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  • Is there any way to make a 'vegan' meringue pie?

    My stepdad is a vegetarian, and the idea of eggs creep him out (aborted foetuses and all that) but I would like to do something nice for him and use one of my family's hand-me-down recipes to make him something. There aren't a whole lot of recipes in my family, and most of them include meat, but pie is delightfully meat-free. Unfortunately it has about 5 eggs in the recipe. Is there any way to make a meringue pie without eggs? Otherwise, a tasty lemony dessert that does not include eggs?

    6 AnswersVegetarian & Vegan8 years ago
  • Are there restrictions on what you can spend your student loan on?

    Do they give you a certain amount of money to use for whatever it is you need it for, or is it restricted to only certain living expenses such as rent/food and study costs (textbooks, etc)?

    2 AnswersFinancial Aid8 years ago
  • Is there any kind of heat-sensing switch I can put on a terrarium?

    In my area, it can get pretty cold in the winter months. I recently had a power outage that lasted a day and a half, and lost all of my tropical fish when the temperature went down below 60. Though I would not put anything in my terrarium until I lived in a place where power outages were not a concern (we average about 2+ a year at this place, investing in frogs at this point would just be money out the window and a source of guilt when they inevitably froze to death), it would still get rather cold in winter. Is there any kind of heat sensor I can hook up to a power strip, that would turn on when it got too cold and off before getting too warm?

    2 AnswersReptiles8 years ago
  • Is it possible that my killifish have mated, if so how should I care for the eggs/fry?

    I got a male killi about a week ago, then yesterday added a female. Just a couple hours after introducing them, I was checking out the tank and in one back corner, all of the substrate has been completely kicked up and hollowed out as if they were digging out a spawning spot. What are the chances that if they did mate, these eggs would hatch? This is my first time with killies, and I was under the impression that the eggs needed to go through a dry spell to properly incubate. There is no way I could remove the eggs to place in a peat compound (even if I was confident I could do it without damaging them, the sand is the same size and color). I hadn't really expected anything to happen when I put them together, I just didn't want to only have 1 fish in that tank. My tank is very densely planted (fish and shrimp are outnumbered at least 10:1) and has a much oversized filter, so water quality is always top-notch.

    2 AnswersFish9 years ago
  • Cargo trailer measurements- according to wall length or from longest point?

    With a cargo trailer like this one: http://www.trailersplus.com/Georgia/Marietta/Trail...

    It says 7x16, is the wall length 16' or is it measured from the tip of the triangular portion?

  • Should I rescue or purchase a PSD (psychiatric service dog)?

    There are services available from which to attain a fully-trained PSD, but their waiting lists are usually very long and difficult to get approved for. The alternative is to acquire an untrained dog and train it myself.

    On principle, I am usually against the purchase of dogs on account of the thousands that are executed every year. However, I have seen many sources that recommend getting a purebred for the purposes of being a service dog. For starters, you have no idea what a rescue dog has gone through and it can be unpredictable and difficult to properly train to suit your needs. It can also lead to difficulty gaining access to public places with your service animal as people don't typically associate mutts with service animals, so having a mixed-breed animal would be a detriment. It's also recommended to get a puppy rather than a full-grown animal, as they can be trained from the ground up and develop a stronger bond with you, however I see no reason why I could not adopt a pound puppy if that were the only issue (particularly if the mother were dropped off pregnant, the puppy would have been born at the rescue and not have been subject to prior abuse at a previous home).

    5 AnswersPeople with Disabilities9 years ago
  • Should I rescue or purchase a PSD (psychiatric service dog)?

    There are services available from which to attain a fully-trained PSD, but their waiting lists are usually very long and difficult to get approved for. The alternative is to acquire an untrained dog and train it myself.

