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The first case of spontaneous whole-body entrainment between two chimpanzees could help reconstruct the proto-stages of hman dance Another video view here. Nature article about the behavior.

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When you hear the old WGBH techno-electronica station intro, does your mind immediately start "singing" the Sesame Street theme? When a classic rock radio station plays ELO's "Fire on High" do you recall weekend afternoons watching a CBS Sports Spectacular? Does the whistled version of "The Colonel Bogey March" remind you of The Breakfast Club or the film The Bridge on the River Kwai? Does this trumpet fanfare remind you of ABC's Wide World of Sports and the "agony of defeat"skier Vinko Bogotaj?

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Fusako Aizawa started learning Temari in her 60s, later getting a diploma in the art, then teaching as a volunteer every Saturday. She made hundreds of them, each more intricate than the last, in vivid colours and elaborate geometric designs. Depending on the complexity of each piece, she could spend anywhere from two weeks to three months to complete them. [In April 2009,] On Fusako's 88th birthday, her family put together an exhibition of her temari balls. [...] Her granddaughter – graphic artist NanaAkua – decided to individually photograph nearly 500 of her temari balls as a special gift to her. NanaAkua posted some photos to Flickr, but they weren't noticed much until 2013, when her grandmother's stunning work went viral (The Guardian). Beautifully intricate to whimsical, Fusako Aizawa's craft gained many fans. But The Guardian article comes with a bittersweet coda: Fusako on the other hand didn't change much, she continued to make her beloved temari until she gradually lost her power with age. In February of [2019] at the age of 97, Fusako Aizawa, the world-famous temari grandmother, passed away. Now her temari balls are kept on display in a room in her daughter's home. And NanaAkua continues to receive hundreds of emails from people who were inspired by her grandmother's temari balls. Which just goes to show, it's never too late to learn. Here's a direct link to the Flickr gallery. Instructables has a fairly straight-forward tutorial to make temari, while Temari.com is a resource for those who want to get serious about this craft. Temari previously, back in 2006.

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I would like yall to recommend some comics to buy for my human. Recent favorites include: Paper Girls, Saga, Monstress & Rat Queens. Loves Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. More mainstream stuff: likes Garth Ennis and Deadpool. Requirements include: first volume is available and affordable. I don't wanna spend $80 and three days tracking down an issue, nor do I want to buy the HARDCOVER COMPENDIUM of something new they don't care for. Other requirements/info below.Epic > twee Preferably something with at least a few issues out so far: I'd like for them to be able to buy volume 2 if they love volume 1 right off the bat. Available on amazon is a major plus. Ideas so far: Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., and The Incal (if I didn't have to buy the whole goshdarn book).

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Hi- I'm trying to create a wordpress website and would like to add a facility that would allow people to retrieve information if they correctly answered some security questions. Is there an easy way to go about this e.g. a plugin? An example of what I am looking for is here: https://wwww.rcpch.ac.uk/user/lost-username Thanks!

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I am hoping you can help teach me how to put a series of dance instruction videos from YouTube onto a DVD. The YouTube link is this. I have a laptop with a DVD burner. That is the extent of my knowledge on this stuff...but I really want to do it - it's my mom and she helps me a lot and doesn't ask for much. Thanks, everyone!!

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Visualizing Gravity's Rainbow by Martin Paul Eve using TextPlot

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Harvest mice found thriving 15 years after reintroduction efforts [The Guardian]

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How A Christmas Story Went from Low-Budget Fluke to an American Tradition

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Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump. Ex-evangelical journalist Alex Morris writes for Rolling Stone about the merging of American Christian conservatism with the militant white nationalism that animates Trump's base. It's also a deeply personal essay in which she describes her own journey away from that militancy while her family embraces it. (CW: Lots of quotes from anti-LGBT and anti-abortion people about how much they hate those things)

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In this week's Mr. Robot, Dom checks herself out of the hospital right after major surgery, in horrible shape. But 48 hours of relentless physical activity seems to fix everything. Show biz insider question: who's to blame? Actress, director, or editor?I get that the insta-cure is a perennial Hollywood trope, but Mr. Robot's supposed to be Peak TV, so I'd expect better. I can't believe a smart actress like Grace Gummer forgot to act injured. And I doubt she'd be happy to be directed to let that factor go (it makes her look bad as an actress). So whose fault is it? A director needing to hustle the plot forward regardless of realism? An editor choosing takes (for other reasons) where Gummer was less attentive to the issue? Or Gummer herself? I understand they needed her looking radiant toward the end due to rom-com necessities. But why couldn't she be radiant while finding it slightly uncomfortable to, say, dash up a long flight of steps?

