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Atlanta's graffiti filled Krog Street tunnel erased in protest. Artists and residents of Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood, angry about an upcoming ticket-holders only masquerade ball (promising a "sultry underground experience" where "taboo will be the norm" for $40 not including drinks) have, in protest, painted over all the graffiti art that made Krog street tunnel remarkable to begin with.

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I'm stuck in an desk chair in an office, and I'm looking for mini routines for 5 minute exercise breaks.Strengthening exercises are easier to find, but I'm trying to find: core/abs balance stretching (upper body/shoulders and hamstrings/legs) Difficulty - I'll be wearing business/business casual clothes, so getting down on the floor is probably a no-go. Standing/sitting exercises best. I already have one that is air squats, wall push ups, and good mornings as one set. Ideally, I'd come out of this with 4-6 mini breaks that I could try to check off each day. (In my google searching, most of the balance stuff is oriented towards people with balance difficulty, so wasn't very challenging )

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I have tickets to a taping of Conan tonight. What should I expect? How early should I arrive to not be shut out? How long does a taping last? How funny is Jimmy Pardo?Obviously I'm looking for Conan-specific expertise here. My companions and I will be headed into LA in the next hour or two and realistically want to know how much lolly gagging time we have before we should head to the studio.

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I have made the decision that I want to change careers to become a counsellor (talking therapist) and I'd additionally like to specialise my therapy (but not exclusively) in gender and sexual identity issues. What study paths should I follow to turn this ambition into a specific plan? I never went to university after leaving school - so I would like to go back into academic education and get a degree while working towards this career rather than just doing a vocational course. Difficulty level: UK.Following on from a more general question I asked about going to university a few weeks ago, I'd like to ask more specifically about something I'm wanting to do. Having had a fairly lengthy period of a couple of months where I've been working part-time, I've been able to slow down and think a little more about where I want my life to go as I reach the end of my 20s - it's something I've needed to do for a while. I'd like to be a therapist, or a counsellor as we call them in Britain - for the avoidance of confusion, a talking therapist. I'd like to specialise in helping people who are questioning their gender or sexual identity, but not exclusively so, it's just a specific interest area and passion of mine. I've always had a very gentle, compassionate personality and been the one friends come to when they need to talk. A lot of people tell me how easy I am to talk to! After a lot of thinking and consideration, this really does feel like my 'calling,' if one can call it that. It is something I've thought about doing for quite some time. The thing is - I know what it is I want to do, but I have no idea what sort of university (or other?) courses are suited to my desired profession. I'm leaning towards university rather than (or as well as) a vocational counselling course because I feel drawn to studying gender, sexuality and counselling topics academically. I never went to university after leaving school because I wasn't sure enough about what I wanted to do and I had opportunities elsewhere, but now that I do have a clearer idea of where I see my future, I'd like to go back into academic education and get a degree while also working towards the career I want, rather than doing an equally expensive but narrower vocational qualification. Where I'm struggling is translating the concrete knowledge I have of the job I want to do and the fields I want to study into courses, qualifications, classes and institutions to research in order to form a concrete path to get there. It's difficult to find information online because there's just too much out there. So - what specific things should I study in order to a) get a more academic grounding in gender and sexuality issues which hold deep interest for me; and b) become a talking therapist / counsellor specialising in these issues? I'm in the UK, and I'd love to hear from people who've got specific experiences and advice about doing this in Britain, but I'd also like to hear stories of people who've made this career change (or have always been in this career) in other places too. Thank you in advance! :)

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About 40 years ago, Edward D. Wood, Jr. published a number of short stories in "girly" mags (cover images likely NSFW), but those stories haven't been republished, until now. Blood Splatters Quickly collects 32 stories from Ed Wood, and you can read The Day The Mummy Returned on Boing Boing. If you like tales told by the monsters, io9 collected more of such stories, videos, and video games, and there's a related AskMe post, looking for stories where humans are the monsters, many of which can be read online, as linked below the break. "The Things", by Peter Watts, who has made a number of his novels, short stories, and other creations free to download, copy, and distribute via CC license (Peter is no stranger on MetaFilter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc...) "Publicity Campaign" (Google books preview), by Arthur C. Clarke The Word for World is Forest (Google preview of the full novel), by Ursula K. Le Guin "They're Made out of Meat," by Terry Bisson "Uncle Joshua and the Grooglemen," by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald And even more on TV Tropes: Humans Through Alien Eyes, Humans are Ugly, Humans are Cthulhu, Humans are the Real Monsters. Timesinks aplenty.

