posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Perhaps this has been explained somewhere, but none of the news I have heard has explained it: given that the refugees in Hungary wish to leave Hungary to go to Austria and Germany, why is Hungary stopping them?I would expect that, if they aren't accepting the refugees themselves, Hungary would be happy to let them travel on to another country, even speed their way.

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I am looking at buying a used Ford Fusion hybrid but would like to get it inspected by an independent mechanic as to its condition before doing so. I don't have personal experience with any local mechanics or repair shops, nor do I have any idea which ones are familiar with Ford hybrids.I am less worried about the actual hybrid components, as those have a few years' warranty remaining, as I am the rest of the car which is out-of-warranty. But, I would still prefer to take it someplace that is familiar with hybrids. If you don't know anything in Ypsi/A2, I'll take suggestions anywhere in the greater metro area. Thanks!

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Popups, jargon, junk mail, anti-patterns, sensationalism, begging for likes, tracking scripts, marketing spam, dark patterns, unskippable ads, clickbait, linkbait, listicles, seizure-inducing banners, captchas, QR codes, barely-visible unsubscribe buttons, 24-hour news networks, carousels, auto-playing audio, bloatware, sudden redirects to the App Store, telemarketing, ticked-by-default subscribe buttons, "your call is important to us", pageview-gaming galleries, native advertising, the list of bullshit goes on and on and on. Do not miss the "Turn bullshit on?" button. Also, the blog, which unfortunately features tumblr redirects instead of links, which is a bit of bs. (via Daring Fireball. Here's a Monty Python skit as a chaser.)

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
We are foodies going to Portland Maine next weekend for my wife's birthday. There are literally over 100 restaurants in this 70,000 persons town. Help us choose 2 great, affordable restaurants to make reservations at.We have looked at YELP and NYT ratings. The top pick restaurants are starting at $150 for 2 persons without wine or extras. That's a little steep for us but we want to have a great food experience. We are pescatarians (no meat but eat fish). Are there some great new unrated places? Help us narrow our choices.

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I am looking for a nice-sounding tomato-shaped timer for a gift. Both the ticking and the times-up ring should be pleasant and not grating/surprising. All the ones on Amazon seem to have bad reviews because they are obnoxious. Thoughts? And Thanks!

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
Can you recommend vegan recipes that stand on their own, with the option of adding meat /eggs/cheese?There are three of us: a meat-eater, a flexitarian and a vegan. Two of us (not me!) love cooking and enjoyed preparing meals together before veganism happened. Now they're stuck with separate meals or strictly vegan meals, and while the carnivore is amenable (and has gone vegan for a month), they'd generally prefer a bit of meat and cheese. It seems like most people solve the carnivore/vegan meal dilemma by finding veg/vegan dishes that the carnivore will eat. Instead, I would like to find recipes where the bulk of the meal prep is suitable for all, and meat/cheese/tofu/tempeh can be prepared on the side and added near the end. That way everyone is cooking and eating(nearly) the same meal. We are all reasonably adventurous and willing to put some effort into the prep and cooking. We're open to preparing meals on the weekends, so time-intensive recipes are okay. We have a stove, microwave, dehydrator and two slowcookers. Just leaving the meat out of a normal recipe often leaves the rest boring and bland. I'm open to suggestions where that's not the case. While just having a big vegan dish (or two) and a separate meat dish is certainly an option, it misses the mark for two reasons: The vegan can sometimes feel like they're being deprived or cobbling together side dishes instead of having a real meal. It loses the fun "cooking meals and eating together!" aspect. Snowflakey Details: They prefer tofu that's at least lightly fried or marinated and processed. While I love dishes like mapo tofu, they can't stand the texture. We prefer somewhat bold flavors. The delicate flavor of quinoa shouldn't have to carry a dish. The vegan could use more protein. The carnivore should technically be on a low-FODMAP diet. They're sensitive to: beans, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, onion and soft cheeses. I'd love recipes that use only moderate amounts of these. So some broccoli in a stir-fry is probably fine, but a beans, rice, onions and garlic dish probably isn't. Do recipes like this exist? Are there books or sites or search terms that would be helpful? I'm open to older MeFi threads as well; I just couldn't find anything besides "carnivore-friendly vegan dishes" Thanks!

