posted about 19 hours ago on metafilter
We are interested in juicing everything from leafy greens to soft fruits to beets/carrots. I love the idea of the Omega J8003/8004 because of how good it is supposed to be with kale, and I love the idea of making nut butters and pasta, but I would hate to not be able to make pineapple or kiwi juice. Is it really as terrible for soft fruits as some reviewers claim?I will be juicing primarily "healthy" green juices with a fruit thrown in for sweetness. My boyfriend will be juicing primarily fruit juices, maybe with a vegetable thrown in as long as he can disguise its taste. The pasta extruder/nut butter grinder feature of the Omega juicer is definitely a "nice to have" but not necessary. Which juicer should we get? Do you have an Omega masticating juicer? If yes, how does it do with soft fruits? How does it handle oranges? Or do you have another juicer that is good at juicing EVERYTHING that you can recommend?

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My favorite place in the entire world is Philadelphia's exquisite and incomparable Mütter Museum, I've seen Body Worlds more than a dozen times... and you should probably refrain from clicking either of those links if you are squeamish. I will soon be spending a week in NYC followed by a week in Washington, DC. Can you help me make a list of similar museums, exhibits, and collections to visit while I'm there?Specific travel dates, in case there are temporary or traveling exhibits in town: NYC 4/21 to 4/28, DC 5/3 to 5/10. Two asides: + Public transit accessibility is a must, but I am willing to travel extensively as long as I can get within 1-2 miles of the place on a bus or train. + The National Museum of Health and Medicine is a no-go, as access to their anatomical collection is available exclusively to researchers, and even then only by appointment. *dejected sniffle* Thanks, AskMe! (RIYL = Recommended If You Like)

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"This is the petty tyranny of inconvenience — just as the heroine believes that her individual comfort somehow justifies the enslavement of roughly a hundred other human beings, romance readers feel it's inconvenient and uncomfortable to reflect on the ways the genre not only has marginalized but continues to marginalize not only characters, but also readers and authors of color. This book was not written by an obscure self-published writer with a small niche audience. Sandra Hill is a New York Times bestselling author, a genre mainstay for the past two decades; she is still writing books set in the contemporary South, though I am certainly not going to read them." -- Romance author Olivia Waite reviews Sandra Hill's Frankly My Dear, set on a sugar plantation in 1845 Louisiana, as part of the blogging from A to Z challenge. The Blogging from A - Z challenge is to post every day (except Sundays) in April, each day chosing a subject that starts with a letter of the alphabet. For her own challenge, currently up to N of Z entries, Waite chose to blog about intersectional feminism in Romance: Every day in April, Sundays excepted, I will post about an author or a book that features something other than the straight white wealthy cis able-bodied mold romance is so wedded to (see what I did there?). These will not be reviews in the usual sense, though I will usually mention whether or not I find a book compelling as a romance. Instead, these posts will be literary or structural analyses with a feminist lens, using as much privilege-checking as I know how to bring. Many of the books are no longer new, so if you can think of more recent releases that grapple with the same issues, please mention them. Sometimes, as with Sandra Hill's novel, this means looking at a problematic work to see what it's doing wrong and what this means for romance as a genre, sometimes, as with Jacqueline Koyanagi's Ascension, it means looking at a book that gets it right and show how it does it: It's easy to say that Jacqueline Koyanagi's luscious debut Ascension ticks just about every box on the anti-kyriarchy bingo card: our heroine is a queer disabled woman of color (in space!). She falls in love with a disabled starship captain who's in a polyamorous relationship with another queer woman: a medic who plans on having children with a man-slash-engineer-slash-sometime-wolf. But like we saw with Her Love, Her Land, this book was written from deeply within the perspective of the identities it represents. The characters' disability is a plot point, but it's not The Plot Point — the same goes for queerness and race: they're baked in, functions of character rather than Moving Moments. Polyamory gets a bit more of the Very Special Episode treatment, but this aspect is presented as bridging a gap between two different planetary cultures, one more sexually conservative than the other. And all the characters are compelling, and several scenes made me gasp out loud (Adul!), but what I can't wait to talk about is how this book treats the problem of humans having bodies. Each of the reviews Waite writes contains spoilers, sometimes also for related books, as Waite takes care to put each novel in its proper context, with links for further reading and her sources in the endnotes to each post. The complete list of posts is linked from her introduction post. A definition of intersectionality.

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I'm about to apply for a job that's a great fit for me! But one thing has me stumped. The ad says to send resumes to S_smith@perfectjob.org. The staff directory says S. Smith is the "HR assistant." However, I know the name of the executive director and the person who heads the department I would be working in. Do I address my cover letter to the HR assistant, the executive director, or the department head? (I'm pretty sure I should not direct it generically to "Hiring Manager.")

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The thing I do with Swiss Chard -- chopped, sauteed w/olive oil, garlic, maybe lemon juice -- is fine. But I've got some chard I want to use tonight, and I'm in the mood for better than fine. What do you do with Swiss Chard that's amazing?

