posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Uber's C.E.O. Plays With Fire - Mike Isaac (NYT) Inside Uber, Mr. Kalanick began codifying the pillars of the company's culture. He particularly admired Amazon, the e-commerce company that espouses 14 leadership principles including "learn and be curious" and "insist on the highest standards." So he created 14 values for Uber, with tenets such as being "super pumped" and "always be hustlin.'" "For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple's engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had secretly been tracking iPhones even after its app had been deleted from the devices, violating Apple's privacy guidelines." Previously, Susan Fowler Previously, Waymo/Otto LIDAR suit Previously, Uber's first MeFi FPP

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Where to visit in late June (when 19 wks pregnant) that is relatively cool and on a lake or river? I need to escape Houston heat but I don't want to be on a plane for more than 8 hrs.We much prefer urban vacations but for this last trip before our first baby comes, I'd like to relax and read and maybe pool/lake/river in a beautiful natural environment. I just don't know how to look for something like that, and I want to find a place that is as cool (in temperature) as I can without having to fly up to the tundra. I usually trip-plan around major cities, so now I'm at a loss in getting started. We like good food, interesting or old architecture, and aren't particularly interested in camping or beaches. A little hiking would be fine, but I'm affirmatively not an outdoors girl, even when I'm not pregnant. Please help me, metafilter. I have a little under a week off of work.

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We are moving to our forever home very soon and it has a newish tree planted out front that we have been unable to identify. Online guides have been less than helpful. Help!

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Whenever I buy walnuts for something, I end up with some amount that sort of sits around for a while until I just use them up snacking. What are some good non-dessert recipes you love that include walnut in some form? Veg, meat, fish, pasta, rice, etc. all fine; no dietary restrictions – but exotic specialty ingredients will probably pose a problem.(European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ingredients are easiest for us; very basic Asian ingredients are pretty easily available.)

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After going to a park to see a great horned owl and some babies yesterday, I'd like to explore getting into bird watching. My local Audubon Society meets on a night when I have a conflict. They do have some bird watching events on weekends that I can go to. But as a complete novice, what can I do on my own?I'm thinking that when I go walking in the woods, I just feel like I don't really see anything unless I accidentally step on a snake (which has happened a few times). The birders I've known see things that I don't notice at all, even when I'm trying. I have a bird identification book for my state (Michigan) and a good pair of binoculars. Are there any other types of books or other resources for helping me get started? Is there a good app that will help me identify calls?

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We have a wooden patio cover structure in our back yard that will need to be replaced soon (details within). We were hoping to do it as part of an overall yard renovation, but it looks like the timelines might not align very well. I'm trying to think through my options, and I'd love some advice.This is one of those situations in which I think I know my options, but I don't really like any of them. So I'm asking the crowd for some wisdom, either in choosing the "least worst" option, or finding options I hadn't thought of. If you've been through similar projects, I'm especially interested in hearing your thoughts on this. Our house came with a wooden patio cover structure (not quite sure that's the right term, but hopefully you get the idea) as a major feature of the back yard. It's on a concrete slab and our outdoor table and chairs are under it, so it's where we spend a lot of time when we're outside. To the best of our knowledge, the structure is about 20-25 years old, and it's beginning to show its age. When we bought the house we had some minor repairs done, and had it painted, and it looked pretty good. But now it's showing a lot of damage from dryrot, maybe some past termite activity, woodpeckers, and who knows what else. As far as I can tell the major structural pieces are sound, but a number of other pieces are visibly compromised, and a couple have even fallen off. It's starting to become an eyesore in an otherwise beautiful yard. And our yard is visible from a common area, so it's not just an eyesore to us (this also means that we have to comply with association rules in whatever we end up doing here). So here's the dilemma. We have long been planning to replace the structure, but we want to do it as part of a major yard renovation, which could potentially include moving and changing the size and/or style of the structure. But that will be a large and expensive project, and we don't really feel ready to do it yet. For one thing, we try to limit ourselves to one major project per year, and we're already in the middle of one for this year. We don't want to replace the structure before doing the project, because we'll be forced to make decisions that will limit our options for the rest of the (not huge) yard. But leaving it as it is means that it will continue to look worse, and potentially become a safety hazard (or association complaint) at some point. Here are the options as I see them. Bite the bullet, break the bank, and do the yard project now, a year or two ahead of schedule. Pro: We get the yard we want, even sooner than expected. Con: I'm typically far too financially conservative to feel comfortable with spending this much on an unplanned non-emergency project. Replace just the structure now. Pro: We can stop worrying about the structure and enjoy our yard. Con: We'll potentially be limiting our freedom and creativity for the larger renovation. Leave it alone. Pro: Zero cost now, complete freedom to re-do the yard the way we want when we're ready. Con: It's going to continue to look worse and worse, and may become unsafe at some point. Try to find someone who would be willing to attempt some bandaid repairs. Pro: We might get a few more years out of it, at much lower cost than replacing. Con: The process of repairing might destroy it, forcing our hand. Also I doubt that any major contractor would want this job, so we could have the work quality risk that comes with using a handyman who will take any job. Tear it down now and live without a patio cover until we're ready to do the larger project. Pro: We can stop worrying about it, and still have freedom to re-do the yard the way we want. Con: Living without a patio cover for a year or two would suck, and I'm not sure the HOA would approve of this. I really dislike all of these options. So I default to the "leave it alone" option, but I really worry about it suddenly getting worse at an inconvenient time. Are there options I'm not thinking of? If you were in my shoes which choice would you make? P.S. I'm pro-HOA, and happy with what our association does to keep the area looking nice, so no need for HOA bashing here. I want to work within their processes and rules.

