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What is this mystery, military-esque metal button I found in Southport, North Carolina?I was using my metal detector in a yard in Southport, NC when I found this button. Here is the front of the button. Here is the back of the button. [Not the best image quality ever, but I believe you can see enough]. The front has an eagle with wings outstretched on top of an anchor. There are two branches underneath the anchor. The back reads: SCOVILL MF'G CO on top and WATERBURY, CT on the bottom. Any help would be appreciated! I've gone through a ton of old military button sites and albums and have seen a lot that look similar, but none identical. Unfortunately I don't know the history of the area very well so I can't help narrow down specific dates. This is about one mile inland from Cape Fear in Southport. I will upload better quality photos if these aren't high enough resolution. Thank you!

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A family member was very recently (last week) diagnosed with a glioblastoma. They had an apparently successful surgery this week. We're trying to come to grips with it and stay as positive as possible despite the typically poor prognosis. (Not sure yet what the deal is with our family member - apparently "all" of the tumour was removed, not sure of % removed or size of the tumour. The stats are obviously not great.) Of course, we're looking at anything that might help extend length and quality of life. There is some research that suggests "possibly", that staying away from glucose might starve any residual cells. At the same time, a restrictive diet may or may not be the best thing to inflict on someone who's been through this. There are probably many diets that cancer patients hear about; this is one we came across that seems to have some backing. Is there good evidence that a ketogenic diet can help? Is there a strong enough case for it to try it? Looking for answers from people with a knowledge base (or personal experience is welcome too), with respect to well-meaning others.The family member, also, lives in another country. If the keto diet is to work, we've read, it has to happen asap after surgery, and we would have to communicate this idea to her care providers. Not sure if they'd be open to it.

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So it turns out rather than religious fanatics unused to the freedom found in Holland, New England was actually founded by a bunch of Anglo-Saxon sell swords who had fled the British Isles after the Norman invasion on land given by a grateful byzantine emperor on the north-east coast of the Black Sea. Confused? Intrigued? Let Dr. Caitlin R. Green explain and set out the evidence for the existence of a 11th century New England/Nova Anglia.

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Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you?They could be specific products or just a new/different way of doing a task that makes it easier, faster, or just less of a chore. Examples: — Lysol cleaning wipes! The kind that are pre-moistened in a canister. They make it SO easy to give, say, the bathroom a once-over while I'm brushing my teeth at night and damn if I've ever had cleaner (...or clean, period) mirrors and sinks. — Rechargable electric lawnmowers, specifically the absurdly expensive but AMAZING one I just bought that does everything an awesome lawnmower should but quietly, with an easy start, and no maintenance or messing around with gas or oil. — Laundry sacks (i.e., blue Ikea bags) instead of hampers; so much easier to lug around and up and down stairs. — Better trash bags with that flexible texture so they're much less likely to leak or tear. Makes emptying the kitchen trash much less distasteful. My parents were pretty bare-bones broom/vinegar/rags kind of housekeepers, and I can be charitably described as being...uh, indifferent when it comes to housework, so I never learned or cared to learn about how to do this stuff better/more efficiently. I'm mostly interested in making chores super-convenient, and less worried about saving money or doing it The Right Way. So disposable solutions, As Seen On TV gadgets, totally different approaches—as long as it WORKS, bring it on! Relevant details: I live alone, in a billion-year-old tiny city house with significant yard/garden chores. I have a cat (OMG the Litter Genie, how I could I forget that one!). Hardwood floors and area rugs. No dishwasher, anyone have genius ideas for dish management? And yes, I own Home Comforts and thus know all the things I should be doing—but am way too lazy to do them the old-school way, either at all or as often as they should be done. I am not interested in hiring a cleaning service at this time. Thanks AskMe!

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...the first thing I noticed when I started to write my code was that the latitude and longitude coordinates of the message locations have more than 5 decimal places of precision, making it possible to pinpoint the sender's location to less than a meter. Stalking Your Friends with Facebook Messenger

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I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind, by Michelle Goldberg, author of To Breed Or Not To Breed Women in their 30s and 40s exhibit a mix of wishful thinking and woeful ignorance when it comes to their fertility. Why? How long should a woman wait to freeze her eggs?

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The organization for which I work has one zillion (well, OK, maybe 40,000) videos in the Real media format. I did not create this scenario, I am only dealing with it. The videos reside on a single server, and are in multiple nested directories. I want/need to convert them to a more neutral format (I'm thinking mp4), using as little manual intervention as possible .Ideally there's a program that I can fire up, point at the root directory and it will just chug its way (for six weeks!) through converting every .rm it finds. Eventually every file (\\server\folder\folder\folder\video.rm) will have a copy called (\\server\folder\folder\folder\video.mp4) I'm ok paying for a tool, and I'm ok with a command line tool, if that is the only way to get it done. I have tried Handbrake but so far have not been able to get it to work for this.

