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These are the boots in question. They look fierce on, and they're very comfortable in the foot, but the heels are a bit high for extended wearing. I prefer a heel about an inch high. These are about 1.5 inches high. Of course I'll be taking them in to my trusty cobbler for consultation, but I would like the opinion of you all beforehand, to steel me for bad news if it can't be done.

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I would like my students to add annotations to select online chapters of public domain texts we are reading. Google Docs would work, but I would prefer that the end product be accessible to the world at large, so I don't have to export their work and publish it anew. There are 20 students in the class, and so I'm worried about students overwriting each other's work. Is there a cheap, free wiki installation that can handle multiple, simultaneous edits?[I suppose I could just assign one chapter to each student]

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In-house-communications-guy-slash-occasional-freelance-writer looking to build a personal website to showcase resume/work history, portfolio/clips, etc. It would be great for the site to have blogging capability as well so that I can consolidate all of my work in one place. Any suggested platforms?

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I acrobatically managed to break three ribs, puncture a lung and spent a week in hospital. There they inserted a Foley catheter. They pulled it the day I was to leave, but normal urinary function did not return, so they inserted a new one and sent me home. I've been out a week now and have some questions...1. I've had trouble getting into see a urologist to hopefully remove the foley. It's been in now for 8 days. Will having this in longer make it harder to return to normal urinary function? 2. Have you been through this experience? How did removal and return to normal work for you? 3. Do you have general advice related to this thing - general management and getting out in public etc? Thanks!

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Will I ever get rid of this thing? How did it go for you?After an accident (broken ribs, punctured lung) I was sent home from hospital with an inserted Foley catheter. I'd had one during my stay and when removed I was unable to urinate normally. So to get me home they gave another. It's a week later and I still have it in... Largely due to the impossibility of getting into see our urologists soon ("we can fit u in March 18?"). Frustrating. I'm pretty much worried outta my mind about this. Mainly will I be able to pee when it's removed? (Never been a good pee-er under pressure anyway ) Or will I end up with another? How long do these situations go on? If I injured a nerve or something do I live like this and what is that like? Can I go out? I feel like hiding at home. Wise men of Mefi I seek your comforting wisdom.

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Long story short, I just received an invitation to a friend's wedding that is addressed to myself "and guest" and was sent to my work address. This is because at the time this couple was putting together their mailing list, my fiancee and I were going through a rough time and I thought we were on the verge of separating. Now we are reconciled and I would really like this invitation to be addressed to both of us at our home address. It is too late for the couple to do anything about it; what is the easiest way for me to get a new envelope, professionally addressed, without ordering 150 envelopes online? Are there any stores (like a Hallmark) with machines that address individual envelopes?

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Is there an app / tool that will give me a script to call my reps, as well as mechanisms to remind / re-enforce my engagement?I am looking for a app / tool that will help me make phone calls to my representatives / anyone else where my call could be meaningfully helpful Snowflake desires: - I have realized that I have little to no interest in paying attention to the news. It has not helped my mental health. I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to make phone calls, arming me with a script. I'm looking to turn this thing on, do useful political calling, and turn it off. - I have a set, albeit limited, amount of time per week that I am willing to make phone calls. I would like some mechanisms that help keep me on track, and keep me engaged. This might mean reminders to call, game-ification of my calls, or something that I input after I call. - I'm interested in calling my local reps, as well as my national ones. Thanks!

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Most efficient way to handle thermostat for cabin with electric baseboard heat?I have a cabin in Wisconsin with electric baseboard heat. It is about 400 square feet. I am up there most weekends (on average 3 out of 4 weekends). I have Honeywell programmable thermostats. The foundation is concrete slab. My question is....what is the most efficient/cost effective method of setting the thermostat? I had been setting it to 40 degrees F while I am gone and then turning it up when I get there. But, December's bill was more spendy than I'd like. The building is newish and has standard 2x4 construction and standard insulation. the slab has standard insulation under it. 3 inch foam if I recall...whatever is standard recommended. So...is it actually more efficient to keep the whole building a little warmer (say 55 F) so that I am not continually dumping electricity to heat up a cold slab? Or is it more efficient to continue to set the thermostat to 40 while I am gone? Or some other strategy altogether? Regardless, I'd prefer not to turn off the heat altogether cuz I don't want everything freezing solid and I don't want to wait a billion hours to make the place comfy. At some point I will likely put a heat pump wall unit in as they are more efficient down to a certain temp. But that's for the future. Thoughts? Thanks!

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American Masters explores the work of Finnish/American architect Eero Saarinen (or here), who designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, the main terminal at Dulles Airport, numerous buildings for iconic US corporations, and campus buildings for Yale, MIT, Vassar, and the University of Chicago. Previously: JFK's TWA terminal, Bell Labs, Michigan Modern. Eero Saarinen designed a number of well-known chairs and tables during his long association with Knoll furniture, including the Tulip chair used on the set of the original Star Trek series. During World War II, he worked for the OSS, creating illustrations for bomb disassembly manuals and leading a group of model makers that built scale models to equip the situation room. The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, and the Yale University Library have extensive collections of photos and papers from Eero and Aline Saarinen - she was a prominent art critic and television host and was offered the post of ambassador to Finland.

