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I'm trying to draw a 3D ellipse with a 2.5D graphics engine (Core Animation layers) which allow me to only compose my ellipse with line segments that must be moved into place using rotations and translations. I'm having trouble with the order of operations and can't get it to draw properly. Any graphics gurus or game programmers out there who can help me?Here's an image describing my current approach. For each segment in the ellipse polygon, I'm first creating a line segment with the correct length, then translating it to the point P1, then rotating the point by the PI/2-theta, but this is clearly not working. It's been 10 years since I took a graphics class in university, can someone please jog my memory as to what I'm doing wrong?

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My partner would like to try Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet for two weeks in order to jump-start losing 10-15 lbs. I typically cook in a Phase 2/Mediterranean diet style in general, so initially I figured this would be an easy enough task -- throw out the pasta and bread for a couple of weeks, and voila! But a couple of challenges are presenting themselves.First: what's the best way to prepare for lunch (and sometimes breakfast) on the go? He is often away from the kitchen and doesn't consistently have access to a refrigerator or microwave. The lunch suggestions in the South Beach cookbooks seem largely predicated on the assumption of having access to a kitchen for meals. Second: I am not going to follow the diet strictly myself, as A) I am perpetually in a state of trying to gain 5-10 lbs., and B) I prefer to avoid red meat and poultry, which there is a lot of on the diet (I'm fine with seafood and dairy). I have had to follow restrictive diets in the past for medical reasons (low-iodine diet in preparing for thyroid scan, giving up foods that bothered me during chemo, etc.), but I've never dieted to lose weight. So, in a nutshell, I'm looking for: specific Phase 1 breakfast/lunch/snack ideas for eating on-the-go, and suggestions about how I can best be supportive while not following the exact same meal plan (though I intend to make as many Phase 1 dinners for both of us as I can, since that's the meal we always eat together). Phase 1 vegetarian or seafood dinner suggestions are welcome, too. Note: my partner is very physically active (he works out 3-4 times a week, plus does contracting/handyman work), so encouraging him to exercise isn't really an issue. Thanks!

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Family member asked me to help Christian dude struggling with gay feelings. After agreeing to meet him I see his beliefs are way more extreme than I'm comfortable with. What do?Meddling extended family member sends me a Facebook message asking if I will contact and speak with someone, a Christian dude having gay feelings. I am not religious and don't really know anything real about serious Christianity, but feeling a pinch of gay solidarity I say all right, but let him contact me if he needs help as I don't want to intrude in case this is just more meddling. He sends me a message and friend request on Facebook, I say sure let's grab a coffee, we don't nail down a time/place... and then I take a look at his page. Where I was imagining Catholic guilt, I instead find loud born again fervor. Page consists of 1) Posts about his artistic career (Hey, awesome!) 2) Praising Jesus (Hey, whatever!) 3) Condemning atheists (famous and general) and regretting they hadn't found Jesus (Hey now.) 4) Praising Jesus for Rob Ford's coming re-election (Hey, run!). I disagree with everything I see, I have no real experience dealing with faith v. gayness, and I feel the anxiety:likely good done ratio is way too unfavourably skewed. I have agreed to coffee (said I'm open this week, name a time and place) and want to cancel, but I worry that spurning someone looking for help because of their beliefs makes me an even worse person than people who hold those beliefs. I don't wish him ill, I just don't want to expose myself to what I view as toxicity. Can I cancel, escaping with conscience intact by sending good wishes and a list of resources? (Anyone with good resources in Toronto or Canada for this stuff?)

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We found an injured juvenile chickadee. I had some wildlife rehab training decades ago. I have worked with juvenile birds and injured birds, but never with injured juvenile birds, and never anything so small. Any advice or suggestions from rehabbers, vets, knowledgable people would be helpful.We found this bird. It is flopping on one side. The injury seems to be to its wing, and not to anything else. I've put it in a box on a towel. I can give it water. Do not know what to feed it. We used to feed birds slightly heated cat food. But those were bigger birds. I have looked up wildlife rehabbers in the area. There are none that handle what they call "dickie birds." So...keep it warm, give it water, feed it what? The goal is to keep it alive until I can get it to a vet tomorrow. Will a vet take it? Can a vet help it? Any advice or suggestions from rehabbers, vets, knowledgable people would be helpful.

