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In the summer I like to wear alpargatas/espadrilles, but the Tom's canvas alpargatas I bought in late-May have already begun to fall apart. Any recommendations for sturdy, well-constructed espadrilles/alpargatas that won't fall apart? (note: not boat shoes) I do walk a lot, and I'm not a small guy so I probably put them through more wear than some might, but still! I remember I bought some alpargatas at a little shop in Barcelona that lasted me a whole summer of walking around Europe, so surely some well constructed shoes must be out there. It would be great to find a pair I could wear for the rest of the summer, put away for fall and winter and wear again for at least another season. Can MeFi help a sockless, thin-sole, espadrille loving guy out?

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Can you recommend to me uptempo songs with a heavy bass I can listen to while doing cardio? Ideally the song should stay uptempo the whole way through - many I've thought would work well actually slow down during parts of the song.Some examples of what I've liked so far: My absolute favorite workout song is Scheiße by Lady Gaga, the tempo is perfect, it's fun to listen to, and it doesn't slow down. How To Be a Heartbreaker by Marina and the Diamonds is close but it has that slow section about 3/4 of the way through (I still work out to this one anyway and can tolerate a slow section as long as this song's). The Metro by Berlin doesn't have the strong bass I prefer but has a great tempo and is a really fun song and another of my faves for working out to.

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I've just been given some old pocket watches that belonged to my grandmother. I don't want to sell them and don't care what they're worth (probably very little), but I want more information. What's a good place to look?My grandmother died last year, and I was just given four pocket watches that belonged to her. They're all older than 1970, and the most interesting one is much older (probably from the 19-teens or 20s). This family was never wealthy and I don't expect these are worth anything (and wouldn't sell them if they were), but I want more information. Google is mostly turning up eBay and Etsy posts where people are trying to sell watches like these, or sending me to antique appraisal websites and blogs. What I actually want is information about when these were made and anything interesting about their story, as well as an idea of whether it's worth seeing if the very old one can be refurbished so it works. Where is there a good source of information online that's not focused entirely on sales? And/or, can you recommend a brick and mortar place in/near Seattle where I can ask some questions without getting snide comments about how these aren't valuable?

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Comedian Tiffany Haddish tells Jimmy Kimmel about hanging out in New Orleans with Will and Jada Smith.

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I recovered a bunch of files from a failed hard drive but it appears a chunk of them are corrupted (i.e. photos are messed up, files won't open, etc). There are all kinds: photos, music files, documents, spreadsheets . . . Is there a tool to scan through all of these and detect which ones are good and which ones aren't without manually opening each one? I'm on a Windows 10 computer. I just want to stop encountering random files that I can't open nor fix.Also, I know about System File Checker, but these aren't system files.

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I recently moved back to Seattle after 7 years away. I need to get a WA license and change my car's registration information from Virginia to Washington. However, establishing proof of residency here by the guidelines of the WA DOL is proving to be a headache. They don't appear to accept things like my lease agreement and the documents they do accept are things I don't have (I don't have any utility bills because my landlord is paying for that, my employer, The UW, doesn't offer physical paystubs or checks anymore (it's 2017, after all), etc.). [more inside]I do have my old expired WA State drivers license - could I just try renewing that and leapfrog the whole process? Seems like they wouldn't like that since I lived out of state for a few years. I did also register to vote through the mail, but who knows how long it'll be before they send me any official mail. Quickest course of action? Washington requires I do all of this within 30 days of moving here, which leaves me with 3 weeks. Thanks!

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Uproxx shares a list of 22 things Euron Greyjoy looks like.

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It's Okay to be a Coward about Cancer. Josh Friedman, tv writer and showrunner of the (late, beloved) tv series Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles, shares some thoughts on dealing with cancer. Cancer doesn't give a damn how tough you are. Cancer doesn't care if you stared down the North Koreans, or won the Tour De France, or wrote two seasons of a scary robot show.

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You got the dud. You got the dud. You got the dud. (Original Simpson's clip for context.)

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I collect other people's old photographs. The vast majority of which that I have access to are from antique stores, junk shops, and sometimes estate sales, where I only see photographs from around 1965 or earlier. Where are all of the more recent photographs, and how can I get some of them?

