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Want some classic Bowie recordings remixed into a reggae structure? Well, here's David Bowie - The Next Dub, one of over a dozen dub remix projects by musical entity Black Market. See also in particular: - The Beach Boys - Summer Dub, mashing up Wilson vox and Wailers-ish arrangements - the earlier Bowie In Dub, including an expansive 10 minute take on Let's Dance - The United Federation of Dub, a collection of remixed Star Trek TOS theme music and audio collages - the thematically similar The Twilight Zone II (perfect if you needed some more William Shatner classic TV samples) There's more at their site as well, including some collabs and non-dub remixes.

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Looking to do a Nordic cruise destination next year, 2 adults and 2 kids (5 & 1.5). 7-12 days. Any specific suggestions or tips?Looks like it's travel season here on metafilter so I'll add my question to the mix! I'm looking at various tours, either standard capital cities tour, or up the fjords, or some mix. I want there to be some nature and to feel cozy and geographically isolated at times. Cruise locations can be as far as Amsterdam to St. Petersburg (my namesake - ha!) but focusing on Nordic countries overall. I wouldn't want to be all in one country though. Coming from North America so ideally flying to a big city eg Amsterdam, have a couple days to get situated and then get to the port city. Doesn't have to start and stop at the same port. I've never been on a cruise before so I don't know the cruise lines, which are great and which to avoid like the seven deadly sins. Have you done a Nordic cruise lately and did you like it?

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Truckla , the new Tesla Pickup. "Available nowhere." (Except in Simone Giertz's driveway.)

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Is there a way to make a local network with a hotspot from a phone, or that free-flowing xfinity wifi? Without adding another service?I have a studio space I work in frequently. I appreciate that I don't have internet service there; I can focus on work better and it's one less bill to pay. Between making my phone into a hotspot and those xfinity wifi hotspots, I have just enough internet to do the emailing and basic uploading and downloading I need to. BUT! We've been doing more admin/office work things in this space, and it would be very helpful to have things like a printer or a shared NAS. It's a wonder of the future that we can have these things and connect wirelessly through a local network. Is it possible to get some kind of router that will connect to these little networks I have and do this for me? Ideally not something I need to set up each time I want to use it, I would like to configure it once and be done (I feel like this is the tricky part). Can you tell me which one? Is there a very obvious answer and I'm just a busy smallbusinessperson and missed the solution easily findable with the right search terms, which I haven't found yet?

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I'd like to set up a page where we can have people contact (via email) their representatives in government about specific issues, using Squarespace.I'm a webmaster for a non profit and our new advocacy team would like to have the ability for our supporters to contact their government representatives about specific issues. We would collect their contact info, and provide a form letter they could use or modify and then hit send to email to their rep. Representative names could be populated in 2 ways. Option 1 would be simplest - just populate all emails with one email address (say a specific rep for a specific area). Option 2 is more complex, using zip code to populate 1-3 reps' emails (for example, state rep, state senator, congresswoman.) We use Squarespace as our website platform. I'm not a coder but I'm technically proficient. I'm new to non-profits (I'm a volunteer) and have googled around but haven't found anything other than one option which looks like it costs a lot...Do you have any suggestions on how we could do this easily, cheaply? TIA!

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The actual story of famed and disgraced auto designer John DeLorean would probably make a pretty good movie. Probably wouldn't have any time machines in it though. It would be more like The Wolf of Wall Street, but with cars.

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I've been assessing various therapy options in my area, as there's a bunch of issues I want to work on now my 40th birthday is approaching. An initial consultation with the director of one therapy centre has led to him recommending either a TWICE-weekly group psychotherapy session or a THRICE-weekly individual psychotherapy session - both with a two-year minimum commitment. Have you found benefit from such intensive programmes? How do the outcomes differ from regular weekly sessions / shorter term commitments?I'm paraphrasing as I don't remember quite the wording he used, but in the meeting the director said that he felt I could 'handle' these schedules and that the increased frequency leads to a more in-depth analysis and thereby greater insight. His main recommendation was that I join the twice-weekly group therapy sessions (led by himself). Second recommendation was the thrice-weekly individual psychotherapy. Because I asked, he also stated that he could refer me for once-weekly psychotherapy if I specifically wanted that. I've done a long stint of group therapy around ten years back and found it useful at that stage of my life, but I'm hesitant about signing up for sessions of such high frequency and for such long periods. Mainly because of the £££, but also because I feel like they could become a bind schedule-wise. But is this resistance some kind of self-sabotage? If these sessions would be life-changing then it would make sense to stump up and show up. Your thoughts? I'd especially like to hear from anyone who's done high frequency therapy sessions or any therapists or counsellors out there. Thanks in advance.