    On principle, I am usually against the purchase of dogs on account of the thousands that are executed every year. However, I have seen many sources that recommend getting a purebred for the purposes of being a service dog. For starters, you have no idea what a rescue dog has gone through and it can be unpredictable and difficult to properly train to suit your needs. It can also lead to difficulty gaining access to public places with your service animal as people don't typically associate mutts with service animals, so having a mixed-breed animal would be a detriment. It's also recommended to get a puppy rather than a full-grown animal, as they can be trained from the ground up and develop a stronger bond with you, however I see no reason why I could not adopt a pound puppy if that were the only issue (particularly if the mother were dropped off pregnant, the puppy would have been born at the rescue and not have been subject to prior abuse at a previous home).

    Breeds I am considering (were I to purchase a purebred) are standard poodle, german pinscher, and APBT.

    5 AnswersDogs9 years ago
  • Practicality/possibility of putting a composting toilet in a travel trailer?

    I've been looking into the tiny home movement a lot lately, but as I don't really have the handyman expertise, time, or funds to build an entire house from scratch, I figured I would buy a travel trailer. However the idea of carrying around a septic tank that I need to dump periodically doesn't altogether appeal to me, and would prefer to replace it with a composting toilet if possible. I know that people who do build their tiny homes use these composting toilets, as well as people who live on boats, so it stands to reason it should be able to fit in a small space such as that. How difficult would it be to replace the standard rv toilet with a composting one?

    (Really not sure where to put this question... this place seems as good as any...)

    1 AnswerBoats & Boating9 years ago
  • Practicality/possibility of putting a composting toilet in a travel trailer?

    I've been looking into the tiny home movement a lot lately, but as I don't really have the handyman expertise, time, or funds to build an entire house from scratch, I figured I would buy a travel trailer. However the idea of carrying around a septic tank that I need to dump periodically doesn't altogether appeal to me, and would prefer to replace it with a composting toilet if possible. I know that people who do build their tiny homes use these composting toilets, as well as people who live on boats, so it stands to reason it should be able to fit in a small space such as that. How difficult would it be to replace the standard rv toilet with a composting one?

    (Really not sure where to put this question... this place seems as good as any...)

    2 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)9 years ago
  • Practicality/possibility of putting a composting toilet in a travel trailer?

    I've been looking into the tiny home movement a lot lately, but as I don't really have the handyman expertise, time, or funds to build an entire house from scratch, I figured I would buy a travel trailer. However the idea of carrying around a septic tank that I need to dump periodically doesn't altogether appeal to me, and would prefer to replace it with a composting toilet if possible. I know that people who do build their tiny homes use these composting toilets, as well as people who live on boats, so it stands to reason it should be able to fit in a small space such as that. How difficult would it be to replace the standard rv toilet with a composting one?

    (Really not sure where to put this question... this place seems as good as any...)

    1 AnswerGreen Living9 years ago
  • Is it just me or is the UK a lot more relaxed about nudity than the US?

    It just seems to me that the UK shows I watch tend to contain a lot more casual, non-sexual nudity than US shows.There's Being Human, where we see George (and even his girlfriend Nina) nude as they wait for their transformations. There's Torchwood, where John Barrowman gets naked at least a couple times a season, and then there's the new Sherlock series, where Irene Adler shows up without a stitch and proceeds to hold a completely casual conversation with Holmes.

    It may be just the specific shows that I watch, but the way it appears to me is that the UK is a lot more relaxed about showing some skin in a non-sexual fashion than the US is. In Being Human, you even see Nina's breasts as she's transforming into a werewolf.

    What's your opinion on this?

    9 AnswersOther - Society & Culture9 years ago
  • Help me name my new fish?

    Yes, another fish-naming thread...

    On a whim I bought a female betta yesterday. Her fins are dusty rose with turquoise veins and depending on how the light hits her, her body fluctuates between dusty rose, turquoise, and purple.

    My other fish are kuhli loaches named after batman villains (Zsasz, Hush, Riddler, Great White Shark and Jane Doe) and a gourami named for a heroine in Brent Weeks' first trilogy (Elene).

