I came across a clip from the Reagan/Bush presidential debates and it was staggering how much they sounded like “centrist” Democrats. That’s the Republicanism of my youth (Gen-X). Has anyone put together a sequence of how the messaging has evolved (especially with the impact of Fox News’ arrival) and the extremely tenor shift of GOP messaging and tactics? Happy for anything that collates similar material relative to the Democrats.
Hello. Please explain these two spam-like emails I received, which did not get routed into my spam folder. Usually I ignore such stuff, but I know next to nothing about this sort of thing. Please explain it like I'm a toddler. [more inside]
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I know plaintiffs and defendants (and by extension, their attorneys) are discouraged from discussing pending court cases publicly (for reasons I don't fully understand). But what about after a case is decided or settled? Where are the victors bragging about justice served, or the angry losers railing against an unjust legal system? I'm interested in both civil and criminal cases. [more inside]
I need to know how to calculate the delta t between "inside" and "outside" given a u factor of either .0555 or .0333. Inside of the cooler is to be at 1 degree Celsius, ambient outside the cooler is 23.5 degrees Celsius. I used to know how to do this, but I cannot remember
I work in an office environment where classic, business casual is the dress code. I have noticed over the years in buying classic dress socks that all men's dress socks are thin. What gives? [more inside]
I want to use a part of a painting for a logo. It is a painting from Picasso, let's say this one: https://www.amazon.com/Horse-Pablo-Picasso-Sketch-Print/dp/B06WRQLCR6 and I want to incorporate the head of the horse into my logo. What rules do apply here? Picasso died 1972 so his paintings are still copyrighted, so I can't reproduce them without auithorization. Is my case special? Is it relevant that I only use a small part? [more inside]
When things are going well, I'm good at taking care of myself, but I neglect my physical and emotional health badly when things are tough. How do I change this? [more inside]
I haven't had a relationship or really a date since before Covid. I'm a male in my 30s, and I've been talking to a woman in her late 20s but I've been getting very confusing signals and the nature of the relationship has changed. Should I ignore her or pursue it? Details within. [more inside]
I'm creating a new exercise playlist, after getting burned out on the ones I have. I came across the song Ring of Fire, originally by Johnny Cash, covered by Social Distortion. I was blown away by how good it is! What is your favorite song that was covered by another band? Thanks!
I need resources on how transmasculine people deal with pregnancy - deciding whether to do it in the first place, keeping dysphoria at bay during and after, etc. [more inside]
The past was scary. If I knew what I know now, I would've broken up a long time ago, back when the worst happened. It's never okay for a partner to call you in the middle of the night for days just to tell you to fuck off. But now we've both grown. We're happy. Do I still leave? [more inside]
Do you have any advice for avoiding overly heated responses when attempting to learn about gender identity online? Is it just part of the package I have to learn to deal with? [more inside]
I take a lot of photos. I like to edit those photos on various different devices. I am looking for an easy/streamlined way to store my photos in a way that I can access them from whatever device I want to use, in a way that doesn't lose file quality. More details about devices, current cloud storage situation, etc, inside! [more inside]
Toying with the idea of using some vacation time on a solo or pair writing retreat later this year. I could go to a standard cute B&B but if I'm going someplace specifically to stay in my room/in the building, I'd rather stay somewhere that was at least a little strange. [more inside]
Got a great job working for a local farm, where I'll be delivering their produce. Any recommendations for outdoor clothing? [more inside]
i am genderfluid presenting as male due to work and society pressures but i prefer to present as female when possible. last night i uploaded several pics of both gender presentations to Bumble in the process of creating an account, and they keep deleting my cutest female picture with a generic non-explanation saying it's breaking their photo guidelines. [more inside]
I have a Mac and a Raspberry Pi. I have a text file with a list of a few thousand words. I want the list split into separate lists of all nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. If a word can be used as multiple parts of speech, it should end up in multiple lists. This is just for a silly project and it only needs to be done once, so the way it gets done can be sloppy or hacky. I'd rather not do it manually since it would take way too long.
