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Hi, after the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved pet cat on Sunday, we've decided to adopt two kittens. We are finalists for the adoption and will meet them on Saturday. The kitten we are basing the adoption around is a white male shorthair. We are working on finding him a littermate or bonded kitten to come home with him. I want to name him Jon Snow after the Game of Thrones character because he is one of my favorite characters (also...winter is coming, people!). I was thinking that if we adopt a girl kitten we'll name her Arya. Don't know what I'd do about naming a second male but we are not opposed to adopting two boys. However, I wanted to check in here and see if you could tell me if Jon Snow and Arya Stark continue to be generally good and decent people throughout the course of the books/tv series. I have only seen up to episode 4 of season 3 of the tv series and have not read the books (yet! waiting for winter break), and I've so far managed to avoid most spoilers. Also, if you have any other suggestions that's appreciated as well.

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I'm currently using Facebook group chats in some of my community organizational work. The "seen by" function is really helpful for more timely items, but the problem is that it only shows first names - but we often have multiple people in the group with the same first name. Is there a way to tell which John or Jane has seen the message? Googlefu is failing me.

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Looking for a cross-platform to-do list/outliner with the option to work offline/save locally on desktop (Mac) and Android, and to export to Google Calendar and Excel (or Word) for Mac 2011. I hate Evernote. More within!I want a hierarchical but flexible structure that can accommodate the accumulation of notes, let me copy / paste, etc. I need it to feel like Word's Notepad view or Taskflowy. I like those, except Word for Mac crashes constantly, and Workflowy doesn't hit other requirements. I need this for research and project management lite (distractable student leaning on tools). I don't need to collaborate with others within this. I would like to export to something locally saveable (in MS Office) (so it's secure, so I can share stuff with people working on Windows. I want to be able to use it on my Android when I'm on the subway. I want to be able to sync this up with Google Calendar so I can set dates for things easily. Additional desired features: - Moveable subtasks (option for expandable notes would be nice). - Stable. Does not crash. Is supported. This is really important. - Several levels of prioritization (but not essential if the actual outlining bit does its job well). - Uncomplicated syncing. Out of the running: - Scrivener: not outliney enough (dislike the Corkboard and folders), obviously not portable - OneNote for Mac: reviews aren't encouraging - Circus Ponies, OmniOutliner: Mac only - Evernote: I honestly feel like it's a mess. Or maybe I'm too much of a mess for Evernote. Idk. I hate the folders. I'm on a MBP running Mountain Lion until I know for sure that Yosemite is essentially bugless. If I'm not thinking about things the right way or should consider more than one product, do let me know! Do I need a local outliner + cross-platform task list + Word? Something else? Thank you in advance!

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I had some work done on my car today. It's a 1994 Nissan Altima. I had a belt and pulley replaced, the engine gasket replaced, and the plugs and wires replaced. The oil was changed as well. Oil had leaked through the gasket and gotten on the engine, which they cleaned off. I drove 10 miles with no problems.When I stopped, I popped the hood to take a look and see the work that had been done. I noticed the front of the engine was smoking, though not incredibly strongly. Is this just oil/cleaner burning off the surface of the engine, or is it likely to be something else? I tried calling my mechanic but they were closed.

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What kind of snake is this? My son captured a video of it today on the way home from school. Rattlesnake? King snake? Poisonous or not? It's moving its tail like a rattler but it otherwise doesn't look like any i've seen. Video here. This was in southern Utah. (And yes, he's been warned about approaching snakes in future...)

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The entire 10 movie 'Halloween' series in two minutes.

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Keene, New Hampshire tried to set a new world record for most pumpkins carved at their 2014 Pumpkin Festival, but failed to reach their goal. Instead, the news coverage of the Pumpkin Festival is for the vaguely related mayhem that erupted in neighborhoods near Keene State campus. It has been reported that the chaos was due to an influx of young people, up to 2,000 congregated in some areas, who threw billiard balls, rocks, debris and bottles full of liquor, and overturned at least one car. Police used tear gas and pepper balls to quell the crowds, and arrested 84 individuals. There were dozens of injuries, but no fatalities. In the larger discussion of various group gatherings and actions and the police response to such events, comparisons have been made between the Keene "pumpkin riot" and Ferguson. To which Luke O'Neil wrote Keene Is Not Ferguson—Despite the Police, Fires, and Tear Gas. Jordan Lebeau responded with a piece titled Actually, Comparing Keene to Ferguson Is Precisely What You Should Do (last two articles on Boston.com). For a decent round-up of Twitter comments, and elaboration on those themes, see Emanuella Grinberg's article on CNN, titled Why Pumpkin Fest riots are not like Ferguson, and the LA Times has links to instagram photos from the Keene riot, along with a comment from Keene State President Anne Huot, who said that the college was "actively working to identify the individuals who participated in unlawful behavior, and those who are identified will be held accountable." In an interesting bit of coincidence, in an August 17 Last Week Tonight segment on police militarization, John Oliver mentioned that the Keene police department got a BearCat from the federal government to prepare for this year's Pumpkin Festival, though they didn't deploy the heavily armored vehicle this year.

