posted about 15 hours ago on metafilter
That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued

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We are looking for shelf-stable, packaged proteins and veggies that are gluten free to go in lunches. We know about GoPicnic already, but we'd like some more variety and real vegetables of some sort! Proteins are mostly easy (spreads, dips, cheeses, jerkies), but finding the individual packed shelf stable ones are tough. We have found no veggies that fit the bill at all- we were thinking freeze dried veggies, but that sounds unappetizing and looks really expensive (also not individually packaged).

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I know Google Voice and Hangouts will merge on May 15th and XMPP support will end. XMPP doesn't affect me, but I'm trying to figure out what will change. Has there been an announcement or is it still unknown what features from Voice will survive in this new service?I need my Google voice number to: 1. Ring a land line (actually a VOIP line from Optimum cable) and an iPhone 2. Let me make outgoing calls from the land line and iPhone with caller ID showing the Voice number 3. Receive texts and voicemails on iPhone, with notifications It would be nice to have an application on Mac OS X 10.8 that can show texts and voicemails, and alert me to both. I used GrowlVoice but Google cut them off last week. If my 3 needs aren't met I'll happily pay another company that can replicate these features so recommendations are welcome. Everything I'm hearing about seems to be focused on VOIP calls but don't mention the existing functionality of Voice.

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Like most people, my first thoughts upon hearing about Disney's EDM remix album "DCONSTRUCTED" was: "Oh dear God. This cannot end well."

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Can you think of examples of a work of fiction directly referencing its author's prior but unrelated work of fiction, when these works do not take place in the same fictional universe or contain any characters in common?I was recently reading a novel called Love, Dad by the author Evan Hunter, who also wrote the novel The Blackboard Jungle. In Love, Dad, one of the characters is described as reading...The Blackboard Jungle (the actual book, not a different book by the same name). To the best of my knowledge, these works are set in completely different fictional worlds, with no characters in common (i.e., this is not like one Nancy Drew book describing a past caper Nancy's been on, a novel in which the real-person author includes himself/herself as a character in the same universe, or a work of nonfiction that describes a real person reading a fictional book by the author). The Blackboard Jungle was sort of a zeitgeisty work, and Love, Dad is set in the '60s, so it makes logical sense that a character in the latter would read the former, but I still found it a bit strange and don't recall seeing this before. (I do have a vague memory of hearing that Kubrick would include movie posters from his earlier films in his later ones, which would qualify, unless that was intended to suggest all his work took place in one coherent fictional world.) Can anyone think of any other example of whatever this is, or anything close? (I'm placing this in Writing & Language, but happy to hear examples from other mediums too.)

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Blue Sky Black Death are a duo of hip-hop/electronic producers from Seattle who took their group name from an old skydiving term for the yin/yang balance of a beautiful blue sky above and the possibility of death below. They have worked with a number of rappers (Cam'ron and P.A.P.I. (Nore), Hell Razah, Jean Grae, and Nacho Picasso [NSFW lyrics]), but they show that their music can stand on its own, "wringing strangely affecting emotional grandeur from the rudiments of sound ... [relying] less on glitch or drone and more on starry-eyed orchestral vastness," as heard in (the extended version of) Noir, and so much more of their discography that is on Bandcamp and their YouTube account.

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Across Canada a beloved and familiar face is silently disappearing. Everyday transactions in shopping centers and banks are slowly feeding a systematized extinction unnoticed by most. The object of destruction: the Canadian penny. -- via PBS NewsHour

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I have a memory of seeing a movie on TV when I was maybe five or six years old (so, early 1970s) in which a young woman was frozen cryogenically in order to keep her fresh and young while the young son of the mad scientist doing this freezing would have time to grow up and then, twenty years or so in the future, marry the then-to-be-unthawed woman. What am I remembering?

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Neil Patrick Harris is getting glowing reviews for his turn in the title role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, now playing on Broadway. But wait, why is "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig even playing Broadway in the first place? Because the Belasco Theater was suddenly available because Hurt Locker: The Musical opened and closed on the same night. In fact, the floor of the theater is found to be littered with discarded Playbill magazines for the failed production. One page from Playbill asks, "How Many Have You Seen?"

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netcat are a Seattle based free improvisation group that have released their album, Cycles Per Instruction as a Linux kernel module. ... also available on bandcamp.

