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Can we eat the leftover fried chicken that was accidentally left in the oven overnight?Looking through older questions and elsewhere online, I have noticed lots of people who say, "I do this all the time," or "We used to do this every Sunday when I was a kid." That is to say, people who eat fried chicken on a regular basis don't seem too concerned about it being left at room temp for a while. Then there's the conservative camp that pretty much just repeats the FDA recommendations. I'm kind of inclined to believe the folk wisdom because I have a hard time believing that people were getting sick all the time from eating room-temperature fried chicken at picnics for the last 100 years, but am I way off base on this?

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How Adam Savage became obsessed with building a scale model of the maze from Kubrick's film The Shining. The Making Of and The Making Of The Making Of (both SLYT). The bit where I got sucked in was where he started talking about the different layouts of the maze that are visible in the film.

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Poet, author, director, actor, cultural icon... Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83 from constrictive pulmonary disease. Rest well, Spock, you will be missed.

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What's the current thinking around using the newer domain extensions (.me, .info, etc.) for a personal home page?Fifteen years ago I had a (somewhat) popular website and after it ran its course I just kept using the domain name for my email and homepage (photos, links to other projects). Now that its origins are thoroughly lost to the mists of Internet history (and thinking about printing up contact cards for an upcoming conference) I want a central domain that is more up to date. I've more or less standardized on using the same username I have here everywhere else. The .com for that is being squatted upon but the .net and .org are available. The .net was my first instinct but is there a trend or advantage towards using the newer extensions such as .info, .me and .name (or any other) for non-business websites.?

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My mom asked me to help her write a nice celebratory message to her friend who is turning 60 years today. I have about 2 hours to do this. HELP!My mom and her group of friends are turning 60 this year. They are celebrating by taking the birthday girl to lunch and a gift of jewelry. Additionally, my mom wants to give the friend whose birthday is today a nice card with a nice message, since she says this friend deserves a little "extra credit" as she's the kind of friend who is always first in being kind and generous. The first to offer her house for a Christmas party, the first to get you food and flowers when someone close dies, the first to get to the hospital with a pretty gift for the birth of a grandchild. Also the one who most tries to keep the peace in the expected quarrels between the friends in over 45 years of friendship. I need a great message to celebrate a great friend, woman, person. Preferably not a poem since I'm going to translate this to spanish before I give it to my mom, and it is going to be "from all of us" not just from my mom.

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The text on at 19th century English shilling includes the text "GEORGIUS III • DEI GRATIA" What would the translation be if, instead of "the grace of God" I wanted it to say, "the grace of The Swan?"Here's an image of the coin. Must be "the swan," singular, not "swans" or "a swan, any old swan." Google Translate tells me "swan" can be translated as both "cygnus" or "olor" - I would prefer using the "cygnus" form as the reference will probably be more broadly understood to non-latin speakers. I put "cygnus gratia" into Google Translate and it gave me "swan grace," which made me suspicious that I was losing out on some meaning, so I turn to you, all-knowing Mefites. (It's for a book featuring a swan-based religion.)

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I love cult movies about dumb teenage boys having adventures, possibly in the 1950s/1960s and possibly in a 1980s/1990s production. Like Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Outsiders, or Lost Boys and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. What other movies would I love?I basically was your typical teenage boy and basically still am a dumb partying dirtbag with the maturity level and intelligence of Jeff Spicoli. I want more cinematic heroes. Like, give me a coming of age story where someone in a leather jacket describes something as "tuff" and I'm in heaven. Movies about girl characters are totally fine, but I'm weird and I don't connect with say, Heathers the same way a lot of other people do. I also like Grease and literally everything John Waters has ever dreamed of. Four billion extra points for homoerotic vibes!!!

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Bae: come over Me: i cant im using a water jet to cut food Bae: i am also doing this at my house

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The study, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science, adds to the growing body of evidence that many animals respond favorably to species-specific music. This is music that takes into account a particular animal's favorite sounds, hearing range, commonly used tones and other factors. Introducing: Music For Cats Samples comprise the following: "Kitty Ditties: Playful and quick, these incorporate stylizations of some of the animal calls that are of great interest to cats. A little like sonic catnip, Ditties are meant to arouse interest and curiosity. When ultrasonic playback devices become available (sometime in the near future, we hope) these songs should be even more appealing. "Cat Ballads: Just as the pedal drum provides the hearbeat in human music, the swish, swish of these ballads provides the sound of suckling in feline music. The Cat Ballad should be restful and pleasing for your kitty (perhaps for you too). "Feline Airs: The purr is to cats what the moan is to humans. It can express pleasure or pain, but most importantly, it draws sympathetic emotions from the listener. The timing and cyclic rhythms of purrs are remarkably consistent among all breeds of domestic cats - the Feline Air is based on the pulses of the purr."

