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Hi Metafilter Cooks- I need your advice. I was making a delicious looking Chicken Pho recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but adapting it to my instant pot. I put together the ingredients for the broth and set the pressure cooker and walked away...and afterwards produced a divine smelling stock that I really want to use. ButI have a small toddler which means that I can never ever concentrate on anything that I am doing which is why attempting to cook is usually an adventure. After I started lifting out the chicken pieces from the pot, I also found the liner that goes at the bottom of the chicken package within. I was distracted while putting in the chicken and obviously missed it. I am so very very very sad to have wasted my time, these lovely ingredients, and so incredibly frustrated. Is this something that I should throw out? Advice appreciated!!

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I set up a new laser printer last night that had just been delivered. It is a Dell e525w that can print, scan, fax, and copy. After going through the set-up process, I printed some test pages. They came out mottled, with very uneven print. See image here (let me know if the image is not public, as I've never used Google Photos before, thanks). I was using plain laser printer paper and the correct printer setting for it. More info below.From the user's manual, the only listed solution is to adjust the transfer roller using the included maintenance software. It had 7 settings from -3 to +3, default was zero. I tried every option and printed a test after each. The picture I linked to was the worst and the best of the bunch. First question, does anyone have this printer or one like it, that can give me some advice of other adjustments that might help? I'd rather not waste a lot of time and toner testing every maintenance option, especially since the manual only listed the one. Second question, should I just assume that the printer was damaged in shipping and request an exchange? It was shipped in its original packaging, which only had one inch thick white styrofoam inserts. Hardly a good buffer against being knocked around during the shipping process. I really appreciate your input!

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Yolocaust re-contextualizes selfies taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. (Trigger warning: use of historical death camp photography.)

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I'm printing tons of text and I need something that's mac compatible, wireless, and prints like the wind. It would be great if it didn't print to the same tray that feeds it.

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Basically my favorite song to work to is "You Wish" by Nightmares on Wax. Largely instrumental, upbeat, melodic, a bit of funk, and just interesting enough that I can hear it but not listen to it, if you know what I mean. If you like this song, what else do you like?Here's the song (video): https://youtu.be/TwDOa-lvizM Something about this particular type of electronica/instrumental perfectly occupies the antsy part of my brain so the rest of me can really get shit done. I have built a Pandora station around this song (it tends to pull in Zero7, Air, Bonobo, Thievery Corporation, that type of thing, which is fine) but am wondering what I am missing. Sometimes Pandora tips me too far into "sappy easy listening" and sometimes too far into "dissonant ambient" so I'm looking for more anchor songs that occupy this funky, melodic middle ground. If you like this song, what other songs do you like?

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I'm working with the social worker at my kids' school to get families more involved in the students' annual community outreach program. Looking for more ideas of how to do that.In lieu of celebrating Valentine's Day, my kids' school does a "We Care" week that week. Each grade level is assigned to a different community organization. They collect donations (money, clothes, pop tops, food, etc) and then have a field trip to visit the organization and see the work they're doing firsthand. Parents chaperone the field trips and sometimes help their kids get the donations together, depending on what they are. The school social worker is interested in getting them more involved in the week, maybe having a component of the week that's done with the whole family. So far, we've talked about doing a canned food collection from kids' neighbors, or making something as a family to contribute. I'm having trouble coming up with anything and was hoping you all might have some ideas! The list of organizations for this year hasn't been announced yet, but here are some we've worked with in the past: Ronald McDonald House Humane Society food bank public library a thrift store run by a hospice organization retirement home nearby police station a community center that runs a preschool and lots of programs for teens and older adults. Thanks for the help, metafilter!

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The Alt-Right's Meltdown Is Just Like Any Other Message Board Drama (single link Buzzfeed, by Katie Notopoulos)

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Grumpybearbride and I have been plagued by beasts in our ceiling, scritch-a-scratching and tumbling about in the night, causing a ruckus and keeping us from getting a good night's rest. This morning it sounds like they added a new member to their family. I recorded and enhanced the sound of said wee beastie in hopes that someone with more knowledge than I could potentially identify it. This is the recording. Help!

