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My cat who nearly died of a brain infection has been seizure-free long enough to step down on his 16.2-mg dose of phenobarbital. The vet wants me to give him 3/4 of a very small pill twice a day. The pill cutter the pharmacy gave me for this purpose is not working well.The pill cutter (similar to this one) just cuts some of the pill and renders the rest dust even if I try to line the blade up with the line on the pill and I can't seem to get an accurate cut so the dosing would not be consistent. Weirdly, the prescribing neurologist does not have a good solution to this issue. After some trial and error and a year and a half in, Eisenhower is very good about being pilled, but crushing the pill and putting it in his food is a non-starter. I worry that we would lose too much of the pill if we crushed it and tried to sweep it into a pill pocket. Putting the pill in a piece of pill pocket and putting it in his mouth works best. I have a large bottle of these pills and they are not cheap so ideally I'd like to use existing stock. If he does well enough on a 3/4 dose, I can step down next month to a 1/2 dose. Do you have any tried-and-true suggestions for a good pill cutter for small pills? Or any out-of-the box ideas to dose accurately? I want to preserve Eisie's liver but also not have him seizing due to inaccurate dosing.

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In February, 93-year-old Tom Sitter entered The Moth in Madison StorySLAM storytelling contest in Madison, Wisconsin. He told about his Valentine's Day experience in 1933, when he was in third grade. Sitter scored the competition's first-ever perfect ten. [laughter and cheers; h/t Miss Cellania]. The Moth previously.

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I'm a 39-year-old woman in a long-term (16 years) heterosexual relationship, and in the past year or so I've had a big unexplained drop in libido. I've had my hormone levels checked, which was the only test my doctor did in response to the problem, and they're normal. One big problem is that, suddenly, sex is often painful.My sex drive has not been as high as my partner's for many years, but in the past year or so it's gotten much worse (i.e., I want it much less and he wants it much more). Lubrication has become a serious issue, and recently water-based lubes have been ineffective. I switched to a silicone-based lube, which meant I had to stop using my silicone-based diaphragm and we've gone back to condoms. I don't want to take hormonal birth control. I love my partner very much, we are close and we have a child. We've had issues in our relationship that he is actively working to resolve, mostly related to his tendency towards unhappiness/depression and self-isolation. He has been working on this a lot, though, and I'm happy about it. We have made a major move in the last few years and have not made many friends in our new place. We both feel pretty isolated socially and I have also been dealing with some chronic pain issues, through which he has been incredibly supportive. He is in therapy and I did a few sessions, and I'll start again next week. I've mostly been focusing on finding things to do that I enjoy even without lots of friends like art classes, mindfulness meditation, exercise, etc. I don't know whether the problem is biological or emotional or some combination of the two. I've asked myself whether I feel like I've outgrown this relationship or something but I really really do love him and I just wish that my libido were more in line with my feelings. I've sort of run out of ideas lately and I'm tired of feeling guilty about not being able to respond to his advances. We try to have sex once a week and we're usually "successful" but it takes a couple of hours to come around and sometimes it's so painful when we start to have sex that we have to stop. We do manual stimulation and oral stimulation and stuff, but I'm not as into this as I (normally) am to good ole PIV sex. I'd like to find a way to make sex as easy as it once was (i.e., sometimes required lubrication, almost never painful, didn't take a couple hours to get it done). I welcome any and all suggestions.* *Other possibly relevant information: I don't masturbate much, he does a lot. Neither one of us are particularly into porn. He's an extremely attentive lover. We're both in decent shape physically. I do find him attractive, I just don't have much desire for sex.

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Hive, I am a 33 year old male who got married in December and on advice of our financial advisor started shopping for life insurance. I am healthy but have asthma and tried weed once. Now I received what I think is the worst rate at almost twice the price I was originally quoted. I am a 33 year old male who got married in December and have no kids. I am in great shape, workout constantly and generally in great health. However, I also have asthma and had parents that died young (one from suicide and one from cancer). In addition, I tried weed, ONCE, during my bachelor party last year (not enough to get high). I disclosed all of the above and it looks like I am going to receive the worst rate available at almost twice the amount what I was originally expecting. I haven't had the medical check-up yet but was told by our advisor that my rate would not go lower. At the rate provided looks like I will not be able to afford life insurance, specially as I have plans of becoming an entrepreneur and will have a smaller income. For those of you in the know, do you think that reapplying next year (or when I have kids or a mortgage), AND perhaps not disclosing that I tried weed once may allow me to get better insurance rates?

