I am of average education in scientific matters (my required so many credit hours in college for a liberal arts degree and so on), but I've become really interested in evolutionary science. I've read On the Origin of Species, but it seems like pretty much everything else out there is going to more or less require a lot of scientific knowledge to process properly. Can anyone direct me to any books on the subject that aren't too intimidating for a layman to tackle?
We adopted a rescue Saint Bernard a year and a half ago. He's an awesome dog, but he wasn't raised right and he has some issues. He is SUPER protective of our home, especially with strangers, but sometimes even with friends. We are trying to work through this with him, but don't expect too much out of him (he's six years old now).
When it's hot, we have the front door open with a strong baby gate across it, and the gate has a standard bright red "beware of dog" sign on it. I cannot believe how many people come up to our door and stand RIGHT NEXT TO THE FRONT DOOR, like less than a foot away, within easy biting distance for even a smaller dog. The sign is there for a reason. My dog WILL bite you if you come right up to the door. Who needs to stand that close to a door of a stranger anyway?
My question is, if someone disregards the sign and stands too close to the door and gets bit, are we liable for that? I don't want anyone to try to sue us or get our dog put down. I may need to put a chain up across the bottom of the stairs with a beware of dog sign and a bell or something. It would be overkill and a bit ridiculous, but people seem to be disregarding the existing sign. I'd rather not do that, and would like to know if we'd be liable if someone got bit before deciding how to proceed.
It's hitting noon now. There's a 3:10 showing of Harry Potter. I'd like to see it again. Should I go? If I do, I'm gonna call first and make sure it's not sold out or something. I really doubt it will be, since the movie's been out for a little bit already and it's a Monday afternoon, but just to be safe. xD
My friend posted to her twitter account, "I lost the necklace my boyfriend gave me for my birthday two years ago.... FML, I feel so lost without it. :("
You guys are fantastic at finding lost things despite never being around the person who lost them, so I ask you, oh mighty TQC, WHERE IS MANDY'S NECKLACE?
Alternatively, what is the strangest place you have found something you have lost? I always find ping pong balls in our veggie drawers of the fridge, and I don't understand how that happens, other than too much beer pong.
I am math stupid. Can any of you help me with this math problem?
This is from the Unemployment website. I'm trying to determine how much money my husband can make before it'll get deducted from his unemployment check. i.e. is it more profitable to not work and continue to search for a full time career or can he work part time and also receive unemployment.
I have been neglecting cutting my grass for so long that it is no too tall and too thick for my cheesey little mower to get through it. Should I just let it junglefy my backyard, or burn that shit down? Any other suggestions?
so im on SS disability, i would like to get a part time job but the thing is if i get a job do they stop giving me most the money they give me? i make like 500 a month. my problem is im going to college and im afraid that i might not be able to handle the job too and if i loose it then i will be stuck with no money. does any one know anything about this?
My wife and I are having a debate about the most universally useful commercial household product to keep in the kitchen. She thinks it's Onion Soup Mix, but I think it is Windex. Which one of us wins, and why?
Have any of you worked at Whole foods or knew anyone who worked for them?
I'm thinking of applying there because I'm not getting that many hours at my work, and I'm starting to hate it. I figured Whole foods would be good since I love it there anyway, it's way closer and stuff like that.
When you work at a supermarket, do you get employee discounts?
I live off-campus in the town I go to school in, and since I don't have a car, I ride my bicycle everywhere: to work, to class, to the store, etc. I have a heavy-duty bike lock for it that is coated in Kevlar to make it hard to cut through. I rode it to rehearsal last night and locked it to a bike rack and when I came out again to leave, the lock wouldn't accept my key. The key will fit in the lock almost all the way, but not enough to turn it to unlock it. I thought maybe my key had gotten banged up or something in my pocket, so I got a ride home, grabbed my spare bike lock key, and got a ride back to try it out. No luck. My lock somehow broke on me. I went to DPS, the university police, to ask them if they could cut my bike free for me. Unfortunately, since I live off-campus, it never occured to me to register my bike with them, so they have no proof that I actually own the bike.
