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I'm trying to explain to my students the US/Japan snack differences and it's time for some props. Gushers. Nerds. Corn Nuts. Flaming Hot Cheetos. BBQ flavored...something. Are there any big variety boxes on the market out there that are more low rent but also ship internationally?

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A new trailer for Judy. Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland. Judy Garland sings the Battle Hymn Of The Republic.

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My 10yo (cis-gender) daughter is on the higher end of the weight range (100lbs, 54inches tall). Ms Catalyzer and I are having a hard time finding where to buy clothes that fit her - hopefully with minimal alterations. What are your recommendations?

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Do you remember the sword-fight scene in The Princess Bride? And how Inigo Montoya and the Dread Pirate Roberts kept up a discussion about their various strategems? Turns out those are real, historic fencing references. [Threadreader]

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In a little over a week I am starting a spiritual challenge which requires me, among many other things, to only listen to music that "lifts my soul to God." Problem is I don't like listening to religious music very much. Help me find eclectic, brilliant, and interesting music from diverse secular sources that will make up my "Lift my soul to God" playlist.My challenge is based on the ascetic disciplines of the Desert Fathers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Since this a Christian-based challenge and I want to keep the spirit of its disciplines, the subject matter of the music, if there are lyrics, needs to fit into the Christian moral framework. I am fine with religious music in the context of worship. I just don't like listening to it that much. I have diverse tastes in music and I don't want to spend the next 90 days listening only to the Christian sub-genres. Some ideas I've thought of already: John Coltrane, A Love Supreme Chance The Rapper, Blessings Work It Out, Jurassic 5 Sing, Pink Martini What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong (or the Ramones' cover) You get the idea. I would like some soul raising music to listen to that fits the challenge, as I am temporarily giving up many of my technological distractions. Help me find a higher love in diverse musical expression.

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Really simple: Do you have a Prime membership? Is it worth it?I think Josh and his team over at Talking Points Memo (often linked to on the blue) do good original reporting and great recap work on the us politics shitshow. I'm considering a Prime membership but it's Pretty Spendy ($50/yr). Is the Prime tier really that much more or interesting content?

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Can anyone explain why an Apple-refurbished iPhone X costs about the same as a new iPhone 11? I know why I'd pay up for the X (Qualcomm modem), but that can't be Apple's reasoning, can it?

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Question A. How do I offload photos from my iPhone without deleting them from iCloud? Question B. What cloud storage solution should I use to archive my photos?A. Basically I want to free up space on my iPhone by deleting local photos (primarily taken on the phone, of course) that have been backed up to iCloud. Is there any way to do this without losing the photos entirely? It sounds like deleting them on the phone will also end up in an iCloud sync where they get deleted. Do I have to back them up "physically" (onto a Mac/PC) to be safe deleting them from my phone? What are my options here? This leads to B. How should I be archiving my photos, and on what cloud storage service? A few details: I have 2TB of Dropbox storage. I have 100GB of Google Drive/Google Photos storage. I have 50GB of iCloud storage. On my iPhone I have the Google Photos app that backs up using my Google storage. What is the best way to manage my photos if I want the following: a cloud-based archive of every photo I take, well-organized, with all metadata retained AND Live Photos intact? Can Live photos be watched if they are then loaded onto an iDevice? Is there any other way to view them as intended outside of an iDevice? If you don't think it's worth keeping Live Photos, which is my best option in that case (maybe ditching iCloud entirely for more Google Photos storage)? Any other solutions or options that beat any of these? Thank you so much!