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The weather forecast for the weekend includes a blizzard starting Friday afternoon and dying down sometime on Sunday. I'm a reasonably competent baker looking for suggestions to distract me from cabin fever and the inauguration. Suggestions? The main criteria: - ingredients must be available at a run of the mill grocery store. - both savory and sweet suggestions are welcome, though I'm vegetarian. - time is not an issue, so long as the end result is delicious.

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When picturing a francesinha, imagine a croque monsieur — the delicious baked or grilled French ham and cheese sandwich — that got extremely angry, hulked out into a muscle-bound edible behemoth and was then doused by the attendant cook with a zesty beer-and-tomato sauce to prevent any further, monsterlike growth. Portugal's Glorious Calorie Bomb of a Sandwich Porto's francesinha sandwich is a gut buster Francesinha (Portuguese Sandwich) Vegan francesinha (English) Vegan francesinha (Portuguese) Xef cooking Vegetarian Francesinha and Caipirinha (ft Restepa) [NSFW - language] Related: People Try Portuguese Food For The First Time [BuzzFeed]

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Tom Hanks guest hosts on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, with panelists Luke Burbank, Paula Poundstoke, and Faith Salie, and Simone Biles playing Not My Job. AV Club was there, and apparently it was an interesting night. Chicago Tribune was also there.

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For reasons I have a number of 16-30 year olds who are required to spend an hour at a time (1-5 d/w) in the computer lab with me. They are excused from the usually assigned task, but their presence is sill required. Again, reasons. They rotate in and out so I can't do so much team-based or curriculum based stuff, but I would like them to spend this time on an enriching manner. I have some ideas (inside) but want more. Ideally quantifiable/defensible activities that could go on a resume somehow.• I am intending to have a "movie of the day" that is from a curated Ted list and we can hen chat about it, that could work in small groups. • Self-study of programming and 3D modeling is something I can help them with through TinkerCad, Inkscape and Codeacademy. I have very limited possibilities to download software or plugins should be mentioned. • Participation in GalaxyZoo's citizen-scientist projects where they can count penguins etc. I am especially interested in no-fail "participation" and volunteering options like this. • Self studies in Office package from YouTube, or possibly online (free). • Duolingo for language studies. But also that they volunteer to help other people online with their language studies, partially as these aren't always study-ready themselves. • Possibly some sort of brain-training, mindfulness or mood-gym activity or site if given OK from powers that be, many have neuropsyk, attention or mental health issues. I am willing to learn the basics of anything that might be applicable in order to be able to support them in the task. I will also have some people help me with work related tasks away from the comuter but we can't have, say, people practicing the guitar.

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Question for developers about your experiences submitting apps to the App Store with encryption without having Apple make a big deal of it...I've made this low-budged chat app where users exchange messages stored on Firebase. It's all pretty secure. Except that for privacy reasons, as DB admin, I'd like it if I could open up the console without seeing people's private messages in JSON plaintext. So my goal is to encrypt those messages. But Apple has strict policies about the "encryption review" that certain apps must go through if they employ encryption, to satisfy export requirements. Until September 2016 you even had to register your use encryption with the U.S. government. But as of 2017 this has changed. The govenrment no longer even lets you file for the paperwork that Apple asks you to provide if you want to use encryption. Apparently, however, the App Store submission form is out of date and, not having caught up with these changes, still requires you to submit proof that the U.S. government knows about your use of encryption. Furthermore I've seen rumors on message boards that "encryption review" can add as much as 45 days to your app review process. Oh no! I promised the client I'd publish the app in a couple weeks. I'm therefore not sure if the trouble is worth it, and am wondering if I should just wait until the next update to provide 128-bit end-to-end encryption. I'm also just wondering if there is a "lite" level of encryption that will softly scramble the chat messages without bothering Apple. Is there some sweet spot at which Apple does not consider your encryption to be serious enough to review? For example (this is hypothetical only) if I literally just submitted an app that used the "shift everything 4 letters up" cipher associated with Julius Caesar, would it be more likely to get a pass and to speed through review? What if I just kept the keys short for now, or scrambled the text using a simple password from the keychain? Anyone have any helpful experiences navigating this maze? Much appreciated.