They need proof that it's actually mine before they'll set it free; unfortunately, I have no photos of myself on the bike whatsoever. I tried calling the shop where I bought it from originally to get a copy of the sale invoice (or whatever it's called) faxed to DPS, only to find out that the bike shop went out of business two years ago!!
WHAT DO I DO? All I have is my three housemates' word that the bike is mine. D: Also,what the hell happened to my lock? Can I pick it somehow??
1. What new tricks should I teach my dog? She can already sit, stay, lay down, shake paws, fetch the newspaper, find my dad's shoes, bring things to certain people, etc. Her ACLs are messed up, so I don't want to teach things like "roll over" or whatever. I wanna do something fun!
2. If you have a dog, what are they trained to do?
This past weekend I was sitting on a bench next to my boyfriend. He had set a cup of coffee down near there, and I accidentally knocked it over, spilling it on his phone.
The thing wasn't sopping, but an entire side did get wet, and it wouldn't work right at first. He ended up listening to the advice of family members and dried it, then put it in the oven at a low temperature, and now the thing is working again.
If it hadn't started working again, though, this would be the third phone of his in a two-month span that was destroyed by a water related incident. His 18-ish month old daughter decided to drop one in a cup of water; the next one got wet in a downpour; and now this. I want to get him some sort of waterproof or water resistant case for it, sort of like they make for some iPods, but I have had little luck finding anything.
Question: Any advice on where I should look/what I should try? It's a Verizon Pocket PC, but when I looked on the VZW website, the closest I could find to it, visually, was a SMT5800 (which may well be the same thing and I'm just technologically incompetent and can't tell it's the same thing if it's not listed as "pocket pc").
For those with no advice or input on this and/or who simply don't care, what cell phone company do you have, and do you like it? If you don't have a cell phone, do you wish you did? Why/why not?
I tried learning guitar in December, then gave up after a month and have forgotten anything I managed to pick up. Now I'm starting again, completely from scratch. Any advice? Even better, any helpful sites? I can't afford lessons, and I don't know anyone who plays and is willing to teach me. Any beginner's practice routines or schedules you used?
I have to write a paper for a class called Media and Society. Mine is going to be about crime television shows compared to real life crime. I'm stuck on what to incorporate besides the basic differences (time, technology used, etc). I'm going to compare some real-life crime shows and entertainment ones. I have to drag this out for 5 pages.
So TQC, what other kinds of things could I add or tie-in somehow so that I can make the page limit?
We got our engagement pictures back today. Now, even though this is a shameless attention whore post, I'm not enough of one to post the page with all 159 of them. However, we need to pick a couple to blow up big and have on display at the rehearsal dinner. So, here are a few of our favorites.
I put it out to you, TQC. Which one is your favorite/which should we put up at the dinner?
1. When someone says Washington, do you think of the city or the state?
2a. When was your last session of retail therapy? b. What did you get? c. How much did you spend? d. Why did you need this retail therapy?
3. I've been over a month without smoking now, and I have a lot of dreams of me lighting up a cigarette, not even realizing I've done it until after I inhale, and then I'm like 'oh fuck I'm smoking', and then I don't care. Does this mean I will fail? I don't want to fail. :(
okay so my bf and i have been arguing these past few days and i know its because ive been trying to get him to spend more time with me and smothering him. so we've decided to sleep in different rooms for the next couple days
have you ever done this with your S/O? im not really happy about it, but whatever makes him happy.
Our arguing got so bad that he told me to move out, then changed his mind when i was packing my stuff, im grateful for that, and he just said i wanna relax, and hes got alot of stuff on his head, as well as i do.
What do you and your S/o argue about?
