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Dom Krapski writes about (krap.ski) his encounter with the disintegrating corpse (image) of Rosie, a large great white shark (image) currently sitting in a murky vat (image) of formaldehyde in an abandoned wildlife park in Australia. Photos by Garry Moore.

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About three years ago, I set up a small business as an LLC. The intention was that it would be a partnership between myself and my wife, but I'm not sure we set it up that way. Now I'm trying to figure out who actually owns the company and how to fix it if necessary.This was around the time my wife got pregnant with our daughter (the adorable but dangerously fearless Tiny Croft), and because there was a lot going on at the time, it seems like we really half-assed it. That's also why I don't even remember any of the fine details and have to rely on the few papers I have. The only official documentation I have is the Articles of Organization from the State Corporation Commission and a letter from the IRS assigning our EIN. We never created an Operating Agreement (This is Virginia where one is not strictly necessary. Still, we should really have one.) The Articles list me as the Organizer and my wife as the Registered Agent. The IRS letter is addressed to "Naberius, MBR" That's it. I mean the company more or less works. We have a company bank account and vendor accounts. We've been conducting business for about three years now. But my wife was talking to a CPA recently and came back with the idea that, if the company were really a partnership as opposed to a sole proprietorship, it would have to file its own separate tax documents. We've been treating it as a passthrough to our joint return. So that has me wondering, and what little documentation I have isn't really helping. Is my wife a member/co-owner of the company? Is it all mine? For that matter, nothing actually lists the members. If I found myself in court right now, how could I prove I own the company, or that some rando off the street does not? And if I am, as I suspect, the sole owner of the company, how would I go about adding a partner? (Yes, I realize all this makes me look pretty hapless. I plead toddler. Without her, the company would be so much farther down the track. But also unnecessary. Life is full of trade-offs.)

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My friend has been living in an apartment that's had a few bouts of mold on the walls. Now they are moving and we are planning to store some of their boxed belongings in our dry basement. Is there reason to worry about mold contamination coming into our house? And if so, would it be contained by using plastic boxes (instead of cardboard ones)?

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Sarah Smith, née Stone, was an English natural history illustrator and painter (Wikipedia; Design and Art Australia Online), who started turning dead specimens into "living" illustrations when she was not yet 20, was largely self-taught in her draughtsmanship technique. At only twenty-one, she was invited to exhibit four of her paintings at the Royal Academy, closed to women at the time. Australians would recognise her art from her illustrations in John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales (Archive.org), published in 1790. This journal is one of the 5 first fleet accounts of the new colony. And in the first half of the 1790s, her drawings were featured with other artists and published in the monograph Museum Leverianum (Archive.org). Via Brainpickings, with easier to view images. Though it seems that Sarah never visited Australia or the South Pacific, her illustrations were some of the first depictions of its fauna and ethnographical items. Which is why ... One of the Australian Museum Research Library's greatest treasures is a collection of 132 watercolours bound in red morroco, unpublished, bearing no title page except an attribution written in pencil : 'A collection of drawings by Sarah Stone of the principal objects of curiosity in Sir Ashton Lever's Museum, consisting of natural history, the arms ornaments and dresses of the inhabitants of New Zealand and other countries discover'd by Capt. Cook'. The Sarah Stone Collection (Australian Museum.net.au)

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BF and I are planning a trip to Canada, using Montreal as our HQ. We'd like to spend a few days there, maybe hit Ottawa or Toronto as well, and see some nature while we're at it. Difficulties: we're pretty ignorant about what to actually see and do in Canada, and we'd like to do all of the above while driving as little as possible. Help?BF and I have a vague, far-from-fully-fleshed notion that we'd like to go on a trip to Canada this summer. We have friends who can put us up in Montreal, so we're planning on using their place as a base of operations, explore the city and surroundings for a few days and then... um, head out and see a bit more of the country? Possibly visit Ottawa or Toronto, whichever is prettier? We've heard that there's nature in Canada, so seeing some of it would be nice, I guess? As you have already noticed, we are rather clueless, but very much open to suggestions. Additional snowflakey detail: BF doesn't drive, and I'm a somewhat inexperienced and anxious driver. I can manage most situations competently enough, but driving long hours and navigating difficult roads or dense urban traffic drain my energy very quickly. I'm open to the idea of renting a car, but if we do that I'd like to keep our road trips short and as stress-free as possible. With that caveat in mind, can you recommend some interesting destinations in and around Montreal, either accessible by some form of public transport/guided tour, or easily reachable by car without driving more than, say, three hours at a time? Also, any opinions on where else in Canada we should go? We kinda think we'd like to visit one more city, but have no clue whether we'd enjoy Ottawa or Toronto best. Our taste in cities tends to gravitate towards the walkable, quirky and interesting — would visiting Vancouver be worth heading all the way over to the west coast? Any other places, or fun activities we're not thinking of? We're very lost, Hive Mind. Please illuminate us with your opinions. Thanks!

