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There's a spoken word section in a song that drifted into my head and I'm trying to remember what that song is. Here's what I recall - it's brief, a fairly deep and scholarly man's voice giving spiritual type advice with some swirly, electronic/ambient/tinkling music underneath.He says something like "Observe those..." or "Take those...". I'm thinking it's a band like The Orb or FSOL (I listen to a lot of similar artists). The voice is very clear and upfront, not buried in the mix. What is this track I'm half remembering?

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Will Read You Now (R. Eric Thomas, Elle Culture)

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I've been working with middle-school students and many of them have had trouble putting in good performances on both math and verbal sections of a standardized test in one sitting. And a single student can switch between a high verbal score one sitting and then a high math score in another sitting. Curious if this is a known phenomenon with younger kids--that maybe they get stuck in a certain gear and can't modulate their efforts between very different skills and mindset needed for mathematical and verbal reasoning?

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Help two ladies plan a fun filled day in the city of Brotherly LoveI'm headed home from Korea for the first time in two years. My best friend is coming to visit me where my family currently lives (my hometown is in Northwest Pennsylvania. My family moved to the Philly area while I was abroad). We'd love to spend a day exploring bits and bobs of Philly since neither of us are locals. We're probably going to take the train in from Colmar on the Doylestown Septa line. So what things should we see, do, and eat that can be easily accessed by public transportation? I'll be arriving in late feb so preferably things that are not good weather dependent. Interests: Indie rock, feminism, liberal politics, food (so much food), good coffee shops, museums, culture, anything really.

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Are there any social media applications that are peer-to-peer in the sense that they don't require a central server and effectively can't be shut down?Say, for example, a version of something like Twitter that uses torrents to share the most recent tweets in your group. Is such a beast even technically possible? Fidonet is the only example I can think of.

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I am in love with the high protein bean pastas. Currently I pair them with marinara and feta. I'm looking for alternatives. Quick, veg'n-friendly, and both exotic as well as bland/basic additions are appreciated!I would love your ideas for sauces to pair with bean linguine. Marinara is going to get old soon. I need to be able to make my meals within 30 minutes or prep on weekends. Thank you, Hive Mind!

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A Reddit thread about health inspection violations has led to an unlikely yet delightful new meme: in response to a redditor's story about their stepdad's recreation of an 18th century French bakery, redditor Poem_for_your_sprog, also known as Sam Garland, offered the following summation in verse: my name is Cow / and wen its nite, / or wen the moon / is shiyning brite, / and all the men / haf gon to bed - / i stay up late. / i lik the bred. The form has caught on, and inspired additional poems and remixes. Dog got in on the action too. New poets on tumblr brought Cat in, as well as the bread itself. Baby cow Calfe has also made an appearance, with bonus reply from Cat. Cow also licks things other than bread. The poetry listserv arspoetica has written up a quick summary, with some additional examples of the poem. Because this is the internet, there has of course also been heated discussion as to the appropriate form and scansion of "i lik the bred" style poems.

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The results of the 2017 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame vote were announced this evening, and Tim Raines (in his last year of eligibility), Ivan Rodriguez (in his first year of eligibility), and Jeff Bagwell (in neither his first nor last year of eligibility) were elected. Close watchers anticipated both Bagwell and Raines's elections based on Ryan Thibs's ballot tracking spreadsheet which compiled over 240 votes (more than half of those cast) from public posted columns and a few given anonymously, but the it was still unclear until the announcement whether Rodriguez would have enough support from those who did not make their ballot public to clear the 75% mark required for election. Raines's election is particularly meaningful to the few remaining fans of the Montreal Expos, and here Jonah Keri tries to explain why. The three inductees join former GM John Schuerholz and former commissioner Bud Selig, who were elected by the Veterans' Committee late last year, to no small amount of controversy in Selig's case.

