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My kids' school has outdoor recess guidelines that I would like to challenge. The kids are kept indoors in weather that I think is perfectly appropriate for outdoor play. A twist is that I think they and other schools may be basing their guidelines on a nonexistent medical association?To determine whether the kids should go outside for recess, the school administrators look for a "real feel" temp of 25 or above (so for instance 30 degrees with a 6-degree wind chill means staying inside). This mark is very often not hit through the months of December and January, meaning the kids spend weeks indoors. After a preliminary sally I was told that the school follows the "National Nurses Association" guidelines for outdoor recess in the cold. Here's the thing: I cannot find any evidence that this organization exists except in that multiple schools claim to follow their guidelines for outdoor recess. Am I just incapable of googling? Is there such an association? For an example of a school that references these exact guidelines, here's a link. (That is not my kids' school, just an example.) Can anyone verify this National Nurses Association and their guidelines? Or do you know of any statements from pediatric medical associations or other respected experts encouraging outdoor recess in the cold?

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I'll be living in the Medford, OR area for ~six months (roughly late June - mid December) for an internship (regular day job hours), and then moving back to Portland. Looking for specific research sources on a couple of alternative ideas to traditional rentals.I want to take the minimum amount of stuff with me, and live pretty small. Unfortunately, cursory craigslist skimming seems to suggest that rents are pretty much comparable to Portland; all that happens is I get more space for the same amount. But I'm not looking for more space, am definitely not moving enough to fill that space, and would like to do all in my power to avoid roommates. So that leaves me trying to figure out alternatives. Ideas so far are: 1) Leasing an RV or camper and living in a campground or.. somewhere? Friends are pushing this as a solid idea but I've zero experience with long-term mobile living (nor do they), so I'm wondering things like "which campgrounds would this be feasible at?" I don't know typical costs and this would be at least partly during peak RV season, so maybe the site rental + lease would wind up washing out about the same as a house or apartment. 2) Housesitting – doesn't exactly seem a hotbed of that around there, but I'm also unsure as to where to even look for info on those opportunities. Professors on sabbaticals, retirees headed away for a couple of months, some kind of property caretaker -- is this likely to be anything other than word-of-mouth? Other alternatives I'm missing? I'd like to keep rent + utility costs to less than $1000/month (preferably much less). I'm okay with a commute of 30 minutes or so, possibly longer.

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Hi All, Comcast has claimed for the past few months that we are using well over a terabyte of data at an alarming clip. We "exceed," the cap before the month is half over, and are now responsible for overage fees of $150+. I have tried all the recommended steps, changing my wi-fi password, virus scans, etc. No luck, and COmcast is stonewalling and insisting they've done all they can. Any help in dealing with them, or suggestions of whom I can contact with this complaint, would be appreciated.I am totally blind. I don't watch Netflix myself, and hardly do anything which might qualify as remotely bandwidth-intensive. My mom, who does watch, was out of the country for the first two weeks of this month, when the majority of this phantom data usage happened. The router unfortunately does not keep logs, and asking Comcast for a by-device breakdown of usage has resulted in nothing.

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Night In The Woods (yt trailer) is a story-focused adventure/exploration game about the adventures of Mae Borowski after she drops out of college and returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs. It is the creation Infinite Fall a development team consisting of Alec Holowka (Aquaria), Scott Benson (Late Night Work Club, But I'm A Nice Guy), and Bethany Hockenberry with a game-within-a-game rogue-like by Adam Saltzman (Canabalt). There are two supplemental free/pay-what-you-want games released prior to Night in the Woods: Longest Night and The Lost Constellation.

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Much of Radiohead's music is undeniably sad, and this post catalogs my journey to quantify that sadness, concluding in a data-driven determination of their most depressing song. Spotify's Web API provides detailed audio statistics for each song in their library. One of these metrics, "valence", measures a song's positivity. ... So valence provides a measure of how sad a song sounds from a musical perspective. Another key component of a song's sentiment is its lyrics, and it just so happens that Genius Lyrics also has an API to pull track-level data. To see how sadness evolved across all nine albums, I calculated the average gloom index per album and plotted each song by album release date.

