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When my dad came east in 2013 to finish out his final days, suffering from cancer, he brought some cannabinoid extract in 2 bottles with him. I'm wondering if they have lost their potency.These were purchased in WA state with his medical marijuana card in 2013. They have been in my mom's fridge ever since and I just pulled them out. The bottles say "cannabinoid extract" and the brand is Sativa Valley Essentials - Infusion Medicated Tincture. When I took them out of the fridge, they had the consistency of maple syrup, but now that they have been out of the fridge for an hour or so they have a thinner viscosity. Is there any way to tell if they are still good/potent? I don't know a lot about this. If they still have potency, should I keep them refrigerated? Bottle says: active ingredient is Cannabinoid Extract, nothing else except "food grade glycerin, natural/organic flavors.

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I'm an adoptee who last year got in touch with my maternal bio relatives, and more recently have identified my birth father. I have contacted a couple of his siblings and there is no question that this individual is my father. However, the last time anyone in his family had any contact with him was in the early 1990s, when he was living, as he had been for quite some time already, on the streets in Berkeley CA and struggling with serious mental health and substance abuse issues. After discovering that, I assumed he was dead by now at age 71, but I've found proof of life from about 5 years ago and some other hints that he was within the past 5-10 years living in a Berkeley-city SRO housing unit for disabled individuals.Knowing what I know, how would one go about tracing these leads further that is not just googling on the internet? If it were just me I might possibly just walk away from the a situation feeling like I've learned more, than I ever expected to learn. But in particular I've been talking with his youngest sister and she's a very kindhearted person and would also like to try and reconnect. Again, I am going in with no expectations; I'm in my 50s, I'm at peace with my identity, and I understand he is a profoundly "challenged" individual who has lived much of their adult life on the margins of society. I'm just wondering if there is any way to start making soft inquiries as to his existence, with people or agencies that he might have had contact with or might be involved in his care.

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I grew up in a super meat and potatoes (and mayonnaise and cool whip...) Minnesota food culture. Help me brainstorm my super horrible Minnesota food fest.Mrs Molerats is a bit aghast at some of my childhood favorites, and she'll be away for a few days soon, so I'm planning a bacchanalia of bland Upper Midwest delicacies. Minnesotans, sound off on your favorite potluck and church supper dishes! My possible plans so far: cold tuna pasta salad (mayonnaise and peas, of course) "taco salad" Minnesota style (in my family, this was ground beef, doritos, both french and ranch dressing... yeah you get it.) Strawberry pretzel jell-o salad crock-pot meatballs (bbq, or the kind with the hot sauce + grape jelly)

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"Invisible" Sound Design in Breath of the Wild (slyt) I definitely did not.

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Should I? Outdoor show tomorrow, record temps expected, although humidity shouldn't be terrible. The cello and hollow body guitar have been in a fairly cool, climate-controlled space for months. Does it make sense to expose these acoustic instruments to some extra heat overnight, so as to avoid "shocking" them?Every guitar I've ever owned has been pretty sensitive to this sort of heat change, especially if humidity's involved. My banjos don't seem to be affected much. Strings, though? I definitely want to avoid the sort of situation where I've got condensation forming on the cello or something, and if possible I'd like to avoid having to tune more than once or twice tomorrow. I've always had a humidifier in the case, so it's used to around 50% ambient humidity. The outside air shouldn't be much more humid than that tomorrow for once, but it's quite likely to hit 100 F while we're playing (thankfully under a shaded pavilion, so it shouldn't ever be in direct sun). I have a secure area that isn't exposed to the elements, but isn't very air-conditioned, either. Is it a bad idea to stick the instruments out there overnight, just so they have a chance to adjust before tuning in the morning?

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His Dark Materials, Extended Trailer. The BBC and HBO released a glimpse of their adaptation of Philip Pullman's fantasy series, apparently due out later this year. The cast includes Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda as the Texan aeronaut. Comic-Con panel. Pullman previously.

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We all know about the ability of electric eels to stun their prey with a powerful shock. But how did the eels evolve this power? It didn't start as a weapon: the electric eel's knifefish ancestors, like its modern cousins, used weak electric pulses to talk to one another just as we use weak pulses of pressure to create sounds. (They're not unique, either--six lineages of fish have evolved this ability.) But electric fish like the knifefish aren't the only ones listening under the water: there are plenty of electroceptive predators paying attention, too. In a story that starkly resembles the pressures on acoustic communication, electric fish have to modify their signals to avoid being overheard. Electroception is actually quite common in aquatic species. Sharks, dolphins, most bony fish--even the humble platypus can sense electric signals, which it uses to help find its prey. In fact, electroception is so ancient that fossils demonstrating adaptations for electroception go all the way back to the very first vertebrates.