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The Humble Logarithm

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I saw the aerial photo taken by the U.S. Park Service which showed the difference in the number of attendees of the 2009 Obama inauguration and the 2017 Trump inauguration. President Trump was enthusiastically supported, as was President Obama. Why the stark difference?The number of protestors seemed to be large as well which diminishes the number of supporters even more. What about this photo or its circumstances is not obvious?

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McDonald's in Canada adding nuts back to the menu. The move is a major departure from the company's long-standing policy of serving nuts in sealed packages, which enabled people with peanut and tree-nut allergies to safely consume many items on the menu. In a statement posted on its website, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. said that as of Tuesday, the company is adding nuts that are not individually packaged to the menu across the country.

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My daily drive time is now up to three hours, I want to learn Spanish, can you recommend a system that will work?I have looked at reviews of things like Rosetta, but I am not sure if it (the mobile option) would be useful to me as I want to do this while driving. I am motivated, but have not studied a foreign language for 25 years - and I was only fair at Russian after 7 years. I see a lot of options, but I need something I can do while driving with minimal interaction with my iPhone. I am fine with other components that I would do at home, but really want to do something with all that time beyond audio books. I also have access to native speakers in my family and at work, so I will have lots of opportunities to practice outside of my car.

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I'm having surgery next week and I want to make some food I can take out of the freezer/fridge and microwave while I'm recovering. Must be easy to make and easy to reheat, and not spicy. I have normal kitchen appliances, including a crockpot. Things I don't own and am not going to buy: dutch oven, rice cooker, instant pot, blender (I do have a stick blender). NO SOUP or soup like things.I expect to need about 2 weeks worth of meals so they must be able to last that long. I will probably be heavily drugged the first week thus the need for simplicity. I won't be able to lift more than a few lbs so I don't want to have to get out kitchen appliances. It doesn't need to be healthy or low calorie. The more calories the better actually so I can eat less often. I will eat any meats and cheeses. I do not like beans or anything spicy. I love fruits and like crunchy veggies. Don't like peas (except snap peas) or mushrooms (except raw). I can't tolerate chickpeas for some stupid reason. I'd like to be able to find all ingredients at a normal grocery store. Feel free to suggest pre-made stuff I can pick up at the grocery store (and/or Target) too. no soup

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What are some good options for DIY photo booths for a wedding? Anything you've seen or tried that worked well? (Or stuff that didn't really work?) While we're at it, any other types of wedding reception entertainment that was fun and likely not over, say, $700 to pull off?

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Lori DeBacker wears "+300 reading glasses and a ring on every finger, enjoys creating minuscule cakes — 'faux gâteaux' — and humorously altered, miniaturized versions of famous paintings. 'I love to spoof the masters,' she smirked, showing me a postage-stamp-size reproduction of The Scream in which the central figure was replaced with an extra-agonized ghost. Making miniatures focuses DeBacker. 'My mother always said this would drive her to drink,' she said, 'but I think it keeps me from it.'" [SL Harper's]

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My family is supposed to drive up to Heavenly from SF tomorrow morning. Anyone in that area right now who can tell me how bad it's going to be?We have chains for our car and I am an experienced New England snow driver, but this is our first time skiing in CA so I don't know this route or how storms vary around the lake basin. We turn off onto 50 before the chain control on 80, though there is chain control in place for about 35 miles of our route on 50, which we're okay with. I see dire weather warnings that say "Do not drive around Tahoe on Sunday", but I just called our hotel asking if we should come a day early and they said "Oh lord it's going to be fine tomorrow, don't worry." Anyone up around the South Lake Tahoe area right now who can give me another data point? And yes I know "better safe than sorry" but I'm looking for actual on-the-ground info at the moment, thanks.

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Squarepusher - one of the most important figures in braindance/IDM/whatever - is set to release a new album with his live band Shobaleader One which features full band versions of classic Squarepusher tracks. They've been playing these tracks at live shows recently and the results are impressive: Coopers World Squarepusher's Theme A Journey to Reedham Full live set (see the first comment on that video for links to individual songs) [Squarepusher previously: Stor Eiglass video, Solo Electric Bass, Squarepusher x Z Machines, Squarepusher vs music critics]

