posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
My Pet The Giant Snail

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Two people have tickets for Die Zauberflöte at 7:30 tonight and have no plans for dinner. These two people want to eat a meal before the opera and did not make reservations. Where can they go?I don't know what their budget is, but have been tasked with finding some place that might take them, either with reservations now or to squeeze in at 6:15, which is the earliest they can arrive due to work commitments. What is nearby? The good/fast/inexpensive "pick two" choices are "good and fast" but fast and inexpensive will work if the consensus is that good and fast are not possible at this late notice. Also, both are able to walk a few blocks to the opera after dinner if that's the best bet.

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"Select a note,'' [Robert Fripp] told them, "and then, in silence, establish a relationship with that note. Keep it within you until you can no longer contain it and must give it voice.'' "Surviving a Weekend with the Wizard of Prog Rock"

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The recent issue of the online Viewpoint Magazine (previously) contains a roundtable discussion on state power and revolutionary strategy featuring historian Geoff Eley, political theorist Jodi Dean and others. The prompt: "In the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies the social­ist move­ment spilled a great deal of ink debat­ing the ques­tion of state power. Lenin's work was per­haps the most influ­en­tial, but it also pro­voked a wide range of crit­i­cal responses, which were arguably equally sig­nif­i­cant. But whether or not Lenin's con­cep­tion of the cor­rect rev­o­lu­tion­ary stance towards the state was ade­quate to his own par­tic­u­lar his­tor­i­cal con­junc­ture, it is clear that today the real­ity of state power itself has changed. What is liv­ing and what is dead in this the­o­ret­i­cal and polit­i­cal legacy? What would a prop­erly rev­o­lu­tion­ary stance towards state power look like today, and what would be the con­crete con­se­quences of this stance for a polit­i­cal strat­egy? Does the 'seizure of state power' still have any mean­ing? Does the party still have a place in these broader questions?" The Committee Room and the Streets: An Interview with Geoff Eley Rethinking Political Power and Revolutionary Strategy Today by Panagiotis Sotiris The Ends of the State by Joshua Clover and Jasper Bernes Commune, Party, State by Jodi Dean The State Against the State by Nina Power Lessons for Building a Democratic Workers' State by Immanuel Ness (There are plenty of non-roundtable contributions to the issue as well.)

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Words And Pictures was a long running BBC television series created to help small children to learn to read and write. From back in an era when most broadcasting seemed designed to utterly terrify its younger viewers here is the Halloween episode that managed to traumatized several generations as it was repeated year-in year-out (if not on television, then on scratchy VHS recordings in school classrooms) seemingly forever. You may have already seen some of Words And Pictures as, ironically, an old video of an episode is used to educated kids in post-apocalyptic Britain in the imfamous trauma-thon Threads.

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I'm looking at buying a low-end Macbook for web browsing and MS Office (primarily Powerpoint). Basically, it's coming down to a 2009 or 2010 Macbook, as I'd prefer to run Yosemite, but I want to keep my budget below $500. I have used a friend's 2009 Macbook fairly regularly and I'm happy with its general performance, but I have a few specific questions. My questions are: 1. Is the 2010 perceptibly better than the Late 2009 model? The price increase is marginal, but I'm not seeing anything to make even a marginal price bump worth it. 2. Is it likely that the 2010 would be upgradable to the next version of OSX but the 2009 wouldn't? I'm assuming that they will just not support any Macbooks on the next version, but is there something about the 2010 that would separate it from the 2009 regarding OS upgrades? 3. I'd prefer to buy from an established vendor, but there are so many online that it's hard to judge. I'm leaning towards Mac of All Trades based on their prices, but I'm wondering if you know of others that are trustworthy and cheap. A brick-n-mortar vendor in the North Carolina Triangle area would be amazing, if such a thing exists. 4. If I buy from an individual on Craigslist or similar, are there things I should watch out for or quick tests I can run before purchasing? And if you or someone you know has a 2009/2010 Macbook that they are looking to part with, a MeMail wouldn't be a bad idea...

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
See the "Psycho" shower scene carved in jack-o'-jantern stop-motion

