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A chicken wing is actually three conjoined parts and their popularity in the US is more recent than you might think. Calvin Trillin's Short History of the Buffalo Chicken Wing runs to nearly 3000 words. In July, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was thought to have said that chicken wings are not substantive food (he did not). Buffalo rebelled, a little (lulzy insta song).

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I have a small amount of money that I'd like to donate to help Democratic candidates running for the US Senate. What's the most effective way to do this?Is it better to donate to individual campaigns, or better to give to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)? Also, should I set aside some money to give to the Biden campaign, or should I direct all of my funds to senatorial races? The larger goal here is to defeat Trump and convert the Senate to a Democratic majority.

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The man who "almost married" Princess Margaret, who saved Prime Minister John Diefenbaker from drowning, who served in what could arguably be called one of the most politically talented federal Cabinets in Canadian history (the Cabinet of Prime Minister Lester Pearson that included three future prime ministers--Pierre Trudeau, John Chrétien and John Turner and other political heavyweights such as Allan MacEachen, Mitchell Sharp and Judy LaMarsh) and who will known as one of Canada' shortest-serving prime ministers has died. Prime Minster John Turner was 91. Turner was a pivotal (and often divisive) figure in so many significant points of Canadian history that the list is almost too long to compile, but they include the Meech Lake and Free Trade debates, the imposition of the War Measures Act during the FLQ Crisis, the 1970s economic inflation, and the reformation of reforms Canada's Criminal Code (which led to the decriminalization of same-sex acts and the decriminalization of abortion). Although he could appear blustery, his colleagues and political opponents (including the writer of this piece who is not in any way aligned with Turner's political viewpoints) are all quick to praise his civility and the way he handled himself as a parliamentarian.

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In her new book If Then, Jill Lepore examines how the Simulmatics Corporation, launched during the Cold War, mined data, targeted voters, manipulated consumers, and destablised politics, decades before Facebook, Google, and Cambridge Analytica. Read her New Yorker article on the subject and listen to her interview on Talking Politics. Previously by Jill Lepore on Metafilter: Benny and Jenny, they were called, when they were little. Sunny days sweepin' the clouds away The Lingering of Loss The Disruption Machine

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I'm looking for a good quality online cooking course. My preference is something that covers the basics and builds on that foundation. Bonus if the course is free, but that's not a deal-breaker.

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A question asked a thousand times before, but, of course, we're snowflakes.My wife and I are researching password managers to use together. Assume we're very highly technically capable and quite adept at online security. Yet for some reason this specific use case seems hard to find. We are looking for a password manager that has the following features (assuming, of course, that the manager in question is already proven to be hardened and such). - Will allow us to share passwords for the basic shared necessities (utilities, subscriptions, etc.) - Lynchpin: Will allow shared access for personal accounts in case of emergency, but, will still keep very private accounts secure. So say, in an health issue or death, allow access to some accounts, but not all of them? So, if I die, they can have access to some private accounts like my health insurance or banking, but, say, the Google account is still locked out (neither one of us want the temptation to delve into each other's email accounts in the case of our demise). It seems that both 1Password and Lastpass both have emergency protocols, but those protocols seems to open all accounts. We're hoping for one that lets us keep at least some private, even in an emergency. - For the rule of threes, also runs on every normal OS on all normal devices. If the answer is: Use either one and keep your private accounts out of the manager, that's fine. Just hoping there's something I'm not seeing. Money is an object, but not the object. Assume for assuming sakes that we're willing to pay for the most expensive password manager if it gives us what we want. (We do not have kids, and that's not something on the immediate horizon.)

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Click on the thumbnails (SLTwitter) A practical example of how face recognition is racist.

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Madeline McIntosh and the Rise of Penguin Random House. "After a steep drop at the start of the pandemic, book sales not only recovered but surged. Unit sales of print books are up nearly 6 percent over last year...and e-book and digital audiobook sales have risen by double digits. Reading, it turns out, is an ideal experience in quarantine...."People were watching a lot of Netflix, but then they needed a break..." Ms. McIntosh said. "A book is the most uniquely, beautifully designed product to have with you in lockdown." "While no one expected a pandemic, Penguin Random House was, in a weird way, prepared for the new retail reality. The company has grown even more dominant in recent months in part because Ms. McIntosh, who took over two and a half years ago, and other leaders foresaw a future in which online book sales would vastly outstrip physical retail, but print books would continue to be a popular and lucrative format."

