posted about 10 hours ago on metafilter
I'm the Anon from this question. You smarties were on the ball -- but now that I'm post-surgery what do I do next?You guys were absolutely right about going ahead with the surgery -- particularly since it did get surprisingly complicated. Basically, the tissue of my boobs was so heavy, and had been for so long, that my chest muscles were pulling away from... whatever they're supposed to be attached to? Anyways, that's why I was having migraines, why I could never do anything involving my pectoral muscles, etc etc. My muscles were all WTF owwwwwwwwwww. Long story short, what was supposed to be a 4 hr surgery extended into 8, I was in and out of the hospital for 2 months, and I have a second surgery scheduled in the fall which should be the last one. It's so good this was planned because in a year or so this would have been an emergency because it was starting to affect my ribs/lungs/heart. The financial bits were good too, because I hit my catastrophic cap between all the hospital visits. I'm finally feeling "better" too -- I'm very sore sometimes (like I prefer not to lift my arms above my head) but I'm feeling better than I did even before my first surgery. I'm LITERALLY 30 pounds lighter in a spot that was basically torquing my entire torso out of whack. This is such a triumph because it's coming after a 2 yr fitness journey -- I had already lost and kept off about 40 pounds. I've been cleared for the gym now, too, and I'm excited to go back! But... what do I do? Here have been my ideas so far: 1. Cardio a. Running -- I had recently done my first 5K right before my surgery and had been planning on training for another 5K in order to improve my time. HOWEVER, my boobs are still bigger than average and are really tender; not digging the bouncy trouncy Tigger aspect of running. Plus, I sincerely doubt the post-surgery bras I'm rocking are meant for serious running. b. Swimming -- My incisions are healed, so I CAN swim, and the gym pool is salt not chlorine so it'll be gentle to my new skin/scar tissue. HOWEVER, is it going to weird people out if I basically dog paddle or frog it? I haven't yet tried doing a regular overhead stroke but I think it'll tug at my scar. However, that might be good because it'll improve my skin's elasticity or whatever? IDK, I've never had such a long scar before. I don't feel like I'd tear anything, just that I'd be sore. c. Reclining bicycle -- :-/ It feels like a step back since I did a whole race. :( But there'd be no bouncy or overarm stuff. d. Elliptical/Stair machine -- I... fall off these. Or did. Maybe smaller boobs has improved my balance? So far I'm leaning towards swimming with some self-guided aqua aerobics... thoughts? ---- Weights: ???????? I've been on a 5 pound weight limit for over 3 months. I'd like to try weights, but have no idea what steps to take. So here, please go wild with suggestions because I don't know where to start.

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
"The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today." You can sort according to your interest via the tabs at the top of the page. [Previously]

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
I'm designing a long book in InDesign CC and I need to have endnotes (for each chapter) at the end of the book instead of footnotes on each page. According to several links (1, 2, and 3), this is not possible in InD CC. Keeping in mind that I have absolutely no scripting experience, do you know about any plugin I can download or any easy workaround for this?

Read More...
posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
Is Race Plastic? My Trip Into the "Ethnic Plastic Surgery" Minefield The writing is delightful, the subject is unsettling and the advice not to google any of the proceedure images should be heeded.

Read More...
posted about 12 hours ago on metafilter
"Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos. The idea is that computer files — even though they represent different things like documents, images, and audio — encode data in one form or another. It's just that sound files encode beats, notes, and rhythms, whereas image files encode hue, saturation, and brightness. So when you treat image files as if they were audio, you get some interesting results. Jamie Boulton has a detailed description on how to do this yourself with Audacity Effects." [via]

Read More...
posted about 12 hours ago on metafilter
My Mother's legal guardian is a crook. What can I do as her son?My mother, due to a lot of stress, and other legal complications she was having at the time, had a friend take over her affairs as legal guardian. This was approximately 5 years ago. Today, she is not getting her social security checks, and will be evicted because she does not have the funds to stay in her apartment. This "friend" is keeping the checks for himself. I have no idea what I can do at this point beyond talk to an attorney, but perhaps fellow mefites can shed some light on 1) putting her in a position to handle her own affairs, or 2) forcing her current guardian to hand over guardianship to me.