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In Honor of the Centennial of Martin Gardner's birth (October 21, 1914), we've lined up Thirty-One Tricks and Treats for you: Magazine articles, new and classic puzzles, unique video interviews, and lots more. ✤ The Nature of Things / Martin Gardner [46min video] ✤ The College Mathematics Journal, January 2012 dedicated to Gardner with all articles readable online.

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So companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor. Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world's social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to "well over 100,000"—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook. The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

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Our team is virtual and uses Google Calendar to see free/busy time between co-workers. One of our VPs loathes Google Calendar and instead uses Outlook (2010 on her laptop/2013 on her desktop). How can I get her Google Calendar to show up with two-way sync in Outlook so she doesn't have to use Chrome-native Google Calendar but we can still see her meetings? Complication below...Difficulty level: windows | i can't test any of this; i just need to be ready to port her over tomorrow | needs to be free I'm so frustrated because in my happy mac world this is easy. There are loads of sync softwares out there post-Google Sync End of Life, but they appear to sync the Google Calendar of choice to the main Outlook Calendar. I am looking for a way to add an editable instance of her Google Calendar to Outlook. Is there an easy solution I've missed?

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I have two kids (5 & 8) who are very excited about Halloween, but we are going to need to spend the evening of the 31st driving fro Philadelphia to Boston. I would like to stop at a couple of places on the way for them to do some Trick-or-Treating (yes, they will be in costume in the car - sorceress and cobra). So, I would love suggestions for some neighborhoods/streets that would be good places to trick or treat. Ideally in CT off of the Hutchinson River Parkway, Merritt Parkway, or I-84; or else off of the MassPike.In case you were wondering, my standard route would be the Jersey Turnpike to NYC, Hutchinson River and Merrit Parkways to New Haven, I-84 through Hartford, MassPike the rest of the way. I can divert, however, for really good trick or treating.

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AutoRap is an app that will take words spoken into it and automatically tune them into one of several pre-set rap beats. Here, a young girl makes an adorable rap about her mother.

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I'm passing out glow sticks and glowy spiders in lieu of candy for Halloween. A Facebook friend posted a link to the Teal Pumpkin Project about kids with food allergies and Halloween treats. So, yay, my treats are allergy-safe! But my house is definitely NOT a pristine allergy-free zone. Will this be an issue? I don't want to inadvertently poison some poor trick-or-treater.Because I do not want candy in my house (so I don't eat it!), I have decided to pass out glow sticks and glowing squishy spiders as Halloween favors this year. Then a friend passed along a Facebook link to the Teal Pumpkin Project, for kids with food allergies on Halloween. Yay - another benefit to glow sticks - I can paint a pumpkin teal and give ALL the kiddies treats! No child deprived of treats! Since I'm not passing out candy at all this Halloween, none of my glowy treats will be cross-contaminated by fun size miniatures. However, my actual house is anything but an allergen-free zone. I eat peanuts, I eat almonds, I drink milk, etc., so there is probably a fine layer of cross-contaminants everywhere. Doing a Google search, it seems that washing my hands before doling out the glow sticks is enough. But I've heard so many stories about how small amounts of cross-contamination can trigger severe reactions in the highly allergic. Parents of kids with food allergies, and anyone else with food allergy expertise, let me know if there is anything I should be doing besides washing my hands!

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What are some great librivox audiobooks? &amp who are some great Librivox readers? (This exact question has been asked twice before, but since the last time was in 2011 I think it's not too gauche to ask for an update.) Thanks!

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"It's about readers and their trust in us." Dave McKinney, longtime Chicago Sun-Times political reporter, resigns after the paper appears to cave to pressure from billionaire Illinois Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner to punish McKinney for writing an article that portrayed Rauner as a thug. After supporting McKinney publicly but attempting to remove him from the political beat, the paper reversed its three-year-old policy of not endorsing candidates by endorsing Rauner, who until recently owned 10% of the company that owns the paper.

