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Skype and the Afterworld [Nov. 21st, 2015|02:03 pm]
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A few weeks ago, I received a notification on Skype about the birthday of a childhood friend of mine who sadly passed away this summer. I was in total shock to get this notification because I have not been in contact with this girl for almost 10 years and we've never had each other as contacts on Skype(!) or even had each others emailaddress or anything like that. If you have Skype, you know you get notified about your contacts birthdays but how could I get receive a notification about someone who I've never been in contact with on Skype? I can not for the life of me understand HOW I could get that notification!

I'm 23 and lost contact with this girl (let's call her S) as we got into our teens but before that we were best friends since kindergarten. I was very sad to hear about her passing away and went to her funeral with another childhood friend who, like me, was best friends with S when we were little. My mother and sister also came to the funeral as we all used to be close to S and her family (and still are close to an extent, S's aunt was at our house for my sister's graduation party only two days before S suddenly passed away).

Fastforward to a few weeks ago, I received this notification about S's birthday and I almost couldn't believe what I saw. Later in the day, the notification was gone and when I thought about it I was sure it had to have been a dream but no - I had shown the notification to my mother and she tells me it definitely happened. Only a few days before this happened, my mother had met S's mother in a store (they've also talked a few times on the phone since S passed away) who've talked about how she believes in an afterlife and the spirit world and believes that S is sending her signs from "the other side". So when I got this very odd notification on S's birthday, my mother wanted to immediately call S's mother to tell her about it but I stopped her because I thought "what if there's a logical explanation to this?" I didn't want to tell S's mother and imply that her dead daughter has contacted me if it actually was something else.

On Skype, have you ever gotten a birthday notification from someone who you've never had in your contacts? Do you think this is something that can happen and in that case, how?

What do you think about the notification I received on S's birthday?

Do you think I should tell S's mother about this?
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um [Nov. 20th, 2015|11:43 pm]
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I have been living with my boyfriend for 3 months. We've been together for about a year; since October 2014. Last night, he told me he's been thinking about going somewhere far off for school (for another undergrad degree). Far off as in England (we're in Toronto). I'm 26, he's 24.  I have a Masters degree, he has an undergrad degree. I'm panicked because I think we'll just break up somewhere in the course of us doing a LDR while he's on another continent. This is the first serious relationship either of us have been in. Should I look into finding ways to follow him to Europe or should I just let it go? 
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Regarding a Time Off Request [Nov. 20th, 2015|09:09 pm]
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Situation: I requested time off from my job to spend time with family in about three weeks. It's a one-day thing, and I didn't say much else other than "family coming for visit" in the reasoning box. I did it (maybe?) two weeks ago. I got into specifics with some people, and those people aren't important.

Next week, I find out the fate when the schedule for the week of 12/6 is posted. It might be up either the day before Thanksgiving or the day of. I can look at the time off program on the company computer in the stockroom the next time I go in to make it easier, but I don't want to log on just for the sole purpose of checking that out.

Is there any way I can discuss this with someone face-to-face, though? I know they haven't sat down to make it, but I just want to make sure I can tell them that I can be to work at any other time in the week leading up to the date in question.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2015|07:44 am]
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Someone brought a bag full of huge homegrown turnips to the office today, right next to the friday donuts it says "free turnips". Should I take one?

WTF do you even do with turnips?
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2015|09:43 pm]
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what are some things people do (or say) in an effort to be witty/clever that make you cringe?
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What word was he thinking of? [Nov. 19th, 2015|06:08 pm]
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In an interview published the day before his company's IPO, the CEO of Tinder said
Apparently there’s a term for someone who gets turned on by intellectual stuff. You know, just talking. What’s the word?” His face creases the effort of trying to remember. “I want to say ‘sodomy’?

What word was he actually trying to come up with?


Source: http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/tinder-im-an-addict-says-hookup-apps-cocreator-and-ceo-sean-rad-a3117181.html
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2015|12:52 pm]
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What are you doing for International Men's Day today, TQC?
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Check engine light [Nov. 19th, 2015|06:37 am]
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Why is my car's check engine light on?

Its a white car with black tires and an aftermarket Sony radio.
I just changed the wipers last week

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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2015|11:26 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]

Do you know of any informative articles or links to read for those who are considering a career change?

Bonus DK/DC: What do you plan to NOT do this holiday season?
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2015|09:32 pm]
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When you look advice, are you most likely to go to friends, family, professionals, or Internet strangers?
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2015|07:27 pm]
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What is a "yoot"?
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(no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2015|03:32 pm]
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I made my own pumpkin puree this fall and greatly overestimated how frequently I need pumpkin puree. I have just over ten cups in my freezer. Do you have any pumpkin recipes to share with me?
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Scottish whiskey [Nov. 17th, 2015|12:33 pm]
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For Good luck?

Update. So. I see some difficulties appeared when solving a puzzle. Ok.
The question is: What to do if the Scotch was smashed on the floor and there's no open store nearby?
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2015|10:29 pm]
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What's the meaning of life? (Hitchhikers, I'm looking at you ;])

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Burpless cucumber [Nov. 16th, 2015|03:22 pm]
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Is there really such a thing as a burpless cucumber? The regular cucumber is NOT burpless.

What food is a major burp generator for you?

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Banking woes [Nov. 16th, 2015|02:41 pm]
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The Bank of Montreal and RBC are both emailing me and telling me my accounts are in jeopardy.
As much as i can remember i have never opened accounts at either institution.
Do i have stockpiles of monies i did not know about? How do i get these monies?

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Web Mastering [Nov. 16th, 2015|01:52 pm]
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TQC members who have a non-blog style website (generic static web presence, business, whatever), what hosts/domain registrars would you recommend?

I am trying to get a web presence sorted for my English editing/tutoring freelance business and after a morning of Googling reviews I feel like I have hit information overload.

My boyfriend will be the one building the page, at least initially, so I have no need for a WYSIWYG-style editor or builder. (And he's good at what he does, so it won't look like crap.) The site will primarily be a static presence (information about rates, services, availability etc.), a contact form, and maybe an infrequently-updated blog section (here are some vacation photos, happy holidays everyone, commentary on a language-related news story, etc.). I'm not selling anything directly on the site, so my needs really aren't fancy.

Basically I want something cheap and reliable that will allow me to have an email address that's a little more professional than a gmail one.

DK/DC: Breadcrumbs on macaroni and cheese: essential or no?
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(no subject) [Nov. 15th, 2015|11:15 pm]
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Which website would you use to organize a book club with your friends?

We were thinking Facebook because everyone already has it but facebook groups don't really exist anymore so we're not sure it would work.

Okay so facebook groups still exist. Do you have any other ideas or do you think that would work best?
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(no subject) [Nov. 15th, 2015|09:32 pm]
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I accidentally left a few packages of raw chicken legs on my counter for approximately 2 hours.  They were wrapped in plastic shopping bags and then inside of a reusable canvas shopping bag.  It's cool in my apt but not cold.  I put them in the fridge as soon as I realized they were there.  Do you think they will be ok? 
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2015|03:30 am]
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Do you believe in ghosts?
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