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College Football has returned, and Spencer Hall has .gifs and feelings as accompaniment.

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Hi! I am in a lot of pain. You are not my doctor, but I was wondering if anyone has felt similar symptoms. This morning when I woke up, it seemed as if a very large spider was biting a very specific spot on my lower right leg, sort of below the calf but above the ankle, and in the front (pic of location of pain here). In terms of pain, it is 10/10. The pain lasts for 5-10 seconds, then fades away. Throughout the day, it has returned.I ran some errands in town and walked around for about 45 minutes -- for that period of time, I felt no pain. It seems to return when I sit for too long or lie down. I have taken some ibuprofen and am currently icing it. What on earth could this be, and have any of you experienced anything similar?

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My wife hates her sun spots and wants an IPL Photo Facial. I've decided I am OK with her dishing out big bucks for the treatment, but I don't want her to go through several treatments that don't work. We are flying to NYC in a couple of weeks and she wants to go to Tribeca Med Spa.She is fair skin and is starting to develop sun spots. Some are easily covered by make-up and a few others are starting to stand out. She tans/burns quite easily and wears sun block for protection. Here are my questions: 1) Has anyone been to Tribeca with positive experiences from IPL Photo Facial? 2) Are there other med spas in NYC you recommend more? 3) Do you agree that in general a pricier spa will increase the odds of better results? 4) Any advice on what she needs to do before or after the treatment for better results?

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My neighbors' dog keeps jumping their fence into the street/the sidewalk where I'm walking my dog. This happens about weekly to me (though I'm sure it must happen more), and it is scary every time. The neighbor dog doesn't bite my dog, but it does lunge at her.We've lived here for about a month. So far, I have put my neighbor's dog back into the yard every time. I've seen them once when it happened, and they said, "Oh, she does that sometimes." The other times it's happened they have not been home. My worries about this are that the dog will bite my dog or me one day or that the neighbor's dog will get hit by a car. What I really want is for them is to make the fence higher or find another solution so their dog isn't jumping the fence - I don't want them to lose their dog or anything like that. What is the best solution for me, the neighbors, and the dogs?

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Anyone in a long term relationship or marriage where the partners have notably different levels of comfort with risk?I'm not talking about where one partner wants the other to try sky-diving and the other disagrees. :) I'm talking about more day to day situations where opinions about how "careful" to be might be different. In a nutshell, I can be overly cautious, fearful and hesitant, whereas my boyfriend is not as fearful, anxious and concerned about avoiding risks (maybe sometimes too much so). Any advice/sanity checking on this would be appreciated - I don't really care what kinds of specific experiences you had as long as they pertain to my question. Again, where one partner tends to be a little overly cautious and the other partner really leans in the other direction, what are ways of converging to a healthier in-between?

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When Restaurant Workers Can't Afford To Eat

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It's a sex crime. "It is not on the (usually, but not always, female) victim to take 'enough' measures to protect herself but rather on the (usually, but not always, male) victimizer to choose not to commit said sex crime. That notion was lost on the Disney Channel back in 2007. They treated Vanessa Hudgens like a sinful child after personal nudes were leaked and stated that 'Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment. We hope she's learned a valuable lesson.' "

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I wanted to install the game as a surprise for my husband. Neither of us are gamers or especially computer-literate. He just has an obsession with this game and we hate to buy a PC just for this!I used these instructions http://paulthetall.com/medieval-2-total-war-mac/, bought the Gamer's Gate version of the game, and completed installation. Seemed like everything went ok but I'm not able to launch from any of the desktop icons it created; seems like they are just images. I'll happily try another way completely, or if you can tell me how to fix the problem within Paul the Tall's method it would be most welcome.

