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Hey hivemind. I saw this video, which starts with a Japanese woman wearing a rather particular type of robe, while at a kotatsu. It's somewhat reminiscent of a kimono, but big, comfy, padded cotton? Sort of like a wearable comforter. Anyone know what these are called / where I might find them? ... or, if necessary, a pattern for them?

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I'm trying to find an old Apple II educational game we used to play in school in the early to mid-eighties. Played in a first-person perspective, it involved puzzles that you had to solve in order to advance from room to room. I remember there being a wine cellar at one point, but not much more than that. I've looked in the Internet Archive and Wikipedia's lists of games, to no avail. This has been driving me nuts for years - any help would be appreciated!

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I have a Samsung SyncMaster B2430 flat screen monitor. I use it as an external monitor with an ASUS laptop. Right now I am not using it because I CAN'T TURN IT ON.And it's very frustrating. I had this problem briefly before, unplugged and replugged it several times and it resolved. Right now, nothing works. This problem is all over the internet with no clear answers or solutions. Many of the attempted solutions found online involve an ON button, and my monitor does not have one. Seriously. I have searched the entire thing multiple times. I'm frustrated. Tell me how to turn this stupid thing on! Thanks.

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It's grey with TIMES NEW ROMAN and lots of ellipses.....where and when did this develop?I was visiting Mt Vernon last weekend, and it hit me...museums all across the country have a similar look. Walls are dark grey. Track lighting accent things meant to be seen. Words with BIG IDEA are painted on the walls, with smaller ideas in italics, followed by ellipses, which lead to a significant art object highlighted with dramatic, yet soft, lighting. Everything seems upscale and 'museum-y' and artsy. When and where did this aesthetic develop? It seems very different than early 20th century display cases, or the Aqua dioramas of the 50s/60's. I also see this aesthetic in Columbia's old 'MasterWork' LP labels....dark grey center with times new roman typefaces. The 'Classical Barbra' LP cover(s) show a similar museum aesthetic.

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I'm trying to find reputable and effective non-profit organizations that protect workers from legal or illegal exploitation by their employers. Any recommendations? (I was awarded money in the high tech employee antitrust settlement and suspect that other workers may be more deserving of extra cash.)Examples of such organizations are Equal Rights Advocates, which fights for women's equality in the U.S. workplace, and Polaris, which combats slavery and human trafficking.

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dogs with tongue sticking out a little

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Brandon Hardesty's [previously] web series, "No Small Parts," celebrates the careers of movie character actors. So far, we have five very touching short biographies of: Anne Ramsey (Throw Mama from the Train, Scrooged, The Goonies), Vincent Schiavelli (Ghost, Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) Scatman Crothers (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Coonskin, The Shining), Warwick Davis (the Star Wars series, the Harry Potter series), and Michael Jeter (The Green Mile, Miller's Crossing, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Bring a hanky. These are love letters.

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Holy fascist retrograde, Batman! DC Comics announces "The Dark Knight Rises: The Master Race". Because the comics universe apparently needs to have karmic balance for the progress of Bobby Drake (Previously on Mefi), which is why DC is making yet another Miller/Azzarello The Dark Knight comic book. Frank Miller, author of The Dark Knight, Sin City, The 300, and Holy Terror! shall once more be working with Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Wonder Woman). Various reactions at Polygon and at io9.

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Where can I find a wrist timer that 1. can be set to alternate between two different time intervals (e.g. 10 min., 5 min., 10 min., 5 min...) with a minimum of button presses, 2. has a silent alarm, and 3. will fit an 8-year-old child's wrist?The options I've found so far are either really loud or involve a complicated sequence of button-pushing to change to the next, different time interval.

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How do I find a therapist who will help me develop a thicker skin regarding failure during the job hunt and keep me on a positive track?I've been on the job market for a little while (while employed) and it's been pretty brutal every time I've been rejected. I have a hard time not beating myself up afterwards. I'm aiming a little high (top of mind, highly successful companies; I get past the phone screen and then don't do well enough on the 4-5 onsite interviews). Even though the rejects have been kind/positive and I've been improving at interviewing as time goes on, I just feel worse and worse about myself. It's frustrating and I tend to spiral out into deep depressions, especially because I know most people in my field are paid about twice as much as I am (NYC, mid-level software engineer, paid 20-30k less than a lot of junior positions for people with my background due to my terrible negotiation skills and coming from a market where software engineers are paid a lot less. After being rejected it's hard not to feel like I'm worth about...half a junior engineer despite my experience and track record of delivering.). I know I can and need to improve on a lot of levels, but after the rejections I have a hard time picking myself up and getting back on track. I'd like to be able to shrug rejection off more easily so I can get to where I want to be more quickly. I also am getting pretty exhausted. How do I find a therapist who can help me with that? I know about CBT, but my experience with a CBT therapist was bad in that I felt like I was failing my therapist when I couldn't get myself to think the right way.

