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Google executive Alan Eustace beats Felix Baumgartner's skydiving record. It took more than two hours to hit an altitude of 135,890 feet (41,419 metres), from which he separated himself from the balloon and started plummeting back to Earth. Eustace hit a top speed of 822mph during a freefall that lasted four-and-a-half minutes. New York Times (contains video clip): For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. Slate: Eustace fell farther than Baumgartner but at a slower speed of 822 mph. But he still broke the sound barrier, and observers reported hearing the sonic boom. He also did two backflips before using a parachute to steady himself. Verge: Eustace apparently declined Google's offers to help, seeking to avoid the spectacle and frenzy that surrounded Baumgartner's jump. Instead, he worked quietly for three years on the self-funded project - outside of Google's halls - to make his mark and shatter the altitude record by falling from the stratosphere. Wikipedia: As a university student, Eustace worked part-time selling popcorn and ice cream in Fantasyland and working on the monorail at Walt Disney World. Previously on MetaFilter, and also previously on MetaFilter.

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For those of you who wanted to follow the exercise plan featured in the NY Times on the 7 minute workout (previously), they now offer an app to make it easier to follow their program. Bonus: The reference to the post title

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I'm bored (and miserable) where I'm currently living and interested in moving on again, but don't want to fall into the same trap of barely surviving from one paycheck to the next, if even that. Looking for personal recommendations on where a single person might afford to live alone at minimum wage without subsisting on ramen and hot dogs. Is it even possible?Specifics: I'm 100% city girl, my preferred entertainments include live bands, dancing (booze optional, loud music required), air conditioned venues... Theater, opera, and access to the conveniences of being able to drive 10-15 min to anything interesting. I'm also looking at better job opportunities, but currently work at walmart and will be trying to transfer through that company to a new location (before looking for better once I'm settled in). On the off chance that its difficult to find a good job right away, I'd like to plan to need to survive on a low income. Single female, no kids (2 tiny yappy pups, so pet friendly housing is required). I'm not considered broke enough to qualify for food stamps or any form of assistance, and I'm okay with trying to make it without that kind of help. I've tried looking up cost of living calculators and sites but I'm math phobic and don't really understand what they're trying to tell me. I understand better when speaking directly to someone who has personal experience, so if you know of a place where it could be viable to live alone without subsisting purely on ramen and hot dogs... I'd love to hear about it. (Yeah, roommates are an option, but I prefer living alone if at all possible without having to live away from city entertainment and convenience).

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I want to buy a nice copy of The Wind in the Willows as a gift. I went to AbeBooks, and there's about a million editions, and most of them don't have extensive pictures of the guts.Old is good, and the more (good) illustrations the better. Wikipedia claims the Shepard illustrations are the most popular, but, for instance, here's a 1971 edition with "12 full page coloured [Shepard] illustrations, 1 double page, and numerous coloured illustrations in the text", and here's a 1959 edition with "8 fine colour plates by E. H. Shepard and b/w illustrations throughout". Alternately, this modern edition on Amazon seems pretty popular. Any recommendations?

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So, I'm too lazy to link to them, but many of my previous questions have waxed poetic on my experiences with depression, its effects on my cognition and motivation, as well as my trials with a number of treatment modalities- some pharmaceutical, some alternative, some psychological. After years of back-and-forth experiments with nearly everything in the book, I come to the same conclusion time and again: Fluoxetine is the only thing that works.- slowly, under only the best conditions, and for a very short time before I need to up my dose. ( We're talking weeks). What's going on here?YANMD. TINMA. Gotcha. I just feel like whenever Prozac works the way people say it should- clearing out the cobwebs and obsessive thoughts, motivating me and keeping me awake, keeping me from overeating, etc., it always feels more like a high that I have to constantly worry about coming down from rather than a baseline improvement. This is after being on it for the recommended six to eight weeks. Unless I'm on that high ( almost hypomanic but not), I can't help but feel like it isn't doing enough, even with coffee or energy drinks in my system. The high invariably fades after a week or two ( and isn't even consistent in that time) and I go back to being a zombie, only more tense and anxious now that there's extra serotonin in my system that my brain apparently doesn't know what to do with. I then up my dose ( I'm now at 60 mg) and have to deal with the muscle spasticity ( which I don't need more of) and headaches all over again. A few good days ( with coffee, otherwise it does nothing), then bam. Nothing. I've tried Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Zoloft, 5HTP, Pristiq, Celexa, St. John's Wort and a host of vitamins. Only Prozac has ever gotten me where I want to be. It's easier to find words, things aren't a chore, and nothing feels heavy. It's a wonder drug AFAIC, but why the hell can't I get consistent relief? Why does my body treat an SSRI like an addictive substance? Apologies for the WOT, but both anecdata and advice are very, very much appreciated. Cheers, hivemind!