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"If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?" As automation continues to replace human labor, writer Scott Santens thinks everyone deserves a basic income provided by the government. To help fund his activism, he's launched a crowdfunding campaign to provide himself with $1,000 per month. Although other countries are considering and even implementing the idea, it's no surprise that not everyone agrees.

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Recently did my first 5K, which went great, except my knee got tweaked. Now it won't go back to normal. What are some good exercises I can do to make my knee feel better and stronger? Hoping to avoid physical therapy.SO. As you can see in a recent question, a few weeks ago I did a 5k. I did a week of light training beforehand (jog 60 seconds, walk 60 seconds, etc). Everything was going great until I very, very stupidly trained two days in a row and on the second day, my right knee started to hurt. I iced like crazy, did nothing but stretching for the next week, and did my 5K with 80% walking. Since then (3 weeks ago) my knee still feels... a little off. I'm desperate to get back to training but I don't want to do serious damage. It doesn't HURT per se, and I'm not limping or anything. But it feels off. I can't explain it. It feels tender like it's swollen but it's not. If I press on it, there's no pain and it doesn't look different from the other one. Here's a pertinent fact. I spent my entire childhood sitting in the infamous "flying W" position. I still love that position now in my 30s, although I know it's terrible for you and I never ever sit like that amymore. It's so comfortable though  But yeah, supposedly that effs up your knees and ankles and hips etc. I've had ankle problems before but after some vigorous physical therapy, my ankles are now awesome. My knees however are crap. If I bend down/squat, they pop like a gunshot every single time. I do yoga but it hasn't helped. So what do I do to A. fix whatever I recently messed up with the right knee and B. strengthen both knees in general? I know, I know, physical therapy. My phys therapy for my ankle was a life changing miracle but it was also months of expensive, time consuming, super painful torture. Realllly hoping to avoid that here.

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Eric Adler of the Adler Vermillion law firm and the Legal Hackers group dives into the odd nuances of copyright laws as applied to video games.

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Cooking In The Archives: recreating recipes from the Early Modern Peroid (1600s-1800s) in a modern kitchen. Not old enough? Then try some authentically medieval recipes.

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The End of the Tour [YouTube] [Trailer] The End of the Tour is based on the true story of David Lipsky, a Rolling Stone reporter who interviewed legendary author David Foster Wallace for five days in 1996. Lipsky catches up with the author as he's about to hit the final stop on the book tour for the release of Infinite Jest, then and now considered one of the great novels written in our lifetimes. Over the course of the next few days, the reporter develops a complicated relationship with the icon.

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I have a small (about 10x20cm) pencil drawing that I'd like in digital format. But this is not a job for a scanner per se - I think I need some kind of digital artist. What kind of service am I looking for?It's a fairly simple line drawing with some text. It's just pencil on blank white paper, with no colour. I want to have the layout changed slightly and the lines tidied up. The idea is to make the design more printer-friendly and usable in things like messenger apps, while retaining the character of the original. I should be able to use the finished file to print a t-shirt, so I suppose I'm looking at getting an SVG made. I don't have enough experience to do this myself, and since it's important to me that the style of the picture and text is retained as much as possible, I think I need some kind of digital artist to help me here. Where do I go to find someone who can do this for me? Is there a particular kind of digital artist who specialises in converting drawings like this into digital "replicas"? And what kind of price can I expect for this kind of job?

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I flew into Charles de Gaulle Airport in May. On our descent we passed over many fields of vivid yellow flowering plants. What might those have been?

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The prime appeal of consensus process for forty years has been its promise to be more profoundly democratic than other methods. But let's face it: the real-world evidence is shaky at best. Introduction to Consensus (pdf) The Tyranny of Structurelessness Fetishizing Process