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I'm looking for a new upright bag vacuum, around $250 or so. We have an older Panasonic upright bagless vac I have huge problems emptying (dust goes everywhere, including my face) and realized that a bag vacuum might be my solution. I'm quite short and would like something that's easy to use for shorter people. If anyone has any personal recommendations for short type vacuums, please post them.I found this $300 Kenmore, which is a lot like our current Panasonic except I don't know if it's good for short types. The man in the demo video on Target.com does not inspire confidence. The Panasonic we have has a telescoping handle so it's adjustable for user height (which also allows you to vacuum the ceiling). It's great at picking up fir needles and cat litter and if it wasn't for the bag thing I wouldn't be looking for a replacement. We have a commercial Simplicity at our business and I find the handle is really too long for me to use comfortably. The top rated Oreck commercial model on Amazon has no tools, which is a deal breaker also. I hate Dyson vacuums with the force of a 1000 suns, so even if they made a bag vac I would not want one. Noise doesn't bother me, I'm a child of the 70s when every vacuum sounded like it was a jet engine waiting to lift off. Features I would like: Good for short people Bags don't cost $5 a piece Has tools Sucks up cat litter w/o complaint - we use the fluffy paper litter, so it's more like bits of lint than tiny rocks. Corded rather than cordless (do they even make a bag vac w/o a cord?)

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After deciding not to relocate, the wind's gone from my sails, and I'm confused as to why ?The post from a few days ago: https://ask.metafilter.com/337567/Need-some-input-on-navigating-course-corrections-during-Big-Life-Changes Thanks to all the people who gave great advice on that last thread and thanks for continuing to read. Since posting, I have formally bowed out of interviews/applications with recruiters out of state. While feeling a little disappointed about not being able to relocate us, I saw the importance and advantages of sitting tight for a couple of years, and re-assessing once the baby has some miles on her/him. I sat down with my wife and told her how I felt, she understood and it was a good talk, so we're still looking forward to our first child. Over the last ~two days though, I have felt super shitty. Low energy, low interest in anything, and for a lack of a better word, just sad. I look around me and our area, at work, wherever, etc. and I just see a place I have no love for, and the people who kill themselves everyday to live here remind me of frogs in a slowly boiling pot. Our dog acted out the other day at the dog park, attacking two different dogs, and that made me really angry at the dog! Along with making my depression worse. My wife seems sympathetic, but I don't need to put any of my bullshit on her, she's the one having the baby and dealing with the morning sickness, et al while still going in to work everyday. I keep thinking it might be mild PTSD reflux from a toxic 7-year relationship I had with a borderline, that I originally moved here with. While they have faded some, there are still a lot of bad memories from that terrible time. They're like background noise, because it feels like I'm reminded by familiar places or just by living here still. I'm at the same job this person made me go crazy at, I somehow managed to still show up, all during a really messy break up (restraining orders/lawyers were involved). I don't know if it's solely this or just feeling sore about the job/relocation thing too. Work itself has slowed down due to product/scheduling changes, so I am basically just showing up, not doing much, getting paid for my time. Sounds like a dream, but it sucks. Idle hands, etc. Hence the reason for wanting to leave in the first place. I'm actively looking around our area for something different, but it's difficult because I've got a niche profession :/ Also, my attitude goes something like this: 'yeah this could be a cool job, but we're still in an area I'm staring to honestly fucking hate.' I worked with a good therapist in the past (before and after the bad break up above). Unfortunately, he semi-retired shortly after our last sessions, and I've been fine since, not feeling any need. But I wish he was still available, because we have a history, and I think I might need to talk to somebody. I just don't want to have to start all over again with that shit, it feels like I just need a tune-up. I don't know people, as always, thanks for reading and thanks in advance for your ideas and thoughts.

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posted about 8 hours ago on metafilter
I need to step up my game in taking photographs with my phone. What is your favorite lens kits for phones and books on being a better photographer?It is the 21st century and I realize that I do not really take good photos with my phone. First, what are my fellow mefites favorite/recommended lens kits for phones? Second, What are your recommended books on being a good photographer, in particular with the constraints of the phone camera? I travel light, so nothing too heavy and I live like a grad student. What kind of photos? All kinds but I admit I have the quirk of photographing my hand puppets in awkward poses in famous places. Don't judge. All suggestions welcome.

