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I have singing recitals where I sing a song with a piano accompanist and would like to put them on instagram and you tube. I also sing in a show choir and the school band plays behind us, but I am sure the song is copyrighted, but I wanted to show my friends my solo that I had in the show choir.For bot the recital and the show choir can I just put them on instagram and you tube and tell them down below what the name of the song is and who wrote it? I don't want to get a strike on any of those sites. Thanks!

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Recently I started taking Sertraline. I have developed very noticable tinnitus. Will continuing this drug permanently affect my hearing?I took the drug a while back for about four years at 50 mg. Every now and then when I was on it I would notice tinnitus, especially after a loud day at work. But it always passed after a few hours. I tapered off and quit for a couple years. No tinnitus. Last October I decided (with my doctor's approval) to get back on it. Now, I have not been able to get past 25 mg because the ringing started up again and is quite loud. It is at its worst in the middle of the night. I am afraid that if I continue I will cause permanent damage to my hearing. Googling shows that tinnitus seems to be a common side effect, but that no direct links between SSRI use and tinnitus exist in research. Some call it an oxitoxic drug, on the level of certain chemo drugs; others say it is not "really" oxitoxic. Also, it seems that doctors are not very well versed in this side effect, including my own. She never mentioned a word that it could cause tinnitus. Now, none of you are my doctor, I know that. I am not seeking medical advice, but it would be helpful to me to hear other people's experiences with this particular issue. The drug does stabilize my mood, but it is not worth it to me to continue it if the price is permanent hearing loss/tinnitus. Thank you.

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I'm into this coat, which Amazon describes as a "Men's Velvet Goth Steampunk Victorian Frock Coat," as something I'd like to wear to a costume-ish party. My question is, what might go with it, in terms of shirt, tie, vest (?), pants, shoes, hat, and any other accessories? Thanks for any ideas! (And a bonus if your suggestions are available on Amazon Prime.)

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I regularly attend and host gatherings where no one gets past small talk, even though all the attendees have known each other well for years, and each of us have more personal and/or interesting conversations when we meet one-on-one. Are there ways to encourage this, as either a host or an attendee?In the situations I'm thinking of, I do not think that either noise levels or discomfort with sharing private things with the whole group (ranging between three and twenty people) are an issue. It's more that everyone is maintaining a cheerful "party" atmosphere, and it's possible that's just the preference of everyone other than me. But if there are ways I might get them talking more about the things they really care about, I'd find that a lot more rewarding.

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Talia Jane (previously) reflects on the backlash & aftermath of the open letter she wrote two years ago about the low wages she was paid as a customer service employee at Yelp.

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Shaenon K. Garrity, the comic artist/writer behind Narbonic, Skin Horse, and the X-Files recap webcomic Monster of the Week, has a new project Horror Every Day, a sort of electronic tearaway calendar recommending a new horror movies tied extremely vaguely to anniversaries or holidays or some such, with nice illustrations and occasional content warnings. Occasional mild spoilers, I suppose. Previously Previously Previously

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'It was an electric time to be gay': Sarah Waters on 20 years of Tipping the Velvet [The Guardian] "What's it about?" people sometimes asked me, when they had heard I'd written a novel – and I always had to brace myself, slightly, to answer. There was the awkwardness of explaining the rather risque title. There was the fact that I outed myself the moment I began to reveal the plot. And then there was the plot itself – because, oh dear, how lurid it sounded, how improbable, above all how niche, the tale of a Victorian oyster girl who loses her heart to a male impersonator, becomes her partner in bed and on the music hall stage, and then, cruelly abandoned, has a spell as a cross-dressed Piccadilly prostitute and the sexual plaything of a rich older woman before finding true love and redemption with an East End socialist."

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Flavor researchers usually try to imitate real, natural foods. But sometimes they synthesise entirely new tastes, like tutti-frutti, bubble gum, Mountain Dew, etc. How many of these novel flavors still remain undiscovered? Is there only a narrow band of tastes not yet described chemically, or a vast galaxy of new, weird, wonderful flavors to explore?

