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AutoRap is an app that will take words spoken into it and automatically tune them into one of several pre-set rap beats. Here, a young girl makes an adorable rap about her mother.

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I'm passing out glow sticks and glowy spiders in lieu of candy for Halloween. A Facebook friend posted a link to the Teal Pumpkin Project about kids with food allergies and Halloween treats. So, yay, my treats are allergy-safe! But my house is definitely NOT a pristine allergy-free zone. Will this be an issue? I don't want to inadvertently poison some poor trick-or-treater.Because I do not want candy in my house (so I don't eat it!), I have decided to pass out glow sticks and glowing squishy spiders as Halloween favors this year. Then a friend passed along a Facebook link to the Teal Pumpkin Project, for kids with food allergies on Halloween. Yay - another benefit to glow sticks - I can paint a pumpkin teal and give ALL the kiddies treats! No child deprived of treats! Since I'm not passing out candy at all this Halloween, none of my glowy treats will be cross-contaminated by fun size miniatures. However, my actual house is anything but an allergen-free zone. I eat peanuts, I eat almonds, I drink milk, etc., so there is probably a fine layer of cross-contaminants everywhere. Doing a Google search, it seems that washing my hands before doling out the glow sticks is enough. But I've heard so many stories about how small amounts of cross-contamination can trigger severe reactions in the highly allergic. Parents of kids with food allergies, and anyone else with food allergy expertise, let me know if there is anything I should be doing besides washing my hands!

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What are some great librivox audiobooks? &amp who are some great Librivox readers? (This exact question has been asked twice before, but since the last time was in 2011 I think it's not too gauche to ask for an update.) Thanks!

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"It's about readers and their trust in us." Dave McKinney, longtime Chicago Sun-Times political reporter, resigns after the paper appears to cave to pressure from billionaire Illinois Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner to punish McKinney for writing an article that portrayed Rauner as a thug. After supporting McKinney publicly but attempting to remove him from the political beat, the paper reversed its three-year-old policy of not endorsing candidates by endorsing Rauner, who until recently owned 10% of the company that owns the paper.

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Board game lovers! Friends birthday is coming up (super super soon), so please recommend me a board game similar to Betrayal at House on the Hill (which is one of his favorite things ever).Things we like about the game: (bold is a must) •Good with 3 players •Its like a mix of RPG and board game-players have stats, you roll dice, attacks, searches, etc. •Science fictiony-esque, horror, themed •Very, very interactive (not just players going around the board, there's exploration and strategy and items and such.) •It's not repetitive.Each game is different, the board changes, the monster changes, etc.

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I'm not a morning person at all, I never have been, and I doubt I ever will be. Unfortunately, society refuses to acknowledge this, and even forces me to do things before midday. Because of this, I'd love to hear what you do that makes getting up into a somewhat pleasurable experience, rather than keep experiencing the Promethean torture I go through every morning.I have to be at work for 9 o'clock every morning. At the moment my routine begins with an alarm going off around 8, followed by pressing snooze for half an hour (and if I set it earlier, my body seems to decide that that's just more snooze time). Around 8.30, I drag myself out of bed, grab a shower if I need one, and get dressed and do my teeth. Then, I jump on my bike, and it's about a fifteen minute cycle to the office. The bike ride does a bit to wake me up, but even when I get to work, for the first couple of hours I feel groggy, and end up sitting around drinking coffee rather than being productive. At the weekend, I try not to have a long lie in, because it makes weekday mornings worse, but I usually sleep for an extra hour or so, then read in bed for a bit before I get up. I'm also not great about getting to bed in the evening, partly because I find going to sleep boring, so I tend to wait until I'm exhausted, and also, I'm only not long out of university and most of my socialising happens at night. I guess I'm usually asleep by 1 though, unless there's a party or something special going on. Anyway, enough of the really boring facts about myself, if you're also a morning hater, have you found any ways of hating it less?

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This afternoon/evening, North Americans will be treated to a partial solar eclipse, making for some great photography opportunities from Chicago to LA and points northward (coverages as high as ~60% in the Northwestern US and Canada) -- even if there are some clouds! Not sure how to photograph an eclipse safely? Here are some detailed guides. Along with the two guides mentioned above (one of which even has a handy table of exposure times!), there's an even more detailed guide in two parts [1,2] from the wonderful Mr.Eclipse.com. But remember, safety first! Even during a partial eclipse, focusing on the sun can rapidly damage your delicate optics (and possibly your camera's). Not sure what filters are good enough to protect you? Here is a detailed comparison of various filter materials (including both ones designed for solar observation and makeshift ones like exposed film, magnetic media, & pop-tart wrappers) which includes measurements of their UV, visible light, and IR transmittance properties.

