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More Men With Early Prostate Cancer Choosing to Avoid Treatment [Gina Kolata, New York Times] From the above link: "In the Gleason system, which involves a pathologist's assessment of how ominous the prostate cells look, 6 is actually pretty much the lowest score for cells that are cancer, despite the Gleason scale officially starting at 2. The highest is a 10. But many men, hearing that their cancer is a 6, assume the worst. "In the new system, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, instead of calling the cells Gleason 6, they will be called Group 1 in a scale that goes from 1 to 5. "One issue complicating the active surveillance questions, said Dr. Alan J. Wein, the chief of urology at the Perelman School of Medicine, is that the long-term outcomes are unclear. "'We need follow-up of at least 10 to 15 years to be sure we are not hurting these people,' he said. 'The problem is we've been in the active surveillance business only since about 2000, and everyone started off very, very slowly. No one really has a number of patients who have gone for years and years." Older Men Are Still Being Overtested for Prostate Cancer [Paula Span, NYT] "There's little medical dispute, however, about stopping PSA screening for men unlikely to live more than nine or 10 years because of their age and health. That so many in this category continue to be screened nonetheless — two million men older than 75 in 2013, the Chicago researchers estimated — is cause for considerable dismay. "For starters, the PSA test loses accuracy at older ages. In fact, abnormal results quite often return to normal in subsequent testing. "Yet abnormal results often lead to more invasive testing and then to treatment — surgery or radiation — that can cause life-altering side effects, including incontinence and sexual dysfunction. "'A PSA screen is not just a blood test,' said Dr. Victoria Tang, a research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and the lead author of the V.A. study. 'It's signing up for a prostate biopsy if the screening is positive. And that biopsy can cause pain, bleeding, infection.' "The biopsy, taken with a rectal probe, finds cancer in only 30 percent to 40 percent of men with abnormal PSAs, Dr. Eggener said. If it's a low-risk cancer in a man unlikely to live another 10 years, guidelines advise 'watchful waiting' or 'active surveillance.'" Previously: Is innumeracy harming the quality of medical care?

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The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs [The Toast]

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Bathtub project -- signs point to Milliput, but I can't find any fast enough.I hope to patch a porcelain enamel tub over this long weekend and of the many online methods, I'm leaning toward Milliput + epoxy paint. But I can't find online dealers with fast enough shipping, nor brick and mortar stores with it in inventory. Any NY/NJ sculptor-MeFites know a spot? Any tub-chip-refinisher-MeFites have alternative suggestions? (Also accepting words of encouragement.)

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My school's mascot is the Yellow Jackets, and I'm trying to plan a gala fundraiser event. Any ideas for catchy names? It's a dinner & drinks kind of thing, and I'd love to have an easy title for it that's easy for people to remember, but I'm at a loss. Anyone have a better brain for this kind of stuff than I do?

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My mom has been experiencing back pain due to the driver's seat in her car for the last five months. She's now looking into replacing the seat. Is this the right solution, and if so, what is a good seat to replace with? Details inside...My mother got a 2015 Honda Civic in January. By February, she was complaining of back pain (lower back and hips), seeing a chiropractor, etc. They somehow deduced that the pain was caused by the seat of her new car, which apparently is not supportive enough for her. She's in her car all day for her job, so it probably had an even greater effect. She's done some research, and found there have been lots of complaints of people having the same type of back pain related to their Civics since 2008. The solution seems to be to replace the seat, but she's not sure how to go about doing this. Is that really the best option, or is there some kind of cushion or something she could use? If replacing the seat is the way to go, how can she find a good one that will be comfortable for her? (For reference: her last two cars were Priuses, and she never had any issues with discomfort.)