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What kind of fly is this, where do they live and how can I clear my backyard of them? https://imgur.com/gallery/FzKfXFj

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I'm an solidly mid-pack trail and ultra runner who's been running for about 10 years. In the last couple years, I've started to struggle with a series of overuse injuries. I'm fairly sure they all share the same root cause: insufficient strength work, especially in my core, glutes, and hips. I really hate strength work, don't love gyms, but want to do a better job staying injury-free. Please help me figure out how to more seriously engage in strength work and stay injury-free! Specific questions inside:My injuries have all been in my lower legs: ITBS, peroneal tendonitis, hamstring tendonitis, and now this weekend's race brought another soon-to-be-diagnosed ankle tendon injury. Hence the hypothesis (supported by several PTs I've seen) about the root cause being core/glute/hip strength. When I do PT focused on those areas, I can heal, at least until I injure myself again. My goals are to continue to run ultras (mostly 50k, but a couple longer distance runs per year) but to stay injury-free while doing so. I'm a 38-year-old cis man, in case that shapes folks advice. Sme specific questions: 1. Other endurance athletes: how have you find the time/energy/willpower to engage in cross-training? I love running (and hiking), and enjoy biking and swimming. So I spend all my time doing those things. I really hate strength work and tend to only do it when a PT directs it. I know it's good for me, but how the heck do I make it happen more consistently? 2. I'm thinking I should get a personal trainer. I worked with a (running) coach several years ago and found the external accountability helpful. Does this seem like a good idea? What should I look for in a trainer? 3. If not a trainer: are there other self-guided resources that'll help? Please assume I know next to nothing about strength work. For example: I tried Starting Strength several years ago and even though it's supposed to be for beginners I couldn't figure out how to use it effectively. And, of course, I would love any general advice from fellow endurance athletes about how to keep spending all day in the mountains without getting hurt so much.

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Drivers will likely get health care and paid time off under the law. California just disrupted the gig economy. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a controversial bill Wednesday, known as AB 5, after months of uproar from businesses and gig companies like Uber and Lyft. The bill will require businesses to hire workers as employees, not independent contractors, with some exceptions. That will give hundreds of thousands of California workers basic labor rights for the first time. And despite an aggressive lobbying campaign, Uber and Lyft are not exempt.

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In the past six years, I've terminated three pregnancies, each within six weeks of gestation. My boyfriend has been supportive of these decisions, and I've had no regrets. By his own admission, neither does he in any impactful way (he may have passing 'what if' thoughts.) I want to ...memorialize these, uh, zygotes.A huge part of me feels weird about it wanting to do that. We have a toddler, and wish we could have another, but for logistical/practical Reasons (none of which include infertility) are not able to do so. I'm looking for a physical practice or activity with tangible, visible results, but also quiet and private. It would be an annual remembrance. Has anyone here chosen a way of memorializing a failed or terminated pregnancy? I realize that the two scenarios are very different, but perhaps I could find some element that appeals to me, regardless. Thank you in advance!

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Do students in parochial school for elementary/middle grades have to write reports on saints? If so, which class would assign these reports?

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Could you recommend an eye doctor in Seattle who is experienced in treating age-deterioration in patients whose eyes don't work together? As a child I had strabismus which was treated with surgery and subsequently wore an eye patch. I think it messed up how my eyes coordinate, to the point that I read with my left eye and look at distance with my right. I was fine with the divided vision most of my life, except I couldn't play tennis and I also really struggle to see those magic 3D images/3D movies.But now I'm in my late 40s both eyes are going and my last eye doctor couldn't come up with a prescription that worked for me. We experimented over several months with different configurations of progressive contacts, contacts in alternating eyes, reading glasses, driving glasses, work glasses, progressive glasses, each for two weeks at a time. I ended up getting progressive glasses but was still more comfortable with no correction, to the point that I gave up on the glasses. I tried them again yesterday after a year of not using them, and my left eye sees clearly only in the very center of the lens. It's maddening. The eye doctor I worked with told me I was the first such case in her entire career (she's in her 50s). If this is so rare, my question must be a super long shot, but any leads would be awesome.