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All-around smart person and good writer with varied employment history (magazine editorial, freelance journalism, nonfiction author, adjunct writing teaching, fiction MFA) seeks to understand the career options from here.Hey. So, late-thirtysomething here with a somewhat unusual/spotty background is trying to figure out what's next, or what could be next. Help me think of paths I might not have considered before. Feel free to be specific. I largely don't know what's out there, besides what I've already done. Here's me: graduated from a pretty good liberal arts college with an English degree. I also have an MA in English from a good university, and by next year, an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from a different good university. In terms of employment, I did the New York City publishing thing for a while, working as an editor at two different magazines that have since folded. My title was "online editor," but this was a handful of years ago and I feel that my online skills are no longer cutting-edge. I do think I'm an excellent editor of text, though. About six years ago, I left my last full-time job to write a nonfiction book. It was published by a major press and reasonably well reviewed, though it wasn't a big commercial success. Since that time, I've done a little freelancing (my book was on a medical theme, and I've packaged myself in the past as a science/medical journalist, though I feel like a generalist at heart, and I've also written about food, travel, design...). I also taught writing for several years as an adjunct at a well-regarded university extension program, as well as been paid as a copy editor. Now I'm fulfilling a longtime dream of getting an MFA in fiction writing. I'm working on a novel. I'd love to get that novel published and be in a position to apply for tenure-track creative writing teaching jobs at colleges. Landing a job like that would be a dream come true. But I'm also trying to understand what I could do instead, since there are many, many people competing for those jobs. -I'll be almost 40 by the time I'm done with this program, and I don't really want to earn another degree at this point, but I wouldn't rule it out 100 percent. -I'm a mom now, my husband works freelance, and I like the idea of a "real" job that provides health insurance and benefits. The endless hustle of freelancing doesn't appeal much anymore. -I do love to teach, and I've looked into teaching at a private high school, which seems like an option. An academic schedule would go so nicely with being a parent and a writer. On the downside, these jobs don't pay much and they're pretty low-prestige. -Journalism itself feels like a sinking ship. It's hard for me to imagine moving back to New York and trying to get back on that train. Though I could imagine putting my journo skills to work at a nonprofit or government agency or something, if I could understand how that's done. -Our family can move anywhere. -INFJ, so my need to do something I can feel good about is pretty high, though I like to think I am getting more pragmatic as I get older. -I've always been intelligent and a quick learner, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from college, yadda yadda, but I never developed a particular marketable skill besides writing and all-around critical thinking. All my jobs have been in the greater writing/journalism/arts/education world, but I have hopped around a lot, and gone in and out of self-employment phases, rather than going super deep in any one corner of that. All that leaves me wondering how to package or present myself, and how I will look to potential employers, now that I'm looking at looking for a real job again, one that I can keep and grow in this time. Thank you!

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I live in Boston and have never owned a car. I use Lyft/Zipcar/Turo/Enterprise a few times a month, and otherwise stick to public transit. But I'm very tempted by the Chevy Volt advertised through the Drive Green with Mass Energy program -- $115 to lease, no money down, or $16,500 to buy. Is this as good an idea as it seems? Snowflakes and fretting inside ...Details: I wouldn't plan to drive much more than I do now -- one or two trips a week, maybe one out-of-town trip a month. I reliably have on-street parking right outside my door. I don't think it would be a problem to plug in for four hours a couple times a week. I live on a narrow side street that gets some through traffic, so driveby dings might be an issue. I have a three-month-old whose carseat would go in the no-leg-room middle seat. (Supposedly safer than the sides.) Questions: What other expenses should I factor in? I know there's yearly Boston excise tax of $25 per $1,000, Massachusetts sales tax of 6%, and insurance. Am I safe assuming not much maintenance or repair cost for the first three years? Lease or buy? Given the changes hitting the electric car market, in 2020 would I rather have a 2017 Volt or $13,000? If you've been on both sides of this one -- am I going to be happy I made this change? It means trading one pile of hassles and expenses for another, and I'm finding my technolust at war with my fear of the unknown ... previously - basically the same question from 2012 previously - good general info on the electric car experience

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Is there existing research or journalism answering the (disputed) question of the authorship of "The Final Inspection"?It appears as if it is either "Peter Alexander Hornbach" or "Sgt. Joshua Helterbran of the 224th Engineer Battalion". I'm curious on whether both people exist, whether one's taking credit for the other, how long the poem has actually been proven to exist, and so on. There are various comments of Hornbach stating he wrote the poem and that it's been registered with "poetry.com" and "registered with the Library of Congress" -- which sound like doubtful "evidence". But Helterbran's Web presence is next to nil and recountings of him are secondhand as well. I thought of submitting it to Quote Investigator, but evidently his or her backlog is huge.

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Aphex Twin recently launched a countdown on his website. It began on the same day he performed at Field Day festival in London, where he sold a mysterious 12" and, for the first time in his career, live-streamed his set. And then he dropped the biggest bomb: an expanded collection of the Richard D. James releases since 1991, even pulling from some of his alternate alias side projects (AFX, Polygon Window, The Tuss, etc). You can buy FLAC or MP3s, or use the embedded streaming audio player with unlimited access to the entire catalog, and there's still more to come...