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A girl at the beach, one year before WWI. In 1913, Amateur photographer Mervyn O'Gorman took beautiful, vivid photos of his daughter using an early color photography process called autochrome. Previous autochrome posts: 1, 2, 3

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You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do? [Open Phil's] six full-time staffers have taken on the unenviable task of ranking every plausible way to make the world a much better place, and figuring out how much money to commit to the winners. It's the biggest test yet of GiveWell's heavily empirical approach to picking charities. If it works, it could change the face of philanthropy. Previously: GiveWell in Metatalk.

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If you happen to be in the right place at the right time, Jason Alexander will record a personalized version of his famous "Believe It Or Not, I'm Not Home" Seinfeld voicemail greeting just for you.

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Lesser-Known Trolley Problem Variations There's an out of control trolley speeding towards Immanuel Kant. You have the ability to pull a lever and change the trolley's path so it hits Jeremy Bentham instead. Jeremy Bentham clutches the only existing copy of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals. Kant holds the only existing copy of Bentham's The Principles of Morals and Legislation. Both of them are shouting at you that they have recently started to reconsider their ethical stances. Fred Clark: Yeah, maybe elaborately constructed and convoluted, semi-sadistic analogies aren't always helpful for ethical reflection. Background: doing vs. allowing harm Previously: trolley problems and autonomous cars Previously: could the body of a 184lb human stop a trolley?

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What if Man of Steel was in color? (SLYT)

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Karl Ove ­Knausgaard's 'My Struggle: Book 4' reviewed by Jeffrey Eugenides [New York Times Book Review] Jeffrey Eugenides reviews Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle: Book 4," which centers on the author's yearlong stint as a sexually frustrated young teacher in northern Norway. Previously. Previously.

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A close relative whom I love dearly is having triple bypass surgery soon. He lives too far to drive (USA, on the opposite coast). I'd like to do something nice for him, and my first thought was flowers. It was suggested that this might be morbid, and I can see both sides. I'm seeking opinions and other cheery ideas if you have them.I will definitely be calling his wife (we're really close) to send my love and good thoughts.

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I don't want kids. I've know this for a long time, and my brain is 100% sure of this fact. However, as I get older (I'll be turning 37 shortly), my biological clock will just not shut up. I really would like to it to.There are so many things I want out of life, but kids are not one of them. I could go on a whole long speech detailing my reasons and rationale and all sorts of feelings and opinions on the matter, but they're really just unnecessary details. I'm just not a person who wants kids. Please trust me on this! Up until my earlier mid-30s (I'm female, in case it wasn't clear) I was convinced I didn't even have a biological clock -- the idea of the possibility of having kids was just completely foreign to me. But recently (within the last year or so, maybe since turning 35-36), I've become painfully aware my window of opportunity is rapidly shrinking, and despite being so sure of what I want, I can't shake this crippling feeling of loss, and of missed opportunity. It started out as a passing thought once in a blue moon, but as time marches on, it's become a daily, if not several times a day thing, and it makes me sad and depressed and angry. I'm finding myself having to avoid situations where having kids or pregnancy is talked about, because of the sadness wave that comes over me. The posts & likes on my facebook wall from my friends with kids ("whatever every mom needs to know" type things) send me into a frantic "don't show posts like this" fury. The mothers day ads that have started to pop up already make me turn off the radio and TV. It makes no sense, because I really do not want kids. Heck, even If i'm wrong on this, I'n single and on my own, so it's not even an realistic possibility without significant emotional and financial cost. But it's really not what I want. What I do want, however, is for these feelings to go away and to stop having such a negative effect on my life and mental well-being! Maybe it's hormones, maybe I'm mourning the loss of my chance to even have a child as I age, maybe it's something else, but whatever it is, I really need it to stop. What can I do? How can I get my biological clock to just shut up already?

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In the next few months we're having a convention. It has the possibility of attracting GamerGate attention. We've talked about the possibility that the panels will be disrupted, but if there's definitely trouble brewing we'd like to know about it.I've seen people mention online (without linking or naming them) forums etc. where GamerGaters planned their harassment. Where are these places?... The information's probably Googleable, but I'm coming up snake eyes.

