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I already know the answer will be "you can't do this without the app." I don't want that answer. I don't have an app on windows+chrome and it works fine. I want to know exactly what I need to do to chrome to make it play on android, or, exactly what is missing from chrome+android that precludes it from working. (For e.g. Chrome for Android doesn't support required FeatureX.)Netflix streaming plays back fine on my win7 machine, Chrome 63.0.3239.132, but not on Android 8.0.0, Chrome 63.0.3239.111 (yes, set for "Desktop site"). It says something went wrong, error code: M7121-1331-P7. Netflix help on this error pretends like this isn't a thing and the instructions don't help. (For example, extensions are currently not supported on Chrome for Android so why would I need to disable them?) An acceptable answer could also include switching to another Android browser that works with Netflix streaming.

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I have a weekend free at the end of February and an extreme case of solo wanderlust. Can anyone recommend a European destination that would fit my criteria?Things I'm looking for: - Accessible via public transport from London in 2-4hrs (plane, train, boat, whatever) - Quiet-ish - Visible history/historic architecture - Cultural wanderings (museums/archives/interpreted sites) - Walkable - Places to eat/drink - Scenic with accessible nature (water; forest; mountain). Things I could care less about: - Gourmet food - local crafts - Shopping - Nightlife - Sports/outdoor pursuits (other than slowly rowing a boat, staring at a vista or gently ambling along a trail). I've most frequently been to Germany & The Netherlands for this kind of thing - strong examples being Utrecht & Gottingen - but would happily bob to France, Spain, Poland or anywhere else I can nab a bargain flight. Main thing is that it's not a city - love 'em but not for this break - unless it's one of those cities that's empty enough out of season to otherwise fit (e.g. Stockholm). So, given the above, is there a gem you'd recommend?

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I run a small business and have received advice about our website being too sterile and anonymous. Marketing person emphasised that getting business is about having a corporate story, a hook, personality, but that these must also be authentic. Frankly my real business origin story is about wanting to spend more time with my cat, and I'm uncomfortable about putting too much about my personality online where it can be linked to my name. Are there any solutions to this?Our work is around data consultancy, analysis, performance management. We do emphasise selling points like independence, accuracy, experience, integrity, and both my LinkedIn page and my business partner's also link to non-business interests, which we've assumed would help in showing we do have personalities. We try to create free content as much as we can - newsletter etc, though we are poor at prioritising this. We can develop a brief and dull origin story, which is something about having a lot of expertise in the public sector but seeing that we could have more impact working independently. We do emphasise the effect of managing data well on outcomes for service users etc. But anything more flashy or attention-grabbing is difficult. We both tend to be cynical when we see phrases such as "having a passion for data", so it's difficult to start describing ourselves in these terms. We're at the point of deciding whether to have one last marketing push or fold the business. The marketing person we saw gave us some other advice which we didn't think fitted our circumstances - creating TED talks and some suggestions about daily emails to contacts that we thought would be counter-productive with our targets - so she may just not have been a good fit for us, but we haven't been successful in getting other advice. After the meeting we honestly both feel despairing about not being the right sort of people to work freelance. Any advice about business stories and conveying a positive version of one's personality online when you are basically a dour and twitchy person would be really helpful - thank you.