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I could keep trying different options but I'm on a deadline and would love a recommendation for a reliable, "package" friendly solution. I'm working in Storyboard Pro with Mavericks and so far: -Google Drive keeps intermittently kacking out. -Box won't accept Storyboard project files. Storyboard projects contain many nested subfolders, holding many, many more tiny vector graphic files. I don't need more than a couple of gigabytes of space but it needs to be free. I've left Dropbox because of the Rice appointment, not because I dissatisfied with the product.

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Why Aren't Stories Like '12 Years a Slave' Told at Southern Plantation Museums? Evil is not a word you hear, though, when you visit one of the hundreds of plantation-house museums dotting the South. Instead, these historic sites usually lure tourists with their stunning architecture and wealth of antiques, as the privileged members of the planter-class denied themselves nothing. They had the finest china and silver of the 18th and 19th centuries; European-made furniture like settees and tea caddies; the most expensive rugs, drapes, linens, and clothing that money could buy. Even the toys and kitchen utensils offer a glimpse into the privileged life in the antebellum period, and tours play this aspect up, connecting these objects emotionally to the stories of the white planters. Many of these museums let visitors walk away without considering that all of these exquisite things were accumulated through the violence and forced labor of slavery. An Introduction to the WPA Slave Narratives Slave Narratives: John W. Fields: It was the law that if a white man was caught trying to educate a negro slave, he was liable to prosecution entailing a fine of fifty dollars and a jail sentence. We were never allowed to go to town and it was not until after I ran away that I knew that they sold anything but slaves, tobacco, and wiskey. Our ignorance was the greatest hold the South had on us. We knew we could run away, but what then? Sarah Frances Shaw Graves "Allotments made a lot of grief for the slaves," Aunt Sally asserted. "We left my papa in Kentucky, 'cause he was allotted to another man. My papa never knew where my mama went, an' my mama never knew where papa went." Aunt Sally paused a moment, then went on bitterly. "They never wanted mama to know, 'cause they knowed she would never marry so long she knew where he was. Our master wanted her to marry again and raise more children to be slaves. They never wanted mama to know where papa was, an' she never did," sighed Aunt Sally. Sarah Gudger I 'membahs de time when mah mammy wah alive, I wah a small chile, afoah dey tuck huh t' Rims Crick. All us chillens wah playin' in de ya'd one night. Jes' arunnin' an' aplayin' lak chillun will. All a sudden mammy cum to de do' all a'sited. "Cum in heah dis minnit," she say. "Jes look up at what is ahappenin'," and bless yo' life, honey, da sta's wah fallin' jes' lak rain. Charley Williams, James Cape, Tempie Cummins, William Moore, Walter Rimm Narratives by State PBS has links to sites with more information, like the Ohio Historical Society and the University of Virginia, and Mississippi. Slavery And Emancipation In The Mountain South: Evidence, Sources and Methods - Slave Narratives Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives [PDF], a documentary by HBO, now on youtube. previously

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
How can I deal with the anger of my easily peeved boyfriend?He gets pissed off when he's having an allergy attack, sleep-deprived, working late, the cloud ate his document, etc. He tends to snap, yell, bang around the house, fume, and respond to me with sarcasm and annoyance. Sometimes it's because of things I do (interrupting him when he's talking), but often I feel like I'm stepping into his anger accidentally. He's got stress in his life most days (we're graduate students), so this happens a lot. Sometimes I feel hurt, like when he seems to respond to everything I say with sarcasm. Sometimes I just feel embarrassed, like when he snaps at me in front of our friends. Maybe it bothers me so much because I don't express my emotions the way he does; I tend to be more anxious, mopey, and self-doubting when I'm upset by something. He's good at comforting me when I'm like that, but I obviously have no idea how to deal with it when he's upset. My attempts to talk to him about it so far have been really unsuccessful--even counterproductive. If I say in the moment that he seems angry, ask if something's wrong (thinking I'm being sympathetic), or outright say "Hey, don't shout at me like that," he tends to deny it or get offended that I think something's wrong. He'll say, "I'm angry? News to me," or "Since when does this count as shouting?" When I've tried to use "I" statements to talk about how I'm feeling because of the way he's acting, he's said I'm exaggerating. When I've brought it up later when we're not on edge, he's said he doesn't know what I'm talking about. The only time I can remember him acknowledging that he was acting out of the ordinary was when he threw a book across the room. It's obviously really frustrating and hurtful to him if I try to talk about his tense and angry behavior; I think he thinks I'm picking fights or criticizing him. Trying to comfort him is definitely not a good course of action, either. So I do my best to just act like nothing's happening, which is actually pretty hard and leaves me feeling like I'm walking on eggshells. I'm really puzzled by how this guy who has always been so sweet and thinks it's important to talk about emotions can also be someone who repeatedly denies what I see as a major aspect of his emotions and behavior. I don't think this is a dealbreaker, but I'm clearly missing something that's going on here. Any ideas for how I can see this differently or take a new approach?