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My program seems really social. I'm not really a bubbly social person, and I enjoy solitude. How can I still fit in with the group while preserving my precious, precious alone time?My program only has 13 people in it and all of us are in at least the 2 core courses together, if not more. All of our classes are in the same building as are the computer labs with the programs we need for some of our production courses. So, we will be spending a lot of time together and are expected to collaborate a lot (group projects, extracurricular activities, etc. . .) My undergrad program was similar, there were less than 10 of us in the program, we had all courses together, and also were always in the same building outside of class due to needing to use the computer programs specific to that course, as well as spending hours in the practice rooms (I was in music) which were also in that building. I had mental health problems in my undergrad....but I was also unhappy due to this environment, which felt suffocating to me. ( I know I'm being a bit of a princess here. . . what I'm trying to say is that I feel more capable, more confident, more daring, more focused, when I am by myself) There seems to be an expectation in the program that we will all become close friends very quickly. It seems like it's going to be a very social environment. But something inside of me is saying, "no!! I don't want to be tied down to these people!" In my 3 years since undergrad I've learned a lot about myself as an adult...I enjoy luxuriating in solitude... I accomplish more when I work alone.... and I don't like having all my friends in one place or one group. I have more courage when I am by myself. How do I take advantage of this opportunity to collaborate with people in my field while also preserving my ability to be my best self, which is my self when I am alone? How do I avoid seeming like that snobby, unfriendly one in the group? And how can I look at this in a more positive way? Thanks..

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I'm a part-time freelance copywriter trying to figure out how I can quit my full-time retail job and piece together work that is more related to writing.First, I should clarify what might be obvious already: the fact that I'm not quite sure what I want to do. What I do know is that I'd like to do something at least vaguely creative and probably related to writing and literature, and that I'd like to make more than $11.25/hour, which is what I make at my current retail job. My background: I graduated with a BA in creative writing in 2010, and I've been working as a copywriter for a very small LLC since then. The ebb and flow of this work can be all over the place and rarely constitutes anything full time, so I've supplemented my copywriting with retail work. For the past year, I've been working 40 hours/week in retail, making just under $400/week after taxes, which is enough to get by (though it's obviously not ideal), but not enough to make me want to stay in a job that's not creatively fulfilling at all. I've been doing the freelance copywriting on top of this for extra income and because I'd like my resumé to show constant work in the field, rather than a big break where I just worked in retail. I've been looking for a full-time copywriting position off and on for a while, but nothing has panned out so far. I'd like to quit my retail job so that I can devote all my time to writing and other writing-related pursuits, hopefully ones that will can make enough money to pay my bills. I've considered the possibility of trying to become a full-time high school English teacher, but I'm also open to the idea of teaching only part-time as a sub or tutor while still freelancing (the copywriting I already do and other opportunities I have yet to find). Basically, I've broken it down into four types of teaching that I may be able to pursue. Please let me know any information you have about how to start with any of them. 1. Teaching full time - I'm most interested in teaching high school English, but I'm open to other grade levels. I have a BA in English, but never studied education specifically. I'm in Ohio, and I basically know nothing about what I need to qualify for a position or how to get licensed to teach here. 2. Subbing - I assume I'm qualified for this with just a BA in English. Is there some kind of licensing process as well? Do I start by reaching out to different districts individually? Who specifically should I call or email at each district? What about magnet schools and private schools? 3. Tutoring - I read on another metafilter thread that there's money to be made in SAT tutoring and tutoring kids who aren't making AYP. Specifically, they said $25-30/hour, though I'm not sure what part of the country they're talking about. How do I break into something like that? For the SAT, would I need to know the math section or just the writing and critical reading sections? What about tutoring at a college level? Do I go through the college for something like that or do I just hang up flyers or both? How well would college tutoring pay? 4. Teaching as an adjunct professor - Is this something I'm qualified for with no advanced degree? What about for a community college? If I am qualified, who specifically should I call or email at each college to inquire? Thank you so much in advance for your wisdom, ideas, and support. This poor, misguided English major graduated in the middle of the recession and has been pretty lost since then. But I'm ready to do what it takes to get back on track! I honestly don't need to make much money right now. My half of our mortgage is $300 because the midwest is a wonderful, wonderful place. My car payment is $200. I've been surviving on about $1,000/month for a while now. I just don't want to stay in retail any longer. It's killing me softly.