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College dorm move-in day: What is the appropriate level of assistance a parent should offer?My son is starting college this Fall. My son's good friend is attending the same school. They are roommates in a quad with a shared living room, bathroom, and kitchen. They have single, private bedrooms. Friend's mom has already purchased lots of things, including kitchen items to share. She states she wants to "decorate" the kitchen. I never lived in a dorm. What did your parents do on move-in day? How did they assist? I'm thinking I will help him haul his stuff to dorm (in-state school), help him unpack, set up a few things (or no), and say farewell. I asked if he minded, or wanted, me to help him unpack and set up a few things and he is okay with it. Also, tactful ways to tell the friend's mother that I'm not decorating, and they should probably "decorate" their own kitchen since other kids will be sharing and not just ours. Thanks for any tips and advice on move-in day and what's the appropriate amount of helping.

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How to Make Preserved Lemons in the Workshop

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Do you have a favorite simple shift dress pattern? I am looking for a simple dress pattern with no waist that I can make in a few different fabrics.The Wiksten shift I think is too voluminous for me, particularly in the shoulders. The 100 acts of sewing dresses are ok, but also still maybe too wide at the hem and no shoulders. I may be able to modify this to work and may end up with this, but I'm still curious about other ideas. I had bad luck with the Laurel for some reason, I think the zipper competed with the ease of the dress I was looking for. I am able to put in a zipper but would rather not have one. I am able to set in sleeves and may prefer at least some sleeve, though sleeveless is ok. I'd like a faced scoop or v-neck. This image from a Japanese book is appealing, but I cannot find any pattern like it. Also, I am big busted so I need to be able to adjust appropriately. Do you have any that you have made a lot?

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When, through the nighttime murk of the Amazon River, an electric eel locates a feeder fish, what happens next is instantaneous: A jolt of electricity surges through the fish's nerves. Its muscles contract simultaneously, and it is transformed into a living, floating statue. This is roughly the same reaction that women born between Labor Day 1985 and New Year's Eve 1991, approximately, exhibit when exposed to the opening seconds of the Spice Girls' debut single "Wannabe." Pharmacists, statisticians, probation workers, bank tellers, event planners, bartenders, psychologists, paralegals, market research analysts, junior members of Congress, phlebotomists, journalists — in the void between the salutatory "Yooo!" and the song's first plonked-out musical note, all of these become temporarily incapacitated, frozen between heartbeats with lightning in their blood. Caity Weaver writes for the NY Times Style Section on the Spice Girls Generation

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Is there an app that would allow me to set a constant volume for my phone media? I'm often listening to YouTube videos on my phone right before bed. These are often interviews or Colbert/Seth Meyers/SNL monologue playlists and so the volume will change from conversational to loud to quiet again to blaring end jingle/ad. I try to set the volume just loud enough that I can follow the conversation but often end up getting startled when the volume picks up with the end-of-show tune.Sometimes I've drifted off to sleep and the sudden volume increase wakes me up. I cannot set the volume any lower or I won't be able to make out the words. Is there an app that would allow me to set a constant volume for my phone media? Not too loud and not too quiet - just fairly constant. I looked up several "equalizers" but I don't think they do what I want them to do. Too quiet is just as bad as too loud. I do not need this for music, just spoken word stuff, so mostly YouTube or podcasts. I'd appreciate specific app recommendations instead of categories. My ideal app would play conversations at their normal volume but "cap" anything above a certain volume so that the sound would never exceed a certain level of loudness - not sure if I'm making myself clear. Oh, and I have an Android phone. Any tips or recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

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I have two 13-year-old indoor cats. My air conditioner is busted. The temperature is expected to hit 100 degrees tomorrow and Sunday. Should I leave town?It is going to be very hot this weekend in NYC and my air conditioner is busted. I was planning to leave town for about 24 hours this weekend, but now I'm a bit worried about my 2 cats. I can bring them with me but they HATE being taken out of my apartment and it's very stressful for them. My options are: 1) cats and I hang out in my hot apartment so I can monitor them 2) I take them and myself somewhere air-conditioned, even though it's very stressful for them. 3) I go somewhere air- conditioned for about 24 hours; the cats will be fine. I and the cats lived without an air conditioner for many years and we were all fine, so I don't know why I'm stressing this, but I am! What should I do?

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My Sienna's speedometer isn't quite right. Judging by the various "your speed" signs, it says that I'm going 65 when I'm going 60, for example. I know that the speed signs aren't accurate, but they've all shown that, at various speeds, in various states -- the speedometer isn't precise. This is true for drivers of various heights.Because of Reasons That Are Boring, it's important that my speedometer show the correct speed. How complicated and expensive is it to get this fixed? I'm in the USA. Do I go to my usual garage where I get oil changes, or do I have to go to the dealer where I get the countless recalls taken care of?

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"Let's talk about peeing in space." Lots of fun facts in this Twitter thread by writer Mary Robinette Kowal, debunking the idea — put forth by some readers in response to her essay in the NYT on women astronauts — "that women couldn't go into space because we lacked the technology for them to pee in space" and explaining in detail how "we didn't have the technology for men to pee in space when they started either." (Also: extra fun facts on pooping, and farting, and belching, and periods in space.)