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I've had some very upsetting neurological symptoms last night possibly related to a medication change, and I'd like to get some input from the hive mind while I wait to talk to my doctor. Lengthy snowflake details inside...As I've noted here in various answers in the past, I'm bipolar. Although my meds have varied over the years, I've been on a pretty stable cocktail for the past several years of Lamictal, Buspar, and Welbutrin. Recently, I've been having some fairly serious depression symptoms, so much so that I made an urgent appointment with my psychiatrist to talk to her about it. It's worth noting that along with the emotional aspects, I've been having various other symptoms that mostly seemed sub-migraine. I've never had major migraine issues, but have had enough over the years to know the aura around them. I've always had a little visual snow -- which I only realized recently isn't something everyone has -- but it's gotten worse recently. I've had on and off tinnitus in my right ear, and occasional bouts of mild depersonalization. I discussed this with my doctor when I saw her, and she said it may all be related to the increasing chemical imbalance. She doubled my dosage of Welbutrin from 150, near the minimum therpeutic does, to 300. That was roughly a week ago. Nothing much seemed to change until yesterday. Around mid-afternoon I noticed my visual snow getting worse, to where it was very noticable against both bright and dark objects. I began to feel increasingly depersonalized. Then there began a three-hour stretch, from about 5 to 8, which was very worrying for me. I started having vertigo. On the train home, I kept nodding off even though I wasn't really tired. I had a minor panic attack, which was probably related to the other increasing symptoms. I noticed that the visual snow had progressed to the point where in addition to the usual static I was seeing small bursts of light. When I got off the train, I began to feel as though the earth was falling away from me and having to pay attention to my walk. I got really worried when I got into my car and starting feeling like it wasn't safe for me to be driving; I even had difficulty turning into a couple busy streets because my perception of time and distance seemed totally screwed; I had to wait for large enough holes in traffic to feel safe pulling out, and I'm usually a very confident driver, I've done track racing in the past and have lots of comfort with my car and my personal abilities. When I got home from work, I began having short-term amnesia. I lost my phone twice in the space of about 15 minutes. I forgot I let our dog out, then forgot I let him back in. When my wife got home from picking our kid up from day care, she noticed me distinctly out of sorts, and as I was telling her about it I began to have difficulty keeping a coherent train of thought long enough to form full sentences. She said at one point I told her that "I almost fell up the stairs", and I had to pay close attention to what she and my daughter were saying to follow it. I began to debate out loud whether or not I should call my doctor, which in retrospect seems very silly. I was demonstrating both mental and physical symptoms and even feeling unsafe with basic physical activities like walking. The wife talked some sense in to me, and I called my doctor and left a message with the answering service asking for a call back today so I can talk to her. After about three hours it passed, and though I felt off for the rest of the night the acute symptoms left; it actually felt almost as though a strange veil had lifted from my mind. This morning, I'm still not right -- I'm still feeling vaguely depersonalized, and having trouble concentrating, but the amnesia and cognitive and physical difficulties have passed. Now I'm waiting for the call from my doctor, but I'm very concerned about what's happening. I was doing reading about various neurological symptoms on the internet -- a bad idea, I know -- and a lot of what happened seemed to match the description of various minor seizures, but I'm no doctor. It's all upsetting though, and it's gnawing at me. While I wait to talk to the doc, can anyone tell me if they've ever had anything like this without any real history of it? Was it related in particular to an increase in psychotropic medication? YANMD, but does this sound like something of serious concern that may end up with me on an EEG and "Congratulations, you're epileptic!", or is it more likely to be something transient? Basically, anything that can be given to either ease my mind a little, or brace me for what might be coming up, would be appreciated. Sorry for the length of this, but I wanted to be thorough -- and help get it all straight in my head for when I talk to the doctor. Thanks.

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About a year ago, while still working at Company A, I interviewed for Company B. I declined the offer at the time; but they said their door is always open for me if I change my mind. How do I reach out now and try again?About a year ago, while still working at Company A, I interviewed for Company B. The job was a perfect match for my skills, the company looked great, the package they offered was more than I was making at the time, and everything was fantastic. It was a hard choice, though, since my then (and still current) job was almost all those things as well; but eventually I decided to decline the new offer (albeit with regret), because my future advancement path was marginally more promising at the current workplace. Well, times change, and my future advancement path stopped looking so great here, so I wonder what is the best way to reach out to the hiring manager in Company B, who said at the time of my interview to keep in touch and that their door is always open for me if I change my mind. They don't have any current official openings from what I can see on their website, but this might be one of those cases where they might consider hiring if someone who is a good fit comes along. So my question is, how do I do this? Do I send a casual email without mentioning that I would like to re-apply? Do I go straight to the matter? How to phrase this? I'd be grateful for specific examples of how one should write such an email.