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
Since the release of his North American debut album "Racine Carrée," international superstar Stromae has gone on to sell more than 3.5 million albums, performed for thousands of fans in stadiums across the globe, and for the first time in pop history, will be the first ever French spoken artist to have headlined the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City this fall. Here, he travels around NYC to sing "Papaoutai" and meet all his American fans. Stromae previously on Metafilter 1, 2, 3

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He's sold eight million CD's, has two No. 1 singles in almost every country in the world, counts 14 gold and 18 platinum records to his credit, and even had his image imprinted upon millions of Coke cans across Europe. This all came late in his life, after decades of quietly playing jazz piano. John Larkin became a pop hit in 1994, thanks to Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop- Bop), a dance single from his first album as Scatman John. But he wasn't a one-hit wonder for the radio only, and released five albums, three as Scatman John. He died in 1999, and left a legacy thanks to his work with young stutterers around the world. Here's a short documentary (YT, 6:36) featuring interview clips of John Larkin talking about his life, from his stressful youth, his troubled adulthood and finally his international success as Scatman John. You can also see his keynote presentation at the NSP Convention in 1995 (YT, 8:52), where he also talks a bit about his story. For a taste of his work pre-Scatman, you can hear his entire album, released as John Larkin in 1986, on YouTube, featuring abstract, raw, avant-garde jazz, very different from that pop hit to say the least. Jump forward nine years, and you have Scatman's World, a semi-autobiographical, semi-concept album about an imaginary Utopian society named "Scatland", which is currently the 9the best selling album in Japan by a non-Japanese artist. It's very much a 1990s dance album, and you could say it has not aged well, or was simply a product of its time. 1. Welcome to Scatland (video) | 2. Scatman's World (video, alternate video) | 3. Only You | 4. Quiet Desperation | 5. Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop) Extended radio version* | 6. Sing Now! | 7. Popstar | 8. Time (Take Your Time) | 9. Mambo Jambo | 10. Everything Changes | 11. Song of Scatland (official video) | 12. Hi, Louis | 13. Scatman (Game Over Jazz) bonus track A year later, Scatman John returned with Everybody Jam! and cemented his popularity in Japan. It also charted in Switzerland, and resulted in two international singles (noted as 1, 2 below), plus a third for Japan (J). The album is a diverse offering compared to its predecessor. The overall production of this album is superior, with improved sound quality, packaging, and music. Because of the broad musical scope, the album also features a wide-ranging group of musicians, including a gospel choir. 1. Stop the Rain | 2. Everybody Jam!1 | 3. The Invisible Man (cover of Queen [official video]) | 4. Let It Go2 | 5. Message To You | 6. (I Want To) Be Someone | 7. Scatmusic | 8. Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Mind | 9. (We Got To Learn To) Live Together | 10. Ballad of Love | 11. People of the Generation | 12. Lebanon | 13. U-Turn | 14. Everybody Jam! (Club Jam) || Japanese bonus tracks: 15. Paa Pee Poo Pae Po | 16. I'm Free | 17. Jazzology | 18. Pripri Scat (Radio Edit) (also featured in a Japanese pudding commercial, with Scatman John himself) | 19. Su Su Su Super Ki Re iJ - apparently the last video Scatman John made, according to a YouTube comment In 1999, Scatman John released his final album, Take Your Time. The album had three associated singles (1, 2, 3 below). It's more euro-pop cheese, but also more matured, plus touching when you realize he was dying of lung cancer at this time. 1. Take Your Time (original extended version)3 * | 2. Scatman's Dance | 3. The Chickadee Song2 | 4. Take Me Away | 5. Scat Me If You Can | 6. I Love Samba | 7. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word | 8. Ichi Ni San... Go! | 9. Dream Again | 10. Everyday | 11. Night Train | 12. Scatmambo1 The final album from John Larkin was released posthumously by the Danish jazz label, Stunt Records, not as Scatman John, but under his own name on the album Listen to the Scatman in 2001. As you might expect, this isn't another Euro-Pop album, but looks back to Larkin's jazz roots (plus a bonus remix, for everyone who was looking for that sound). You can hear the 12 tracks in a slightly jumbled, repetitive YouTube playlist. * Extended versions used instead of album versions, for whatever that's worth More old clips of Scatman John in action: I'm A Scatman Live @ Dance Machine 8 (1996) | Extended session on Mtv Europe (circa 1995/6) | Scatman John live on a Japanese show | Scatman John, Grand Prix Award Winner in Japan, performing Scatman's World & Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) [1995] | Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) on Top of the Pops (circa 1995).

