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'The X-Files' Will Return [The New York Times] "The truth is out there, and soon, new episodes of "The X-Files" will be, too. Fox announced late on Thursday that 10 more episodes of the show, about two F.B.I. agents who gravitate toward the unexplained, would air in the 2017-18 television season. Production is set to begin this summer. Fox did not announce details of the show's plot but said that its two stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who play the agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, would appear."

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I didn't want a parrot. (or - How I went from 200oz of beer nightly to 2 pints.)

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"After thinking about it a bit more, I realized that, for many, this wasn't an inherent fact. Bugs Bunny is a rabbit, and while he is anthropomorphic, the suspension of disbelief only stretches so far for some people. It might not be a widely held understanding for white people, so immediately after talking to my friend about Bugs Bunny being black, I turned to my (admittedly, mostly white) colleagues and asked around. "Do you think Bugs Bunny is black?" I asked, only for many to not really understand the question." See also: Jordan Calhoun at Black Nerd Problems: 21 Year Ago, 'A Goofy Movie' Became the Blackest, Most Underrated Nerd Classic of All Time The Enduring Legacy of Disney's Black Millennial Classic 'A Goofy Movie' Callie Beusman at Jezebel: Why Was Doug from Doug White When Everyone Else Was Multicolored? Justin Charity and Frazier Tharpe at The Complex: Is Patti Mayonnaise Black?

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I'd like to find a good place to work from remotely with my laptop in NYC (preferably Manhattan) for two days next week. In the Bay Area, we have coffeeshops where for a reasonable hourly fee you can essentially rent a table and wi-fi, and patronize the cafe as desired on top of that. Guarantees good internet and no side-eye from employees for taking up space for long periods. Is there anything like that in NY? Google is not turning it up on a quick search.

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A summary of 60+ studies shows that, while exercise is good for your health in many ways, you shouldn't exercise to lose weight.

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Fidget toys are a recent example of odd/fun products that have an relaxing effect. Can you name similar products?

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Following an evening of repeated appeals, Arkansas officials proceeded with their first execution in 12 years. Ledell Lee, on death row for over two decades, was declared dead this Thursday at 11:56 PM. His death warrant was set to expire 4 minutes later. AR Governor Asa Hutchinson is rushing to execute 8 men before April ends and the state's midazolam supply expires. The lethal cocktail reportedly also included one drug acquired under false pretenses and another "donated" by a mystery supplier in a parking lot. Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with the conservative majority in denying a stay—his first recorded vote. Justices Breyer (calling the execution spree "arbitrary") and Sotomayor (focusing on the cruelty of the methods) wrote separate dissents. Anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean gives a window into the circus that characterized Lee's poor legal representation. The Fair Punishment Project has published a report on each of the 8 condemned men.

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I am having a dinner party this weekend. Apparently I was supposed to get a center-cut beef tenderloin weighing 3# or so; I have managed to acquire a WHOLE tenderloin weighing 7# and taller than my baby. WHAT DO I DO?Googling for help is full of recipe cruft and I'm not sure what words to use to narrow this down. So the recipe is a tenderloin in a red-wine sauce. I can double the sauce without a problem. The order of cooking for the meat is to season with salt and pepper, brown on all sides on the stovetop (about 10 minutes total), and then put in a 400* oven for 15 minutes or until thermometer registers 135*. (Then let rest 5-10 min for temp to rise.) So this thing is DEFINITELY too long for any of my frying pans and maybe a bit too long for my big roasting pan. Should I just like cut it in half down the middle, brown each half, and roast them side by side? How much extra time do you think I need to cook it for? Am I better off keeping the center and trimming out the ends and cooking them separately like steaks? Most importantly if you want me to cut it up in some fashion, DO YOU HAVE ONLINE DIAGRAMS TO LINK ME TO? I am open to an entire change of recipe if you think that's best. (But something in the herbed/red wine/rather plain flavor family would be best, given the rest of my menu.) Thank you metafilter. This is my first beef tenderloin. I am dumb. (For the curious, the rest of the menu will be wedge salad, baked potatoes, roasted rutabaga, and strawberries in balsamic.)

