posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
I need a good Chicago-style Italian beef recipe, preferably for a slow-cooker.I've been informed that you can get Italian beef kits, but those are a bit pricy.

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"William Guess was his name - and it was prophetic. When he shot himself while surrounded by the police, he left unanswered the question that had stumped his pursuers: why did an ordinary middle-class Texan turn into the state's most prolific bank robber?"

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I'll be attending a conference in June from Sunday - Thursday in Dublin, but I'm flying out of Shannon on Sunday morning. I was planning on taking the train from Dublin to Galway on Friday morning. Where should I stay and how do I get to Shannon in time to make a 11:30 am international flight?The first train running from Galway to Sixmilebridge would not allow me enough time to get to the airport on time. Where should I stay between Galway and Shannon? Does it make sense to stay in Galway one night and then in Ennis or Limerick for the second night? What's the most dependable way to get to Shannon airport in the morning? Special snowflake requirements: I'll have my 4 year old son with me, so I'd prefer staying somewhere that is okay with children and perhaps an area which had things that would interest him too.

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What It's Like to Have Down Syndrome—and Care for a Sister With Disabilities While the initial focus was to portray Alyssa as just another member of her family, the project changed slightly when Carly began to lose neurological ability. Although Carly's condition is still undiagnosed, Lois needed to continue to work in order to keep everyone under the same roof. As a result, Alyssa became one of Carly's primary caregivers. "You start by thinking she's the person with Down Syndrome and then you realize in her family she has a caring role. ... I wanted that part to come in later to surprise people and to get them to reflect on what they thought she would be capable of...." And Holland Has Tulips is an interactive photo essay from documentary and editorial photographer Lani Holmberg.

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My partner and I are very likely going to be moving to Stony Brook, Long Island (or vicinity), because one of us has been accepted to a graduate program at Stony Brook University. We are very excited about the acceptance (it's a great program!) but our excitement has been somewhat dimmed by being waitlisted for programs in locations we might have preferred (in Vermont, or in New York City, where we currently live). While we wait to hear about the outcome of those waitlists, we want to be excited again about the place that has already said "yes!" What are your favorite things about living near Stony Brook and Port Jefferson, NY?We are particularly hoping to hear about things (other than MeFi meetups, which are already part of our plan) that could help provide a sense of community for the partner who is not in the grad program. (The one who is doing the grad program is going to have very, very little free time.)

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Other Space: A sci-fi workplace comedy created by Paul Feig. Featuring Milana Vayntraub (a.k.a. the lady from the AT&T ad), Karan Soni (a.k.a. the dude from the AT&T ad), and Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu from MST3K.

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posted about 13 hours ago on metafilter
Associate Professor Rana Dajani describes why she teaches evolution to Muslim students in Jordan.

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posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
In Grimsby, the former fishing capital of England, sandpipers scurry across the tarmac of derelict streets. The sandpiper isn't a creature of asphalt and paving. It's a small white-breasted bird usually to be found foraging on British foreshores in groups of twenty or so, scuttling up and down sandy beaches as the foaming forward edge of the sea roars in and hisses back. I'd come to Grimsby to see why, after seventy years of voting Labour, the town was flirting with the United Kingdom Independence Party. After a while I began wondering what had happened to make Grimsby a wild and lonely enough place for the sandpiper to feel at home. It turns out the reason is the same. Someone, or something, abdicated power in Grimsby, leaving swathes of it to rot. But who, or what? And what will the succession be? James Meek in the LRB provides an indepth look at the problems of one northern town, featuring the decline of the fisheries, the hopes resting on new offshore wind energy parks revitalising the town, the difference between Victorian local capitalism and contemporary pension fund driven global capitalism, the leftwing grassroots Ukip campaigners trying to end the dominance of Labour and their parachuted in candidate with a campaign manager engaged to the local candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, heardheaded Greens, the withdrawal of the State and the hollowing out of local control of everyday necessities needed for any town to flourish.