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My (never rooted) Samsung Galaxy S4 has been exhibiting some strange behavior. How can I tell if I have a virus or if there's a more innocuous explanation?Two nights ago, I plugged my phone in and turned it on airplane mode. I then laid my phone upside down on top of my (metal) laptop, which was off and unplugged. The next morning, while still half asleep, I thought I heard a voice on speakerphone coming from the phone, but I dismissed the thought. A few minutes later, I was fully awakened by the light on the phone randomly turning on. I went over and got the phone, pressed the button to wake the phone's screen, and swiped to unlock as usual. I don't have any kind of password at the moment. The phone opened to the home screen, as usual, and I turned off the flashlight the way I normally do, by pressing the widget controller on my home screen. Then, I glanced at the status bar at the top of the screen and saw an icon that meant that the phone's default "Voice Recorder" app was on. It was recording, and had been for 30 seconds. I stopped the recording and listened to the file: it was mostly just the normal noise of the fan in my room, but about 15 seconds in, I can hear the 1-second vibration my phone makes when it finishes charging and it's on silent mode. I rarely hear this noise unless I'm listening for it, so it doesn't surprise me that I missed it. However, my phone doesn't lose battery while plugged in unless a bunch of stuff is running. There was also another 2-second recording from 6 minutes earlier. It's just fan noise. Both the Voice Recorder app and the Flashlight widget are on my home screen. Also, my wifi was on, even though it normally goes off when I active airplane mode unless I specifically turn it back on. I wouldn't have turned it back on last night, though, because I unplugged my wifi long before I went to bed. Unfortunately, I didn't check to see if it was connected to some other network at the time, but I don't have any network names I don't recognize in my list of remembered networks, at least. So... what the??? Was I hacked? Was my laptop conducting electricity to my phone somehow? Do I have a ghost? Ultimately, I just want to know if I should be concerned. I have Lookout, but it detected nothing. I also got 360 Security after this happened and ran a scan and it didn't detect anything either. Could someone have accessed my phone remotely when it was in airplane mode? Could some rogue program have been lurking on my phone? Is something still lurking? What can I do to secure my phone? Why would apps randomly be opening and running? Is there a scheduler of some kind that might be responsible for this? Oh my gosh you guys, do I have a ghost?

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
Washington state recently enacted a law that allows adoptees to request and receive a copy of their original birth certificate. I was adopted from Washington state, I know my birth name and my birth mother's name but I was still surprised by a couple things that were not on the copy I received.For instance, no name for me! Birth date and time, but no name. My birth mother kept me for a few months before deciding to give me up for adoption. Was my name scrubbed from my birth certificate upon adoption, thus not making this the original original certificate? I had a name when I was adopted, it's in my adoption papers, but maybe my birth mother had not named me yet when they made out the certificate? Was that done? Send a teenager home with an unnamed baby? Secondly, no name for the father. There is no information on that line. Not "unknown" or "declined to answer" or "deceased." It doesn't appear blacked out. It's just blank. Does that mean he requested his identity to remain anonymous? (This is allowed by the new law.) Does that mean that my birth mother could have declined to give a name (or some other reason) and they left it blank? What would have been happening in the middle-1970s?

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This Halloween weekend, I would like to surprise my wife with a daytrip to Mexico to see a traditional Día de Muertos observance (we live in San Diego county). I would like your help, MetaFilter. What are some good places, within a couple hours drive, for us to do so, and is there a specific time that would be best? Is this even an appropriate thing to visit as (visibly non-mexican) tourists? Help me plan this.

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Jack O'lanterns: Pumpkins and turnips and fungi, Oh My!, a brief but informative blog post by Kirsty Jackson at Plant Scientist.

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We used to think that the ultimate in security was a stand-alone (that is, off the network) computer, sort of like a room with no doors. How can an attacker get in If there's no way to get in? Such computers are referred to as air-gapped. But as early as 1985, it became clear that we might be able to read the contents of a monitor screen from the next room using Van Eck phreaking (dramatized by Neal Stephenson in Cryptonomicon). Now it appears things are even worse. It should be obvious that inserting any USB device into your ultra-secure air-gapped system is not a good idea. And it won't surprise anyone that the NSA can read what's on your computer using expensive radar equipment. But now a group of top Israeli cryptographers including Adi Shamir (the "S" in "RSA") have recently explained that it is possible to use a humble all-in-one printer with a built-in scanner (available for less than $100 at Walmart) to infiltrate an air-gapped system and steal sensitive data. PCWorld called it an "utterly crazy hack," but it will probably be administrators of such systems who will be going crazy.

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I'm looking for some good podcasts to fill up my podcast app, but I'm not interested in the popular ones that are routinely recommended. I'm looking for hidden gems -- well-crafted, entertaining podcasts that are homemade, not affiliated with any company or organization, purely individual labors of love. They can be on any topic, so long as they're truly obscure podcasts that you can't imagine more than a hundred people subscribing to. Thanks for any suggestions!

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I am interested in learning to what extent individuals who identify as transexual also identify as queer or homosexual. Have there been any good studies of this? I googled but could not find much - please link me to any studies/findings about the issue.

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
You're Nick Santonastasso, you got an ...interesting... sense of humour so you team up with uber prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy to scare the shit out of people, making full use of the fact that thanks to Hanhart syndrome you only have one arm and no legs by playing a dismembered viction of a chainsaw wielding maniac. Bonus: Behind the scenes. Extra bonus: that time you scared the shit out of Walking Dead star Norman Reedus. Title post is the description from Nick's Twitter feed.

