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What are the best services currently for print on demand t-shirts? This would be for a low volume of orders that people can order directly from the printer using my design.

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I am doing a class project for which I need to create a high-fidelity prototype of a mobile app idea. The final assignment in the class is going to be user testing of the prototype. What I'm looking for is a prototyping tool which will allow me to easily create screens with native iPhone widgets. It needs to be high-fidelity and as interactive as possible. And it needs to be accessible on the web. What are the tools that you use? My full requirements are within.Requirements/preferences: - Must produce a prototype that is available on the web (in a desktop browser) and interactive. - Must be able to produce high-fidelity images, not just wireframes. Balsamiq is not enough. - Must provide images of native iPhone 7 widgets such as buttons, date pickers, alerts, etc. These don't have to be fully interactive, i.e. you don't have to be able to change the date and then have it be automatically reflected other places in the prototype. These can be third-party libraries if they're easy to include. - Must not require back-end programming. - Must be quick to learn and easy to use - I am not now nor have ever been an app developer, the point of the class is the interaction design and user testing. - Nice to have: Be able to produce something you can download to a phone and run fullscreen. - Nice to have: Free, free trial of at least 30 days, or low-cost and easily canceled. It's possible that I will not have another reason to use the tool later, so I don't want to invest a lot. Is this a total unicorn? I have looked at Axure (seems to be a lot to learn for one class project), WebFlow (no widgets, is built for responsive websites rather than apps), InVision and MarvelApp (looks like you create screens in PSD or whatever and the service just links them, so no built-in widgets), FluidUI (only ten screens in the free version), PhoneGap (requires SDK and programming), and others. It seems like my best bet might be to use the free PSD file with all of the widget images, create the screens as images, then use InVision or the like to link them. But I'm hoping for a bit more.

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Russia bans apples from Poland due to health regulation violations. Ukrainian cornmeal and McDonalds are also on the hit list. Russia has a pattern of banning the products of countries it has disputes with — under the guise of sanitary violations — in order to impose political pressure. It banned Georgian wine and mineral water just before the 2008 war and last year it blocked the import of chocolates made by the company of Petro Poroshenko, a pro-Western politician who is now Ukraine's president. Earlier this month it prohibited Moldovan fruit after the country signed an association agreement with the EU. Russia Bans Polish Apples Poles respond to ban with twitter campaign Russia takes McDonalds to court to ban the Big Mac

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Putting on a brave face. It isn't easy to do without, but to do without while giving the impression that little has changed offers necessary courage to one living in an otherwise terrifying situation. Women had no power over the volatile state of the world, and after conscription was introduced, they also lost control over which jobs they held and where these jobs took them; if they could succeed in appearing strong and unruffled on the outside, perhaps on the inside they might also feel capable of succeeding in the midst of the uncertainty that had become their lives

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Jane Byrne was the first, and, so far, only, female mayor of Chicago, serving from 1979-1983. A few moments from her term as mayor: She allowed a SWAT team invade Daley Plaza in order to chase down two bluesmen intent on paying an overdue tax bill. She passed an executive order outlawing discrimination against gays & lesbians in city jobs & services (paywalled link) and is credited as the first Chicago mayor to participate in Pride. She and her husband briefly moved into the Cabrini-Green housing project. It was not well-received. She hedged on a deal with the Chicago Firefighters Union, leading to a 23-day firefighters strike. (PDF link) She again feuded with the Fire Department over their handling of "Spider" Dan Goodwin's attempt to climb the John Hancock Building. Jane Byrne, 80, still lives in Chicago. This week, the Chicago City Council announced they will name a park in her honor. Bonus: 1983 Mayoral Primary debate between Byrne, Washington and Richard M. Daley.

