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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi! I'm in need of a multipurpose travel bag and this Bric's folding duffel (in navy) seems like the perfect match. Except... the sides aren't flat. Instead, in a purse-like fashion, the ends of the zipper form triangles which then snap to the sides. Is this, in fact, a piece of women's luggage? Would it come off in the same way as a dude carrying a purse? I know how ridiculous the notion of gendered luggage is, but hey, fashion is weird. Please advise! (Nordstrom seems to categorize it under women's luggage, but if you search for the bag and click on the Men's section, it shows up there too.)

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This is an odd question I know, but are there any legal problems with releasing a stink bomb in your own garden or the entry behind your garden in the UK?I know this is probably a ridicolous idea and question I'm currently unable to spend much time in my garden due to some obnoxious people working in the two business units that are around 3m from the bottom of my garden. There's a lot of noise, but at least in a pinch I can wear headphones, although that defeats the point of me being in the garden as I want to hear the birds. The main problem though is that they're smoking cannabis in the rear fire escape route. This means that my garden is filled with the smell of cannabis smoke - the other day I opened my kitchen door and was hit by the smell. This gives me a splitting headache and means that I really can't be out in my garden until the smell goes away. As holding my breath or wearing a vapour mask isn't really an option. They've been told to keep the fire exit doors shut by the letting agent and the environmental health officer. They say they'll keep them shut to these people, then will open the doors and keep them open throughout the day. Having experience of someone else who was like this, I know that sometimes the only way to get them to listen isn't with words but actions. For instance my ex fiance, when he was lodging with me left bread crumbs all over the kitchen, despite me asking him nicely to clean up after himself. He'd say he would but never did. The only time he did start cleaning up after himself was when I put his bread crumbs in his bed. Obviously this would never normally be my first choice, but I feel that the only way to stop them smoking cannabis is to make life uncomfortable for them in some mild way. For more information they're smoking in a fire escape route that they're using to store old tyres, next to a metal cabinet that I'm presuming is a solvent safe, and by the open fire exits of a car body shop with flammable paints etc. So it's not just that I can't go in to my garden when they're doing this, it's also a safety issue. So my idea is to get some stink bombs and each time they start smoking cannabis right next to my garden, I'll drop one in my garden next to the gate. I've never used a stink bomb before, so I presume in the open air they'll dissapate fairly quickly. But hopefully it'll make it unpleasant enough for them temporarily to encourage them to not smake cannabis by the gardens and to shut the fire exit doors as they've been told to do. I'm going to tell my neighbour about the plan as he spends time outside during the day too. Though he's smelt the cannabis smoke as well as my friend further down the road. So hopefully he'll understand. I've contacted the police who said they won't do anything as it's just smoking and they lack manpower. Enviromental health say it's the police who need to deal with it. And the HSE say it's the job of enviromental health or the police to look into it. So I doubt they're going to just listen to the letting agent telling them not to smoke, as they've ignored him already. So I really have exhausted every option. So the main question is are there any legal reasons not to release a stink bomb in my own garden? Or possibly the joint entryway next to my neighbour's garden? As I said, I'm aware that this must sound like a ridiculous plan but I can't think of anything else, so other ideas are very welcome.

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Late in the evening, early in the morning, really, on this day, at just about this time, 72 years ago, Norbert Masur, a Swedish volunteer from the World Jewish Congress sat down to talk to Heinrich Himmler in hopes of freeing and bettering treatment of Jews still remaining in concentration camps. Himmler was meant to arrive on the evening of the 20th, but was held up late celebrating Hitler's birthday and did not arrive until 2:30AM on the 21st. This is his first-hand account.

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I've been doing some research on North Korea's nuclear program just so I know more about the current situation. I am trying to find out if the Soviets actually helped the North Koreans get nukes, and what motivated the USSR to help North Korea with their nuclear program in the first place.Wikipedia says that the Soviet Union starting helping North Korea with their nuclear program in 1956, but people on Quora and some other sources say that the USSR didn't help North Korea with nukes. Does anyone know the real story here or can point me to accurate sources?

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I'm part of a small group of people reading Dr. King's Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? One of the men in the group has low vision and he will need an audio file. There is none to be had.Are we missing something? Is there a resource that we don't know about? I see that some of Dr. King's other works are available as audiobooks, but not this one. National Library for the Blind has Braille version but no tape. Any ideas? (He waved off our offer to read it aloud to him, he wants the file.)

