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I typed a bad PDF name, and the download failed. Now every time I load Firefox, it tries to download the file again, and it fails again. How do I get the file name out of the "to do" list?

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I won't be attending San Diego Comic Con this weekend, but I do live within a reasonable walk of the convention center. Do enough people wear impressive costumes to this event that it's worthwhile to just hang around outside the convention center to people-watch? If so, are there any especially good times and places for this?

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Is it possible to set an importance flag on my email using the standard Android mail app?I'm connecting with my Outlook corporate email via the standard Android email app. Is there anywhere I can set a priority on the email - the High Importance and Low Importance flags in Outlook? I'm *positive* this was possible in past versions of Android, but I'm not seeing it anywhere as an option. This is on a Moto X, running Android 4.4.2 (KitKat).

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How do I know I've taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously?I'm working toward becoming a technical communicator, preferably in computer-related subjects, mostly Internet and software. Currently, I'm building a portfolio of sample documentation (eg: explaining a complicated technical subject in 10ish pages, a how-to guide, etc). I have no experience with the software a typical technical communicator would use, such as FrameMaker or Adobe Acrobat. (However, I intend to learn in my free time.) I *have* written various documents at my job in nuclear power. Here are some examples: Wrote daily articles on radiological safety for Outage newsletter (6 days a week for 3 months) Assembled Powerpoint presentation with pictures and explanations of how portable water heater benefited the site's boric acid program. Contributed to Dosimetry Investigation Project. Conducted Outage investigations and wrote Condition Reports for Electronic Alarming Dosimeter (EAD) alarms, lost or broken EADs, and Personnel Contamination Events (PCE). Wrote roll-up report for PCEs (41 pages of data analysis with graphs) and EAD alarms (15 pages of data analysis with graphs). Wrote White Paper on Apparent Cause Evaluation (ACE). Searched Condition Report database to reconstruct department issues and identify apparent causes and contributing causes. Edited ALARA business plan content and inserted graphics based on department data. Revised reports for clarity and grammatical correctness. Edited and formatted department Policy. Took and edited meeting minutes. Composed department memos. Note: My Bachelors and Masters are both in English. I'm in the United States. Could I find a paying in-house job in technical writing using only this work experience? I'm guessing the answer is 'no,' but I'd still appreciate the confirmation. With that said, which software would be best to know, and how in-depth? How do I know I've taught myself enough for employers to take me seriously? I don't want to delay unnecessarily. What I really need is a list of tasks I should be able to perform with the various software. Perhaps there's something useful floating around online? On an unrelated note, I'm definitely going to join the STC but want to have my portfolio ready and at least rudimentary knowledge of some software. This way, I have something to show people I'm networking with. Thank you for guiding me on the latest leg of my technical writing journey.

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"The Soup" host Joel McHale takes a classic 1959 Ford Skyliner to new heights with "Veep" star Tony Hale. Comedians in Cars Getting Cocaine.

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I am trying to get a start in the information systems field, but I am having a crisis of confidence. Snowflakes.Please tell me what I need to do, keeping my circumstances in mind: I am 38, have social anxiety, few connections to the community, very little money, and am currently living in a rural area far from any major city with a decent number of job opportunities, namely the Syracuse / Utica area of central New York. I have almost completed a bachelor's in computer information systems. To graduate, I need to do an information system project for an external organization. Here's the project description, paraphrased from the syllabus: [Students should use their personal network of contacts to find a real-world project in the public or private sector. Projects should focus on one aspect of Computer Information Systems such as systems analysis and design, database management, project management, expert systems, or management of information systems. Project management is an integral part, including a proposal that includes scope, milestones, and deliverables.] I am having a hard time figuring out how to approach businesses and non profits to find a project to do. I got a 4.0 gpa in my classes so far, but do not have much real world database experience. I did work with excel and VBA a lot in my last couple of jobs. I'm having trouble being confident in the value proposition that I offer. My interests are Microsoft SQL Server, data warehousing, data analysis, business intelligence, and database development, not so much being a database administrator. I am working through some SQL Server books, and I intend to work on the microsoft sql server certifications. I need to find something asap though, money is getting to be a pressing need. So with all that in mind, how do I find a company/organization that has an appropriate project that they need done, and convince them to let me do it? It being a paid position is not absolutely necessary, but would help a lot.

