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Someone hacked a PayPal account to buy an item from me on eBay (my old iPad). PayPal resolved the claim in our favor and we both got our money back, but now I want to go after this derelict. I want justice! For me, for the person that owns the PayPal account (who I talked to and she's very nice), and for anyone he might rip off in the future.I used signature confirmation so I know his name. He used his real home mailing address so I have that. I looked him up and have his Facebook profile URL, his Twitter account, his Instagram account -- as well as my documented claim on PayPal. Obviously he's not the sharpest tool in the tool shed. I hate the idea of him just getting off totally free. Sure, we got our money back, but he's just going to keep ripping people off. I want him to at least get a talking to from the police. So my question is, what's the right course of action for this? Do i just phone up the police in that town and talk to them? Would they even care? Is this in their jurisdiction?

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We are new home owners and a hole about 5" in diameter appeared in our front yard. I believe it is a rabbit hole because I've seen rabbits running around my front yard. I do not want to kill the rabbits, but I want them to dig a nrw hole that is some where not in my yard. How do I fill this hole so the rabbits decide to relocate?

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Someone bought me a small container of daffodils. Now that they are almost done flowering, what do I need to do to ensure that they survive to bloom again next year?Here is a picture of the tiny pot they came in. There are four bulbs crowded in there, with roots coming out the top and bottom of the container. The internet agrees that I should deadhead the flowers and let the leaves continue to make food for the plant until they die back (in the fall?). The internet does NOT agree, however, on whether they should be repotted, when, if I should fertilize them, stick them in the fridge, etc. Pertinent information: - I do NOT have access to a garden, yard, or any type of open ground to transplant them to. They'll have to be potted forever, but I can get a pretty big pot if that's what they need. - I live in Southern Europe, zone 9, with very hot, dry summers and mild winters with a month or so of hard freezes. - My windows/balconies all face due west, and get direct sun from 2pm - 9 pm. - My thumb is pretty green. Gardeners of metafilters, how do I keep my daffodils happy so they will bloom again next year?

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We know you love your library! Ever wonder what it would be like to become a book? Where would you be in the library? Which Dewey Decimal [hundred] number would you be given? Take this quiz to find out!

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I'm trying to find the name of an artist, whose work was picked up on thisiscolossal.com, but none of the search terms I can think of are getting me anywhere. The artist made images where they would take multiple photos of a skyline, for example, from the exact same position, throughout the day. Then they would splice those images together so that it would look like the exact same skyline (it wasn't scrambled or cubicised or anything), but at the center it would be early morning, surrounded by a band of mid-morning, surrounded by a band of afternoon, then evening, then night. I have a feeling that one of the skylines was Hong Kong, or Shanghai, but I'm not positive about that. Anyone know what/whom I'm talking about?

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Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."

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Any downsides, considerations, things I may not have thought of, in the idea of using my Google Voice number as the general number for all my credit card, banking, merchant etc. needs? Is it advisable?Last week I had a question about a cheap prepaid phone for emergencies. I have made my decision, but there was a minor complication in that I was not sure if I could later port a number from my other carrier to the new one after a few months. The T-mobile rep claimed - to my surprise - that it'll be no problem at all to get a new number now with t-mobile and then port my verizon number over to the t-mobile and substitute after a few months. Be that as it may, I had been thinking that it's a bit of a nuisance every time I need to change the number or whatever, and whether it doesn't make sense to have one general number like my Google Voice number that I can have associated with my credit card, banking, merchant and other needs, and that way not have to change it for however long GV lasts. In a way, isn't that the mission and raison d'etre of GV in the first place? Of course, the immediate risk I see is that one day GV may go the way of any number of Google services which are arbitrarily killed. I'm ok with that, as I figure there will be enough warning to make alternate arrangements. Privacy issues - I'm resigned to the fact that there is no such thing really anymore, what with everyone from the government to random corporations snooping on our data with no holds barred, so I don't stress over it, and I use gmail and whatever else without much more than a shrug. However, the hive mind has millennia of cumulative experience and wisdom, so I thought I'd throw it out there to see what I've missed in this plan, the Marathon Man question: is it safe?