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Remember the Mirai botnet that took down Dyn and made most of the Internet unusable for a day back in October of 2016? Internet security expert (and also Mirai botnet victim) Brian Krebs, author of excellent blog Krebs on Security, has a massive, four-months-in-the-making investigation unmasking the creator of Mirai, and it reads like a really good thriller novel.

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I'm looking for recommendations of multi-day hikes, ideally with places to sleep each night.I'd like to do more longer hikes, but I'm not a huge fan of camping. I never sleep well and am usually cranky the next day. I also enjoy meeting people and eating local foods, so I would love to find more hikes where the stopping points have villages. Camino de Santiago is a good example of this, but apart from it being ridiculously crowded, I've also accidentally driven most of it on a road trip already. What are some other options? I've looked into the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland, but it seems like you can't do the whole trail without camping a few times. I can't tell if the Lan Tau hike in Hong Kong has places to sleep. Most people seem to only do parts of these so it's been hard to find reviews of doing the entire hike. I'm not an advanced hiker, but I'm fairly in shape and in my 20s, so it doesn't have to be too easy.

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I have a blog that has not been updated in three years. Back then, I set up a Google alert for the blog title, in case, you know, I made it big and didn't notice. I have not received any Google alerts since I stopped posting, until this week.I have now received two alerts, each linking to topics on the blog, like, imagine it was a food blog, the alerts don't link to "Fried Chicken" but "Main Dishes." What's Google doing with my topics this week?

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My cats have already claimed the main house and the surrounding area as their territory over the past 8 months. However, I need to move them away to my separate house - about 1200 meters away (see below for reasons). What is the best method for moving all of them and insuring they won't return to the main house/stay at my house? Thanks so much again Metafilter!!!My cats have been causing many problems: bringing in decapitated animals that rot in our common areas, chasing in skunks to common areas, bringing in and leaving half-alive poisonous snakes, picking at and eating food directly from dining tables and kitchen counters (and they are dirty, tic and flea infested), and making terrible, terrible crying noises. Since I run a hotel and have frequent paying guests, it is totally unacceptable to have them around at all in the main area.

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My boss heard about an artist/videographer who displayed a clip of a woman kissing her child in extreme slow motion; as the video was slowed down, the mother appeared to turn grotesque/monster-like. We think this was on display in an art installation somewhere, but we can't find anything about it. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

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I'm a new Nord keyboard owner, and as excited as I am to own what all my musician friends (and pros I admire) say is the best, I'm having a hard time understanding how to use this thing. Help!I bought a gently-used Nord Electro 4 HP to replace my beaten up Korg SV-1. The Craigslist deal was difficult to pass up -- pristine condition, original library DVDs included, and a $250 flight case, all for $800 less than the keyboard's current retail price. I'm used to my Korg, with its 8 preset buttons that I customized and memorized, so I have easy access to the sounds I need the most often with my band. 8 presets were never really enough for me -- I always had to fumble with dials in the dark to call up additional sounds. So having the Nord, with its room for MANY more preset sounds, should be fun. tl;dr My questions: 1. In Sound Manager, how can I call up just the Bank 1 sound list, move those around, add/replace, etc., then call up the Program 2 sound list and do the same? It seems all I can do is view a long list of all 4 programs together. Is there an older version of the app that works differently? I was wondering, since the app has been updated but my Electro 4 piano is several years old. Maybe the newest version of the app is more geared toward newer keyboards. Maybe there's a difference between the Mac and Windows versions? I'm on a Mac, if it matters. 2. The Nord's digital display seems backward. When I press the Program 4 button and scroll with the page buttons to the 11th sound, the display says 11.4 instead of 4.11. Do I just not understand what banks and programs and pages mean? 3. Related, I know that the Nord Stage piano has the ability to group sounds into "sets." Can I safely think of the Bank buttons on the Electro 4 as set buttons, and just accept that the 3rd song in set 2 will be denoted as 3.2 on the display? Or is my idea absurd because I don't understand what Nord means by banks and programs and pages? I found the Nord user forum website, which seems to be not as helpful as I was hoping it would be.