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I'm trying to compile a list (or better yet, gallery) of tattoos worn by members of fictional organizations as inspiration for temporary body art. Help me remember/discover more!For example: OPA tattoos worn by Belters in the Expanse books/show, Death Eater snakes, the marques in the Kushiel books. We do want to stick with tattoos from organizations (or movements, religions, &c), so individual tattoos (eg Lisbeth Salander's dragon) would not count.

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Company X makes tea bags for regular tea and for iced tea in the same flavor. How are they different? If I don't add ice to the iced tea bag will it be the same as the regular tea bag? If I add ice to the regular tea bag will it taste the same as the iced tea bag?

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Buddy, a rescue beagle, demonstrates his soulful singing voice. He's also a talented piano player [videos contain multi-species mouth noises].

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I have a job that's engaging and challenging. Unfortunately, being engaged and challenged eight hours a day means that sometimes it occupies brain space outside of those eight hours. Given that I'm short on time, what are good ways to limit thinking about the job to just when I'm at the job?I've noticed of late that when I'm going to bed or have a little thinking space while the kid is playing with something at the park that I'll be thinking about problems I'm currently working on at work, future things I'm worried won't get done at work, or future problems that could happen at work. I think some people are OK with this, but I want a clean break from work when I leave for the day. When I have thinking time to myself, I would rather be thinking of either nothing or my own life and my own projects. After work, I pick up the kid and spend time/do childcare for an hour and change, then my wife gets home, we make dinner, eat, get the guy ready for bed, get his stuff ready for the next day, and do dishes. There's about an hour and a half of waking time left for me after that. I have no problem not thinking about work if I'm actively doing something, like working on a project or watching TV. It's when it's time to get to sleep that intrusive work-thinking gets going. It also happens in the shower. So, I'd like to know how you folks deal with it!

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Have you been to an ortho for a shoulder injury in the Bay Area? Who was it and what was your experience like with them?I broke my collarbone pretty badly about 20 years ago. It required a plate and screws to repair which I had removed after a year or so. My shoulder pain has gotten significantly worse over the last few months. It's now impossible to workout (which I used to do daily) or lift a grocery bag with that arm. I wake up in pain if I roll over to that side when I'm sleeping. So... it's probably time to get it checked out. I'm looking for suggestions for who to go to, but suggestions for who not to go to are just as helpful. I've looked on yelp but it's hard to trust those reviews as well as healthgrades.com and google. I've seen this but it's not shoulder-specific. I'd prefer someone who specializes in shoulders and who won't always suggest surgery. Obviously I have no idea if non-surgical options are even viable for whatever is wrong but I've been to orthos before that only give surgery or 'deal with it until it's bad enough you need surgery' as options. I'd be happy if they prescribed lots of PT before invasive procedures. I live/work in Cupertino so South Bay would be best, but I'd definitely drive for someone really good. My insurance is with United Healthcare. I moved here a year ago from the east coast and haven't seen any doctor in this area. In case it matters, I'm female, late 30s, relatively fit and active, and I work in tech. My goal is to be able to workout, do yoga, and start rock climbing again.