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Girl Scout Troop 6000's home is a former Sleep Inn in Queens, New York, that now accommodates homeless families. The troop's more than 20 members come from the families who live there, and costs are covered by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. (main link from NYT; the Today Show also covered it)

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How can I choose one romantic life partner and shut off all other options forever? Do I need horse blinders?Single childless heterosexual monogamous female here. I'm at an age when everyone is settling down and getting engaged/married. (I'm actually kinda PAST that age, but I'm in a big metro area where lots of people marry late. Heck, I'm lucky to still have options!) Lately I've had some good first/second/third dates and am also continuing to schedule new first dates with people from online dating apps and some real-life acquaintances. I'm also reconnecting with a few guys from my past who I never really dated before. All of which is a HUGE bumper crop for me--no complaints here! However... I feel uncomfortable being so romantically diversified. It's not in my nature to bond with more than one man at a time. I WANT to fall in love with one person and pursue a monogamous relationship and start to build a connection leading to marriage and kids. Going on a fourth date with someone while I'm literally lining up a first date with someone else distracts me from Fourth Date Guy and makes me feel like I'm "dabbling" with all these people rather than forging a lasting connection. I almost didn't date my last ex-boyfriend because I was excited about a third date with someone else (who turned out to be a dud), so I know from past experience that I can overlook a good guy due to being distracted by other dating prospects. Some of the current guys are smart, appealing, nice people, and they're probably going to marry their next girlfriend. Their taxi lights are ON. I don't want to miss out. But which one do I settle with and choose? Should I just know it when I've met the one? I have had long-term relationships and never EVER felt tempted to cheat -- so it's not that I'm not wired for fidelity. I just don't know who to commit to right now! Part of the problem is that ONE of these current guys - the one who has shown the most interest in me, so far - lives far away and we only see each other once every 3-4 weeks or so. Not long after I've seen him, each time, my feelings start to fade and I get the urge to line up dates in my area. I could step up the frequency of seeing him but it would come at the cost of seeing other people in my town. It would probably require an overnight trip to his area (he's come to my area a few times, staying overnight with his family here). He's not a *plane* ride away, but it's a substantial train ride. He's stuck in that area for a few more years for work (think: medical training), so I'd basically have to move in order to pursue things with him if it got serious. And here's the kicker: His area isn't a place that appeals to either of us for the long term. So he's a great guy who comes at the price of me giving up my job and social circle in order to move (temporarily!) to his area. I'd do that if I were madly in love with him, which I'm not--at least, not yet. Meanwhile, appealing guys keep popping up in my town. I can't get emotionally invested in ANYONE as long as I have other dates to look forward to. Do I need to just pick someone and shut off the spigot?

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The Buena Vista Hypothesis: the ancient creatures who first crawled onto land may have been lured by the informational benefit that comes from seeing through air.

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From a review of As Much as I Can: 'We peer through face-sized holes into a room where, one after another, two diagnoses are delivered to two men: one HIV negative, the other positive. We press to walls listening to the exhausted, anguished 12-step testimony of a community mentor. We eavesdrop on a Greek chorus of homophobes at a barber shop. We hear a mom worry that her son will be shot for walking, driving, living, while black. "You can't run away; you can't clock out of that experience," Isa (an audience member) said, "because you're also never in a room long enough to get stuck."' As Much as I Can was an immersive theatre experience based on action research with black gay and bi men in the middle of an HIV epidemic. (background article) Advocates staged the show in two of the cities most affected by the epidemic, Baltimore, Maryland and Jackson, Mississippi using a mix of professional actors and members of the local community. The article touches on multiple issues, including doing research within black gay and bi communities, attempting to build networks, and the importance of addressing stigma and trauma in HIV prevention/care work.

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Looking for recommendations for a Bluetooth speaker along the lines of this one that I can pack in my projector bag for times when no others are available. Ideally loud enough for 3-4 kids watching a movie inside to hear without complaining, and with an option to connect via USB.