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It has come to my attention recently (through multiple friends telling me) that I'm very "flat" in the way I express my emotions. Apparently I speak in a monotone even when discussing things I'm excited about, and my facial expressions also don't reflect how I'm feeling. How can I start working to fix this?Maybe it's an autism spectrum thing, maybe it's due to my social anxiety, I don't know -- but it does explain a lot about how I've had trouble my whole life forming deep connections with people. A lot of my friends probably don't realize how much I like them, which makes me sad! When I force myself be more expressive in conversation, I find it incredibly exhausting and have to stop after a few minutes, and it also makes me really self-conscious. What are some practices, exercises, or techniques I can use to start working on this? I feel like drama or drama therapy could be a possibility, but I also just... don't enjoy acting that much, so it doesn't really appeal to me. One thing that does help is being around highly energetic, emotive people, because I pick up on their energy and it feels natural.

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When the Streaming Platform Dies, What Happens to Its Shows? (the demise of Machinima previously)

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Novelist, poet, and journalist Michael Harriot posts a twitter thread on the impeachment of Andrew Johnson [threadreader] which shows how dangerous it is to have a racist in the white house and how Lincoln's most serious error may have been his attempt to compromise with racists by selecting Johnson as VP. (n.b., while Johnson was successfully impeached, the Senate failed to convict him)

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I have 100g of ground almonds left over from a recipe I tried. Looking for sweet or savoury recipes to use it up. I did think of brownies or some sort of cake but I don't think 100g is enough and I don't want to buy more. Looking forward to your tasty suggestions!

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y'all, I need metafilter at work. all of the sudden it is blocked! i know squat about computer stuff and am hoping theres a simple solution.It says "your connection is not private" and then the only option is "back to safety" or an "advanced" button that tells me things i dont understand. this is on chrome, and also internet explorer. it says "not secure" in the little text window where you write the website (oh my god i sound like i'm 100) with a red triangle and exclamation point. and if i click around it says some stuff about certificates. i trust that metafilter is perfectly as secure as it needs to be and am truly unbothered anyway by the idea of someone stealing my like... MeFi password or something. of course if putzing with this would actually put the computer system at risk i would not want that! but its been fine for years! and its metafilter... i know the fine people running this place do a good job and know their stuff. im using my phone to write this and i cant be on my phone here but nobody cares if im browsing websites on the desktop in downtime

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Last September, I wrote a couple of comments on MeFi about the life of a mysterious black woman who had been painted by Toulouse-Lautrec in 1881. I kept on digging and the result will be a novella-sized amount of text. What should I do with it?What started as a fun bit of internet sleuthing turned into an actual project. There's a lot of material on the internet (I have close to 600 citations, mostly contemporary sources) and I'm now writing a dry but as comprehensive as possible record of her life and times, which will take the form of a document with a 40-50,000 word count. It's not thorough enough to be a scholarly historical work since I don't have access to private primary sources such as letters. Still, it covers a lot of ground and it's thematically rich: this is the story of a Haitian-born black woman (aristocrat, courtesan, probably queer) in late 19th-early 20th France. It's a big nice bundle of historical intersectionality (more than I can handle actually...). I hope to finish the text early 2020. What should I do with the final product? It's too short for a book, too long for an article, not scholarly enough for a peer-reviewed paper but still too scholarly for light reading (her life is interesting, but not that interesting). I'd like it to be easily accessible (and free) on the internet, with pictures and citations. Any ideas?

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It's a young face, of course, with poreless skin and plump, high cheekbones. It has catlike eyes and long, cartoonish lashes; it has a small, neat nose and full, lush lips. It looks at you coyly but blankly, as if its owner has taken half a Klonopin and is considering asking you for a private-jet ride to Coachella. The face is distinctly white but ambiguously ethnic—it suggests a National Geographic composite illustrating what Americans will look like in 2050, if every American of the future were to be a direct descendant of Kim Kardashian West, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendall Jenner (who looks exactly like Emily Ratajkowski). "It's like a sexy . . . baby . . . tiger," Cara Craig, a high-end New York colorist, observed to me recently.