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So covid sucks, my parent is dying and I don't have the bandwidth to feed myself. I'm looking for a list of foods to eat over the course of one day that will be pretty healthy. I'm ok with eating the same thing every day for now and with paying for the list. I'll figure out how to get them into my body on my own, because honestly I'm not up to cooking anything more complicated than eggs or roasted veggies. I'm not interested in a meal delivery service. Thanks

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"One Hundred Sentences About the City of the Future: A Jeremiad" by Alex Irvine (2008) and "Reliable People" by Charlie Jane Anders (March 2020) depict future elections, including personal media feeds, aliens, and Humans of Distributed Network Origin. And: in October 2018, Mozilla invited two speculative fiction authors to describe elections in the future. "Hello, I'm Your Election" by Genevieve Valentine (caution: dark) and "Candidate Y" by Malka Older (audio for both) take different approaches to integrating data mining and Q&A into voting processes. Caution: dystopian. "Hello, I'm Your Election" by Genevieve Valentine (audio): Hello. Welcome to Election 2040. I'm Betsy Ross, your Ballot Assistant. Thank you for coming out to vote. Let's get started! Please transmit your citizen ID number. "Candidate Y" by Malka Older (audio): "... Have you got any thoughts so far?" "Yes, but I don't feel confident about my choice yet." "Do you want to talk about the candidates first, or work the other way around, from your preferences?" "The latter, I think." "One Hundred Sentences About the City of the Future: A Jeremiad" by Alex Irvine: 71. We call for a thorough re-examination of the ways in which the City's environmental, climatological, economic, information, and social policies contribute to the quest for the next becoming of the City of the Future. 72. This call has been circulated to all subscribers of our popular programs in children's cookery, intermediate saxophone, and sexual experimentation. "Reliable People" by Charlie Jane Anders: We have no quota, no set hours. We keep going for as long as burnt coffee recharges us, slouching in lumpy plastic chairs that scritch on the parquet floor of a ground-floor office whose single plate window is blotted by standees of the Candidate, wearing a reassuring smile and a dark pantsuit. We repeat phrases like "bringing back forward thinking" and "the bronze path to the light," as if we know what they mean. We never look at each other, but we imagine that all our faces wear the same look: professional, focused, ecstatic. Everything smells of sweat, pizza, and overcooked coffee. Nobody ever ventures inside the office, apart from the Candidate and us.

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Everyone has a Tom Pritchard story. Only I have his bike. "I've called it mine, but that's not exactly accurate. I didn't buy it. Maybe it belongs to the universe. I feel like it found me. And that's this story. The bike came to me by death, but this is a story about a life, one life, really lived."

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Looking for tried-and-true ideas on how to fasten multiple blankets together on a bed so they don't slip apart.In the winter, I need to layer 3-4 blankets on my bed to stay warm. Problem is that they tend to slide down and bunch up in the middle of the night. Has anyone found a good way to deal with this? I tried using regular-sized safety pins to fasten them together, but the blankets were heavy and pulled the pins apart (and tore my lighter sheets in the process). I've also looked into getting elastic bands at the corners of the bed to cinch them down, but that would restrict my movement too much. Would large, more robust safety pins work without causing major damage to my sheets and blankets? Assume that an electric blanket is not an option. Also, I avoid online shopping, including Amazon, so the solution would have to be available in a physical store, like BBB, Target, Joann, etc. Thank you everyone!

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How does someone start a three or four day a week workout program who has never been regular in the fitness department? I'm 49 yrs old and I weigh 175. I carry most of the weight in my hips. My workout of choice is roller skating whichI've taken a very strong liking to. Almost obsessively. I started back skating about five years ago and over the past year or so I need to skate three or four days a week in order to stave off my depression and need for meds. The exercise is working for my psyche but my ankles are swelling and tender to walk on or my shoes wont fit well for a few days after because my feet swell. Is there a pre-exeecise i need to do or am i skating too often? I really need this exercise it's the only one I'm so passionate about i actually stick to a schedule. I dont want to run my ankles. The swelling isnt from a fall it's just bruising from the skate boot. I didnt necessarily start skating to lose weight I just want to be able to skate and not injure myself.