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I'm sick right now. My cleaning person arrives tomorrow. What items should I attack with bleach today to keep the germs away from her?Full disclosure: I've never used a cleaning service before but decided to take the plunge recently. After reading through a variety of Metafilter threads on tipping etiquette, how much tidying to do ahead of time, etc., I feel like I have a decent handle on the basics of what to expect. My first appointment is scheduled for tomorrow. However, I'm currently on day 3 of a mild yet unpleasant stomach bug. I would really like to avoid inflicting this illness on the nice person coming to clean my apartment. I'm fortunate to have insurance, paid time off, etc., but I suspect my cleaning person may not have those things. Plus, it's just good manners to not spread plague around. I'm not feeling fantastic today, but I can muster up the energy to clean a few things. I have a bleach cleanser that I could use to clean doorknobs and the toilet, which I know are usually germ vectors. I don't need my bed made or laundry done, so germs won't get passed from handling pillowcases and such. What else would be reasonable for me to do today? Also, how can I best stay out of the cleaning person's way tomorrow? If today is any indication, it's unlikely I'll be up to leaving the apartment while they're here. (Also, if the answer is just "reschedule the appointment," I'll keep that under advisement as well.)

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Our beloved neighbors were just hit with the double whammy of welcoming a new baby into the world and getting diagnosed with cancer. In addition to the new kiddo, they have two other kids, ages 3 and 6. I would like to get them some fun art supplies so they get a little attention and can have some fun (and maybe even stay occupied and out of mom and dad's hair for a minute). Problem is I'm a little clueless about what would be fun or appropriate for kids of that age.Both parents are artists and encourage creativity, so they have the basics as far as crayons and things like that. I can confirm because the eldest kiddo drew the most heartwrenchingly adorable get well card for us when my dog was diagnosed with cancer. What would be some fun, different, no-mess art supplies for kids age 3 and 6? Or would colored pencils or crayons and coloring books suffice?

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I'm planning to build a couple of tables and a laptop desk/cart loosely based on the design of these nesting tables—specifically, bases made of 1.5"x1.5" wood. The bases will be painted. Please help me choose the wood.Menards (only option available) sells 2"x2"x8' (actual dimension: 1.5"x1.5"x8') select pine boards, with square edges for about $9, which makes this project more expensive than I planned. Could I use either of the following instead? 2"x3" studs, ripped down to 1.5"x1.5". Assuming I know how to choose the best wood from the available studs, am I likely to find the quality I need among this stock? (Note: I want the edges squared, not rounded like a typical 2"x2".) 3/4" "premium ACX" plywood, ripped into 1.5" strips, then glued back-to-back to make ~1.5"x1.5" boards, with woodfill on exposed edges. (As I mentioned, this will be painted.) If I use anything other than plywood, is it necessary to let the wood acclimate before using it for this project? If so, for how long? Other comments and advice (e.g., if the plywood option is feasible, what would I use to join the corners?) appreciated.

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My pet project is and illustrated cook book for climbers. It's almost finished, but I can't figure out how much effort I should put into the *not fun* process of marketing it. And if it makes sense to start a kickstarter or not? How did you decide how much effort to put into your pet project? Internal debate inside.---- I've been drawing recipes occasionally in the past years. And instead of starting a new creatve project, I decided last January that I should finish one first - which meant: publishing my climber cook book. (See:www.cooking-for-climbers.com) So the last months I've been cleaning it all up: the drawings, the recipes, adding measurements in both cups and grams. all of that. And now it's time to think about how to bring it into the world. I initially thought I should start a kickstarter, for the added promotional options. But then I discovered that mailing the book to the US (the largest possible market) is 6.5 euros And the book should cost about 15euros itself, if I calculate the printing costs. (I want to print it on laminated cards, so that it will survive camping trips). And then there are the costs for kickstarter - so really it'll realistically ends up with a €22.50 or $24 book. And I'm not sure there'd be a market for it. I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth the effort. - I really enjoyed making the drawings, and seeing it become better. and generally excited about the outcome - I like the idea of the book spreading beyond the 50 climbers in my climbing gym - I don't really like all the extra work (building a site, getting the paypal figured out), because it is such a time suck, and the work is not much fun.. - I know I won't make any money on it. - Which is fine, but I don't want to give myself another week of 'work' with little chance of success. - I'm worried the $24 is too expensive.. How do you (or should I) decide how much effort to put into your (my) pet project? The alternative is just throwing a launch party at my gym, and selling it to friends&family.