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
Flying RC Aircraft Carrier , Last year we saw the first launch of and RC Aircraft from and RC Carrier. Now we have the first launch AND landing of an RC Aircraft on a Flying RC Carrier.

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So, the company that employs me just recently rebuilt and redesigned their website. It's a pretty large site (think trade association that does a lot of public outreach), but only about eight templates. Now that that's done, the brass wants to the site to be responsive, and now it's time to budget that.Yeah, I know. We should have done this during the redesign process, but they didn't. Details: Kentico 6 platform, about eight page templates (news story, basic text/graphics page, document download lander, etc.). Not really complicated pages at all. Basically, what ballpark would you shoot for? $150,000? $15,000? $150? I'm finding it difficult to figure out just because there isn't a total redesign to do with it, but I do understand this will be a major overhaul. Since it probably matters, we don't have a mobile site either. Phones and tablets see our site just like somebody with a 27" widescreen. Anonymous because, well, it wouldn't be that hard to find out who I work for, and I don't want them or anybody else to know. Throwaway email: responsivedesigncost@outlook.com

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Hi, Looks like I will be spending a good while in China and I'd love to read your recent experiences with VPNs, general internet use there. (I noted a question about this from almost two years ago, with lots of people speaking well of witopia, can believe things have changed.) I'll be in Chongqing, for what that's worth. Thank you for taking a moment to help me.

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I have a newly acquired 2007 Lexus ES350 sedan. It was my dad's, it is in excellent shape, has been well maintained, and has 50,000 miles on it. I drove a 2003 Lexus before this and had a similar issue to the one I'm having on the 2007, which is that the brakes are just too soft for my tastes. It seems it is part of Lexus' "feel" to keep the ride smooth but I really dislike that I have to press so far and so early to get a good stop.So, what are my options to improve the responsiveness and "tension?" A quick google mentioned braided stainless steel brakes. Is that what I want here? Any ideas on how much changing the brakes more to my liking will cost? Thanks!

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Put in my old internal hard-drive into my new set-up as a secondary drive. Can't figure out how to navigate to the Desktop folder through Windows Explorer.So my old machine gave up the ghost about 2 months ago, and I finally got a new machine. I took out the HD on the old machine (it was fine, power source was blown). Installed it in the new machine, and it shows up just fine in Windows Explorer (not booting to it). Able to navigate through my Program Files, etc. folders and move things to the new HD. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to navigate to my Desktop on the old HD. When I try going to Users->kuanes, it just sits there. Where else can I navigate through Windows Explorer to my old Desktop where there are some important things I'd like to bring over to the new HD? Old HD is connected to SATA within the machine.

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100 NEW EMOJIS

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A plea for socks for a fussy, fussy, fussy man.So Mr. Llama has a sock problem he's been struggling with for years. I'd like to help him solve his sock problem. Here are things Mr. Llama hates: Smartwool (I hate Smartwool too, it strangles your feet, it's like getting your blood pressure taken) Floppy sad socks from Target that scootch down your ankles Thick, itchy socks. Prickly socks with too much elastic that he got from The Gap. Having cold feet, which he has from September through June. He has high arches, which translates as wide feet. So you can probably gather the problems with constraints. To the best of my ability to discern the preferences, I think he wants a lightweight sock that won't roll down and create a depressing little leg warmer around the bottom of his calf. I think he needs crew socks for the summer, for sneakers, and taller socks for the winter. He got some sock liners at one point, and liked that okay. I don't think he cares where he has to go to get these awesome mystery socks, but I have watched him hit retailer after retailer for a full ten years and the man still hates his socks. I kind of thought Thorlos, which I like a lot, but after my showing them to him, he remained unimpressed. What to do for the finicky sock wearer with chilly feet? It is possible he simply hates socks, but he isn't going to like sockless feet any better.