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A verbal promise for partial ownership in the company I work for needs to become a paper contract, and given the power differential and the several years since this promise has been discussed in detail, I need recommendations for the best possible attorneys to have on my side. This is in the Puget Sound area.

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Evidently, I am a very good listener. Is there any realistic chance of using this to transition to either a career or a side-job as a counselor of some sort?Recently, it's been brought to my attention that I am a good listener and that people like to talk to me - like, multiple people from multiple departments have recently told me, independent of one another, "You're really good to talk to, you're a good listener, it has helped me talk things out." One person made a sort of Monday morning "appointment" to come by and talk through their issues of the week. To be clear, I don't do anything to instigate this, but it's something I've been aware of and am becoming more aware of. Bartenders tend to spill their guts to me rather than the other way around, and I'm not joking about that. I don't know why this is, but it's got me wondering if there might be any ways to use these powers for good. I'm at a point in my career where going back to school to become a full-on psychologist is not an option, but are there other counselor-type roles that might be beneficial to someone? Are there non-woo accreditations for something like this? Are there volunteer opportunities that would benefit from someone like me, or (long shot here I suspect) is there any realistic vector by which this might become a career?

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Looking for a recommendation of a video camera (and anything else necessary like external microphone etc) that is inexpensive but good enough that I won't regret not spending more money. If I could spend $200 that would be great, but if you tell me I'll kick myself for not spending $300 then I can do that.Before my parents and some aunts/uncles get too old, I'd like to sit them down and record some interviews for posterity. I'll probably sit them down in a nice bright room in a comfy chair - no action shots or noisy environments. I'm planning to use a tripod (so the camera should be able to be mounted on one). I don't know anything about video cameras. Will this cheap Samsung do the job? How about this more expensive Sony? Or do I not want a "camcorder" at all? Should I get this lighting kit for $40 that was recommended in a previous Ask question? (That question was a bit different and didn't have enough specific recommendations by price point to be helpful for me...) Do I need a external microphone like this? Please just tell me what to order on Amazon so that I can record some good quality video and sound of interviews!

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That Time The CIA And Howard Hughes Tried To Steal A Soviet Submarine | You may recall this (previously) epic post about this subject, but it is time to update the story with recently declassified documents (PDF: Search it for the term "Azorian" and you'll find some 200 pages of info.) Or just read the first link for the Cliff's Notes.

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Favorite pairings of music + imagery?I've come to realize that one of my favorite things ever is a great marriage of music and visuals. I was totally entranced by this hyperlapse video of Bern I watched this morning. I've also very much enjoyed the SF fog video that went around awhile back and the Los Angeles Nightfall video. But it doesn't just have to be pretty time-lapse videos of places, I also really liked the 2006 Where the Hell is Matt video. I even get a bit of a thrill out of those extended sports commercials where they match athletes in motion to pumped up music. I want more! If you have a favorite video of this sort (or just anything that combines "cool visual" with "music"), please share!

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It's spring and the plants and trees which have been bare for months are bursting into life. I've been thinking it must take a lot of energy for a tree to go from having no leaves at all to being covered in too many to count in a relatively short period of time. But how much energy exactly?I would be really interested to see how this compares to human energy production or consumption. I appreciate that this probably varies a great deal across different plants and conditions. Educated guesses, energy values for a single tree to go from bare to fully covered in leaves or power per unit area averages all welcome!

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Rent a car on the island? Ferry, then rent a car stateside? Looking for low cost, shortest transit time from Nanaimo/Victoria to Seattle. Don't want to fly.We'll be on Vancouver Island (Nanaimo/Victoria) but want to do a 4-5 day road trip to Seattle & Portland. There seem to be a million ferry companies operating out of Victoria, but they're all expensive so it seems. We could do Nanaimo/Vancouver then rent a car & drive south. However not a lot of car companies near the ferry terminals. Preferred trip is Victoria/USA but don't know which ferry to take. Worst case scenario we rent a car on the island & ferry it across. Thanks guys n gals & thanks for being the highlight of my workday :P

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Specifically books about the blossoming of The SelfOMG, I'm turning into an adult. Recommend me books to help me blossom? I'm not looking for a treatise or a philosophical work aimed at academics. I'm not looking for Sheryl Sandberg aka how to climb the capitalism ladder. I'm also not looking for Deepak Chopra or Oprah. I'm not looking for Caitlin Moran or Tina Fey aka haha feminism for white chicks But a bit of each of those things would be nice. Lately I've loved reading Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises and Zadie Smith: White Teeth. It doesn't have to be a novel, in fact I'm open to any genre really. The theme I'm looking to explore is self-actualization, if that's a thing. I want to explore creative and spiritual blossoming. I've read the Artist's Way and that was right up my alley. A book that has the words "The Self" in it would probably be perfect.

