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In Serial withdrawal? Well, perhaps you can help the Toronto police out. Inspired by the success of the Serial podcast, Toronto police are tweeting out clues in the unsolved murder of Mike Pimentel.

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What low cost item has changed your life recently? I'm looking for gifts that you could give to anyone; male or female, 20 to 60 years of age. Preferably in the $5-$10 range.I'm hoping to build a box of useful gifts that I can keep on hand for last minute Christmas and birthday gifts. So far I have phone battery chargers, package openers, keyboard cleaning putty, and handheld desk vacuums. I'm not fond of giving decorative gifts, especially since I feel like that is up to personal taste.

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India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger She's a not a superhero in the comic book tradition. Her power is the power of persuasion and the power of an idea. She's riding the tiger all over India and creating a movement [to] deal with sexual violence.

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I am trying to find a picture book that freaked my siblings and I out in the early 1970s.The theme of the book was "things are not as they seem." On the right hand page was a closeup or cropped illustration that looked like one thing (say a pair of eyes), and when you turned the page, you would see the complete picture and realize it was something else entirely, like butterfly wing. After about ten or so sweet and lovely reveals, there was a picture of a smiling old man with text along the lines of, "look at his nice face! Wouldn't you like to be his friend?" and when you turned the page he was holding a club behind his back with a warning that he was a BAD MAN. The last set showed a dirty hobo, who was revealed to be holding "a flower for you." Anyone recognize this book? We got it from the library around 1975, so it might have been published earlier. It was hardcover, and the illustrations were full color, in sort of impressionistic watercolor. Thank you!

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Derby was born with very deformed front legs... With the aid of 3-D printing, the world is moving a lot faster for him. (article here)

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There was a lumberjack who chopped trees all day and would yell "TIMBER" just before each tree would fall... There are plenty of versions of the "Timber" joke on YouTube, many done as part of a beginning ASL course. Most of these retellings seem identical to on another. For a refreshing take on the joke, check out this over-the-top version in Pidgin Signed English. For completeness, here's a version of the joke presented by an ASL professor, and here he is, presenting the same joke in a classroom. Bonus: Rob Nielson, an ASL teacher and Deaf person, on ASL students putting up videos to "teach" other people sign language. Here's his version of the joke. Common mistakes by ASL Students: wrong hand shapes, no facial expressions, switching between hands

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Contributors to The Toast are paid a flat, one-time fee of $50 on publication. No further compensation is due, even if The Toast re-publishes the contribution. The Toast also reserves the right to edit at will. These aren't ideal provisions, but they're not uncommon. What is uncommon: contributors must hand over copyright and waive all moral rights (including the right of attribution). MeFi favourite The Toast came under fire on Tuesday, as according to Writer Beware, it turned out they paid their contributors a flat $50 fee for all rights in perpetuity. This is not surprising behaviour for an internet content farm, but what may be surprising was the resolution. Writer Beware is a blog run and sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the story was quickly picked up by activist writers like Nick Mamatas on Twitter and John Scalzi. Only a day later The Toast responded: So, with that said, we're changing our contracts to ask only for First North American Rights (so rights revert to the writer after 6 months), as well as online serial rights so that we can retain the work on our sites in perpetuity. We're also writing into the contract the promise that we will revert rights in the case of a book deal, so that what we've always done in practice will be spelled out in writing. I feel pretty good about this! With the issue now resolved, there remains the conclusion to be drawn from this, as articulated by Natalie Luhrs: "nice" doesn't pay the bills: But that's the thing–it actually doesn't matter if they're nice. Nice doesn't pay the bills. It doesn't matter how nice they are if their contracts are (were) written like that. Nice is not an excuse or a reason. It is completely orthogonal to the issue at hand. (Also: so is being new to publishing writers and paying them–again: Pavich is an attorney. He has the resources to set up an LLC and handle the business end of things, he has the resources to create a standard contract that doesn't suck.)

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in the iliad helen speaks the last lament for hector. the only man in troy who showed her kindness is slain—and now, helen says, πάντες δέ με πεφρίκασιν, all men shudder at me. she doesn't speak in the iliad again. homer isn't cruel to helen; her story is cruel enough. more Helen of Troy from the same: elusive is right. (there's a vellum manuscript of homer called the ambrosian iliad, one of the oldest surviving manuscripts in the world. when it was found it had been butchered, its illustrations cut out and stuck to pieces of paper. a librarian realised that there were lines of the iliad under the paper-sheets and used chemicals to dissolve the glue binding the paper to the vellum. on the reverse of one of the fragments was an image of helen, dressed as if in purdah, and paris, sitting side-by-side. because helen of troy doesn't have one face; she has a thousand. firstly, every retelling of classical mythology has to negotiate the problem of translation, from the microcosm of syntax upward. the past can't ever be fully recovered: all our conjurings of it, and its stories, are shaded by modern consciousness. some retellings of myths try to conceal the act of translation and present the story as if there were no distance between past & future. others are self-reflexive about the inevitable failures of translation, emphasising re-narration as an act of re-creation, and foregrounding the modern assumptions being brought to the narrative. there's no singular helen myth. more: good books and analyses of helen The title is from humorous units of measurement, and previously