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I have NEVER had my hair professionally cut or styled. It's way past time, but (like many things in life) the longer I wait, the harder it is. I also have a very long list of special requests. What should I do in order to have hair I love again?Get comfortable: grab some coffee or whatever. This is going to take a while. Me: Mid-30s, tall, overweight, brimming with anxiety and self-doubt. My hair, past: Always long. Previously shinier and thicker than now, maybe due to a past health issue. I'm used to my long hair being my one point of vanity, and I used to wear it down all the time. My hair, current: I live in a really hot part of California and I'm always too hot in certain classrooms or on a hike, so my hair spends most of its time in a basic, boring, unflattering chignon. I typically wash it at night and braid it to increase its waviness and body. I have a few white strands, but they haven't significantly affected anything yet. I have no idea what my hair looks like or does if it's shorter than mid-back. (I'd be thrilled if it were curly.) I would love to wear it down more often. Current photos: bun from the front, photo from a couple years ago--after braiding the night before, best photo I could take by myself of how it looks just now, having washed it this morning and air-dried it (no braid). this is what's going on under the outer layers. My hair, future: Don't know. I can tell you this, though. MUST HAVE: - the ability to get it completely off my face and neck so that I don't die of heatstroke - the ability to get it gathered together at night (I have to use headgear at night--I guess short enough not to matter would also work) DO NOT WANT: - to have to go back to the stylist frequently - to use products - I'm allergic to everything and chronically sleep-deprived during the school year, so while I know there are always some people who say "wash and wear isn't a thing!" -- it MUST be wash and wear. No products for daily wear, no blow drying, no curling irons! If you're going to say "can't be done," please do not comment, because this is not helpful. - hair in my eyes :( Hair I like: I suspect that what I think looks attractive on women (e.g., bangs) probably doesn't look good on me. I don't think I want short hair or bangs, but I'm willing to hear arguments. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...I dunno. Caveat: I'm so scared of going to a salon, because it's bizarre to be my age and have never gone to one. (I have reasons, but...it's time to move past them.) How do I find a salon that won't induce a migraine immediately just from the smells, will take time to help me find something I won't regret, won't just try to sell stuff to me, and won't just cut all my hair off? When I think about this, my anxiety levels go off the charts and I start eyeing DIY Long Layers videos. Eek! Addendum: I write and teach college, so I don't have to worry about whether my hair is "professional." I have a plan for crazy color as a reward to myself when I finish this writing project, in fact. I would really appreciate - specific cuts that you think would work well - specific salon and stylist names and advice for going there/what to expect (I live in the east east East SF Bay and realize I'll probably have to travel to another city) - someone to go with me to the salon Help!

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Recently there is this family brings their super noisy kids(about 5-6) to run and scream on the street infront of my apartment everyday from 6pm-10pm. The street is in a quite neighborhood, there are families, but I never hear or saw a single kids making such noise outside of there home on the street. One day I went down and talked to the parent and kids, that they shouldn't make noise like this, but they didn't listen and was quite rude, both the parent and the unruling kids. I really can't take this, it's extremly noisy, the screaming can't be stopped by closing my windows and putting on earplugs, not to mention it's hot summer that I need a little bit of breeze and peace in the evening at home. What Can I do? this is in NYC, is there any code for noisy street kids? thanks!