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Been out of console or PC gaming for years, but the pending release of Overwatch has me excited about getting back in! What platform do I want?I haven't gamed at at all seriously for years, but I did go through a phase of Doom/Quake deathmatch addiction back in the day; the last fling I had with multiplayer shooters was with Urban Terror about 7 years ago. I missed out on the TF2 craze, but the pending release of Overwatch has got me kind of excited to dip my toes back into the genre and maybe gaming in general ("In general" meaning maybe one single player FPS or open world/RPG style games per year -- I owned an XBox360 for about 6 years and averaged about that) I'm an all Mac/iOS household with no gaming console at this point. Normally I figure getting a PS4 would be the slam dunk answer, but the big issue here is that I never got the hang of playing shooters with a controller. I remember trying to play multiplayer Halo on the original XBox and being crazy frustrated over not being about to use a mouse & keyboard. I can handle using a controller for single player campaign mode with lots of checkpoints and a cool story, but not PvP.. So I'm looking for advice in general on what gaming platform might work for me. It's hard to argue with a console for ~$400; if the answer is a PC, I would like to spend as close to that as reasonably possible (no monitor/speakers needed). 1) Is PS4 support for keyboard/mouse any good? I hear it's possible, but what is the current state of affairs, is it basically as responsive as on a PC, and is support on a per-game basis? Any word on whether Overwatch will support it? 2) What can I expect out longevity-wise out of a so-called "budget" PC gaming rig? Something like this? Pointers to other resources welcome. (I gather Overwatch will be silo'd by platform, so PC folks will only play other PC folks etc, so I guess no MeFi Fight club for me if I go PS4..)

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Hey folks! I have pretty much a full recipe of Thug Kitchen's Landlocked Ceviche in the fridge right now, minus the cilantro and avocado. Basically, a salad of cauliflower, tomato, red onion and jalepeno doused in lime juice and salt. It's...just ok. Can I shoehorn it into tonight's dinner?I don't really know what I was expecting - maybe something more pickled? It just tastes like a side salad from the Whole Foods salad bar that's been sitting there for a while. The texture of the cauliflower has broken down nicely, but still just tastes like raw cauliflower. It's not particularly limey. It seems like a waste of food not to eat it, but it's not tasty enough on its own to dip as instructed. So what should I do with it? Other things in fridge: avocado, tofu, pickled ginger, salad ingredients, LOTS of tomatoes, yellow squash, black beans, garlic, chihuahuan smoked salt Would going out and buying the recommended cilantro make all the difference? Restrictions: vegetarian

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Our awesome boss is leaving/retiring to move back home to Minnesota. My co-worker had the fabulous idea of throwing him a party with a "Minnesota" theme. However, we have never actually been to Minnesota. Can we pull it off? Give me all things that are awesome about the North Star State. Thanks, MeFites!!FWIW, I'm pretty crafty, so, good at decorating. Budget is an issue - everyone has families and limits things like this. We probably don't want to spend more than $50 on decorating.

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On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West [The New York Times] On his cross-country trips chasing butterflies and researching "Lolita," the Russian-born novelist saw more of the United States than did Fitzgerald, Kerouac or Steinbeck. "For the last 1 5 years my wife, Sarah, and I have driven every summer with our golden retriever from New Jersey to the Northern Rockies. I used to say that I felt like Humbert Humbert, the notoriously unreliable narrator of "Lolita," who made a similar trip, but instead of traveling with a precocious preteen girl, I was traveling with a wife and a dewy-eyed dog. But then I learned that Vladimir Nabokov himself had done the same thing. Nabokov wrote his disturbingly compelling classic, "Lolita," over the course of five breathless years, from 1948 to 1953, filling 5-by-7 cards with notes he took riding shotgun while his designated driver, his wife, Véra, drove their black Oldsmobile from Ithaca, N.Y., to Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. In other words, at the height of the Cold War, an expatriate Russian novelist with the resonant name of Vladimir was roaming through the reddest of red states, researching a book about a jaded aristocrat's sexual obsession with "nymphets" (a coinage the book put in the Oxford English Dictionary). The wonder is that Nabokov survived at all."

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So I've been playing Rocket League for about a year now. I just can't understand why I'm so bad at flying through the air. It seems like I watch other people fly around for a good 5 seconds in the air. I'm glad if I last 1 second. Should I be holding forward on the left thumbstick while flying? Any tips or tricks would be helpful. Thanks a bunch!

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Where can I buy a shark ring in NYC as soon as possible?Anonymous because REASONS I had a shark ring purchasing plan go awry (ie stuck in customs and I will not get it before heading out of town this weekend) so in the mean time I'd like to purchase a novelty shark ring in NYC within the next day and a half. Where can I possibly buy a novelty shark ring. The more ridiculous the better, although I can do subtle too.. The internet has so many promising things, but I'm concerned about the timing and would prefer to see it in person/have it in hand by Wednesday night. I can go anyplace within 1hr commute of midtown Manhattan tonight& can do a run during lunch tomorrow to midtown convenient places tomorrow. Where do I go? Budget $20-50 Size: doesn't have to fit, being a ridiculous shark ring is the point I saw this buzzfeed article when I was first looking, it is all internet based though.