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Musicards is a collection of music theory flash cards for the beginner and intermediate music student. Learn note names, chords, key signatures at your own pace.

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Gregor Sailer is an Austrian photographer. His projects include Closed Cities, effectively invisible, artificially created urban agglomerations that are hermetically sealed off from the eyes of the world either by walls or by their hostile surroundings; The Potemkin Village, haunting images of fake towns; and The Box, an exploration of small scale secret Soviet facilities such as design bureaux for weapons, aircraft, space and military electronics.

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I've gotten six calls from some random telemarketer company in the last hour and a half -- they identify themselves as a different company each time, calling for someone else, using randomized numbers. This has been going on for the past 4-5 days. Sometimes there are 20 calls in a day.Since the numbers are random, blocking them doesn't do anything. I can put the phone on DND but if I'm using it they're still going to come through and interrupt me and then I can't actually get text notifications from anyone because: DND all the time. I have Verizon and an iPhone. What options do I have besides getting a new phone number? My number is already on the do-not-call list and has been for many years. My ideal solution is to block all calls EXCEPT those on my contacts list -- I'm fine checking voicemail every now and then. Is there a way to do that?

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H.Bomberguy (of Mermaids charity fame) discusses brand twitter, advertising, 'realmericals', and harnessing performative political outrage for profit in WOKE BRANDS (26:43)

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I have the possibility of working remote and "sometimes" going to the office or client meetings. Most likely this would be in midtown. At this point in my life I'd like to have amenities and space over a studio. I'm not tied NYC, Jersey works fine. I like the Boerum Hill area, but I'm guess that's over my 3k budget. Since it is a work from situation I'd like to have a second bedroom/office.I've lived in Bay Ridge, near the ferry terminal, it was nice but boring. I'd consider Staten Island, I just haven't actually been there. If I had to time my commute from Bay Ridge, in guessing it would be 45 minutes to Midtown? What about the suburbs like White Plains, Westchester or even something closer like Bronxville. The problem is that I don't know any of those places but commutes to the city are feasible I assume, and rents are reasonable with larger accommodations. If I'm overlooking some treasure in Manhattan that is neglected because it is t "cool" or too far out let me know!

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I am looking for a program (not web-based) that will let me upload a .csv with different SKUs and expected quantities. Then I want to be able to scan barcodes and have the match tracked against the uploaded data. After the scan, I want to see a list of everything not scanned, including if I am missing 1 of 5 expected items. I don't know what to start searching for. Or if this is something I can do with Excel, I'd like to know how to do that, too.

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Preferably filmed in America.I'd like to watch movies made by French filmmakers about America (any aspect of America). Preferably filmed in America or "set in" America. From any time period. Documentaries or feature or short films. Any language. I'm curious about how the French perceive America through film. If there are any books or articles about that, I'm also curious about those. Ideas?

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I am looking for recommendations of recent non-genre fiction. I'm going through a divorce, and I don't want to read anything about romantic relationships. I don't want to read about dating, "friends with benefits," engagements, entanglements, "the one that got away," marriages, breakups, divorce or (and maybe especially) recovery from or the aftermath of those things. It's easy to find genre fiction that doesn't have these elements, but it's harder to find literary fiction without them. Hit me.

