posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
-all normal now except for the skin on the shin of the operated leg.We help look after a lady who has had a hip replacement 2 months ago. Op was v successful -completely recovered now except for the skin on the shin of the operated leg. The skin is flaky and v dry. So far, have tried E45, body butters, Nivea, spray oil, coconut oil, almond oil, vaseline, and a few others. Skin continues to be extremely dry and flaky. Is there anything anyone would personally recommend that she could try and also use for maintenance purposes? No itching, no allergies,no rash, on operated leg only, hypoallergenic mild cleanser used, clean flannel every time we wash, body scrub tried -didn't help. Doctors and physio have no suggestions beyond what we have tried. Thanks.

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A lot of the "tent revival" footage throughout would be relatively unremarkable, except that you know the guy doesn't really buy into one singular goddamned thing the he's saying to the shouting crowds of gullible hayseeds and proto mega-churchers. You see how adept Gortner has become at getting people to hand over the "largest bill they have," while behind the scenes we find him literally counting a pile of cash on a hotel room bed, shaking his head about how easy it is to get the money flowing. Dangerous Minds examines the bizarre story of Marjoe Gortner (previously), child preacher turned evangelist conman as depicted in the 1972 Oscar winning documentary Marjoe, now available at the Internet Archive.

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My behavior hurt many people I love, especially my sisters, due to unmediated bipolar disorder.I was diagnosed with bipolar and am on lithium and lexapro for about two years. However, I probably struggled with this since childhood which exasperated at puberty. For most of my life I was withdrawn, depressed, angry, and prone to rages that made me miserable to live with. For example, I bullied my younger sisters and said the cruelest things to them. There was also that time I left home after a dispute with our dad and I cut them off for two years. It wasn't until I was in treatment that I came back. Even though I was accepted back home by everybody, things with my sisters are still tense since last year. Today I had a talk with them. My sisters (18 and 19 yrs old) frankly stared at me and told me that they didn't like me. That I was depressed, angry, neurotic, vengeful, narcissistic, and self-absorbed. That I deeply hurt our parents with the estrangement. I explained that those were the symptoms of untreated bipolar and that they never got to know me when I'm medicated. Also, I was angry at our parents for not seeking treatment for my bipolar because they don't believe in mental illnesses, and that our dad only took his rage out on me because I was the eldest. But my sisters said they gave me too many chances in the past and that they are closing the door for good. I said that relationships are fluid and things may change. They shot that down too. I'm crying not only because I hurt the ones I love, but because they have every right to be angry. They are probably pissed that I waltzed back into their lives and assumed everything would be fine. I'm crying because now that I'm medicated, I feel guilty for the things I did. I want to form relationships now instead of being an apathetic, depressed, and lonely hermit only to find all my bridges burned. Not only with my sisters, but with friends. How do you deal with the aftermath of bipolar behaviors, especially when they absolutely have a right to be angry? How do I deal with the guilt and sadness that I harmed the people I love? Have any of you forgiven a bipolar family member? What was the process like?

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Ricky and Doris - Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City's Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. Previously.

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posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
I'm putting together a seminar on how to better trick or treat... I'm not looking for safety tips. I need tips on how to get better, bigger candy, from picking neighborhoods to whichever costume solicits the most stuff. Tips on how to have "more fun" while trick or treating, whether you're 5 or 45. Practical and borderline legal suggestions accepted.

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posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
BriggsGE, aka Adam Briggs, from a town called Shepparton, just dropped his latest track The Children Came Back featuring occasional collaborator Gurrumul, and Dewayne Everettsmith. It's not just a track though, it's an homage to Archie Roach's They Took the Children Away, in and of itself about The Stolen Generation. It features, amongst others, Samara Muir . It namedrops some of the best and brightest, and makes it clear - always was, always will be, Aboriginal land and this struggle is not over.

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Which episode of House of Cards featured the democrats hiding in their offices so Republicans would leave and they could quickly appear and win a vote?I think it was season 1 and I remember reading that it was based on a real life event but my google-fu has failed me and its driving me nuts.