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Almost 17 months ago (previously), MetaFilter enjoyed the tale of Biisuke, the ball who bravely saved his ball brothers after they were kidnapped by traversing a Rube Goldberg world full of enemies. Now can Biita and Biigoro return the favor? Find out in the action-packed, also-musical sequel Save Biisuke! Ball Brothers Big Adventure (SLYT). (The video in the 'previous' post has gone away but it lives on on dailymotion.)

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Can you identify the language in this cycling commentary? I think it's Scandinavian, maybe Norwegian?

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Our lawn has gotten pretty patchy overall and totally bare in some significant areas. I've been trying to reseed, but the birds keep coming and eating all of it. What do I do?It's a small lawn, maybe 600 square feet, and over the few years we've lived here it's gone from mostly pretty good to mostly pretty terrible. The dog pees out there and it's killed a lot of the grass, plus the lawn has receded away from the tree in the back corner where it's mostly shady. Aside from those problem areas, it's gotten kind of weedy and patchy, including a ton of onion grass (? or actual onions? I'm not entirely sure). I've tried seeding the big bare patch caused by the dog, but birds swoop in and eat all the seed before it has a chance to sprout. This last time around, I threw a little bit of extra dirt on top and a few blades are poking through, but they still managed to get the bulk of the seed. How do I keep the birds away while the grass grows? And how do I get the rest of the lawn fuller, knowing that the birds are just going to come back and eat all that seed?

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"On a day of general perturbation, I bring you a French bulldog, skateboarding in Clissold Park." Children's book critic Imogen Russell Williams went to the park, and in the skate bowl, a dog was skateboarding. So she took a 45 second SLTwitter video of it. Despite the fact that it hasn't learnt any tricks yet.

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What should I be reading now to educate myself in advance of a kitchen remodel? I'm open to book recommendations, magazines, blogs, etc...My husband and I would like to remodel our kitchen in the next few months. We are fairly new homeowners, and have a couple projects under our belt (both DIY and contracted) but this will be our first project of this size. I've spent some time on Apartment Therapy and Pinterest, and contacted one remodeling company so far. And I feel totally overwhelmed! We aren't sure exactly what we want, or how/whether we should DIY any parts of it. I could use both design ideas and basic information about how kitchens and remodels work (e.g., what's involved in maintaining various countertop materials? in what order to install floors, cabinets, and appliances?). My thought is that if I spent 50 bucks on books and 50 hours reading about kitchen remodels, I'd feel a lot more comfortable and confident talking to designers or contractors or the guy at the tile store. And I'd feel more confident making decisions to DIY, contract out to specialists, or go whole-hog and pay for an expert to coordinate everything. So, folks who have been down this road before: What should I read now? Either physical and electronic media welcome. Bonus problem: Our house was built in 1926, and is sort of charming (not the kitchen though--that's all Home Depot 1995). We're hoping to make the kitchen a little more consistent with the rest of the house, so resources that deal with this specifically would be awesome.

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This is essentially a "do you find this persuasive, and if not, why?"I had a (perfectly friendly, but a little exhausting) conversation with someone today about how they're turned off by SJWs starting shit on campuses, and how it's a freedom of speech issue, they should just be allowed to speak even if people disagree with them, etc. I pushed back on the framing about who is doing this (good grief), and gave my standard response to why I don't think freedom of speech is particularly relevant to this issue: Schools are under no obligation to provide a venue for anyone, if so the school should be allowed to set the terms, the students who don't like it have as much right to protest as the students who invited it. Finally, I always push back with the (to me) fairly simple point that the First Amendment simply says that state and local governments can't limit free speech, so the only context I can see in which a university/school/group would be infringing is if/when they were representing the government. Is this correct? Is there a better way to frame it? Do you find it convincing? The person in question didn't seem convinced.

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I have vague memories of a sci-fi short story that I would have read some time in the mid-to-late 70s, involving a kid, un-athletic and not capable of doing much physically, who discovers in the end that his physiology is perfectly suited for (if memory serves) Mars. Help me find this story?I have no idea what the original publication date would have been, or what collection of short stories I might have read it in. I know it's not Heinlein's "Misfit" or Pohl's "Man Plus". I don't remember much more about the story than presented above the fold. There was a lot of talk about how he was teased as a kid because he couldn't run to keep up with other kids, and stuff like that. Somehow, he (eventually, as an adult, maybe?) ends up on Mars and (*if* I remember this part clearly) runs low on oxygen in his suit, takes off his helmet (to die?) and discovers that he can breathe perfectly well. The story *may* have ended with something like "Laughing, he began to run", although Google's not coming up with hits on that. Ringing a bell for anyone?

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