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Graham Isadore writes: "Earlier this month I decided to live a week as Ian Mackaye. I wanted to see what I could learn by emulating my hero. What I discovered is that most people don't know who Ian Mackaye is."

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I'm a highschool teacher. One of my students will be celebrating a large quinceañera in a couple days. I don't know her family, but her parents sent me a formal invitation. The student is really excited to invite me and I'm fairly certain she would feel hurt or disapointed if I don't stop by. I'd like to at least stop by and meet her parents, but I'm uncertain if this is "weird" or overstepping professional boundaries.Part of why I'm confused is because I've never attended a quinceañera and unsure if this is normal im terms of cultural expectations. I learned a bit about what a quinceañera is during Spanish courses. I know it an extremely important rite of passage and usually large formal, community oriented celebrations. I would not attend a students birthday party but I understand this is different. The student in question is very bright and mature, and a pleasure to have in class. She looks up to me as a teacher. She does not have a crush on me or has ever crossed any inappropriate boundaries. Again, since I'm largely ignorant of the cultural norms and only met her parents briefly during open house...I'm not sure whether the invitation was out of politeness or if they actually would like me to pay my respects. Is it professionally inappropriate or socially awkward to meet her family and congratulate them for having raised a superlative daughter? Or should I tactfully decline? If I do attend, (beyond dressing formally), what should I expect/ be aware of? Do I bring a card or small gift? I want to learn more about the culture of my students. Any advice would help me stop overthinking this!

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The correct way to play Pac Man, of course, is to consume as much as possible while running from the ghosts that relentlessly pursue you. This was a valuable early lesson in what it means to be an American.

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On the Turing Completeness of PowerPoint (SLYT)

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I got bitten by a dog. Pretty good puncture wounds, definitely not a rabid dog. Doc friends are predicting augmentin. Already did alcohol and bacitracin. Would love not to go to my primary tomorrow.I don't know how to post a pic, but it's bloody and bruised. It hurts but not swelling or pulsing. I had three tetanus shots in 2013-2014 and have cleaned it and anti-b cream. There's no disagreement among medical professionals that I need to see a doctor, right? Bergh. Let the owner walk away because I thought it was her paw that got me, but she was clearly not rabid. No other info about the dog except that she was not well-trained but well cared-for.

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My dog ate a discarded piece of very well-chewed spearmint "Ice Cubes" gum. Is he in danger?I read that xylitol is very toxic to dogs. then I read that it's not that big a deal. My dog is about 60 lbs. Should I take him to the emergency vet? It's midnight here and I do not know what to do.

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Can anyone suggest a laptop for an incoming college Freshman this fall, under $1000, no gaming? Also, any advice on how to shop for this is much appreciated!I wish it could be a Mac, because I will be supporting it via telephone, but I think the price limit dictates that it run Windows. It's not for really demanding use (like gaming or engineering or heavy photo/design work), but it does need to last all four years. A touchscreen isn't a big deal. SSDs are standard now. It looks like a Sky Lake(??) CPU is within the budget? How much RAM do I need to run Windows 10? I am a .edu IT guy but we use all Macs at home, and I haven't bought a Windows laptop...ever? So I don't even really know how to spec one: I am used to pricing out SPARC servers and stuff. Any rules of thumb for shopping here would be humbly and gratefully received. Thank you!

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Catching an early (0600) flight from PDX to OAK next week and would like to kill an extra hour or several en route to our hotel in Healdsburg. Suggestions on interesting sights or spots to see along the way would be appreciated.