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Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket (video 27:21). Sweetgrass Baskets: "This basket-making tradition came to South Carolina in the 17th century by way of West African slaves who were brought to America to work on plantations." The Sweetgrass Basket Tradition: "Sweetgrass basketmaking has been part of the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant communities for more than 300 years." Sweetgrass Baskets: A History (pdf): "Coiled basketry, one of the oldest African crafts in America, appeared in South Carolina during the late 17th century." The South Carolina Lowcountry. Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia filipes). Sweet Grass baskets from South Carolina. Charleston's Indigenous Sweetgrass Artists. Nakia Wigfall on Sweetgrass Basketry in South Carolina. Sweetgrass Basketweaving in Charleston SC. Sweetgrass Basket Weaving. History of Gullah Sweetgrass Basket of Mt. Pleasant SC: Corey Alston, Carlene Habersham. Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art. Introduction. Fanner Baskets. African Rice and Baskets. The Lowcountry. Rice and Baskets Post Civil War to the Present. The Sweetgrass Revolution. African Baskets Today. Teacher's Guide (pdf). The Gullah people. The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American Connection: Introduction. Table of Contents. Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor: About. The Corridor. Our History and Culture. Our Story. In 2008, basket maker/artist, Mary Jackson was awarded the "genius grant" or MacArthur Fellowship. Mary Jackson's page at the MacArthur Foundation. Mary Jackson segment from MEMORY episode. Mary Jackson gives a tour of the baskets in her studio. Mary Jackson explains how rice is separated from the chaff. In May 2008, the bronze sculpture "Winnowing Hands" was unveiled at the Sweetgrass Plaza (The Market at Oakland, Mt. Pleasant, SC). With the help of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Foundation, sculptor Shirley McWorter-Moss was commissioned to create the work. The sculpture is dedicated to the preservation of the Sweetgrass basket weavers. The future of the basket weaving tradition is facing uncertainties. Mount Pleasant's sweetgrass basket makers try to adjust to widened Highway 17. Lowcountry's sweetgrass basket makers fear knockoffs. Centuries-old basket-weaving tradition in S.C. is threatened. Artists are Threatened. Concerning the Gullah: Previously.

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Bolivia has undergone a significant change under the three terms of President Evo Morales, the first president to come from the country's indigenous majority. Members of that majority have found prosperity, increasing the prestige of indigenous design and style, as seen in this seven minute segment on the new buildings and minor twists on old fashions adopted by Bolivia's indigenous bourgeoisie, from Financial Times' coverage of the displays of the Aymara people's new-found wealth. For more coverage of Evo Morales presidency and the changes in Bolivia, see this article from Global Research on Boliva's movement towards Socialism in its re-election of then-impending re-election of Morales, the decline of the United States influence and the rise of Evo Morales from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, an opinion piece on Al Jazeera America, regarding Bolivia's reliance on the nationalized extraction of resources, as covered previously regarding the nationalization of Bolivia's electrical grid. Regarding the stylistic buildings, The Guardian has a piece on Freddy Mamani, the Bolivian architect whose "New Andean" style is transforming El Alto. The Mellow Trouble journal also has a piece on the regional style, writing in support of the five to six story buildings, called 'cohetillo', which means spaceship, 'cholets', a mix of chalet and cholo. The vivid structures are multi-use buildings, where the first floor is rented out for commercial shops, the second floor is usually a two story-high events salon available for weddings or baptisms, and then a floor or two for rented apartments or for the owner's children. Not everyone supports the design; for example, Bolivian Express finds the Kitsch, neo-Bolivian developments, found mostly in El Alto, as loud designs that shout their owners rise to riches. As for that well-known Bolivian style of dress, with bowler hats, long dresses and shawls, even worn by some of the indigenous women who wrestle in La Paz, BBC has a write-up on the rise of the 'Cholitas,' with an interactive description of the outfits, and Bolivian Life has more information on the bowler hats and dresses that show off sexy ankles. And if you noticed the reference to Italian Borsalino hats, that was referring to the Borsalino hat company, who are best known for their fedoras.