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After my water bottle spilled in my bag two days ago, my iPad was functioning normally, but had water spots on the screen. So I spared you folks and asked Google what to do. It's been sitting in a bag of rice for almost 24 hours. Now, the screen turns on (via both the power and home buttons) but doesn't respond to touch. And there's rice lodged in the headphone jack. I don't have any warranty or insurance on it. What do I do now?!

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I'm going to ditch our many-times-washed-and-bleached,-now-crusty shower curtain liner. I no longer want to use a liner. Here's our outer shower curtain. What can I do to make it, if not waterproof, less likely to allow water to seep through? Share your tricks, trick'r treaters.

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I use GoodReader for reading sheet music on an iPad (3). What wireless page turners work well with iOS (particularly with GoodReader)? I am not so much looking for Google search results that I can find on my own — but if you have experience with a page turner device and how well it works with "standard" or "common" reader apps, I'd like to hear about your positive or negative experiences!

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Hey, hip mefi-ites, what, according to you, constitutes the cutting edge of music today?... and your answer can be about any aspect of listening to music! I appreciate articles, books, links to music you think fits this question, absolutely anything, on this subject. . What do you see happening with how we listen to music? . What is the best, absolute latest, greatest thing in music production? . Where is the next great fix coming from? . Which place is the new "India"? Not really because I'm from there, but because I keep hearing about the role Indian music played in the evolution of Western music. But, you get the gist: -- insert your own country name here -- Where are people going to or reaching out for newer, weirder, mind expanding musical scales and tones? Or because we are all connected more than ever before, does this question even make sense in modern times? The Beatles have been on my mind of late, and as a result I've spent a lot of evenings recently poring over their influences. This lead to me thinking about the revolution in 60s music production in general, and therefore, as a result, tracing the roots back and forward. Maybe I'm wrong, but I seem resigned to that fact that a lot of "adventurous" music today seems to be a pastiche or reworking on everything people like Chuck Berry (with an instrument), Cage (with experimental form), Lennon (with psychedelics), Eno (with electronics), [... add your own name and concept here] did over the years. I totally accept that I may be ignorant and the answers are probably all around me and obvious. But it just frustrates me because on the surface I feel I'm hip to all the cool music of today, but yet I realized I haven't heard anything that is a "true" revolution in my generation. Where is the frontier? Where is the line between the known and the unknown, and who are the people working there?

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posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
What are some books that superfans of the podcast Serial (the first season) will thoroughly enjoy?

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UKIP have done a deal with a right-wing Polish Party to ensure their Euro group continues to recieve funding. Huffpo: "The Polish MEP recruited by Nigel Farage to save Ukip's group in the European Parliament has joked about wife beating and defended Adolf Hitler's tax policy." Guardian: "Britain's leading Jewish organisation has accused Nigel Farage of putting Ukip's credibility on the line by striking a deal with a far-right Polish party whose leader has a history of Holocaust denial and racist and misogynistic comments." Meanwhile, the Tories own European Conservatives and Reformist (ECR) group have done deals with Right-Wing Danish and Finnish groups, for the same reason. Euroactive: The eurosceptic Danish People's Party, and The Finns party, have left Nigel Farage's Parliament group, Europe of Freedom and Democracy, which they previously belonged to. Guardian: Moderates warn that inviting Danish People's party to join Conservative group would damage Britain and the Tories

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I feel great gift givers are not always the ones who devote the most time or money to this art - so what are their secrets? I'm happy to consider wisdom derived from science, literature or anecdote. Likewise I am interested in advice centred on observation, triage, shopping, timing, wrapping and so on. What makes a ninja gift giver?

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posted about 21 hours ago on metafilter
Pop Culture Twitter Lists

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One of the most interesting psychological aspects of Whitehall is that their inability to fix their own lifts in no way dents their confidence in advocating that they manage some incredibly complicated process. If one says, 'given we've failed to fix the bloody lift in four years, maybe we should leave X alone', they tend to look either mystified or as if you have made a particularly bad taste joke. Dominic Cummings, a former special advisor writes a cutting dissection on the issues of complexity in modern politics and the increasing dysfunction of the executive branch via Bond movies, the First World War, political screwups and some unfixable lifts.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
We have recently discovered that we have to book our son into nursery at least once a week or we lose our place. If this standard?We are in the UK, and have recently been sending our one year old son to nursery three days a week while his mother is working. She has two weeks off at Christmas, and, as we understood it to work, have given notice well in advance that he will not be attending nursery those weeks. However, it transpires that, if want to not lose his place at nursery we either need to: a)book a session a week b)Withdraw then immediately rebook, which means incurring an admin fee. I am sure this is all perfectly legal, and have no real urge to challenge it, but I was wondering whether this is particularly standard? Would we find that other nurseries have a similar practice? What has been your experience?

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