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Night person here...Hello! Wanting to hear from people who actually successfully switched from being night people to being morning people.I looked online and of course there are a million articles that sound super dandy about how to change your habits to become a morning person. "Exercise first thing!" "Don't hit the sleep button!" and so on. This sounds like my personal hell. What I do now is set the alarm to go off 3 times (it's easier for me with a slower wake-up) and wake up at the last possible minute, then get ready in ten minutes and guzzle coffee through the morning. I actually get a lot of sleep (8 hours typically) and have been pushing to go to bed earlier (even through the night owl in me is just getting started!) So, I'd like to hear from people who actually made the switch - what did you do?

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To the immense relief of technical support staff everywhere as well as your Aunt Helen, you can now buy a smartplug for power-cycling your internet router. It seems like router makers are aware you might need this.

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Unfortunately, this is not the type of space for about 80-90+% of the unnecessary human-animal population on the planet.

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If you had only a week, what's a great destination for a dad and 2 kids?I am traveling to see friends in Sri Lanka this summer, and since i'm all the way round the world, wanted to tack on a week in India. Schedule will be busy, so i am basically just looking for a single destination that will fill 5-7 days with good food, interesting sights, maybe a local festival. I know it's a big country, and of course "see the Taj Mahal" might be the easy answer, but, world travelers, surely there's a special place that you would recommend that might not be obvious. My 12 y.o. son and 22 y.o. daughter will be with me.

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I am in the US and have never traveled to India. Today, websites started acting as though I am in India (e.g., the Google website had a popup asking if I want to change my default search to google.in, and another shopping website showed prices in rupees). Why is this happening? Is my ISP (comcast) giving me an IP address that is being interpreted by websites as being in India? Or should I be worried about a virus or malware that is making my computer act as though it is in India?

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ProPublica has relaunched Represent, which " provides information on lawmakers, the bills they consider and the votes they take (and miss). You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records." This applies to federal representatives in the United States.

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My hotel has a sitting area with no possible way to access it

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For centuries, Peruvian locals have talked about a river in the Amazon that burns so hot it can kill. Peru's mysterious 'boiling river' that burns animals to death. Peruvian geoscientist Andres Ruzo found a river up to 25 metres wide and six metres deep, that runs burning hot for an incredible 6.24 km. Legends of the Boiling River.

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Back in March, Sam Sifton wrote an aspirational story about sourdough starters (previously) for The New York Times. On behalf of those of us who aspire, Sarah Jampel responds with "How My Soudough Starter Took Over My Life.".

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I really enjoyed Gina Kolata's Rethinking Thin and Ellen Ruppel Shell's The Hungry Gene, but they were published in 2008 and 2003, respectively. Presumably quite a bit of research has been done on obesity in the last decade+, and I'm wondering what the best books are that cover it broadly. I'm definitely not looking for how-to diet guides, but also not necessarily interested in authors with a pointed agenda (HAES, anti-sugar, etc).

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Amy Schumer hijacks your tinder prof.

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I have been married with an older woman for about 4 years and now I have developed interests towards younger girls.I've been married for about 4 years and I have developed some issues with my marriage. Here is the brief history of my past relationships and how I got married. I grew up in a religious family and came to the US to study several years ago. Because of my religious upbringing and mind barriers I didn't have many relationships with girls and almost had no physical contact so I didn't really know women until I met this girl online (from back home). It wasn't serious at first since I just got out from another online relationship but gradually I became interested. When I got involved emotionally, I found out that she is divorced and one year older than me (I was 32 back then). These two things were big taboos for me culturally. Anyway, I decided to meet her and when I did I fell in love with her. I talked to my family and they strongly opposed the idea of my marriage with her because of those issues. I couldn't take my mind off of her and couldn't make any decision either. I decided to forget her... I came back to US and found a job and got involved with a girl who I fell in love with her too fast while she wasn't ready and then she rejected me....I was heartbroken and miserable and after couple of months I reconnected to my old love. I realized that the mutual love is an important ingredient between two people and her age and past marriage shouldn't matter...some of my friends encouraged me saying that more mature girl wouldn't fight for every small matter. By the time that I decided to marry her, I was 34 and I knew that this is a risky age for getting pregnancy on her side (she was 35) but I decided to get married with her despite the opposition of my family...but things didn't start easy between me and wife as well. We didn't formally date before marriage since our relationship was mostly online and long distance and in fact the first day of our marriage was the first date. The first day started with disagreement and small fight and I understood the challenge of relationship and marriage very quickly. Another issue was that, in my mind, I have made big sacrifices ignoring her older age/divorce considering our culture but in her mind she deserved this and there was nothing unusual. We had ups and downs like every other couple but most of issues have been resolved except that she couldn't get pregnant. Doctors couldn't find anything specific but they said it may be her age. On the other hand, I started to become very interested in other younger/beautiful girls. Now, I know what woman means and the pleasure of sex.. Sometimes, I wish I could re-marry maybe with a younger girl. Both older/younger girls have similar troubles so why not marrying younger ones? I realized that more mature/older girl doesn't mean less relationship issues. So, I felt I made a bad decision marrying her buying all mental troubles and family blaming. Worse than this, whenever, I see my friends marrying younger girls I became very jealous, a feeling which was unknown to me before. Sometimes, these thoughts have affected my sleep waking me in the middle of night. I enjoy sex with my wife but I am very interested in exploring other women physically as well and I don't know what to do with this desire being in a committed relationship. On the other hand, she is very interested to stay in this marriage and I don't want to break her heart because of some of my desires. Also, I cannot talk to her about my feelings about other women since it directly undermines our marriage but I feel this desire is going to be with me for a long time which is painful. Is there any win-win situation for my case?