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I would like to learn more about data science to use it in my freelance marketing work. Do you have any recommendations for good resources I could use to do this?I feel like I'm great at doing the "first look" analysis and reporting, but not so good at discovering deeper trends and phenomena. My primary goal would be to use all the data I get from my clients to come up with really interesting analysis. I'm interested in visualizing the data I get as well, so would like to learn about that (currently limited to PivotCharts in Excel). (My secondary goal is getting some highly-desired skills on my resume, so I'm inclined to lean toward more buzz-worthy technologies and techniques.) My background: Interested in books and online classes (e.g. Udemy, Udacity) A lot of online ads experience, so I know the terminology I've used Python in the past but am rather rusty. R as well. Have been dabbling in SQL. Don't have a timeline to learn this stuff, but quicker is better

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My wife gave me a Nintendo Switch for my birthday! Yay!! I have little experience with video games. What should I play? Low-violence games good. I like puzzles and narrative.She got me a Katamari and Mario Kingdom Battle to start. Interested in games I can play by myself or with my family.

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Looking for a sliding scale/affordable therapist that ideally specializes in depression and maybe career counseling.

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Youtuber Tom Scott and friends has a go in the Royal Navy's Damage Repair Instructional Unit, also known as the HMS Excellent. While water is pouring in and the unit is listing, they are trying to apply damage control procedures that the Royal Navy would use in a real situation (SLYT).

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I want to cover an approx 2'x5' wall area with cork board. It needs to be thick enough to handle push pins, and mounted in a way that won't screw up the paint on the wall. The space is too narrow for readymade bulletin boards. Has anyone had experience using adhesive cork squares on a wall? I've read mixed reviews on these. Other ideas are welcomed. Thanks!

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I am currently the co executive director of a small education non-profit. Before this I was the literacy director for a large middle school. Since January, I've been looking to return to interesting, district based work and I just accepted a great position. The work is challenging and awesome. The district is fairly functional. My boss seems like a reasonable person. But for the first time in a decade my title is not at the director or even manager level. And...it's really getting under my skin. I think I need some help re-framing.I actually tried to negotiate the title before accepting the position since the work is director level (I manage five people across five school buildings, etc.) But it's a union position and flexibility is limited. That said, I keep perseverating over the title issue. I feel like it makes my resume less coherent. That it may be an issue if I apply to doctoral programs down the road. That people will somehow think less of me or see me differently. And, this one is a bit harder to express, but I feel sad and frustrated in a way that feels related to being an ambitious woman in the workforce and an ambitious woman in education in particular. I feel simultaneously embarrassed that I care about my title and then pissed about that embarrassment. Because of course I should be allowed to care about title and compensation! (Right?!) At the end of the day, I have accepted this job and I'm actually really excited about the work. My question is: what are thoughtful and productive ways to think about this? How can I re-frame this for myself? Why am I having such a hard time with this??

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I got a free upgrade to gigabit internet. Yay! Well, maybe yay? I'm trying to figure out what this new internet speed allows me to do that I couldn't before, or why a normal person would need or even want this shiny new service.I am trying my best to find new things I can do with my flash new internet connection and I'm coming up short. The most connection-intensive thing I can think of is streaming 4k content, but Netflix tops out at 21mbps per 4k stream, so even with overhead a 100mbps connection should be enough for four family members to watch at once. I don't have four household members, but the point stands. Help me appreciate this unearned luxury! *I realize this question has been asked, but search tells me it was like four years ago and I'm thinking things have changes a bit since then.

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Interesting in hearing from Mefi's who are social workers, MF therapists, etc. with tips on how to transition into the social work field prior to getting my licensing and still pursuing my undergrad degree. What resources should I be utilizing to create a solid network, obtain paraprofessional positions in the field, etc?I have social work experience in grief counseling, domestic violence hotlines, and AIDS caregiving as a volunteer up to this point.

