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Field Recordings of American Voices from the Dictionary of American Regional English. "From 1965–1970, Fieldworkers for the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) conducted interviews with nearly 3,000 "Informants" in 1,002 communities across America. They visited native residents in all fifty states and D.C., collecting local words, phrases, and pronunciations. In addition to answering more than 1,600 questions from the DARE Questionnaire, many of the Informants, along with auxiliary speakers, agreed to be recorded by the Fieldworkers. These recordings consisted of conversational interviews as well as readings of "The Story of Arthur the Rat" (devised to elicit the essential differences in pronunciation across the country)." "The Fieldwork Recordings are finally available online approximately fifty years after the recordings were first made. The recordings contain American regional speech samples from all fifty states, but their value is not linguistic alone. The full interviews contain an abundance of oral history from the 1960s, with topics ranging from the making of moonshine to the moon landing; from light-hearted jokes, recipes, and songs to serious discussions about race relations, politics, and the Vietnam War. It is truly a time capsule of American voices."

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In 1976, Waldemar Świerzy designed a poster for the Polish play, "Odpocznij po biegu". How much would an original print of this poster be worth today?

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My daughter is turning three and I was planning a fun-filled splish splash party for about a dozen 3 year olds this weekend - we have a big back yard and lots of baby pools. Toddlers and parents are all coming...and its predicted to rain all Saturday. I'm in NOVA. We can't reschedule due to a really busy August....so how do I turn an outdoor party into an indoor party that will entertain these toddlers for 2 hours?!I am not extremely crafty, creative or experienced with young kids. I am a mom to a 3 year old and 1.5 year old so I am learning on the job. Please suggest ideas for entertaining the little ones for the duration of the two hour party indoors. A google search turned up a few ideas which I will do: I"ll bring two baby pools indoors and fill them with balls (a ball pit). I have a pop out tunnel and an indoor toddler's tent as well as a bean bag toss game and a ring toss game.... Please suggest a few other options as well - my house is not super big so its going to be a little chaotic and intimate but I've decided two hours is not that long and as long as there is food, and some kinds of activity everyone will have fun regardless. Any anecdotes/experiences from toddler parties you've thrown would be helpful -- both what to do and not to do. I'd also like tips on how to handle/entertain the parents at toddler parties...I've planned for food and drink...one last possibly idiotic question: do parents serve alcohol to parents at toddler parties (timeframe is 11am-1pm)? TIA!

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The album cover is mostly blue. It features a monk/boy in robes with a halo, and a Dali-esque winged horse-like creature on top of the monk's head. Most likely rock/indie/punk. I saw the image tattooed on someone, and asked them about it, but then promptly forgot what they told me.

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A few years ago I bought this Athleta dress from a consignment shop for $11, and it's become one of the most versatile items of clothing I own. It doesn't wrinkle, it still looks (and smells!) good after I've worn it for a week straight in a pinch, and it's washable. I can wear it to work, I can stuff it in my bag when I'm traveling, and it's neutral enough that I can easily dress it up or down. Help me find more clothes like this!Merino wool sometimes works this way, but it seems to depend on the style of knit/weave of the garment in question. "Sporty" athletic clothes sometimes do, too, but I hate looking like I'm at the gym when I'm not. For the sake of this question let's assume price doesn't matter. Realistically, I'm probably not going to spend more than $100 or so on a single garment. (And even that feels crazy, but for good quality clothes that I can get lots of use out of, I can justify it.)

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No more moose and squirrel June Foray was the first woman's voice that I recognized as a child on cartoons that I made a point of learning her name, she will always be an inspiration!