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My housemate had some serious health problems this year and then her long term boyfriend broke up with her. She's going off the rails, causing drama, being manipulative and clinging to a burdensome victim narrative without taking any responsibility for her own actions. How do I deal with this? Snowflakes below.In the beginning of this year our housemate had serious health problems that required two emergency surgeries. It was a rough and scary time for her and we rallied around to take care of her. Once she started to heal and could function again, her long term boyfriend broke up with her. Understandably, she was incredibly hurt and feeling intense rejection. At the start we were sympathetic and supportive but over time it seems like she began clinging to a victim narrative and seeking vengeance against her ex, saying things like "I am going to turn all of his friends against him." I get that sometimes we say things in the heat of the moment but her behavior has been increasingly self-centered and manipulative. A few examples: *As part of her grieving she went on an online shopping spree. Packages were constantly arriving at the house for her and she was ordering lingerie, gadgets and other unnecessary things. This is all fine but she later posted a GoFundMe page begging for money and saying she spent it all on her health care. I live with her and know this is not true. *She took leave from work and has decided she wants to live on disability checks. She was supposed to go back to work sometime in early May but instead told her job she was still healing. In reality she went on a trip to Vegas, local street festivals and doing drugs at parties. (Including one that her ex attended that resulted in some very worrying early morning drug-fueled texts to her friends and causing a bit of panic.) She says she cannot commute 30 minutes to work because of her back but just came back from a trip to Europe (which she may have done to stalk her ex) and is about to go on a trip to Nepal. *When she left for her recent 2 month Europe trip, we had to find another housemate. She changed her phone number, Facebook account and even email address while she was gone without telling us so we haven't been able to reach her or check in. She also brought a subletter into the house to cover her rent but failed to inform us of the actual dates this person would sublet. We only found out last night when we briefly saw her that she decided to go to Nepal because "she needs to take care of herself." On top of all of this we were cleaning up after her around the house, dealing with the drama of her breakup, having to remind her to pay rent every month and handling the adult responsibilities. She's been completely checked-out and self-absorbed. As I've dealt with several friends dying very suddenly this year and struggling through my own grief, I'm having a very hard time being sympathetic to her plight at this point. I tried to express my frustrations to her last night by framing it as "your behaviors are becoming a burden to others, please come back to earth" but she became immediately defensive and crying about her health problems and need for self-care. It seems that anyone who tries to confront her about her behavior is labeled an enemy instead of a concerned person. I certainly didn't help matters by becoming frustrated with her and telling her what I thought she should do (go back to work, stop doing drugs, see a therapist). Now I am an enemy trying to control her life. I want to try and be compassionate but my bucket is running dry at this point. Since it seems that she isn't going to get her shit together, what are some strategies for handling a housemate in this mental state?

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Salvador dali's moustache is still intact.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
On the spur of the moment, I have been tasked to research the purchase of a fountain pen that will be a gift by a large group of people to someone on a special occasion. The person in question will be using the pen, so it needs to be known for its function in addition to any other qualities pens of this price range may possess. The price range would need to be anywhere from 300-600 (cost matters, it can't be cheap even if a cheaper pen is better, hey, I know).

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One of my very best friends suddenly looks pregnant.One of my housemates came into my room last night and asked me to put my hands on her tummy which is a very nice tummy but we are not like that so I immediately understood the gravity of the request. Turned on the light and holy shit batman. It felt like something was kicking in there. She was passing lots of gas at both ends. She'd been to a doctor earlier at the hospital she works at and doc said she had an ulcer. I got my son up and we went to a closer different hospital. They said it was just gas. She argued with them. Just gas. So we had the "I know it's not gas. Gas doesn't do that. We all ate the same thing" discussion. Our doctors suck. She's hot and cold and spewing my patented keep-it-down broth. Temp hasn't breached 101 F but it gets there really fast when it starts rising and goes back down quickly. I'm keeping the kids away and trying to educate myself and I need some help. Her daughter is really upset. We have a third adult if I go down. No way an ulcer could cause this, right? She's 28 and very healthy and likes to hit dandelions and mushrooms and these bizarre orange brain-like things that come up after a rain and turn to powder with a golf club so I'm looking that way now but I can't find anything about what that is or what breathing those spores can cause and maybe I'm on the wrong track altogether. It's the only thing she did that the rest of us didn't do yesterday. I have called a doctor I trust who will come here but it will be a day.

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The song "Radio Bomb" by the Matthew Good Band makes a reference to an organization called the RLI. The song is about pirate radio operators and the lyric in question is The RLI and the FCC will be driving around in their little undercover RVs. The context is (probably) 1990s Canada. What the heck is the RLI?Here's what I know so far: 1) The lyric is definitely 100% correctly transcribed. If the name "RLI" is an error, the error is Mr. Good's. 2) The album was released in 1995 and the band was based in the Vancouver, BC area. 3) Google is stumped. I also asked an intellectual property lawyer who has been working in the radio and TV industry since 1980, and he had no idea what this referred to either! 4) The band makes a lot of references to media, particularly sci-fi novels and movies, so it's possible this is a fictional organization.

