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Genius comes in two very different forms, embodied by two very different types of people.

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A cover version... of sorts... of Evanescence's Wake Me Up Inside.

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I've used OneNote happily for years—it's the notebook program I would write if I could write programs. Unfortunately, my laptop died a few months ago and took OneNote 2010 with it. I have tried to make the switch to OneNote 2016/OneDrive and I am absolutely lost—actually shed tears of frustration over the damned program. If it were a person, I would DTMFA because, you know, there are plenty of fish out there. But, I've already checked out so many alternative note-taking/organizing programs and nothing comes close. OneNote is THE ONE.I've set up my OneDrive account, installed the local OneNote version, and created "New" notebook. New includes a couple of section groups—group1, group2. In my OneDrive live account, OneNote files includes "New" folder. When I open the folder, there is one file, "New", i.e., the section groups aren't listed in the directory, but they're in the notebook and all is well. I uploaded a 2010 notebook to my OneDrive account and it appears under OneNote files as "2010NB". When I open that folder, there are separate files for each section group. However, 2010NB is not listed among my notebooks in the online version of OneNote 2016 and attempting to open it in the local version of OneNote 2016 returns a message re needing an Office 365 subscription. What am I doing wrong? Bonus question: I find the online version of 2016 so inferior to the local version, which seems more like 2010 to me, that I don't understand why anyone would use it. So, I'm assuming I'm missing something here, too. Note: I've googled this, read endless microsoft Q&As and assorted tutorials. Plus, I've had a pc since 1984, i.e., I've been around the block a time or two re software. I'm guessing that I am missing something fundamental about the way post-2010 versions of OneNote are organized. (However, I may be totally wrong about what I don't understand.)

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In which Comic Book Girl 19 tries to explain the plot.

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'For an entire month, I decided, I would reply to every single one of my PR emails with the phrase "I love you."' The results are both surprising and delightful.

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Beans, meet plate. Have you ever been curious about what is going on inside the cars in Pixar's Cars? Want to know where baby cars come from or how cars can die? Look no further.

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A list from the BFI: 17 rare times when a director made five or more great films in a row. "The challenge we gave to the writers below was to champion one director who they could confidently assert made five or more films in a row that they honestly considered were five-star, 10/10 classics. As you'll see, it was a highly subjective exercise – one person's five-star film is not necessarily another's. This is not an exhaustive list. Nobody, for example, picked Jean-Luc Godard, who – rather like Bob Dylan with his contemporaneous run of LPs – seemed to conduct the tenor of the 60s via a string of, um, 15 unassailable films between A bout de souffle in 1960 and Week End in 1967. Not all of the films in between were created equal, but certainly the medium has rarely known anything like the fire in Godard's belly in those years. The surefooted filmmakers below have all offered periods of comparable poise. Delivering over and over again, they dazzled with their originality and seemed unshakeable in their creativity... for a time. This list is a celebration of film history's winning streaks, when such careers burnt like comets against the sky."

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This Saturday, Australians will head to the polls for the country's 2016 federal election. For most people, it will be a choice between the incumbent Liberal party or the opposition Labor party, but it's possible or even quite probable (scroll down to 'What Vote Will Others Get?') that this election will see a record vote for parties other than the two aforementioned majors. Chief amongst these are the environmentalist-left Australian Greens, who have designs on several seats in Melbourne, and the emergent populist centrist party Nick Xenophon Team, who look poised to pull off a major coup in the state of South Australia—potentially causing a hung parliament, something neither major party wants. Complicating this further is the fact that this election is a double dissolution, meaning that minor parties and independents need a lower vote share than usual to snatch a seat in the Senate. Indeed, this appears likely. (WARNING: ANDREW BOLT.) Whatever the results may be, you will be able to stream them free on ABC News 24, which will have its geoblock lifted from 6 am to midnight AEST for election night coverage. More: – Beloved election analyst Antony Green explains how to vote post-Senate electoral reforms—and as always, you can't waste your vote – National broadcaster the ABC has a comprehensive site on the election (scroll down to 'Election Guide', in the sidebar, for the psephological meaty bits) as well as Vote Compass, which uses your answers on a series of questions to advise you on which political parties your views most closely align with – Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor, independents who retired from parliament after helping Labor's Julia Gillard govern in minority in 2010, could be returned, further increasing the odds of a hung parliament – Polling aggregators have the Coalition with its nose just out in front, but the betting markets are much more confident in a win for the ruling party – The Chaser team hilariously pranks Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm over his support for 'free speech' – Sammy J explains How To Make a Faustian Pact on his pointed, ominous Playground Politics TV show – Shaun Micallef lampoons the awful one-liners of the leader of the Labor Party and aspiring Prime Minister, Bill Shorten – Oh yes that's right, who IS our Prime Minister at the moment? Is it Tony Abbott? Actually, he was knifed last year by this dude, who was in turn knifed by—just kidding, that dude is still PM. I know, I'm as surprised as you are – Uh, what else? Maybe you'd like to read this piece on how Brexit could affect the Australian election – Notorious racist Pauline Hanson could return to the parliament in the Senate after an 18-year absence – Courtesy of His thoughts were red thoughts, look back on the start of the campaign and the great memes that have been produced along the duration – And to wrap up, the Guardian rounds up the best Australian politics podcasts about the election and more generally

