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In the summer of 2000 Heather Lynn and Kirsten Nordine started playing synthpop together in Grayslake, IL as The Capricorns. Only one song exists online from their first cassette, The Capricorns Are Gonna Get You. In 2001 Paroxysm Records released In the Zone, which gave birth to mixdisc classic The New Sound (live version). In 2003 there followed Go the Distance! Their last album, Pure Magical Love came in 2006. Lynn made a further single and album under the moniker Pure Magical Love, which evolved into a Chicago-based performance troupe. In 2013 Lynn staged her first rock opera, Templehead (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). A second rock opera, Genesis and Nemesis, is coming later this year. Morgan Claire Sirene wrote an appreciation of Lynn for Slutist, and she was interviewed about her life and career by Zachary Hutchinson. Nordine is a sometime member of Prince Rupert's Drops and releases music as Jantar.

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I recently bought an Ironman Essential watch by Timex because I thought it would track intervals, but it seems to only have 1 timer. I need something that will track a warm up of 1m/30s for 10 reps, then a workout of 2m/1m for 7 reps, then a cool down walk.Based on reviews, the Ironman watches can't do this. I saw the Gymboss Minimax and that would be perfect, but as far as I can tell it doesn't do multiple intervals in one workout session. Is there something else under $75 that will fit the bill? I was looking at the Pebble, but smartwatches are a last resort because of the high price point and extra bells and whistles. I also don't want to be tied to my smartphone, which is too big to run with anyway.

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My 18 month old nephew LOVES "real things" that are not toys. For older kids in my life, I LOVE buying them things like rock tumblers, microscopes, binoculars, swiss army knives (when they're old enough and with parental permission), digital cameras, or things to support their hobbies (like nice fins for snorkeling). We send them money from foreign countries just for fun (various small bills and lots of coins) and rocks and seashells. I've also had great luck with kids magazines and non-kid magazines (like Science, or National Geographic). I'm also rather good at getting experiences for kids and older teens - museum passes, or concert tickets, or a special fun restaurant where they sing, etc. But I've realized that I'd love to buy the younger set more "real things" because they seem to love them so much more than actual toys! This is roughly for ages 1-5. Would love some additional help of "real things" that toddlers and preschool kids like!Things my 18 month old nephew has liked: gardening gloves from the drugstore, bits of rope tied in various knots, an actual harmonica, an actual tambourine, wearing mom's bags and shoes, pushing various pieces of furniture around the room, and the always-fun game of pulling everything out of the cupboards. What are specific things that your kids have loved? A few considerations: nothing that is solely used to make a total racket. The musical instruments are fine and they are brought out at special times. I thought about a metal mixing bowl and spoon but they just make a constant racket. Their house is very small so nothing that takes up a huge amount of room. Please assume they don't need specific toys like a play kitchen, or a play house outside, or books, or stuffed animals. The kids have lots of love in their life, but partially I just love sending small things as something we can use to discuss in our daily Facetime chats, or something new to keep him occupied while my sister works, etc. I'm not in their city, but I visit as often as I can, and we talk on Facetime almost every day. Please keep the answers focused to actual things (not apps, not games) that I can send to him that kids usually love! Other ideas: - old remote controls or things with buttons (that are not toys) - funnels or other "real" things for the bath or outside play - silk scarves and pieces of fabric -- but he's a bit young still (or just not interested) - cardboard boxes, yes I know :-) - tiny bouncy balls (as long as they can't fit in his mouth) - gardening tools for outside - when he's a little older, a fish in a small tank (with parental permission) - when he's a litle older, a map or atlas set, or globe - would love other things for this period of 18 months - 36 months! - things that I can easily buy and ship are especially helpful, but if I need to procure X thing, and do Y thing to it (I don't know...get a milk jug and stuff it full of styrofoam and toys?!) then that's fine, as long as it can still be shipped without tons of expense Thank you!