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The Best of Paul Stanley's Epic Stage Raps - the video companion piece to "People, Let Me Get This Off My Chest" [previously]

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Where can we get excellent local coffee and snacks and a great vegetarian meal while in Chicago/Antioch next week? We will be staying with family in Antioch. We are going to be in downtown Chicago for a couple of day trips visiting the Art Institute, Genesis Art Supplies, and the Museum of Science and Industry. We have access to a car in Antioch, but will be taking the train to downtown Chicago. This is what I need from you fabulous people: 1.We would like recommendations on great vegetarian eats (lunch or dinner) reasonably close to the places mentioned above. 2. A recommendation for the best yarn shop downtown. 3. Cafe's that have excellent coffee and snacks that are local (not part of a chain like Starbucks.) 4. BONUS if you can point us to delicious non-chain/local coffee in Antioch. 5. Anything else in the area that we shouldn't miss.

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I'm looking for scientific articles on the topic. I understand that the mechanism of action is not well understood but I'm curious about the existence of any long-term effects.I don't take it daily, maaaaybe once a week? If that? My issue is dairy. I'm not lactose intolerant (I know this because Lactaid might as well be sugar pills) but when I take Pepto, for some reason it works like a charm. Especially when I take it before I eat something with cheese. I was diagnosed with IBS and all my symptoms disappear when I eat gluten free, and I've stuck to the diet for 6 years. But every once in a while, I want a freakin' slice of GF pizza. With REAL cheese, none of that Daiya crap. So I eat it. And then I take some Pepto. I'm hoping the long term effects aren't bad, but I can't find any info on the topic.

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I run a website that hosts almost 2,000 sermon MP3s (all content that we own or have permission to host). I have one iPhone user who says that when they listen to THIS SERMON (just the first 2.5 minutes) the audio skips and loops back to the beginning. I had 4 other iPhone users listen and cannot reproduce this issue. I have Googled until my fingers bled. Anyone know what could be causing this? It plays fine on Windows and Linux as well.

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So when I was a kid, I used to watch a lot of Cartoon Network (in the late '90s). I vividly remember watching one about a man that got into a cloning machine, made clones of himself, and then got the clones and/or himself killed in the compacting/smashing machine next to it. Now I'm trying to figure out where to watch it again.This was black and white, drawn in simple outlines on an all-white background. (Think a Hertzfeldt cartoon.) This was during the era when Cartoon Network had The Tex Avery Show and Toonami and stuff. I remember seeing this at night. What was this?

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What happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs

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I finally broke down and got a Macbook Air today. In trying to use Mac Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to the Mac, I went with best practices and connected them with an Ethernet cable. They can't seem to see each other. They see each other fine on my wifi (estimated wifi transfer time: 89 hrs), and both the Ethernet cable and the Mac Ethernet converter are working. Hope me, hive mind!

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I would like to grab as many "sold" listings as possible from a site like realestate.com.au as xml or some sort of structured list that I can reformat into a csv type file for running some statistical analyses. I know javascript and some python, and once I have the data in some sort of structured form, I'm comfortable reformatting and then using R for the stats. It's just the scraping stage I need help with.This is just for private use, and will be a one-off, so I don't think I need to worry about getting banned or anything. I would just like tips on the best way to do it. I'm happy to use a different Australian real estate site if there's a better one for my purposes, but I don't think any of them have a public API.

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I need to get my cousin and his lady a christmas present. They both live in Milwaukee and love food. Where should they eat?No dietary restrictions. Price isn't a concern. I'm also very interested in cheaper places with great food. I can send them to multiple spots! Thanks!

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There's all this talk about a manned trip to Mars. But there's another planet to consider visiting before a trip to Mars - NASA is now studying how to send people to Venus.

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Please help my little union find an online platform for decision-making. We would like a secure way to dis/approve proposals and vote yearly for officers. Anonymous voting with a unique identifier is required. Bonus points for discussion capabilities and ease of use.I've worked a bit with Loomio and love it for the discussion capabilities and slick UI. But there is no anonymous vote functionality and it's based around consensus, which we thankfully don't use. Could Survey Monkey could do the trick? Something called ADoodle is also an option but ugly as sin. Our 40 some-odd members are tech savvy and spread out over 8 states. We would need to use this 5 or 10 times per year, realistically. THANK YOU!

