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Kazuo Oga is mainly know as the background artist of Studio Ghibli animated films. Here's a demonstration of him working. Using poster paints. (A shorter version) He's directed one short film 'The Night of Taneyamagahara' (trailer) Kazuo Oga – The Man Who Drew Totoro's Forest Old interview in Japanese At a exhibition (commentary in Russian) Pages from an art book (text in Japanese) Another painting demo (sadly poor quality video)

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The Underground Gold Mine is part 9 of his "Realistic Scenery" series. As per his web page, Boulder Creek Railroad, the titular video took 130 hours to make including editing down the 22 hours of footage, and it shows. Last year about this time his work was featured in a Make magazine article, which showed the kind of amazing tricks he uses to make realistic, tiny hay bales, chainlink fence billboards or pallets. There is, of course, plenty more if you decide to go down this rabbit hole. Bonus: Laser-cut Moe's Tavern.

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I grapple occasionally with a fear of technological change, particularly to no obvious purpose or in a case where i feel like the tech has outstripped the ethics. This combines with a general fear of the accelerating pace of innovation and such, and I really don't want to feel this way. How can I feel easier in my mind, or otherwise cope with this vexing problem?I'll be the first to acknowledge that technology can do an amazing amount of good. As a totally blind person, my access to information, books, and general quality of life has been immeasurably improved in the past few years alone. The thing that bothers me a lot sometimes is the fear that this rate of progress will continue or even increase. We went from simple powered flight to a space station, and that's not even factoring in the computer field over the past few decades. I just worry that I'll look back in forty years or so and not recognize anything. This ties in with a fear of the misuse of technology. I just worry that we're developing new gadgets so quickly without considering the implications. I wish we could at least take a decade or two to adjust to things, or plateau, and that the culture around innovation wasn't so insistent. So how do I reframe my thinking here into a less fearful place? Any advice or information would be appreciated.

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Asking for a friend - she and her husband watched a film a while ago, they think it was on UK Netflix and the cast were American but they can't be sure. Description Follows:"DH and I watched a movie a while ago. The story was basically that there was an actress and her two charges (possibly children or grandchildren) in a large house in Hollywood. The girl (daughter?) was sleeping with the handyman / decorator. The son was sleeping with everyone. The actress keeps a gun on her nightstand for no obvious reason and the son, one day, was randomly pointing the gun at her while she was doing her hair. He pulls the trigger and she dies. He puts her in the bed and acts like it didn't happen. The grandmother was helping her to become an actress herself, acting as a sort of agent, and the grand daughter even borrowed her clothes. The brother lied saying that she was just poorly putting her to bed. No one famous was in it though I have really clear memories of some scenes (the body is wrapped in a sheet and rolled over a wall into the garden, the car with tinted windows pulls up to the gate) BUT I cannot remember the name of the film. Please help!"

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There's this poem I barely remember.It doesn't rhyme, first of all. It starts out something like "I am leaving my something to" or "I am giving my something" or "leave my something to" - instructions on what to do with a guy's stuff after his death, in other words. The last line is something about "but keep my something; keep it with the something else." Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Help me find a half-remembered article that compared hairstyles of different groups in the Lord of the Rings movies to those of 70s-80s rock bands.I'm watching the LotR movies with my teen daughter. She's very into the story and production, but especially fascinated by the look of the different races & factions when it comes to clothes and hair. Talking over those with her reminds me that years ago (probably around 2002-2004 when the films were new) I saw an amusing piece on the web that drew parallels between LotR hairstyles and those of various bands from the 70s (& maybe 80s). Think Rohirrim & Allman Brothers, Hobbits & Frampton, although I'm not sure those were the exact match-ups. I've tried searching Google, but all my search terms keep giving me lots of how-to pages on creating hairstyles *like* the LotR ones, or Etsy-ish sellers of decorative hair bands resembling LotR props. Like Gandalf at the doors to Moria, there's probably a "speak friend and enter" solution that I'm missing. If anyone remembers where you might have seen that article, or can suggest better searching techniques, I'd be grateful. I'm seeking this only for my own amusement and memory-buttressing, not as something to add to the conversation with NumberSixTeen.