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I want to get my niece (14) hooked. On learning English. Like her aunt (me). She seems to enjoy it so far but I need more resources. Can you help, Metafilter?My family and I live in Europe and many of us are avid language learners. Our country's language is Polish but the adults in my family all speak English with varying fluency. There are five kids in the family, aged four months to fourteen years, and we have a very close bond. As the Fun Auntie (TM) I am often taking the kids to museums, libraries, shows and buying them lots of books (they love books). One thing I would really like to help them with is becoming fluent in English - not just fluent enough to get directions in an English-speaking country but to be able to enjoy English-language books, websites, movies, and maybe even stuff like Metafilter some time down the road (my niece has already expressed interest in the green/blue stuff her aunt is always reading ;) The older kids all have English at school and they are doing well grade-wise although they all say the classes are fairly boring. So I decided to show them how FUN English can be - and so far it seems to be working. They have read and loved - the Elephant and Piggy book series - The Little World of Liz Climo animal cartoons - David Wiesner's wordless books (and the one or two with words) - The Ugly Princess (with a lot of translation help from me) They also like watching apartment makeover videos by Tara Dennis - short, funny and really cool. Also, YouTube videos from Meghan Trainor (Better When I'm Dancing especially). My niece especially seems to enjoy it but I am running out of ideas that are suitable for her age and interests. She loves (and draws) cartoons but does not especially care for Manga. She has a very sarcastic, quirky sense of humor. Enjoys interior decoration and design magazines, and thinks of becoming either a designer or a book illustrator. Makes simple and quirky machines from paper. She likes adventure books and humor but her English is not yet strong enough to read whole books or even short stories in English on her own. Liz Climo cartoons seemed to hit the sweet spot - short and fairly easy yet not too childish, with bonus points for quirky. I am looking for more ideas - books, comics, short and interesting Youtube videos (short clips or songs). No websites or online games/forums for now - they are just too time consuming. And no straight language resources - no grammar games or vocabulary games. Just real-life stuff that people who are not ESL learners actually enjoy. Bonus points for quirky!

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Got home from a birthday celebration and the birthday celebree required unexpected debarkation assistance while my phone was out, in hand, and at the pay screen. The end result was that I stiffed our driver on the tip. How can I remit the intended amount?

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MLK Now - "In the year before King's death, he faced intense isolation owing to his strident criticisms of the Vietnam War and the Democratic Party, his heated debates with black nationalists, and his headlong quest to mobilize the nation's poor against economic injustice. Abandoned by allies, fearing his death was near, King could only lament that his critics 'have never really known me, my commitment, or my calling.' " (via) They ignore his indictment of the United States as the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world," his critique of a Constitution unjustly inattentive to economic rights and racial redress, and his condemnation of municipal boundaries that foster unfairness in housing and schooling... This is a tragedy, for King was a vital political thinker. Unadulterated, his ideas upset convention and pose radical challenges—perhaps especially today, amidst a gathering storm of authoritarianism, racial chauvinism, and nihilism that threatens the future of democracy and the ideal of equality. What follows is an effort to recover those unsettling ideas by shedding light on three of the most important and misunderstood elements of King's mature thought: his analysis of racism; his political theory of direct action and civil disobedience; and his understanding of the place of ethical virtues in activism and social life... King's interests in fear, ideology, and politics led him to believe, as he expressed in "The Power of Nonviolence" (1958), that we must "attack the evil system rather than individuals who happen to be caught up in the system." This systemic focus, crucially, does not inflate "racism" to make it explain all racial disparities, but understands that such inequalities are outcomes of many phenomena that interact with racism, yet cannot be reduced to only racism. These include technology, political economy, and cultural patterns. As early as 1964, for example, King presciently warned in Why We Can't Wait that "if automation is a threat to Negroes, it is equally a menace to organized labor." Arguing for an alliance between civil rights and labor activists, King foresaw how capital investments in "efficiency" would dislocate middle-class jobs, stagnate wages, and devastate unions' political power. Granted, discrimination and historical disadvantage would cause these burdens to fall hardest on poor blacks—yet it still opened the possibility of broader political alliances... In the face of accelerating automation and the elimination of living-wage jobs, King endorsed a number of egalitarian policies, including basic income and a full-employment guarantee, which have once again become rallying cries. Our present-day interest in these policies, however, remains too tethered to technocratic governance. King thought only mass civil disobedience would create, shape, and sustain such transformative goals... For King, such persistent failures of reciprocity—political, social, and economic—made civil disobedience legitimate... The mass dimension of protest allows for people of all walks of life to be more than spectators, and instead be transformed by their resistance to oppression, rediscovering courage and self-respect in the face of assaults on their dignity... its nonviolent aspect remained crucial, in part because of its unique ability to throw racist ideology off balance. On King's account, the racist worldview predicts that the humiliation and disregard dispensed in its name will bring back more of the same... For King, "adherence to nonviolence—which also means love in its strong and commanding sense," politically performed a feat of redirection. By unsettling racist expectations and disclosing new possibilities for living together, nonviolence and an ethic of love became vehicles for staging grievance, disrupting distrust and retaliation, and envisioning new forms of cooperation... King's blindness to the gendered dimensions of charismatic authority and hierarchical leadership within protest organizations—and the black church—is surely reason enough to be critical of his example... Any retrieval of King's legacy has to amend his triple evils [racism, militarism and poverty] to include a fourth: sexism... Still King's call to internationalize nonviolent social justice movements continues to matter in at least one important respect. We face global existential challenges of climate change, nuclear weaponry, war and terrorism, and wealth inequality (abetted by offshore tax havens and attacks on capital controls). Yet the institutions that exercise the most power over these circumstances remain insulated from democratic action and accountability to citizens. If there is any hope to prevent disempowered citizens' rage and resentment from being exploited by demagogues and reactionaries, it must be channeled into coordinated, enduring social movements that force electoral and economic reckonings while fostering respect for our shared "garment of destiny." King was hopeful, but not blind to the difficulty and costs of these aspirations. Members of such movements will face repression, scorn, prison, and sacrifice. Racism and sexism will threaten solidarity, violence will injure our faith in cooperation, and inequality will breed its rationalizations. But when threats are mortal, retreat and accommodation are avenues to self-destruction. As we scour for exemplars of struggle, we must not write off the United States' most peculiar radical and his enduring intellectual and political challenge. King calls on us to think and argue publicly about the crises of our present, and collectively determine the broadest range of nonviolent coercive powers at our disposal. "Our very survival," King wrote in Where Do We Go From Here, "depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change."