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i'm really really really really really tired of being a black woman in America and dealing with ridiculous comments people make when I do something as simple as wear my hair the way nature designed it. Most of the time I'm happy with who I am, but simply being myself is like death by a thousand cuts and there are some days when things really add up and they get to me.I've been wearing my hair natural for the past 7 years. Today I happened to wear it in an afro, not intentional, it's just when I comb my hair all the way out, it turns into an afro because that's the way my hair behaves by NATURE'S design. Anyhow, I was at my boating team's practice tonight and one of my friends (who is white) was gushing loudly about how much she *loves* my afro and how it's so *interesting* and yadayada. I didn't like my hair being called "interesting" because it's just NATURE'S design, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ not a big deal. I was thanking her and everything. Then she said, "you look just like Jimmy Hendrix." I frowned and said, "what, i look like a man?" And she quickly replied, "I didn't mean it in a bad way! It's just that Jimmy Hendrix is what comes to mind whenever I think of or see afros." Since I've learned to pick my battles, I just smiled and played it cool. But inside, her comments were really bothering me. This same woman said a few years ago that the individual curls in my natural hair are like "little works of art", and she wanted to touch it and all that nonsense. I mean, seriously, woman? I like you and all, and consider you a friend, but my hair is not some elaborate artwork. It's just HAIR, the way nature designed it. It may be different from your hair, but I'm not trying to be a museum exhibit just by wearing my hair the way nature designed it! So when she said I look just like Jimmy Hendrix, it was really annoying. I mean, there are plenty of white male actors and singers with longer hair. It would be like me going up to one of the white women on the team and tell them that they look just like Johnny Depp, because when I think of long brown hair, I think of Johnny Depp. Sounds absurd, right? Well that's the absurdity I've had to deal with regularly for all areas of my life (not just hair), for the past 30+ years and it's driving me nuts. Anyhow, my question is, how can I let this stuff not bother me? Most days I'm fine but like I said, there are some days where the fact that merely wearing my hair the way nature intended it leads to people acting like I'm some exhibit in a museum. Am I out of line for letting this get under my skin? I've personally never said anything to anyone about their hair. I understand that hair comes in different flavors. Why is that so hard for some people to understand? Should I say something to her if she makes another comment about my hair? If so, what's the best way to tell her without hurting her feelings?