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The I Touch Myself Project uses the Divinyls' iconic song to encourage breast self-examination. A number of Australian female singers including 'Little Pattie' (Patricia Amphlett, Chrissy's cousin), and Olivia Newton-John, a 'breast cancer thriver', have come together to cover the song for the Project. Behind the scenes. Chrissy's husband, Charley Drayton, talks about Chrissy, their relationship, her diagnosis, and the motivation behind the Project. Chrissy died of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis just under a year ago (previously). At the time, Charley said "Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit I Touch Myself would remind women to perform annual breast examinations".

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I have a few cassette tapes that survived third class mail from Ohio to Sierra Leone and back in the early seventies, and then have been pretty much left alone for the last 40 years. We have been digitizing them lately and on two of them the end of the tape has detached itself from the spool. I need someone who knows this stuff backwards and forwards to reattach them and/or digitize the content for us. I remember fixing cassette tapes myself back when they were the preferred media, but I also remember having about a 5% failure rate. Way too high for this operation. Company recommendations (US preferably) would be gladly received.

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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

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If a female personage were to be putting together gear for a "Nature Excursion" -- really something less than a day hike, more like just a couple three hours - what on earth does that look like?My previous experience with being outdoorsy is all about horses. I know how to dress for horse-related activities, and I have all that. But for generalized hiking I'm totally lost. I'm going on a getaway vacation to Portland soon, and we'll likely end up in Forest Park for a few hours one day, or we'll drive out to Eugene and do something similar, and then have dinner with friends. I have literally. no. idea. what kind of kit is reasonable for this kind of excursion. Shoes? Clueless. The whole thing. Tell me what I need. I am literally talking no more than 4 hours, probably never far from actual civilization or transit. Please assume all my "athletic" shoes are chucks, save the ONE pair of barefoot Merrells I use for rowing. Indoor rowing. While cost is not really a problem, I wouldn't want to spend a huge amount of money on things I reasonably won't use again. I have workout tights that I use for . . working out . . sports bras and so on., I can do that. But for like, casual hiking around? I have no idea of what is normal or customary. Make fun all you want just give me some idea of how not to look like a fool and end up crippled by my footwear.

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Dark Horse in 20 different styles | One girl sings 14 genres | Multi-genre Gujarati (previously: 1, 2) Bonus: One rap in 5 languages and Disney and Pixar sing Let It Go.

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This is one of the weirder questions I've hopped on here to ask, but I figured if anyone would have the answer, it'd be the MeFi Hivemind. I'm working with a team on a game that was happily funded some time ago. Because its a retro nostalgia-thon, we'd love to offer a limited run of SNES boxes customized to our game. Finding the template was no problem, finding a printer is quite another. We'd prefer to ship them flat, but cut and scored so that when people got them at home, they could just fold and glue and blammo. We're having trouble finding a printer who could meet those needs- All of our previous print experience is in screen/offset/apparel, not in a weird custom job like this. Suggestions or thoughts on how to bring our SNES box to life?

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We're setting up our dream media room and I'd like to dedicate a second, smaller monitor that will be alongside our larger tv to displaying weather, scores, news, in a ticker-like fashion. I'm envisioning watching baseball games while the MLB Gameday thing follows along to the side. Or maybe a mock Wrigley-style old school school board of other games. Or weather advisories or news flashes being able to pop up while I'm watching a movie. Really, the possibilities are endless. What's my best way to do this?Hooking the monitor up is easy. I have plenty of outputs and my HTPC has a lot of juice, so the meager needs of such a thing shouldn't be an issue. My question is how do I best provide content to the thing? I dimly remember an episode of DIY's sometime fun, sometimes horrifyingly terrible Man Caves in which they used an online service to provide a continuously updating sports ticker. But when I tracked that down, the company they used is defunct. (FWIW, I'm not a "man cave" kinda guy. My wife and kid are fully on board for the ride. Just mentioning it as a place I saw a thing.) And anyway, I'd like the info on my ticker screen to have a little more variety. Should I custom build some HTML pages with free sports and weather tickers like people used to use on their home pages and just open them in the screen and full size them? Is there a way I can have it cycle through pages on a loop? Is there a community or service where people are putting such things together already?

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My fiancee and I are thinking about buying a new or new-ish Toyota Matrix, but it's apparently really hard to get an accurate picture of how much it costs to own and operate a car that doesn't include depreciation. Any suggestions or insight?Yes, depreciation is a real thing, but it isn't an added expense sucking cash out of your wallet every month. Details: Ottawa, clean driving records, over 30.