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While continuing a very lengthy house hunting process, we're staying with my parents and their 11 year old lab. The lab is a sweet dog, and I love her, but I'm having trouble dealing with her lack of bowel control, and us staying in the house seems to be making it worse. Has anyone dealt with this before?Normally, when we are not staying here, the dog gets walked in the early morning and in the evening and late night by my parents, and they have a dog walker come by during the day to take her out once as well. So, usually a total of 4 short walks per day. About a year ago, my parents started having to keep her in the crate overnight, because otherwise she would leave surprises around the house during the nighttime hours. Since starting the crating overnight, she has generally been good with this arrangement except in unusual circumstances, like being left home alone for a long time. Since we've moved in, she has pooped on the floor quite a few times. We're not really sure why. We've been living here for 3 weeks and the situation has not improved. It's in circumstances like two days ago, I came home and let her out for 2 minutes, but wasn't going to take her for a full walk for a half hour until my daughter came home because I knew she had been for a walk about 4-5 hours previously. She pooped on the floor in the interim. Today, I took her out for a substantial walk when I got home, and about a half hour later, while my daughter and I were playing together, I heard her whine. I thought it was because I had locked her out with the baby gate (she doesn't like being excluded), but she was still covered in mud from the walk. When I looked out, she had pooped on the front hall mat. This is becoming really frustrating having to clean up poop all the time. She definitely knows she shouldn't be doing this, after it happens she skulks around with her tail between her legs and gives me sad doggie eyes. Other relevant info: - She was just at the vet and had lab work done and the only thing noted was that she had lost too much weight (she is looking a little skin and bones lately). The amount of food was increased from a fraction of a bowl once daily to a full bowl daily about 2 weeks ago, she also regularly eats random food scraps that are leftovers, but that is nothing new. She has a stomach of steel and can ingest all sorts of inedible objects. - She seems to have had an ongoing problem with poor pooping awareness, coinciding with the random pooping around the house at night thing. Like, she'll be running up the road and just go while she's running, and hardly stop. This has been the case for at least several years and we just often have to swat poop off the roadside into the woods. Any ideas on how we can fix this? Different kind of food? Is there a way to improve pooping awareness? We could try taking her out a lot more frequently ( there is usually someone home) but that will be annoying with a 1 and a half year old who thinks she needs to hold the leash at all times. Did this happen to your dog and was there a specific reason for it? She's 11 years old but is otherwise a young 11 and has no other health problems other than arthritis, and she can still frolic and go for miles-long runs/bike rides like it's no thing.

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A Church Divided Over Marriage Equality The Church's rules against homosexuality have divided Methodists for forty years. Attempts to abolish or even soften these rules have failed at every General Conference, the quadrennial meeting of the denomination, since they were first added, in 1972, to the Book of Discipline, which contains the Church's laws and doctrine. "And They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love" "Methodists should call meeting on gay divide, pastor says" "Ranks of defiant United Methodist clergy rise" "Defrocking of Minister Widens Split Over Gays"

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Why Silicon Valley Needs The Coder Grrrls Of Double Union, The Feminist Hacker Space The lack of women in the tech world isn't just a pipeline problem--it's one of rampant sexism. Enter the haven of Double Union. Like many area hacker spaces, Double Union offers a place for people to use and learn technical skills, charging a sliding scale fee between $10 and $50 a month. What differentiates DU from the dozen or so other Bay Area hacker spaces is that it exists specifically and exclusively for people who identify as both women and feminists. (That includes trans women. "Not all women have uteri, or xx chromosomes," reads the DU website.) Double Union wants to provide a safe place for women to try things--and potentially fail--and then dust themselves off and try again, no judgment. "It was hilariously radical just to make it," Greenhall says of Double Union. "To have a space for women, and to have a space that you know, wasn't like the Lean In style--just explicitly saying it was a feminist space."

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On my deck, right out my back door, is a small square bench that until recently had a flower pot sitting on it. The flower pot was recently tossed (about a week ago) and last evening, I noticed there were quite a few bees? wasps? in that area of of the deck. Today, it became clear they have MOVED IN.I think they are building a hive on the underside of the bench. I went down to the ground, and looked up at it, and I can see something sticky and grey and blobby looking, although very small, stuck to the bottom, crawling with wasps. I would say there are 10? 15? 20? I'm not sure. TOO MANY. How do I get rid of this thing, safely, and fast? It's moveable, but I'm scared to move it. I have guests coming Friday night. The guests will bring two very small children who need to be able to enjoy the deck and the yard, so speed is important. Can I do this myself? Do I need to call some kind of exterminator super fast? If I pick up the hose, set it on JET, walk a distance away, and spray the crap out of my bench, and then run the hell away, will they know who to turn on? Maybe there's some kind of poison? We have three cats, and they go outdoors in the evenings. I don't want to do anything that would endanger them, or any other neighborhood cats. I need them all gone, super fast. How do I do this without immense amounts of pain? Will it require me to set the bench on fire? (my house mate is against this, she likes the bench as seating)