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My mom's IRAs went to my dad. My dad put me down as beneficiary on all accounts yet bank is saying that there are no beneficiaries listed. I was there when all paperwork was signed.My mom passed away in 2012 and any IRAs that were hers or had her name on as beneficiary went to my dad. My dad and I went to the bank to change all of this over and I know there was no way that zero beneficiary was given. I am an only child and any paperwork that had to take my mom's name off was changed to my dad and then myself as beneficiary (then my 5 year old son as last resort beneficiary). My dad passed away Oct 2013. He had a will and a trust leaving me everything. I just got around to taking care of the IRAs he had and BOA just told me that no beneficiary was listed. I'm having a hard time believing that since I was there and I know my dad had all beneficiaries as me. I'm at a loss on what to do. BOA just sent over the will and paperwork stating to stop all distributions since my dad has passed away but are insisting that there was no beneficiary listed. I wanted to roll this over into an inherited IRA and avoid the tax hit but the BOA rep said that I won't be allowed to change anything since there was no beneficiary. I'm pissed that this happened because I know all bank paperwork was set up as my dad as primary and me as beneficiary. I was with him when this paperwork was filled out. BOA said the case will close Oct 7 (close to the allotted year after death stretch). From my last paperwork of the IRA it said it could take 45 days to get the process rolling. Any ideas on how to handle this one?

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I have these glasses wipes that I *love* (Flents Wipe 'n Clear). I used them to clean my old glasses with anti-glare coating all the time and never suffered any ill effects. Is it safe to use them on my new glasses?I have a new pair of glasses with standard poly anti-glare lenses from Lenscrafters. (I have no idea what my old glasses were made of - they're 5 years old. But I do know they had an anti-glare coating!) I know, I know, the box says check with your Optician before use. I did! But I mostly got a confused shrug and a "Why don't you buy our wipes?" sales pitch, which, no thanks. Spray-on cleaner + microfiber cloth works OK, but I often get other gunk on my glasses (hair spray, etc.) that combo just doesn't clean. It's also a pain to carry around in my purse. The ingredients for the wipes are: water, isopropyl alcohol, and detergent. Is there any reason to think these wipes would be harmful to my new glasses when they weren't on my old ones? Should I risk it? Is there something that works just as well AND is just as portable as these wipes that I should try?

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VanillaReview.com provides reviews of online vanilla bean sources. If you want to give homemade vanilla extract to your friends and family this Giftmas, now's the time to get started. But don't stop there -- you can also learn about vanilla frost, vanilla bean grading, vanilla growing, and even vanilla tattoos, which are used to prevent vanilla rustling. Vanilla is available from online retailers for significantly better prices -- and with significantly better quality. However, the quality of online vendors can vary significantly.

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On the 25th of May, 2014, Martin Sonneborn of Die PARTEI became the first member of his party to enter the EU parliament. Currently using the slogan, "Inhalte überwunden" or "Overcome substance", the Partei für Arbeit, Rechtstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative (Party for Labour, Rule of Law, Animal Protection, Promotion of Elites and Grassroots Initiatives) was founded in 2004 by the staff of Titanic, a satire magizine. With the position, "Europe, we don't really care" (Europa ist uns egal) and the motto, "Ja zu Europa, Nein zu Europa", die PARTEI barely campaigned in the EU elections, nontheless receiving 0.9% of the vote and their first seat. Recent highlights: From the 2013 federal election, their iDemo before the Brandenburg Gate, where they parroted, per their claims of being a content-free populist party, slogans sent to them over the internet in real time. Their ad spot on family politics, 2013 (NSFW, but German not required)

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Inside the Internet's Craziest Destination for Blogger Hate "I just like to point and laugh at the absurdity of personal blogging as a career," A. continues. "I mean, people quit well-paying jobs to become personal bloggers. They get book deals so they can put their ramblings in print. They make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year through sponsorships and partnerships. It's all so insane to me, and my only motive is to point, shrug and go, 'WTF?'" GOMI

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A collection of 53 black and white photographs that have been colorized. They include portraits of the famous (Eistein, Darwin, Louis Armstrong, Mark Twain) and shots of daily life (a car crash in 1921 Washington, Times Square, WWII soldiers with artillery shell "easter eggs," Saumrai doing archery training).

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If the true measure of an ad's popularity is the afterlife it enjoys through parody and satire, then this 1989 LifeCall ad — featuring Mrs. Fletcher and her infamous line, "I've fallen and I can't get up!" — may be the best-loved commercial of all time.

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Hobbes Ginsberg is a 20-year-old photographer from Los Angeles who takes gorgeous, color saturated, studio composed photographs of herself and others, most often her girlfriend Chloe (NSFW). Buy her photozine, see photos from an exhibition, or read her text blog. Hobbes Ginsberg identifies as "feminine/not a boy" and uses the pronouns she/they.