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i want to put an inflatable pool in my small backyard. Then I want to fill it with water and lie on its surface on an inflatable chaise/raft thing. I need the pool to be around 6 ft in one direction since I'm around 5 and a half feet tall. Which means the actual dimension of the pool (width or length if it's a rectangle; diameter if it's a round pool) would have to be around 7ft. because the inflatable side(s) is about 6" wide. The question is, if I weigh around 150 pounds, how deep does the water in the pool have to be for me to float on top of it on the float and not sink? And is there a way to calculate this for other weights? and does it matter if I get a rectangular pool that's 7 ft long x maybe just 4' wide? In other words, does the width dimension matter as well? Would I do better with a round pool 7' in diameter? I'm looking for the calculation for my specifics but I'm also interested in how one calculates what the length, width, and depth of an enclosed body of water needs to be in order for a person of X number of pounds to float on it using an inflatable device (or without an inflatable device: what would be the difference if any?)

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This is Coffee, Comforting video for uneasy times.

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Last year, we asked the question "What ever happened to Richard Simmons?" Now, one of Richard's friends tries to answer that question. Missing Richard Simmons, a new podcast from Dan Taberski.

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Is there such a thing as a crimping kit to build USB cables? I am interested in wiring USB lights to USB plugs and would prefer to skip the soldering iron.I have been researching USB-powered LEDs as household lighting. Ideally I would like to obtain a very long strand of these strip or string lights and cut to measure for under cabinet applications and wire in my own male USB connector. I note several suppliers of either USB to three-strand pigtails or USB plug cap connectors, but nothing that would mimic the wiring-in process for ethernet, where you have a wire, a box of blank jacks, and a crimper that allows one to thread the wires and crimp down the jack without messing around with a soldering iron. Does such a product exist? It seems kinda like it really must.

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The scourge of ticket bots and the immorality of the shady ticket scalpers using them is conventional wisdom that's so ingrained in the public consciousness and so politically safe that a law to ban ticket bots passed both houses of Congress unanimously late last year. But no one actually involved in the ticket scalping industry thinks that banning bots will do much to slow down the secondary market.

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A colleague of mine was telling me that he spends $40/month with AT&T Adworks and says that it brings in a steady client stream for his resume-writing business. I'm curious if other solopreneurs/small businesses have had a similar experience with AT&T Adworks, Comcast Spotlight, DirectTV, etc.

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I'm looking for something like Soylent 2.0, only made with whole veggies/fruits/grains/etc.I have become jealous of my infant child's ability to get whole fruits and veggies in her diet with zero preparation (via Beech-Nut baby food). I drink 1–2 bottles of Soylent 2.0 per day and would like to add in something that is equally convenient but a little closer to actual food. Any ideas?

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He said he used my social security number, but I had a freeze on my credit reportDue to many of my family members being seriously fundamentalist in their religious beliefs to the point where it had devastated my life, I cut away from family years ago. But part of their abusive tendencies means they feel they have the right to pursue those who want nothing to do with them and even stalk them until they 'see the light' of the lord or whatever and gain control over that person. I'm purposely brushing over details of how controlling and erratic they can be because it's not the point of the question, but the short of it is I cannot live a normal, healthy life as long as they are in it. Anyway, I lived for two years in a place that I never put on any documents because it was a friend's place. I had peace there, but I wanted my own place. I knew my family had my social security number, but since I had a freeze put on my credit reports through all 3 agencies I thought I could get my own place and they wouldn't be able to find out where I recently moved. But they did! Only a few weeks after I reported my new address but unless I'm forgetting something I'm pretty sure I ONLY did so to the credit Bureaus and the DMV (none of my friends knew the address yet). Yet my uncle found out where I was living and he admitted he did it by using my social security number, but refused to give me details on how he used it. He then told everyone else in the family where I was. Now I have to move again just to get some peace. But I don't see the point until I can figure out how he was able to get info on my home and job. If I don't figure that out he'll just be able to do it again when I move to another town. I haven't even started getting mail at the new place yet! I'm taking steps with a lawyer to put a stop to this, but I feel I'll be more able to defend my privacy if I know how the hell my family found my new place and job using my number when I had a freeze on my credit reports.

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I did a radio show for a long time and I have been asked to turn it into a podcast. I have no idea how I should do this. I have a Mac book pro, maybe a smidge of online space, and a lot of time. The radio show is mostly music with me talking a small amount.I have previewed the other askme questions and I think I need some specific pointers. I have never really edited any audio. Also, I have access to a Mac, so, I don't think I can use Audacity. This is essentially a music radio show that is prerecorded for broadcast on my old radio station.

