening a lot.I have a domain for my business with hosted exchange service through GoDaddy. Their customer service has been responsive, and after walking through a million tests/changes/etc they offered up the conclusion that the problem is being caused by my home ISP, which is Comcast (I hate Comcast). The only alternative for us, and we have searched extensively, is ATT (I hate ATT). Basically, GoDaddy says that they can tell that someone on my "node" is sending high volumes of actual spam and frequently getting reported/shut down. They claim that this gets everyone in my actual geographic area on blacklists frequently and is a known problem. Since I also have this problem (though less often) with gmail and with a test email address I set up with another web host, I am inclined to at least believe that the problem isn't on GoDaddy's end. When I spoke with Comcast they were evasive and every call I did with them ended with me being terminated while on hold waiting for a supervisor. GoDaddy claims that I can ask to be assigned to another node, but ATT won't ever let me get to that level. MY QUESTION: Would switching to another ISP (ATT) at home get me on a different "node?" Is there a particular outcome I can realistically expect? Some points for clarification: -When I say email, I mean person-to-person messages sent from Outlook or gmail. I do not have a list or send group emails or anything like that at all. Just regular 1-on-1 business interactions with people I have existing relationships with. Zero "email marketing." -I don't really understand the underlying technology here, but I have been self-employed often/long enough to know how an email setup like this ought to work. -I can sometimes get around this by not having an email signature, editing out links or removing attachments. -I am confident that I don't have any sort of malware or the like actually sending from my machine or another machine in my house. -This is driving me insane. I will take any reasonable steps to fix it.

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Digger is a classic IBM PC game from 1983 made by Windmill Software. You can play it online via HTML5, online via Java or download a version for platforms both common and obscure. More ports are on the Links page. Special bonus: the soundtrack to Digger features the 1969 Gershon Kingsley song "Popcorn", later made famous by Hot Butter in 1972. Learn all about "Popcorn" here, including this exhaustive list of hundreds of covers and remixes. Popcorn previously on MeFi (seven years ago!). The original DOS version of Digger can also be downloaded from Archive.org's Old School Emulation Center. If you want to play it you'll probably want DOSBoxunless you have a way to get the file onto an actual original IBM PC.

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New York once had a concentration of type foundries near City Hall. "What did they find so vital about this one neighborhood?"

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