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This is purely idle curiosity, but I've been wondering why Twitter-hosted images are served from twimg.com, and Facebook media from fbcdn.com, rather than something like img.twitter.com or cdn.facebook.com. What's the point of using a whole new domain name instead of a subdomain?
What are some affordable options for cruelty free cosmetics that are also waste free or low waste? I'm looking for options that preferably come in tins or recyclable glass that can be found at drugstore prices or slightly above drugstore prices. [more inside]
I read a sci-fi story that probably came out within the last 10 years about the challenges of effective immortality and divergent evolution on a generation ship, with some people preferring to die rather than use the new tech to become immortal. The ship eventually meets other humans, only to discover that they are now incredibly advanced to the point of being barely human, and now the immortal-gen-ship generation is faced with the same quandary as the generation who chose to die off at the start of the story. What is the name of this story?
My husband (who knows I'm asking this) will be on the job market again soon and I suggested that he might look for something other than coding positions. He's been coding for 20 years. It's all he knows. He can't even think of another position to apply for. Is there a direction I can point him in? [more inside]
Angel on one shoulder, devil on the other? I think I have Fred Rogers on one shoulder and General Zod on the other. I swing back and forth more than I would like between my kinder/agreeable/respectful side and my contemptuous "This planet must be cleansed with fire" side. I'd like to find a way to practice mindfulness/meditation (not sure I am using those terms right) to tilt my temperament more towards ol' Fred, but I'm wary getting started because I'm resolutely non-religious/non-spiritual and I don't want to sift through a bunch of woo or corny self-help schlock. Still there must be some way for me to find inner calm. Anything you would recommend? Books, CDs, whatever.
I am reading The World Only Spins Forward and finding it to be utterly enthralling. I'm looking for other stuff to read, as I have a very hard time lately finding things that hold my attention. [more inside]
Do you have any recommended software for plotting data onto a geographical map? [more inside]
Help me find a safe, clean, tetanus-free “junk yard” experience for my 9-year-old mechanically/technologically curious kid. My kid wants to collect scrap metal/busted mechanisms with which to invent new cool stuff. I’d like to provide her with lots of opportunity to indulge that curiosity. [more inside]
I'm leaving my PhD program in Switzerland to go back into industry in the U.S. While I was there, I took a medical leave of absence for six months. I came back for a year, but have decided that this program is not for me, and am eager to rejoin the workforce in the same field I was in before I started my PhD (which does NOT require a PhD to succeed). Since my employment gap is three years, is this too long to admit that academia was not a good fit for me? [more inside]
Is a NYS "legal separation" (a contract between my ex and myself, signed through lawyers and stamped by courts) count as unmarried by IRS standards, or do I have to file under "married filing separately"? You'd think this is a simple MFing question but noooooooooo. Warning: There is only swearing within, this is my entire question. [more inside]
What do we need to know about living out of a rented camper van for a couple of weeks this summer? What do we need to make sure we bring with us or buy? Tips or tricks for making it as easy and comfortable as possible? [more inside]
Aside from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, what other streaming platforms are out there, developing and/or presenting original content? I'm interested in all, no matter what size.
Are there any? A small business organizer app? Something that syncs with a web site? (Evernote?) Documentation tracking? Best scanner app, and a way to scan directly to Google Drive or
? Your brilliant solutions? [more inside]
The tenth anniversary of a close relative's tenth clean and sober anniversary is approaching. I wanted to find something in gold jewelry, like a necklace and pendant, as a congratulatory gift. I am asking for your help in finding a source of woman's jewelry that would commemorate her achievement. Price range US $300-600. Thank you for your help.
When I feel stressed I like to think about running away to live in the woods. Instead of doing that I'd like to read books about doing that. My Side of the Mountain is probably the definition of the genre, but I'm interested in your recommendations for regular and YA books. [more inside]
My living space is in desperate need of a makeover, but I'd appreciate some direction towards online retailers I might like. Where should someone with a budget a couple notches above Ikea and a love of beauty, particularly Asian and Mediterranean-influenced decor, buy home furnishings? [more inside]
What's the term for that thing where a group takes a word with a broadly accepted meaning, changes that meaning to something that suits their political aims, then argues (disingenuously, I think) as if the group's re-definition of the word was generally consensual?
Do you own something that is a little bit (or a lot) more than the basic or the practical, and it's just the best? Please, tell me about it! Examples inside. [more inside]
I have been in a PhD program for four years. Last week I was removed from it. I'd been struggling with mental health issues that affected my success in the program, my first PI dropped me last year, and (with department encouragement) my second PI just dropped me. I've taken my terminal master's for lack of other options. How do I put this on a resume? What do I do? [more inside]