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The telephone rang again. Jason wanted to groan and roll his eyes, but he suppressed this urge and put on the mask of outward neutrality expected of a Pizza Maker Second Class. [...] He slapped the flour dust from his hands, grasped the receiver, and placed it next to his ear. The light codes on the telephone's front panel danced from flashing red to solid green, letting him know that a live connection had been established. "Pizza Barn," he intoned. "Is this for dine in, pick up, or delivery?" A simple phone call between Pizza Maker Second Class Jason Wilkins and a shadowy Customer. The author of this parody, Roger M. Wilcox, has a large body of work online.

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On Wednesday I'm flying from Stansted to Dublin, and then back again on Saturday. This is my first time flying while also wearing a binder, do I need to be concerned about anything in particular?I identify as non-binary, have short hair, wear exclusively men's clothing, and generally bind when I'm out in public. I'm AFAB and still have F gender markers on my passport because my country doesn't legally recognise my gender identity, fun times! In terms of how I read to other people at the moment, I get double takes from some people but I also routinely get called "ma'am", "love" and other female-gendered terms by around 50% of the people I interact with publicly. I don't wear any makeup or decorative jewellery and keep my hair short but I still clearly read as female to a subset of people. It's a short-haul flight so I'm not concerned about comfort or safety while wearing the binder; this question is more around how much (if any) hassle I can expect at the airport. I don't know if I'll be going through a body scanner or a metal detector; hopefully the latter as it's a short-haul flight within the EU. Is there anything I should/shouldn't do or say in this situation, or do I just proceed as though it's going to be a non-issue?

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Each Friday, for more than two years, The Root has responded to emails and comments from our readers (and some people who obviously don't read The Root). Not today. Today, there will be just one email and one response. Michael Harriot uses an email asking what the solution might be to how scary it's getting for white people in America to discuss privilege, blackness, and "divisive rhetoric".

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The issue was first noticed about a year ago. MySpace have confirmed that all the music is lost and cannot be recovered. "Due to a server migration files have been corrupted and unable to be transferred to our updated site." Via Andy Baio, who added, "I'm deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than 'we can't be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s.'"

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I have a set of curtains with eyelet rings. I have a set of windows where--due to the previous owners 70's-era sensibilities--the only way to hang curtains is with hooks that then attach to a curtain runner. Is there a way to convert the eyelet curtains so I can use them on those windows?I can sew pretty well; I just have no experience with curtains. I know that eyelet tape exists for when you want to go in the other direction (you want to put eyelets on curtains that don't have them). But in this case, I'm not even sure which search terms to use or what to look for. Please believe me that installing a normal curtain rod over these windows would be a much larger project than I am up for right now, since it would involve tearing down the fake wall they built above and below the windows. Any suggestions for the curtains?

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Large desert blooms, labeled "superblooms" (previously) have been happening with greater than average frequency in the last few years, a consequence of wet-dry weather swings and fire activity. Social media has caught on, and capturing one's self sprawled in a field of wildflowers is now an essential selfie ritual. In 2017 the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park experienced 200,000 visitors over a short period, overwhelming the park facilities and the small town of Borrego Springs and forcing freeway closures in what was termed "flowergeddon." This year, the town of Lake Elsinore has had an amazing bloom of poppies in nearby hillsides, inspiring more than 50,000 Instagram-happy visitors to visit over a single weekend and forcing the closure of Walker Canyon to tourists announced in an angrily worded City social media post.