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Our daughter is 6 and has just devoured the [#] Storey Treehouse books. She's quite lively and silly herself and I'd love to find more funny and surreal books like those, but I'd especially like to find ones with female lead characters.Can anyone recommend any children's books, whether standalone or in a series, that feature girls being silly? There's a female character in the Treehouse books, but she's more of a sensible foil to the chaotic wackiness of the guys. And so many of the books for first readers with girl leads are fairly earnest, "girl detective" type tales, or about bloody fairies. (We're in the UK, which seems to make a difference when it comes to children's books - there isn't always an overlap - but we can get hold of US titles.)

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Thirty-four years ago today, NBC premiered The Master (publicity still), a ninja action series starring Western film veteran Lee Van Cleef (as the ninja) and Timothy Van Patten, half-brother of Dick Van Patten, as his hot-headed young sidekick. Each week, Max and The Master drive into a new town (in Max's custom van) and end up protecting/rescuing a damsel in distress from greedy land developers, union-busters, crimelords and their thugs, a surprisingly high number of other ninjas, and the occasional terrorist. (Here's Van Cleef promoting the show on Carson.) Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 know the show from Master Ninja I and II, repackaged video versions of the first four episodes. Cancelled after 13 episodes, the entire series is viewable on YouTube: Premise (from Wikipedia): John Peter McAllister (Van Cleef), an American veteran who stayed in Japan following World War II and became a ninja master, leaves Japan for the United States in search of a daughter he did not know he had. This flight from his ninja life is seen as dishonorable by his fellow ninjas, including his former student, Okasa (Sho Kosugi), who attempts to assassinate him. Escaping with a minor wound, McAllister finds himself in the small town of Ellerston, where he believes his daughter resides. Along the way, he meets a drifter named Max Keller (Van Patten). Max desires to learn to fight like a ninja, but McAllister is reluctant to train him, feeling him to be too emotional. THE MASTER EPISODE GUIDE (MST3K fans take note: The first few links include the original opening credits and theme song, which Film Ventures International removed for their video re-releases.) 1. "Max" (January 20, 1984) – After meeting McAllister, Max gets involved in a dispute between Mr. Christensen, a ruthless developer, and the Trumbulls, a father and daughter who run an airport targeted by Christensen. NOTABLE GUEST STARS: Clu Gulager (San Francisco International Airport*) as the villain; Claude Akins and Demi Moore as the Trumbulls. Robert Clouse (director of Enter the Dragon) directed this episode. * = Sorry MiSTies, none of the six episodes of this series appear to be on YouTube. --Ed. 2. "Out-of-Time Step" (January 27, 1984) – A ninja-guarded crime lord mistakes Max and McAllister for bodyguards hired by a nightclub owner the crime lord is trying to control. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Brian Tochi (Revenge of the Nerds, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Night Terrors") as the crime lord. 3. "State of the Union" (February 3, 1984) – Max befriends a "biker chick" who is trying to organize a union at the cannery where she works; he and McAllister strike back when the cannery owner tries to strong arm the girl and the union. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Crystal Bernard (of Wings fame) as the union organizer. 4. "Hostages" (February 10, 1984) – McAllister is accused by a secret agent of helping a band of terrorists; to prove his innocence, he must help rescue the hostages that the terrorists have taken. NOTABLE GUEST STARS: George Lazenby (the second James Bond) as "Mallory"; David McCallum (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) as the head terrorist; Monte Markham (The Second Hundred Years, Hawaii Five-O, Blanche's brother on The Golden Girls) as the head of the CIA. 5. "High Rollers" (March 2, 1984) – A former girlfriend of Max's becomes a pawn in a Las Vegas heist when her daughter is held hostage to ensure her cooperation. The resulting adventure leads Max and McAllister to a deserted western movie set, where the Master makes himself very much at home. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Terri Treas (Alien Nation, Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell) as Max's former girlfriend. 6. "Fat Tuesday" (March 9, 1984) – During Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a reporter uses Teri McAllister's name as a cover for her own sources, hoping to bring down a respected local citizen who is secretly running guns to Arab terrorists. Max and McAllister become entangled as a result. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Robert Pine (Veep, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jim's dad on The Office). 7. "Juggernaut" (March 16, 1984) – Max and McAllister help a mother and daughter organize the local farmers against an evil land baron. McAllister has more success romancing the mother than Max does with the daughter. At the close of this episode, Max and McAllister are joined on their van-voyage by Cat Sinclair (Tara Buckman), a potential love interest for Max. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Diana Muldaur (Dr. Ann Mulhall and Dr. Miranda Jones on Star Trek: The Original Series, Dr. Pulaski on Star Trek: The Next Generation) as McAllister's love interest. 8. "The Good, the Bad and the Priceless" (March 23, 1984) – Caught between a criminal mastermind and an FBI agent posing as McAllister's daughter, the two leads find themselves forced to steal the Crown Jewels of England. The Cat Sinclair character is mentioned by Max in the opening narration as if she is a new regular cast member, but this is the last episode she appears in; the character is never mentioned again and no explanation for her disappearance is given. NOTABLE GUEST STARS: Janine Turner (Northern Exposure); George Maharis (Route 66). 9. "Kunoichi" (April 6, 1984) – With the help of a female pupil, Okasa puts in motion a plan to frame McAllister for the murder of an old friend, who is now a prominent government official in Washington. NOTABLE GUEST STARS: William Campbell (Koloth from Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine); Jack Kelly (Maverick). 10. "The Java Tiger" (April 13, 1984) – Max and McAllister take a break from the search for Teri to help out a friend of McAllister's: a bumbling PI, based in Hawaii, who is on a quest for a legendary tiger made of gold. Unfortunately, a Bond-villain-like crime lord with a penchant for karate is also interested in the Java Tiger. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Anthony de Longis (Maje Culluh from Star Trek: Voyager); Kabir Bedi (Octopussy). 11. "Failure to Communicate" (May 4, 1984) – Max reunites with his estranged father Patrick, who is a pawn in a kidnapping scheme. NOTABLE GUEST STARS: Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as one of the villains; Mark Goddard (Lost in Space); Rebecca Holden (Knight Rider, one-time "Breck Girl"); Doug McClure (The Virginian, and multiple films featured on MST3K) as Max's father. 12. "Rogues" (August 10, 1984) – A high school friend of Max's is now a cop, on the run from a band of crooked cops. A woman who runs a gym harasses McAllister about being out of shape. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: Spice Williams (Klingon bridge officer in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier). 13. "A Place to Call Home" (August 31, 1984) – Max and McAllister protect an orphanage from greedy land developers, with Max playing surrogate father to a troubled teen. NOTABLE GUEST STAR: James Gammon (Major League, Nash Bridges); Sho Kosugi's son Kane. AFTER THE MASTER Creator Michael Sloan (who'd had a hit in the '70s with Quincy M.E.) had more success in 1985 with The Equalizer, starring Edward Woodward and several more notable guest stars than The Master had. Lee Van Cleef never acted on television again, but appeared in a few more films prior to his death in 1989. Further reading: TheBad.net - A Tribute to Lee Van Cleef Timothy (now credited as Tim) Van Patten now has a successful career as a television director, winning Emmys for his work on The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. He has also directed episodes of Rome, Game of Thrones, and Black Mirror. Previously on FanFare: the MST3K episodes Master Ninja I and Master Ninja II. And here's the "Master Ninja Theme Song" sketch from the end of the first one.