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Could someone provide me with links from NPR interview or Slate Gabfest where someone associated with NASA or ISS talks about how mismanagement there has led them to believe that crewed missions are not a great allocation of resources?I have a friend who studied astrophysics and we were talking this evening about whether or not we should be prioritizing crewed missions to the Moon and Mars. I remembered that the hosts of the Slate Political Gabfest have a long-running distaste for crewed missions. In general, they're more sympathetic to the "Whitey on the Moon" critique of misplaced allocation of resources than they are to the "unexpected advances as a result of exploration. Anyway, I THOUGHT I remembered that an astronaut or someone from a space agency had written a book and been interviewed on the program in the last couple years and talked to them about how in his experience with the ISS and the people at NASA, it's a huge waste. Am I misremembering an interview or did I put words into someone's mouth? Could someone provide me with some interviews from public radio or Slate where someone associated with the space agencies talks about how crewed missions aren't a great idea? Was harder to find in transcripts than I thought. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/political-gabfest-trump-racist-attack-census-moon.html

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Asking for recommendations. By nature of this question, there will be spoilers.I recently finished the film Oculus (2013) about a haunted mirror, and while watching, I thought it would have been a really interesting -- and tragic -- story about siblings had the mirror just... been a mirror (but everything else remained the same). I'm looking for films that use this premise of an unreliable narrative. Any suggestions? Genres other than horror welcomed, since mental illness and PTSD generally aren't treated well in horror to begin with.

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posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
The Mandalorian season two trailer (SLYT)

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I'm recording some educational videos for a local university level math class and I'm looking for help setting up a 5 - 10 second intro clip for my videos.I am in the process of recording some video "lessons" for university students. I put lessons in quotes because I'm not a professor, I'm doing this as a private tutor with the idea that students may want to pay for these videos to learn the material outside of their regular lectures. I know very little about video editing. I've been able to set up OBS Studio in such a way that I can record the lessons. But, I'd also like to have some kind of intro and outro to make the videos look a bit more polished. I've downloaded Camtasia and built something like what I'm looking for here: https://imgur.com/a/R2MKAPI. Then I realized that Camtasia costs several hundred dollars. Is there some freeware software that will allow me to built a simple intro like what I've linked to and allow me to stitch it in front of the recorded videos I'm making? I've looked on Fiverr, but I don't really know what I'm looking for and a lot of people seem like they're more for Youtubers who want a single intro (rather than what I'm looking for which is a template which I can customize with the title of each video). I've looked at websites which will render a video for something like $10 - $20 per video - but that seems like it would get expensive quickly. I'm just looking for something cheap and simple and I'm not sure where to find what I need. Can anyone help?

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
My wife was updating her Mac, not sure what, and it was stuck saying 'a few minutes' for over an hour, so she shut it down. Now it won't turn on at all.It's connected to its adapter. If I pull the usb-c power chord out and plug it back in it makes the power chord sound. I've tried holding down the power button, resetting SMC, turning up brightness and randomly mashing keys. It does not do anything.

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
My pocket watch is wound up tight andwon't run. I'd like to work on it but Google and YouTube have nothing for me . Can you help?

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Has anyone crossed from Seattle to Vancouver and then on to Vancouver Island lately? Can we travel by ferry or do they make you quarantine in Vancouver?We're all Canadian citizens. We intend to cross by car, take the ferry, and quarantine in a family home on the island. How was border crossing - I know we have to have clear quarantine plans, which we've got, but that means taking the ferry (and typically they don't let you stay in the car during the crossing). Is this ok? Will the border guards tell us we have to quarantine in Vancouver? Will ferry people let us stay in the car? Or can we be on the ferry and don't touch anything? Thanks brave ones.

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
HTML email is increasingly loathsome due to phishing, spam, tracking, and bandwidth usage. Wouldn't it be nice to run my own email server and flatly reject all that? Is that feasible? Can you still get (for example) usage alerts from the utility company, flight updates, grocery coupons, and receipts? Can you keep the good parts of email but get rid of the bad?

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At the expense of doing my civic duty, I am considering not registering to vote this fall after a recent move. My voter record information keeps being published online, and I don't feel safe having my name and full address available on the internet. Do I have any options here?I work in an industry where colleagues have been doxxed and harassed. And while not very likely, I have had a level of exposure where it could happen to me too. Doing a google search a few times a year to find these sites and doing the opt out process to remove my information works but new sites continue to pop up. Is there a simple solution for this? I can't use a PO box or my work address, can I? Or to think about this another way, is having my name and full address online an inevitability that I should get used to?