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Therapist recommended a book and I'm no longer sure I trust her judgement. It's 'Magnificent Mind at Any Age' by Dr Amen.Two things that worry me about the book: a) does NOT seem scientifically rigorous as far as I can tell (more like a brain horoscope than anything), b) seems to be aiming to sell supplements or at least itself. The recommendation wasn't 'this is what we'll work with from now' more 'I would suggest that you read the following book ( medical research on our brain functioning) which could lead to a joint diagnosis of what might help you best'. Now I'm aware this may be an overreaction and quite honestly I don't know the science behind all of this, but it seems something someone groping for answers would latch onto, not a mental health practitioner. I have a general good relationship with my therapist (been seeing her for years) but I wouldn't say I've progressed as much as I would like (although I know therapy is slow) and I've always been aware that she's more into... what could be unfairly called 'whohoo' (I know, sorry), everything is interconnected energy, alternative treatments, that kind of thing. She's no idiot, knows me well and is insightful but we don't share the same framework for viewing the world (not a deal breaker in itself incidentally). I'm not closed minded here and willing to try things (heck if you're working with the unconscious you can't be too rigid) but I'm very cautious because I know that a lot of general mental health advice is, often, bullshit. Either reinforcing badly formed preconceptions and so unhelpful or fluffy nonsense and so unhelpful. So there's two things here for me: is this book something a mental healthcare professional would recommend? And if it isn't, if it's at least somewhat dodgy, is this a 'ah well, we're not gonna agree on this, but that's fine' or a 'fuck, I need a new therapist'? I realise asking strangers for advice on my therapist is at least a little weird and pointless, because you ain't met her (or me), but as I don't know anything about the book other than my gut reaction and there is precedent for these kinds of recommendations, so I wanted to ask. From a quick google Amen is well known in US, we're UK based if that makes any difference.

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What are your tips for dating a busy entrepreneur/startup CEO who has very limited time and emotional energy? What are some tips to help me be more patient/understanding, and what can he do to make the situation better?TLDR; My boyfriend struggles with emotional unavailability due to being ridiculously busy and emotionally/mentally tired from being a CEO of a startup (he has been doing this for 5 years and his company took off). I struggle with feeling rejected because of this. 1. What can I do to be more supportive/understanding/patient? 2. What can he do to improve his emotional availability given that spending additional time together/talking more often is not an option? -- More background: I always hesitate to ask about personal relationships on here because every relationship is different, but this seems like a community of smart people who can help me generate ideas. First and foremost, please don't tell me to just DTMF -- I am aware that that is an option, and at the moment, I would like to explore ideas for making my current relationship work before I decide that there is no option but to DTMF. I've been dating my boyfriend for about 7 months, and I think he's pretty great. He is smart, hardworking, can be very caring, and is generally a pretty awesome person. I am a very sensitive person and have struggled in the past with wanting control in relationships/anxiety and with trust that my partners are as emotionally invested as I am (which can really kill a relationship and has before in my case), and he struggles with knowing how to be more emotionally available in light of feeling busy, stressed, and mentally exhausted as a result of being a startup CEO/entrepreneur (which can kill a relationship and has before in his case). He started his company 5 years ago, and though it's really taken off, he still works a ton (late nights galore, paired with early mornings), doesn't sleep enough, etc. He is very passionate about his work, and this is one of the things I admire about him. He makes time to see me as possible (we usually see each other one evening a week, sometimes two with friends (his or mine), and we usually hang out for the majority of a weekend day each week unless either one of us is out of town). Although I wish I could see him more, I have accepted that that isn't going to be what our relationship looks like for the foreseeable future. I can deal with this because I am also an ambitious person and should be spending the extra time working on my own life/career/hobbies anyway, and I've struggled with relationships taking over my life before, so in a sense this really helps me establish healthier boundaries. I've read up on others' experiences with dating entrepreneurs, and inevitably the time thing is a challenge, and the advice is consistently that partners should be very patient and supportive to make a relationship with an entrepreneur work. What I really struggle with is that, in the time we do spend together, I don't feel like he is particularly emotionally available. While he is affectionate if I initiate, he is pretty bad about initiating shows of affection. He doesn't really volunteer emotional information; he'll respond when I ask, but the response is usually pretty limited. The relationship has progressed extremely slowly (think: 2.5 months of dating until first kiss happened), and he has admitted that he is afraid of committing too early, that previous relationships have ended due to what his exes termed "emotional unavailability," and that he is afraid of long term commitment because he thinks it could prevent him from achieving everything he wants to achieve with his life. Nevertheless, I've noticed that even when he'll tell me that his schedule is set and he can't see me more, he will make exceptions despite this. Even as we had the nth upset about all this last night, he agreed he wants to see me tomorrow evening even though it was not originally planned and he is going out of town the next day (and so will be extra busy wrapping up work/packing). I do feel like things have progressed -- very slowly, but I do see signs of deepening commitment on his end. I admit I have my own emotional unavailability issues and am terrified of sticking this out because it might not work (this is a pattern for me). I am examining all this with a therapist. I also have to admit that one of my big fears that causes a lot of my emotional upsets in this relationship is the fact that I am now nearly 29, and I do want a family. I know all the rational stuff about how you can't just come up with a timeline for getting married, etc, but I know that this is a factor that is probably complicating this relationship that I need to figure out how to fix on my end. I don't know the guy well enough yet to say whether I would like to marry him someday, and I would definitely need a lot more time to even think about that. I do get nervous about the current state of our relationship because it is hard not to think about what trying to have kids and a life with someone so busy would be like. On the other hand, I would like to end up with someone who is an overachiever like me, so I know this might be one of those "choose your poison" types of situations. Given that background, I'd like to hear from people who have dealt with trying to be patient with someone who is busy/emotionally semi-available and trying to work on it or who have been the busy/emotionally semi-available person and trying to work on it. It'd be great to hear from any entrepreneurs out there who have an idea what his lifestyle might be like. Of course, I am also asking him about this and thinking through this on my own for when we reconvene to talk about it, but I am looking to generate additional ideas I might not have thought of. Practical tips are super welcome. Summary: 1. What can I do to be more supportive/understanding/patient? 2. What can he do to improve his emotional availability given that spending additional time together/talking more often is not an option? I know that ultimate it all comes down to choices, but I would like to give him a chance to learn if he does, in fact, want to. I would hate for someone else to rule me out because of things I am not great at, and lord knows I have my own relationship skills to improve.