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A friend and I are going to be in Scotland May 7-15. We are using Glasgow as a home base, but we want to go visit an island. I'm having trouble figuring out 1. which island; and 2. how to get to said island. Does anyone have any Scotland tips?!Things we are into include: magic rock formations, whiskey, fluffy cows, cool nature, weird experiences. If there is some way that we can sleep in a castle on an island then I am 100% in. My preference would be to take the train+ferry, but would be down for flying. I guess I would be willing to rent a car if someone convinces me that this is the absolute best plan in the world, but am hesitant because that means less whiskey for the driver and also trying to figure out how to drive on the opposite side of the road than we are used to. If anyone has any non-island recommendations that are easy to get to from Glasgow, I would appreciate that too. So far we are planning to also take a day trip to Edinburgh and to do this tour.

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In their efforts to cure what they see as a moral crisis infecting our nation, the anti-choice movement has historically thrown their power, money, and influence behind their two favorite antidotes to abortion: abstinence-only education and adoption. In any era when reproductive rights are being rolled back, as they are now, feminists need to get stronger and clearer about where we stand and what we're fighting for. We all know, both from data and from common sense, that abstinence education is not only a failure but wildly detrimental to the health and safety of young people. But there doesn't yet seem to be a broader understanding, even in the mainstream feminist and pro-choice movements, that promoting adoption has its problems too.

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Have you ever pre-ordered(*) a book by an author whose books you didn't already own? If so, what made you do it? If not, are there things that might inspire you to do so?(*)IE, purchased or reserved a book before its release date.

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Can you help identfy what original renaissance book or manuscript this image comes from?These are the Tin Eye results. The wikipedia image doesn't cite a source document ("Fencing noble students around 1590 (from an old logbook), drawing from the 16th century, rights expired.") This academic article uses the image, but cites the wikipedia article as the "source". We are trying to identify what actual extant book or manuscript the image is sourced from, and, if possible, where that document is held. Can you help?

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I wish I had known this before we got married, but my wife and I may be from different species! The only remaining question is, who is the alien? Please read and tell us (based on your own experience of the earth) who the alien is.When I yawn, I hear a sort of rushing sound in my ears that dampens external sound. My wife, the alien, claims that her ears turn off and no sound comes in. When my wife closes her eyes, she sees black. Nothing else. When pressed on the subject, she grudgingly admits to sometimes seeing some tiny white dots. No color. I, alien, see a canvas of multi-colored dots (mostly reds and purples, but occasionally greens and yellows) that sort of swirl around slowly and change depending on external light. Clearly, one of us is human and the other should be deported safely off the planet, but who?

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Is there a product that will let me view who's ringing my doorbell from a screen inside the house (without opening the door), but that does not require an existing peephole nor drilling? And that just activates when a doorbell is pushed (no interest in a constant security camera, as that would be overkill)?I'd like to have a small camera on my front door that lets me view who's ringing from the inside without opening the door, preferably on a screen included with the product. The many "digital peephole" options out there are exactly what I want, except on closer reading they always require a wire running from camera on front of door, through the door to a battery pack and/or screen on the back of the door (for example). I don't have a peephole, and drilling one or replacing the door with a peepholed door are not options for me (I know they're easy, but our thick metal door was expensive and we want to keep it). Is there a product I could use for this? Or better search terms? Or a hacky way to use a product intended for a peephole (e.g. if the image transmits wirelessly to a screen inside, I don't mind taping a peephole camera and its battery pack to the outside of the door). I don't need video storage or anything fancy, just want to see who's at the door when they're at the door, without opening the door (and a peephole/drilling is not an option). Thanks!

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In the 80s, when I was in college, I owned a poster for Fellini's "And the Ship Sails On" ("E la Nave Va"), and I'd love to own it again. There are posters for sale, but not the version I want, which is this photo of a man in a rowboat with a rhinoceros. On the version I had, the film's title was printed under the photo. I want to hang it on my wall, poster size, so printing low-res web versions won't work.

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Previously in the 2017 French presidential election: It was looking like the top two winners in the first round this Sunday would be Emmanuel Macron (of the centrist one-man party Forward!) and Marine Le Pen (of the far-right National Front), with François Fillon (of the center-right Republicans) lagging in third. Macron was then expected to win easily over Le Pen in the runoff. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Elysée: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, of the far-left France Unbowed (and star of the video game Fiscal Kombat), has surged to tie Fillon for third place in most polls, as support for Benoît Hamon (of the center-left Socialist Party) has collapsed. Macron and Le Pen are still expected to make it to the runoff, but the possibility of either Mélenchon or even Fillon upsetting that outcome can't be dismissed. And with ISIS claiming responsibility for yesterday's shooting in Paris, the race is more up in the air than ever. Further reading: What you need to know about the French election; How to watch the French election like a pro

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What is this genre of music? Where can I find sheet music of this kind of thing?