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Author Michael Lewis has a new{NYT] podcast called[FT] "Against The Rules" [spotify, apple, stitcher] that's all about referees and refereeing Michael Lewis Makes Boring Stuff Interesting [WSJ] From the Mueller report to the college cheating scandal, why we're all obsessed with fairness The Era Of Attacking The Referee This American Life: Hoop Reams - "Writer Michael Lewis takes us inside the world of NBA refereeing. He explains how protests about unfair calls have increased in recent years. However, at the same time, hard evidence suggests referees have only gotten better and better at making good calls. Lewis says this is actually indicative of a larger trend in America — people distrusting authorities, judges and referees of all kinds. " Transcript: Michael Lewis on MIB - "RITHOLTZ: What you — what's your pet thesis? LEWIS: My pet thesis is referees have a hard time the more unequal the environment they're refereeing is. So if you have two people who were just — who are basically the same power, money and so on, it's easy to ref that situation compared to having Lebron James versus a benchwarmer. And — and I think it's — the pressure — one of the sources the pressure on referees is — is inequality in the society. Another source of pressure is — is technology. I mean, that — that when they screw up now, it's all over the — it's all over the Internet. And — and people who are upset by whatever the mistake was can gather together to cause more trouble for the referee." Undermining judges, scientists and journalists is designed to create societies where the powerful can do what they like cf: At the NBA Replay Center, the league's most scrutinized employees aim to get it right The Great Escape: How Credit Raters Ducked Reform Americans need the CFPB now more than ever

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What food media sources and voices do you follow?I read the NYT and WashPo food sections. I look at Eater and Food52 and Taste. Blogs aren't what they used to be, but I still I look at Smitten Kitchen, David Lebovitz, iamafoodblog and a few others. I'm looking for sources beyond those, particularly on YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, or Twitter. None of those is how I prefer to consume media, but I get that it's where a lot of people are and I have a bit of a blindspot there. I'm particularly interested in sources that surface or create intelligent and useful content, whether recipes or broader pieces about food. (Note: I read a good number of food newsletters and listen to podcasts, but those are beyond the scope of what I'm looking for right now.)

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As early humans spread across the earth, they persistently hunted down the largest beasts around. Along with climate changes and human-caused ecosystem change, many researchers implicate hunting as a death knell for creatures from the giant ground sloth (Inverse; full paper) to the wooly mammoth and other megafauna (Geology Page; full paper in PDF). From this perspective, humanity's late arrival to New Zealand simply delayed the moa's execution date. When the Māori First Settled New Zealand, They Hunted Flightless, 500-Pound Birds (Atlas Obscura) -- but how did Māori best these beasts? More from Atlas Obscura: For researchers, piecing together how moa were hunted has been an equally creative process, combining archeological and anthropological findings. To avoid contact with the larger moa, some researchers believe the Māori used snares to tangle up their prey, which was considered the traditional "Māori fowling method." (Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand) One prehistorian points to the Māori dog's "strong neck, forequarters, and jaw" to conjecture they were bred to seize large game, including moa (Google books preview). Another historian, skeptical that dogs could handle these massive birds, has speculated that dogs helped drive moa to inescapable locations where they could be cornered and killed (Google books preview). ... In a recent study, three New Zealand scholars examined Māori sayings, or whakataukī, for clues about their relationship to moa, including cooking techniques (Human Ecology via Springer, full paper). One, He koromiko te wahie i taona ai te moa, or "Koromiko is the wood with which the moa was cooked," likely meant that koromiko branches were used to cover moa meat cooking in underground ovens. Researchers and scholars, who can only contemplate the moa's formidable skeletons, have long speculated on how the bird tasted—their fattiness and their flavor. Most recently, researchers have conjectured that moa tasted similar to their closest relatives, the flightless tinamous of South America. Ironically, many species are over hunted because of their tasty meat. A final note: there are a number of specific species of moa (Wikipedia), and not all giants.

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Looking back at the show's history, queer content has come in a few distinct forms. Tracking the evolution of these forms across the years can give us an appreciation for just how far Saturday Night Live and we, its fitfully patient (and just as often impatient) queer audience, have come.

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Can the small Hawaiian island of Moloka'i and its utility get along well enough to teach the rest of the world how to get off fossil-fueled electricity? Moloka'i is a bastion of sanity and understatement at the center of the Hawaiian archipelago. Just 40 kilometers of open water away from O'ahu, the island is a far cry from Honolulu's hectic tiki bars and tourists, universities, cargo yards, and warships. On Moloka'i, agriculture and subsistence hunting and fishing still sustain many of the 7,500 or so residents, and visitors are few. There are no traffic lights, and the roadsides are peppered with hand-painted signs extolling Indigenous rights and rejecting a litany of perceived intrusions from pesticides and cruise ships to short-term vacation rentals and GMOs. The few tourists who do make the hop over rank mailing a coconut home as their top experience.