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Paper showing positive effect of Golden Rice on Vitamin A levels in children retracted. Though the retraction wasn't for any issues around the science (which was solid), but around the ethics. Lead author of the study Guangwen Tang (of Tufts University) is accused of not gaining informed consent from parents of the children involved in the study and faking ethics approval documents. On "informed consent": [Tufts'] IRB should also have ensured that the informed consent form for parents explicitly stated that the rice is the product of genetic engineering. U.S. guidelines stipulate that such forms use plain language understandable to lay people, and the IRB agreed to let Tang say that "Golden Rice is a new rice which makes beta-carotene," without using the loaded words "genetically modified." (The consent form for a very similar study by Tang among adults in Boston, published in 2009, didn't use that term either.) Given the sensitivities over transgenic food, which existed in China as well, that was the wrong decision, according to the external panel... ...Tufts has barred [Tang] from doing research on humans for 2 years, during which time she will be "retrained on human subjects research regulations and policies," the university stated; after the training is completed, for a further 2 years she can do human studies only as a supervised co-investigator. Tang, 64, has decided to close her lab next year as a result of the punishment, says Adrian Dubock, executive secretary of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board in Switzerland, which was not directly involved in the study. "She did not choose the political controversy thrust upon her altruistic research," Dubock, who has kept in contact with Tang, says in a written statement. "Her retirement and the closure of her laboratory will be a loss to humanity." (cite) Objections to the study originally raised by Greenpeace. Tang sued the American Society for Nutrition to block retraction, claiming it was tantamount to defamation. The Massachusetts Superior Court allowed the retraction to go forward. The Boston Globe touches on the growing concern of litigation between researchers and academic journals: Litigation between scientific journals and academics, such as Tang's pursuit of an injunction, remains quite rare, but is increasing, said Ivan Oransky, cofounder of Retraction Watch. "In general, we see researchers lawyering up more often," said Oransky. "I'm concerned if the growing presence of lawyers in publishing decisions means that journals will be afraid to do the right thing, or do what they believe is right for the scientific record." The Genetic Literacy Project on Greenpeace and Golden Rice. The retracted paper. Finally, Nathanael Johnson of Grist (who did an excellent, comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the GMO debate last year) weighs in.

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Wisconsin governer Scott Kevin Walker, currently the 3rd favorite to be the GOP 2016 presidential candidate, is said to have been approached by voters with the idea of building a wall between the USA and Canada. Walker claims some voters supporting a northern border wall worry that terrorists could cross from Canada to the USA. It is unclear what such a wall would look like; the U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long, which includes the Alaska/Canada bit, and has many crossing points. To complicate the issue, Canada and the USA are in (currently non-war) dispute over their border in several locations.

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CLEAR is dying. What can I get instead for my home internet?I live in Brooklyn, and have for the last many years used CLEAR as my ISP. I don't have a TV (I watch everything online), and I don't have a landline. I just need internet, the end. My favorite part about Clear was that there was no setup: No person coming to my apartment, no drilling of whatevers, no "gotta call the guy to come do ____." Time Warner and Comcast both represent levels of hell I am loathe to engage in, hence my hope that there is some alternative. Convenience and reliability are generally more important to me than cost, within reason. Apparently I use around 100 GB of data per month. I'm open to work-arounds and non-traditional solutions. Hope me, hive mind!

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Hello; I am seeking software for a simple home budget. I am wanting a budget that will auto adjust,meaning that if I enter and amount for a bill,then change the amount,the rest of the budget will automatically "adjust"the the "total owed". Should be free,or a very low cost-not wanting a program that connects with my bank. Thank you :-)

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I was in a PhD program for 4 years, but never actually finished the degree. I'm getting job interview requests and even formal offers that clearly assume I actually have a PhD. Am I doing it wrong? On my LinkedIn and resume, it reads "PhD ABD XXX-XXX, completed all pre-dissertation coursework before leaving for ". I also taught classes and wrote papers as a paid research assistant, which are listed on my resume and LinkedIn individually as well. All of this is exactly, literally true. I am very concerned about people in my professional network thinking I'm lying/exaggerating, but I also want people to know that that was a valuable educational experience that I learned a ton from. Is this stupid? I would clearly never accept a job where they are assuming that I have a PhD. I am totally up front with my boss at my current job that I dropped out of a PhD program. But people seem VERY willing to fool themselves into believing that I do have the degree, even when I try hard to clearly state that I don't. I just had a long job interview where a potential new boss ended it with "I'm so glad we have a PhD on this project" (I think from briefly skimming my LinkedIn). Obviously I'm flattered but I can't let them go on thinking that. This gives me panic attacks at night thinking that I'm going to get fired or dropped from projects for lying on my resume. How do I politely disabuse people from that notion, without either understating my education level, or getting myself in more trouble? I'm in tech, where a PhD is a "nice to have" thing for many positions but only really required for a tiny fraction of jobs. Thanks.

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I'm writing an SF story which involves something akin to a space station/industrial complex in orbit around Neptune. I need to know whether Neptune ever goes completely behind the Sun when seen from Earth and if so for how long, or whether the line of sight between Earth and Neptune just grazes the edge of the Sun.I've looked at the three conjunctions closest in time to now, and they seem to show Neptune getting within 45-50' of the sun; is that always the case? Bonus question: what would the Shapiro Delay be for a radio signal along that path? The setting for this story will be in an era of asteroid mining, although that's not a major part of the plot. While there's quite a lot of research/speculation published on this, and I don't intend to go into much detail in the story, I would appreciate being pointed to anything factual or fictional that does discuss the notion of living and working in orbit around an outer gas giant. They don't get enough love!