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Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs For Feminism (YouTube; NSFW), FCKH8's new video campaign, has gone viral - attracting both praise & criticism. FCKH8's campaigns have sparked similar mixed reactions before. This Buzzfeed link relates in detail the content of the FCKH8 video without audio (therefore more SFW): "What's more offensive? A little girl saying 'fuck' or the fucking unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?" Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies reacts on Facebook: I have a lot of folks sending me the cursing princesses video asking for my thoughts. When a friend sent it to me on Tuesday my response was this: "Well, I love the message and the girls are spot on as they deliver it. At the same time, they are being used as props. Those aren't their thoughts or words, they are a schtick. It is funny because it is so wrong that it is right, but in general adults using kids as puppets makes me uncomfortable." Then I learned the video was meant to sell t-shirts, I was distracted when I first viewed it and I didn't realize it was an advertisement. This is not the first provocative ad from FCKH8, whose adverts have gotten them in hot water before (using Ferguson kids to sell racism t-shirts). Now it just feels icky to me. Here's the thing at some point I hope people understand --- Using the exploitation of girls to further exploit girls is not empowerment. Girls, on their own, are quite powerful and many are passionate about issues of inequality, violence, and general societal mistreatment. I'm raising an eight year old just like that. But you know, she's able to make her own case, formulate her own argument, and USE HER OWN VOICE. If you spent time talking with girls, you'd find this to be true of many of them. When we have adults scripting and slickly producing a video meant to shock rock itself into viral fame, we aren't empowering girls and we certainly aren't liberating anyone. Feminism works when the message is heard, not argued over. So you can think this video is great and you can think girls dropping f-bombs is no big deal and you can clap and squeal at these adorable little feminists......as long as you see the video for what it is: child actors repeating memorized lines about some very serious topics (they may not even understand) so that a company can make money. further reaction at Women You Should Know: FCKH8's "F-Bomb Princess" Video Isn't Offensive... It's Exploitative FCKH8 had another recent campaign attract controversy: Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids by FCKH8.com (YouTube video link) Colorlines: This is the T-Shirt Company Making Money Off of Ferguson DailyDot: Clothing company FCKH8 gets hate for anti-racism Ferguson T-shirt The issue of FCKH8's "attention-getting style" has always been a source of conflict with the marginalized groups it attempts to represent. Both as a for-profit business and as a fundraising organization, FCKH8's main goal is to promote itself and sell more products. Inevitably, this causes some friction with non-profit campaigners who demand a more nuanced discussion of race, gender and sexuality... There's no doubt that FCKH8 donates significant amounts of money to worthy causes. But by simplifying issues such as the Ferguson protests, anti-black racism and LGBT discrimination into marketable T-shirt slogans, FCKH8 can expect to see more of this type of backlash in the future. further reaction from ChescaLeigh: FCKH8 Continues To Be Awful, Demands An Apology & Accuses Colorlines Of Being Homophobic (ChescaLeigh previously on MeFi with Shit White Girls Say... To Black Girls) on tumblr: stopfckh8 FCKH8 previously on MeFi for their Straight Talk On Gay Marriage video: Some Dudes Marry Dudes, Get Over It

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I want your book recommendations. I have just finished watching the first season of The Americans, a TV series about two Russian spies who live as an American couple with two children during the Cold War, and was surprised that I loved it a lot. I want more of that, but I don't usually love this kind of tv series. So I thought, instead of looking for other tv shows like this, I could try to find some books that I like.What I like about The Americans is that there is both spying and family life and the glimpses on what being a spy who lives like this does to people. I also like the moral ambiguity. There aren't really any "good guys" in the series, but on the other hand, the "bad guys" are still often likeable (so far). Usually when tv shows are more about character development than plot I often find them becoming boring or cliched but I like it in this show. Normally I also don't like tv with a lot of violence at all, but I'm okay with it here. Still, I don't want anything that is super explicitly and or graphically violent or too suspenseful. This is really important and one reason why I never really looked into this genre before and why I don't want to just search for a list of popular spy novels and prefer your recommendations. I also want a book with realistic and strong women characters. The main character doesn't have to be a woman, but the book should definitely pass the Bechdel test as an absolute minimum.

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Please tell me the most Dad thing your dad has ever done

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My 10 year old has developed and itchy scalp. Her scalp looks normal, there's no rash, no flaking, just a constant itch that has gotten so bad that it's now disrupting her sleep.We've racked our brains, trying to determine why this is happening, but cannot figure it out. After we tried a couple of high end, natural shampoos, that didn't help, so we took her to see her doctor who had no idea what the problem might be and simply suggested that we try Selsun Medicated shampoo. This has not helped either. We are at a loss and are now contemplating seeing a dermatologist but hope to find a less costly remedy.