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I sent a text message to my Dad. He got a different message than I sent. What's up here?Let's say my message was, "Company X pioneered an open data model that changed the face of public transportation in my city (think using Google Maps on your phone to find the nearest bus stop!) My dad received, "I'm going to be working with NicolaïdesXerces on a new project! He offered me a $10/hr raise and city (think using Google Maps on your phone to find the nearest bus stop!)" Here's the weird part. I checked my entire messaging log, which is untouched since I bought the phone six months ago. I had my dad do the same on his device. And... the substitute text is not a string either of us has typed before. Even weirder, "NicolaïdesXerces" is the name of an estranged friend & former co-worker. But we haven't talked in years, and neither I nor my father would have any reason to type his name or even google search him. It's an incredibly rare, obscure first name. There's no way it would be in the autocorrect dictionary. Last thing – just before the glitch, I *was* talking about employment with Company X and describing the pay scheme. But I used the words "job" "gig" "bump" and "$45-55," not "project" "$10/hr" or "raise." I compared screenshots of the entire conversation. No other errors. My test messages came through fine. Any ideas? – No local weather interference. – Phones are stock, locked, up to date. – I'm on a Moto G4 using Signal, he's on HTC One S using Google Messenger.

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David Armand gained fame with his "interpretive dance" of "Torn", which gained further fame when Natalie Imbruglia joined joined him, giving us this wonderful moment. While covered on Mefi before, his recurring appearances on Fast and Loose and Trust Us With Your Life have given us a rich treasure trove of new performances. The collected works of David Armand ("Austrian interpretive dance artist Johann Lippowitz"): Holding Out for a Hero, I Will Survive, You Can't Hurry Love, Careless Whisper, Baby One More Time, Don't Stop Me Now, Love is All Around, We are the Champions, Eye of the Tiger, Fame, Folsom County Blues, Human, Eternal Flame, Man in the Mirror, That's My Home, Your Song, Wherever I Lay My Hat, and You're So Vain.

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At no time in history have more people with less knowledge, and greater outrage, opined on the subject of Russia's president [...] And what does Putinology tell us? It turns out that it has produced seven distinct hypotheses about Putin. None of them is entirely wrong, but then none of them is entirely right (apart from No 7). Taken together, they tell us as much about ourselves as about Putin. They paint a portrait of an intellectual class – our own – on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin

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Based on this amazing comment, I've been hungry for more detailed stories of how (really any) tech stuff was designed, implemented, tested - written in an entertaining fashion. Webdev stuff, hardware stuff, software stuff, anything really, as long as it's well-written and pretty detailed (meaning probably not much from The Daily WTF but links to specific pieces there are ok, like the wonderful MUMPS story.) I especially want stories of a million things going wrong. Thanks!!

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I use a Kindle Paperwhite for reading. Thanks to sites like Bookbub I own many books, all of which currently reside on the Kindle, and I want to read them in the order purchased. Sounds simple, right? But I can't figure out how to organize them that way on the Kindle.So far, I've been using my Goodreads account to help me. I have a lengthy list of books on the "owned, unread" shelf and I can easily organize them by date purchased. So when I'm nearing the end of one book, I consult my Goodreads shelf, search by title on the Kindle, and open it up so it's ready for me to read. This method works, but is admittedly Byzantine and sometimes has me getting out of bed and booting up the computer just to find out which book is next up. As with most things dealing with the computer, I could just tinker around on the Kindle to figure this out, but it is so painfully slow (think "dial-up slow") at any task other than turning pages that I was hoping someone could just tell me how to do it.