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posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
I would like to know what the standard children's books, specifically vocabulary learning books for babies and toddlers, are in each language.'leçons de choses' on flickr leçons de choses is beautiful and a good example of what I mean. Thank you!

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The Mechanical Monsters was the second in a series of Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer/Famous Studios in the early 1940s. The Last Mechanical Monster is a webcomic by David Feis* that is a sequel of sorts (starting here, with a recap of the cartoon here), set over 60 years later as the now-elderly inventor defeated by Superman is released from prison and returns to his old lair and his old tricks... reconstructing one of his 'monster' robots (and with no Man of Steel in sight). It's nominated for an Eisner Award (previously) for Best Digital/Web Comic, competing with previous winner Bandette by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover, Failing Sky by Dax Tran-Caffee, Nimona by Noelle Stephenson, and The Private Eye by Brian Vaughan & Marcos Martin. *Feis previously won an Eisner (and a Harvey Award) for the personal family story webcomic Mom's Cancer (previously here), which was published as a book and taken offline, and has just returned, in weekly installments at gocomics

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Can any MeFites help two Brits pick the perfect North American holiday?Mrs Albondiga has a business thing near Detroit, Michigan at the end of May. I am planning to fly out and meet her then for us to have about 2 weeks of holiday somewhere in the US / Canada afterwards and we are struggling with where to go! We are more than happy to take numerous flights for the perfect place(s), but obviously bonus points for somewhere that can be reached in a direct flight from either Kalamazoo/Battle Creek or Detroit airports. We are looking to find somewhere that we can mix up both some relaxing time (ideally with a beach) and experiencing some Impressive Nature (e.g. National Park), either from the same place or without too much travelling in between. Last year we managed this in Hawaii, with half the time at Waikiki and Kalua for relaxing on the beach and the other half on the Big Island for volcanoes. This was brilliant! We are leaning towards heading to California to try and recreate the same kind of thing this year but even narrowing it down to one state there still seem to be so many places to start! Other salient information: · We live in Britain, so would very much like somewhere with sunshine and warmth to go with our Impressive Nature · Happy to split our time in urban and rural locales · Culturally we've always been very intrigued by the American South, so would be very open to somewhere that way (New Orleans??) · We are leftie liberal types · Access to a beginner surfing beach would be nice to have · We both like food and drink so any particular highlights on that front would be great · Accommodation wise we prefer being self-catered so don't need to be in big hotels, we have used VRBO.com successfully in the past · We aren't really into into crowds of people, museums, theme parks, guided tours or anything too 'organised' or touristy – but happy to take recommendations of anything we shouldn't miss! · Start of the holiday MUST have some non-strenuous downtime, e.g. beach or something, for at least a day or 2, due to $medical $issues – after that, things can be more active All suggestions as to areas or specific places would be gratefully received, thanks in advance!

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Part of Gershom Hyldreth's job involves moving fridges in his truck by himself. In these two short (and charming) instructional videos, he demonstrates how one person can load a fridge on and off a pickup truck with just a hand trolley, and how to secure a fridge with just a couple of straps.

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
I have worked in my current job for just over a year. I got it as a combination of luck and a misunderstanding. I am constantly given things to do that I only have very vague understanding of and then have to do a combination of googling and bluffing. How should I cope?I was given this job because I worked in a team headed by a well known and respected person in my field. I didn't really know this but when I started everyone was constantly telling me "wow you worked with John Smith!!!" My boss would constantly make these comments about how I should contact John Smith and ask him to collaborate on our projects. The truth is that I had 2 meetings with John Smith in 2 years while working there. They were extremely uncomfortable ans awkward and he barely knew who I was. Back to my present situation. I am given all these projects that I don't fully understand. I spend most of my evenings googling and doing things kind of adhoc way. Nobody really catches on (as far as I know) because I am the only one on my team that's working in this particular field. My boss is busy with million other projects so he doesn't notice the details. I live in this constant fear of being caught out in how little I really know. I try to act calm and confident but I don't think I have enough experience or knowledge for this role. Still I get paid well and people respect me or at least their image of me - I don't really want to let go of that. When I first started this job, there was this collegue that is generally extremely smart and sharp and he took a lot of interest in my work. I thought that he will catch on about how little I know but our personalities meshed so well that he became one of my best friends. I was lucky again. I spend a lot of time either thinking of quitting or thinking of what I would do if I got fired. Any suggestions?