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Hello, I'm looking for some good French podcasts that aren't simply radio broadcasts, but are more conversational/comedy/interview in style. I'm thinking of podcasts like: Judge John Hodgeman, WTF, Filmspotting, Comedy Bang Bang, Savage Lovecast, Lexicon Valley, My Brother my brother and me. Does such a thing even exist in France? I'd appreciate some help if you know of anything!

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A prolific vandal has defiled natural features in at least ten US National Parks. And then posted about it on social media. Reddit is on the case.

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"Photographer Pete Thorne has discovered that, just as photographing the elderly can make for powerful portraits, the same can be said for old dogs as well. His "Old Faithful" photo series takes a warm and intimate look at man's best friends as they live out their golden years."

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I need a high end sophisticated asian dining experiance in Central London / zone 1.

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Russell Edson was a prose poet whose poetry had the "the sustained wackiness of old Warner Brothers cartoons." When he passed away this year Charles Simic wrote in appreciation of his work, as did J. Robert Lennon, whose article included two audio clips of Edson reading. In interviews, Edson spoke with the same mix of seriousness and humor as he did in his poetry. Here are two interviews, one with Peter Johnson [pdf] and another with Mark Tursi. But, of course, the important thing is his poetry, so here are a few examples: 1, 2, 3. And finally, here's a video of him reading (starts after the 9th minute). [Edson previously. I especially recommend reading the linked appreciation by Sarah Manguso.]

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I am a recent college graduate who's been interested in combining interests in science and engineering with business. I would love to get into something entrepreneurial, but am not sure how.I recently finished a combined bachelor/Masters degree in chemical engineering; my research projects were related to synthetic chemistry/materials science and biotechnology. I've been working as a research assistant at my old university for the last few months, but I'm looking to make a longer term move soon. I feel like I have a lot of options. I could get a job at a traditional chemical engineering company or pursue a purely academic route in the field. However, I've always had an interest in entrepreneurship. I'd love to get involved in a startup or small company and to one day start something myself. I am really passionate about my field and would love to combine it with something entrepreneurial. However, I'm not entirely what the best path is to do that. Two options I've been considering for the immediate future are applying for PhD or getting a job. I was thinking about the PhD because it seems like that could potentially give me an opportunity to do research which could lead to something useful. I've read a few case studies of founders commercializing their PhD work, which would be great if reproducible. But, it do this, it seems to me like you'd have to somehow pick a topic which is very easily translated to something commercializable (which is not entirely clear how to do) and would have to get lucky that it works. I don't know if there's a way to kind of stack of the odds in my favor there. I've really enjoyed the inventive/research process that I've been a part of previous my degree, and so thought the PhD might be a good way to continue to do that. Moreover, it seems like even if the commercialization idea didn't work out, perhaps I could use the expertise gained during my PhD to get into research in an entrepreneurial company? I was also considering the idea of working off the bat, instead of doing more study. Perhaps a smaller company would be good, but potentially working for a larger company could provide valuable experience. Ultimately I suppose I'd really like to start something myself. My only concern would be whether jumping into a job would give me the opportunity to do that. I feel like have a pretty solid resume, and good recommendations, so feel like I could go in a lot of directions. I'd just like to take the one that gives me the most options to potentially do something entrepreneurial and innovative. Any advice on what I should think about in this case would be much appreciated.

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I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity.Many moons ago, I studied computer science. Having changed course and graduated with a major in Something Else (TM), I want to get back into the groove. One of the best ways to motivate self-learning is a fun project with a clear goal. Do you have any suggestions for a project (and associated language, editor, environment, etc. to use)? Or possibly a free mooc-like/tutorial-set that is engaging & educational? I have previously studied C++ (and later, played around with Arduino), Java, SML, Lisp, & Scheme, relatively superficially; I am maybe at intermediate-student level, but comfortable with the core concepts. I am interested in learning Python, Objective C, or Unity, but am open to other suggestions. Looking for specific non-generic suggestions: Tetris & Pong are great and all, but, maybe you remember something special and awesome from your time as a code-grasshopper. e.g. in one intro class, I did a project that visually and aurally demo'd the various kinds of array sorting algorithms, using colored bars of varied length correlated with the notes of a scale. It was a fun to make, and very satisfying to observe.