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...Lepomus cyanellus. Three years ago, Notre Dame PhD candidate Katie O'Reilly (@DrKatfish on Twitter) spawned a celebration called #25DaysofFishmas. Now an annual tradition, it celebrates the aquatic diversity of the Great Lakes and points beyond. For invertebrate aficionados there's also a #25DaysofCrustmas.

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I'd like to read a nonfiction book about the Know-Nothings - can you recommend one that is scholarly sound, not boring, and for grown-ups?

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I think that treatment for ADD/ADHD might help with some of the symptoms I've discussed in my previous questions. In particular, I want to know if medication is the right solution for me. Can someone walk me through the process of getting the appropriate diagnosis or diagnoses to try medication? Specific questions below the fold.1. I'm female and I don't have "classic" executive function symptoms. Are there specific types of doctors or practices I should look for who will understand how ADD/ADHD presents differently in women than in men, and who will not treat me rudely or dismissively? 2. Is this diagnostic process something my insurance will likely cover? I have a PPO plan. If not, what costs can I expect? Is this in the realm of $1,000 or $10,000 out of pocket? 3. What will the diagnostic process look like? Will my parents be required to participate? I have reason to believe that if my parents were involved, their responses would make it more challenging for me to get an appropriate diagnosis. 4. I have heard that ADD/ADHD medication causes weight gain and loss of libido. Are these side effects universal, or do they vary from one prescription to another? Can they be mitigated? 5. The only reason I am interested in seeking a diagnosis is to get treatment. Is it easier to get treated for my types of symptoms (memory and attention issues, impulsive behaviors, repetitive behaviors, sensory sensitivity) without a formal diagnosis and if so, how? I am in the Washington, DC area, if anyone has any locally-specific advice.

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I'd like help expanding a Spotify playlist composed entirely of Boss (or Boss-like) video game music. Some considerations inside.Basically what the title says. I created the playlist as a psychological boost and so far it's worked quite well. But I soon realized that it's heavily inspired by the games I know and play, and I figured there must be lots more music that I'm missing, so I turn to your collective wisdom for help. What I'm looking for is: Music from videogames Available on Spotify because reasons Themes from Boss fights (or other similar high-intensity moments). Should give off a sense of danger and/or urgency. No covers if possible. Exceptions can be made for notably good music I'm looking for the best themes per game/franchise. While there's no hard limit per game/franchise, I'm not looking for a comprehensive playlist. The playlist can be found right here if anyone's interested in it. Thank you very much in advance!

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The use of geothermal heating goes back thousands of years, with bathing culture built around the latent energy from the earth. However, the history of the ground source heat pump is far more recent. Instead of using ambient air temperature, a GSHP or geo exchange uses the rather consistent temperatures hundreds of feet under the earth to create high-efficiency heating and cooling systems that can be around 4 times as efficient as electric heating and over twice as efficient as traditional air conditioning. While installing a geothermal heating system often took over $40K to install into your home, recently Dandelion Energy has made inroads into replacing upstate New York's oil furnace systems by reducing costs and standardizing drilling procedures. Schools and other large buildings have started to use GSHPS to efficiently heat and cool large building complexes. Combined with renewable electricity, GSHPs offer the ability to control climate with a far smaller environmental impact and increased safety. For this same reason, Massachusetts is currently debating setting up "microdistricts" that would replace natural gas lines, allowing houses to use community geo exchanges for heating and cooling.

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Among other purchased software, I have Adobe Acrobat professional 9, Scrivener, and Office 2016. Would I have to reregister or reinstall any of these if I upgrade from Windows 7 professional to Windows 10 or would the upgrade be transparent to previously installed software? If upgrading to 10 will be problematic, how dangerous will it be for me to continue running windows 7 in the future? Thanks!

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" For many, Modi's reëlection suggested that he had uncovered a terrible secret at the heart of Indian society: by deploying vicious sectarian rhetoric, the country's leader could persuade Hindus to give him nearly unchecked power. In the following months, Modi's government introduced a series of extraordinary initiatives meant to solidify Hindu dominance. The most notable of them, along with revoking the special status of Kashmir, was a measure designed to strip citizenship from as many as two million residents of the state of Assam, many of whom had crossed the border from the Muslim nation of Bangladesh decades before. In September, the government began constructing detention centers for residents who had become illegal overnight." Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi's India (New Yorker) Hindu Nationalism with Achin Vanaik (The Dig Radio)

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