What have you eaten today?
i also got a second interview for my job (thats good, right?) im super happy right now and nothing can relaly bring me down :)
1. Does your state/Province offer Enhanced Driver's licenses? (Vermont, Michigan, Washington, New York, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec)
2. Would you get one if your state offered them / Are you planning on getting one / Have you gotten one?
3. If you have gotten one, how long did it take between applying and receiving it? I'm in Michigan and as of Wednesday I'll have applied 5 weeks ago (they say it takes 2-3) and it hasn't come yet. 3a. why haven't I gotten mine yet? :(
Does turning the oven temperature down after you've turned it off make any difference?
I always leave the temperature dial at whatever I cooked the food and just turn the oven power off, but my housemate always turns the temperature to 0. I don't see how it would make any difference in how fast the oven cools off, but I'm no expert.
What things do you miss doing that you don't/can't do at this time?
I miss taking long walks at night with my fiance. Every evening when it's nice out I whine about it but we don't go out because we live in a yucky part of the city and don't want to take our 4 month old out that late.
Can you recommend a book to me? I like reading but I'm a picky reader. My favorite book is 'The Poisonwood Bible'...maybe that helps.
What would you do if your best friend told you they had romantic feelings for you and wanted to take the relationship to the next step?
so i just met these two guys on my flight - they were both from my school and go to the same uni i go to now. basically i've seen them around but have never talked to them. they invited me to one of their place to have drinks. is there any reason why my boyfriend should get mad that i go alone? it will be just the 3 of us - would you get mad if your SO went in my situation?
Have you ever wanted to get ill? Not necessarily something serious, but a cold or something? If you have, why?
Sometimes, when I'm really stressed and feel like I haven't had a day off in forever, I feel like I wouldn't mind getting a nasty cold, just so I'd have a legitimate excuse to take a day or two off and stay in bed. I always feel bad about it.
Last night I dreamed about the girls' toilets in my high school, which were always nasty. I left that school over 15 years ago, and this is not something I think of a lot :\ In my dream I was the age I am now, gone back for some reason, and the room had had a complete overhaul. It was all shiny and bright and clean, had sofas in there, and the cubicles had been replaced with these curtained areas, and it all smelled lovely and everything. So I went to use one and the chick in the next one was all butting into my area and the curtain was bulging and it was really hard to use the loo. Then I noticed her fidgeting had opened the curtain in front and everyone was watching me pee. I was uncomfortable.
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You're about to buy a car because you need it for work. You're at the dealership and you're poking at all the cars in your price range, when your eye catches the banner in front of the sportscars. '2009 Dodge Viper....yours in exchange for your soul. Inquire within'. You're faced with a choice; get whatever moderately priced vehicle in your price range, which may involve loans, leasing or whatever....or you could get a fly sportscar for your immortal soul. You need a car. What do you get?
My mom loves playing Yoville on Facebook. I'm completely clueless when it comes to computers so...is The Sims similar to that? Is there a game that she can play on her computer that would be along those lines? (Build a house/have a life/decorate stuff?) Also, if it is...which Sims do I get?
Should I get her a DS to occupy her while she tries to quit smoking? Anywhere to get a cheap one?
My friend is a finalist in a contest where she could win $10k for her wedding (and some other various small things). Here's some wedding questions that are kind of inspired by her... What would your 10k wedding be like? Would you do it differently if you won the money vs paying for it yourself/your family giving it to you? Would you split it up for the honeymoon/anything else or spend it all on the wedding?
We eloped and it was stressful enough! I think I'd still elope and maybe do just few things differently (maybe a different dress, though I loved mine). I'd also go on a nicer honeymoon than I had and pocket the rest if there was anything left over, LOL!
In a few weeks I'll be starting my own English class at a nursing home. There I will be teaching the English language to immigrants (from ages 24 to 45) that work there. Before you ask, I have already gotten the permission of the owner. My main questions are for those that have been teaching immigrants the English language for some time. I'm only 19, and have only some experience in the area of teaching (tutoring) so I want to make sure that I'll be doing things correctly. I have some ideas but I want to be absolutely sure of my tactics, and methods.