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Sugar, sugar by Bart Bonte (previously on Metafilter) now has two sequels.

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Here are pictures of the tree and what I've done to it. Looks like the tree was originally in two parts and half was cut off, but the stump filled with water and debris, creating a rotted pool that goes down at least a foot. I tried to clean it out with a hose and drain it by drilling a hole, but it's not looking pretty. When I drilled the hole, I noticed the wood was wet all the way in, not dry like normal wood.I really really really want to save this tree. Before I cleaned it out the mud had all sorts of bugs in it, including live worms. I'm going to get an arborist out here eventually, but things are busy, it may take months. What can I do in the short term to make sure this tree is OK and what should I do about the gaping hole?

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
But he sounds like a human baby instead. Happy Friday!

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
We're thinking of buying a 2013 Volvo that is up for sale at a non-Volvo car dealer in Southern California. A background check revealed that apparently the car was initially licensed as a rental in Hawaii (?!?) and later owned in California. This seems really ... odd. Is there any reason to be afraid there is something wrong with the car?We don't know anything about why the car would have been sent from Hawaii to CA. We haven't seen the car in person yet. The price is good. A check of the VIN does not reveal any accidents.

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Every Color Tweeted @everycolorbot

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
My mom(85), recovering from a stroke she had in February 2015, is staying with me for a month. I would like to pay for someone to come to my building and work with her while she is visiting. We have a full gym in the building, but I don't feel comfortable leading her in exercise. Any references for hiring a visiting Physical Therapist in or near Jersey City, NJ, US?

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
In the aftermath of a pretty fulfilling relationship that lasted almost a year, I've come to realize that I have never learned how to ask people for what I need in relationships without making people feel guilty for saying no. This might be a long one. Does anyone know of good books on how to do this or any suggestions/advice?I had a mother who would make a great show of asking me what I wanted for Christmas or birthdays, or on innumerable other occasions, then going out of her way not to honor them, instead buying me what she thought I should have or outright telling me what I wanted was stupid. (Let me emphasize that I don't expect gifts at all, and that the things I asked for weren't outsized or anything. I wasn't asking for ponies, treehouses, trips to the moon or other things my parents couldn't afford.) Over time, I learned to just stop asking. It was just easier: 'No one wants to meet your needs. Why bother asking anyway?' I was already afraid of my mother for this and other reasons, but after I left home that fear extended to other people. When my first real boyfriend in college asked me what I wanted, I was shocked. No one had ever asked me that before and actually cared about my answer. I realized then that I had to ask, or my needs wouldn't be met at all. The trouble is...I still expect that they won't be met, so asking is panic-inducing. It's hard for me to ask for what I want without bringing all my past hurt and fear of rejection into a question, and it apparently makes people feel guilty (as my now-ex hinted and another of my exes said outright). I've been guilt-tripped like this before by past partners, and it doesn't feel good, but I didn't realize that I was doing it myself. I'm 33, I'm just now learning this lesson, and I'm exhausted. At the moment, I'm not seeking another relationship (even though I got asked out on a date a week after my now-ex broke up with me. Don't know how to handle this one either). If it helps, I'm on the autistic spectrum (as, I believe, is my ex), I only rarely experience sexual attraction to people, and I already have issues with anxiety and depression. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
I am looking for videos in Italian. I want something like this puppet show, but in Italian, not French. Basically I want Sesame Street or The Muppets in Italian.So I would like media to watch. I prefer the ability to toggle English subtitles off and on, but given the choice I'll take none over always on. Bonus points for puppets, but not required. I'll take any quality video that's not too complex, but I am also not looking for Blue's Clues. I want something that will keep my attention even if I can't understand most the words. I have the major streaming services available to me, and am not opposed to paying money for content. I do not have a DVD player or any other way to consume non-digital media.