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Our East Village rental apartment is currently listed with a broker — but after six weeks there's barely been any activity. (Understandably— Who would want to pay that horrendous broker's fee?) Our contract with the broker ends in 2 weeks, and we now want to list it ourselves.What are the best apps to list it? It has 4 bedrooms and is great for sharing, so best would be a website/app where sharers would go with their chosen roommates. Or should we find unrelated people ourselves and see if they want to share with each other? What are the best places to do that? And...how do you do a credit check on somebody??

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I need help identifying these things beneath my upper kitchen cabinets, as one needs replacing.I have strips of wood underneath my upper kitchen cabinets, that are held up with braces that attach to the cabinets themselves. Here is a picture of the cabinet. You can see the strip of wood beneath the cabinet doors. Here is a picture of the other side of that strip of wood, and you can see that there is a brace that fits into a slot on the wood strip that can then be attached to the cabinet above. One of these has broken off and I am looking to replace it. But I have no idea what either the strip of wood or the brace is called. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Let's talk about addresses in Nicaragua.

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We have just replaced the toner in our Samsung M2070W printer. Now somehow the inner cover (the bit that covers the area where the toner cartridge sits) will no longer close. It can be pushed down partially, but then there is some kind of resistance that prevents it from closing all the way. How can we make it close?It did not sound or feel as if anything broke in the process of replacing the toner and trying to close it. There is no rear entry to the printer, so we can't try to get at it that way. Here is what it looks like under the inner cover; here is the view with the inner cover closed as far as it will go. I can try to take pictures from other angles if need be. Thank you!

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I have the final week of February for vacation - where can I go with great relaxing beaches, chartered fishing, and interesting culture?I was just told our company will be closed from Feb 23 - Mar 2 so I'm scrambling to come up with vacation ideas. I've been wanting to go to Cuba, but mostly to explore Havana culturally. But for this particular trip I want to bring a friend and find a plce with warm weather, good beaches, tourism, fishing options, and Cuba didn't quite seem like the best match. I've also kicked around Key West, although it seems expensive and the beaches look small? I live in New York so flying out of JFK is simple enough. What's the ideal destination for a relaxing place where fishing is easy, maybe some snuba, and some decent non-cheesy places to go out at night?

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My roommate claims that handheld vacuum cleaners should be emptied before every use because the cleaner dispenses air that includes the suctioned dust. Is this true?Is the technology of handheld vacuum cleaners that primitive? I think it's a bagless vacuum cleaner but I'd be interested in knowing about others too.

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What are some off-the-strip things I should see and do in Las Vegas next week?I'm going to be in Vegas for a week, and I'm wondering if folks have ideas about lesser-known attractions and local gems. Some things I enjoy are: * neat city neighborhoods * learning about history and architecture * great non-strip/casino restaurants and eating food in general (no dietary restrictions) * museums of anything * live music * cool stores * natural phenomena (I've been to Red Rock and might see the Hoover Dam this time around.) but really I'm open to anything! More detail: My bff lives in Vegas so this is not the first and won't be the last time I visit, and she and I are pretty on top of all the glories the strip has to offer. I live in NYC so already have access to the general category of Things Available in Large U.S. Cities. I hate eating dinner in malls. I don't drink, and while I'm very happy to hang out in bars and clubs, stuff like beer tastings etc. are not for me. Thank you!

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Are there any support groups in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area for family and friends of those with bipolar disorder?The only family support groups I know of are the NAMI ones, but I'm hoping to find one that is specifically focused around bipolar disorder.