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Board game lovers! Friends birthday is coming up (super super soon), so please recommend me a board game similar to Betrayal at House on the Hill (which is one of his favorite things ever).Things we like about the game: (bold is a must) •Good with 3 players •Its like a mix of RPG and board game-players have stats, you roll dice, attacks, searches, etc. •Science fictiony-esque, horror, themed •Very, very interactive (not just players going around the board, there's exploration and strategy and items and such.) •It's not repetitive.Each game is different, the board changes, the monster changes, etc.

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I'm not a morning person at all, I never have been, and I doubt I ever will be. Unfortunately, society refuses to acknowledge this, and even forces me to do things before midday. Because of this, I'd love to hear what you do that makes getting up into a somewhat pleasurable experience, rather than keep experiencing the Promethean torture I go through every morning.I have to be at work for 9 o'clock every morning. At the moment my routine begins with an alarm going off around 8, followed by pressing snooze for half an hour (and if I set it earlier, my body seems to decide that that's just more snooze time). Around 8.30, I drag myself out of bed, grab a shower if I need one, and get dressed and do my teeth. Then, I jump on my bike, and it's about a fifteen minute cycle to the office. The bike ride does a bit to wake me up, but even when I get to work, for the first couple of hours I feel groggy, and end up sitting around drinking coffee rather than being productive. At the weekend, I try not to have a long lie in, because it makes weekday mornings worse, but I usually sleep for an extra hour or so, then read in bed for a bit before I get up. I'm also not great about getting to bed in the evening, partly because I find going to sleep boring, so I tend to wait until I'm exhausted, and also, I'm only not long out of university and most of my socialising happens at night. I guess I'm usually asleep by 1 though, unless there's a party or something special going on. Anyway, enough of the really boring facts about myself, if you're also a morning hater, have you found any ways of hating it less?

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This afternoon/evening, North Americans will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, making for some great photography opportunities from Chicago to LA and points northward (coverages as high as ~60% in the Northwestern US and Canada) -- even if there are some clouds! Not sure how to photograph an eclipse safely? Here are some detailed guides. Along with the two guides mentioned above (one of which even has a handy table of exposure times!), there's an even more detailed guide in two parts [1,2] from the wonderful Mr.Eclipse.com. But remember, safety first! Even during a partial eclipse, focusing on the sun can rapidly damage your delicate optics (and possibly your camera's). Not sure what filters are good enough to protect you? Here is a detailed comparison of various filter materials (including both ones designed for solar observation and makeshift ones like exposed film, magnetic media, & pop-tart wrappers) which includes measurements of their UV, visible light, and IR transmittance properties.

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Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs For Feminism (YouTube; NSFW), FCKH8's new video campaign, has gone viral - attracting both praise & criticism. FCKH8's campaigns have sparked similar mixed reactions before. This Buzzfeed link relates in detail the content of the FCKH8 video without audio (therefore more SFW): "What's more offensive? A little girl saying 'fuck' or the fucking unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?" Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies reacts on Facebook: I have a lot of folks sending me the cursing princesses video asking for my thoughts. When a friend sent it to me on Tuesday my response was this: "Well, I love the message and the girls are spot on as they deliver it. At the same time, they are being used as props. Those aren't their thoughts or words, they are a schtick. It is funny because it is so wrong that it is right, but in general adults using kids as puppets makes me uncomfortable." Then I learned the video was meant to sell t-shirts, I was distracted when I first viewed it and I didn't realize it was an advertisement. This is not the first provocative ad from FCKH8, whose adverts have gotten them in hot water before (using Ferguson kids to sell racism t-shirts). Now it just feels icky to me. Here's the thing at some point I hope people understand --- Using the exploitation of girls to further exploit girls is not empowerment. Girls, on their own, are quite powerful and many are passionate about issues of inequality, violence, and general societal mistreatment. I'm raising an eight year old just like that. But you know, she's able to make her own case, formulate her own argument, and USE HER OWN VOICE. If you spent time talking with girls, you'd find this to be true of many of them. When we have adults scripting and slickly producing a video meant to shock rock itself into viral fame, we aren't empowering girls and we certainly aren't liberating anyone. Feminism works when the message is heard, not argued over. So you can think this video is great and you can think girls dropping f-bombs is no big deal and you can clap and squeal at these adorable little feminists......as long as you see the video for what it is: child actors repeating memorized lines about some very serious topics (they may not even understand) so that a company can make money. further reaction at Women You Should Know: FCKH8's "F-Bomb Princess" Video Isn't Offensive... It's Exploitative FCKH8 had another recent campaign attract controversy: Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids by FCKH8.com (YouTube video link) Colorlines: This is the T-Shirt Company Making Money Off of Ferguson DailyDot: Clothing company FCKH8 gets hate for anti-racism Ferguson T-shirt The issue of FCKH8's "attention-getting style" has always been a source of conflict with the marginalized groups it attempts to represent. Both as a for-profit business and as a fundraising organization, FCKH8's main goal is to promote itself and sell more products. Inevitably, this causes some friction with non-profit campaigners who demand a more nuanced discussion of race, gender and sexuality... There's no doubt that FCKH8 donates significant amounts of money to worthy causes. But by simplifying issues such as the Ferguson protests, anti-black racism and LGBT discrimination into marketable T-shirt slogans, FCKH8 can expect to see more of this type of backlash in the future. further reaction from ChescaLeigh: FCKH8 Continues To Be Awful, Demands An Apology & Accuses Colorlines Of Being Homophobic (ChescaLeigh previously on MeFi with Shit White Girls Say... To Black Girls) on tumblr: stopfckh8 FCKH8 previously on MeFi for their Straight Talk On Gay Marriage video: Some Dudes Marry Dudes, Get Over It