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My husband and I currently spend the majority of our time together wrangling our two year old. We have been getting in an 'adult time' frame of mind about twice a month by smoking weed from a hookah. It's awesome. However, I'm concerned about the health effects. Looking for an alternative that preserves the relaxing ritual feel. Snowflakes belowBasically, we turn down the lights, put on some jazz, and spend about 30 minutes smoking and talking. The smoke is pleasant and not at all harsh-- something that is important to my husband who can't deal with joints, pipes, etc.-- and we find that we love the ritual of passing the pipe back and forth, watching the smoke, etc. We usually have amazing conversations, followed by great sex and eating everything that is not nailed down. We love it! However-- since we now do it twice a month, I'm concerned about the health implications as from my reading it sounds like hookah smoking is not so great on a number of fronts. I bought us a vaporizer (small, hand held) but while it gets us stoned it doesn't at all replicate the all the other elements of the experience that we love. So-- I'm wondering about 1) a different, maybe larger vaporizer that would allow us to sit around and pass it back and forth 2) another mechanism for smoking that is social, not harsh and that I haven't already thought of 3) hookah tobacco or coal alternatives that would reduce the impact of our new favorite pass time. :) (To be clear, I am not at all concerned about implications for our toddler or looking for advice on that front. This experience allows us to bond and come together in a way that is great for us and our marriage and therefore great for our family and our kid.)

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I just moved and it looks like I am going to be forced to go with the DirectTV and AT&T Wireless bundle for a variety of reasons. Any and all reviews and feedback are appreciated.

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I live in an apartment with a bedroom window that overlooks the parking lot. People come home late at night and lock their car doors remotely, with that annoying chirp of the horn. Some people give it half a dozen honks, every single time. What I'd like to do is post a friendly note by the mailboxes, in as many different languages as possible, just asking that people kindly refrain from the horn honking in the parking lot.I get it. I used to do it myself. It's reassuring to hear that honk. It's also annoying as hell, so I've kicked the habit and I'd like to try to encourage my neighbors to do the same. Salty language is okay, but I think I'd prefer to keep the written requests light-hearted and friendly, and save the insulting and accusatory language for my 3am curses. Gracias, ありがとございます, thank you, etc.

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Ice cubes recipe on food.com. Now you can make them at home. For additional insight (and personal experiences) with this classic recipe, be sure and check out recipe reviews. And don't forget, "this recipe also serves as a nice cooler for drinks of your choice." Enjoy ice cubes today!

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3D rendition of a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip

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Friend's kid wants a princess encyclopedia along the lines of Marvel's The Avengers Character Guide. But is there one that isn't all princesses waiting for rescue? Help!