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Robert Macfarlane says we are losing the best descriptive words for our landscape. This matters, he says, "because language deficit leads to attention deficit. As we deplete our ability to denote and figure particular aspects of our places, so our competence for understanding and imagining possible relationships with non-human nature is correspondingly depleted. To quote the American farmer and essayist Wendell Berry – a man who in my experience speaks the crash-tested truth – "people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love, and to defend what we love we need a particularising language, for we love what we particularly know.""

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Imagine you could invest in the stock market last week, with perfect knowledge of how it will move this week. 25 year old Frenchman Max-Hervé George does not need a Delorean, he is the beneficiary of a very unusual 8000 euro life insurance policy that lets him do just that. He could be a billionaire by the end of this decade and, by the end of the next, his contract would be worth more than the insurance company which stands behind it, Aviva France.

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Linda Holmes describes her favorite Survivor moment: Not Just Eating Bugs For Money! A Story Of 'Survivor' And Strategy. "This is a story of watching a couple of people who aren't very likable lose a million dollars, fair and square, because they got outfoxed."

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I'm biting the bullet and switching to a MacBook Pro. I've found a good price for a second-hand one on Gumtree in the UK. What should I look out for when testing the machine before handing over the cash?The machine is a two-year old MacBook Pro, 13 inch, Intel I5 2.5GHz with 8GB RAM and it looks in great condition according to the photos. Asking price is a shade under £500. Looks like a decent price according to eBay, but I'm willing to take a second opinion on that if one's offered. Seller seems legit. Is there anything specific I should look out for when testing the machine? I've seen this previous answer from 2007; has anything changed since? Thanks in advance for any answers.

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I'd like to mess around with the square readers and see if it would be possible to "hack" it (to use the parlance of our time) and get it to accept EBT food stamp cards as well as other types of payment and currency. Is it possible to do this? Has anybody had any success with this? What should I learn to be able to do something like this, hack the square reader. Thanks

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Recently moved. Need to create a list of towns within 100 miles. A friend found a way to do it 4 years ago, but doesn't remember how he did it. Can you help?

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A graduate student at MIT has published an analysis of the Mars One colony plans. Turns out that surviving off local crops is a bad idea. Mars One is an ambitious and highly publicized plan to start a colony on Mars by launching groups of astronauts on a one-way trip to the red planet. The Mars One foundation claims that all of this is feasible with current technology: Falcon heavy launchers, Dragon capsules, inflatable structures, and life support systems similar to the International Space Station. Sydney Do, a Ph.D candidate in MIT's Strategic Engineering Research Group disagrees. His detailed and impressive analysis of the Mars One architecture reveals a few surprising and counter-intuitive results: the astronauts are better off eating food delivered from Earth, and the need for spare parts to sustain life support system ends up dominating the materials required to keep the colony going.

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I have cheated on my wife. Basically a one night stand, but the relationship was somewhat longer. I am now in the depths of despair and need to figure out where to get help and how to proceed. If anyone has any online support resources for adulterers I'd be interested. I'd also be interested in any therapist recommendations in the Newton, MA area. I am in disbelief that I've even typed these words. Thanks for any input.

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I vaguely recall reading that people will tend to change as they get older so as to "balance" their personalities. Extroverts become more introspective, for example. Does this idea have any merit and where can I read about it in more depth?

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How to ask the user for confirmation, and not get snapped at....? The service-desk edition.Part of my duties at work is to supervise a support desk function. They: * recieve support tickets - ticket status: Open * deal with them * contact the user to confirm that problem is fixed - ticket status: Resolved * close the ticket - ticket status: Closed Looking though the user satisfaction surveys, and some general comments I can see that some of the users are a bit upset when receiving an email stating "We have resolved your issue, please confirm" (Step 3 above). Their upset comes when they check what should be fixed, and see that.... something... in the fix is missing, or maybe not 100% fixed, the user feels that "Service Desk says its 'resolved' but its NOT, and they're INCOMPETENT!". What we are, attempting, to convey in our email is "We believe we have fixed the issue, please confirm - and if it is not fixed then we can take this up again". How would you feel about getting the email above "we believe...", too soft? any other wording that would give the message "we're just reaching out here to get your input".

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The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year (previously on Metafilter) has revealed its 2015 shortlist. Last year, the much-coveted title went to 'How to Poo on a Date', beating strong contenders such as 'The Origin of Feces' and 'Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography'. A full list of previous winners, including classics 'How to Avoid Huge Ships', 'The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories' and my personal favorite, 'The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History, and Its Role in the World Today'.