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Would I be overstepping my bounds in confronting someone I'm not well-acquainted with about going to rehab?Here's the situation. I'm close friends with someone whose best friend is basically drinking himself to death. He has been hospitalized several times. I've met this person a few times, and I occasionally receive group emails from him. He's been to rehab at least once before. My friend doesn't know what to do about it, and so will spend hours on the phone talking with him, but won't confront him about the drinking. I feel really bad and helpless, and like I should at least try, futile as it might be. He is a good person, still relatively young, and smart and talented. I hurt for him, and for my friend who is so worried about him. I don't know if sending him an email would help or make things worse. I just hate the thought that if he dies, knowing I stood by and didn't even try to help.

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Jeff Quitney has curated hundreds and hundreds* of YouTube playlists with thousands and thousands of vintage educational, training and institutional films and documentaries. If you hate multi-link posts you can jump right in because the playlists aren't organized. In addition to including extensive background information and links to other resources in the video descriptions, he has restored or improved the video and audio in most of the films. Space, the military, and biology are well represented, but so are pets, food, and outdoor recreation and survival. Armchair travelers will be able to travel around the world, but you can also stay at home and watch cartoons. Travel back in time for the latest breaking newsreels, and add your own weather reports from vintage USAF meteorology films. And if you like women's tennis, then you've just hit the motherlode.*I stopped counting at 480 Here's a very, very, very brief overview: Maps, Cartography, Arial Photography (27 videos), including Caught Mapping (1940 - General Motors) Movies - Classic Film Bloopers, Etc. (22 videos), including Breakdowns of 1941 (1941 - Warner Bros.) Education, School, Students, Study, Tests (20 videos), including Education Is Good Business (1947 - United States Chamber of Commerce) Kitchen, Dining, Appliances, etc. (36 videos), including Microwave Ovens: Preparation of Foods Stone Age to Space Age (1965 - Litton Industries) Worlds Fairs, Expositions, Circuses (20 videos), including New York World's Fair: Sinclair at the World's Fair (1965 - Sinclair Refining Company) Bioastronautics/Space Medicine, including Chimp Astronauts Pioneers of the Vertical Frontier (1967 - USAF Aeromedical Research Lab) Technologies, Misc. (74 videos), including Rube Goldberg: Something for Nothing (1940 - GM How Gasoline is Converted to Engine Power) Flying: Air Travel (30 videos), including The Airport in the Jet Age (1962 - Encyclopaedia Britannica Films) Industrial Design and Engineering (6 videos), including Chevrolet Presents: American Look (1958 - General Motors Populuxe) Safety and Accident Prevention (19 videos), including Safety for Children: Live and Learn (1951 - Sid Davis Productions) Travel Roads to Romance Chevrolet Travelogues 1949-1951 (14 videos), including Coral Gables Florida Travel: Roads to Romance (1950 - Chevrolet) *I stopped counting at 480 (There's obviously a lot of problematic stuff in here, especially in the mysogny department, so I tried not to link to anything that appeared to be overtly awful. In other words, there's a ton of "homemaking" type of videos that aren't represented in this post that are interesting and worth watching.)

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My new Dell desktop with Windows 7 / 8.1 Pro arrived with no product key label on the box or anywhere else. I've bought several 7 / 8 PCs (not Dell) for work and this is a first. Before I descend into Dell Hell, could someone shed some light on this?Is this a new thing? My research tells me 8/8.1 has the key embedded in the bios, but nothing about 7 doing so. So, did I miss something or did Dell screw up and not put the sticker on the box? 7 is the default OS. Thanks.