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posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
About to sign a new lease but it says that there were bedbugs on the 5th floor within the last year (I'm looking at an apartment on the 2nd floor). Yikes. It says eradication measures were taken. Otherwise, this apartment is pretty good for me. Not perfect, but pretty good. Thoughts?

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Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed 'Spanish Stonehenge'

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Poems William Carlos Williams Revised After Being Told By His Agent To Do More Plums Content [SL McSweeneys]

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There's a loud server fan in the room next to me at work. It makes a steady drone at roughly 440Hz. I recall reading about how constant exposure to noises like this can induce frequency-specific hearing loss, e.g., you stop hearing the noise's frequency. Can you help me find a link to that research?I'm building a case that this is a health hazard in addition to being an annoyance. It has been measured at 60db outside of the closed door, which seems low to me based on this list; not loud enough to run afoul of OSHA.

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posted about 12 hours ago on metafilter
I have recently had a number of very frustrating interactions with some bodywork professionals (think athletic trainers, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and anyone else who has their own solo practice and typically doesn't take insurance). They just don't answer their emails or pick up the phone, and it's driving me bananas. How do?This is in the US. Both examples are from the SF/Bay Area, but I'm also wondering if people elsewhere (especially urban/suburban East Coast) have different opinions. One person, who I see semi-regularly and I've communicated with by email before, ignored 2 emails that I sent a few days apart saying "Hey, our last appointment left me worse off than before, I need your help to fix this." Then I tried calling him on two different days - he didn't pick up. Finally I texted him (now 2 weeks after my first email saying I needed help), he did answer, and said he had been busy with a house move, and that he doesn't answer phone calls from numbers he doesn't recognize unless they leave a voicemail. He does list both his email and his phone number on his business card. He doesn't have a receptionist. Another person, who I've seen once and also have communicated with by email before, ignored 3 followup emails from our original email thread where a mutual friend introduced us. I asked the mutual friend to check in with him - he says he didn't get any emails from me, besides the original introduction. I haven't tried calling this person. This behavior overall is baffling and frustrating to me. It's one thing to flake on plans with a friend, but these are professionals who charge good money for their work. The first person seems to prefer text, which I find strange as a method of communication with a professional. In my mind, texting is for friends and family. The second person I have no idea, and I don't know if I should try a different method or assume he just doesn't want me as a client and is ignoring me to accomplish that goal. What do you do when a professional ignores your communications? What are the standard methods (email, call, voicemail, text, other) in 2019 for people who don't have admin staff?

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posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
Twelve years ago, 47 dogs were rescued from Michael Vick's dogfighting operation and allowed to live. They've enriched the lives of countless humans and altered the course of animal welfare. (SL Washington Post, includes pictures of 47 good dogs.) Bonus for the title: We Rate Dogs and archnemesis Brent have reconciled thanks to a puppy (also previously).

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Friend, with help of another friend, recovered data from my dropped hard drive. What should I pay her/them?Earlier this summer I dropped my old Seagate hard drive (containing our pre-cloud digital life) and it was no longer detectable. A tech-savvy friend offered to try to retrieve the data. She was unsuccessful but passed it a friend of hers, who got back most of the contents. When I asked about payment my friend said, "whatever you can afford." I'm in a decent place financially and would like to pay what's fair (but not overpay from ignorance) and don't want to accidentally come across as insulting of their time or efforts. For context, she reformatted a laptop for me five years ago and I paid her $175. I was thinking maybe $250-$300 for this? Or is $200 each better? Also, should I specify what she gets vs her friend, or let her decide? I am sending the money to her and she would pass along to her friend, who I don't think I know.

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posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
Truck Carrying Gaming Dice Spills Onto Highway, Rolls A Perfect 756,000 (Kotaku) And speaking of unfortunate spills: Massive tank of bull semen explodes in 'real blow' to farmers (Daily Star)

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