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"So you look at a work of art and think to yourself, I could have done that. And maybe you really could have, but the issue here is more complex than that -- why didn't you? Why did the artist? And why does it have an audience?" A primer from PBS Digital Studios, addressing common questions about modern art. (YT, 5:40)

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Exploring some overgrown woods in London, we discovered several of these thingummies. They were found near what looks like the remains of bomb shelters from WW2. Any ideas what they might be?

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Our family (two adults, two kids under 3) is driving between the DC area and Chicago this September. Where should we stop along the way to stay overnight?We would like to stop somewhere that's more or less on the way (no more than 8 hours from either endpoint) and has something for kids to do. Ideally, we would do a fun kid activity, eat dinner at a good local place that's reasonably kid-friendly, and maybe stay in a hotel with a pool. We're going to visit friends in Ann Arbor in one direction, but we're not sure about where to stop in the other direction. Also, any ideas for lunches/stops on the road?

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Novel. Recent (5-10 years max). Female protagonist dealing with brother suffering from a brain injury. A very Oliver Sacks (RIP) character helps her. Possibly "water" or "rain" in the title. Google failed me.

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"Where would they end it? At a stream? On a piece of grass?" Maine's Baxter State park, which hosts the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, pressures local and national groups affiliated with the AT to address their concerns of overuse or potentially find another northern terminus for the trail. Baxter State Park's 2014 letter [pdf] outlining its concerns of Appalachian Trail overuse ends with the suggestion of a permit system to limit use or moving the AT and its terminus. Baxter State Park's Facebook page criticizes Scott Jurek's (previously) use of the park, Jurek responds. Hikers Behaving Badly: Appalachian Trail Partying Raises Ire

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For close to a year I've been searching for a mid-career public library job in the northern half of the US (I'm employed, but I need a higher salary or a cheaper city); I've had a bunch of interviews but no offers yet. I am also seriously considering applying for a MFA in fiction writing. But I don't know how to handle trying to do both.First things first: I know it's ridiculous to go into debt for an MFA; I know there aren't any jobs in the field; but I think the opportunity to work seriously, full-time on my writing would do me a world of good personally. I would only apply to well-funded programs, and I'm hoping that the teaching experience and the degree would give me a leg up in applying for academic library jobs (though I would also be happy going back to public librarianship). I don't want to put my job search on hold to apply for an MFA because a lot of the programs I'm considering only have something like a 1%-2% acceptance rate, and I don't want to apply to programs I otherwise wouldn't apply to just to have a "safety school" option. I'd rather keep my day job and keep writing on the side. I don't want to give up on applying for an MFA either -- if I got accepted to a good program with good funding, I would go in a heartbeat. But trying to do both at the same time means that I might move across the country for a new job and then have to face the choice of either quitting after less than a year and moving across the country again, or turning down an offer. It means that I'll be spending money on GREs and applications and transcripts, and asking for recommendation letters and writing critical essays, for something that probably won't even happen unless I get rejected from every single job I apply for between now and February. (I keep getting sad when I try to figure out the odds of this). (Relevant fact: I'll almost certainly need to relocate for any job I get, because I really need more money to stay in my current city than the city libraries pay. Nor am I applying to any local grad programs.) How do I figure out what to prioritize, and how? Does it make sense just to choose one and give up on the other one, at least for a while? Or can I try to figure out a way to keep all those balls in the air and live with the uncertainty?

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Can you guys tell me how your gallbladder removal surgery went? Is it true that you can go back to work after a full week? I am having surgery on Friday and I am not going back to work until the following monday( a full 9 days at home besides the surgery day). I am completely frightened. I heard about davinci surgeries that are robot assisted. I am next looking into that. I heard some can do even with one single incision.

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Can I ship excess baggage to a US address from somewhere in JFK airport on a Sunday afternoon?I will be arriving in JFK airport from an international flight on Sunday September 6. I want to take the train from NYC to my final destination in Central Pennsylvania, but Amtrak does not allow checked baggage on the New York -- Harrisburg route. I will thus have to figure something to do with my two extra suitcases. Is there a service in/near JFK (or, perhaps, Penn Station) from where I can mail my excess baggage to myself in the US? Difficulty: needs to be open on a Sunday afternoon. Thanks!

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Help! How would you market a company to corporate groups, bachelor, bachelorette and birthday parties?Basically, I am trying to market my company, which is a fun and unusual sports type game, to people for a private event instead of focusing on selling individual tickets. Primarily, we would love to focus on corporations that do team building events, but I am wondering if I need to just identify a bunch of companies and pitch them (if so, who would I pitch to - like what job title / department would handle such things? And should I go in person with brochures, on the phone or via email?) I also want to focus on universities, bachelor / bachelorette / birthday / reunions... where do people looking for something to do for such events turn to? Do i need to buy ad space on google? try to use social media websites? are there lists that promote these types of things. Please lend me your marketing ideas. Thanks!