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Unless you are a monomaniacal specialist of the 80s, there is very little chance that Cha Cha Guitry will ring any bell. And yet this band, buried away in Saint-Etienne – at the very heart of France – could have rivalled easily with Elli & Jacno or Telex. Emblematic of that French touch which tinged new-wave with a bit of sunshine, their electro, retro-futuristic songs have that slight sweet and sour flavour between casualness and sophistication.

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How should I buffer a child from the stress of divorced parents' arguments when my ex-wife is extremely open with him about adult stresses and about what she wants?My son is 9. His mom and I have been apart for 7 years, and that in itself doesn't seem to be a big stressor. When my ex-wife decided she hated our city and wanted to move from where we are to city x, she discussed it with him first, and then arranged that the two of them would ask me: "Yes, we can move, as long as Daddy says it's okay." "Dad, can we move there?" The fallout was really bad. There was a lot of yelling. He felt it as a serious conflict between us, he still remembers it (and brought it up with his own pediatrician the other day as one of a few sources of anxiety) and it (in addition to some really serious mom job stress that she was very open to him about) led to a very serious regression that we're deep into. (e.g., scared to be one room apart from me in our apartment, if there's no line of sight.) Today's argument is that she's asking me for a large portion of the holiday break. (Our mediation agreement is to alternate, though sometimes I've gotten substantial portions of her turns when she's had to work. My preference is to give each other a few days in the off years, though she actually fought hard against me to not split the winter breaks when we did our mediation, which, at least to read it, is completely enlightened and equitable.) I told her it was too much to fit with my family's plans and suggested a very short slice would be okay if she could fly him out to us. She said "Fine, I'm not even going to take him for Xmas if it's just for 2 days!" and hung up on me. When I called to say goodnight to my son he immediately said "Dad, I wanna do 60 percent at your family and 40 percent at mom's," to which I said, "okay! thanks for telling me," and changed the topic to his day. (So clearly she had a discussion about it with him.) I'm practicing mindfulness and doing okay at dropping stuff, but... Help! I'm not sure if it quite informs the question, but I also want to bring into the picture the openness she has with him about her other stresses (like telling him that she'll get fired, that she'll get terrible grades in her masters program, that she got attacked by a psych patient and they had to tie him down, and all about various things she sees in the ER) since this kind of over-openness really feels to me of-a-kind with the way she discusses our negotiations with him. I cannot even ask her to keep something private from him. She will even tell him about birthday presents I haven't given yet if she feels like there's something wrong with how I'm doing it. She grew up in a very difficult family, and I think one of the many issues she had growing up was feeling betrayed about some things her parents kept from her, even to the point of resenting how old they let her get before they admitted that Santa didn't bring the presents. I want to treat her with the compassion that needs, and I thikn I do in many ways (and I think that helps my son to see.) but still, do you have thoughts about how to talk to him about it. Confessions: One thing in the "I tried, and regret" column is that I told him (mostly in reference to the conversation about moving) "if your mom talks to you about something important before she and I have agreed about it, you can pretty much figure it's not real." I'll often say simply "that's something your mom and I have to discuss." I don't know. I'm flailing here. Are there some best practices?

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The concrete foundation in our 1909 bungalow-ish house has some kind of a storage container built into it. What could this have been used for?It has a wooden door with a rubber gasket, a hole where a pipe (?) could go in, and a smaller hole in the floor that looks like it could have been a tiny drain. As best I can figure it was some kind of icebox or cold storage, but it seems kind of inconvenient. Also there was mid-20s oak icebox up in the kitchen, so this smaller cold storage area would seem to be a little redundant. Why built into the foundation? And what's with the pipe? It seems like it was built for a special purpose, I just can't imagine what that purpose might be. Possibly relevant things:House was built in 1909 by a speculator who intended to sell it at a profit rather than live there.The first owner/occupant was a Norwegian family who lived there from 1920 until 1986.Had a septic tank originally, but in 1920 the first owner connected it (himself, he was a steamfitter/plumber) to the city sewer. (Since the sewer pipe goes through/under the foundation, this seemed relevant.)We know from the first owner's second wife that there was an alcohol distilling operation in the basement at some point.This is Portland, Oregon, in case that makes a difference.