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I'm worried about my young adult son and I need some advice to help him get out of his negative mind set and weed smoking funk, and to start living a fuller life.I don't know whether I am helping or hurting my young adult son. He's 22 and, without making it sound too dramatic, I'm worried that he's teetering on the brink of something awful. Some facts worth pointing out that will have some relevance: 1.He's one of a pair of identical twins. 2.He's had a bedwetting problem for most of his life. 3.He smokes weed....possibly too much. 4.His mother and I split up when he was about 11. The current state of play is that his mother, who has remarried, has kicked him out permanently due to his weed smoking and fecklessness. He doesn't last in jobs long, when he does work, and doesn't seem to know which direction he's going. His mother can be quite highly strung, so I think it was always on the cards that this would happen as they regularly lock horns.. I don't blame her, but I do feel she has contributed to his malaise in some ways with erratic behaviour and her own depression. He's also fallen out with his brother and they are not speaking. He is a lovely lad with a kind heart, but I've noticed how negative he can be about life and he can lose his temper quickly. I think a lot of this is caused by the bedwetting, which has improved, but he still has accidents. We have scheduled to see a doctor about this, but it's such an awful problem to have at his age and I feel like it must be having a devastating effect on his self esteem. He doesn't have a girlfriend and seems to have shunned or drifted away from previous friends, partly because he usually hangs out with his brother all the time. Today we had a row because I thought he was being lazy. He can be. He's willing to work but doesn't seem to try very hard to find any. In the last couple of weeks I've been looking for jobs for him, and arranging interviews. I feel like I may not be helping, as this may be a bit controlling. But I know that once he gets into a good routine things will start to look up for him. I threatened to kick him out today, but reneged on it because he would have absolutely nowhere to go, and I can't see him homeless as I feel this could see him spiral into more serious drug use and depression. Does anyone have any advice they could give me. I feel like I'm his last salvation.

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"I've always been fascinated by how human beings move through crowds. How many millions of minute calculations must our brains be making in order for us to navigate from one end of a packed space to the other? But despite being the owner of all this incredible processing power, there's still one thing my brain will never be able to figure out... ...one code it will never crack... HOW DO I GREET PEOPLE IN MY LIFE?"

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Space Weird Thing Space Oddity redone, Up Goer Five style

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Hi, my wife is looking to buy a new bike and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a particular store in Minneapolis or its environs. Neither of us knows all that much about bikes and the last time she bought one it wasn't a great experience (the clerk sold her a bike that really wasn't a good fit for her needs and the people at that shop are snotty.)

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Parents of Mefi, how do I calm my baby without using the only thing that calms my baby: a running water faucet?Mr Bird and I had a baby back in December. (Born six weeks early, so he's about 4 months old, adjusted age.) He's been a fussy colicky crying mess for almost the whole time we've had him, and while things are getting a bit better, we still have trouble soothing him. The only thing that works every. Single. Time. Is running a water faucet. He calms instantly and listens to the water. If he's having trouble eating, he'll scarf bottles if we stick them in his mouth while holding him near a running faucet. I want to soothe him without wasting a ton of water. I attempted to mimic the sound of the water using my voice, but Baby Bird did not buy or appreciate the subterfuge. Any suggestions? Things we have tried that occasionally work but do not calm him regularly or for long: - white noise. Oh, the white noise. - radio static - radio music - musical/vibrating dog toy - youtube videos of running water/faucets (wonderful links at this Metafilter post) - shushing - singing - rocking/swaying/movement in general (swing is on the way, rock 'n play vibrations only piss him off) - swaddling I'm not looking for validation of running the water (aka this energy vs that arguments), I'm looking for a possible replacement soother. Maybe that's not possible but I'd love to find something less wasteful. I'll absolutely accept cantrips and sale-of-soul options. Also I get that this is probably another thing that we as dewy-eyed parents need to wait out -- baby nervous system needs to grow and mature, baby soothing is a crapshoot anyway, etc -- but any suggestions you parents of colicky little ones might have would be incredibly helpful.

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What would you call the shape of the two-dimensional outline of the two stones (cabochons) circled in red in this picture?The stones don't appear to be "perfect" but they are approximating something that I'm sure should have a name. Just like I can tell that the outline of this piece is a Reuleaux triangle, I'd like to be able to name (and perhaps even mathematically generate) this curved parallelogram type shape. The closest I've found is the shape formed by two sine waves that are out of phase like in this picture.

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Hayao Miyazaki's - On Your Mark "In 1994, Hayao Miyazaki took a break from writing the script for Princess Mononoke to work on this music video from Japnese pop duo Chage & Aska" [via]

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I thought I read or heard somewhere that Vincenzo Galilei, the father of Galileo Galilei, was a Copernican and probably influenced his famous son (also a Copernican). I can't find any mention of the topic, however. If anyone is able to corroborate or disconfirm my memory on this I will be very grateful. Thanks in advance to anyone who gives it a whirl!

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