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
I just got accepted to the Fall semester of the School for Poetic Computation, an arts & tech bootcamp, in New York on a partial scholarship. Any suggestions for short-term grants or funding sources that can help cover my tuition & other costs that'll disburse ASAP?The scholarship covers half my tuition, so I now owe around $2750, and then there's travel & living expenses, so all up I'm estimating around $7000 including a buffer (this is for 3 months). The grants I've been referred to have either closed applications or won't take in applications until after I've started my course (I specifically emailed Australia Council about their Development Grants and they said it would have been exactly the sort of thing they'd fund but the timing was wrong). I have just about 2 months, so timing is extra tricky. I don't qualify for most US loans since I'm not a US citizen, but I am now a newly minted Australian permanent resident so funding sources from there could work. And I'm aware of crowdfunding, but I'd like to keep that on the side until absolutely necessary. Thanks!

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I really want to be one of those people who don't complain for an x amount of time just as a challenge . Id pick a month.I noticed at work and even in relationships the people who complain the leader get the most out of interactions and inspire confidence. Has anyone else done this? How did it go? How long did it last? What did you learn from it, positive or negative? Did you do journaling or props?

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In the past few years, science has lurched closer to envisioning habitable Mars, though at the moment estimates for creating breathable oxygen range from hundreds to 100,000 years in the future, the soil is currently toxic to astronauts, and travel is so unwieldy that scientists have proposed "printing" humans on Mars. Meanwhile, I wondered why not make Earth's increasingly inhospitable deserts greener. Let's Just Re-Engineer The Climate, even though Geo-Engineering Doesn't Reduce Long Term Risk(for certain values of 'long-term') and leads us to ask If The World Had A Giant Thermostat, Who Would Control The Weather? How would we even go about it? We'll need some technology to cool the planet. First understand The Science Of Climate And Geoengineering and then ask the Planet Hackers about how DARPA is engineering the organisms that will terraform Mars, and lead to the synthetic organisms that could terraform the Earth. Why do we need to consider this in the first place? Even if you've got an Optimistic View On Climate Change, and want to change the minds of 'climate skeptics,' crunching Global Warming's Terrifying New [2012] Math(Previously) means leaving $10 trillion dollars of wealth in the ground. Politicians Discuss Global Warming

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
There is a possibility I may be getting a job that would require a relocation to Atlanta. Can you help recommend a community or neighborhood? Details inside.Currently, my wife and toddler and I live in Southern Oregon, four hours south of Portland. We moved out here for work less than two years ago, but circumstances are now forcing us to relocate again. Next week, I am flying out to Atlanta for a final interview with a large corporation. I am also taking two days to house hunt and check out the area. The problem is that neither my wife nor I have ever been to Atlanta. I'm hoping the Green can help us out. One quick note for context: prior to moving out to Southern Oregon, we lived in the west suburbs of Chicago. Moving to the "big city" won't be quite as big of a culture shock since we haven't lived our whole lives in this rural, agricultural community. So ... If I get hired, where should we be looking to live in the Atlanta area? Here's what we're looking for: • Communities where the houses don't all look exactly the same. • Good schools (our son is 2.5, so we're looking ahead) • Walkable "mini-downtowns" that function as a community hub where you can walk around, get an ice cream, enjoy a nice summer night out and about. • Family-friendly activities. • Culture (art, theatre, music, museums). • We like live music, but do not go to bars or clubs to hear it. • Small shops and independents. • Communities and neighborhoods where every restaurant or business is not a big box retailer or national chain. • Diversity. We would like our son to hear different languages and/or see faces that don't all look like us (we're white). • Acceptance (we're an interfaith family and politically liberal). Tall order? :) So what do you think of Atlanta? Thoughts? Ideas? Recommendations?

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
Nearly all records created by state and local government officials, including bill drafts and communications with staff, would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans introduced in committee Thursday as an amendment to the state budget. The change is part of JFC 999, introduced in this afternoon's session of the Joint Finance Committee, in sections 27-32, tucked in between a provision about deadlines for group health coverage and a statue barring the state from adopting strict CDC guidelines for lead in paint. Opposition to the move has been swift, including an unlikely alliance between liberal Democrat Jon Erpenbach and the MacIver Institute, "the free market voice for Wisconsin," which sued Erpenbach last year to force disclosure of some of his records.

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
In consideration of recent developments, from the Supreme Court on gender neutral marriage, what happens with the already problematic legal territory surrounding Common Law unions? One aspect of this question could be concern about exposing my long-term roommate to my liabilities. Another might be having a rightful claim on shared property.