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Imagine taking a quiet stroll through the expansive wilderness of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. You're surrounded by a forest of oak trees, stony ridges, and a tranquil lake—completely isolated and alone in nature. But in 1918, visitors to the 1,146-acre park were unaware that they were in the company of a group of women hiding among the rocks, trees, and grass. ... The women disguised in special (and fairly creepy) dried grass or "rock suits" were student military camouflage artists, or camoufleurs, of the Women's Reserve Camouflage Corps, a forgotten division of the National League for Women's Service.

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I realised that my partner does nothing for my ego. Which leads to the conclusion that I need a partner to do something for my ego. So. Is this a relationship problem or my problem?I (hetero male mid 30s) have been trying to put my finger on some vague misgivings about my relationship to my girlfriend (same age). For months, there's been a nagging sense of demotivation and disinterest about the relationship, and I think I've finally understood it. What I eventually saw was that every prior relationship I've had, and I've had a good number, had this mutual ego-boosting dynamic that my present relationship is lacking. I've only now consciously recognised this dynamic, and it's only now that I realise that I expect it and struggle without it. I'm deeply passionate about my work and derive a sense of identity from it. On top of that, I read widely and am intellectually and culturally omnivorous. This is also a fair description of all my previous partners. Those relationships were all marked by a thrilling feeling of "I know you think I'm awesome, and you know that I think you're awesome." We were always in different academic/professional fields, and were always sufficiently fascinated by the other that we would enthusiastically wade into the other's intellectual life as much as was reasonable, so we could debrief, discuss, share victories and frustrations, and generally soak up a little of the other's world. It's only now that I realise how much this dynamic put wind in my sails and made me feel loved. I approached the relationship with the present partner like I've approached my previous ones. She is also an intellectually and culturally active person in a profession that consumes her, which is far from mine but I find fascinating. So as I fell in love, I enthusiastically dove into her hobbies and her professional interests, and she adored me for this, and said so. She will talk extensively about these things, and I feel motivated to be an engaged and active audience, and to learn and see the world through her eyes. So I am never bored with her. However, we are only ever on her turf. She does not reciprocate - she says she finds my pursuits and interests to be outside of her world and not particularly interesting to her. I've told her that this makes me sad and a little resentful, and she does say that she regrets that she can't be an audience or sounding board for me, and every once in a while says that she would like to try, but is obviously only slightly motivated, by guilt. The few times she's tried to humor me, I really felt like I was torturing an unwilling student, despite all efforts to make what I was saying relatable - and I'm good at making complex topics engaging to lay audiences, I enjoy it! But after quite a few difficult and unpleasant attempts, I've simply given up, and she hasn't noticed that months have gone by without topics from "my world" coming up. The end result of all this is that I feel bottled up and neglected. I want to share my mental life with my partner, but I can't. I don't get the feeling that she's ever impressed by me or proud of me, at least along those dimensions where my own pride in myself lies. And outside of those, I honestly don't know if she is impressed or proud of me at all - I do know that she loves me but somehow that seems incomplete or unsatisfying. I'm conflicted. On the one hand, this seems like incompatibility. On the other, I ask myself if there's a compromise to be found, but how does one overcome "I am simply uninterested?" And finally, I ask myself if there's something unhealthy in wanting my partner to be proud of me or impressed by me. I do feel that she loves me, shouldn't that be enough? Is my problem with my partner, or have I stumbled onto a weakness in my own psyche that I should work on? Because outside of this, the relationship does have a lot going for it.

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From 1965 until his death in 1975 Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History. We present them here, with related diagrams from the artist's library and papers. Note that the "expand" link by each entry reveals detailed information. Bonus link: A Geometry Theorem Looking for a Geometric Proof

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The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World is probably a deeply silly list, but perhaps fun to argue about on a Friday afternoon?

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I'm trying to find a bank that has locations in Georgia, SC (negotiable), IN, WI, and IL, other than Wells Fargo. Is there an easy way to figure this out?So far, I've just been searching for major banks and their footprints, or going to their websites, and putting in the zip codes, but it seems like there should be an easier way to do this!

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In 2002, the Science Museum of Minnesota absorbed the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices when the curator's health failed. Many of them are still on display, but even those of us unlucky enough to live far from St. Paul can still tour the museum virtually. Come see the foot-powered breast enlarger! Feast your eyes on the Prostate Gland Warmer! Marvel at the Timely Warning! But whatever you do, perhaps don't sample the delights of the Shoe-fitting X-Ray or the Relaxacisor.

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