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Is Room and Board furniture worth the money? Does it last for more than a couple of years with regular use?I'm considering purchasing a sofa from Room and Board ( this one in a custom fabric ), but before I spend the money I want to be as certain as I can that it's a good investment. This sofa will be in a living room that my family uses every day, and I expect the sofa to see regular use: sitting on for reading/watching TV, napping, etc. We've been to a Room and Board store and tried their floor model out; we all like the way it feels when we sit in it, and we all like the look of the thing. But a floor model can only tell you so much. I'm concerned that R&B's furniture is the kind made for putting in a formal living room that you never use: pretty but not up to daily use. I've searched online for long-term reviews and complaints, but haven't come up with much, particularly as regards longevity. So I thought I'd ask here: R&B-furniture-owning-Mefites, are you satisfied with your purchase years later? What do you wish you'd known before you bought your furniture? What would you caution others about? Bonus question: if you've got a recommendation for other manufacturers/vendors to consider, I'd love to hear them. I'm definitely looking for something on the (sigh) midcentury modern end of design rather than an overstuffed La-Z-Boy affair. (FWIW, I've looked at Joybird's offerings, and they're appealing, but I'm concerned about the number of complaints I've read WRT their delivery being far, far slower than advertised and their customer service being less than helpful. Also, Pottery Barn's stuff is lovely but we couldn't agree on a comfortable seat depth on any of their sofas; same with Crate and Barrel.)

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Tituss Burgess (of Kimmy Schmidt and Pinot Noir fame) has released a video for his song 45. (Video. Lyrics.) The video features actor Daniel J. Watts, an empty mansion, Tituss in a straight jacket, and some weird eye makeup. The song is the first single from his upcoming album, Saint Tituss.

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I've been a nude sleeper for like thirty years, but I can't always get away with that. Then I saw this, which fits into my needs if I gotta sleep in a room with non-naked company, but yeah, I don't want to spend $160 because Gwyneth Paltrow says the fabric has some sort of magical woo properties.I want it to be "cool" as in light fabric, no waist, and definitely not long sleeves or long pants. Loose, but not so loose it gets all tangly when I'm tossing and turning, cuz that's like why I don't wear PJs ever. I've searched, and everything seems to have an elastic waist or made of satin or somesuch, and that's just not what I'm looking for. Am I really going to have to buy this one? I hope not. Please help.

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The story of how The Sims (EA, 2000) ended up facililtating gay relationships - despite an earlier decision by the developers not to allow it. Also how an unscripted same sex kiss between background characters led to The Sims becoming the talk of E3 in 1999. (SLNew Yorker)

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The Spanish-Basque rock band Hesian's cover of Amaitz & Maider's song "Amets bat" ("A Dream"). The video includes a clip of Alaitz and Maider singing verse four of the song starting about 1:40. (previously) Translation:I had a dream A dream made of honey In the shelter of your arms Love was there if we wanted. I learned to dream lucidly I learned to love you lucidly Amidst thousands of sweet words. As factory smoke ruined it Land-water swallowed you. As factory waste and smoke ruined it Land-water swallowed you. Once I had a dream drifting off to sleep forever I wanted to be your dream In the land-water's humid dark. A dream... As factory smoke ruined it Land-water swallowed you. As factory waste and smoke ruined it Land-water swallowed you. A dream, a dream A dream, in dreams. A dream, in dreams... "Land-water" is a literal translation of a Basque expression meaning "the world" or "the earth". It's a rhyming compound in Basque. The original version by Alaitz & Maider (with fan-made text of the lyrics).

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Mourning The Impending Death Of The Communal Random Movie On Cable But this isn't about access. It's about movies that play so often on cable they become a communal reference point. It's something that helps keep movies alive long, long after their theatrical run. And as we all grow further and further apart from each other, losing these reference points are a bad thing.

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The surprisingly engrossing history of How The Milwaukee Bucks And A Former Wedding DJ Won The T-Shirt Cannon Arms Race.

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I recently read an interview with Jill Lepore in which she described how her editor at the New Yorker, Henry Finder, had helped her tremendously with an essay. I'd like to learn more about how editors like Finder think about editing-- how they approach line edits, structural edits, how they work, what they advise. Looking for articles, interviews, or other resources in which editors like Finder share their insights about editing.I'm coming up short with Googling. Hivemind, please help!

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All 555 Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas simultaneously.

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"This essay argues that socialists can effectively shape political debate in alliance with social democrats. I will limit my arguments, for the most part, to the rhetorical level, while recognizing there are larger questions about the relationship between socialists and social democrats that are essential to discuss. The battle over rhetorical space within key alliances is nonetheless central to winning political contests, which is why I focus on it here." Shifting Alliances: Socialists, Social Democrats, and the New U.S. Left

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