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Between the Lines: tracing the controversial history and recent revival of Inuit facial tattoos.

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In the movies --- the hero's wire cutters hover between the red wire and the blue wire of the bomb. As the seconds tick away on the digital timer, and at the last moment, he/she cuts the green wire, the bomb is disarmed and everybody is saved.In real life, wouldn't you just rip all the wires out? (Or cut them all together). Can you be quick enough to prevent any kind of trip-wire detonation? Do home-base and/or commercially made explosive devices have booby-trap wires that, when cut, trigger the device? Wouldn't cutting the wires that lead to the explosive material itself just be the way to go - no matter no complicated the timers, sensors etc are, if the explosive itself is disconnected, it can't go off. I guess I just am looking for reassurance that the stuff in the movies is made up fantasy. Can any expert here please help? Quickly please - the counter says 59, 58, 57 .... Thanks ps: bonus question. Surely there's no wire that would really make the timer count down in super-quick speed?

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The Power Broker is 40 years old today. To commemorate the occasion, the Daily Beast conducted a rare interview with Robert Caro, author of The Power Broker, master prose stylist, researcher, and typewriter enthusiast.

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Can anyone recommend a reputable property management company?We are purchasing a condo in Miramar Beach as a second home. Our intention is to use it up to 3 months a year and allow short term vacation rentals the rest of the time. Can anyone recommend any reputable property management companies? Most of the ones I've looked into want 25-30% in fees. Some of them restrict owner usage, restricting usage during peak months. My husband thinks that most property management companies wouldn't go for this arrangement, especially with us wanting to use the condo during the summer, because it would cut into their profit and what would be their incentive to keep it rented. Ideally, we'd like to manage the rental aspect (likely through VRBO) and have a property manager locally who can coordinate cleaning crews, maintenance, and keep an eye on the place. Is this unrealistic?

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I have been tasked with improving our office's digital/paper workflow. We have an office of about 30 people and right now all of our documents (contracts, proposals and other text documents) are stored on a shared network drive and it's up to each user to file their own documents which has led to disorganization. What easy-to-use software or service could we use to systematically collect feedback and approvals on documents, and also store completed documents for future access?When we are working on a document, one person circulates drafts, collects the feedback/comments and re-circulates a new version. We would like to find a more organized way to assign documents for review/approval (ideally there would also be a way for a user to view a list of everything they have been assigned to review) and track versions and drafts. Some users work in the field or at satellite offices so access by iPad/iPhone is needed. Once a document is executed we would like to save it on our server in an organized way. Much prefer a solution that lets us keep our files on our own server rather than everything in the cloud. I have tried to get a handle on this by reading online but there seem to be an overwhelming number of options. Sharepoint keeps coming up but it seems like it might be too unwieldy or overkill for this. What's the simplest way for an organization our size to collaborate on a document, and file the digital copy once executed so we can find it again?

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What American beers should I bring to Amsterdam to trade with a beer enthusiast?I have not met this person. My mom found this shop that's apparently just crammed full of various mostly European beers when she was in Amsterdam about a year ago. She talked with him (and brought back some Westvletern 12!) and he mentioned that he would have happily traded for American craft beer had she brought any. He specifically mentioned Dogfish Head. Well, I'll be going to Amsterdam in October and I'd like to trade beer with this man. I intend to bring however much I legally can. I'll definitely bring Dogfish Head because he asked for it. I live in Fort Worth, TX, so I'll bring some local stuff. How do I decide what else to bring? What would be on your list of American craft beers that would be interesting to a European beer aficionado? I have my own ideas of course, but I'm looking for other ideas and perspectives. I do have a question about one specific beer though: Shiner? Would its significance as a localized staple be of interest to a European? I know it's just not on the same level as much of the craft beer being produced in this country now but hey, Americans like Stella Artois.

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I am not sure if I should spend 4 or 5 years training to be an osteopath in London, which is where I live, or if I should give up this idea completely. I've been thinking about becoming an osteopath for a while now, but I am 23 which means I will be at least 27 by the time I finish, which is quite late, plus will be significantly poorer. There are other things to take into consideration, explained more in detail inside.When I was 18 I wanted to study this, and my dad convinced me not to, but now I've been thinking a lot about it again and don't want to regret not doing it later on in my life, but also don't want to regret studying all those years and then realising it's not what i expected. I would not be able to get funding from the government, so would need to ask family for help which I could then repay them, plus a loan from the bank, and a living maintenance grant. I've been told that because I am a slender female, it will be difficult for me because I may get very large people and that can be very harmful to my body, especially as I have a bad back. I was thinking of cranial osteopathy for babies, but I've heard that it is very difficult to get into this field and I wouldn't get many clients. Is this true? Is it that much of a niche that I would struggle to get work? The other option was offered recently by my grandmother. Her best friend has a successful business assessing children and helping them get into good schools. She earns quite a lot of money from this business, but now wants to retire and is looking for somebody to train and eventually take over the company. My grandmother has recommended me, as this is the field of work that I am currently in, and have the right set of qualities that would fit this role. Her friend trusts and likes me, and wants to start training me soon. So am I crazy for wanting to spend several years studying to become a cranial osteopath for babies? Should I be safe and stick to the friend's business, assuming I would get this job?