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We have tickets to fly to Fort Lauderdale in late December and are planning on driving south and spending the week in the Florida Keys. Looking for lodging recommendations, preferably with kitchen facilities.We've been striking out badly on VRBO, particularly because the booking calendars never seem to be up to date. We'll keep trying that, but we've emailed about 10 different properties that say they are available to rent for the dates we need and they've all responded back with "sorry, it's rented." Ideally we'd like to be closer to Key West than the mainland, but at this point we'd take any kind of suggestion to find someplace we can call "home base" for that week. There are two adults and two kids ages 8 and 10. It starts to get uncomfortable for us at > $200/night, and would really rather keep it more like $100-$150/night. We get burned out fast on eating out, and are looking for someplace where we can also make meals.

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Following a record-breaking $750 million syndication deal with parent company Fox, the FXX network most recently made headlines back in August with its twelve-day marathon of Every. Simpsons. Ever. But that was just the prelude to the real deal launching today: Simpsons World, a staggeringly comprehensive multiplatform video database including clips, news, featurettes, curated playlists, a heartbeat tracker of each season's popularity, and (for the intrigued who'd like to subscribe to their newsletter network) on-demand streaming of all 552 episodes and counting. Coming early next year is an even greater expansion of features, bringing full-series dialogue search, real-time script tracking, and "geolocation" of all scenes throughout Springfield -- something very close to Myles McNutt's vision for a shareable Simpsons clip database (previously). I, for one, welcome our new Simpsons-quoting overlords. The roll-out is a bit laggy at the moment due to crushing traffic, but you can expect to find the database at SimpsonsWorld.com as well as on the FXNow app for iOS, Android and Apple TV (soon), and Xbox.

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For the upcoming digitally restored theatrical re-release of Kubrick's classic Sci-Fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (previously, and previously) a beautiful new trailer for the movie has been put together by the British Film Institute. Via Polygon.

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11 month old "Grabby" touches 3,5 year old "Argh"'s toys, Argh reacts by pushing or dragging Grabby away. Inevitably, Grabby ends up hurt. Mom yells, banishes Argh to room. Everyone feels bad. Cycle repeats. Oviously, Mom is Doing It Wrong. What now?I am frankly at loss how Argh should be reacting when Grabby touches her stuff, grabs her stuff, knocks over her stuff (that she is playing with). What should I be teaching her to do, how should I be helping her? Grabby loves Argh and wants to be wherever Argh is and do whatever Argh does. I wouldn't mind a bit of shoving or dragging, but inevitably Argh drops her sister headfirst on the floor or bangs her headfirst into a door, or, recently when I completely lost it, knocks her off the bed. It's a mixture of being so angry she doesn't care and not being physically strong enough to gently carry her somewhere else. I have been sending all the wrong messages (by shoving Argh away from Grabby so hard that Argh hurt herself! I hate myself for doing that.) Things we have tried: - Giving Grabby another toy. Doesn't work anymore. Argh wants to minutely control what her sister is allowed to touch and Grabby does not easily accept substitutions anymore. - Calling mom to deal with it: I can't come running fast enough before Grabby has destroyed Argh's game. By the time Grabby signals intent, it is too late. Plus, false alarms out of panic: she sometimes calls me when Grabby is three rooms away and not even heading near her. - Prevent Grabby and Argh from coming near each other by keeping Grabby close by at all times. Not working. - let her drag Grabby away gently. Gently is not happening, and Grabby always returns if not hurt. What should I be doing myself and how should I teach my older daughter to react? I get hopping mad at her yet I feel for her, too. I can see that she actually tries to make my suggestions work, but she's now utterly frustrated, as am I. She has gotten better though: she is more nuanced about what stuff she is currently playing with and/or is a "special toy" only for her, and which is up for grabs. She has also listened to me about lifting Grabby under the arms rather than by her neck (!).