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I'm dealing with an existential crisis and am not sure humanism is still a mindset that works for me anymore. I'm reading about religion and spirituality at the moment to see if I can experience subjective divine experience (about the only framework I think I could understand God or some kind of cosmic order through). I'm also considering psychedelics. I can function at work but the rest of my life is getting strained. What are good resources to help me through this?So, about a month ago, I fell into an existential crisis. [And now I recall the story was Exhalation by Ted Chiang, whoops] I'm still working through it, and I have good moments but still find myself exhausted and fixated on the bad kind of nihilism. Positive nihilism just makes me feel even worse, because I was and am the kind of person who feels good thinking about the consequences of my actions. I like to think that I'm helping people and that my drop in the bucket makes the world slightly better. But if people die, and from their perspective they no longer remember or experience what they felt or accomplished, it all feels extremely hollow. I feel like everything I experience is far away and hollow now. And I can't just be hedonistic because then I'm thinking about how limited my time is and wondering if playing a video game or watching TV is really going to help me. Sex is less appealing because of the dread, and when I've had sex, I kinda had to zone out and let the other person lead. Food has less taste, and I just worry about what the less healthy but tasty foods are doing to my one body that carries around my one brain. Marijuana still works because it disrupts my thoughts. Ditto alcohol, but I'm limiting myself to one drink a day. At the end of the day, I feel exhausted no matter what. I'm not exercising as much as I used to, and I'm eating less because this feeling makes it harder to swallow or enjoy food unless I'm really hungry. And I'm not keeping up with chores. But emotionally I feel tired three hours before my insomniac old self would feel ready for bed. My throat feels like somebody's threateningly wrapped their hands around my neck all day. When I was dysphoric and depressed, even when I felt good relatively good, there was still a low-key exhaustion and annoyance at the struggle of doing better in life. My gender transition had so many difficult little rituals, and I was concerned about proving myself at work. Now I feel pretty established in my role as a transgender woman. I even came out at work (as explicitly trans, I was presenting as my correct gender but "stealth") a few weeks ago, partly I guess to see if it would get me out of this funk. In a month, I'm getting my bottom surgery. And I'm realizing I'm well established at my job. My manager is consistently talking about how I'm a candidate for promotion. I've been going through the motions at work, but I still perform well enough. For a few months, I was getting more extroverted, making friends at work, going on more dates, going to the gym four times a week, and really enjoying my life. I felt like I was attractive, interesting, lovable, and heading into an incredibly difficult surgery that would have long term dividends for my relationship with myself. I think that's what now makes my old idea of death terrifying. I think I need to figure out a way I can explore this and find some kind of cosmic meaning, but I'm also still carrying a bunch of stuff I picked up from the internet's New Atheism phase. I don't know where consciousness comes from exactly, but I get that thought and memory occur physically within the brain. Atheist romanticizing of death (following their assumption that death is simply a permanent loss of consciousness) isn't helping me anymore. It no longer feels like a merciful rest from the struggle of life, and instead like a cruel erasure of not just my ability to experience things, but also the ability to remember the good times and human connections I'm making now. And while before I'd laugh off the end of this universe in trillions of years as far away, the fact that I'd not be conscious of time passing after my death makes trillions of years not seem long at all. I'm reading Mere Christianity and a few books written from a modern progressive protestant view, because that was my background growing up. I'm considering joining a Unitarian church and looking into Buddhism as well. I can imagine consciousness or qualia being some fluid element that passes between parts of the universe, so reincarnation sounds somewhat plausible but without anything like past life regression. This period has also deeply amplified the grief I feel for a relative who was like a second mom to me in my teen years. She'd passed away three months ago, and at the time, I was fairly accepting of it. She was very old and was on hospice care for over a year. My mother strongly advised me not to come out to her, as she worried it'd make her anxious, and it made it harder for me to keep in touch with her as I lost the ability to pass as my pre-transition self. Sometimes at work, I'll imagine her voice and end up crying in the bathroom. I practically never cried before in my adult life. I also find myself crying over existentialism in general now. I've discussed this twice with my therapist. They're convinced that this is a matter of pre-surgery anxiety. They might be right, but from a material standpoint I'm still bound to die and unless astronomy is wrong, the universe will end. So it's hard to totally dismiss these anxieties. They're now advising I follow an ACT technique of experiencing the uncomfortable feelings and not forcing myself to feel something else but instead trying to gently transition. I'm trying but I don't think it's working. She was dismissive of my attempts to find religion or a spiritual mindset. A friend of mine has some LSD tabs and would eagerly share them. I've done a small amounts of LSD before and it was a really positive experience, and I'm wondering if perhaps the acid would help me move on. It's hard for me not to see this as a good option at this point, but I'm afraid of the risk of a bad trip. I realize I'm rambling and this has gone on forever. I'm lost and I'm scared and exhausted. What are some books or things I could do or changes I could make to move on and live a meaningful life? It's been a really hard month and I don't know if waiting it out is working. PS: Background I just turned 30 and have been watching the calendar for months counting down to my surgery in anticipation. I'm feeling keenly aware of the passage of time lately. I was religious as a protestant up until the very end of high school, where internet atheism got to me. That summer, I had an existential crisis about simulation theory and dropped out of college in about a year and a half, then I adopted a sort of christian worldview based around thinking a computer couldn't emulate consciousness. Then I started dating an atheist for several years and became the kind of agnostic who doesn't believe in God but is open to evidence. I have been on antidepressants my whole adult life. I've been only diagnosed with depression, an autism spectrum disorder, and gender dysphoria. Hormones might be making these big feelings harder. Although the dissociation might be coming back.