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2017 marks 30 years since acid was put on (commercial) wax, if* you're crediting Phuture's Acid Tracks as the first Acid (House) song/EP. BBC Radio 1 recently celebrated this history with the first Essential Mix of 2017 by DJ Pierre, one third of Phuture, the Chicago group that recorded an epic 12 minutes of Roland TB-303 knob-twiddling and spread the acid madness via Ron Hardy in The Music Box. For more acid in the mix, B. Traits preceded that set and played a 2 hour set acid, with a 3rd hour by Luke Vibert, who stated (via a track title) "I Love Acid." * Another contender for the first (commercial) acid record is Sleezy D's 'I've Lost Control' (released in 1986), though neither this nor 'Acid Tracks' made much of an impact at first. And while we're digging through the bins of history, Genesis P-Orridge's claim to have named the genre are often disputed, FWIW. (And then there's Charanjit Singh's accidental acid that predates all that.) Whoever gets credit for being first and for naming the genre, the sound and label stuck. If you're looking for some more "top picks" of acid, Fact Mag compiled a list of their favorite 20 tracks from the 1980s (previously), while DJ Pierre and Danny Rampling each pick 10, with some overlap but more diversity over all. If you want more of modern acid, here's a snapshot of Seth Troxler's Acid Future festival, which "[payed] homage to London's acid house history ... but rather than looking backwards we're looking forward, inviting artists from all over the world which I feel embody the spirit of acid house in 2015." A sampler from that lineup: Seth Troxler b2b The Martinez Brothers (Tuskegee) - Live @ Ultra 2016 (Resistance Stage) DJ Harvey - RA.300 Mix Jackmaster - Mastermix 2015 Marshall Jefferson - House of Wax - Record Requiem Series - #001 Skream - Mixmag techno and house mix Paranoid London - Live @ Maida Vale Studios (BBC Radio 1) Craig Richards - Recorded Live At Dommune 09.12.2013 Rework - Live At Robert Haug 2016 Danny Rampling - live at promisd land easter sunday @ EGG Tom Trago - five city-inspired Future 12 mixes for B. Traits on BBC Radio 1 Cab Drivers - live video of his Boiler Room Transylvania x Interval DJ Set William Kouam Djoko - set of mixes on Soundcloud Harvard Bass - Soundspace Mix136 Felix Dickinson - set of mixes on Soundcloud Bas Ibellini - Fuse Brussels 26/03/2016 Filsonik + Jesse Calosso - b2b at Verboten

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I have always loved the question "If you were stuck on a Desert Island what 10 books would you like to have with you?". So I wanted to get a list of human knowledge survival pack with modern equipment, hence the title of my question. "What offline human knowledge software/data would be essential to have on an offline modern computer if you were stuck on a deepspace multi decade, or even lifetime, journey?"Some rules for those that work better with parameters: Must fit on a modern high end computer, that you could purchase at a store Storage constraints are at the most 10TB of hard drive space Backup would be in the form of redundant data so you could "Factory Reset" your knowledge base The Data for the collection should be: 1) In a collected form or packaged so you can access and localize it easily. (So not you need these 300 games you download one at a time) 2) The Data should be publicly and freely available 3) The Data should be accessible and not a backup so it must be readable or have software to allow offline use. 4) The Provider of the data facilitates the acquiring of the repository (So no scrapers that kill a site) Basically I want the gaining of this data to be ethical for whatever that means. I have already thought of a couple of essentials to give you an example of what I am trying to find but these are pretty obvious examples I really want to see what other things you could "Offline" from the internet if you had no connection for Years/Decades Examples: Download Wikipedia Gutenberg As a side note my spouse is calling this the doomsday hard drive which I thought was funny.

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Elaine Paige (Cats, Chess, a zillion other things) sings the songs Queen in a 1988 album titled simply The Queen Album. [YouTube playlist, so so sorry about the commercials]

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We use these as fridge magnets: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019CQN798/ I've been reading about the dangers of rare earth magnets, but I can't figure out if these (relatively larger and weaker) magnets are also too dangerous to risk having around our small baby. Thanks for any help!

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Where can I get the kind of clear, bendable plastic that comes in cheap poster frames?I'm working on an art project and I need some of that stuff but I don't know where to get it without buying poster frames that I don't need. I also don't know the right name for that material. It doesn't seem to be thick enough to be considered plexiglass, or is it? Any clues to help me get my hands on some will be appreciated. It has to be CLEAR for my project. Thanks!

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Kiddo has discovered Pokemon trading cards. What's a cheap and useful strategy in terms of a starter pack or two that will enable him to get going with his friends? I know nothing about this and am overwhelmed by the choices and 'systems' ... Thank you!

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Inspired by this post, I've decided to ask how to turn such images into a vid. If you were to transform the page into a video, wherein a single image would appear for quite a while, matching the lyrics as the song is progressing, what software would you use ?This is something that's been on my mind for quite a long time : I've been wanting to do this with the scans of a Tintin album, along with its dramatization by the BBC, for my daughter's use. I gather one has to cut each image painstakingly in order to use it in the vid, but I don't know how to time the appearance of each image so that it matches the words as the audio segment is played. Actually, I don't even know what software to use (I'm a ubuntu user). Thanks !

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