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NYT Interactive: Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings [JAMA, open access] was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. From the JAMA article: Among the 202 deceased brain donors (median age at death, 66 years [interquartile range [IQR], 47-76 years]), CTE was neuropathologically diagnosed in 177 (87%; median age at death, 67 years [IQR, 52-77 years]; mean years of football participation, 15.1 [SD, 5.2]; 140 [79%] self-identified as white and 35 [19%] self-identified as black), including 0 of 2 pre–high school, 3 of 14 high school (21%), 48 of 53 college (91%), 9 of 14 semiprofessional (64%), 7 of 8 Canadian Football League (88%), and 110 of 111 NFL (99%) players. The severity of CTE pathology was distributed across the highest level of play, with all former high school players having mild pathology (3 [100%]) and the majority of former college (27 [56%]), semiprofessional (5 [56%]), Canadian Football League (6 [86%]), and NFL (95 [86%]) players having severe pathology. The mean duration of play for participants with mild CTE pathology was 13 years (SD, 4.2 years) and for participants with severe CTE pathology was 15.8 years (SD, 5.3 years) (Table 1).

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This time taught by xkcd cartoons "Hill for the data scientist: an xkcd story"

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I need a lighter for my gas grill, but I can't just go to the dollar store.The electronic lighter built-in to my gas bbq gave up the ghost a few years ago. The first time I replaced it, but it's such a monstrous PitA (I had to disassemble the entire front panel) that I'm just using a long lighter, no problem. The old style lighter had a safety button that you have to hold down to use. The trigger would not work unless you held it down. Sadly, the safety spring is so stiff my arthritic thumb could barely hold it down. But I took it apart, found I could just remove the safety button, and the lighter worked fine. So no problem, right? Of course not. Though these are refillable, this lighter isn't designed to last forever. So I got a new one. Unfortunately, they've been redesigned. Now, pressing the safety button opens the gas, and the trigger just lights it. So, I can't remove the safety. And holding the button down is even harder. Does anyone know of a long lighter without the "child proof" feature? I guess I could use long matches, but lighter is much handier. I've seen handheld pizeo sparkers, and battery sparkers, anyone have any experience with these?

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We're going to be spending a few days in Montreal in August, and I'm hoping to get your recommendations for local dining.The previous AskMe's on Montreal give great ideas about things to do and see, but are short on food recommendations so I thought I'd post a new question. We're going to be staying here, near Concordia University and what appears to be called the Golden Square Mile, but we'd be grateful for any and all of your favorite culinary tips, especially if they're near attractions. We have fairly sophisticated palettes, are adventurous, enjoy "local color," and don't have any dietary restrictions.

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I just created a new Facebook "album" and put one post in it (a link to a news article), using the new feature that lets you put posts (other than photos/videos) into albums. But now I think that post would make more sense in a different album. (A post can only be in one album at a time.) How do I move this post out of the album it's currently in?

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American artist Tom Bob is running loose in the streets of New York, and let's hope nobody catches him.

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When evidence says no but doctors say yes. "For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine — imaging technologies that enable precision surgery, routine organ transplants, care that transforms premature infants into perfectly healthy kids, and remarkable chemotherapy treatments... it is distressingly ordinary for patients to get treatments that research has shown are ineffective or even dangerous. ...Chances are, you or someone in your family has taken medication or undergone a procedure that is bio-plausible but does not work." "In a 2013 study, a dozen doctors from around the country examined all 363 articles published in The New England Journal of Medicine over a decade — 2001 through 2010 — that tested a current clinical practice, from the use of antibiotics to treat people with persistent Lyme disease symptoms (didn't help) to the use of specialized sponges for preventing infections in patients having colorectal surgery (caused more infections). Their results, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found 146 studies that proved or strongly suggested that a current standard practice either had no benefit at all or was inferior to the practice it replaced." -- "In the late 1980s, with evidence already mounting that forcing open blood vessels was less effective and more dangerous than noninvasive treatments, cardiologist Eric Topol coined the term, "oculostenotic reflex." Oculo, from the Latin for "eye," and stenotic, from the Greek for "narrow," as in a narrowed artery. The meaning: If you see a blockage, you'll reflexively fix a blockage. Topol described "what appears to be an irresistible temptation among some invasive cardiologists" to place a stent any time they see a narrowed artery, evidence from thousands of patients in randomized trials be damned. Stenting is what scientists call "bio-plausible" — intuition suggests it should work. It's just that the human body is a little more Book of Job and a little less household plumbing: Humans didn't invent it, it's really complicated, and people often have remarkably little insight into cause and effect." Two important concepts: NNT and NNH. Cited in the article the website theNNT.com(previously), gives quick summaries of evidence-based medicine. For instance, the terrible numbers behind statins.