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Hi MeFi, I've asked about skin issues before sometime last year and I still haven't found what it could be. My dermatologist said that I have become immune/resistant to topical treatments (benzyl perox, clindamycin, clindamycin, erythromycin) and that he needed to take a sample and conduct a skin biopsy. On a first whim, he said I likely have 'Folliculitis' but he's not sure since my skin didn't respond to topical treatments. So today he did a skin sample and I'm just curious to what exactly do lab-results show when it comes to skin biopsy. Do they look for certain bacteria or do they get an overall result of what has been in my body as far as food, drugs, liquids go? All I really use 'recreationally' is marijuana through a vaporizer to treat my neck pain but this dermatologist is sorta ultra-conservative and a friend of the family so I'd hate have to explain stupid things to him should they even come up during the test results. TL;dr - Do Skin Biopsy lab results show drug use or just skin bacteria? Thanks everyone!

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Legendary science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin blogs about her 85th birthday. For those who don't already know about her, here's a Wikipedia selected bibiography. For those who do, here's an Appreciation of Le Guin following her receiving the National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters last month.

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Cooking the Books "Cooking the Books is an internet cooking show hosted by Emily Gould in which she invites famous authors into her kitchen to make food inspired by their books." Episode 1 - Bennett Madison Episode 2 - Amy Sohn Episode 3 - Anna Jane Grossman Episode 4 - Jami Attenberg Episode 5 - Marisa Meltzer Episode 6 - Julie Powell Episode 7 - Sam Lipsyte & Ceridwen Morris Episode 8 - Kathryn Borel Episode 9 - Emily Gould Breakfast with Emily Episode 11 - Julie Klausner Episode 12 - Will Leitch Episode 14 - Jennifer Egan Episode 15 - Tao Lin Episode 16 - Lukas Volger Episode 17 - Marcy Dermansky Episode 18 - David Goodwillie Episode 19 - Doogie Horner Episode 20 - Emma Rathbone Episode 22 - Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch Series was last updated 3 years ago and I haven't been able to find anything else about the show aside from these linked videos. It is not even listed on Emily Gould's wikipedia entry. Bon appétit!

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Having read every previous wonderful Ask about Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, I've discovered that some of the game apps that folks here recommended a few years ago are now nowhere to be found on iTunes or the App Store, etc. Please help me find a cool, Disneyland-themed app to play on my iPhone with my 7-year-old DS while we wait in the lines during our upcoming trip to Disneyland.This comment from a previous Ask suggested a game app called "Touching Stars" to help us while away the line-waiting time in a fun, Disney-themed way. Unfortunately, "Touching Stars" can't be found anymore. Ditto its successor (??) "Wishing Stars." We already have MouseWait - we're specifically looking for a Disneyland-tastic game app. Thank you!

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I'm looking for the best browser-based toys and/or games that encourage exploration or play without necessarily having a goal or purpose.I'm looking for things like physics toys (like the old Java-based sand/fluid simulators), music games/toys (like Tone Matrix), game-of-life simulators, and other web-based experimental environments. There were some good answers to this previous question, but not enough of them were browser-based. What I'm NOT looking for: - linear, narrative games (i.e., things that are "finishable") - puzzles - things from the genre of interactive text - things only available on iOS or other mobile operating systems

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I recently got married, having been a single parent beforehand for a long time. My daughter is used to a lot more of my time than she gets now. But my new husband has also never raised a child before and is also used to getting more time from partners than he gets now. How can I fairly resolve this? I feel like I'm being torn down the middle.I work, and have limited hours at home - maybe three in the evening, plus weekends. How can I divide time such that each of them gets alone time while still leaving time for family time and time for me?

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For very low budget, collaborative efforts, where the script is an outline and you are told to act like yourself, where there is no pay and no craft services and you are doing it because you enjoy being together, how is ownership usually apportioned?A friend is putting together an animated series based loosely on our group of friends. It has come to light that this friend only thinks we should be paid if the show is picked up and then only if we are chosen to be the voice actors for the animated series. He went to film school and has some contacts in the industry. The rest of us did not/do not. I understand that there is almost no chance of ever making any money off of this. However, he wants us to sign a modified talent release form, and insists that those of us doing improv voice work and making up characters and dialogue (without any compensation)(and even the person hosting the recording in his apartment) do not deserve any ownership in the production. (The person in charge does think that the animator will get ownership.) Is this normal for the industry? For low-budget films where no one got paid, do the actors/editors/sound guys get paid when it gets picked up and distributed, or just the producers/owners? How is a contract different than a talent release form? By signing a release form, do we give away rights to our likeness? Does improvising scenes get us credit as writers? Its all kind of confusing. Thanks!