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I'm looking for tips and stories from regular hikers about how you got "better". What helped early on, what gear made your life better and you wish you had had it much earlier, judging trail difficulties, etc.Personal background: I hate exercise. That may be a hyperbole. I like it in theory, and I was mildly active as a child with dance and tennis, but I've never loved it. The exercise high remains elusive. I managed two years of weight lifting in college because I paid for a personal trainer, and each weekend I went but never got excited about it -- but I loved the results! I gained actual weight for the first time since puberty stopped, I filled out, and I generally felt great about how I looked. I was just dragging my feet like a walking pout the entire time. Last year: After being relatively sedentary for a few years, minus the acceptable amount of walking per day on my commute, I joined a two-day bus tour where the group of us walked, climbed, and sweated all over various castles in central Japan. The month after, I spent two days at the base of Mt. Fuji exploring the lava caves and surrounding forests. In fall, I hiked two small mountains and started looking for more nearby options I could do in a day trip. I hate exercise, but it's obvious something is working. Questions: 1. How did you start hiking? How often did you go? 2. What things did you wish you knew earlier? 3. What's your favorite piece of gear that you'd now never go without? ("Non-essentials" is subjective, but things that make your life easier) 4. Especially for solo hikers, how do you determine your limits on trail difficulties? Did you ease into higher trails or just take a chance? I've seen prior threads on gear lists, what to take on day hikes, etc. ITT, I'm looking more for advice (evangelizing?) from experienced hikers on how to make this an actual hobby that sticks, and how to get better at it. I also realize some of these answers may be to check out local hiking groups, but so far I have enjoyed my outings much more alone, where I can set my own schedule.

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Looking for some advice and/or a reality check on my plans to negotiate this offer I've received.I recently left a very well-paying job to go back to school, and am now right back where I was ~8 years ago applying for part-time jobs to give me something to live on while I finish my certificate program. I have been offered a job at a dog daycare/boarding kennel, and have been offered .25/hour above minimum wage. The owner has told me that they primarily hire current first-time college students, and so I think this pay is generally not unreasonable. However, I have a decade of work experience (including the kind of front desk, customer service, and cleaning work that needs to get done here) and also a certification in dog behavior from a reputable/accredited organization. I think I'm a cut above what they would normally expect, and deserve more than what was offered. When some friends and I got together tonight, they asked how my interview went. I told them I had received an offer and was thinking of asking for a little more money. To a (wo)man, they raised their eyebrows and gave each other skeptical glances, and responses included, "Well, I bet no one's ever done that to them before" and "If you don't think they'll take back their offer, then sure I guess." I have not negotiated pay since I worked for a convenience store briefly about six years ago; I have worked public sector jobs ever since. So now I'm wondering if I'm just taking some advice that applies to a salary higher than mine will be and applying it where it doesn't belong. Is this something that just isn't done any more at this pay level? Perspectives and opinions on whether I should negotiate would be very much appreciated. And if I should, how best could I bring it up (I'll be having this conversation over the phone) without sounding like I'm giving an ultimatum or making demands? I do want to take the job; it would be a lot more fun than going back to retail.

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I made an uh-oh and added an extra two ounces of butter to a batch of ginger snaps. Help? Bakers of meta filter, I need your guidance. I was making Dorie's gingersnap recipe, and somehow added 8 ounces of butter, while the recipe actually calls for 6 ounces. I realized this when the last step was wrapping the dough into a disc, and mine was buttercream textured. I added maybe 1/4 cup of cornstarch, and it's now thicker, say brownie batter-like. Should I leave well enough alone and refrigerate it overnight as planned?