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I have a friend i've known for almost 6 years now and recently we started taking weekend trips to a comic convention every March since we only see each other twice a year. She's invited someone she's friends with and her 3 year old daughter to come with us, i've never met her and i really don't want to spend my weekend with someone's fussy 3 year old. How do you handle something like this?The convention isn't until March so she very well could changer her mind about the whole thing or something could come up but my friend seems pretty certain she's going to go with us. If someone new comes into the picture i can't be myself around them until i get to know them, so i probably will be really quiet the whole time if she comes. I don't want to be at the convention, her daughter get fussy, tired, and bored after an hour and want to leave. She probably goes to bed early too, we don't and what if she can't sleep because she's somewhere new? I just don't know how to deal with all of this. My brain keeps wondering what if this happens, or what if this. Maybe i'm being mean about all this but, i did book the hotel and got everything all set so we'd have one close enough to the convention and maybe it's because i don't have my own kid but i guess i don't understand why you'd bring a 3 year old to a comic con.

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My mentor and his wife are visiting my city and I would like to take them out for an exceptional meal as a gesture of gratitude for all their help. I'd like it to feel hip and trendy but not so noisy that you can't hear anything. They are both in their late 60s and meat-eaters. What downtown /Yorkville restaurant will really knock their socks off? I want them to feel as if they've been somewhere special.I am also looking at reviews on BlogTO, NOW, Zagat, etc... but thought I would ask here too. I don't have a clue!

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Rethink Homelessness asked a bunch of homeless people from Orlando to write down something about themselves that people who walk by them wouldn't otherwise know.

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I saw this object on a table outside a thrift shop in a small town in eastern Washington State, US. It is about 3 feet long and made out of hard plastic. It was selling for about $100 and was gone by later that day. What is it? Full view, Left side, Right side. A working theory is that it has something to do with some kind of crafting activity, possibly quilting.

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"Ancora Tu" is an Italian phrase roughly translating to "You Again". It's also the name of a classic 1976 pop song by Lucio Battisti and Mogol. In 1979 Battisti recorded an English language version called "Baby It's You". Also in 1979, conceptual artist Colette Justine released her own English semi-cover/reimagining, "Still You", under the name Justine & the Victorian Punks (recently reissued). Now here in 2014, Róisín Murphy has put out her own version of the Italian original, as one of six songs on her all-Italian EP, "Mi Senti" (streaming here). Other versions were recorded by Mina (1978), Marcella Bella (1983), Paola Turci (1993), Cristiano Malgioglio & Maria Schneider (1996), The Married Monk (2001), and 4 Fiori per Zoe (2005), plus a lot of others not online!

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I have talked to a couple of Comcast users and none of them/us can access This site. I have no problem accessing it outside of comcast network.

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inside Sun Noodle, the secret weapon of america's best ramen shops — 29 ramen shops serving sun noodles across the US but, have we taken ramen too far? is Momofuku's Hozon ramen NYC's best ramen? (yes)

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I started dating my girlfriend six months ago. Since that time, I have gradually taken more of my stimulant medication than prescribed. I have told her on multiple occasions about the overuse of my stimulant medication and that recently it had gotten worse. Earlier tonight she told me that she is starting to distance herself from me and that she needs some extra space to protect herself [from being around someone with addictive behavior]. Her brother had a drug problem and she understands how emotionally draining it can be to have an addict in her life. What is the mature thing to do in this situation? Do I wait for her to potentially break up with me? Do I ask her for a break while I work on things? Do I just want to ask for a break to save myself from the pain of her breaking up with me first? I love her and I want her to be a part of my life but I don't want her to be consumed by my addiction while I get help. Please help.