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Two weeks ago, the Borussia Dortmund team bus was on route to their Quarter-final first leg Champions league match against AS Monaco, when it was attacked by a remotely detonated bomb. Theories were flowing: Islamic terrorists? Antifas displeased by the clubs' association with far-right fans? The same far-right fans displeased with the club's attempts to remove them from the Südtribüne over recent incidents? Leipzig hooligans trying a pay back for those incidents? The truth might be a lot stranger. While there were no major injuries in the accident, a police officer was injured and Spanish defender Marc Bartra (days after finding the woman inside a yellow jersey in a sea of Schalke 04 shirts [fb link]) suffered cuts and broken bones on his left hand and arm from the blast. With a saturated calendar late in the season, UEFA postponed the game to the following day, with Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accusing UEFA of insensitivity, with UEFA defending their decision was made in agreement with both clubs. With most fans being unable to return to southern France just to return less than 24 hours later, the city of Dortmund lent Monaco fans a couch and shared meals over the #bedforawayfans hashtag . The investigation of the attack started promptly - on site, a letter was found linking to attack to radical Islamists, but the odd wording made experts suggest it was a fake, even if an Iraqi citizen connected to ISIS was arrested. Then, a letter was posted to Indymedia where an Antifa group claimed responsibility for the attack over the club not distancing themselves enough from right-wing fans. then, a third letter was mailed to a local newspaper claiming it was an "attack on multi-culturalism" (Dortmund, as many top clubs in europe, features over a dozen nationalities in their squad, from star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Shinji Kagawa of Japan and up-and-coming US star Christian Pulisic, in a city that is seeing a rise of far-right activism). All were discarded as clumsy fakes, and the investigation was not pointing "neither in the direction of rightwing extremism or Islamism". Today, the saga might have ended in the most bizarre of ways - Sergej W, a "28-year-old German-Russian" was arrested for planting a bomb in the hopes the options he acquired on the German club stock would increase in value if his bomb killed a number of players. ARD (German public broadcasting service) had raised the issue of potencial speculation in the following day. Employees of the bank used in the transaction were suspecting this could be part of a money-laundering scheme, and forward this information to the police, who later discovered Sergej W booked a room in the same hotel as the team, refused a room that was not overlooking the street where the explosives were installed, and his calm in the chaotic aftermath of the blast. As for the game, a shaken Dortmund side was beaten 2-3 at home, and in the second leg, Monaco repeated with a 3-1 win, advancing comfortably to the semi-finals where they will meet Juventus.

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Carmen Cusack performs "You'll Be Back" from Hamilton at this year's Miscast gala celebrating 30 years of the MCC Theatre in New York. The goal of Miscast is to allow Broadway stars perform songs from roles in which they would NEVER be cast. Jennifer Holliday sings "I Am What I Am" from La Cage aux Folles. Brian D'Arcy James performs "Unusual Way" from Nine. Kelli O'Hara performs "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. MCC YouTube Channel

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I'm a huge fan of "The Leftovers". Should I power through Lindelof's previous series, "Lost"?I'm not sure I want to subject myself to a 90 hour binge. Question (for those who love "The Leftovers" only, please): Is it as good? With the understanding that it was created within the restraints of a network show, and that lots of people disliked the ending (I'm more concerned with the previous 89 hours), is it as deep and excellent experience as "The Leftovers"? Or is the latter his magnum opus, meaning I'll be disappointed by the oevre backtracking? Again: for calibration purposes, I'd prefer replies from "The Leftovers" fans only. N.b. if you dropped out of "The Leftovers" in its first year, know that it gets (a lot) better. See Alan Sepinwall's reviews. One episode in particular, "International Assassin", from the second season, may be the greatest-ever single episode of TV.

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