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The good news is that I've successfully talked my work into sending me to New York City for a couple work-related seminars in less than two weeks. The terrifying news is that now I actually have to do this thing. I have never been to New York City (I've never spent any significant time in a city larger than Seattle), can get anxious riding public transit in unfamiliar places, and am looking for help/recommendations.I am flying in to JFK on Monday the 30th around 4 pm. On the 31st and 1st, I have seminars at the Global Financial Conference Center in Midtown (Madison Ave & E 45th) between 8 am and 5 pm. I fly out of JFK Thursday the 2nd around 5:30 pm. I'm staying at a hotel on 45th a few blocks west of the conference center. I will have free time all three evenings and the last day, and I want to try to do as many awesome things as possible, and take pictures of as many cool things as possible. 1) What is going to be the least stressful way to get from the airport to the hotel and vice versa? My work is footing the bill within reason (so, a cab yes, a private town car, probably not). I get weirdly anxious about taking public transit in cities I'm not familiar with and I'm thinking a cab might be the easiest here. Any information you can provide, including literal directions for where to get a cab once I get off the plane, would be really appreciated. Cost? Appropriate tip? 2) On my last day, I think I want to visit a museum, though I have angst about which one. I am torn between the Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I like art, but I also like dinosaur skeletons, so... I am wondering if it will be easier/safer to check out of the hotel in the morning but leave my bag with the concierge and retrieve it prior to going to the airport. (This might also be easier because then the hotel/doorman could get a cab for me.) Museum recommendations? Best way to get there from the hotel? 3) I want to go somewhere tall to see as much of the city as possible. (Not ashamed to admit I love the Space Needle here in Seattle.) What is the best combination of easiest to get to and best views? Empire State Building? One World Trade Center? Somewhere else? Depending on timing I won't necessarily be able to get there during day time but getting there at sunset would be cool. I am also open to getting up early to get somewhere for sunrise. 4) Weather/clothes. My goal is travel as lightly as possible, and am hoping to fit everything in a large backpack and my purse. I'm thinking: one pair of jeans for the travel days, a skirt + leggings for the seminars, and one sweater for each day. (The conferences do not specify a dress code, though I expect people will be dressed pretty nicely.) My usual winter wear in Seattle is a knee-length grey wool coat, scarf, and fingerless gloves. What weather should I expect? Does my clothing plan sound unreasonable? 5) Restaurants. The seminars will provide breakfast and lunch, so I'm mainly looking for good dinner places within easy reach of my hotel. I like most cuisines (don't eat beef or spicy foot), and I especially love sushi. I would really like to treat myself to a nice meal while I'm there, though by treat I mean on my personal scale, which is not necessarily a NYC cost-of-living scale; say $100 after tax/tip (and I don't drink alcohol). I would also be open to a so-so meal with an amazing view. The breakfast at the seminars will I'm sure just be a table of pastries or similar, so if there are good breakfast places nearby, I'll take those too. 6) What else should I do? There are so many options that I can't narrow it down, and I will mostly only have evenings. I like musicals/theater. Is there anything I should try to get a ticket for? Anywhere to buy discounted tickets day-of? I would love to visit a second museum, but it looks like most of them close at 5 or 6 pm so I won't have time. I'd love to visit the Stonewall Inn but don't know how easy it is to get to from where I'll be. I'd like to spend an entire day wandering around Central Park or the Highline, but don't have the time. Any advice, recommendations, etc. that you have would be greatly appreciated. I'm excited but also really anxious about this so I am grateful for your help. Thanks!

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Google and the Miseducation of Dylann Roof - How did Dylann Roof go from being someone who was not raised in a racist home to someone so steeped in white supremacist propaganda that he murdered nine African Americans during a Bible study?

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In Search of Ragu - Matt Goulding (Roads & Kingdoms) The beauty of ragu is that it's an idea as much as it is a recipe, a slow-simmered distillation of what means and circumstances have gifted you: If Zia Peppe's ragu is made with nothing but pork scraps, that's because her neighbor raises pigs. When Maria cooks her vegetables in a mix of oil and butter, it's because her family comes from a long line of dairy farmers. When Nonna Anna's slips a few laurel leaves into the pot, she plucks them from the tree outside her back door. There is no need for a decree from the Chamber of Commerce to tell these women what qualifies as the authentic ragu; what's authentic is whatever is simmering under the lid.

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I have a Mac Mini running OSX version 10.11.6. (El Capitan). With a view to eventually replacing its original 1TB internal disk with a smaller-capacity SSD, I bought a 4TB Seagate Expansion Drive.Information found around the web suggests using Disk Utility to reformat this drive to OS X Extended Journaled and GUID Partition Map. Some of this information is a couple of years old so I'm not relying on it, but more to the point, when I try to erase, I immediately get a Disk Utility error saying the erase process has failed, and giving this additional information: Unmounting disk Couldn't unmount disk. Operation failed... I can move files onto the disk as it is, but it's a Windows FAT format now and I am antsy about this. What next?

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Making good on my new year's resolution to do less business with Amazon and more with small businesses that treat their employees well - hivemind, who are your picks for hobby supplies in general, and model rocketry supplies in particular?