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Need a 45 minute break? Like, from anything? Here's piano artist (painter? poet? priest? alchemist?) George Winston's 1982 album Winter Into Spring [44m]: Side A: January Stars, February Sea, Ocean Waves (O Mar), Refletion Side B: Rain/Dance, Blossom/Meadow, The Venice Dreamer, Part One The Introduction) -> Part Two Like, if you're want to dip your toe in anywhere at all, start with Rain/Dance.

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The Sedona 5's Excellent Adventure On the morning of November 19, 1995, a federal budget stalemate between President Clinton and the U.S. Congress had forced the national park system to shut down, and the entire Grand Canyon had been closed to visitors for the past five days."

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Hamilton and Motifs: Creating Emotional Paradoxes [SLYT]

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Someone recently found a photo (on Pinterest?) that looks almost exactly like my ex-husband.Someone recently found a photo (on Pinterest?) that looks almost exactly like my ex-husband and sent it to him, and my ex posted it as his new Facebook profile pic to troll people. It looks so much like him that it even fooled me and I called him up to ask him WTF was up with the new tattoos and motorcycle. Now we both want to know who this person is so my ex can track him down and offer to take him out for a beer, but my reverse image GoogleFu is failing me. Hive mind, please hope me!

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Help me save the day and my friend's first computer build from bent pins in the CPU socket on the motherboard.I was helping my BFF build his first computer. I've built numerous systems over the years but I've never had this happen: The unthinkable. We were getting ready to install the CPU and I noticed the pins in the socket on the motherboard didn't look uniform. On closer inspection, it is obvious that we have approximately 4 pins out of place in one little spot. [Pictures] That was the best I could do to image them. The damaged area is in lower right between 4 and 5 o'clock. It seems like they are sticking up higher than their neighboring, correct pins, like they were pried upwards from below. I do not know how it happened and it doesn't really matter that much. What matters is that AFAIK there is no RMA, warranty, or other remedy from the manufacturer (ASRock) or seller (Newegg) for bent pins in a CPU socket. So I'm going to fix it. I will spend the rest of my free time researching the situation and watching how-to videos, etc. I will probably make a go at it tomorrow with a magnifying lens and some sort of tiny pointed object like a needle or some precision tweezers. I'd like to hear tales, war stories, practical advice or any other helpful thoughts & comments on this situation. The board is an ASRock Z370 Pro4. Socket LGA 1151. The CPU will be a Core i3-8100. All brand new.