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I'm absolutely, positively, completely new at using spreadsheets. I need to keep track of freelance jobs, how much time I'm spending on them, how much each one pays, how much I've been paid in total, and average hourly wage per gig, per freelance site, and overall. Please explain to me how to do these things in Google Sheets in the simplest possible language.I'm good with setting up the each sheet - one for WebsiteA, one for WebsiteB, etc, headings of each column by freezing row 2, things like that. No problems there. But I have no idea how to set up the formulas I need, and Professor Google is just confusing me more. Here are the situations for which I need formulas: * In each row, I need to add the numbers in columns F, H, J, L, N, and P, and have the result populated in column Q. * I need a running total of the sum of all entries in each of column Q and column T to be populated in a lower cell in column Q and T. * In each row, I need the result of the number in column T divided by the number in column Q, with the answer populated in column V, including the sums that the first two formulas are creating. * Then I need the Q and T totals, and the calculated answer in V, compiled from sheets 2-9, displayed below the information entered on sheet 1. I'm even more confused trying to figure out how to explain these things. Maybe if I used actual situations... Sheet one is the list of all the sites from which I'm generating freelancing income. Fiverr, iWriter, Textbroker, etx. Then each site has its own sheet, where I'm tracking: > when I submitted a proposal for a gig, > when it was accepted, > when and for how long I worked on it - with up to 6 entries per gig, > total hours worked, > when I submitted the finished project, > when the project was approved, > how much I was paid, > and what my average "hourly wage" was. Columns F, H, J, L, N, and P are the entries for how much time I spent working on a gig during each session I worked. (Some projects, I can knock out in one session. Others require more time, and I can't put in the 8, 10, 12 hours all at one shot.) They need added together, to populate column Q. Column Q is the total hours worked. Somewhere 3-4 cells below the last row entered, I need a running total of how much time I've spent on gigs for this site. Column T is how much I got paid. Somewhere 3-4 cells below the last row entered, I need a running total of how much money I've earned on gigs for this site. Column V is my effective hourly wage - so if it took me 15 minutes to do a job I got paid $1 for, my effective hourly wage is $4. Somewhere 3-4 cells below the last row entered, I need the overall average wage, from dividing the total of T by the total of Q. And then I need each of these numbers conglomerated onto the first sheet, so I can see an overall picture of how much time I'm putting in to freelancing, how much money I'm earning, and my overall hourly wage. Please help me. My brain hurts.

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Astronomers have never seen anything like this before: Seven Earth-size alien worlds orbit the same tiny, dim star, and all of them may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study reports. The exoplanets circle the star TRAPPIST-1, which lies just 39 light-years from Earth — a mere stone's throw in the cosmic scheme of things. So speculation about the alien worlds' life-hosting potential should soon be informed by hard data, study team members said. Major Discovery! 7 Earth-Size Alien Planets Circle Nearby Star NASA astronomers find TRAPPIST-1 star system with multiple Earth-like planets Seven Earth-Like Planets Have Been Spotted Around a Nearby Star The 7 Earth-Sized Planets of TRAPPIST-1 in Pictures TRAPPIST-1 is an ultracool dwarf named for Belgium's Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope, not Belgium's Trappist beers.

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In June, the Academy released a list of six hundred and eighty-three new members—a record number; forty-six per cent of them were female and forty-one per cent were nonwhite, representing fifty-nine different countries. They included the actors John Boyega, America Ferrera, Ice Cube, Idris Elba, Daniel Dae Kim, and Gabrielle Union; the directors Ryan Coogler ("Creed"), Marjane Satrapi, and the Wachowski siblings; and three Wayans brothers, Damon, Marlon, and Keenen. "I think they were just, like, 'Man, there are six thousand members. We've got to put at least two Wayanses in!' " Marlon told me. "You want diversity, just go to the Wayans tribe." Led by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, its first black president, the Academy tries to solve its diversity problem.

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Malware lets a drone steal data by watching a computer's blinking LED The pinpoint flickers, emitting from the LED hard drive indicator that lights up intermittently on practically every modern Windows machine, would hardly arouse the suspicions of anyone working in the office after hours. But in fact, that LED was silently winking out an optical stream of the computer's secrets to the camera floating outside. This demonstration hopped the air gap using the hard drive LED that's not only on many PCs and servers, but goes mostly unnoticed as it blinks away constantly. Previously - Jumping the air gap with a similar technique but much less common set of hardware. There was one time in '86 when a really big air gap was bridged with blinking lights as well.

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Last night our 5 year old female Basset Hound took off. Breed owners or experts, where do they go? Do they wander off forever? Do they find their way back home? Straight line or circles? More below the fold.This dog is my grandson's favorite beloved dog. We have got to find her. We have local social media covered as well as local vets. But where do these dogs go when they take off? Last night in the Aurora Colorado area the temperature only got into the 40's. The neighborhood is residential but there are lots of open grassy spaces which is where I last saw her before she took off again. Any tips appreciated. Thanks!

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Laydeez! Wish you had more options to deal with your period? Mensez can help! A Kansas chiropractor has invented a product that is an adhesive in lipstick (get it? lip-stick?) form that is "used to seal the vagina during menstruation until the woman goes to urinate". The internet had something to say about this. An actual doctor weighs in on why gluing your labia shut during your period is a bad idea.

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