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Lebanese coffee commercial. That's all I got.

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In the past, I've had excellent results with Kira-brand St. John's wort for mild depression. It appears to have been discontinued since I last used it. Can anyone recommend a high quality replacement, hopefully one that undergoes a reputable third-party assay for active ingredients? I'm in the US.Bonus point for anyone that can point me to a manufacturer that's using the LI 160* formula that Kira used. *I have no idea what the deal is with LI 160/Kira, but it just worked in a way that others didn't. If any science-talking folks are in the mood to explain what makes the LI 160 formula different from most SJW, I'd consider that thoroughly on-topic.

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I own a record store and am considering a new location as I'm out of space at my current one. However, I'm pretty innumerate and not spacially inclined. I'm therefore having difficulty determining which of these two locations will allow me to display the most inventory. Could those of you good with spaces and floorplans please help me decide? Details inside.My records are stored in bins that are 13" square. I presently lay them out two bins deep (so 13" x 26"). I currently occupy space two and have bins of records running the lengths of the two 33' walls--you can see the photo at the bottom of the linked page. So, two 33' bins that are 26" deep and then the space in the middle is for customers to walk (though it can get tight when busy). Can I fit more bins in space one and if so, how many more bins? The biggest difference between the two stores is that in the second space (where I am now), you cannot put any bins in the middle of the store as there'd be no room to walk. I feel this is not the case in Space One. For full details, the width of the bins is fixed at 13" increments, but the depth can be whatever I want as I use custom boxes, with a max of 26" (for the human reach), though theoretically a table in the middle of the store could be 52" deep with two 26" bins back to back (so one could browse from each side of the table). I feel like this should be a simple problem to solve but am currently having health-related neurological issues and I'm finding it very confusing. Signing a lease when the new space doesn't actually allow me to store more records would be a significant mistake. Added to this, my previous store was 440sf, yet due to its layout, it held less records than the current space (which is only 330sf). I have no idea how to determine SF of space 1 due to its weird size. Thank you.

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I am in need of a video game to get me through the summer, and the nice people on the internets seem to really like Uncharted 4. I love getting engrossed in a game, but I only seem to enjoy a few titles that come out each year. They have to put me in a "play until my fingers bleed" mindset," or I get too bored or frustrated to continue. More picky details inside.So some of the past games that I've enjoyed include those in the Bioware series, Skyrim, the last three Fallouts, The Witcher 2 and 3, the Bioshocks, Borderlands, Deus Ex: HR, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. I like story-driven, open-world games with engaging characters, but I am also quite fond of shooting things (or setting them on fire or throwing bees at them). Games that didn't grab me include Dishonored, Dark Souls, Infamous, and the other Assassin's Creeds. I tend to get unreasonably nervous with gameplay that relies extensively on stealth and, more often than not, end up freaking out and trying to shoot my way out of scenarios that are not meant to be shot out of. I also couldn't get through The Last of Us, which, as it was Naughty Dog's last game, seems to be a common point of comparison for reviewers (although that was primarily because I hate jump scares, zombies, fungus, and running out of bullets). I'm also pretty bad at games that rely excessively platforming because my brain can't seem to understand that we're not really teetering on a high ledge. So I'm not sure if Uncharted is the game for me, but no other summer releases look promising. I'm hoping to get advice from people who have played that game and perhaps share some of my preferences and/or irrational phobias.

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Jller is a rock sorting robot built by Prokop Bartoníček & Benjamin Maus. Via Wired Design.