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At the ripe old age of 41, I really want to fix an issue I've had forever: I'm a low talker.(See Seinfeld for reference if needed. Actually just see Seinfeld, it's honestly pretty great.) People struggle to hear me, I feel like I'm mumbling, constantly repeating myself. Dating and conversing anywhere even moderately loud is an exercise in futility. I have been told I have a wonderfully calming voice, which is a fantastic trait I suppose, so I just need to tweak the decibels somehow. "Just talk louder!" seems like it would be the obvious advice. The two issues I have, which are sort of independent: 1) I sound "loud" to myself. If I raise my voice, to my ears I feel like I'm yelling, forever waiting for one of those scenes where suddenly the entire room goes dead silent and I'm caught screaming out an admission to some embarrassing secret. (Hasn't happened yet, but any day now.) 2) "Remembering" to do it (i.e. ingraining the habit): This one is more mundane, but if I can get over #1 somehow, of course I have to have a system to make the change permanent. As far as my hearing, I hear fine, not overly sensitive as far as I can tell. I can listen to quiet music, loud rock music, it all seems to be at roughly the same volume as everyone else expects. If I was overly sensitive, I'd expect that I'd need everything to be low volume for comfort. (Maybe there's a test to do here.) I've been to a voice coach, at some great expense, but ultimately left with no practical advice. (Except possibly to never pay for such things in advance.) Anyway, MeFi geniuses, help me get over this! I want to gain volume, confidence, and hold out a tiny secret wish that this would also help me with my goals to do karaoke and comedy. Any ongoing practices, projects, mantras, guidance would be helpful. Thanks! (sotto voce)

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I'd like to know if there's a significant difference in how a motorcycle handles depending on the weight of the rider. How would a smaller rider fare versus a larger rider in terms of maneuvering or extreme acceleration? Let's say we're talking about a cruiser, and also that we're talking about the limits of performance.Without being too specific, let's say our riders fit your description of a little guy and big guy, respectively. We can imagine that the motorcycle might be a Harley Sportster or Softail, or something along those lines.

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Now that people are putting sustained arguments into twitter threads, sometimes I want to save these off. Is there anything that will allow me to click on a long twitter thread and save the whole lot for future reference? I know there are some tools which purport to organise and display threads as web pages (storify, threadreaderapp) but I can't seem to get threadreaderapp working properly and I never understood storify.

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Please help me find a LAN capable CTF game meeting these criteria?Hey there! Me and the kids (ages 5, 11) are really enjoying Quake 3, but I would like to find a game that is a little less twitchy such that the younger son and I have half a chance against the 11 y.o. gaming master... MUST BE CRITERIA: -PC platform. -Not an online only game, must be able to be played locally on our LAN without Internet connection. WOULD BE GREAT: -Something where the human physics are more realistic, so that constant run - jump and strafe and fire simultaneously is not such a viable option. Where walking and running normally is not resulting in instant kill, and where jumping precludes accurate aiming. -Something with big enough maps that a bit of strategy and planning is workable as a way to play, not just constant shoot - shoot - shoot. -Good bots would be a nice extra but not the most important. Does such a game exist?

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As I understand it, a married man in the US can legally "marry" a second wife under religious law only (i.e. going through a religious wedding ceremony but not registering the marriage with the state). But I'm interested in how the law would regard second (and third, and fourth) marriages if those marriages were legally contracted elsewhere.1. A man and his multiple wives, from a country where polygamy is legal, move to the US or Canada. What happens to their legal status? 2. A married man goes to a country where multiple marriage is legal, and marries a second wife. He returns to the US or Canada. Has he broken the law against bigamy? 3. A US or Canadian woman marries an already married man under traditional or religious law (e.g. sharia) without registering the marriage. They behave like they are common-law married (live together, tell everyone they're married) for seven years. Can she sue for divorce?

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Two Tone was both a record label and movement that combined imported Jamaican Ska with homegrown British punk to form a uniquely British multi-racial, multi-ethnic musical (and sartorial) style that has gone on to have a worldwide impact. They also had complicated relationship with another UK youth culture at the time: skinheads.

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I seem to have read somewhere about a historical culture (other than silicon valley) where the wealthy would get together at parties and burn their belongings to show how powerful they were. Can you help me find historical examples of this sort of ostentation?I don't think that the practice of burning Joss Paper, or Ghost Money, is what I'm looking for, although it is pretty interesting.

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