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I've recently been involved in working on a project that includes an assessment tool, essentially a questionnaire created in Moodle. The client is having difficulty seeing past the bleakness of the pages without in graphical content so I'm now looking for a Moodle/Web designer. How can I find someone to work with me on this?We don't have a huge budget (although we do have some money) but a simple Google search doesn't come up with anything appealing at all. As far as I know, this can just be done with HTML and CSS but I can't find any examples of pretty Moodle forms anywhere. Is this even possible? Thanks in advance.

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I recently obtained my Master's degree and have been in the job search for about a month now, mainly applying to NGOs. I've sent in only a total of 11 applications so far - 9 for ads appearing online and 2 unsolicited applications. One of these unsolicited applications has lead to an offer to interview for an Americorps like position (i.e. little pay, promises of training, and some horror stories - none at this particular NGO - to be found online). It would be a 7 month contract. Should I even consider it? More details inside.First of all, my partner would support me financially if I decide to take on this position, or if I decide to continue on my job search, so fortunately the question of "how will I pay the bills?" is taken care of. Also, I know I need to ratchet up the number of applications I am sending in. I'm working on that! The mission of the organization interests me and is related to, though not directly involved in, the field that I am hoping to break into. I have one 6 month internship (where I did have real responsibilities) and 2 years of volunteer work under my belt, but not much else experience-wise. I feel my lack of experience may be holding me back from interviews in real entry-level positions, but at the same time many of the job descriptions I've read are for positions I feel confident I could take on. Also, as these are NGOs, I do feel that my volunteering is taken into consideration. My question is, as I have only sent in 11 applications and have only been seriously looking for jobs during the last 3 weeks, is it too soon to settle for a less than ideal situation? I mean, many of the applications I've sent in could still be under consideration, right? It is highly unlikely that this "paid volunteering" position would lead to a real contract at the NGO, but it could lead to my profile becoming more attractive, particularly concerning minimum experience and skills requirements. I worry, however, that I may regret pursuing this opportunity as it would take me off the job market for 7 months. I don't want to settle out of fear of long-term unemployment. Part of me is panicking because I see my former classmates settling for internships. I also worry, however, that potential employers may look at the position unfavorably wondering "why did she settle for that type of position when she has a Master's degree?" I plan on going to the interview so I can get a better feel of the position and the organisation, but would love the hive mind's opinion on this one!

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A self-taught special effects guru, A.S. Hamilton has crafted [simulated injuries] with chilling perfection. But his greatest big-screen challenge was bringing one of human history's most gruesome chapters back to life. CONTENT WARNING: descriptions of violence, graphic movie set photos and stills In an article from Narratively, Maria Smilios writes on the special effects work for the Roger Spottiswoode film Shake Hands with the Devil and the man who insisted on creating "an honest and accurate portrayal" of the horrors of the Rwandan Genocide.

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There is a perfume called 'Fes, Jardin d'epices' which is beloved of my beloved. The perfumer is in Marrakech, and does not ship. Does anyone know of any service where someone in Marrakech would buy & post items to the UK?

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I found this short film on Youtube (have also seen it on Vimeo) but am not exactly sure who the actors are. Short (< 3 minutes) movie about one year in a young girl's life. Packs a punch. Watch it twice.

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It's been twenty years since AT&T's "You Will" ad campaign ran, let's see how their predictions did. What's remarkable is that almost all of these not only exist but are in fairly common use. I only count two that are not technically mature (the voice-activated lock and the personal assistant) and a handful more that could easily be done technically, but for one reason or another just aren't common. The other remarkable thing is that, other than being one of the companies that provides the network backbone for most of these things, AT&T wasn't at the forefront of any of them. And of course it's always fun to see the little details they got wrong, like the video call from a phone booth (with hair that was supposed to be futuristic but screams early 90's today) or the toll booth transponder that requires you to look away from the road to swipe a credit card in your car's console. For extra fun, check out this Metafilter thread from the tenth anniversary of the ads, when many of these things were just starting to appear, but weren't yet widespread.