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I'm really sick of dealing with rude people. Its like everywhere I go people are terribly rude and mean. Like people who are supposed to be doing their jobs and greeting you and being polite. I respect and treat people good but they are rude and condescending and it makes me so angry because I don't understand why they talk to me in such a way when I haven't done anything wrong.Sometimes they would get angry at me out of the blue and for I don't know what reason??? This makes me want to punch them or tell them off as they were being ridiculously angry at me. How can I deal with it and not be boiling with rage? No wonder, I am becoming such an angry person. When this happens to me, i don't know where to put this anger and annoyance. Like why am I wronged for something I did not do. Sometimes I internalize this anger and it stresses me a lot and gives me a lot of bitterness and annoyance for life. I do not know how to control that anger that was put on me and it affects me mentally and physically. I know that rude people are everywhere and I will certainly come across them again but how do I learn how to live with as these rude people are not going to change. I am tired of those rude and condescending people who don't treat me well. It takes a lot of energy and i constantly think about them and how i should have talked to them and even if i know it is not worth it, I waste too much fighting the injustices that can't be fought. If it was a rude person who I meet only once, then I can ignore it but when there is someone who is rude to me at work, then it stresses me and makes me unhappy. Last year, I had a conflict with my supervisor and because she did not like me and got annoyed at me, we had an argument and I ended up losing my job. This makes me quite afraid of applying for jobs again as I keep thinking that I might encounter such mean people again. I know that there are mean people everywhere but I do not know how to react next time in a way that will help me to get along without conflicts. Any advice is most welcome. Thank you.

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Can anyone help identify the region/period of origin of these two pots?They appear to me to be some form of terracotta which has been burnished rather than glazed. The surfaces have been engraved with bands of leaf and flower decoration which has been inlaid with a silvery metal? The rounded base of the larger one suggests India or Africa to me but all attempts at googling have so far defeated me. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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My neighbors are having a baby soon, and I'd like ideas for something useful to give them that won't end up just taking up space in a small apartment. I'll probably be ordering from Amazon UK or eBay UK. We're casual friendly but not close, so offering cooking or housecleaning help wouldn't be appropriate. (I feel pretty sure the new mom will have her mother with her at first.)There's no registry, and food items aren't a good option because they have a small shop selling specialty food products (organic, etc.), so can get whatever they want via their suppliers. Something I saw recommended in a different new baby thread was a nursing pillow (for example, this), but I worry about this in terms of space, and in case they already have something similar (I don't know how common these are). This is their first baby, and their apartment is one bedroom, double living room (there's a sliding door in-between, so one larger or two smaller rooms), very small kitchen, altogether maybe around 70 sq m / 750 sq ft., or less, without much storage space. Thanks for any ideas!

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NYMag profiles American military deserters in Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Desertion is always a solitary choice, but it can be especially so for those who seek refuge in other countries. The deserter in exile is cut off from community, family, and country, knowing there may never be a safe way home. For the alienated troops who fled to Canada in the early years of the Iraq War, the decision seemed to offer solace. The northern border has always welcomed disaffected Americans, from the British Union Loyalists who opposed the Revolutionary War to the draft dodgers and deserters avoiding Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1975, roughly 50,000 U.S. citizens took shelter in Canada, where the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau quietly embraced them. In the first three years of the Iraq War, at least 200 new American troops joined them, believing they would find the same open arms. Most of the new deserters chose to live and work in cities like Toronto and Montreal without revealing their military past; only about two dozen stepped forward publicly to request political amnesty as "war resisters."

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It's happened to me several times at a literary event — sometimes one at which I'm reading or speaking — that a kindly, affable chap, after regaling me with a long account of his next book, smiles generously and asks me what I do at Penguin, or how long I've been working for the venue. When I say, Oh, actually I'm a writer, a spasm of embarrassment comes over his face. As it should. Not, of course, because of any career's merit over another's, but because he's revealed his inability to see me as a writer. A flustered flash of insight has taken place. Katherine Angel on the problems of gender representation in literature. Writer Shannon Hale noticed a related problem, when doing a school tour: This was a small-ish school, and I spoke to the 3-8 grades. It wasn't until I was partway into my presentation that I realized that the back rows of the older grades were all girls. Later a teacher told me, "The administration only gave permission to the middle school girls to leave class for your assembly. I have a boy student who is a huge fan of SPIRIT ANIMALS. I got special permission for him to come, but he was too embarrassed." Of course diversity starts with the reader and K. Tempest Bradford had an interesting challenge: The "Reading Only X Writers For A Year" a challenge is one every person who loves to read (and who loves to write) should take. You could, like Lilit Marcus, read only books by women or, like Sunili Govinnage, read only books by people of color. Or you could choose a different axis to focus on: books by trans men and women, books by people from outside the U.S. or in translation, books by people with disabilities. Despite American Gods being used in the accompanying picture as an example of what not to read, Neil Gaiman supported the initiative, though for a great many other sf fans & writers this proposal was a bridge too far. Foz Meadows' took aim at some of the more common objections: The idea that this approach is somehow inimical to having an interest in the content of a writer's fiction is the exact opposite of what Bradford and Govinnage are positing: namely, that an author's real-world identity and experiences are sometimes – though not always – reflected in their works, and that if we've defaulted to reading only or predominantly one type of author, then perhaps we've defaulted to only or predominantly reading one type of content, too. As such, if we are, as Resnick claims to be, sincerely interested in reading good stories, then ignoring the relationship between author and work – as though every book, like the goddess Athena, is cut fully-formed from the flesh of some oblivious, authorial Zeus – is something we should be wary of doing.

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