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posted about 20 hours ago on metafilter
Brian & Lindsay Will Totally Eat That [via mefi projects] Always happy to help out people who dare to put themselves on YouTube!

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posted about 21 hours ago on metafilter
Letter of Recommendation: Fanny Packs by Jaime Lowe [New York Times] "For too long, the fanny pack's cultural baggage has prevented potential adoptees from embracing its sheer practicality. To the unenlightened, fanny packs are synony­mous with the ugly American: the perfect accessory for extra-large, convenience-obsessed people. But to me they promote the greatest of our nation's ideals: freedom."

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Magical Realism: In a world of Disney fantasy, does authenticity matter?, more from the Eater Guide To Surviving Disney: The 38 Essential Disney Dishes and Restaurants The Closest Alcoholic Drink to Every Ride at Disney World The Complete Guide to Ice Cream at Disney World All of the Countries in Epcot's World Showcase, Ranked

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Can you recommend a reasonably-priced scanner for 35mm and glass negatives?I occasionally have 35mm and glass plate (various sizes) negatives and lantern slides that I need to scan, and I'm tired of shipping these off to have it done. Can anyone recommend a reliable, reasonably-priced scanner for the job? Bonus points if you have hands-on experience w/the recommended scanner over time. Linux compatibility is a plus.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Excavate! (Flash) Build a team of archaeologists to manage a dig in Poland. Discover ruins, catalog nails and tombstone pieces, deal with local officials and press, earn more research funding and see if you can achieve a master's in archaeology with this half-hour turn-based isometric exploration game.

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
In "Lisa Frank on Lisa Frank", Carly Mark at Foundations Magazine interviews Lisa Frank about her life and career. Come for the hit of psychedelic Trapper Keeper nostalgia, stay for the alarmingly colorful photos of current-day Lisa Frank HQ.

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels on the new film and his life as C-3PO. Happy Force Friday.

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
My job is boring and not easy to quickly explain, but telling new people I meet who ask me what I do that my job is boring or it's "paperwork" seems to be mildly alienating. What the hell do I tell people?I draft and file corporate filings with state and county governments. Most people aren't entirely sure what that is and no one is ever particularly impressed or interested with an explanation. I like my job, but it's not interesting to talk about and I generally don't think about it when I'm not at work (which is one of the things I really like about it.) But I don't like being the guy who answers conversation-starting questions like "what do you do" with "I don't want to talk about it" because I've noticed it makes people kind of uneasy and makes me seem standoffish. I'm not! I just have a boring job I don't like to talk about. So, other boring-job havers, what do you do when someone asks what you do? I suspect this may be more insecurity on my part than an actual pattern of alienation of people I meet but I'd still like to not have that happen.

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
Almost twenty years ago, RENT changed the way Broadway shows offered cheap "rush" tickets by introducing the first lottery for $20 front row seats. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer/lyricist/book writer of Hamilton, introduced #Ham4Ham, a lottery show where Broadway actors from all parts of the community perform in front of the Richard Rodgers theatre while waiting to hear their names called for $10 rush seats.

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