    7 AnswersFish9 years ago
  • Having trouble installing Google Sketchup using Wine on Ubuntu?

    I downloaded Wine and followed the instructions as per http://ubuntuguide.net/install-google-sketchup-cad... but step 3 is where I hit the snag. I right-click, open with Wine, and get this:

    "The file '/home/kenpite/Downloads/GoogleSketchUpWEN.exe' is not marked as executable. If this was downloaded or copied form an untrusted source, it may be dangerous to run. For more details, read about the executable bit."

    I've checked out the FAQ on executable bits, permissions, and RootSudo, but I'm really not tech-savvy enough to make proper sense of it. If I can get step-by-step instructions I'm usually fine, but without them the more I read the more of a headache I feel coming on. If someone could help me out with this that would be great.

    3 AnswersSoftware9 years ago
  • Is there any way to circumvent the administrative password in Ubuntu?

    My dad gave me his spare laptop to use while he's in Mexico since mine crashed, but neglected to tell me what the password is. And he's incommunicado until further notice (honestly I haven't even heard from him since November). I can't do ANY upgrades or changes to the computer and it's really starting to get on my nerves (I want to install Google Sketchup so I can work on some models, but I need the password to do it).

    Is there any way to get around it?

    3 AnswersSecurity9 years ago
  • I wonder, does anyone know a nice cafe that serves a good french press coffee?

    I'm looking to unwind with a friend in Victoria later this week and don't know the area all that well. Google has revealed to me Habit and Discovery Coffee both serve french press, but I've read some pretty lukewarm reviews about the quality, not to mention the atmosphere.

    1 AnswerVictoria9 years ago
  • What is something I can do for my friend whose father recently passed away?

    My friend's father passed away last month at a very young age (50- both my parents are older than that) and I'm meeting her for coffee next week for the first time since it happened. We're not especially close, but we've known each other for about 3 years now and when she was having a meltdown a couple weeks back, I called her and talked to her for a good hour or more to help her through it. This is really hard on her, she's only 23 and having a hard time coming to terms with the fact he isn't going to be there for her graduation, or to walk her down the aisle, and in addition she's had to move back in with her mom to help out financially and take care of her 3 brothers (ages range from 10 to 17). I'd just like to make some kind of gesture to help her keep her chin up.

    2 AnswersFriends9 years ago
  • What kind of insect could I keep in a 2.5g terrarium?

    I got bored waiting to set up my 30g and planted a little mini-tank I'd set aside for shrimp. Now I'm wondering if anything could live in it.

    It's pretty basic; one of those tall skinny 'betta tanks' with the concave front, I put in a little false bottom, added about an inch of plantation soil and topped it off with a layer of sphagnum moss. So there's probably about 2g of space in there after that. Planted a few sprigs of bamboo from my yard (which may or may not grow), a small Christmas cactus, and a branch that broke off my jade plant.

    Someone suggested to me a praying mantis, which I think I could get behind. They're neat. But I'm curious what else there is.

    4 AnswersOther - Pets9 years ago
  • What can I put in a 2.5g terrarium?

    I got bored waiting to put together my 30g and planted a little mini-tank I'd set aside for shrimp. It's too small for a frog, maybe a neat-looking snail?

    2 AnswersReptiles9 years ago
  • Question on planted tank and lighting?

    My mom's plants are having a very hard time growing, even her java moss. My moss is always green, lush, very dense, while hers is brown and stringy and barely clinging to life. The main difference in my tank is probably the lights, because I have a CFL UV bulb over top. My moss is always green with new shoots and I'm constantly cutting back my other plants (can't recall the name of it off the top of my head, but it will start growing up out of the water and dry out if I don't trim it back). It's kind of funny because I've got a 5g and am starting to run out of space, while she's got 50g and at this rate it will take years to fill out.

    Is there some kind of bulb she can get for her hood that will help out her plants, without having to shell out for a complete lighting setup? Her hood uses 2 18" fluorescent tubes. Or some other way to try and give them some help, like fertilizer pellets(she doses the water but doesn't put anything in at the roots, which I think is at least partly why her dwarf baby tears are slowly but inevitably dying) or maybe some homebrew cO2?

    5 AnswersFish9 years ago