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(Posting anonymously because this is a sensitive workplace issue.) Academics, librarians, instructional technologists, and all other full-time, non-faculty folks in higher ed: does your workplace have rules or guidelines around how many adjunct courses full-time employees can pick up at other institutions? And what if these courses are during normal work hours -- do you allow flex-time?This question pertains to people with full-time positions with benefits in higher ed. We know many of those employees (librarians, full-time lecturers, instructional technologists, IT staff, etc.) teach as adjuncts at other universities outside of normal work hours (night or weekend classes), and of course we have no right to control what folks do outside of their full-time job. However, we're starting to think about flexibility for those that might want to pick up a class during normal work hours, and it's a bit of a sticky wicket. Could we give people release time for half a day, with the understanding that they'll make it up elsewhere? Generally people have only picked up one adjunct class -- do we need hard guidelines that they can't pick up more than one during regular work hours? Has your workplace dealt with these issues? To be clear, these employees already have a full-time position with good salary and benefits, and are interested in adjuncting on top of that. We exploring how to give some flexibility, but it seems like there's a line there: for example, asking for a full day off to teach two courses at another institution seems over the line, but that's an extreme example. I'd like to know if others have encountered this or have applicable policies.

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
It appears that when doing a Google search for my name ('Tim Pollard') the result Google features is a weird combination of my details (from Wikipedia) but with an embedded photo of an entirely different Tim Pollard (a motoring journalist). Does anyone know how to change that so my photo appears with my details please? As a performer I want to make sure people know who and what they're getting! Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!

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I have been planning on heading to India soon, and was going to go through the visa process here in Bulgaria, but I have just found a deal on a multi-city flight, entering Nepal and returning to Bulgaria from New Delhi. Help me sort out my visa situation!I am a Netherlands national currently residing in Bulgaria. I want to travel to India in the next couple of weeks, and was prepared to go through the visa process here, but I've just found a really good deal on a flight early next week that would take me from Bulgaria to Nepal, and in 6 weeks or so take me from New Delhi back to Bulgaria. There's no way I can get my Indian visa processed here before my flight to Nepal, so I need to know what the situation is for foreign nationals in Nepal trying to get a tourist visa (1mo or so) for India. Is it possible to do visa-on-arrival at the land border crossing between Nepal and India? Do I need to go to the Indian embassy in Kathmandu? What is the wait time like there for Indian tourist visas? Am I running a risk by flying into Kathmandu with no Indian visa but a return flight from India? Note that as a Dutch citizen I will not have eligibility for the new Indian e-Tourist visa-on-arrival until June 15 and so that doesn't really apply here. Any help or input is appreciated, thanks MeFi!

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
Slate's Reincarnation Machine identifies your previous lives. Actually it finds a consistent chain of people through history, each born when the preceding one died, and ending up with you.

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
I now have an Apple M1337 64MB iPad 3G. It has Safari. What can I do with it?I used a paperclip to push open the SIM card slot and I put a AT&T 3G SIM in there. OK, that worked. I discovered that Safari, the Dolphin browser, and the Opera browser, all have their weaknesses and limitations. Lots of em. I tried installing many apps, but they all ended in frustration: either the app installer would complain about needing iOS 7.0 or greater, or the app would just flat-out crash when run. ALL SUGGESTIONS WELCOME, the more the better: What can I do with this five-year-old, obsolete iPad?