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Need help figuring out what I do now.B/G-Married 14 yrs, together 20 in all. No kids. Husband was in recovery for over five yrs when we got together, until now I thought he had over 25 yrs sober. He also used drugs/crack before he quit drinking & has said if it wasn't for the drugs he'd still be drinking, that the drugs caused the worst problems in his life. I never knew him then but from what I've been told about his drinking days that's not true. He was known to be a very unhappy, mean drunk. He's always been a pretty even-tempered guy with me, and mostly happy. Life hasn't gone the way he wants in some ways but that's not unusual imo & he's seemed to be satisfied. We don't have money problems, don't argue a lot, things seemed to be going okay to me. He has had some tough times in recent yrs, both his parents died w/in a yr of each other, after shitty prolonged illnesses & a yr ago his sister died of cancer. She was an alcoholic also. Her death was ugly, the whole situation was fubar. He took her death hardest of all. Also long before I met him his oldest brother died of alcohol-related illness. I found evidence of his drinking over the weekend & when I asked him point-blank he readily admitted it. He said he's been drinking approx. 3 beers/day for about a yr, 'after my sister died so I can sleep'. He said he didn't want me to know cause he 'didn't want to hear my shit'. I am crushed. My family had a lot of alcoholism, no way am I staying with an active alcoholic. More troubling to me is the yr of lying to me & hiding. As I reflected on things all the puzzle pieces fell into place, weird behaviors, defensiveness that didn't make sense, etc. I feel like I've been gaslighted. I'm not a nosy person & he took advantage of my trusting nature. I haven't spoken to him since. I moved into the spare bedroom, not to punish him but bc I cannot sleep next to him after his deceit, it makes me ill. Went to my 1st al-anon mtg last night & cried like a baby, but I will go back, I need the tools they can help me with. I am planning to leave, it'll take me 3-6 months financially but I don't see myself forgiving this, and more importantly, I won't live with someone I don't trust, will not spend my life wondering, snooping, etc. My heart has gone cold towards him. I am sick worrying about our pets, we have two cats & two dogs, I know I'll take the cats but I don't want to leave the dogs w/him esp if he keeps drinking, I know he'll get worse after I leave. but finding housing for all of us is going to be tough. So my questions are- I need tips on living with him separately until I can move? Ideas on keeping my animals with me? How to make arrangements/plans w/o him knowing? He can be harsh on people he feels have wronged him, vindictive. I don't want an ugly divorce in fact I'd love to let him save face as much as I can let him, but don't want to degrade myself either. I have to keep my dignity here too. Okay, I'll admit, I'm fishing for sympathy here. But beyond that, I'd like suggestions, ideas, and if anyone has lived through anything like this I'd love to know how you did it.

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PixelThis is the first incremental game (previously, more) to use the movement of the mouse as its gameplay input rather than clicking. But if you don't want to play it as a game, you can make one simple tweak to it and transform it into an oddly relaxing web toy. The game itself moves pretty slowly, but you can ignore the game aspect entirely, increase the size of your cursor, and suddenly you have a soothing toy in which you "paint the pixels away" to reveal one picture after another. Simply open up your browser's Javascript console, and enter this: Pixel.State.cursorSizeLvl = 150 Change the number to whatever you want - the bigger the number, the bigger your paintbrush.

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Australian television raconteur and polymath critic (and tango enthusiast) Clive James, part of a small wave of intellectual exiles in the 1960s, and now lingeringly dying of leukemia and emphysema, has published a poem titled "Japanese Maple" by way of leave-taking.