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bad flags. bad flags previously. the worst (and best, I guess) city flags in the US. or also this one. THESE CITIES HAVE HAD IT WITH THEIR BAD FLAGS bad flags bad flags bad flags bad flags

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I have to leave my three-person Davis Square apartment at the end of May, and need someone to take over the lease for June- August. I've been looking for a subletter with the blessing of my two roommates and landlord. I wrote a brief, nice description for Craigslist, posted tons of pictures of a tidy and sunny apartment, and was happy to see that my monthly rent was a little bit cheaper than many other rooms on Craigslist in the area. I prepared myself for a deluge of responses and then... got a single response over the course of the next two weeks, from someone who did not end up pursuing it.Please assume that the Craigslist ad itself is fine-- it's friendly but concise, I've shown it to other people to critique and they said it was fine. Is Craigslist just not the right forum for this? I've posted it on the Boston Facebook group for my college alumni group, but are there other places I could be posting it? Or maybe finding summer subletters in the Davis/Porter Square area is just really hard for some reason I'm not considering?

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If New York City were Middle Earth, Sauron would doubtless be portrayed by Robert Moses, destroying neighborhood after neighborhood in his own endless quest for greater power and a lifeless personal vision of the city that had no thoughts of its inhabitants. But when he set his eyes on leveling SoHo and Little Italy for a ten-lane expressway across Lower Manhattan, he ran up against an unlikely Frodo. Jane Jacobs would have been 100 years old today.

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I'm trying to do some medium-sized renovations, but my family friend architect is letting us down and stalling the work before it starts. How should we deal with him in order to get the work done in a decent amount of time, without the budget going crazy?Due to a new baby, we're doing some decent-sized renos on our current house (around $100k canadian, which includes a new bathroom, a 2nd bathroom fixup, rearranging some walls, adding some windows and insulation in the walls, amongst other things). Our architect is a family friend who has a reputation for being thorough but slow. When we agreed to work with him, he said the final plans would be ready by mid January, out to tender in Feb, and work starting in March. It is now May, and the final plans have not arrived despite constant asking. That would make him 3.5 months late on a 6 week job. We'll ask, he'll say they're ready in a week, we'll call a week later, and then he'll say it'll be another week. This is never-ending. That being said, the rough plans are done, and they're pretty close to the final plans. Despite the constant promises, I sincerely think the final plans will arrive shortly, and they will be good once we get them. That being said, once we get them, to what extent should we keep working with him? It would be helpful to have him work with the contractors in the tender process to keep costs down, and then check in as the project goes, but I'm getting increasingly fed up with working with him. His excuses are honest to a fault (I have higher priority work than yours, staff left so there's no one to help, I have someone new but they're junior and aren't very good), and it's clear he's not paying much attention to us. This is further complicated by the fact that he is a family friend. He's not incredibly close, but dinner a couple times a year close. He's also very nice. Anyway, I guess my question is a 2 parter: 1. What should I do from a renovation point of view to do this fast and cost efficiently? 2. If I should stop working with him, when's the best time to do it, and how do I stop? If it matters, I'm in Toronto, Canada/

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Is there a benefit to disclosing a disability to your employer that does not require accommodation on their part?

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The playgrounds weren't just beautiful. They were quiet. That was what struck me when I first moved to Vienna, Austria. Children there played and laughed, but rarely yelled across the park.

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Programming-challenged foodie here, trying to create a cooking activity for a staff event: From a list, you choose ingredient A as a starting point. Then you choose other ingredients to add to A (D and W, say), and see the result: A+D+W—a dish you can make at home. How can I create something (digital, paper, or otherwise) that allows people to choose any ingredient, add any others, and see a possible resulting dish?To be clear: this is not an activity using actual food—it's just a visual representation of what putting different ingredients together will get you. Just adding one ingredient to another would be easy, of course—I'd just make a chart or a spreadsheet that kicked out a result of A+B, or C+H, or whatever. But the point of the exercise is to show people how you can keep a pantry of staples on hand, then create different dishes depending on what you might have in the fridge (or what else you have in the pantry, for that matter). So I'd like to be able to make it a little more dynamic, pulling together maybe three ingredients per turn, with a total list of ingredients to choose from of 8 or 10 items. I just don't know what platform, program, or app I would use, and what the mechanics at work would be. As I have very limited programming skills, and downright horrible math skills, is this too much for me to try to bite off (har har)? Or am I thinking about this all wrong altogether—could I accomplish this on paper or by some other means?