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My child just had her first day of daycare (6 months old). I'm a bit freaked out by how crazy it seemed. Is this normal?We just moved to a new city, and basically had to organize daycare without visiting a lot of places. The city we now live in is HIGHLY competitive for the really well-known daycares (we're talking wait lists over a year long, some into 2016, however that is possible!) -- we got on those lists and took a temporary spot at the daycare near my husband's job. We didn't see it initially because we couldn't travel there, but talked to some people who had kids there who said it was a good place, it has a decent government rating, and we decided to sign up at least for the first few months that we arrived and were settling in, hoping a place in another school would open up (where we could tour, etc.) Today we went for our first day (a short day to get her settled in.) Boy, am I kind of freaked out. It is LOUD. There aren't even that many kids in the class (within the state guidelines teacher/child ratio, and she has one person assigned to her primarily) but it is SO LOUD. Babies/kids were just screaming endlessly -- not as I could see it because they were being abused or anything, they were just -- loud. My daughter is not used to that and seemed a bit dazed by it all. Also, they have the kids sleep in these pack n plays in the open, with these really bright lights on. No way that's going to happen sleep wise. (Or does she just get used to it?) And geez, the colors in there -- all fluorescent pink and blue and red, and a zillion toys and things to do, it just seemed crazy overstimulating. Not an inch of wall space left uncovered. On the plus side, the people there seemed nice (and laid back); they seem willing to follow any instructions we give them (feed on demand, etc.). It's close to my husband's work so he could stop in on her frequently. It's within our budget. The other parents seemed very friendly and warm. I haven't really visited any other daycares yet (am scheduled to) so I'm not sure if this is all just how daycare is or if it's just this one. And if all daycares are like this, if it's a bad idea to send her there. So TLDR: is it normal and okay for a six month old to spend all day in a place that is LOUD (I really cannot emphasize how loud and crazy it seemed), with REALLY BRIGHT fluorescent lights that are only dimmed for a prescheduled naptime after lunch (she usually takes more naps than this -- not a scheduled baby yet at least) and with an extremely stimulating environment? She's scheduled to be there three days a week. Or am I just being a nervous mother? Are all daycares like this -- even the really good ones? I'm not into hiring a nanny because we can't really afford it, I don't like the lack of oversight, and I really don't want to be someone's employer. My situation is such that I COULD stay home with her, but I'm really for lots of reasons trying to find a good job and advance a burgeoning career; I'm at the point where it's kind of do or die for me workwise. I'm not suited in general, I think, to be a full time parent. But obviously she comes first!! Help, working parents!

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In honour of Labour day, enjoy a documentary on Jewish anarchism at the turn of the 20th century, and the story of The Free Voice of Labour, their Yiddish newspaper that ran from 1890-1977. The doc showcases a number of traditional Yiddish revolutionary songs: In Ale Gasn/Daloy Politsey is a melding of songs about workers' exploitation and overthrowing Nicholas II. Lyrics can be found here. Mayn Rue Platz, a poem written by Morris Rosenfeld, is about the difficult conditions faced by Jewish immigrants. Here's another version. Both of these songs continue to be sung. For example, a Colombian punk band, Bestiärio, sings Daloy Polizei. Geoff Berner released a video for his version of Mayn Rue Platz, singing in English and Mandarin. As well, he re-wrote Daloy Polizei to sing about Canadian police killings of prisoners.