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The Pop-Up Chorus in Durham, NC. has no auditions. Once a month, anyone can show up and sing - people of all ages do. Imperfection is embraced. Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants How Can You Really? - Foxygen Africa - Toto No Rest for the Wicked - Lykke Li Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Their YouTube Channel Previously on Metafilter, the Chapel Hill Chorus Project Pop-Up Chorus is a program of the Community Chorus Project.

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Kyle Jean-Baptiste died in an accident on Friday at the age of 21. Mr. Jean-Baptiste joined the company of Les Miserables this summer after his college graduation, and became the first African-American man to play Jean Valjean on Broadway on June 23, while understudying the role. He recently announced on Facebook that he would be joining the Broadway cast of The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson. His last performance as Valjean was on Thursday night. He recently performed "The Confrontation" with Lin-Manuel Miranda at the #Ham4Ham lottery for Hamilton tickets. Last night, the show's current Jean Valjean, Ramin Karimloo spoke to the audience and paid tribute to their friend and cast mate. Collection of performances (BroadwayWorld)

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I want to sell my Nikon D50 on eBay. It works but has developed what I would guess is a processor problem. I would like to swap to a Canon anyway next year so don't want to repair it myself. Should I sell it as a piece or split the body and lense?The lens is fine and can be used for other cameras. The camera takes pictures and some people might not even notice there was a problem. I didn't until I viewed the pictures on my pc and zoomed in and saw more noise than normal and a thin dead pixel line on part of the image. So I decided to sell it, and was going to do so as a bundle of body, lens, charger and case. My thinking is that someone might buying to repair, but also if you were starting off in DSLR photography, you might find it an acceptable beginner's camera. Then someone said I should split the lens and body to get more money. But to me that means anyone buying the body will probably just be wanting to repair it and this will pay less than someone just getting a working-ish kit. Any thoughts please? I need to make a bit of money and now instead of just listing it I am sitting here beanplating. Aargh.

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I posted this question a while ago. What I failed to mention there is that my ex-friend was also a coworker. I've since moved on to a new job that I love, but now I hear that my terrible ex-friend is thinking about applying for a job at my new company. This has sent me into a panic.My question is, is there any way I can approach HR to say something like "Please do not hire this person because she has affairs with her coworkers' husbands" without making MYSELF look batshit crazy and vindictive, especially considering (a) I am a new hire, and (b) I will have no way of knowing if/when she actually applies? Don't ask me why she wants to apply there. It's a great company and she is a horrible person.

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The clinical neurologist, author, former weightlifter, and popularizer of science has died of the metastatic melanoma that he announced in February had spread to his liver. A perennial guest on WNYC's broadcast of WNYC's Radiolab, he unfailingly came across as clever, kind, and self-deprecating (including about his prosopagnosia, or face blindness). Dr. Sacks remained engaged with science and the public until the end. The Guardian, the NYTimes, and FT have all registered their regard. [Previously on Mefi.]

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How the ballpoint pen killed cursive.

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Hey, I'm going to Costa Rica December 5th to 19th this year. I am in over my head as far as planning where I will go and stay. Can you help me? I'd like to get reservations all set, and I have no idea what I am doing.My goal for this question is to end up with a detailed itinerary complete with hotels, excursions, and (least important) restaurant recommendations. I am hoping that some of you might have done a trip to Costa Rica already and are willing to share exactly where you stayed, for how long in each area/city, and the hotels you stayed in. Important information: Flying into San Jose at about 2:30 p.m. on Sat December 5. Leaving San Jose 11:30 p.m. Saturday Dec 19th. I am prioritizing birding excursions. I have a field guide already. I am especially interested in endemic and tropical birds. Hummingbirds, Trogons, Parrots, Tanagers, Antbirds, Cotingas, Woodpeckers, Manakins, Euphonias etc. I am currently, however, pretty out of shape physically, so would prefer something kind of chill. I will be working on conditioning before I go. Budget is middling. I would like to spend less than $1000 for lodging over 14 nights. Paid excursions will be a treat, but think more along the lines of $100 for a day trip rather than the crazy $5,000 birding trips. More likely I'll usually just find some areas to wander on my own to bird. (Suggestions?) Beach time would be cool, too. Do I need a car? Do you have a place you'd recommend renting from? Bonus: what and how to pack. December is a transitional season, from wet to dry. I have a rain coat and will be getting good shoes. How will I do laundry? Previously this question and this one are helpful. But I am looking for a lot more.

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