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I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there.My first masters is in information science. During undergrad (many years ago) I took some research methodology and statistics courses and really enjoyed them, but I would essentially be starting from scratch in that area. My tech skills are pretty decent, but I wouldn't call them expert. My favorite part of my work is designing new information systems, working with an office to determine what data they need, how they collect it, and what format they ultimately need their results in. I think (hope?) that those practical skills will serve me well if I chose to go this route. So my questions are these. Does this sound doable, or am I totally nuts? What type of schooling might I need? And are there any resources you all can point me to that will teach me more about this career path? I'm really in the information-gathering stage at this point. Thanks in advance!

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Is there an easy to use withholdings calculator for California? I want one that works like the IRS calculator does for Federal Withholdings.The IRS has a really easy to use Withholdings Calculator for Federal Withholdings. You enter your filing status, income per job, withholdings to date, witholdings per paycheck, and pay period for each job and the calculator tells you how much you should take out of each check for additional withholdings. Is there something similar for CA? I've found this online calculator on the CA Franchise Tax Board website, but it's frankly pretty terrible and doesn't take into account that we're a duel income household. I've tried using the instructions included in the CA DE-4, but my results seem to say that I have to withhold such an excessive additional amount for CA that I'm pretty sure I'm doing it wrong. So I'm looking for a simple to use calculator I can use to check my results.

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I began an email correspondence 10 years ago with a guy whom I have never met. Now, after reluctantly putting it off for years I would like to meet him but am nervous about how the dynamics may change.I first began speaking to Matthew when I was 13 (I'm nearly 23 now) - our respective friends were cousins and we all got added to the same online chat thing one night. From there we hit it off and began talking all the time - including the use of webcams, to make sure we were both real! However, because we lived in different parts of the UK and were very young we knew it wasn't really feasible that we would meet. We saw each other through some difficult times, relationships, talked on the phone a lot, knew all of each others deepest secrets and so on. It has been largely friendly, though he used to joke that I was exactly his type and his girlfriend would occasionally get jealous. He moved to Australia for a year and we continued to keep in touch via email. Fast forward 4 years and he tells me he's moving about an hour away from where I live to go to University, which was a bit of a shock. He asked if I would show him around etc when he got there. I said of course - but when he got here I couldn't quite do it - I was in my late teens now, kept putting it off and even my parents were asking why I couldn't just go and meet him! I couldn't really tell you why exactly - but I felt paralysed about meeting him and eventually he stopped trying. I think I became convinced that on some level he had moved up because of me (but also knew this was slightly crazy). Despite this, though, we always kept in touch. Now, it's nearly 5 years later and we've both graduated having still not met. We lost touch for two years, but have just found each other again. And I've decided to move abroad in 6 months. I realise I won't see a lot of my friends during this time, including him. And I suddenly decided that I must meet him, face to face, at least once in my life. I suggested this to him and he said he's keen as it's "a long time coming" but I'm still nervous about it. The thing is I've always regarded him as a sort of soulmate. A distant soulmate, a confidante, probably perfect because of the distance. I'm worried about how meeting could change the dynamics. Or if we suddenly meet and decide we don't like each other, ruining the friendship. So, has anyone had any experience of anything like this? Could anyone offer any tips?!

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
I just updated "XCOM Enemy Unknown" for iPad. The previous version, 1.5, was 3.18 gb. The update, v. 1.6, is only 1.75 gb. That's a 45% reduction! Does this mean they've removed a chunk of the game, or compressed the graphics, or done other things which might make me want to bail out of this upgrade (and future ones)?

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
I normally listen to podcasts streamed from my iPhone 5 to my car over bluetooth or occasionally via USB. A few times, I've plugged in the phone only to have it start playing a random track, one which I have never downloaded and which (I have confirmed by searching on my phone and on a synced computer) is not in my iTunes music library. I don't think it's through iTunes radio, either, as the songs do not appear in my radio history and are unlikely to be generated by the stations I have developed. Where are these songs coming from??? This morning it was something by Of Montreal, if that's helpful.

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