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I have been visiting older relatives in their late 80s still living on their own. They were once wonderful cooks and still enjoy good food but they are losing the ability to cook from scratch on a regular basis. What are some DIY cooking kits I can put together for them so they can still cook for themselves?These days they seem to survive on junk food often purchased from dollar store ("but they're so cheap!" although most of them are on the verge of expiring!) or some cooked vegetables and meats that have been over-reheated to death until they are literally disintegrating and inedible. It is really depressing because whenever they get to have fresh, home-cooked meals, I can see them really, really enjoy themselves. But they are very, very stubborn and resistant about accepting ANY "outside" help. Things I've considered/tried: -I've tried buying some healthy frozen meals but they were vehemently against it (we almost had a scuffle in the grocery store). They may go through boxes of Twinkies but they will not eat microwaved Amy's Veggie Pot Pie. End of discussion. -They have a slow cooker but it didn't seem to work for them since it requires planning and cooking ahead of time. -I've looked into Blue Apron and other delivery service but delivery timing can be iffy since they live in rural areas and they may not always feel like cooking it when they receive it. The only thing that really worked for them is when I made them a bunch of "soup mix in a jar." It is relatively simply to cook (just add canned/frozen veggies/ground meat and water and cook!) but they still felt like they were still doing the cooking part, which gives them a sense of control and agency. Also it is shelf-stable so they could cook whenever they felt like and it's no big deal if it sits in the shelf untouched for a while. So I've been also going through a bunch of "soup mix in a jar" recipes online but could you recommend anything you've tried and liked? What are some of the other options for DIY meal kits that are shelf-stable (I guess it can be frozen as well but their freezer is a bit of maze at this point so shelf-stable is preferred)? I'm looking for something like "add X,Y,Z to this mix and cook for an hour." It doesn't have to be soup - could be dessert, side dishes, etc., etc. Oh, but no recipes with dehydrated veggies/meat, please!

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I began to sail over a year ago and love it. I am a part of a club in which I pay monthly dues. At this moment I would like to explore other low cost/no cost opportunities I may have to crew. All suggestions appreciated.

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How do I buy "good seats" for a long-running NYC Broadway show for the minimum amount over face value? Assume that my knowledge of musical-ticket-buying only goes so far as a Google search.I want to buy tickets for a specific upcoming date and time to see Wicked on Broadway in NYC. I would like guaranteed good seats (not a day-of purchase) and am willing to pay for the privilege. 1) What's the best way of getting tickets at actual face value, vs. face value + surprisingly high fees? Can I just call the box office (I'm currently located on the other side of the country)? 2) Which seats/section do I actually want to buy, for "good" seats? I've never bought show tickets before where I actually cared about seating more than price, but this is a special family splurge and I've been directed to pick good seats. Right now I see "Very Best Seats" listed at $222 face value, with the next level down being $119-$149 for both Orchestra/Front Mezzanine and Orchestra Stadium. Is any $149 seat going to provide a good view? How do I pick between the two sections? Or should I really go for the "best" seats?

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For years doctors in the US made little attempt to save the lives of premature babies, but there was one place distressed parents could turn for help - a sideshow on Coney Island. In the 1870s, the French obstetrician Tarnier went to the zoo and noticed an incubator for the raising of chicks. He asked its producer to build one capable of holding premature infants, and by the 1890s incubator exhibitions had spread across Europe and the United States. But the most famous one in America was Dr. Couney's exhibition at Coney Island, which ran from 1903 to 1943.