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Car Talkers of MeFi, help me solve a mystery! My 2001 Subaru Forester had a cylinder misfiring: car shook, check engine light flashed. Then it healed itself and the mechanic couldn't tell what was wrong, or that anything was wrong at all, so I brought it home. Then it started misfiring again tonight. Then it healed itself partway, but the check engine light is still on. What should I think and what should I do? Details below the fold.Two nights ago, on the way home from work, my 2001 Subaru Forester started to judder and shake while I was stopped at a light. A few seconds later, the check engine light started flashing -- something I'd never seen before -- and the car was clearly laboring, not driving at full power. When I called the garage the next morning, they told me that a cylinder was misfiring, and that driving the car was likely dumping raw fuel into the catalytic converter, potentially destroying it, and that I should have AAA tow the car to the garage. So I did -- and when they started it and drove it around, it ran completely smoothly! He said misfires like this are usually caused by bad spark plugs, but my spark plugs are new. He also said that the car's computer didn't have any record of any codes being activated the previous night. He said sometimes a car just "loses its mind" and the odds were there was nothing wrong with it. So I brought it home. Drove it around on several errands today, ran completely smoothly, but coming home tonight, same thing happened: car shakes, check engine light flashes, engine feels underpowered. When I parked at my son's school, I could smell a kind of burned rubber smell in the back of the car. Leaving the school, though, the engine smoothed out, the check engine light went from flashing to steady, and the car ran, as far as I could tell, normally. What is going on here? Should I have the mechanic change the spark plugs even though they're new? Is it OK to drive it to the garage tomorrow so I don't have to wait for the tow truck again? Is it normal for a misfire to come and go like this? Is my car gaslighting me? Am I right that it would be immensely stupid to try to drive this car 90 miles to the airport on Saturday?

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Without having to ask HR directly, I am wondering if a job offer is binding or nonbinding.I got a job offer which denotes the annualized salary and offer of the position. In order to respond to the job offer, one must follow up on a link filling out personal identification information for payroll services. At the bottom of the link is before I sign off is: "By digitally signing this you acknowledge that your on-line consent is equivalent to a binding legal signature. And By digitally entering your legal name, you acknowledge that your on-line consent is equivalent to a binding legal signature." So my question is, if I were break this offer - how would I know what the consequences are? And is the binding portion of this digital signature just to let the company know I am going to commitment to them and accept the salary and position? I have heard that unless the consequences for breaking the offer are written out, then I would be subject to financial penalty. However, there are no consequences scripted out in this document. Since I would like to protect my privacy and the company, but am short on time - I won't be too specific on all the details. Anyone can PM directly. THANKS a bunch for any insight

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I have been going to a number of estate sales lately, and they always vary so much. I have a number of questions about structure and what-not, and I am hoping that people who either have run them, have worked for companies that have run them, or have used companies to run them, might be able to help me. 1. How much does the average estate sale gross? 2. What happens to all the leftover stuff? 3. Does the deceased's family do anything to prep the merchandise, or do they just take whatever they want to keep and then let the company set up 100%? 4. Do the companies typically price stuff off the tops of their heads, do they look things up one by one, or do they have people with specific areas of expertise? 5. Is it really worth doing, after the company takes their cut? 6. How are all these companies pricing tube TVs at $25-100? I keep seeing that. It seems bizarre. 7. What are the liability rules? If I fall down a flight of poorly-lit, steep stairs at an estate sale, who's responsible? 8. What's up with estate sale companies who have hand-made signs that look like a 5-year-old wrote them? Is this deliberate? 9. What's up with the perpetual sales that just run for weeks and weeks and weeks? Is it really worth the seller's time? 10. Does a fair amount of the nicer stuff disappear to eBay and consignment shops ahead of time? 11. How much theft is there? Breakage? 12. Are there fewer sales in winter, at least in snowy areas? It seems that way. Thank you for your help in satisfying my curiosity.

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I need help wording a Christmas card that's accompanying a gift. The message I want to convey is that I really, truly, do NOT want a gift in return.I need to be a bit vague about the precise situation, but this is the deal: there's a group of us who all pitch in to do something, but one person does more than his share and is really the one who keeps everything organized and running smoothly. (This is not paid work and we are not coworkers in any sense.) I was the last to join the group and, in my first xmas with them, I gave him a small edible gift to thank him. He was appreciative and said nobody had ever thanked him for the extra work he does, which blew my mind a bit. If he were to quit doing this, we'd be in trouble! The next year, I gave him something again. A few days later, he gave me something in return. Nobody else in the group exchanges gifts; I'm sure he did this because I gave *him* something. The last thing I want is for him to feel obligated to give me something, though! I'm trying to show my appreciation, but if he feels the need to reciprocate the gift, it's like I'm just making more work for him. Is there a polite message I can write that will convey the fact that I want nothing in return? Is it rude for me to tell someone their nice gesture is unwanted? Another thing I want to avoid is coming across like I'm paying him for his work, because it is not that kind of dynamic at all. In last year's card, I did emphasize that this was a "small token of appreciation," trying to imply it was more for that than for xmas itself. You might suggest that I just give him something at a time other than Christmas, but it's not possible in this case. You might also suggest that I simply do more to help ease his workload, but I already do as much as I can (and I can't coerce the others). Either way, I would still need to come up with a way to word this card. Thanks!

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