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I'm going to be traveling to Romania later this year for business, and I'm a little nervous about its proximity to the Ukraine and Turkey and all that civil unrest. Is emergency travel assistance/insurance available?I'm not looking for reassurances about Romania or traveling. I'm curious whether is it possible for me (or my company) to obtain emergency travel assistance services/insurance for this and other trips in the region in the future? If so, how and with whom? I'm not looking for medical insurance, but extraction or personal safety services.

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Last year, I asked about a simple wiki platform for many users, and Wiki Spot sounded like a good fit. I slacked off, Wiki Spot is no longer accepting new accounts, and I have additional criteria: some level of security/hiding for confidential and/or sensitive data. Also, I have a Dreamhost account that I'm not utilizing, and DH has a number of wiki platforms that can be installed. Any suggestions for platforms to use or avoid?

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Does anyone have recommendations for a bespoke shoemaker who charges a fair price and will work mail-order to the US? I'm looking for boring, business-casual men's shoes, e.g. split- and moc-toe derbies and undecorated penny loafers made from durable low-maintenance leathers in black and burgundy.After spending decades struggling to find shoes that fit, I've finally conceded that I'm probably a good candidate for custom shoes. (My heel is comfortable in a 3E width but the ball of my foot is far wider, and my arches are absolutely flat and perfectly happy being that way.) Among the shoemakers with websites, it's nearly impossible to tell which ones are reasonable and which ones require $5K/pair and two trips to London. Forums dedicated to bespoke shoes are full of woo and anachronistic fetishists who care about things that don't matter to me. I'll take all the cost-saving measures and modern materials I can get, so long as the shoe fits. Extra points if they do business in Chicago. Half points for Los Angeles or San Francisco. I'm also keen to hear about ready-to-wear options with extra-extra-wide toeboxes, though I've already exhausted the styles available from Allen Edmonds, Florsheim, Bass, Propet, Hush Puppies, Nunn Bush, Aetrex, and New Balance, and tried pretty much everything Zappos and ShoeBuy have to offer.

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Every Upworthy video ever in just over two minutes. (SLYT)

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Once I've made cold-brew iced coffee, I drink it over about 5 days. Is there any reason that I can't mix in the half-and-half on day 1?I was wondering if the acidity of the coffee would have any effect on the stability of the half and half. (Is the coffee not acidic enough for this to matter? I was thinking of how your get crema/sour cream type results if you add vinegar to half and half or heavy cream.) I've done this for 24 hours with no ill-result, but I was interested in thoughts on the longer storage period. I know I could experiment, but waste! and also I'm curious about the theory.

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The contraction for "would have" is "would've". And yet, if I am writing that "If I have a doctor's appointment at 3pm, I would have to leave at 2pm to be there on time", I don't think I would write "would've to leave at 2pm". That doesn't feel right, but I don't know why. MeFi grammarians?

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I want to leave my husband and need to understand the potential impact to my daughters, aged 10 and 11. Please tell me what your parents' divorce was like, and the different ways in which it affected you.I've been married for 16 years. My marriage was essentially arranged, and though I've never been attracted to my husband, I tried to make the best of it and be happy. He's a wonderful, caring man who has always treated me well...but I never developed any chemistry with him. He's below my level intellectually and we just do not click in the ways that turn me on. This doesn't bother HIM - he's always found me very attractive and considers himself deeply in love with me. But I'm dying inside. I can't imagine living the rest of my life not attracted to my husband. We've had other problems in our marriage; they are complex and ongoing, and I have finally decided to call it quits. My husband will be devastated and my kids will be shocked and confused. They've never really seen us fight. They think we are happy...but I am not. I've done a good job of suppressing my unhappiness, and my relationship with my husband has always been affectionate, at least on the surface. He's a good person and I care about him. I just don't want to pretend to be happy anymore. I've told my husband how I feel and he is in denial. He thinks we can work things out. He is 43 years old and feels it's too late for him to start over. He doesn't realize (nor have I told him in absolute terms) that my mind is made up. But it is. I want to separate within the next 6 months. My daughters are very close to me. I feel confident that I can guide them through this with strength and grace, and that one day, hopefully, they will understand my decision. But I'm afraid my husband will not handle it well. I won't blame him for being heartbroken and angry, but I don't want his reaction to hurt our kids. They love their father to pieces, and he them. It will be very difficult for him to accept me breaking up our family. I can imagine he will say things to them like "your mother wanted this divorce, not me". I'm terrified that my husband will end up depressed and my kids will hate me for it. I'm worried that I will cause them heartache and anxiety. The hardest part about this is hurting the ones I love. As a person who has gone through their parents' divorce, what advice can you give me? What did your parents do well during the separation process? What could they have done better? Thank you. Note - some further details about our relationship in this question that I posted anonymously last month.