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I am going to spend most of my savings on grad school living costs over the next 3 years. Hope me figure out how to best manage my currencies?I'm starting a clinical psychology doctorate (yay!) in the UK come September - this not a research PhD but a training degree similar to a PsyD in the US, which means there's almost no funding or scholarship money available. (In fact, all the Brits on the course are salaried NHS employees.) As an international student, I'll be paying my own way - my parents are helping out with the tuition and rent, and I'll be covering the rest with my savings (about US$47000 in total). The problem is, my money is currently 20% in HKD, 20% in USD and 60% in AUD, and I have to figure out the most strategic way of converting everything to GBP over the next 3 years. I don't really know much about foreign exchange trends except for the most general principles so it'll be great if I can get feedback on whether I'm on the right track with this: (1) AUD is falling like crazy at the moment, while USD, and by extension the pegged HKD, seem relatively stable against the GBP, so I'm thinking of using up all my HKD and USD first, which will last me for about 1.5 years. (2) Meanwhile maybe I should put my AUD into some kind of term deposit (or invest it??) instead of leaving it to sit in my account. (3) The risk is, of course, that AUD will depreciate even more over the next year or two and I would've been better off converting it to GBP from the start. Given that China's economy is slowing down and Australia's mining boom is over, does this seem like a probable scenario? (4) After graduation it's quite likely that I will return to work in Australia, so that may be another reason to leave my savings in AUD till the last.

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
I have a MacBook Pro. When I connect my iPod Shuffle or my GPS watch, they will charge but will not "show up" as a device in iTunes or my GPS watch program.I have two fairly new iPod Shuffles. When I plug them into my MacBook Pro's USB there is a yellowish/orangish light that stays on for a bit and then turns off. Neither of them show up as a connected device in iTunes. When I plug in my TomTom GPS watch it is charging but will not sync data. I never had a problem with iTunes or my TomTom program/watch. I did an update and have latest version of iTunes and TomTom Sports Connect. What could be going on where these devices seem to be charging but not connecting or syncing? I am somewhat clueless when it comes to computers. Any help much appreciated.

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
"In principle, it is what scientists call hypodermic insemination: the practice of forcefully depositing sperm outside a female genital tract—and yes, it's as usually as rough as it sounds. Bed bugs are infamous for it, as this type of insemination (also called traumatic insemination) causes major damage to the female and reduces her fitness, though a number of species have been demonstrated to reproduce in this way, including flatworms." These flatworms plunge their penises into their own heads to inject themselves with sperm (when they must). - Christie Wilcox for Discover Magazine's 'Science Sushi' blog. Previously: 1, 2, 3

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
31 Things Cut In Half To Reveal Their Complicated Inner Workings

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Subreddit Moderators rebel against Admins Triggered by the surprise termination of Victoria Taylor, AKA /u/chooter, Director of Talent and sole official contact for /IAMA by the Reddit admins, and more generally in protest for what has been seen as a lack of communication with and appreciation for the unpaid volunteers that act as moderators of Reddit, many of the most popular subreddits have gone dark, setting their status to private and thereby hiding their content to the vast majority of users. /r/AskReddit, /r/Books, /r/science, /r/Music, /r/gaming, /r/history, /r/art, /r/videos, /r/gadgets, and /r/movies have followed /r/IAmA in making themselves private. Many other subreddits have also taken steps in solidarity.

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
I have had a persistently tight "knot" in my upper-right back for at least five years now, with the pain level varying over time. I've tried stretching, chiropractors, foam rollers/lacrosse balls, and massage off and on throughout the years. No permanent improvement. Will this ever get fixed, or will it be with me forever? Stories of hope would be much appreciated, and details + feelings of helplessness after the break.It varies in levels of pain, from "that definitely feels tighter than my left side, huh" to "I can't move or straighten my neck without sharp pain." I'm currently in the latter phase, probably because of a couple cramped plane flights, some over-aggressive stretching, and handstands. I've previously gotten into this very-painful phase twice by bench-pressing after a few months off. A masseuse described the result as "in spasm." Staring at some anatomy diagrams, I'd guess it's the levator scapulae. The core of the tightness seems to be in the upper back near the shoulder blades, but when it's bad it extends in a line to my neck. The last time it got really bad I went on a massage spree, getting six thirty-minute massages spread throughout the week. It helped make things recede back toward "that definitely feels tighter," and I was hopeful that maybe if I kept it up, I could cure this. But the remission back into full-blown pain has me almost in tears, feeling hopeless. Am I destined to carry this around with me forever? I do have scoliosis, which I know is permanent... is this related? I've always wished for some kind of magical cure. Some masseuse who would just push things in the right way, release the tension or scar tissue or whatever, and I'd be normal again. (Once a masseuse said "you have a lot of scar tissue," did some roller thing to "break it up," and it felt better. For a while. I don't even know if scar tissue is a real thing.) Or that I'd be able to run through an MRI and they'd detect the problem and go do surgery, as scary as that sounds. Failing that, I'm willing to do some kind of concentrated program of stretching or exercises or something every day for a year... maybe lay off on any upper-body exercise like bench press or handstands that aggravates it... just tell me that it'll actually end up with me cured, instead of gradually improved. Thank you for any insight you can provide.