Read More...
posted about 12 hours ago on metafilter
My father is gifting me his shotgun. He and the gun are in Maryland. I am in New Mexico. Googling tells me that if he handed to me in person there would be no issues and no paperwork required. It also tells me that to be shipped interstate the gun can't be shipped to me directly but must be shipped to someone with an FFL. Apparently My father can ship it out even though he does not have an FFL but the recipient must be licensed.1) is this correct? 2) if so, should I approach a gun store and ask them to receive the weapon on my behalf? 3) if 1 and 2, how much should I expect to pay the gun shop for this service? 4) if I'm going down the wrong path here, how should I have the gun sent from him to me? We want the transfer to be as simple as possible on both ends.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
A friend asked this question on Facebook just now, so I'm passing it on: Any clue who this is? Singer-songwriter. Came on the scene in the mid-eighties. A New Yorker. Titillated journalists dwelt on the fact that she left home at thirteen to move in with some African musicians, with her parents' okay. Wrote a song about a dream in which she made love with her mother.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
We just got a new TV stand that has doors in the front, and a back that's nearly solid except for several small cutouts for wires. We have a TiVo and a receiver in there, and they're ridiculously hot after just a few hours of being on. How can I improve airflow so I don't burn out my components?This is the stand. In the picture you can see that there are a few cutouts in the back. We have wires running through these to the back, so they're already occupied a bit. I'd rather not drill into the back or ruin the stand unless absolutely necessary. And keeping the doors ajar while we watch TV sort of kills the point. I was thinking of trying to buy a small fan (like a 120mm computer case fan) and prop it up against the cutout, but that would be sort of precarious and inefficient. Anyone have any ideas? Have you had this issue and found a decent way of solving it?

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
Born in 1913, Rose Murphy was an imaginative and percussive jazz pianist and singer nicknamed "the Chee-Chee Girl" for obvious reasons. Although she didn't make many recordings, she continued to perform up until her death in 1989. She used hand claps, snapping fingers, vocal sound effects and stomping feet to add percussion to her songs, as seen in her performance of Ochi Chyornye and Time On My Hands. Here she shows off her boogie woogie skills in Sweet Georgia Brown. Singing Dinah with bass player Slam Stewart. And more: Swingin' Down The Lane Honeysuckle Rose Hey! Mama (He's Tryin' to Kiss Me) I Wanna Be Loved By You Me and My Shadow More recently her recordings have been used in advertising and film: Busy Line, arguably her most famous song, was used for a British Telecom ad in 1990. Pennies From Heaven was part of the soundtrack for The Artist in 2011. Peek-A-Boo was featured in a Dove ad in 2013.

Read More...
posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
Currently my partner commutes to work from Enmore to Lane Cove. It is costing around $12 per day, I've googled around for cheaper ways but come up with nothing - are we missing some way to cut the cost or do we have to suck it up?The problem is it takes two buses to get to work and Sydney doesn't seem to have a 'ticket valid for 1hr after you punch it' thing going on so every time you board the bus you pay. We both have opal cards but they're not taken on one of his buses yet. Is there any way to cut this cost?

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
I am around 50 years old and my kids are around 30. Is there one really cool smartphone game we could play together?We live miles apart. I've heard about this game Ingress. I was going to ask them about that but I thought I'd ask you folks first. The idea that we could all three fight for the resistance from our respective cities appeals to me. But if a 30 year old would not think Ingress is cool then it is out. What do you think?

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
King Arthur Flour's Flourish blog investigates America's Love Affair With Pizza from the home cook's perspective. In The Beginning asks "When did Americans start making their own pizza at home, from scratch, rather than piling into the Studebaker to drive down to the pizza parlor for takeout?", and answers by reproducing pizza recipes from 1945, 1954, and 1961. Jeremiah, Wolfgang, and Alice covers the gourmet pizza revolution of the late 70s, cooking recipes from Jeremiah Tower, Wolfgang Puck, and Alice Waters. Smackdown in the Freezer Aisle considers frozen pizza, pitting popular brands against home-made recreations.