I need to replace some towels and should probably get a set of sheets. I would like to shell out for sort of the best in a middle-class-boring sense. What should I buy? [more inside]
Can I do neti-pot / nasal rinse with bottled water, if it's not labeled "distilled"? [more inside]
With Mini McGee entering high school, we have entered the Brave New World of children with phones. What are some interesting sites we could add to his browser's "allowed" list? [more inside]
My landlord says I can have a cat but only if I provide proof that I have renter's insurance that covers pet damage. [more inside]
Is there a forum or subreddit where a guy can ask a question about running shoes and not get flamed/piled-on/etc. by divas and assholes? [more inside]
How to build a grocery shopping list by selecting from a list of items that I have previously…listed [more inside]
I have grown pumpkins! They are delicious! They are super full of big fat pulp-covered seeds that also look delicious! I want to eat the seeds somehow, but I do not have the manual dexterity/endurance to de-pulp, wash, and dry the seeds so that they can be roasted. There's gotta be some other way I can turn them into food, right? ..... Right? [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for fine dining restaurant with Potomac River view. Located between Old Town Alexandria to the south and Georgetown to the north. Bonus points for rooftop dining.
I'm getting conflicting information on the latest covid test. [more inside]
I do cardio in the morning but to prevent excessive sweating all day I take significant steps (cold water, cold shower, air-dry in cold air, ice packs in key spots) to bring my core temperature to the point where I'm only lightly sweaty. But now I'm wondering how much of the benefit of raising my heart rate and forcing my body to cool itself I'm losing, particularly in terms of calories burned. Anyone know?
Is there a type of person I can hire who will come to my condo, figure out what needs to be fixed/maintained/etc., and then do those fixes? A handyperson would do the fixes, but I really need someone to say something like 'oh, that gap really needs some caulk soon" or "that needs to be replastered" or "you're going to need a new water heater in X years" or whatever because I have no idea WTF I'm doing or what needs to be done to maintain my condo. Is this a thing? Is it a thing in NYC specifically? What is it called?
Yes, it's an NYC-filter, and an NYC-beach-filter to boot. But I'm having a devil of a time finding this out - are there lockers I can use as a solo visitor to Coney Island to secure my stuff while I'm swimming? [more inside]
I have been meaning to migrate my personal email and calendars from Google for a while...but I keep being intimidated by figuring out the logistics. I'm hoping the hive mind can help! [more inside]
A common theme in film and television are speakeasies that turn into a reputable establishment with a flip of a switch. Is this a reference to a specific movie or were there actual speakeasies that had some sort of mechanical means of changing their appearance? I'm not talking about speakeasies that require a code to get in, but physically turning into something they're not. [more inside]
I want to buy mug warmers to keep on my bedside table and desk to keep my drinks warm but I am worried about safety, given that I am super forgetful (hence cold tea) and have a lot of cats around. How hot do these get? If a pillow fell on top of one, would it catch fire? Would the cat??
We have a cement-lined pond that hasn’t held water for a long, long time. We’ve removed the dry plants and earth from it and would like to make it watertight. What would be the easiest and/or best way to do that? [more inside]
We have a wooden fence in our backyard with a small garden bed next to it which is held up with a ~25 cm thick stone brick and mortar retaining wall. The garden bed is about 1 m measured from the retaining wall to the fence. We want to plant a couple of trees in the garden bed to hopefully provide some privacy, as neighbors are currently able to see over the fence into our backyard. But we want to make sure that the trees don't damage the retaining wall. [more inside]
My wife wants to give up masking for covid. I think we should continue. [more inside]
I've been seeing ads for Flash Pack, Intrepid travel and other group travel packages for what they call "solo travellers", what are these actually like? [more inside]
In The French Dispatch, there's a moment (18m30s) where a transition happens and I'm wondering if it has been used previously in any other films (to avoid spoilers, I'll detail it below) [more inside]
Pretty much what it says on the tin. Context below the fold ... [more inside]
I'm taking a workshop in Eugene OR for a few days at the end of August and am taking the whole week there to get out of the house. What are your recommendations for low key amusements and food? (difficulty level: vegan) [more inside]
I’m turning 30 next week! But I’m in a weird transitional phase of life where I’ve just made a bunch of changes that will improve my life in the long term, but currently have me feeling weird and a bit sad. I’d like to do something for myself to mark the occasion and maybe cheer myself up a little, too. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
For reasons, I'd like to make it possible for someone to view a collection of photos in ordinary folders on macOS. The ideal solution would be if the gallery view in macOS Finder would show titles and captions. But I haven't found a way to make it do that. Is there? [more inside]
I am swapping out old bathroom vanity lights that have an attached 3-prong grounded electrical outlet, but the new fixtures do not have the outlet. I have questions about what to do with extraneous wiring. [more inside]
A mouse has been visiting our apartment this summer. In my experience, the only way to really deal with mice in an apartment is to seal up the cracks and keep them out — but an exterminator has done this twice already and the mouse has chewed through the steel wool and plaster within a week! How can I keep these little shits (pun intended) out? [more inside]
Next week (8/15-8/19) I will be traveling along the northern California coast, and I am looking for two things, between Mendocino and Eureka: 1. The best antique shop, specifically for someone who is in the process of remodeling their Victorian home. 2. The best vintage shop, specifically for someone (11yo girl) who is obsessed with "old timey" clothes. Yelp reviews are all over the place, so I would appreciate personal suggestions. Thanks!