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I've been looking for a "real job" (as they say) in my field since May and, honestly, I've had no luck so far. I've had a handful of interviews, but nothing beyond that. Now that it's October and just over five months since I've finished my program I am feeling supremely depressed about this job search.I'm not particularly looking for career advice, I've spoken to actual hiring managers and professionals in my field and they seem to emphasize that it's just a matter of time and luck. My resume seems good to them, so I should keep trying. However, I'm finding it difficult to keep trying. To keep putting out resumes again and again after being rejected. Every rejection feels more personal than the last one. I'm starting to find it difficult to even apply for jobs I want now. Just an example, I noticed a great position came up that I'm qualified for. The deadline closes on Oct. 24 and I've been putting it off because deep down I'm just afraid that I'll (again) be rejected and I just think, "what is the point?" I also feel envious of my former classmates who have managed to find positions, and I know I shouldn't compare myself to them, but I just can't help it. I have a therapist and I talk with her about this quite a bit, but I was wondering if there's any advice from people who've been in my place. How do you not let this consume you and become totally depressed and mortified?

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Planning ahead for Thanksgiving dinner in a new city. On Long Island my parents used to go to a local turkey farm where you could choose your bird and they'd slaughter it fresh for you. I'd love something similar in the Los Angeles area; failing that, I'm looking for the best place where I can reserve a fresh, heritage bird -- happy to pay extra for it.

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Ladies and gentleman, by way of introduction, this is a film about trickery, fraud, about lies. Tell it by the fireside or in a marketplace or in a movie, almost any story is almost certainly some kind of lie. But not this time. This is a promise. For the next hour, everything you hear from us is really true and based on solid fact. Orson Welles' cinematic confidence scam, F for Fake, gets a new two disc Blu-Ray Criterion Collection release this year. Ben Sampson offers a visual analysis in two parts, breaking down the film's layers of paradoxes. As for the film itself... Welles begins by picking up the pieces of a project by Francois Reichenbach, examining the infamous art forger Elmyr de Hory, only to find Clifford Irving in his entourage. Irving, of course, was already planning his own titanic fraud, a fake biography of Howard Hughes. This sends Welles on a seventy-seven minute odyssey into the nature of fakes and of trickery, even revisiting Welles' own "War of the Worlds" hoax. It's an elaborate fun house mirror of a film, ruminating on art and fakery. Check out the restoration of Welles' own never-used original trailer. The re-release is also available streaming on Hulu Plus or in an older release (with Spanish subtitles) on YouTube. Previously.

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I replaced a ceiling light in a 1950's-wired apartment. There are insulated black and neutral wires, but no ground connection (fixture has ground wire but just connected it to mounting bar). If wired backwards, what happens when I flip the switch? When I touch the fixture while power and/or switch are on?Have read many threads, especially on DIY forums, but haven't found an answer. My new fixture (fairly low-power single pendant light) has a ground wire, but I just wrapped it around the grounding screw in the mounting bar. I'm also very certain I connected black to black and white to white, but you never know... I tried very hard to make sure the wire caps covered all bare wire. I've turned the circuit breaker back on and nothing happened (good), but have been too scare to flip the light switch on. If it's wired backwards, and/or if it's the worst thing ever not to ground, what will happen when I flip the switch? What will happen when I touch the fixture with the switch on? What about when switch is off? How can I test this without killing myself or getting a shock - can I insulate myself before touching it? I'm a student - I can't afford to pay an electrician just to come in and look at it.

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A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow (Guardian report). The BBC will air a Panorama episode tonight reporting the claim. They also have an article highlighting some of the people involved. NHS Behind the Headlines has a slightly less breathless take. The news was widely reported by both the UK and international media. Coverage was accurate, if uncritical. The lead author's claim that this research was "more impressive than man walking on the moon" seems to have been accepted without question by the media. However, other experts are less impressed. For example, Dr Simone Di Giovanni, Chair in Restorative Neuroscience at Imperial College London, is reported by the Science Media Centre as saying, "One case of a patient improving neurological impairment after spinal cord knife injury following nerve and olfactory cell transplantation is simply anecdotal. "Extreme caution should be used when communicating these findings to the public, in order not to elicit false expectations...' The research paper in question is open access, for those who wish to make up their own mind.

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How do you match a sport coat worn with a dress shirt (without a tie) to pants (not jeans)?I usually wear a dress shirt with tie and slacks, but I'm looking for something more relaxed and to get rid of the tie. I'd like to dry wearing a sport coat and dress shirt without the tie. I'm looking for something looking on the younger side, but still a little dressy. But a lot of the looks I see with this tend to look older and more like a professor or "preppy rich guy" (especially those with sweaters). I can't seem to figure out what are the right kind of pants to wear with this look. Khakis seem a little too casual (jeans are way too casual), but slacks seems to old. Can you share any rule of thumb or guideline that you use?

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I have a rotation of about 15 places to eat for lunch. I'd like an app that does the following: Ranks the APPs in any order, length of time (I can create the order). Whenever I eat at one of the places, I check it off and it goes back to the bottom. This exist? I have an iPhone

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