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Anthony Bourdain rates food trends.

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I'm a healthy (no medications or conditions) not yet 40 year old person who has recently begun to experience memory lapses, mostly around forgetting where I'm supposed to be, or tasks I should have completed. Prior to the past few months, my memory was very good.Some examples of what I am experiencing: I'm forgetting about ad hoc meetings or appointments. Though I use my iphone calendar extensively, I have always been good at keeping my schedule in my head, at least the current day plus a couple of days out. Last Thursday I reviewed my work schedule first thing at 8am, then forgot to go to the 9am ad hoc meeting until a colleague asked me if I was attending. I also completely forgot about a dentist appointment that was also in my calendar, a few weeks back. Just this morning, I was supposed to drive kiddo to an event, and totally forgot about it. If you had asked me earlier in the week what I had going on this weekend I would have mentioned it. I don't think it crossed my mind since maybe Thursday. I usually keep a running list of tasks, errands, to-dos, groceries we are out of etc. in my head. Kiddo's event was in my calendar, I just didn't see or ignored the reminder (which seems to be a thing these days). I've been ok remembering re-occurring meetings and events, it's the one-offs I am struggling with. Another example – I've always been great at two-birds-one-stone errand running, where, for example I'd be out doing errand A and notice that I was near a branch of my bank and although I was going to go to the bank the next day, realize I could do both today. These days, I complete errand A, and then the next day realize that I've got to go to the bank and that I missed an opportunity to do it the day before. Another example – my work as a mid level manager involves a lot of mid-size and small size projects and tasks. I keep rough notes of simple tasks that crop up while I'm in the middle of something else, on sticky notes. I would have maybe 4-5 a day, writing them down as they come up with the intention of completing them that day or the next. These days, I'm sometimes unable to understand the notes if I've only written down a word or two. If I wrote 'call Jim back', in the past I would know which Jim and would remember what I was calling him about. These days, I sometimes blank and can't recall why I'd written that note. All of these instances are adding up, and are freaking me out. If this gets any worse, I'm in trouble. I lead a moderately hectic family life in the city, but there haven't been any changes or any more stress than usual. Both sides of my family have a history of Alzheimer's. I'm a bit young for that, so my worst fear right now is that I might have a brain tumor (outlandish, I know). I am going to schedule an appointment with my doctor to begin exploring this. In the meantime, understanding that you are not my doctor, any idea what this could be? Any suggestions for improving my level of organization to cope if this persists or gets worse? Any merit to buying some kind of life/health insurance prior to getting a diagnosis? Thanks

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A father sends a letter to all 30 MLB teams, asking them to make their pitch to be his infant son's favorite team. "I must tell you I don't take this lightly. I firmly believe that picking a team is sacrosanct," wrote Pete, an Ashland resident who works as a senior digital video content manager for PBS. "Friends may come and go, political affiliations and beliefs in higher powers may change, but one's team is one's team. Forever.

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Found some images from a Transformers doujinshi for the Starscream x Skyfire/Jetfire pairing, but need help identifying the title and author.I came across the following images that seem to be from a Transformers doujinshi for the Starscream x Skyfire/Jetfire pairing: [Image 4 is NSFW and Image 7 includes an afterword.] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 I'm not entirely sure, but I believe this is a scanlation where someone has pasted the English translation on top of the original Japanese text. I can't find any information about who created this or what the title is. The real information I have is that the afterword seems to indicate (I don't speak Japanese) that it's from October 2008. It looks like there isn't a way to message Photobucket users, so I can't get in touch with the person who posted the images. The only other clue I have is that I found the images linked to in a series of posts from a now-inactive Tumblr account - the first post (here) is titled "Copy of a Rain Storm," so I was wondering if that could be the title or some other piece of relevant information. I've tried searching for that title and I didn't find anything, but this could well be down to my extremely limited knowledge of Japanese. Can anyone help me track down this doujinshi? Alternatively, I'd also be very interested in tips on where I might go to ask about this if not - for instance, are there forums I should post this in? Anon because of NSFW aspect.