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
The world is falling apart and I am making preserved lemons because, well, making something makes me feel slightly better. I ran into a problem.I have made preserved lemons before. They're delicious in several things I like to cook and in a preserved lemon soda. I started a pretty big ball jar with four large lemons smooshed into it. At first it didn't look like there was enough juice so I juiced two more lemons into the jar. Now I'd say the jar is 80% full of juice height-wise and 60% full of lemons, height-wise, so they're floating and not submerged. Perfidious lemons! I feel like my options, which I'd like people to weigh in on or add to are: -it's fine, they're in there with tons of salt and acid and I'm going to turn the jar over once a day. -pour out some of the juice/brine and see if the balance is achievable of not floating but enough in there to cover -figure out some way of keeping them smooshed under the juice, suggestions very welcome. I tried with a wooden skewer and it just goes right through the lemons and doesn't do anything. While I'm asking, I've seen anything from 1 week to 3 weeks counter time before you put them in the fridge and call them preserved. Opinions? I realize this is the simplest thing in the world to make and I am somehow making it complicated. It is my nature, at times.

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Well, its not as simple as that. Its kind of connected to his personal qualities and also my own relationship goals I guess. I'm finding myself not as attracted to the guy I'm seeing because of a reasonably superficial fact of his life (not having a job) even though he's solid, caring and has lots of potential. Would be interested to hear how others would feel about this.I (f,36) have Been seeing someone (m,38) for four months. We have great chemistry and hes a really nice solid guy, if perhaps a little emotionally distant. I wouldn't say its the closest relationship, but its been growing at a nice pace. I think he cares a lot about me, in a kind of reserved way. He shows me this through actions and not words and is very considerate. When I first met him I thought he was super chilled and a good counter to my type A personality. I can be very driven and overwhelm myself with too much to do etc. Although I have built a successful career im veey proud of. Now I'm realising there's a flipside to his relaxed lifestyle. I thought it strange he hasnt worked in four years, but two years were a chosen career sabbatical and he has loads of great volunteering things he does for good causes. He said he was looking for a job. I didnt think too hard about it. However, I've realised recently that he really struggles with anxiety and feelings that he's a lsoer when it comes to job stuff, to the point that it makes it almost impossible for him to apply to them. All those volunteering opps are actually clever ways to distract himself for the need to apply to things. He's gone through his savings and is currently selling off shares. He knows he has an issue and that the solution is taking action but instead he reads books about procrastination and writes huge to do lists that overwhelm him and mean he achieves very little. I'm 36, and want a child. I know that he would definitely pull his weight on a practical level if we lived together, and I would be happy to earn more than him and for him to be a stay at home dad if he needed to be, which he has said he would be up for, but i don't think he is actually that fussed about kids - he said he could take or leave them, and i feel I would need to drive things on that front. I am already noticing im turning into manager mode on his job stuff... like this week I literally set him a deadline for a draft of his cv and a cover letter so I could review and help. It wasn't great quality, not terrible, but I'm not sure he really had understood the job or at least how to articulate how good he could be at it. I've seen my best friend struggle with having to manage her husband on exactlt this issue He says he really struggles with selling himself, which is kind of sweet and fits with his humble nature, but I think that after a while, especially if we had w child together, I would find the self defeating attitude a bit hard to deal with. I know I have huge tendencies to caretaking. I've wasted years being friends with / in relationships with people I realise later I fundamentally felt a bit sorry for them. I realise this is toxic. Perhaps its healthy then that I am actually finding this guy less attractive now I realise that he has this issue and I dont know if i want to tie myself to it? I feel guilty for this, but since the extent of his issue has become clear I just am finding him less attractive. Its not that I am money obsessed, but security is important to me, as well as ambition. I love going out wirh men who are great at what they do and are clever. This sounds awful, but this guys lack of direction is putting me off. He will faff until the last minute on these deadlines and get super stressed. Am i being superficial here? He is a gem in other ways. Very values driven etc, and supportive of me. I feel like I would be throwing someone very nice away but just not sure about it. Would be interested to find out whether you would also struggle with this?

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
My 11 year old would like to have more avenues for social contact, ideally via a video game. I am not video game fluent so am seeking suggestions for games that meet the following criteria:1. Suitable for 10-13 year olds 2. Appeals to 10-13 year olds (so they won't roll their eyes at me when I suggest it) 3. Allows for remote play with friends 4. Allows for direct spoken conversation via headset 5. Is not Fortnite (kid's friends aren't into it anymore) 6. Available on Xbox or Switch Hit me with your recommendations, please!

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