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So I have this DVD with accompanying copyright information, descriptive notes and disclaimers and I'd like to put it online so others can access it. The last time I did such a thing, I ripped it and converted to FLV and used JW Player. I could do that again but I wonder if that's what people at the end of 2014 would do. Are we in a post-flash world? Could I do something similar in a different format? (Even though I have some experience with this, please "explain like I'm 5.")More specifically, I'd like to show this video on a page with the information in such a way that this text would be seen by all who encounter it. As I understand it, if I use Youtube, I'd have to embed it in a page and people could pass around the Youtube URL which would not have the text on it. (Is this true? Can one put the copyright text as the description so they see it anyway?) What about Vimeo? Is it the same in this respect? Will Youtube (or Vimeo) add advertisements that would be "disruptive?" (I don't know because I run too many ad blockers to understand what others see.)

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Katie Bradley loves tortises: "At this point, I have made well over 1500 turtle cozies."

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'We Are Going For Change': A Conversation With 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki. 'After spending seven months in the Food & Drug Administration's penalty box, the consumer genetics testing firm 23andMe recently submitted a new health-related test for FDA approval.' 'It was a significant step following last November's FDA slapdown of 23andMe's genetic tests, which included health reports outlining customers' chances of getting a wide variety of diseases from celiac to melanoma. In a sharply worded warning letter, the FDA said the $99 tests, analyzed from a vial of customers' saliva, constituted a medical device under its regulations, and the company needed to get explicit approval for providing risks of getting specific diseases.' 'Q: Some doctors and regulators think people need a doctor or a geneticist as a middleman to interpret genetic tests, but you have been opposed to requiring that, right? A: We want to give you the option to talk to a doctor or genetic counselor, but making it mandatory is antithetical to my philosophy. There was also a time period when physicians felt you should not tell somebody is they had a cancer diagnosis. There was a time period when people felt women should not have an at-home pregnancy test because they might do something radical. Q: Do you ever regret trying to be a pioneer in healthcare, which is about as establishment as you can imagine? Did you ever anticipate it would be this much of a challenge? A: The only thing I regret is I'd like to have more time with my children. For me, it would either doing 23andMe or doing nothing. I'm driving for change. On a weekly basis, people come up to me and talk about how I've saved their life. So I can't get a better job.'

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I guess I'm 39 going on 9 but I need you to explain feelings please, and what I might be able to to about them. Can I stop/manage/fast-track the negative ones somehow? Illustrative example inside but I'd really like to hear broad principles pleaseHere's an illustrative example: I met someone for a date. She wasn't interested, played with her phone, left conspicuously early. Rationally, I understand I'm not for everybody and am glad the unpleasantness was brief. I came away not feeling anything, just neutral, but thinking I should be feeling some hurt, wondering why I wasn't feeling bad. A few hours later I find myself going around the house feeling angry at my housemate for not doing more housework. Rationally, I know I'm angry at being given the cold shoulder and my housemate is really fine. But for a while I'm seething with resentment at the innocent housemate in feelings, but in thoughts, I'm understanding it has nothing to do with her. So I think I have the cognitive ability to understand what I'm feeling and to stop acting out on feelings (I didn't leave any passive aggressive notes for the housemate in the end, the whole drama was played out in my head). But it seems like feelings have to run their course regardless of what my rational mind is telling them. However is there any way to re-plumb the feelings so that, for example, sadness/anger at a bad date doesn't get misdirected at innocent bystanders and just gets worked through directly? Is it possible to learn to get those feelings out of the system faster so I don't feel bad for such a long time? Is it possible to avoid the negative feelings entirely like some kind of spiritual sage? Are there any books or other resources for the lay person that explain why emotional plumbing is messed up and how to resolve it? If you've been through this yourself and learned something, or seen someone else grow through it, I'd be so grateful to hear from you.

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Should I Work For Free? A flow chart.

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I just picked up an IBM electric typewriter from a salvage shop. However, as you can see HERE, there's something a little bit strange going on. Any electricians out there who can give me some insight? Thanks!

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My daughter is having a slumber party for her birthday. I'm used to (and comfortable with) normal birthday parties: planning lots of fun activities, yummy things to eat and keeping order with bouncing children for a few hours, but I'm worried about having a half dozen 7 & 8 year olds sleeping here. Those of you have done it -- what's your advice? Anything that would help this go well?I've seen this question, but it's more about what activities to plan and I'd like to glean a bit more advice than that.