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We just bought a rental property with an existing tenant who is in the middle of a year long lease. We plan to honor the remainder of the current lease without changing any terms. However, when the lease is up for renewal we would like to enforce a no-smoking policy. Unfortunately, the very nice current tenant does obviously smoke. YANML, but how can we go about making that change in a lease renewal without it seeming like we are trying to evict him by adding restrictions?Our current tenant is very nice, but the smoking is clearly doing damage to the apartment and it is already going to be difficult to remove it. We feel it is in our best interest as property owners to not have it get any worse. When the current lease is up in a few months, can we offer a lease renewal to our current tenant but with the new requirement that there is no smoking inside the apartment? We also only want to offer a month to month lease when we renew, rather than an agreement for another full year. This is both a legal question and a personal question, as we hate the idea of making someone move since it is difficult to find affordable places for rent in our area right now. We don't want to make it seem like we are trying to get rid of him, when overall he seems like a good tenant. Any advice for new landlords is welcome!

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Oliver Mobeli is a young talent from Lobaye, Central African Republic, who performs local music with his handmade band/orchestra made with puppets, toys and marionettes. Facebook links (original source) YouTube repost of first link

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I ATE THREE EGGS EVERY SINGLE MORNING FOR A WEEK - HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

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A few weeks ago I evolved a Seel (#86), without knowing what it would become. It ended up evolving into a new Pokemom (#87) but had the exact same name. Today I hatched a new Pokemom called a Dewgong, which looks just like the evolved Seel and is also #87. I can't find any evidence of this Seel->Seel hybrid. What's the deal with the second Seel?I searched Google, google images, and various wikis but couldn't find anything. This Imgur album with photos of Pokedex, list of Pokemon on hand showing all three versions, and stats, etc should help everything make sense.

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So, My Fit Foods suddenly went out of business not too long ago. I had tried them out a couple years ago and my favorite thing about them were the supplements they had in that gray box. It included an appetite suppressant as well as a few other things. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, I'd like to know what exactly was in it so I can go buy the supplements at my local GNC or find them online. Thanks!

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Did you go to Iceland without renting a car? If so...did you feel your trip was limited by not having a car? Or dId you find other ways to get to awesome places?Please tell me about what it would be like to visit Iceland without renting a car. Is it worth it? This if for travelers who want to be in beautiful and amazing natural and cultural places but aren't going to be doing any rigorous hiking (just pretty easy hiking.)

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This is a scene of apparently ongoing insect warfare in a house I am considering purchasing. It has been vacant about a year and is located in Los Angeles. Who is eating whom and should it cause me any worry as a potential homeowner? Who made the poop splats? What is the "dirt"? I don't see any termites. So I am inclined not to worry. But I am curious for sure. Pics below the fold.First shot is out of focus (sorry) but gives the general landscape of the massacre (floor, floorboard and part of wall). Those white/gray splatters are localized to the area, not paint. There are about 4 of those little piles of ??? against the wall, although the photo only shows 2. There did not appear to be holes behind them although I did not investigate closely other than taking the pics. The miscellaneous corpses extend over about a 6 foot wide area. The ants are about 1/8" long. Adult spiders, 1/4" in diameter. Closer shot of the general scene of the mayhem. The compost heap. Casualties. More casualties. Mummies? The next generation? Mom (one of many but not hundreds), amid takeout containers. The suburbs. More suburbs.

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I really enjoy Ada Palmer's blog Ex Urbe. Previously. what else in the same vein can you recommend?Blog, book, documentary, oral epic, audio book, etc.

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We're looking for a dentist in the Belmont/Arlington/Watertown/Cambridge area for my 19 year-old son who is ready to transition from his pediatric dentist. He likes her and her hygienist, but he's become embarrassed to go into their very kid-oriented office. He has lots of anxiety about medical settings, and really hates having people up close with their fingers and instruments in his mouth. He doesn't have any particular dental issues, just twice-yearly cleanings and exams.He is on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, and has difficulty expressing his fears and needs. We'd really love to find a dentist who works well with both anxious, fearful patients and who also has experience--and maybe even a specialty--in working with young adults on the spectrum.

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Lately, I've found that there are few activities as enchanting as watching candy being pulled. Includes Korean yeot, American taffy, Turkish macun, Japanese amezaiku, and Nepalese chaku.

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