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A while back I asked a question about becoming better at a new job. I'm now hitting my quota for anonymous Qs so give me your best advice on how to plan to transition from this fabulous new job that has only one problem--no reliable pay check. Snowflakes inside.I landed a job at a startup about 8 weeks ago. I like the people; I like the job. I finally have health insurance (yay!) and am getting a ton of medical issues dealt with. Only it turns out that the startup is not sufficiently funded, which means deferred pay (i.e. skipped pay checks) is in my future. Nobody warned me about this when I was hired. I knew my pay would be super low. But delayed for lack of funds? Nope, nobody said that. * What can I do now to land a more stable job in the future, apart from updating my Linked In profile and contacting recruiters? * How do I explain to potential employers why I am looking for a job after only 8 weeks? (I take confidentiality seriously, which is why this is an anonymous question.) * How do I keep myself motivated to keep working, for now, at a place where the founders and top execs have equity in this company but I do not. Yet somehow I am considered unsporting for saying, "I can't work here without pay." The friend who brought me in wants me to name a salary figure that he could raise to keep me here. But it's not that fun to be at a place where people with equity expect people without equity to suck up a lot of things, including (literally) no budget for any of the departments, the requirement that employees to use their own computers (I also brought my printer from home so I could have one at work), etc. It's beginning to feel like I'm in a dead company walking and nobody else has noticed yet.

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I have fear of intimacy issues - how do i overcome them? I'm currently a 33 year old male. I was pretty unpopular when i was in middle and high school - i was a particularly awkward kid and i often got rejected when trying to make new friends or invite people to things. I spent much of high school feeling particularly lonely or alone and isolated. Though the adult world is different, i'm still carrying these same fears and it's been terrible to my social and personal life. What are the best steps to work out of these?I'm posting this anonymously because there's friends and coworkers that I know that read Metafilter (and you'll see why i'm insecure about it, below). Going on to college - it was a totally different place. I was normal - but I carried this on-going fear of being not good enough - not cool enough - so that everytime I was welcomed into a social group I would stay somewhat at the fringes of it - making sure I was at the fringes of other social groups as well as to not put all my 'popularity capital' in one baskey. I would do this because I feel like I was scared of being seen as a fake or not worthy to be with that group. I would keep people in ALL these groups at arm's length and not tell them my fears, my worries, my emotions or anything else. So lots of people would know me and invite me to stuff. But they wouldn't know me well. I would also try to get into really co-dependent relationships - having an attractive but needy girlfriend would give me the confidence to vault myself into lot of social situations where i was insecure about being unpopular. I would seek out someone that was younger and codependent so they were reliant on me as well so I wouldn't be dumped (like in the type of social manner that i was scared of above). It wasn't a healthy way to do things by a long shot but i did this a few times. This has continued later in my life as well. I join a lot of activities because I am by nature curious and excited to try new things. But at the same time in all these things, I also keep people at an arms length. It is easier to get away with this now, becausein a professional, adult setting , people are busy this creates a dynamic where I know a lot of people and a lot of people know me. To overcome some of my fear - I try to have solid social events to bring all the people I know together. I've successfully had house parties where 40-60 people show up - everyone has a great time, meets new people, loves coming (lots of friends and acquaintances have remarked how they always meet kind, friendly people there) The secret? Everyone thinks I'm really super outgoing and have - well, basically a close ring of folks in my life. Which isn't true - i've held everyone at arm's length because i still have this ridiculous fear that people are going to discover the real, unpopular me (which is so ridiculous for someone in their early 30s - no one really thinks like that anymore). So people have tried to become closer friends with me (or think i already have that and no space for it), but it's all a lie. I recently got out of a three year relationship a few weeks ago where I realized both my desire to seek a codependent partner was destroying my emotional wellbeing, and that was also keeping me from building close relationships with anyone else (because of my need to attend to her and my own fear of intimacy issues). So Mefi- best suggestions for navigating my way out of seeking out codependent relationships AND also dealing with my fear of intimate relationships? Working on therapy but books or methods or different types of support groups are absolutely appreciated. I don't want to live like this anymore!

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I mean the French used by William the Conqueror and those before and after him. I've found it difficult to find a text. There are easy-to-find books teaching one Old English and Old Norse, but not, it seems, for Norman French. Can anybody recommend one? I can find books in Norman French, but that's not the same thing as a "Teach Yourself" book. (I already can read modern French, btw.)

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