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I get a lot of mail. About 95% of it is letters from non-profits seeking donations, or other forms of junk mail, and goes straight into the recycling. I'm about to move. For obnoxious reasons not relevant to this question, it would be a challenge for me to receive large quantities of mail at my new address. So, rather than forwarding my mail from my current to my new address, I have a plan to evade my unwanted mail for good...My plan is: 1) Forward my mail to a PO box rather than my new home address 2) Manually change my address to my real new address only for the handful of institutions I care about (e.g. my bank) 3) Check the PO box occasionally to make sure I haven't missed a change-of-address for anything important 4) Once I'm confident the PO box is only receiving spam, cancel it with no forwarding address and ride off gleefully into the spam-free sunset My questions are: - Will this actually work? I'm not familiar with PO boxes. Will I be required to leave a forwarding address when I close it out? Or, once I abandon the PO box, will the postal service be able to figure out my new mailing address some other way? - Does it matter if I use an official USPS PO box vs a private one? - Is there an easier way to achieve my goal of not getting all this annoying mail? I'm aware that I can call the senders and ask to be taken off their mailing lists, but I've been doing this sporadically for quite awhile and it doesn't feel like it's made a difference in the overall volume If only there were a /dev/null for physical reality...

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In response to a Tweet about a dream some guy had, a subreddit, public discord, Trello, and git repository have been created to create an open world pirate exploration RPG for Wally G: Sea of Greed.

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35-40 years ago, I did a fair share of cross stitching. I've started to pick it up again and it's a whole new world.I'm watching but not participating in the current Steotchalong, and kind of boggling at the needle minders and other gadgets and what appears to be space-age technology in frames and methodology. I was taught by my mom, and never more than the basics, so accidentally stumbling across things like a knotless loop start and all this other stuff for keeping your backs neat is a revelation. So, stitchers, what's your preferred gear and where are the good places to learn/relearn best practices and good technique? Patterns I can find, swears and all, but I'd enjoy having recommended sources for the rest.

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I'd like to teach my kid to shower independently, but the shower could stand to be a bit more kid-friendly. Help us help him!My elder child Micropanda (7 in a few months) has begun to prefer showers to baths. I think he could manage most of it himself but we could use some help from the hive mind in fixing a couple of sticking points. 1) He has sensory issues and using the overhead shower is a non starter. (The risk of surprise water on his face is the biggest problem, but he's always been terrified of overhead showers.) Our showerhead has a diverter switch to a handheld shower, which he is happy to use. The problem is, the mounting spot for the handheld shower is at adult height next to the overhead showerhead. He can't manage soap/shampoo with one hand, but there's no place to put the handheld shower while he soaps up. We rent, so a screw mounted bracket wouldn't be ideal. Does there exist some kind of secondary mounting bracket that would actually stay up, but could be removed cleanly in the future? The shower interior is tiled. This seems like a unicorn request. Is there some other solution I haven't thought of? 2) The original non skid coating has worn off the bathtub floor and it's slippery enough that I've caught him from falling a few times. What's the best thing to put down to make it safer? I'm leery of something that will mildew if not cared for properly but could go that route if you convince me it's the best solution. 3) Any general tips, tricks, or warnings for transitioning a kid to showering independently? Can I get a magic talisman that will make him keep the damn shower pointed into the bathtub (we have bathtub+fabric shower curtain)? I figure someone will help him set the water temperature for the foreseeable future.