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My latest guilty pleasure is Tumblrs that use a crapton of silly, pop-culture-y gifs to give a humorous take on someone's job, like When You Work At A Museum or What Should We Call Stage Management. The problem is that those are the only two I know. Got any more recommendations?

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The archive of Leiden's Holy Spirit Orphanage holds a small collection of medieval name tags that were pinned to abandoned babies. Written in Middle Dutch on slim slips of paper, they still have visible holes from the pins that fixed the tags to the foundlings.

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I've been writing podcast reviews (link to site in my profile if needed) for the last few months. There's no shortage of resources for improving my writing (which I frequently use) but where can I find sources to help me write better reviews, specifically?I'm not picky about the kind of advice. It can be theoretical, exercises, tips & tricks from books, websites, or magazines. Wherever. Are there such things? And just to be clear I'm looking specifically for resources, not critiques of my writing. Not because it's above reproach (at all) but because this is MetaFilter and I'd like to avoid a derail before it starts! I welcome memail with specific suggestions if you think they would be helpful.

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Men's Neckties: How-to tie necktie knots - from Mefi's own xingcat, posted from MeFi Projects. Selection: How to tie a bow tie.

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I want to know what the market is for freelance reporters to sell their ability to do stories to radio stations across the country (or maybe in general). I don't know what a reporter might charge for freelancing the reporting, producing, writing and voicing of a story or what would compel a station to hire them And does there exist a collective or consortium of freelancers who have managed to turn that into a business model, like a narrowly focused employment agency or maybe even a talent agency. Does anybody know where I can find data on both?

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My fiance and I want to have gourmet pizza and pasta from a great local restaurant to feed the guests at our wedding reception. How should we logistically tackle this? How do we keep pizza hot on a buffet table? How much of each item (pizza/pasta) will we need? Details below.I'm starting to plan my wedding which will take place about a year from now. Fiance and I are paying for the wedding ourselves so we're trying to cut costs where we can. We have an amazing location for the reception already booked, and they let us bring in whatever food/catering/alcohol we want, which was my #1 priority. I looked at a couple of traditional caterers' price lists, but it looks like they will be way out of budget. Our guest list will probably be around 200 people, and we would love to keep food costs (not including alcohol) at around $10 per head. I realize in wedding money terms that sounds INSANE, but I think it can be done. I have a ton of family that is in town and willing to help and we are fine with using nice-looking disposable dishes. There's a great local restaurant that we love and we're thinking about trying to use their food to self-cater the reception buffet style. They serve gourmet pizzas and several different kinds of pastas. Here's a link to their catering menu. Pasta trays -- feed 20-24 people -- $90 (roughly $4.09 pp) 16 inch pizzas -- feed 4-6 people -- $21 (roughly $4.20 pp) Obviously, this is very reasonably priced compared to using a wedding caterer. And we already know the food is awesome! I'm thinking we'd probably choose 3-4 flavors of pizza and maybe 2 kinds of pasta and set them up buffet style. We'd also probably DIY some big bowls of Caesar salad to go with it. Here are my questions, though, about making all of this work. 1) How would we keep the pizzas warm on a buffet? The house we're using for the reception has a kitchen we can use, which just has a normal-sized oven, nothing industrial or anything. I would probably arrange to send someone to pick up the food (or have them deliver) right before dinner will be served, maybe an hour or so into the reception. The pasta won't be hard, we can buy or rent chafing dishes to serve it from, but the pizzas will be more of a challenge. I'm assuming we probably won't want to set out ALL the pizzas at once, so could we just stick the other ones in the oven and have someone replenish them? Would the pizza get cold sitting out on a table while people stand in line to fill their plates? Would people care that much if the pizza wasn't sizzling hot? Can you put those little flame cans that go under chafing dishes under some sort of pizza tray apparatus? 2. How much of each item do we need to buy? I'm assuming most people will probably eat some pasta and some pizza; should we go ahead and get enough of each for a full serving for each person, or can we decrease that amount a little bit, assuming they'll take less than a full serving? Has anyone ever planned a similar event who can comment on the ratio of pizza to pasta eaten? 3. Will pizza, pasta, and Caesar salad be enough choices for the "meal" portion of the night? We'll probably have some little appetizer type things for people to munch on at the beginning of the reception, and will have cake/dessert later on in the evening. I'd like to add that we are in Alabama, and wedding food is very commonly buffet style or heavy hors d'ouevres here. I know from reading enough wedding forums online that these affairs up North are much different and there is often the expectation of a huge sit down multiple-course fancy dinner; that is not the case here, and I'm not at all worried about what people will think of our food options. I just want the presentation of it all to go smoothly and for no one to go hungry!

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