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Craig Baldwin creates "collage essay" films, redeeming or taking revenge on the trash(ed) videos of the past, and making movies on the cheap (YT interview). The work of this culture jammer, media appropriator, director and documentarian (Sonic Outlaws, Archive.org) stretches back to his short student films in the 1970s, and often includes political commentary, usually concerning the exploitation of countries and people under imperialism, capitalist or otherwise. But you might have to look beyond the chaos on the surface, as found in the ultimate conspiracy theory film, Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991 - 48 minutes, Vimeo). Full films and clips, with descriptions pulled from this dated filmography through 1995, then other sources as linked: 1974/8 - Wild Gunmen (short excerpt, YT) Mobilizing wildly diverse found-footage fragments, obsessive optical printing, and a dense "musique concrete" soundtrack, a maniac montage of pop-cultural amusements, cowboy iconography, and advertising imagery is re-contextualized within the contemporary geopolitical crisis in a scathing critique of U.S. cultural and political imperialism. 1991 - Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (full film, Vimeo) A pseudo pseudo-documentary, obsessively organized into 99 paranoid rants, parlaying every imaginable scrap of "found" footage, re-filmed TV, and industrial sound into a revisionist history of alien intervention in Latin America. A melange of satire, political fantasy, and black comedy, the film takes on crack-pot paranoid theories, environmental deconstruction, and CIA intervention -- and more -- all in one shot. 1992 - ¡O No Coronado! (full film, American Indian Film Gallery, University of Arizona) Nao Bustamante, Matthew Day and Gina Pacaldo star in Baldwin's aggressively reconstructed Conquistador chronicle. Baldwin collages the black-comic restaging of the 1540 European invasion of those lands now known as the American Southwest with wildly diverse "found" imagery, video-to-film FX, and a time-warped musical mix, to critique not only the genocidal Spanish soldiers-of-fortune but also documentary conventions of historical representation. Animated graphics, collateral material and multiple voices interpenetrate the epic collage, conjugating a delirious, open-ended historiography that updates issues of imperialism, tourism, treaty rights and environmental protection from the 16th century to the present, and beyond. 1995 - Sonic Outlaws (full documentary, Internet Archive) An energized discourse on contemporary controversies concerning copyright infringement, "fair use," and culture-jamming. Stemming from an investigation into the infamous Negativland-U2 suit, this dense montage of interview, music, and stock footage spirals out into the similarly inspired activities of John Oswald, the Tape-beatles, the Emergency Broadcast Network, the Barbie Liberation Organization, the Situationists, and a multitude of others now working with "found" sound. Practices of phone-pranking, billboard alteration, media-hoaxing, and the digitalization of intellectual property, seen in light of the law in a period of rapid artistic and technological change, foreground emerging tensions between imagination, authorship, autonomy, and the marketplace. 1999 - Spectres of the Spectrum (short clips, YT) Spectres resembles Coronado much more than Sonic Outlaws in part because Baldwin brings back the manic fusion of alternative history and paranoid imagery; what he calls "the funkiness and honesty of the materials." Spectres is not only a history of broadcasting and the use of the electromagnetic spectrum, but an alternate history of the twentieth century. This includes the development of modern weaponry as well as an inclusion of the fringe elements: Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, the U2 incident, UFOs, Mind Control, Weather Control, Wilhelm Reich, Korla Pandit, and Baldwin's many other obsessions. 2008 - Mock Up on Mu (excerpt and short commentary clip, YT) A radical hybrid of spy, sci-fi, Western, and even horror genres, [which] cobbles together a feature-length "collage-narrative" based on (mostly) true stories of California's post-War sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions, and Beat lifestyles.

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Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance. A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.

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Looking for recommendations for general contractors in Portland.After several visits to the PDX Permit office, and all of the frustrating byzantine "unknown-unknowns" we're running into, my wife and I are tapping out of trying to DIY a couple projects around the house that require permitted work. We're not afraid of the actual construction stuff, but the permit and coding regulations are bit beyond our wheelhouse. So! We're looking for some legit general contractors to help us out. Ideally, we're looking for personal recommendations from people. We've got two medium-sized projects (one of which was asked about here), and two smaller-sized projects that we'd like to get some quotes for and figure out what order we would like to execute. Accuracy in quoting is pretty important to us (although, we're both aware that things crop up in construction stuff...more accurate than not is ideal just for planning purposes). Ultra-Mega-Bonus-Free-Game points for GC's who would be willing and able to draw up plans, pull permits and let us DIY off those plans (or would this be more under the purvey of architectural services? I have no idea...again, unknown-unknowns). We're really not interested in cruising Angie's list. It's straight chaos on that site, with no real way to get a read on them. It's like trying to find a good restaurant on yelp. Last I could find, we covered the topic back in 2010, but quite a bit has changed around town since then, and it appears most of the links are dead or no longer PDX relevant.

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Titan: Freefall, a one-shot superhero comic by Dan Tozek.

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I've been divorced for 4 years now, and I think it's about time I get rid of my engagement ring. It's a 1.5 carat solitaire in a big hunk of white gold, so rather than chunk it down the sewer, I'd like to see about getting some cash out of it. I've done a lot of reading about different ways to do this (pawn shop, consignment, diamond broker, online site), but I'd like some advice from anyone that has successfully sold fine jewelry.First, I have zero idea what this ring might be worth, so I figure I need to get an appraisal. Do I just take it to a jeweler for this? Is there a certain kind of appraisal I need? I've seen estate appraisers listed locally, but those seem to be more geared towards, well, an entire estate worth of stuff rather than one ring. Second, I've noticed a lot of sites pop up lately that are geared towards online sales of jewelry (Worthy, I Do Now I Don't, etc). They all seem to have the same business model - you send them your ring (they provide packaging and insurance), they make you an offer, and if you accept, you get a check. Has anyone used one of these? Lastly, once I have an appraisal, what $ amount should I am to sell it for? Is 50% of the value a good metric? Less? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!

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