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
My fiance breaks out in a rash/hives whenever when spend time outside in the spring and summer. What could be causing it and what can we do about it?It seems like an allergic reaction to a bug bite, but we're not 100% sure it's a bug. It only happens outdoors and it manifests as small raised white spots surrounded by red irritation that start small but spread out to about a centimeter. It starts with just a spot or two but over time turns into several. When it happens I don't notice any bugs or get bitten by anything. It also seems to vary with location, she got just couple after watching a whole movie in a blanket on the grass but got at least a dozen in the 15 minutes we spent on a backyard patio this evening. She's taken a regional (Texas) allergy blood test that only showed a mild mold allergy. What could be causing this? Invisible bugs? Floating mold spores? Should she get abb allergy patch/prick test to identify it? And what should we do to prevent it? A dose of Benadryl and topical benadryl gel help a little with the itching, but the spots still linger for hours. Here are some photos so you can see how they showed up on her arms and legs tonight: http://imgur.com/8s9a6Vg http://imgur.com/b7TlUun

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posted about 21 hours ago on metafilter
I have Kiwi family visiting and it is critically important to them that they watch the Hurricanes play the Highlanders in tomorrow's Super15 final. Difficulty level: no cable tv, no known source of streaming, no known pubs or bars that will be open at 12.30 am and definitely playing this game. Expat Kiwis on Metafilter, help me not fail at this....Streaming ok, physical location also ok. Thanks!

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Bitcoin is unsustainable Bitcoin's power usage per transaction isn't remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system. Computer cooling firm Allied Control estimates the total power consumption of the Bitcoin network at 250 to 500 Megawatts. Looking at the total hashrate, which is the number of calculations the network can perform per second, and applying a generous miner efficiency of 0.6 watts per gigahash, we can estimate our own back-of-the-envelope Bitcoin network constant power draw at just under 215 MW, although this figure is always in flux (it's important to note that many of the variables in my calculation are constantly changing slightly). That's around enough zap to power 173,000 average American households' daily electricity usage. With about 110,000 transactions per day, that works out to 1.57 households daily usage of electricity per Bitcoin transaction. Yes, every time you buy something in Bitcoin, you could be using as much electricity as 1.57 American families do in a day.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
We have watched (it was a long winter) the entirety of Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, and Emily of New Moon. We (two adults, one almost 8 yr old) need a new, mildly addictive, not scary series, hopefully with a similar sort of flavour?I wanted to start in on Pit Pony (as it turns out I am now a fan of Canadian historical drama? I had no idea) but it looks like only one season came out on DVD. I also considered Battlestar Galactica, but can't remember if it would be too scary, and it's not very same-y; I was also curious about Friday Night Lights but... Would we like The Waltons...? Ideally it should be something I can find on-line or get from the library. (I don't have Netflix or Hulu or similar, and it's rare to find a DVD series at a reasonable price in Canada.) I think what we liked about what we watched were the just-sufficiently-soap-operatic qualities, where we looked forward to sitting down with it and seeing it evolve, the "struggle" aspects (people got sick, people had fatal accidents, there were hard times; a comedy series would not do), the maybe or maybe not historically accurate but at least historically interesting parts, and enough dramatics (and silly tropes) to amuse the adults crossed with enough kid stuff to amuse the kid. Kid can handle fairly sophisticated plots but doesn't care for darker stuff (she loves Doctor Who, but was upset by the cruelty towards Emily at the start of "New Moon") -- but any suggestions you want to throw out are appreciated.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
I found a very old box of Domino sugar cubes today and I am trying to get a better estimate on how old it is or what decade it is from.Front of Box Back of Box

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Looking back with Robert Frank, the most influential photographer alive.

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