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Sun May 20 3:00 PM

The Skirt Pattern Calculator

I like to sew. This calculator tells you how to make an arc for any skirt you've got the fabric for - just type in your measurements.
Sun May 20 3:00 AM

Quiz: Do you need a boyfriend?

Are you a young single gal wondering if you need a man? Take our quiz.
Sat May 19 3:00 AM

Knee Surgery

The post-op sore throat really sucks... I know it well. Sometimes they are so rough when they put the tube in. I drink a lot of tea with raw honey in it after times like that, and it helps... and eating popsicles. Have you ever seen those empty plastic popsicle molds you can buy at the dollar store? I fill those with half juice and half water and just eat those all day. The sugar gives you a bit of energy too. If the hospital is nice they'll let you use a freezer somewhere.

by Aum in Ranting
Fri May 18 3:57 PM

Quiz: What Color Are You?

Forget the four-color quizzes, this one displays your personality as one of the hundreds of named HTML colors.
Fri May 18 3:00 AM

The Baby Due Date Statistics Survey

I wondered if due dates were accurate. 5,000+ internet friends chimed in. See the charts here.
Thu May 17 3:00 AM

Pregnancy Calendar

For geeky moms like me who need to remember not just what week they're on, but their percent completion.
Wed May 16 3:00 AM

LinkedIn Revisited

IDK I apply to a lot of things on it but never hear back from any of them. :(

I think you can ask people to write recommendations on there but I dont' know how that works?

I'm not sure how to get full recommendations but I know that if you list your skills on there you can ask people to add their acknowledgment that yes you know how to do the thing. I think having it as a reference and second more detailed resume is linkedins greatest strength.
by Enigma in Careers & Education
Tue May 15 9:52 PM

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Tue May 15 3:00 PM

Mnemonic device generator

Type in letters you want to remember, we'll make up a funny sentence to help
Tue May 15 3:00 AM

10-Second PHP Tutorial

The fastest introduction I could possibly muster.
Mon May 14 3:00 PM

What's your favorite poem?

At one point I convinced myself I disliked Edgar Allen Poe. It was for some superficial reason - disliking the emo fanculture around him. He's great.

It's hard for me to pick one because there are so many kinds of poems. So I'll stick to three, one long narrative poem, one lyrical poem, and one medieval poem.

1. Long narrative - Paradise Lost by John Milton. It used to be The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, but then I wrote a dissertation on it. In effect, it's a good combination of what you describe liking and disliking, DarkOne - it is orderly and unyielding in its unrhymed iambic pentameter, and at the same time its long sentences and enjambed lines create a lot of play. I think Paradise Lost works a lot better than cummings because even without analyzing the lines too much someone can generally understand PL (adjusting slightly for language evolution) and hear its rhythms well.

by Sonic# in Random
Mon May 14 2:58 PM

Quiz: What kind of engineer should you be?

Engineering is one of the coolest jobs in the world, but there are so many disciplines it can be a little daunting to choose one for yourself! I wasn't happy with the existing quizzes, they were mostly way too direct (do you like bridges or wires? uh...) or way too career-spammy, and they were all way too serious. So with that in mind I took some personality traits and kinda did my best attempt at mapping them to engineering fields. It's not scientific or accurate because it really doesn't matter, engineers do so many things and move around so much there's no way to predict what path you'll end up on... so relax! This point of this test is to combine the fun of a personality quiz with the usefulness of a career test... hey look at that, fun AND useful? It's getting engineer-y already!
Mon May 14 3:00 AM

Leelah Alcorn's situation wouldn't have gotten better. (Trigger Warning)

I thought it was implied that I'm talking about realistic possibilities. One can't deny the possibility altogether of it getting better, if not for the simple fact that Leelah could have played and won the lottery. Or been cast in a movie or had some other great fortune.

But there isn't a plausible way it could have improved.
by Pikachu in Ranting
Sat May 12 1:00 PM

Have you been in a car accident?

Yes. In the worst one, I was taken to the hospital and had a concussion. I was able to call one person, and it was the wrong person. She contacted the people who were living with me at the time so see if they could help me out (like pick up my dog, who was in the car with me, from the police station) and only told them I had a head injury, in those words! They were out of town and freaking out thinking I was in a coma or going to die. by melsbells in Random
Fri May 11 7:26 PM

When does one become "a local"?

/\ I assumed Rowan meant in their home town?

yes, I meant where I was born (or more technically where I lived after being born, since there was not a hospital in the town I lived in, but I think that probably doesn't really count).
by rowan in Random
Tue May 8 3:57 AM


Hallo! Back in the day I studied Communication Studies at Concordia in Montréal. Now I'm a government statistician but the liberal education, critical thinking and teamwork skills I learned there are still really useful.

I hope the community here makes for a good final essay ;)
by metawidget in New Members
Sun May 6 9:10 PM

Have you ever pretended you don't know something?

Over the years I've learned to subdue my brilliance because a lot of people completely miss the point of what I'm saying or they take it personally. As I get older I'm becoming like a wild animal that just wants to conserve energy whenever possible, which means meaningful engagements only. I've learned not to cast pearls before swine or try to explain things that are obviously above someone's level of comprehension. I don't mean that condescendingly... it's more to do with that I have always loved sharing knowledge and teaching people things, but now I know to only do it under certain circumstances. When I was younger I gave away far, far too much of my time and energy to people who really didn't deserve it. I'd practically go out of my way for them even if they didn't enthusiastically want it.

by Aum in Random
Wed May 2 9:00 AM

silly destressers

I love going for long walks at night when most people are at home and in bed, blasting my ipod. I can walk huge distances. I'll stop in my favourite parks to stretch on the monkey bars and benches before moving on. I have a rich inner fantasy life so it's win-win when I can exercise my body while letting my imagination run wild to music. Night time is so soothing and I almost never run into anyone, except for the odd person doing the exact same thing I am, lol. Or the occasional cat that wants a little petting and to walk with me for a while.

by Aum in Random
Wed May 2 8:56 AM

light hearted bitch-post.

Ewwwwwwwww splashy toilets are so gross. And why are auto-flushing toilets either INCREDIBLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT FLUSHING or completely unresponsive??? I'm not a huge fan, although I also don't like that people step all over the flusher things on self-flush toilets. by Bork in Ranting
Wed May 2 12:22 AM