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Every year during Lent, Episcopalians and other liturgically minded Christians participate in Lent Madness, which pits saints, martyrs, and other holy people against one another in sometimes brutal mano-a-mano fantasy smackdowns. Past champions include Florence Nightingale (who ultimately vanquished Franz Jägerstätter), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (prevailing in a thrilling faceoff with Julian of Norwich), and perennial favorite Francis of Assisi (in a nail-biter with fighting Irish Brigid of Kildare). This year, will beloved disciple, apocalyptic prophet, and Gospel author John the Evangelist, an early favorite, overcome a field of strong female contenders such as unstoppable reformer queen Margaret of Scotland, badass nontuplet warrior virgin Quiteria, and formidable community organizer Anna Alexander? (Although any match involving one of the Fab Four sounds like an unfair fight from the outset, in 2013 Frances Perkins astonished everyone by besting Luke the Evangelist.)

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Need your suggestions for cloud storage, file transfer, photo backup, online purchases, email, browsing, et cetera, et cetera, as low friction as possible.It'll be a treat to go back to Firefox and a local email client (Eudora was awesome, wasn't it!). Help a Metafilterer get back to basics.

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My company is consolidating the US R&D jobs to the home office in Boston a year from now. They are offering positions in Boston, which means moving from Chicago. If any MeFites have made a Chicago to Boston transition, do you have any guidance/advice about local differences to keep in mind?Telecommuting will not be an option. The home office is providing resources toward the actual move and home-finding. I've been living in Chicago for twenty-two years; my wife has lived here for twenty. (We're both originally from two other US states, so we aren't complete novices at moving to new places.) The two differences of which I am already aware: 1) Boston is more expensive than Chicago. 2) Boston's streets are not a square grid. Any other knowledge that we'd need about day-to-day living in Boston, no matter how basic, we would appreciate. Thanks in advance.

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I'm looking for a specific video of a James Brown concert or TV appearance.It's in colour and, I believe, fairly late in his career. He's wearing a red suit and handing out flowers to the crowd while his band plays a funky riff. Meanwhile, a member of his band is giving him a really long intro that consists of a long list of superlatives ("Hardest working man in soul, Godfather of soul...etc.") and mentioning his name over and over again. I think James Brown falls to his knees a couple of times and does the thing where someone leads him off stage but he waves them away and continues with the show. I assumed this clip was from one of his classic shows, but I can't seem to find it on YouTube. Anyone know the one I'm talking about?

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On Monday I will be starting a new job at a septic company, cleaning and servicing outhouses at construction sites, events, etc.The job pays well (at least compared to most other jobs I've had since I finished college) and the company offers full benefits after three months. But does this job make me a bad person? Ever since I was hired I have had thoughts like, "Wow, I will be cleaning crap, is this all I am good for in this world? What will other people think of me?" I went to college and studied software development, but despite doing EVERYTHING that I feel I can do — network, attend job fairs, countless resume and cover letter changes, volunteering, internship, etc. — I haven't been able to find a job as a programmer for more than two years. If cleaning outhouses is the best that I can do, what does that say about me?

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I was driving in Portland, listening to the alternative rock station. They played a song that sounded like The Beatles singing Queens of the Stone Age. And there was a crazy prog-rock synth solo in the middle (I think it was a synth at least). It was great! What was it?The vocals reminded very much of The Beatles, specifically something like "Because". The music was very desert rock... I say QotSA because they are popular, but it was a bit more vibe-y and dark than their music sometimes is. And the prog-rock solo was so killer!