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
Is there any software that can change the voice/filter the audio playback of your computer in real time?I've found various voice changers for input in real time, but none for playback in real time. I like Voxal for input voice change, but there doesn't seem to be a way of altering the way I hear things. That seems counterintuitive. Maybe there's some terminology or methodology I'm missing here? I'd be interested in hardware options as well. Thanks.

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A couple of weeks ago a female coworker I hadn´t had much contact with approached me (male) in a more-friendly-than-usual way and after chatting for a while told me she would be interested in attending a seminar she knew I was attending out of town. She asked me if the two of us could travel together. We did and spent the day together at this event sharing the trips, breaks, and meals.I sensed she was flirting with me at times, even though she recently told me she has a boyfriend who lives with her. Late at night when I was back at home she texted thanking me for taking her to the event and saying she had had a nice time.I suspect she might be experiencing trouble with her partner, which would partially explain her sudden interest in spending out-of-town time with me (I am, incidentally, the only heterosexual man in her small department at work). There is another related event out of town two weeks from now, and my colleague and I have registered to attend. Since this next event will be two days long, I told my colleague it might be more convenient for us to stay overnight at a hotel in the town where the seminar is being held. She agreed, and I agreed to find out about costs. The thing is that I am attracted to her, and I feel she might have been showing signs of interests toward me. So, the question is: would a fb suggestion to share one room with two single beds (initially, for the sake of money-saving) be too forward? I think it might be a test to see if she is really interested in a more intimate sort of contact.

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posted about 21 hours ago on metafilter
I have a simple question that I'm unable to answer with English google-fu: How does one buy a Nintendo Rosalina amiibo figurine in Japan? They're outrageously priced in the US and I'd like to beg a friend currently living in Japan to pick one up for me. But how/where? Is it readily available as an online order with domestic shipping?

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Top space science influencers of today's pre-teens?My YA non-fiction space science/STEM book comes out in October. Publisher-and-team have asked me to list space science heroes my book's audience will likely be familiar with/influenced by/identify with. Specific individuals I have already named: Chris Hadfield-astronaut Elon Musk-industrialist Neil DeGrasse Tyson-celebrity scientist Mae Jemison-astronaut Felix Baumgartner-Red Bull space jumper Bodak Ferdowski-NASA Alyssa Carson-13-year old future Mars walker (known more to young students, lesser to grown-ups) Publisher suggested Matthew McConaughey but I am uncertain that Interstellar is having a great impact on 9-12 year olds. Sure, Earth To Echo but Interstellar?? Then again... Hivemind, can you help me name others? Ex. YouTube personalities. Science-minded characters or TV in movies (ie Tony Stark; Big Bang Theory; Pacific Rim). Even TED Talk superstars or other rockstar educators! I work with young students every day and, publishing aside, input and recommendations will considerably benefit my day-to-day connecting with classrooms and students.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Ever really, really mess up without meaning to? I'm there now.I am a teaching faculty member at a small commuter college. A few months ago, I got a position on a university committee; it's an elected position, but I nominated myself and was the only nominee. Anyway, I somehow missed three separate e-mails, each a week apart, from the committee head, asking for some reports. I found the e-mails this evening, because I thought "gee, haven't heard from Committee X in a while. Wonder what they're up to?" while driving home. It turns out that I'd missed three e-mails from the committee head, each sent a week apart. I can't explain how that happened. I checked my e-mail every day but somehow managed to miss three different e-mails. The last one (send five days ago) was marked urgent, and I *still* didn't see it. I'm writing the reports tonight, although I'm almost entirely certain that they're past due. What can I possibly do to help my situation? I know I've screwed up big time. Please help In my favor - I'm a good teacher per student evals, although my course is one of the toughest in our degree program.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
In F for Fake around 49 minutes (during the War of the Worlds segment) there's a scene with people gathered around a radio- is this from another film, and if so which one?

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
360º cutout books by Yusuke Oono

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