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I have a 3rd generation Moto G with Android 6.0. When I connect it to my PC with a USB cable, there are files that exist on the phone - mp3's and photos - that are invisible to my PC. There are other mp3's and photos on the phone that are not invisible. Why can't my PC see these files? Is there a way to make them visible? Is there a faster way to move these invisible songs and photos from my phone to my PC than copying them to Google Drive and then downloading them?I know I need to tell the phone to use the USB to transfer files (MTP) or to transfer photos (PTP) and I've done that. But I still can't see all the files from my PC, though I can see the folders they're in. I just got this phone a few months ago. It replaced a 2nd generation Moto G and I used Motorola Migrate to move my music and photos from the old phone to the new one. It seemed as if the invisible files might all be ones that were migrated from the old phone. But yesterday I moved some of the files I could see to my SD card and now they're invisible too. So it's not just migrated files. And there are other files that were invisible even before they were on the SD card, so it's not just an SD card thing. (Everything on the SD card is invisible, however.)

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Solutions and Other Problems is due to be published by Allie Brosh this October.

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We have been labeling plants in a public garden with 1 inch bamboo and black text printed on clear all weather label tape. These labels don't last as long as we'd like them to and we're looking for ideas on how to fix this so we don't have to replace 40% of them each year.We are currently using HGe-S strong adhesive high grade clear tape and printing 36 point font using a Brother P-touch 9700PC. The bamboo is via AM. Leonard. Here is a photo of an example of one of these labels. The problems we are having are: the label unsticks itself at the edges and/or the bamboo cracks and decays. Since there are a few hundred of these labels, removing them in the late fall and putting them up again in the spring would be painful - remembering where a totally invisible plant is in the early spring is lots of fun, not to mention the 25 or so hydrangea cultivars that I'm awful at distinguishing. (Yes, plant maps are on our to do list, but likely won't happen until next year or later). I've had two thoughts on how to help either or both of these problems but am seeking additional information because google is kind of failing me on both. 1. Can we seal the bamboo after the label goes on to encourage the label to stay on and the bamboo to not crack? What kind of sealant? I've heard that bamboo, because it is very smooth, doesn't take well to being dipped in something like polyurethane. 2. Is there a vaguely cost effective way of laser burning the text on the bamboo? We've already thrown a bunch of money into label tape so an additional $1000 (or more if it really works well) is probably reasonable. Bamboo is an irregular cylinder so I'm wondering if this is a pain in the butt or something that people deal with frequently who do this sort of thing. 3. Are we using the right kind of bamboo for this? Is there better, longer lasting bamboo that doesn't cost a huge amount more than we're already paying? 4. If we have to change our material from bamboo to something else, we are quite concerned about how things look and would like to keep it a natural material and have zero interest in something plastic or metal. In my opinion, those metal labels make gardens look like cemeteries with lots of grave markers.

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Tomorrow is my last day at a job I've been at for years. For all that time, the company has owned my only computer and my only phone. Much of what's on both is the company's, and of course I'll leave that behind. There are some personal documents that I know are mine, and I know how to keep them. Is there other stuff tucked away on the Mac or the iPhone that I may want to keep? What, and how?The computer is a MacBook Air. I'll buy a replacement for it, but probably not until the new models come out (likely mid-June). Until then, I'm saving my things on an external hard drive. -My personal email at least is in a separate google account, so I should be all set with that. -I use google photos, and I see sync messages sometimes, so I think my photo library is all set(?) -The applications all belong to the company, so I'll leave those behind (and I can't just back up the whole computer). -A keychain file (com.apple.security.plist) is what prompted this question, when I heard that I may need that. What/where else should I check for things that I might want to keep? The phone is an iPhone 6. I already replaced it with another iPhone 6 (that I bought used). I backed up the company iPhone to the computer, and then restored the used iPhone from that backup. -I initially thought that got everything I needed. I clicked around in a bunch of apps and things generally looked good. So, I backed up the replacement iPhone to the computer and to iCloud, and switched over to using the replacement iPhone for several days. -Then, I found out it didn't get some contacts. I've just been recreating them as I come across gaps. -Then, I found out it didn't get any of my music or ringtones because I hadn't checked some 'Sync' checkboxes. So, I used DeTune (with help) to grab those. Now I'm wondering if there's other stuff I missed, and if so, what I should do about it. I still have both phones, but I'm hesitant to futz with them any more unless there's something important missing. I've been in this job for years, so anything that I'd ever have on a computer or a phone is on their computer and their phone. I don't want to take anything I shouldn't, but I also don't want to end up kicking myself for missing something I would have been ok to take if I'd known. I'm not tech-phobic, but not tech-savvy either.

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What is this unearthly plant?There are a few of these things growing under my apple tree. (SW UK) What are they? Are they poisonous?

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The Asteroid Field, covered by Evil Genius Orchestra. Appropriate for the date. Or, perhaps, you'd prefer Montefiori Cocktail's rendition of the Star Wars Main Theme. Or perhaps my favorite SW based bit of music is the sample-created Stay On Target (Almost There) from Rebel Scum.

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