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A paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dogs' faces are structured for complex expression in a way that wolves' aren't, thanks to a special pair of muscles framing their eyes. These muscles are responsible for that "adopt me" look that dogs can pull by raising their inner eyebrows. It's the first biological evidence scientists have found that domesticated dogs might have evolved a specialized ability used expressly to communicate better with humans. [The Atlantic]

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What to do when you're older, unemployed and looking to get into tech?What resources are available for someone trying to break into technology who is older (i.e. middle aged man in late 40s) with experience in tech sales/accounts)? I have a friend who is struggling and I honestly don't know how to help him. He lives in New York and dropped out of a good art school and has done audio production, music gigs and working on and off in film, mostly small unofficial contracts. His professional career in doing account management roles was about 5 years ago, when he stopped to deal with a health issue. That gap in full time work is really hurting him; even though he's been running events and a record label for the past 4 years, it's hard to look marketable or make the case why a tech company would take a chance on him. He's been doing online training in AI, learning a bit more about Python with the hopes of working at a tech firm, maybe a startup either as a junior coder or perhaps doing sales again, this time with a better understanding of how to sell these newer technologies. I guess I'm wondering if there are apprenticeships that can help defray the cost of training for AI and any of these newer areas, or what his job search strategy should be. He goes to meetups and tries to network and outreach to get referrals to companies, but the combination of of gaps and age and non-formal tech experience aren't helping and he's depressed, understandably. Startups don't seem to be responding and his cover letter and resume just get sucked into the system and he never hears back. I'm trying to look into career counseling and his resume is well written (results oriented), but if he has the gap there's little ways to hide that, and I feel like people might just see him as 'musician' and read 'flaky, won't hire'.

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I'm a mid-to-senior level professional in the digital space, and am struggling once again with a problem I have encountered a few times over, say, 15 years: the gap between what I understand about my job and the expectations of executive leadership. I don't know whether this is common, normal, a me problem, and most importantly what to do about it.Typically this is in jobs that are new to the organization, and the executive in question is explicitly uninterested in what he or she sees as managing people. Once I literally learned at my annual review that I was supposed to have fully instituted a program I was still designing (no, there had been no guidance or nudges or obviously a clearly written objective; leadership was apologetic but I still got a crap review.) More generally, I've heard more than once "you're operating too tactically, but we want you to be operating strategically," when this is a distinct change from previous expectations—and I should have understood this unstated change. In my current role, I've been starting from close to scratch, built a solid practice, and am hearing that I need to be "working up here," (waves hands around)...without any particular objectives or goals. How do you know when this change happens? How do you identify it if nobody says "we want you to start scaling up instead of business as usual"? I feel like everyone learned this in competent digital business-person class. Anonymous because of shame! Oh and — I am a neurotypical cis female white early-40s person with reportedly great communication skills, apart from apparently this specific receptive...thing. If any of that seems important. Happy to contact people on memail or otherwise if you drop a comment below.

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We're moving far away from our favorite low-key vacation spot. Where can we check some of the same boxes within 3-4 hours' drive from Binghamton, NY?My partner and I like driving up to Fort Bragg, CA from the SF Bay Area. It takes about 3.5 hours plus a lunch or coffee stop, so it's short enough that we can make the most of a weekend. The drive is beautiful. Fort Bragg itself is low-key and not super touristy. Unfashionable, even. We usually stay at a laid-back B&B that's reasonable in high season and cheap in low season. It's not a SoCal or Florida beach--it's all cliffs, rocks, twisted cypress, and wind, and we never go swimming. There are several bookstores to browse and some good (and/or quirky) restaurants. There's also a great, cozy coffeehouse for writing in. If we want to Do Stuff there are casual hikes to go on and overlooks to stroll to, a botanical garden, a couple of museums and historical sites, and a lighthouse, or the fancier environment of Mendocino proper. There's basically no substantial traffic ever. I think I learned about this trip on AskMe in the first place, actually, and we've really enjoyed going there over the years. We were hoping to go one last time before we left the West Coast, but unsurprisingly, that's not going to happen. Too much packing to do. (Should've seen that one coming.) Can you find us a replacement? We're not looking for the exact same thing, just somewhere that shares some of the same qualities: low-key, fairly inexpensive, a variety of things to do depending on our energy levels/whims/the weather, not too long of a drive, and some nice scenery. My partner has been putting a lot of effort into this move, and I'd love to be able to take him somewhere like this after we relocate--maybe in September or so.

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Pygmy possums usually aren't on the menu for huntsman spiders. But an Australian man from Tasmania has captured the rare moment a huntsman attempted to devour a tiny possum at a lodge in the Mount Field national park, 64 km north-west of Hobart. CW: PICS OF A SPIDER EATING A MAMMAL (Possum-eating spider previously)

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