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
I know that most cities have a reason for being where they are(near a river, natural harbor etc) but I'm curious about cities that are actually in poorly chosen locations or make no sense at all. I'm sure several of the southwest cities may meet this bill but also curious about global cities too.

Read More...
posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
Evgeny Morozov, for The Guardian: The rise of data and the death of politics This "smartification" of everyday life follows a familiar pattern: there's primary data – a list of what's in your smart fridge and your bin – and metadata – a log of how often you open either of these things or when they communicate with one another. Both produce interesting insights: cue smart mattresses – one recent model promises to track respiration and heart rates and how much you move during the night – and smart utensils that provide nutritional advice. In addition to making our lives more efficient, this smart world also presents us with an exciting political choice. If so much of our everyday behaviour is already captured, analysed and nudged, why stick with unempirical approaches to regulation? Why rely on laws when one has sensors and feedback mechanisms? If policy interventions are to be – to use the buzzwords of the day – "evidence-based" and "results-oriented," technology is here to help. via Sore Eyes Tim O'Reilly: Open Data and Algorithmic Regulation Regulations, which specify how to execute those laws in much more detail, should be regarded in much the same way that programmers regard their code and algorithms, that is, as a constantly updated toolset to achieve the outcomes specified in the laws. Increasingly, in today's world, this kind of algorithmic regulation is more than a metaphor. Consider financial markets. New financial instruments are invented every day and implemented by algorithms that trade at electronic speed. How can these instruments be regulated except by programs and algorithms that track and manage them in their native element in much the same way that Google's search quality algorithms, Google's "regulations", manage the constant attempts of spammers and black hat SEO experts to game the system? Revelation after revelation of bad behavior by big banks demonstrates that periodic bouts of enforcement aren't sufficient. Systemic malfeasance needs systemic regulation. It's time for government to enter the age of big data. Algorithmic regulation is an idea whose time has come. A brief exchange with Tim O'Reilly about "algorithmic regulation" SSRN: Nudges.gov: Behavioral Economics and Regulation and Nudging Legally - On the Checks and Balances of Behavioural Regulation

Read More...
posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
Kindle filter: How can I disable popular highlights? The Help instrux aren't much help, i.e., they don't work. (I have Kindle across several platforms.) HELP!

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Doesn't every adventure begin that way? I was lying in bed reading on a Saturday evening, and without even looking I idly scratched a spot on the right side of my chest –- at that point I had a chest, not breasts. As I did, my fingers rode over a small something, a little like a speed bump about an inch below and two inches to the left of my right nipple. "That's a lump!" I thought, and suddenly I had a right breast. With a lump in it.

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
The New York Times today endorsing marijuana legalization. The New York Times' editorial board on Saturday called on the federal government to legalize marijuana. Citing alcohol prohibition, social costs and states' movements, the board argued "after a great deal of discussion" that "the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization."

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Some time ago an acquaintance gave me a large vase that she said was made by a famous art glass maker in Louisville, Kentucky. I can't remember the name of the maker, but got the sense from her that it was a company that would be well-known among aficionados of art glass, as much as, say, Viking is. However, Google searches haven't produced anything definitive. Does anyone know what this company might be?