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Burlesque as an expression of body positivity [SLYT, TedX Talk]

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How do I learn to live with a little more grace?Life is good, and objectively I know that I am very lucky/privileged to be where I am. But lately I find myself getting easily irritated and impatient with the silliest, mundane things..(work stalls and frustrations, rude drivers, my own inability to cut down on my big to-do list, cat hair cat hair everywhere, dumb eyeliner that always smudges in this heat, everyone has their shit together it seems so why can't I get my shit together?!?! etc etc and you get the idea). Tackling these things is a whole separate issue, but I realized today that I'm turning into that grumpy person that constantly has a frown on her face, and no one likes that (especially not me!). I don't want that to become my unconscious default state. I want to have a more positive attitude, to approach frustrating situations with more grace/openness/optimism/encouragement--especially in my interactions with others. What can I do to help me get perspective instead of focusing and getting annoyed about little everyday things? Are there any exercises/activities that can help cultivate this attitude daily? Volunteer? Books to read on the subject?

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Obama addresses the Canadian Parliament. Includes remarks on Climate Change, Brexit, the US Election, and the War of 1812. Transcript from C-Span.

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Ben Patterson was a Fluxus artist. Nano Fluxus. Wagner. Paper Piece. An Evening with Ben Patterson.

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"I said once to my board—casually, almost as a joke, 'Boy, we'd really be screwed if Amazon bought this company,'" said Welty. Kiva robots, once the marvel of warehouses everywhere. Amazon whipped out its wallet and threw down $775 million to purchase these robot legions in 2012. The acquisition effectively gave Jeff Bezos, its 52-year-old chief executive, command of an entire industry. It's taken four years, but a handful of startups are finally ready to replace Kiva and equip the world's warehouses with new robotics. Amazon's Kiva bots proved this kind of automation is more efficient than an all-human workforce.

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I found some suspicious bites, but the exterminator's search turned up nothingI found these bites on my leg last Thursday morning. i showed them to a friend who recently had bed bugs and she said they looked just like the bites she got. At first, when I saw a little black bug sauntering across my floor, my mind jumped right to bed bugs. But after some extensive googling I realized it had almost certainly been a beetle (black, 1 cm long, and was longer in shape than bedbugs are supposed to be). So I called my landlord and he said he would make an appointment with an exterminator. The next thing I know, he calls me at work and says the exterminator is already in my place ( I didn't have time to put away all my stuff or put everything in bags or whatever). But a few hours later the landlord calls me back and says the exterminator checked and didn't find anything. The place did show signs of having been checked when I got home. The thing is my landlord is not the most diligent of people. I wasn't actually there when the exterminator came, so I don't know what kind of check was performed, but the landlord says it's the same guy he always gets to come check. I just don't know whether I shoudl believe him? Every time I mention it to someone, i get the same reaction. . . "OMG bed bugs. . . you have to deal with that right away." But I don't really have any proof that there are bed bugs in my bed. to make matters more complicated, I am moving in one week so I'm also getting the "OMG you don't want to bring the bed bugs into your new place" reaction. I have a lot of other stress going on at work right now which is making my life a bit hellish, and I just want to stop worrying about these bed bugs. Or should I? Should I call another exterminator myself and get them to come, or trust the one my landlord got? The only piece of evidence I have is the bites. I have been hanging out outside quite a bit lately, so it's possible that a quartet of mosquitoes decided to prance onto my leg and give me an L-formation of bites just for shits and giggles?

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Simple enough-- I live in NYC am interested in finding on set work and have only freelance stage-building work experience under my belt. I'd be happy to get some experience on student films, no pay seems to be the expectation for someone like me and that's fine-- I just have zero clue where to look! Any help would be super appreciated!

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I've rented in Toronto many times before, but I don't have the time to do the full search myself this time, please hope me!I'm looking for recommendations for good condos/apts in Toronto or a renter's agent. Move date would be before September 1, 2016. We are two 30 year old professionals looking for at minimum a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath apt/condo, not super tiny, within a 20 minute commute of financial district that's around $2,200. Ideally would have A/C and laundry. We have letters of employment, *good* credit checks, references and pay stubs. Any advice/help to not spend weeks looking at terrible places is appreciated.

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