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The recent Oxfam report on the 8 richest men holding as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the world has led to me hearing arguments about how these people deserve their money and they give to charity so it's all OK, which I find kind of awful. Does anyone have thoughts/ websites/discussions/books to recommend that examine this in a more sophisticated way?I know we're operating in a broken system that even allows this to happen, but I still feel grossed out by the individuals who have hoarded this much in a world where people are literally starving to death and dying of preventable disease because their countries don't have the infrastructure to provide them with necessary care. Can someone who knows more than me about these people, and the global economy, expand on this issue a bit more/recommend sites, discussions, books, films or tv programs etc to help me get more of a grip on this situation?

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The English language has produced a staggering number of words and phrases for the state of being intoxicated by alcohol. The Drunktionary collects hundreds of them, from "A beat up tank" to "zozzled", all in glorious 2001 Tripod style. For more rigorous etymological information, see the Historical Thesaurus of English entry on "drinking to excess", though it focuses on words rather than phrases.

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AI have super picky, specific tastes in TV. Help me find more shows that meet my criteria. Exact preferences and shows I already enjoy or dislike under the fold.Things I like in my shows: -Long story arcs with mystery aspects that unfold gradually. -Ensemble casts. -Queer characters, canonically or sub-textually. -Political commentary, overt or subtle. -Themes that are bigger than the show itself, if that makes sense? Like, Jessica Jones, in addition to being a superhero drama, is more broadly about dealing with trauma. Steven Universe, in addition to all the goings-on with the gems and life in Beach City, is also about consent and power in relationships and the nature of family. -Glimpses of hope at least occasionally. Specific shows I like: The aforementioned Steven Universe and Jessica Jones. (Luke Cage is next on the to watch list.) Battlestar Galactica, until it went off the rails in the last season. Sense8. Stranger Things. Revolutionary Girl Utena. Inexplicably, Bojack Horseman. Firefly, though it's been a long time since I've seen it and I don't think I'd like it as much now. You might think from that list that I'm only looking for speculative stuff, but I could see myself liking some sort of slowly unfolding family drama set on earth as we know it. Things I dislike: -Mystery/monster of the week type things. -Excessive gore/gridmark rape and violence. (Folks I trust tell me I would hate Game of Thrones). -Things centered on straight dudes behaving badly. -Most sitcoms. -Humor based on embarrassment. (E.g. The Office, some of Arrested Development.) Things I have disliked: Mad Men (couldn't tell the characters apart or keep track of who was sleeping with who, couldn't deal with Don Draper.) All incarnations of Doctor Who. (Too monster of the week, plus I'm sick of everyone I know insisting that of course I'll love it I just haven't found the right doctor yet.) Downton Abbey. (Boring.) Rick and Morty. (Can tend toward rape jokes, everyone is awful.) All of the early 90s sitcoms and dramas that I'm supposed to harbor nostalgia for as an almost 30-something. (I grew up with parents who heavily restricted my TV watching, completely missed the window for those things to imprint.) What else is out there for me?

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So I have been blessed with proximity to a large window at work, and given that the days have gotten short enough that the sun sets during the work day, I thought that a nice silver lining (or red-orange lining) to the short, cold days would be watching the sunset right before the workday ends. The DC area is not exactly known for its spectacular sunsets, but I have been noticing the strangest recurring sunset fizzle.No matter how numerous and fluffy and glorious the clouds are from 9 am to 4:30 pm, by 5:00, when the sun is setting, they will have done one of three things: 1) Vanished, leaving behind only one or two ghostly scraps. 2) All consolidated into one long, thin, sunset-blocking cloud at the bottom of the horizon 3) If it was a really cloudy day to begin with, the whole sky will remain covered by a single haze of cloud. For a successful sunset, you need a few clouds reasonably high above the horizon for the light to turn them pink, but this just isn't happening because the clouds are either too low or nowhere to be found. And this cloud departure is so specific to the sunset timeframe that it feels almost like the clouds themselves work 9-5 and are clocking out and heading home right at sunset time. Is this cloud pattern and timing a Thing? Like is there any known phenomenon related to clouds thinning out or lowering relative to the horizon at the end of the day? Could it be specific to the direction I'm facing (north or southwest, I think) or the geographic locale?

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