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How are we going to get this bottle out of this hollow post?My friend is housesitting in a cabin, and was showering a goldendoodle. She has a lot of time on her hands and precious few supplies. Her provisions for the evening consisted of the remaining half of a 20-ounce bottle of whatever they replaced Pepsi Max with. To free up her hands to attend to the dog, she set this item atop a post fashioned out of three boards fitted together and affixed to a wall. Bad news: the post is hollow. Her much desired beverage is now at the bottom of a 4.5-foot well of sorts. There's a rough, hollowed knot a few inches from the bottom that she can stick her grotesquely long slender finger into, enabling her to graze the bottle. She has a dream that she'll be able to loop a length of sewing thread around the bottle and somehow raise it from the grave. Photos here: https://imgur.com/a/3rwKr Have smarter people than her tried better plans than hers and failed? Yes. Hell yes. But there are things we do for love and things we do for desperation. If anyone's been down this road before and can offer up some advice, she is in no place to look a wisdom horse in the mouth.

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posted about 12 hours ago on metafilter
A boy pretends he's a woman on an online gaming website. Then the game changes.

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posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
I've saved a huge number of articles using Pocket. I'd love to copy my entire archive (both unread and read links) over to Pinboard, and the most obvious ways to do this seem cumbersome. Do you have a clever way of handling the import and export of the data between the two services?

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posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
We are remodeling a bathroom and were hoping to have two showerheads in the shower...but it seems that that is not permitted in California. Are there any showerhead options for partners to shower together and both get plenty of water? or failing that, at least for both to be warm?

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Sassafras Lowery wrote at Older Queer Voices We Know How To Do This - "If you don't remember a time when your government hated you, those of us who do will help you learn how to survive it." More Older Queer Voices C.W. Emerson: The Impossible Time Cheryl Clarke: Five Poems Merrill Mushroom: The Gay Kids And The Johns Committee

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I've been doing strength training with a trainer for about 3 months, initially 3x/week and now 1x/week with two workouts/week on my own. With the trainer I've done a bit of work on the very controlled machines that isolate muscles (ActiveTrax calls them "selectorized") and a lot of work with dumbbells, body weight, bosu, stability balls, trx, and machines where I have to stabilize myself. At this point I'm familiar with a lot of exercises and what muscles I'm working, and I'm comfortable with form, but I have trouble remembering the names of specific exercises and I can't just put together a workout on the fly. As I continue to exercise on my own I'd like to develop my own workouts and need a good system to do this.I'd like to focus mostly on exercises that do not use the selectorized machines. My gym uses ActiveTrax and I can let it set up a workout for me, but I have to either include or not include those machines; I can't tell it to only include some of them. I have also figured out how I can modify the pre-made workouts, but their selection of body/free weight exercises seems slim at best, and they don't have all the exercises I have learned and want to use. My trainer wrote out a program for me once, but now I'm more on my own. I'd like be able to do the following: - Review a database of exercises by body region/muscle group, with some description or instructions for each exercise. - Make a workout plan on my laptop (Mac). This must have a space to include notes to help me remember which exercise I mean. I don't need detailed instructions here, just enough to help me identify and remember the specific exercise. - Add in exercises that are not in the database, if the database is associated directly with the workout plan. - Either print out that workout or access it (including the notes) on my iPhone. - After I complete the workout, record what I have done in some electronic format. I am fine with using pencil at the gym and then entering it on my computer at home later. The ExRx database seems pretty extensive and they have instructions for everything. If they had a good app that would probably be ideal, but if they have one I haven't found it. Barring that, my best solution so far is to use a resource like ExRx to find the exercises and make a spreadsheet in Numbers with columns for name/description/weight/reps/sets and bring a printout of this to the gym. Does anyone have a better solution? I am willing to pay money (but probably not a subscription) for an app or two for this - but I would like it to also have access at the laptop because typing in notes on the phone would be a pain. I would also appreciate any good resources for lists of exercises (with some description) that can be sorted by body region/muscle group and which I can use to add to or complement the lists on ExRx. Thanks!