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I want your book recommendations. I have just finished watching the first season of The Americans, a TV series about two Russian spies who live as an American couple with two children during the Cold War, and was surprised that I loved it a lot. I want more of that, but I don't usually love this kind of tv series. So I thought, instead of looking for other tv shows like this, I could try to find some books that I like.What I like about The Americans is that there is both spying and family life and the glimpses on what being a spy who lives like this does to people. I also like the moral ambiguity. There aren't really any "good guys" in the series, but on the other hand, the "bad guys" are still often likeable (so far). Usually when tv shows are more about character development than plot I often find them becoming boring or cliched but I like it in this show. Normally I also don't like tv with a lot of violence at all, but I'm okay with it here. Still, I don't want anything that is super explicitly and or graphically violent or too suspenseful. This is really important and one reason why I never really looked into this genre before and why I don't want to just search for a list of popular spy novels and prefer your recommendations. I also want a book with realistic and strong women characters. The main character doesn't have to be a woman, but the book should definitely pass the Bechdel test as an absolute minimum.

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Please tell me the most Dad thing your dad has ever done

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My 10 year old has developed and itchy scalp. Her scalp looks normal, there's no rash, no flaking, just a constant itch that has gotten so bad that it's now disrupting her sleep.We've racked our brains, trying to determine why this is happening, but cannot figure it out. After we tried a couple of high end, natural shampoos, that didn't help, so we took her to see her doctor who had no idea what the problem might be and simply suggested that we try Selsun Medicated shampoo. This has not helped either. We are at a loss and are now contemplating seeing a dermatologist but hope to find a less costly remedy.

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Hello, I'm looking for some good French podcasts that aren't simply radio broadcasts, but are more conversational/comedy/interview in style. I'm thinking of podcasts like: Judge John Hodgeman, WTF, Filmspotting, Comedy Bang Bang, Savage Lovecast, Lexicon Valley, My Brother my brother and me. Does such a thing even exist in France? I'd appreciate some help if you know of anything!

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A prolific vandal has defiled natural features in at least ten US National Parks. And then posted about it on social media. Reddit is on the case.

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"Photographer Pete Thorne has discovered that, just as photographing the elderly can make for powerful portraits, the same can be said for old dogs as well. His "Old Faithful" photo series takes a warm and intimate look at man's best friends as they live out their golden years."

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I need a high end sophisticated asian dining experiance in Central London / zone 1.

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Russell Edson was a prose poet whose poetry had the "the sustained wackiness of old Warner Brothers cartoons." When he passed away this year Charles Simic wrote in appreciation of his work, as did J. Robert Lennon, whose article included two audio clips of Edson reading. In interviews, Edson spoke with the same mix of seriousness and humor as he did in his poetry. Here are two interviews, one with Peter Johnson [pdf] and another with Mark Tursi. But, of course, the important thing is his poetry, so here are a few examples: 1, 2, 3. And finally, here's a video of him reading (starts after the 9th minute). [Edson previously. I especially recommend reading the linked appreciation by Sarah Manguso.]

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