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I suck at feeding myself. Nothing sounds appealing to me. I don't have an appetite but I still feel physical hunger, and this is leading to some silly food habits that I'd like to change.It feels like there is a disconnect between how emotionally hungry I am and how physically hungry I am, and I don't realize exactly how physically hungry I am until I start eating, and then my drive for food gets stronger and I end up eating these ridiculous things (tomato sauce out of a jar, only celery and peanut butter for half of my meal, only raisins or olives for the other half of my meal; four servings of nuts or tofu in one sitting, or 1/3 of a watermelon in one hour) because they're around, just to get enough food in me. When I have bothered to cook, I can't leave some as leftovers. I'll just end up eating the entire thing, even if it's more than I would otherwise prefer to eat. In the recent past, I have made more of an effort to cook and did genuinely enjoy food. But for the past few months, I just don't feel emotionally hungry. Nothing appeals to me. I don't crave anything in particular. An average day would be: 1-2 hard boiled eggs, some broccoli or greens, two handfuls of nuts, a carrot, an apple, a banana, some yogurt, and a can of tuna. I *think* this is enough for somebody of my height and activity level, but tell me if it isn't: I am in my 20s, 5'4" and 120 +/- 3 lbs (have always been around this, though maybe I used to weigh a bit less), walk around 1-2 hours a day, exercise 3-6x a week (although lately it has been closer to 3 than to 6). I don't count calories but can estimate sometimes. Other things I eat are watermelon, berries, oatmeal (sometimes), nut butters (sometimes), raisins, all vegetables, fish (salmon, sardines, shrimp... everything), and avocados. I don't have dietary restrictions and eat everything, although I have a taste for food that also happens to be healthier or lighter. I don't drink alcohol or caffeine. I know all of this sounds reasonably healthy, but I have somehow managed to make this into a not-healthy thing. Or, at least, I am not terribly pleased with my eating habits. I'd like to reset my eating habits so that I can just eat normal meals and enjoy food again. I don't know where to begin. I live by myself, and cooking for one is not very fun. I also feel bloated and somewhat unattractive if I eat too much. "Binging" (eating more than I would cognitively prefer to in the moment) on foods like watermelon does serve the purpose of getting me to the number of calories I need per day and keeps me from passing out due, but binging isn't really a good feeling, even if I could surely do worse than binging on a food like watermelon. Other information: I don't like microwave meals. I don't like beans or rice. I can't afford to eat out more than 1x a week. Don't say "therapy."

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What program(s) do you use to create an iPad app tutorial?I've never done this before. My Googling has resulted in a somewhat hearty list of program options, but also some conflicting advice—some programs seem to do it all, and right from the iPad; but then I've also seen recommendations that one must first mirror the iPad to a computer and then use Camtasia, whatever, to do the actual recording. What do you recommend?

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Watch this little girl identify fonts.

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I would like to eat yesterday dinner's leftovers but they taste kind of weird. I experimented with making a vegan kale pesto (walnuts, nutritional yeast, garlic, lots of raw kale), and mixed it up with quinoa and white beans. Problem is, it tastes like a handful of cut grass, not in a good way, I think because there's so much uncooked kale in it. How do I make this edible for tonight's dinner? I don't mind cooking the kale pesto mix (in a dough?) but need to keep it vegan.

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"Feminism Has Conquered the Culture. Now Comes the Hard Part: A debate on this unprecedented opportunity" By Rebecca Traister and Judith Shulevitz

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Ken Burns' new film The Roosevelts is 14 hours long. Which hours should you watch? [vox.com] Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns's latest PBS opus, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. If you'd rather stream, the entirety of the miniseries will be available on PBS.com, PBS member sites, and various PBS digital platforms. (It leaves streaming Friday, Sept. 26, so hurry.) It will also be rerun frequently on PBS and comes out on DVD/BLURAY Tuesday. So that's a whole host of ways to watch. But should you? This sucker, like many of Burns's most famous films, including The Civil War, Baseball, and The War, is really, really long. It's seven installments, of roughly two hours each, so you'll be devoting around 14 hours of your life to this thing. If you really, really like the Roosevelts, that's great, because this is a terrific screen biography of the famous family. But what if you're more Roosevelt-curious?

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"Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That is, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research." --- NPR reports [audio] on postdocs & the scientific workforce as part of a series on the funding crisis in biomedical research. The series also includes When Scientists Give Up [audio], and U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding [audio].