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What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year? (2017 Edition). Sticking things in our rectums previously. Bonus: Best Dog Tweets Of All Time

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I had hundreds of dollars of tools and projects stored at TechShop (in California) when they closed down. They have not responded to repeated requests over two+ months for information on when/how I will get them back. What steps can I take?TechShop announced it was declaring bankruptcy back in mid-November 2017. They said they would be contacting members shortly with information on picking up their stuff from their storage lockers, but since then there has been no information sent to me about when or how to do that. Since then there's been talks of a deal to sell the company, but it's been in progress for over two months and no signs of it getting done soon. It also seems like the original TechShop is responsible for returning my stuff to me even if there is a deal in the works. The only contact information they give is the trustee email address ([email protected]) and I've sent many emails asking about getting my stuff back with no response. I've tried calling my TechShop location's phone number, but nobody picks up. I've tried emailing the main person involved in TechShop 2.0 ([email protected]) asking them to put me in touch. I've tried emailing Adafruit since they've done interviews with the people involved in the sale asking if they can put me in touch, all with no response. There's a Facebook group for the TechShop 2.0 people, but it's private and I don't use Facebook (or other social media). I'm not willing to wait and see any longer given that there's been literally no response to many attempts to contact them over months. What other options do I have? State Attorney General? District Attorney? Small claims court? The total value is under $1000 so I suspect a lawyer is not worth the money. I've never needed to do something like this before so I'm not sure which of these options are likely to be effective. It also looks like eviction notices have been posted for other TechShop locations and I'd prefer to get my stuff out before that happens to mine.

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Is there a chemical reason for why a larger pill, the same amount of medicine as two smaller ones, works faster?I take generic Ativan as needed for panic attacks. (Please do not use this post to tell me not to do that, I know how MeFi is about benzos sometimes.) Normally, if I wanted to take 1mg, I'd take two .5 pills. Today I got a different pill size from the pharmacy, so I wouldn't have to take as many pills at once if that happens, and I felt as if the 1mg single pill worked much stronger/faster. If it's the same amount of medication and I'm swallowing both of the smaller pills at the same time, what's the difference? I've noticed it with other medications in a similar situation, as well. I remember reading an explanation of it somewhere, probably here, but I don't know what keywords to look for. Thanks for explaining in advance!

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The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers The increase has been especially steep among groups of women who hadn't been having as many babies: those with advanced degrees, and those who never marry. Today, 55 percent of never-married women ages 40 to 44 have at least one child, up from 31 percent two decades ago, Pew found. 80 percent of women with professional degrees or doctorates have a child by the time they are 44, compared with 65 percent two decades ago, perhaps indicating that fewer women see long educations or demanding careers as a bar to having a family. And motherhood among women who have never married has risen across racial and educational groups. And just for fun: Babies, the official trailer.

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Why Cats Love Boxes, According to Science! There's also a (captioned) video on Twitter, starring Artemis, a black cat, which are clearly the best cats. Another explainer from Simon's Cat, and the obligatory Maru, the original YouTube box-fancier.