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My grandparents are very elderly and chances are very good this will be at least one's last Easter. I hate dressing up, in dresses especially, but doing so always makes them absolutely delighted. So, I spent a lot of time taking measurements and stuff to order something well ahead of time from an online retailer who has been making excuses for weeks and finally said they'd refund my money because they can't get my order to me after all. Well... okay, clothes aren't my forte at the best of times, I need emergency fashion assistance.I'm 5'8", a size 18, carry a lot of it in my midsection, D-cup so not extraordinarily busty but not flat either. In my 30s and my usual is jeans/khakis and plain-colored 3/4 sleeve t-shirts. I have a variety of cardigans, so sleeveless is okay, but I don't do leaving the house with bare arms. It needs to be at least knee length, preferably just past the knee, and not low-cut, although I'm flexible on the actual neckline. Something in the way of cheerful spring colors. Oh, and somewhere that can do overnight shipping. Cheap is a plus--assume I am extremely unlikely to ever actually wear this again--but anything up to $150 including the shipping would be doable. Something in Northeast Ohio would also work, but I have not had good luck shopping for women's clothes here even at the best of times. The shoes I had already for this are cream-colored flats. I also have purple flats. Something that would go with the shoes I already have is preferred, I don't think I can manage last-minute emergency shoe-shopping, too. I hate this sort of shopping and it was bad enough when I had plenty of time. I just want to look nice for my grandma, you know? eShakti looked ideal and I ordered with two weeks' cushion on their delivery estimate, but evidently right now they're kind of a mess, and now I'm stuck having to scramble.

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I requested an SSDI hearing within the amount of time needed to continue my benefits. I spoke with the office twice, in person, to ensure that I had done what I needed to to continue my benefits. As my benefits didn't arrive today, I have done some frantic searching and determined that SSA never gave me the form that said, yes please, I would like benefits continuing, although I have proof as to when I asked for the appeal.This is in a variety of ways an emergency situation -- e.g., no money for food or medicine. YANML, but how should I best proceed when I go to the office again tomorrow? Thanks so much, really bad situation, appreciate all available feedback.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Looking for recipes/blogs/maybe cookbooks that deal with the The 5:2 Diet but with a vegan twist.My husband and I--after reading the many AskMes that have dealt with this diet--have decided to give it a go. Only we need vegan recipes instead of the usual omni ones!

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Why I Fixed Fights.

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Can anyone recommend a really excellent book, preferably one with lots of illustrations, wacky anecdotes, and/or other intensely engaging content about 1970s rock music? Specifically music of the "prog-ish" type, e.g., early Genesis. I poked around on Amazon a bit but nothing really stood out...I'd like to get a cool gift for a colleague who is currently recovering from a medical procedure. He is a major fan of a certain sub-type of 70s rock that I will do my best to describe below. Seeing as he needs to keep things low-key for the next few weeks, I was thinking he might enjoy a good book on 1970s music, specifically of the sort encompassing Genesis during the Peter Gabriel era, early Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, etc. I.e., acts that weren't exactly psychedelic and weren't Led Zeppelin-ish cock-rock, but which tended to be a bit more arty and introspective. As for the type of book I'm looking for: "engaging" is the key. Basically something a person could read when they're too tired to do anything but read, and when they may only feel up to reading in short bursts. Humor is good, personal stories are good, something that captures the feel/atmosphere of the culture surrounding the bands/artists is great. Less good is anything with only a little bit of actual written content and 500 pages of album and track listings. In other words, more "anthology of Rolling Stone articles", less "encyclopedia". Thanks!

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
These machines were always too darn hard .... a 3-year-old boy feared missing by his mother was found safe and sound inside an arcade claw machine in Nebraska on Tuesday.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Ferry with 470 Passengers Sinks off Korea Scores still missing, many of them high school students on an excursion. According to comments on the Marmot's Hole Korea blog, passengers were told to wait in their cabins rather than gather on deck. Video from Japanese Fuji television.

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
Irrational Treasure: Making (some) sense of Nicolas Cage's strangest decade (so far)

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
8-10 people want to rent a beach house in New Jersey for a weekend (ideally Asbury Park), hopefully for $50/person per night. Everything we've seen wants a week-long commitment. Is our New Jersey beach weekend feasible?We're hoping to find something that's around $50/person per night. Most places want people to stay the entire week, which is not feasible for us. Can this be done? I've been checking homeaway.com and familyvacationcritic.com but lots of places are high luxury rentals or already booked. What sites should I be using?

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms "The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else, and the unique behaviors we perform stem from a complex psychological stew of shame, self-awareness, design, and gender roles. "

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What is the name of the song / artist of this song?Seems to be resistant to soundhound, and obviously there are no lyrics to google.

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I'm working on a little side project mashing up some interesting data to get a better historical picture of some city-level decisions around urban planning. And I'm trying to chase down two types of data (the only two categories that have eluded me thus far.)--Record of changes in daily wind direction between September 2013 and March 2014 for O'Hare International Airport, and --Any air quality data between 2001 and 2014 measured on the northside of Chicago (north of Belmont, south of Chicago city limits, east of O'Hare and west of the lakefront) This is really a shot in the dark but Metafilter is so wonderful at solving the impossible that I thought I'd try it. I have access to a university library, the Chicago Public Library, and a lot of tenacity to dig through tons of data and PDF's if needed. Any suggestions?

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