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I'm taking a trip to Chicago and considering going to Spoon Thai for lunch on Monday. Their full menu looks fabulous, but at the bottom, there's a "Lunch Special" listed, with some appetizers + entrees that are much less appealing to me. I would like to know if that's just a particular deal that's offered for lunch, or if those are the only options available for lunch.Basically I'm interested in things like the Nam Kao Tod and the Banana Blossom salad, and I will give the place a pass if the only options are things like Pad Thai and Crab Rangoon.

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A fundamental change to the history of World War II in Marvel Comics "Secret Empire #0 reveals a flip on that narrative. As we're to understand it now, in the "true" history of the Marvel Universe, the Allies actually lost World War II. The only reason no one remembers this is because the Allies used a Cosmic Cube to change reality, warping it into a false history where they won and Captain America was always the Sentinel of Liberty and representative of the American dream." (previously on MeFi, when diversity was blamed for the poor sales)

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I am about to do a series of interviews where I need excellent audio quality in a highly portable format--preferably with stuff I already own. Will the following set up work?We're an Apple household. In addition to a 2012 iMac and a 2012 Macbook Pro, I have an iPhone 5s, a 1st gen iPad mini, and an iPad Air 2. I also have this Blue Yeti USB mic, which I have happily used with my Macs for recording educational videos and conducting video conferences. This summer, I am going to be conducting a series of interviews to put together an oral history of a dying religious sect. Some of the people I will talk to are now quite elderly, and we will be in their houses and retirement communities. So, basically: I would like to get clear recordings of people whose voices may be quite frail, and because I'm on a tight budget, I would like to do it with equipment I already have. I could set up my MacBook and the Blue Yeti mic, and I know that would work fine. But I would like to have a more flexible setup that doesn't take up as much space. What I want to know is: can I hook the Blue Yeti mic up to my iPhone or an iPad and get similar good results? This post on LifeHacker says a powered USB Hub will do with trick. Is that right? (It seems to me that I could easily power my phone and the mic that way, but I'm skeptical that the phone will receive audio input from the microphone.) If that's actually possible, will this one work? Or is there a better solution I'm not thinking of?

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A Mind Is Born is a C64 demo with a driving hypnotic soundtrack. The program is 256 bytes long. How it works: A Mind Is Born

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I'm dealing with some ugh side effects with Minocycline for some dermatitis on my face. Side effects include almost crippling dizziness and woozy tummy. But it's early days - help me sort the options.I have some dermatitis that flared up when I was using topical steroids to get rid of some eczema. I was prescribed (at my request actually) minocycline, which I've taken in the past. I've never enjoyed this medication. You have to take it with a lot of water, you can't lie down, and I can't take my mineral vitamin supplements. I take it with food or else it will make me very nauseated. The last time I used the medication was in 2014 and I remember thinking, "Ugh, I'm not doing this again" because the side effects were more pronounced: queasy, and now dizzy. But it works for the skin - it has worked every time. Part of me wants to push through. What has your experience been, if you've been on this medication and experienced dizziness and queasiness? Did you take gravol or dramamine for the dizzies? Is taking anti-nausea medication regularly for the course of medication (60 days) dangerous? Should I just ask for a different medication altogether? Should I talk to a pharmacist about this (or solutions) or my family doctor? Thanks guys!

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I use Android. I paid for a premium version of TuneIn, the podcast app. Now I'm trying to access the first season of Coffee Break French and can't access anything but the most recent episodes. Is there a way to access *all* episodes? BeyondPod, which is free, does this with no problem, so I know that these episodes do exist. Is there something I'm missing in TuneIn?

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I'm leaving NYC b/c of lack of good mental health services for those on Medicaid. Is there a ranking of which states have the best mental health Medicaid services? Any personal experience you can share would be great too. I'm specifically looking for EMDR and DBT.

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My Life As a Failed Artist by Jerry Saltz [previously on mefi]. "I miss art terribly. I've never really talked about my work to anyone. In my writing, I've occasionally mentioned bygone times of once being an artist, usually laughingly. Whenever I think of that time, I feel stabs of regret. But once I quit, I quit; I never made art again and never even looked at the work I had made. Until last month..."

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Jesus, I feel like I'm living in 1968. Suggestions please.We run a gay humor website that happens to feature full frontal nudity (nothing hardcore tho, etc.) We want to release a POD book that includes our most popular photographic content but can't find a POD company that allows for nudity. Any suggestions? Thanks Hive.

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