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I would love to find a great fitness tracker that's just right for me, but of course, I have complicated requirements, and so I turn to you, the trusty hive mind, for help. Requirements below the fold.The most problematic requirement: wrist trackers that rely on me to swing my arms don't work for me. For example, I'm often hiking with a camera and holding the camera rather than swinging my arms. I found out today my workplace will buy me an Apple watch for this purpose! And it can track steps using GPS and not arm swinging! However, I don't own an iPhone, so I can't do the GPS part. I do have an Android and am willing to consider other devices that track via GPS. I typically do not turn on my location on my phone but I suppose I can bite the bullet on that one if I must. However, if it tracks without that, so much the better. The reason I don't just get a clipon Fitbit is that I would love one that was gamified in some way since gamification really, really works on me. However, the only walking game I know of involves zombies, and I hate zombies. Any suggestions?

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Is it weird to message my massage therapist on LinkedIn to find out where she's working now?I've been seeing my massage therapist for a little under a year. I have a condition that affects my muscles and she is far better than any of the 8 - 9 other massage therapists I'd seen prior. I found out today that she'll be leaving the place where I get my massages in a little under a week. The only info I found on her through Googling is on LinkedIn. Is it weird to message her on LinkedIn or something to find out if she's going to be doing massage therapy elsewhere? It's unlikely that I'll be able to get in to have an appointment with her within the next week and when I asked at the front desk, they said they weren't sure if she was going to be working as a massage therapist elsewhere. I don't want to message her if it would come across as weird or creepy and I'm honestly not sure if it is or not.

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Songs from the pop, rock, and country genres that tell a story.

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I'm taking the girls (2 and 6) to the Oakland Women's March tomorrow and need to make signs. Alas: my 6-year-old *really* wants to wear her wolf costume (think, Max in ‚Where the Wild Things Are').Any idea for a sign that goes with a wolf suit? I'm just completely out of ideas. Difficulty: kid-friendly, needs to be super peaceful since we'll be marching with Quakers. We're white European immigrants. Other ideas for a family with 2 little ones are welcome as well (toddler will be on my back in a carrier). Topics on my mind these days: DACA/immigration/detention, disenfranchisement, Getting Out The Vote. Messages I'm not too crazy about: generic ‚girls rock' stuff, Trump-bashing. Thank you for brainstorming!

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Should we steer clear of the winner-takes-all approach? Looking to build a more inclusive culture and environment, scientists in New Zealand held a 'Kindness in Science' workshop in Dec 2017. Nature interviews seven scientists to discuss what this culture-shift would mean for them. The essay by Emily Bernhardt that helped inspire the workshop is also a fantastic read ('Being Kind').

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Let's say you had to plan 7 nights for two adults flying in and out of Charlotte in late May/early June. What would you recommend as an itinerary?One thought is go in a circle: Arrive in Charlotte (not necessarily stay there), Savannah, Charleston, and then Raleigh/Durham at the end to visit friends and back to Charlotte. Would like to visit some iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, or interesting parks. Maybe some Civil War stuff? No interest in night life or clubs. What would you do?

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I have some studying and a short, open book test to take tonight between 6:30 and 9:00. I'd like to have dinner and then study somewhere near downtown but I don't want to hog a four top on a busy night. I have a laptop, two big books and a notebook. Where should I go?

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[S]tudies from countries that have decreased their BAC laws to 0.05 percent, such as Austria, Denmark, and Japan, demonstrate that this is an effective policy. In their 500-page report, Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem, the non-partisan National Academy of Sciences note that "Alcohol-impaired driving is an important health and social issue as it remains a major risk to Americans' health today, surpassing deaths per year of certain cancers, HIV/AIDS, and drownings, among others, and contributing to long-term disabilities from head and spinal injuries." and make recommendations for broad changes, including lowering the BAC levels from .08 to .05 percent. When Utah passed a similar law, the "American Beverage Institute" placed full page adds claiming that Utah legislators over the age of 65 were a greater threat.

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I really like features like The Guardian's "Harangue the DJ" and Slog's "Spun Out" where DJs are asked for a short selection of tracks that they recommend. Unfortunately, these are the only two features of this kind that I know about. What are some more? All genres welcome.

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