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
A riposte to the bros: duo Maggie & Tae take on bro country in "Girl in a Country Song" - "Like all we're good for is looking good for / You and your friends on the weekend, nothin' more / We used to get a little respect / Now we're lucky if we even get / to climb up in your truck, keep our mouths shut, and ride along." As coined by New York Magazine's Jody Rosen, "bro country" is "music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude" - If "Cruise" were a guy at a bar, he would sidle up to the hottest blonde in the room, laugh loudly at his own jokes, and, after crashing and burning with a couple of lame pickup lines, ask, "Have you heard this awesome song?" Whereupon he would whip out his iPhone and dial up the video for Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." A number of artists and critics have expressed displeasure with bro country and its creators (who have not hesitated to speak back), leading to something of a genre-wide feud. Much of the criticism of bro country also references the dearth of female artists on today's country charts, something one of the foremost bros attributes to the fact that female artists "kind of have to be able to hang with the guys but also be feminine and pretty, and it's just a tough dynamic." Some representative samples of bro country: Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise" - the best-selling digital country song of all time Luke Bryan, "That's My Kind of Night" - which Zac Brown called "the worst song I've ever heard" Blake Shelton, "Boys Round Here" Kip Moore, "Somethin' Bout a Truck" Jason Aldean, "Dirt Road Anthem" NB: "Girl in a Country Song" is not to be confused with the similarly-titled, also newly released single by Maggie Rose, "Girl in Your Truck Song," "a love letter to bro country" that is also provoking some strong reactions.

Read More...
posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
We need a light source for our patio area... With some special snowflake requirements below.We have a lovely small patio off our kitchen, that also borders our detached garage. We built a door/gate that connects the house and garage, which gives a nice bit of privacy from road traffic. The patio's other two sides are bordered by my kitchen garden and the driveway. The area feels like a sweet little open room and we love it. We do not like security lights (there was one attached to the TV tower, which fell over in a wind storm many years ago, to our delight). There is a "porch light" operated by a switch in the kitchen. What we have been doing for a couple of years is stringing cheap white Christmas lights along the edge of the garage roof over the patio, and around the side that borders the driveway. We stack firewood along the driveway side and the little white lights Illuminate the area just enough to be useful without spotlighting in an annoying way. What we want is a nice ambiance and a gentle functional illumination. We originally spent some big bucks on heavy duty outdoor plastic encased rope lights. They looked great, and burned out in less than a year. Since then, it's been cheapo dollar store Christmas lights, which last a year to maybe 18 months. While it's not a major effort to replace a few strings at this interval, it would be nice to have something more long lasting in place. We have a dedicated outlet,so I'd prefer something we can just plug and string up. Oh, and we do leave these on 24/7, so cool bulbs are essential. Can it be done?? Is there a brand or type of light strings that will work in Ohio's widely varying weather? Or is there an "outside of the box" idea for lighting up our life?!

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
Why did you get a master's in atmospheric sciences? What kinds of jobs are available for people with this training? I have my BA and am considering going back to school. I love weather and that part of the newscast is always my favorite. Your stories and any insight would be appreciated. Thanks!

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
Linda Stein's wearable sculptural avatars Linda Stein wants people to armor themselves in her art. She creates full-length wearable sculptures embedded with all manner of found objects, including driftwood, engraving plates, steel wire, zippers, pebbles and comic book imagery of superheroes.  Her idea grew out of her sense of vulnerability after the Sept. 11 attacks, with the aim of giving wearers a sense of empowerment and protection. Her targets are any form of institutionalized oppression, such as sexism, racism and homophobia. She also designs "bullyproof vests," made from a patchwork of fabrics featuring such female symbols as the Japanese anime character Princess Mononoke and the comic book hero Wonder Woman, along with words "I will ... not let cultural impediments and sexual stereotypes hold me down." The exhibition is on a 2010-2017 tour of 24 museums and universities around the US. 

Read More...
posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
Garden peeps: any idea what this might be?A weed, likely, but I can't remember if I planted anything in this pot or not and I don't want to pull it out if it might be useful. If it helps, it's winter currently in New Zealand and the pot was standing outside (when the plant germinated). The temperature hasn't dropped below freezing but we've had a few cold nights around 5 degrees Celcius. I've now moved it into the greenhouse. Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/91685909@N03/14575136400/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/91685909@N03/14575192008/

Read More...
posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
I love having a moon phase widget on my android phone. Three days ago I noticed the one I had, had disappeared. I then downloaded a few others to try. Paid apps even! None of them change on the desktop(?) of the phone, indicating where the moon is in its cycle. Is this because I have mobile data turned off to save battery power? Or is there another reason? I also downloaded the app Sun and Moon but is it anywhere to be found on my phone except in My Apps to uninstall? Is it heck. What's going on?

Read More...