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My friend's Dad died earlier this year, and she's working through it. She wants to find a good grief support group in New York, preferably in lower Manhattan or Brooklyn. She works a lot, and the few she knows about meet in times when she just can't go.Do any MeFites know of a good group? Or of a good resource for finding a good group? Google suggested a site called Griefshare, but I guess I'm wondering if there's a better filter for finding a group that she'd feel at home in.

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My family and I are planning a trip to Hawaii, but we don't know where to even start. Family of four; two adults, two kids who will be 4 and 1.5. We're total Hawaii newbies. We don't even know which island to visit.We know we probably want a condo or similar, because staying in a hotel with small kids and having to get dressed for breakfast sucks. We are not resort people. When we travel, we enjoy: eating food, walking/hiking, lazing around reading, swimming/wading/snorkeling if possible. My spouse and I have tended to be backpacking/hosteling type travelers, but that's more challenging with kids. I'm leaning towards Kauai, just for the hiking, but I'm open. Which island do you suggest? What part of that island? Where can we get super delicious food? Any specific recommendations for Hawaii with kids? Is VRBO the best place to look for a condo/apartment? I've looked at the similar question asked on AskMe in the past, but I still feel a bit at sea.

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I am just a couple weeks from receiving my bachelor's degree, and thanks to my college career counselor I feel like I now know what I'm doing when it comes to resumes, cover letters, and the interview process. I'm applying for an administrative/HR position, and the company's online application has be concerned that I don't look like as good a candidate. Should I mail the resume/cover letter in, or deliver it personally, and ignore the online app?The bits that have made me pause so far: There is no place to insert a cover letter; only a resume (okay, I thought, I'll just combine them into a single two-page file). They then wanted to know my address (something I have not wanted to include on my resumes because I don't want to be turned down due to needing to relocate). Also, they asked about travel and offered a dropdown menu, wherein my actual answer (I'm open to travel, but it isn't necessary) is not one of the options or close to one of the offered options. Now, I've reached a page that is asking me to click one option on a bulleted list of salary requirements - I don't want to talk salary until I've got an offer, first of all, and secondly the range I think is reasonable is right between two of their options, meaning I may be either undervaluing myself or pricing myself out. Finally, the ad states they want administrative experience, which I have plenty of, but the application asks for HR-specific experience, which I do not have - but I am confident my experience carries over perfectly well. I don't want to answer "none," but I also don't want to lie. There don't seem to be many good options here. As I feel it likely that these sorts of problems will come up again if/when I fill out another similar form, I figured I'd get the opinion of some others who have been doing this longer than I have. Should I go ahead and fill out the application as-is, and hope for the best? Or turn in my high-quality resume and cover letter directly to the office, and only fill out the online app if I'm specifically told to do so? Thanks in advance!

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I have this super-secret yet super-awesome Super-Quantizer program thingie that does cool things to music. For various reasons the words "Platonic score" are always used in my mind and in the code so I was hoping to carry that tradition on in naming that aspect of the project with something in Ancient Greek.I'm working on this big, big, super-big, music project that is in too early of a stage to announce here. At the heart of it is some software that takes an initial music file, the "Platonic score" and does things to it. That part of the project, what I call the "Platonic Music Engine", is coming along very nicely (especially given that I am a composer and not a programmer). When the project goes live I will release the Platonic Music Engine (GPL) as I think it might be useful and/or interesting to others. But I need to come with a cool name, which is where y'all come in. "Platonic score" has always been part of the project (1.5 years in pre-production) and so I really want something about Plato to remain in the final Ancient Greek title. Either his name or "Ideal" or both. And then something about music and maybe even engine. At it's simplist if anyone could translate "Platonic music engine" or "Ideal music engine" into grammatically correct Ancient Greek that would be awesome. If someone can come up with a more clever name, in Ancient Greek, then that would be awesomer. And if you can supply a pronunciation guide for it (IPA or whatever) that would be very helpful (I know that it would be speculative but something ballparky would be nice.) If I use your suggestion then you (your real name, Metafilter name, or just "anonymous Metafilter user") will be mentioned in the Acknowledgments (I'm a very poor starving artist so that's the best I can do.) Thanks one'n'all!

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Which sport are you physically most suited for? Find out with some help from the BBC!

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