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So my career is kind of a disaster and I am not sure what to do about it. This is a bit of a wall of text (because I want to give a lot of context), so thanks to anyone who gets through it.This is my first AskMF, and it's not actually written by me. I'm posting this on behalf of someone close to me, mostly to anonymize them :) I hope this is acceptable, thanks very much for your understanding. --------- I work in interaction / user experience / front-end design. I started as a wireframes-only UXer about 7 years ago. I'm really into data visualization, and can code up my own proofs of concept and little art projects. I'd say I'm a functional amateur in Javascript: I can write non-terrible things but I probably don't have the depth or knowledge to really do well in a pure coding interview or position. HTML/CSS I a fine at, particularly preprocessed CSS. My ideal job would be either as a prototyper or as a designer in a studio where designers are contributing directly to the codebase. Or just running my own small studio with my friends ... which is probably my ultimate dream. My problem has three main strands. The first is I have become very discouraged in my career over the last few years and my attempts to get somewhere better for the last 9 months or so have pretty firmly ended in failure. I get to the last step in interviews with Prestigious Program, Big Well-Known Company, Small Well-Run Company, and then uniformly founder on the shoals of not being good enough on one dimension (a different one each time). And so I feel like I need to do things to be better, but I am not sure what. I don't even know if the problem is lacking skills or doing a bad job showcasing them or how to find out. The second main problem is social. I'm a girl and not white, and I have a lot of opinions. It is shitty but that means that where dudes get praised, I get dinged for being "aggressive" or "argumentative," regardless of how politely I put things, even in cases where peers I work closely with, who on the whole like me, think it is bullshit and tell me this unsolicited. This is not going to change. (Seriously, I am not going to grow a whole new personality; I have tried and it doesn't work and frankly I don't think I should have to. My shrink supports this as do my friends, so I don't think I am delusional.) But it means I need to find a place where that is ok. The third is I have a little bit of a checkered history, which is to say I have a handful of 18-month jobs. The first 1 or 2 were more my fault: I had a big anxiety problem and it often manifested itself in being hard to get along with. After that, it has been a string of bad luck, mostly taking roles at startups against red flags. Again this is an interpretation I have tested with outside opinion, so I think it is accurate. But these last two things do really worry me, though like I've said, my therapist and other humans who know and have worked with me don't think I am actually doing anything wrong. So that is my problem. Now, I'm back in New York after living in San Francisco for a few years with savings and a little time to invest on improving things. But how? As far as I see, as of now my situation can be broken down thus: Things I have going for me: + I have a very nice boyfriend who is okay with me not working for a bit and we have savings. (He is on a hiatus, too, attending a program where he works on personal projects, but should be back to work by mid-October.) + I have a small network of people who have been introducing me around for freelance, but nothing has really come of it, yet. + My LinkedIn is full of recommendations and things like that. If you look at it, I look normal-ish, except for the number of positions, which since tech may not be the worst thing ever. + I've given a few talks lately and a conference is even flying me in to give another in September. People seem to like these talks and people I am impressed by have started following *me* on Twitter. (A lot of the data community is there, so it is pretty good.) I think maybe I could do more to make this into something but not sure how. + I helped found a Meetup in SF around the kind of datavis I am into and have been introduced to some community members here in NYC. + I'm pretty smart and good at teaching myself things. Things I have going against me: + I'm entirely self-taught. + My last few jobs were pretty crappy which means a lot of things I designed never got made or have been butchered since I left. And that makes them hard to talk about much less post on my portfolio. + I don't have a lot of mobile experience, which is becoming a you-need-it-to-get-it kind of thing. + I'm getting old. Which I think is dumb that it matters to people, but I can't discount that sometimes it does. Things I can do: + Spend the next two-ish months working on freelance (if I can get more when this project ends) and the mobile app I want to make, plus redo my site, rewrite my portfolio, try to add to blog stuff and just put together the best things I can. And keep working on programming. This seems like the best option right now, but it also seems overwhelming and not-guaranteed. I probably need a better idea of an end-goal to better prioritize the things I *could* be working on. + Sign up for one of the dev bootcamps to get my front-end/Javascript skills together. I am not thrilled by this idea, because it is super expensive and you just have a certificate at the end. + Go to grad school for an Interaction Design MFA. It's also expensive but ends in an actual degree and may give me the time and space to get better at visual design, create projects that don't have to make compromises to business decisions, and just seem more current when looking. Pretty much all my designer friends have one. I'm worried I won't get in though, and I've reached the point where every no puts me closer to a tailspin of depression. + Just keep trying to get a job now. This option depresses me the most, because I don't know how much more rejection I can take. I have a friend I admire who says it took her 82 noes to get the position she has and loves now, but I don't know if I am that resilient. And I have the time, in theory, to not do that, so I shouldn't squander it. + Something else? Thanks for making it all the way down here, and I look forward to your advice.