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I'm currently in my 3rd of undergrad (BA, Psychology). I'm planning to do an honours thesis next year but am completely overwhelmed on deciding what to research on.My main reason for wanting to do an undergraduate thesis is that I really want to have first-experience with research, and as a potential gateway into grad school. I'm working as a research assistant so I have some idea on how research is conducted, but find the process overwhelming regardless. I've done a basic stats course, and have done various courses within the field (clinical, cognitive, developmental, social, to name a few). I'm especially interested in the developmental-cognitive domain (specifically infant language) - but everything looks like it is well-researched already. I know that it isn't entirely true, but I wouldn't know otherwise. How does one go about finding a topic to do a thesis on? Since I'm only in undergrad, I don't think they expect us to be very comprehensive but I am looking for any ideas or resources you may have in mind. Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? Thanks.

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If you converted from Catholicism to a Protestant denomination (or vice versa), what swayed you?I'm in my mid 20s, was raised Catholic, and fell away from my faith after college. My faith in God has always been strong, but my prayer life has never been structured. I care deeply about ethical issues, but not so much about technicalities when it comes to religion. I like the idea of belonging to a faith with a rich intellectual tradition (i.e. Catholicism), but the lack of a sense of community bothers me. The demographic at is mostly elderly and married where I'm located, so that might have something to do with it.

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I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.

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I have recently undergone a lot of change in my life - ended a long-term relationship, moved into a new place (previously lived with partner), quit a long-ish-term career (9 years including profession-specific study) and as a combination of the above, changing a lot of my social group. I think this is a sort of make-or-break crossroads time in my life - so would like to actively work on and question what I want to get out of my career/personal relationships. My therapist suggested doing "life check-ins" where I spend time thinking and writing down these things. Does anyone know of any "worksheets" that might give me some guidance to work with? Even a check-list would be helpful, but I'm envisioning maybe a list of questions. Google has brought up some options but I'm looking also for personal anecdata about what has worked for mefites. Thanks!

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Devil in the Room

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Twenty Seven pieces of artwork that defy comprehension; not because of the quality of work, which is amazing, but for the quality of work performed in the mediums used. Awe inspiring favorites include: - Pencil on Paper - Oil on Linen - Acrylic on Canvas - Graphite on Paper - Pencils on Watercolor Paper

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Looking for tips on making the best of summer in Washington, DC.When I moved back to DC from Seattle, I knew that the summer was going to be my least favorite part of living in DC. I've always hated hot, humid weather. Now after five years in the Pacific Northwest, where it's never humid or hot, and where the evenings are always cool, I am really dreading the infamous DC summer. However, this weekend's brief interlude of summery weather made me realize that it will be a lot better if I at least try to enjoy it, instead of just hiding in air conditioning and grumping about the heat. So those of you who have spent summers in DC, what have you done to make it bearable, or even enjoyable? Especially looking to hear from those who are not big summer people. I do like the beach and mountains, so those are definitely in the plans, as are evenings at bars with patios and shifting my dog's evening walk to dusk. I also have central air conditioning (for the first time in my life!) so that should help. My office dress code is casual, so I'll be able to get away with skirts/sandals/t-shirts. Beyond that, I'm looking for three things: 1. How to avoid feeling super-gross whenever I do spend time outside (ie, sweaty, flushed, frizz-haired) 2. Fun things to do that make being in DC in the summer less horrible and more summery! fun! (one note is that I burn faster than tissue paper, so I usually prefer summery things with shade rather than right out in the open - for some reason, the beach is an exception) 3. Places for my dog to swim. So far I've taken him to Shirlington Park, which I didn't like (too polluted and the swimming area wasn't fenced/right next to a major street), and the Kent Island dog beach, which was perfect. Oh, and I know there are a lot of street fairs/festivals in DC in the summer, but I don't really enjoy those. I do like outdoor music/movies, the aforementioned patios, swimming, hanging out in the shade.

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I know that some people are collectors, especially of art as an investment and I know that market can be particularly volatile. What is the likelihood that the "at auction"* price is the price that the seller actually gets?*Knowing of course that the auction house takes their cut.

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Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands. It's just making way for this, really.

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I feel a call to build a labyrinth. I might be able to do this in a public space (think college campus, or residence). What tips or guidance do you have about materials, plans, or the like?

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