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Dick Dale, godfather of surf guitar, dies aged 81. (Guardian) Richard Anthony Monsour, better known by his stage name Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered and created what many call the surf music style, drawing on Middle-Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. As the progenitor of the surf rock genre and an innovator who helped stretch the possibilities of the electric guitar, Dale inspired musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Ry Cooder and the Beach Boys. Dale's "Miserlou" also notably featured in the opening credits sequence of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. (Rolling Stone)

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I would really like to mail some gluten-free cookies to my long-distance faraway sweetheart. Is this even really possible to do in a way that keeps them somewhat fresh? I would probably make oatmeal cookies from a Minimalist Baker recipe that I add dried fruit and pumpkin seeds to. What's the best plan for packaging, mailing, etc? What has worked for you? Thanks Metafilter!

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What are some examples of healthy 1000-calorie meals for a professional athlete?One of the main characters in a story I'm writing is a female ice hockey player. Food is important to the story - one of the subplots is her figuring out how to manage an eating disorder while playing professional ice hockey full time. I can find general information about hockey player diets, but I'm having trouble visualising is what a healthy 1000-calorie meal looks like. My googling mostly gives me 1000 calories a day, which, nope, not happening. My MC has no food allergies, loves bbq more than is probably healthy, and is a fantastic cook. What can I feed her? TIA!

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I have a problem where every few weeks I will trip and cause a minor sprain to my left foot. Help me fix my coordination issues.It all started about four years ago when I was walking down a grassy hill. I tripped and rolled inward on my left foot, such that the outside of my ankle moved closer to the ground. This caused significant pain to where I was limping throughout the day and the next. A few days later, my relatives visited from out of town and I felt I should take them around, even though I still had some foot pain. During these daylong outings, had some pain and a minor limp, but thought perhaps the movement would be good for it or something. I realize in retrospect that this is probably wrong. After that, the foot pain became a dull, chronic pain. At this point, I saw a couple of podiatrists. After maybe a year and a half, I did find someone who was able to help me. He prescribed orthotics and strengthening/weighted calf raises. Eventually, the chronic pain went away. However, I still have this issue where every so often I will trip and roll inward on my left foot again. For example, it happens while walking down grassy hills in a hurry, while walking up/down steps while distracted, while walking on a bus which suddenly lurches forward. When it happens, the pain usually lasts for a couple hours to overnight. I've brought this problem up with the podiatrist, but he doesn't seem to have an answer other than to keep doing the calf raises. Although it's hard to remember, I think I've always tended to roll on my feet. I guess in the past, it just hasn't really hurt as much and after a few minutes it would recover. Now, perhaps because of the injury, it seems every time it happens, it's a minor calamity. I was wondering if there's anything I could do to stop myself from tripping all the time? At the moment, I'm just going to try to be more careful and watch my step, but I feel I can only do so much (eventually I will get caught off guard). Is there anything else I can do to either improve my coordination, balance, or strength to stop the trips?

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In October I consigned an Fender American Telecaster to what I thought was a reputable dealer in Toronto. They said they'd have it sold and a cheque in two months. No cheque, calls are avoided, e-mails not returned. I need the money. Next steps?I have the consignment note (with serial number) and some pictures. I've called several times, and get fobbed off with a "we can't find it", "it's at another store", "you'll need to come to our store [about an hour's drive away]", or similar. They are either super disorganized or are hoping I'll forget about it. Too early for small claims?

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