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My Macbook died on me a little while back, and I need a new laptop ASAP. I was thinking about a new Macbook Air, but I want to wait until the Intel Broadwell chips come out since the last Macbook Air update was pretty minimal. So, I've been looking at Windows machines, but am bad at scouting out deals. Please help me find a quality deal for a PC laptop that isn't under-powered but also won't break the bank. Specifics of desired laptop inside.I'd like to get this laptop to tide me over until the Broadwell processors come out. After that, I'll probably nab a Macbook Air and make whatever laptop I buy now my secondary PC. I'd like the laptop to be around 15 inches - 17 is too bulky/heavy for me, and 13 is a bit small. I would go 13 or 17, but only if it is a super-good deal. Also, I'd like the hard drive to be user-upgradeable, as I have an SSD I recently purchased off of Amazon and would like to stick it in there. (I can take my SSD back if the laptop deal includes an internal SSD.) I'll be using the PC primarily for word processing, surfing the net, watching videos and listening to music. Maybe some gaming from time to time (Civilization 5 primarily). I've heard that a core i5 is the sweet spot processor-wise, but again - I am looking at the best deal I can find so i3, i7, AMD processors are welcome as well. I've been looking at this laptop, and it seems like a good price considering the discount but -then again - I know nothing about PC shopping: http://www.extremetech.com/deals/187103-et-deals-lenovo-z50-core-i7-15-6-inch-laptop-for-649 Any better suggestions, MeFites? Is it even a good idea to buy now, or will there be some back-to-school specials coming out for August? I appreciate your help in advance, and will update my thread with the eventual winner :)

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There are two parts to this: I am locked out of hotmail; my computer can't read the support e-mail security instructions due to computer security.Help me, Metafites, you're my only help! I'll try not to go on too much. Through a series of missteps and incredible stupidity I am locked out of my Hotmail account. I am not talking about "Forgot Your Password?" locked out, but one to 30 days locked out according to the last message I got from my account. I sent a request to Microsoft Support and got acknowledgement mail. When I click the link in the mail I get this (quick flash about how Microsoft cannot view in frames) and then this: To continue submitting your support request, "Support Site" should be listed as a trusted site in Internet Explorer. To add "Support Site" to the trusted sites zone, follow these steps: 1.On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, click Internet Options. 2.Click the Security tab. 3.Click the Trusted Sites icon, and then click Sites. 4.Click to clear the Require server verification check box. 5.Check whether http://support.microsoft.com is listed in your trusted sites. If it is listed, type http://oas.support.microsoft.com, and then click Add. 6.Check whether https://support.microsoft.com is listed in your trusted sites. If it is listed, type https://oas.support.microsoft.com, and then click Add. 7.Close all dialog boxes, and then refresh the browser window. Except I did everything they say above and I still can't open the link. I also restarted the computer, cause that's usually good. Running Windows 8 (I know; it was a good price), 4 GB, 64 bit, Explorer 10. It's almost as if I need a help ticket for my help ticket. It would be a Good Thing for me to recover this account. So: how do I make Microsoft a trusted site in order to get my Hotmail account back? Go ahead and talk to me like I'm five. Many thanks.

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I have had experience with Salesforce and Microsoft CRM, I am now entering a position managing Oracle CRM what do I need to know?For those who use Oracle CRM day to day what technical skills and resources do you have that you recommend? Do I need to know coding? Are there any recommended certifications? Any database management tips/best practices you can point me to? Case studies? Thanks in advance.

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