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I am in my mid-thirties, but people often think I'm about 22. I could probably pass for 17 in the right outfit. Young face. On top of that, I am slightly built and female. Not short, but delicate. People call me honey and baby and ask me where I go to college. I want to look like a badass who can win venture capital funding. I want to look as powerful and effective as I really am.I am a bit out of the loop in term of what might be appropriate when pitching for venture capital in a field related to health and health technology. I am a bit out of loop on professional dressing in general. I recently recovered from a lengthy chronic illness and I am starting a new company now. I am putting a wardrobe together and I am trying to decipher some style rules. I hear about "pops of color" everywhere when I read about what to wear to business meetings. I am afraid color makes me look younger and sillier. Also, the thought of tying a small, colorful scarf around my neck makes me cringe. It doesn't feel like "me". I am really drawn to black and grey with gold toned accessories, to feel and appear grounded and serious. I am drawn to slightly androgynous looks like: http://static.zara.net/photos//2014/I/0/1/p/8181/222/706/2/w/1024/8181222706_1_1_1.jpg?timestamp=1413535178835 or:http://static.zara.net/photos//2014/I/0/1/p/7248/226/806/2/w/1024/7248226806_1_1_1.jpg?timestamp=1410777952366 I really prefer more modern style clothing, kind of architectural, like this http://minimalissimo.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/zara1.jpg and traditional outfits involving complete suits and scarves. I know that photo has a red shirt, but I like it in this case. When I read about pitching to venture capitalists, some people say wear a complete suit. Other people say wear sophisticated separates. Some people say don't dress up too much or look too nice. Be the genius guy in the hoodie. How conservative and formal do I need to appear? Any other tips for how I come across? For reference I am thin, medium height, long limbs. Very feminine in the delicate sense, rather than in the curvy sense. I am a creative, science-oriented person and will play the role of strategist in the new company. I'm looking to dress in a way that acts as a foil to my apparent smallness and youthfullness. Thanks!

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What are the odds that applying triple antibiotic ointment every month is going to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria on my skin? I also have access to iodine and chlorhexidine. Would it help to use one of those instead? Or maybe rotate between them?I have an ingrown toenail that sometimes gets inflamed and tender. A few times a year, it won't resolve with a few nights of saltwater soaking, and then I apply some triple antibiotic ointment daily for two or three days. At this point, I expect to have to do this for the rest of my life. Other ingrown toenail advice is also welcomed.

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Photoshop Elements 8 will not import RAW files from my (new) camera, a Nikon D7100. The error message states that they are the wrong type of file. The same file type is imported without trouble from the unit it replaces (Nikon D40). What is causing this?

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I'm having some photos professionally taken and I would like to get them printed in a small, ideally pocket Moleskine-sized book. Where can I make that happen?The book/album will be a gift for someone who doesn't have a lot of space for clutter, and would likely want to keep it on his person as much as possible. The little 3.5"x5.5" pocket Moleskine books are perfect (even the cover, basic black, faux-leathery). I'd be highly surprised if I needed more than a dozen or so pages. I'm picturing a portrait orientation in my head, but I could settle for landscape if that's all that's possible. I've looked around at the usual suspects for online photo book making: Snapfish, Shutterfly, Lulu, and nobody seems to make anything smaller than a 5x7. One photographer that I contacted can make order books as small at 5x5, and I might consider that as a compromise, but the price is steep (as is typical for professional albums) -- $450 for 20 pages. I guess my secondary question is: What am I paying for when I spend $500 vs. $30 for the "equivalent" from Shutterfly?

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I was traveling through Central Europe last month and stayed in some pretty cool hostels. The staff were really cool and hung out with you, and were more like friends than your typical hostel staff. One thing I noticed is that most of them just landed there. Some have been there 3 months with the intention to stay another 6, some have been there a year. They just happened to visit for a few days and then started working at the hostel. My question: how is this done? I have a hard time believing they could get a work visa for this sort of thing, or does that exist? Or do people that do this just come on your typical 90-day tourist entry and illegally stay longer and just deal with the consequences when they leave?

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What products can I use to make transplanted hair look softer, flatter and less shiny?I have gotten 2 hair transplant procedures by a top doctor and it has succeeded in filling in the front half of my hairline and vertex, which is great. But, the hair itself is a bit coarser than it should look for someone who is obviously thinning. I don't mind the "thinning look", as I'm in my 40s, but I'd like the hair to be less spiky and a bit softer and flatter. The effect I'm talking about also looks overly shiny in certain lights, also. It would look better if it was more dull, actually. Not washing it doesn't look so hot, so are there also styling products to make it look duller on purpose? Bees wax, etc?

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Within the last 6 months I saw on the web an explanation of different countries/cultures styles of argument/discussion. It included simple graphical representation of the styles. They were line drawings with a horizontal (landscape) layout.The lines diverged to show each side taking a different position, then ran parallel to show their separation. The area between the lines was a word or short phrase describing the process or stage of the argument. At the right hand of the graph, the 2 lines converged, indicating conclusion. I *think* it was linked from metafilter or boingboing, but my google-fu skills have failed me. I've found leadership styles shown graphically, but that's not what I'm looking for.

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