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How should I stop robots from constantly calling my mobile?I get about three spam phone calls a day on my mobile with a recorded message. They claim to be for things like car warranties, Google Maps listings or loans. The recordings say to "press 1 to speak with someone," but when I press 1 I'm always hung up on--every time. I've tried option 2 ("to be removed from our list, press 2..."), but they keep right on calling me. This has been going on for a long time, something like six months. It was annoying at first, but maddening after the third or fourth month. Once or twice the recording was for an obvious scam ("This is the IRS, you owe us money, call us back or you're going to jail") but 95% of the time it's for a loan or something about my car warranty expiring. I've been reporting them to donotcall.gov and blocking all the numbers on my phone, but as the donotcall.gov website says it's impossible for them to follow up on every call because frequently, they will spoof their caller ID. My theory is that this aren't valid businesses, but instead an automated system to search out valid phone numbers for the purpose of further scamming people. They have a few recordings ("your car's warranty might be about to expire! press 1 if you want to talk to someone about this, or press 2 to be removed from the list!" If you press either 1 or 2, your number is flagged as "valid number--definitely try to scam this person later or otherwise do something naughty with it." I'm at the end of my tether and I'm seriously considering some kind of application that only allows incoming calls from people who are already in my contacts. Is there a mass block-number list, as in the famous HOSTS file that blocks advertisers' websites, but instead for phone numbers? Are the phone companies cooperating with users to halt this insanity? Should I change my phone number? Will that even make a difference? Should I let it ring so my number is (hopefully) removed? Is there possibly some kind of service, "Brian doesn't have your contact information handy and he isn't accepting phone calls from solicitors. If you are a real person, press '8' and we'll ring his phone. Otherwise, hang up, dirtbag." Is this a thing that people are doing now to avoid spam calls? Should it be? So many, many questions. Hilariously, I called the last number back that called me this afternoon (781-202-3988) (second call of the day so far) and got a recording: "Hello, and thank you for calling. If you would like to be placed on a do-not-call list for the number that called you, please press 1 now." I pressed 1 and the recording said it was sorry for any inconvenience and to allow up to 48 hours to be removed from the list.

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I have a prepaid Visa card from a rebate offer that I've spent all but $1.98 on... and now I've realized that I can't think of what to buy to use it up completely. (I know I should have thought of this problem earlier, but here I am). Ahem, I could also buy two $0.99 items... Any good things I should get? Thanks, hivemind.

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Ron Howard Narrates Star Wars

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Veterans, dancers, children, grandparents, immigrants, lifelong locals: Elissa Ely's Remembrance Project for WBUR features long obituary profiles showing that every ordinary person has an extraordinary story.

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I am interested in the daily lives of average US citizens living 1870-1920. How did they go about their daily lives? What medicine was available? What levels of technology? Etc. I am interested in fashion, gun rights, drug laws, demographic make up, immigration trends and views, etc. I don't even know how to begin researching this. Hope me? Note: I am looking for resources, not actual answers to these questions.I'm not so much interested in typical American history so much as I am interested in how people went about their lives. What were the vices of the day? The popular brands? What did people do for fun without Netflix? What were crime rates? Average life expectancy? Most popular jobs. What social safety nets existed? Religion? Dentistry? What hygiene products were commercially available? How did minority religion, sexual orientations, and race play out in small town USA? Agricultural practices and food diversity? Plumbing? Education? Carnivals, fairs? Overriding concerns (obviously no one cared about climate change/global warming, or nuclear war, so what were the average person's fears?). Obviously I can see the big events: Who was President, international conflicts, etc., but I am more concerned about small town living. Again, I am interested in primary sources: Books, academic journal articles, websites, etc. So far I've looked at census data (helpful, but doesn't really track any of the above), Sears catalogs, and some obits. What I really want is a book called "What it was like to be alive in rural America 1870-1920 if you weren't famous or rich." I'm not concerned with the city centers like New York or Paris unless what happens there influenced the daily lives of Americans at the time. I am not a historian, so would prefer books/resources for the layman, but I can slog through if need be.

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Accurately Titled Novels [single link facebook album, visible without logging in]

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I'm looking for a copy of the programme (or a press release showing the lineup) for the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, 1995.Googling around brings up a couple of libraries that look like they have originals (e.g. Harvard, but nothing that I can access online. Thanks!

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I'm looking specifically for lodging between the Eisenhower tunnel and Denver metro. I'm trying to keep the drive from Bryce to the 6 hour range. Open to camping. Final destination the other side of Denver. Also on the way back I'm looking for lodging around Moab. Thanks for your time, and feel free to mention other thing that would be useful.

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