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More specifically: I have a four hour layover in Istanbul tomorrow (after a 15 hour flight) and would like to get free lounge access (which I would get with gold status). Will I be gold during the trip, or will I only be gold after the trip?

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Timely Help Needed Updated to Yosemite and now all my calendar workflows require me to click OK to allow them to be run for the first time.I use Automator apps to open recorded mp3s at certain times to run our online community radio station. Upon upgrading to Yosemite all of the scripts stopped working. So I have been manually going through the calendar items and changing them to Open File at time of the event. Fine. But now when they fire OS X prompts me to allow the applications to be run for the first time. I don't have time to babysit a week's worth of calendar scripts and some run in the middle of the night. Please help. Things I have already done: 1) In System Preferences I have allowed applications from anywhere because this was an issue in the past. 2) I have tried manually firing the Automator scripts from within Finder, but I don't get the same prompts as I do when they open automatically via the calendar workflows.

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Martha Stewart Living inspires parents to throw a Punk Rock Inspired Party for their children. Instead of advising parents to hijack the school's photocopier and use ransom-note letters from shoplifted magazines for invites; to get their child's mohawk ready to withstand the "nosh pit" with a fresh shave and white glue; perhaps piercing their cherubic cheeks with a safety pins; or even offering lessons in gobbing on the entertainment, the author suggests serving Spinach Ricotta Skulls and printing the sheet music of your favourite punk song on fondant-covered cupcakes. It's no wonder that the real party is in the comments.

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What administrative roles are there at oil/gas plants or offshore rigs, in addition to HR and office clerks?What administrative roles are there at oil/gas plants or offshore rigs, in addition to HR and office clerks? In nuclear, for example, we have the Corrective Action Program, which we use to solve plant problems; Licensing, which verifies we are operating under the parameters agreed upon with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Document Control; and Planning/Scheduling. I'd also like to know about the job beyond the title, e.g. difficulty of getting in, duties, and how the work fits into the big picture at the plant. Finally, how numerous and secure are the admin jobs at your workplace? Downsizing reduced many positions on the admin side of my nuke. I'd also like to hear about jobs that venture into the field once in a while, such as Safety. Ultimately I'm interested in jobs that take place in the office for a majority of the time. Thank you for your input.

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When transferring balances from one mutual fund to another in my 401k, what the is the most advantageous format to use for the transfer (percent, shares, or dollars) and why?I'm in the U.S. My 401k is managed by a big company who's name you would recognize. I am making this exchange via that company's website. I am going to transfer the balance from one mutual fund to another within my 401k. I've done all my research and have made this decision. I'm not withdrawing money from the 401k or transferring anything to another person -- this is all within my own, personal 401k. I am stumped about the best format to make the transfer in -- dollars, percent or shares. Which will result in the most money for me (by which I mostly mean, which will result in me paying the lowest fees). Can you point me to some resources about the pros and cons of each so that I can make an informed decision about which to choose?

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I'm looking for a new job - how might I get a recruiter to adopt me?I'm a Product Manager for software in Silicon Valley.

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The directors of the horror film The ABCs Of Death 2 were asked for their favorite movie deaths and a compilation of them was made (NSFW). I can't find a list of the films where the clips are from online and I'm trying to find out the ones I don't knowHere's a list of the ones I've spotted than I'm pretty sure about. Can anyone fill in the gaps? E. L. Katz ? Julian Barratt – Theater of Blood Julian Gilbey – The Terminator Robert Morgan – Raiders of the Lost Ark Alejandro Brugués – Alien Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado – Once Upon A Time In The West Jim Hosking – Caché Bill Plympton - Sometimes a Great Notion Erik Matti – Scarface (1983) Dennison Ramalho ? Bruno Samper – King Kong (1976) Kristina Buozyté – Blue Velvet Lancelot Imasuen – Titanic Robert Boocheck ? Larry Fessenden ? Hajime Ohata ? Todd Rohal – Top Secret! Rodney Ascher ? Marvin Kren – The Deer hunter Juan Martinez Moreno – Let The Right One In Jen Soska – Death Proof Sylvia Soska - Suicide Circle Vincenzo Natali – Robocop Jerome Sable – The Lion King Steven Kostanski ? Julien Maury – Jaws Alexnadre Bustillo - The Dark Knight Rises Soichi Umezawa – The Fury Chris Nash ?

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