1.) What do your lesson plans look like physically?
2.) What are some of your teaching methods? Every student has a different learning style but what are the best that work all around?
3.) Can you recommend any Children's books that have aided you the best in the past with your teachings?
4.) How and in what way do you keep track of every classes' activities besides lesson plans?
5.) What are some ways to keep students focused and interested?
6.) How do you keep yourself connected and friendly with your students without coming off as being too strict?
7.) What should come first, grammar, comprehension, spelling and/or something else?
Any other tips would be helpful. Any at all. I'm open to any friendly, yet helpful advice.
I dont want to have to check a bag on my next flight, so I'm trying to pack liquids that are 3oz and under. However, my mousse doesn't come in a small size, and it's an expensive salon brand. My question is, if I squirt a handful of it out and into a small 3oz container, will it still be useable a few days from now? Or will it lose it's mousse quality/go bad? (since it goes from liquid into a foam like substance when I use it.)
I only need to use about a days worth, and it's not worth it to me to check a bag JUST for my mousse, but there's no other way I can get the effect in my hair I want. Blah.
eta - what the heck guys chill. i have a hairstyle that requires styling and i like how this product works. i'm fine with buying more in my next city but i'd rather just use a day's worth of my own.
Are there any decent digital cameras that cost less than seventy dollars? I'm guessing not, but if there are, I would like to know.
I have only four qualifications for said camera:
1. Has a view screen
2. Takes pictures with a resolution greater than three mega-pixels
3. Has a warranty
4. Has an external memory slot
I'm looking for a cheap camera because I'm going to Michigan with my grandfather on August 6, and I don't want to have to worry about losing an expensive camera. That and I only have a few hundred dollars in my account and no job.
I wasn't sure how to phrase this in google so: I am almost two weeks post-op (I had to have my right tibia reconstructed and plated) and feel great. I use my crutches for short distances, my wheelchair for long. I am not to put *any* weight on my leg for several more weeks and obviously falling would be a bad idea. I do upper body "workouts" with barbells, but I wish there were more I could do. I'm able to move really well (I slept on my stomach last night while accomodating my casted gimpy leg w/o pain!) and am pretty strong. Do you have any recommendations for exercises I could try? (I will obviously discuss this further, as well as PT, with my doctor when I see him next but I'm going crazy sitting on the couch!)
What's the worst thing that could happen to you right now? Something that would totally throw a monkey wrench into everything?
How do you tell the difference between a cold sore and a pimple? I accidentally grabbed my coworker's water bottle about half an hour ago and now I have a pimple on my lip, but I'm paranoid. Do cold sores manifest this quickly? Halp plz.
on saturday, my boyfriend and 3 of his friends crashed at my place around 4am. we had a few drinks then skyped with a friend of ours so we made some noise but there was no shouting/crashing/yelling or anything like that. we all went to bed around 4.30.
my housemate talked to me a few hours ago about saturday night - how she knew we were drinking and that it was too loud. she says she doesn't like liquor in the house and will not allow it (but she will allow beer?). i told her i am still paying half the rent and i would still like to be able to drink in my own place, since i'm already not allowed to smoke.
am i in the wrong here or is she being slightly anal? is it really that unacceptable to be loud on a saturday night?
keep in mind that i almost never have friends over (this is the second time) and have never made noise whereas she has friends over every other day. she also told me that closing the door properly is too loud - she says i have to turn the knob before i close the door so that it doesn't make that 'clicking' sound.
TQC, do you take public transportation? What's it like for you? (How long do you have to wait, are the buses/trains whatever, always on time, how much does it cost, do they smell, do you enjoy it, is it crowded, stuff like that.)
Do you have any public transport horror stories to share with the rest of the class?