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posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
The Space Shuttle has been compared to a flying brick. How do you practice landing a flying brick? In a customized Gulfstream II with thrust reversers all the way down. The Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) was developed to allow shuttle pilots to practice approach and landing in an aircraft that flies like a 110-ton glider. The cockpit was outfitted with shuttle-like controls, and a computer controlled airspeed and throttle to simulate the response of an unpowered orbiter vehicle. First time shuttle pilots made about 500 practice approaches in the STA before flying their mission. Here's what the landing looks like from inside the STA cockpit. The other way to land a Space Shuttle with launching one? Hitch an orbiter up to a 747, drop it off in the sky, and fly it home — as was done in the 1977 approach and landing tests. You can also view a complete approach and landing from this test series, with bonus commentary delivered by a reporter standing in a parking lot full of cool/ugly 1970s cars.

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We got this fish from the specialized fish store a few months ago, and the store called it a "yellow fin", but the only "Yellowfin" I could find is tuna, which this clearly is not. So what is this fish really called?It's a freshwater, community fish that seems to be doing well in our high pH, high KH, and very high GH aquarium.

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I am struggling to get calories in right now and could use some suggestions.I am constrained to foods that are: - soft (can be easily mushed) or liquid; - low fat - lowish sugar (no straight-up sweets) - able to be eaten slowly through the day (no big meals or portions) - non-acidic, non-spicy Basically, I need foods for a combo of extremely nasty reflux and esophagitis. My stomach is slow to empty right now, and that's not helping. I'm doing great at keeping to those kinds of foods, but I'm struggling to get more than ~600 calories in per day. One option I am considering: I have protein powder. Are there high calorie smoothies I can make that will go down fast, and not be high in sugar? What other foods will pack a punch without coming back up? Examples of things that seem soft but are off limits until things calm down: bread (can stick in throat easily), most meats, rice. Thanks.

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
I primarily use an iPad Pro as my work device, and I love it — except that Safari is routinely getting hijacked. Is this malware, bad ads on some sites, or some other thing I haven't thought of? And how can I make it stop?First is a pop-up notification telling me I've won a $1000 Amazon gift card, iPhone X, or whatever, and then when I close it, it takes me to a page that looks like an Amazon page, but is actually a URL like "jbacardijimmyfallon.top." As far as I can tell, there's no way to close the box without hitting the text in the lower right that says "close," and you're locked out of scrolling or interacting with the browser until you deal with the dialogue box. And then it's basically impossible to get to the page I was trying to look at without triggering the hijack again. As a result, some sites like allrecipes.com are close to impossible for me to use, because the specific recipe pages I want keep pushing me into these scam pages and I can't break the loop. Is this something on my iPad I need to purge? Is it just bad adware and annoying but not an ongoing security risk to me? Is there anything I can do about this?! Argh so annoying. Thanks!

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Troy Hurtubise's dream of fighting a grizzly in home-made armour still haunts him. So does his fame (cw: some talk of suicidal ideation). Previously: Troy Hurtubise and his inventions. NFB: Project Grizzly

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I've ordered a glorified vesper martini four times from certain bar that contains plymouth gin, vodka, and "birch infused lillet blanc". From one bartender, it tastes... like nothing in particular. From another, it tastes and smells strongly minty/bitter, like it contains a glug of cleaning solution or really bad mouthwash. Which is correct (I don't know what birch OR lillet blanc is supposed to taste like) and if the latter is wrong, what might the bartender be accidentally using instead of (I'm guessing) the lillet blanc?It's a clear drink in both cases, with a lemon twist. I may have noticed a bit of oily residue on the surface of the minty drink. It's a nicely stocked bar at a movie theater, not some super fancy craft cocktail place. I'd order it again and watch very carefully but that sounds risky and expensive.

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
My 16yo is aspirationally vegan and would like to do some reading about making the transition, about good nutrition as a vegan, and about vegan cooking.My son's status right now is "mostly vegan"--his breakfast eggs are a last holdout--and as he transitions to eating a fully vegan diet, he wants to read up on maintaining good nutrition, making the transition (perhaps including good substitutes for most-loved oco-lacto foods), and cooking well as a vegan. He's specifically looking for books, rather than websites or other resources.

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