I often hear the advice that people should only have children because they really, truly want them, not because our society says it's a necessary milestone in life. This seems very sensible to me, but got me wondering - what does really, truly wanting kids feel like? Is it one of those "if you have to ask, it's not for you" situations, or is there room for ambivalence? Particularly looking for perspectives from folks who are (or would be) the child-bearing partner in a family.
On this day in 2009, I attended a concert and had a brief encounter with a Brian Eno-related t-shirt. Now I'm trying to find that shirt. What could it have been? [more inside]
A couple weeks ago I found a web page with a long list of shelters/rescues in the Los Angeles area--but the key thing was the number of pets at each shelter was listed. Please help me find it again! It wasn't fancy, but I think had check boxes to choose which shelters to search. Mainly I want to see which locations have the most animals to go look for a new dog.
This is such an obvious question, but I couldn't find any answers. How Do I Get a List of all the Movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime with an IMDB Rating of 7+? With the heavy competition for streaming subscribers, you would think they would make it easy to find the good stuff!
I'm still in a competitive scavenger hunt that takes me across Boston, to be the first to find a small token. They are placed in the last few days and just released. It's fun, but I'm in a competition where we are supposed to "use all of our resources". Askmi is a resource, right? [more inside]
I like challenges like the Seattle Public Library's summer book bingo, or re-reading all the Discworld books in a logical order. What's something I could do along those lines, but for TV? Not necessarily "Watch every episode of (this particular series)" but something more complex? [more inside]
I would like to see a Venn diagram of symptoms and diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Has anyone created something like that? [more inside]
It seems like whenever I order a steak at a restaurant and take leftovers home, someone says "steak and eggs tomorrow morning!" Which sounds great, but I've never found a preparation of leftover steak + eggs that is really satisfying. Do you have a great version that works well with leftover steak? Tell me about it!
I feel like this might be such a dumb question that I'm going to get mocked, but please bear with me. I just tried this "DALL-E" image thing ... is it searching the universe for pictures that fit my description, or is it literally making them up from scratch? I asked for a picture of a bowl of oranges against a blue backdrop -- are these somebody's real oranges, or is this completely new and made up only after I asked for it?
I’m looking for songs sung from the perspective of someone who got dumped for someone else, and now the person who dumped them got dumped or hurt by the person they left them for. [more inside]
I have a question about potentially triggering material in the most recent Thor movie, Love and Thunder. Inevitable spoiler alert so there's [more inside]
I've worked with some top talent at design agencies that produced amazing web apps and website design. As in some projects I've been on have been nominated at Cannes and other big industry events. I've always been on the development side and was spoiled as I would always take these great designs and make them actually work. I often have projects I want to do on my own but I'm paralyzed by not being able to design anything myself. How do I get better at it? What tools do I use? [more inside]
I’m helping a relative figure out how to best invest around $200,000 which is going to be their retirement fund. The thing is, they are already 65 - not retired yet but not far off. Is it as simple as putting as much cash as possible into the 401k? [more inside]
I had a UTI two months ago that got better after treatment, but now I have the same symptoms and tested negative (including culture). WTF do I do now? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
About two months ago, I had a reasonably severe anxious episode. This has now mostly passed, so why do I still feel shaky and jittery, and find myself with a tremor (unless I work to suppress it)? [more inside]