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I'm getting married in Boston next month. We'd like to rent a karaoke machine instead of doing the standard DJ/dance thing. I know that many regard DoReMi Karaoke the best place in Boston, but I called them yesterday and they said their rental karaoke machines are out of order. They asked me to call back closer to the wedding date because they don't know how quickly they'll be getting them fixed, or even if they want to. Uh oh, I don't have any backup options! MeFi Bostonians, I need your help!There seem to be a couple of other karaoke options, according to some googling: Jin Karaoke Golden Leaf Karaoke Limelight Karaoke None of these places have very helpful webpages. I can call them to ask about rentals, but I am also very concerned about song selection. We would like: - a decent selection of songs in the English language, anything ranging from the classics, to musical theatre, to recent Top 40 hits. - an up-to-date selection of songs in Japanese, which will cover a lot of anime/video game opening and ending themes, but also have Japanese pop hits. We don't really care about the other languages. If none of these places work out, does MeFi have any experience with some of the websites that claim to do karaoke rentals in the area? Google searches turn up sketchy-looking pages like, Rent Karaoke Boston and KP Productions. If nothing pans out, how hard would it be to set up my own karaoke machine on my computer? Downloading a bunch of karaoke songs that work some software to display scrolling text/lyrics must exist. Most karaoke places seem to have their songs on some sort of CD/DVD format anyway. Can I buy these from somewhere? Extra difficulty level: Fiancee and I currently live in the United Kingdom, and we're not landing in Boston for on-site wedding preparations until the week before the wedding. So obviously, we can't visit these places ourselves to get an idea of what their song selection is like. We'd like to get the karaoke machine sorted beforehand, because we don't want to be SOL for the wedding itself.

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I've collected a small amount of music lately that I enjoy very much, but I'm at a loss how to categorize it and find similar music. I've found every label from "classically inspired textural post-rock", through "jazz fusion" to "contemporary classical" slapped on it. Can anyone help me put a finger on what these songs have in common?Here we go (a mix of YouTube and Spotify links): Coat-Hanger Kisses by Roger Doyle, a lovely piece, but I don't much care for his other work. Baleen Morning by Balmorhea, who have other, similar music that I'm currently investigating. Code 32, Goggle 2 and ludixio from Harmonia meets Zappa, even though it appears to be compositions by Roger Eno? Son of Mr. Green Genes by Frank Zappa. And Harmonia Ensemble's treatment of Zappa's Waka / Jawaka. And Gotan Project playing Zappa's Chunga's Revenge.

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What India Can Teach Silicon Valley About Its Gender Problem Author's link of sources

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This week, of course, provided a glorious example of how technology companies have normalized being indifferent to consent: Apple 'gifting' each user with a U2 album downloaded into iTunes. At least one of my friends reported that he had wireless synching of his phone disabled; Apple overrode his express preferences in order to add the album to his music collection. The expected 'surprise and delight' was really more like 'surprise and delete'. I suspect that the strong negative response (in some quarters, at least) had less to do with a dislike of U2 and everything to do with the album as a metonym for this widespread culture of nonconsensual behaviour in technology. Deb Chandra talks about the age of non-consensual technology. Betsy Haibel explains why companies engage in these practises Consent-challenging approaches offer potential competitive benefits. Deceptive links capture clicks - so the linking site gets paid. Harvesting of emails through automatic opt-in aids in marketing and lead generation. While the actual corporate gain from not allowing unsubscribes is likely minimal - users who want to opt out are generally not good conversion targets - individuals and departments with quotas to meet will cheer the artificial boost to their mailing list size.

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For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test

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"Let's note that I write this while experiencing psychosis, and that much of this has been written during a strain of psychosis known as Cotard's delusion , in which the patient believes that she is dead. What the writer's confused state means to either of us is not beside the point, because it is the point. The point is that I am in here, somewhere: cogito ergo sum." (via)

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"this obsession with testing and using test scores to punish students and teachers —that's the crisis"

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I feel really sad that this part of me (maybe most adults) gets so buried and don't know what steps to take to begin to rectify it? It doesn't help that I am prone to hideous depressions and typically work with wounded people (though sometimes approach this creatively). I am passionate about a very serious project.I have tried crafting.. it helps a tad. I'm generally ok with trying 'new' stuff and often attract (as friends) quite amusing/fun/thoughtful (but busy) people... I am still creative in certain respects, eg cooking or unusual ideas but want to reach the deeper buried riches.. I have tried to sit down and write from my imgaination... it doesn't work, it always ends up looking like a barely concealed reflection of my life. Improvisation (I've 'asked' on this before here) at acting school makes me dry up, though I enjoy it when I see it working with others. I was a very imaginative child (never one for running around much) but loved dressing up boxes (I dress in 'my own way' even now) making things and talking, talking talking. I still talk loads but it can veer to the dark if I'm in a certain place. So I'm going to try reading fairy tales... I'd like to spend more time round kids and am going to try and organise this.. but what else can I try??

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