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Is there a folk tale about a parade that you're not supposed to look at that comes through town every seven years (maybe some kind of hunting party?), and one guy looks at it, so a duck sneaks into his house and puts a fish hook in his leg and doesn't take it out until the parade comes through town seven years later?I might be conflating a number of folk tales, or mis-remembering a specific modern story as a folk tale, but I have a vague memory of certain very specific things. Or maybe I made the whole thing up, that's always possible. Definitely interested in answers that contain partial elements of what I'm remembering!

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I spend too much time looking at my phone when I'm home. I would like to pick up a magazine instead. I recently continued a Bon Appetit subscription after a trial period and was surprised by how cheap it was. I'd like to have a few more magazines coming to the door every month. Do you still have any magazine subscriptions that you enjoy? Any special interest, news, hobby, or lifestyle magazine you think is worth receiving in the digital age?

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Adam Sandler singing about Chris Farley NSFW Lyrics, poor video quality.

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BEFORE the First Protocol was added? In the original Geneva Convention of 1949, the definition of a 'Protected Person' seems limited in its application, depending on a civilian's nationality, if their country of origin maintains diplomatic relations with the country they are in, and a labyrinthine of other factors.

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I am looking for a book that covers how making the moral choice in a given situation could lead to worse outcomes. I am probably not explaining this well.This is stemming from a conversation with a friend regarding zipper merging. Drivers won't let people merge in at the end because they think the situation is unfair and the other driver is taking advantage of the situation instead of merging earlier and waiting like everyone else in the lane. By people not zipper merging themselves and not letting other people zipper merge traffic is worse than it has to be. Another example could be in an airplane: parents are supposed to put on their own oxygen mask before helping their kids. In a situation like that, the parent's "moral" decision would very likely be to take care of their kids first. Or perhaps in addiction treatment where the previous focus on getting clean and curing the addiction is clashing with harm-reduction ideas like safe injection sites or methadone treatments. I remember reading an article on why it is actually a good thing to let people charge higher prices for goods like water and batteries before a hurricane. Something about it prevents people from buying 8 jugs of water which they won't end up using because it is too expensive so more people get to have 1-2 jugs of water which actually will be used. I would like a book of these kinds of things. I imagine there are a ton of books out there that specifically deal with religion and how various teachings are wrong, like how abstinence-only sex ed causes more unwanted pregnancies and STDs. I'm fine with that kind of thing being a chapter in the book but I don't want the whole book to be that.

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I wear contact lenses only occasionally, so I wanted to switch from monthlies to dailies. But it turns out they don't make a daily lens with my prescription (for astigmatism). Is there some specific reason they do not do this -- I was told they only do a 180 +/- 20, and my astigmatism is 30. But why do they stop at 20?

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I'm trying to figure out in my head how best to go about obtaining a mortgage in the UK whilst also satisfying certain criteria. I'm not sure if Metafilter is the place for this. Sorry if not!- My uncle has offered to invest in the property to help my wife and I buy a house in an area we wouldn't otherwise be able to afford a mortgage in*. - My uncle doesn't want to be repaid. However: - Me and my siblings are my uncle's only surviving family. When he passes we will inherit his estate and it will be split between us equally. - The investment in our house should form part of the estate. - We expect the house we are trying to buy to increase in value. We all want my siblings to benefit from the investment our uncle is offering to make in my house (they already own houses, I'm the only one left renting). "Co-ownership" is not an option as it will increase the stamp duty by about double, and will bring my uncle's finances under scrutiny which we do not want the hassle of. - Apparently the bank providing the mortgage will not allow any loans. An injection of cash from a third party is apparently permissible but it must not incur interest, NOT be repayable on demand and my uncle must NOT hold any interest in the property. Which I think means that rules out a percentage of our house being part of his estate. My head is spinning a bit. Any ideas on how to make this work for all parties? I understand a "declaration of interest" legal document can be drawn up after a mortgage has been arranged, but given the bank's criteria, is this even legal? I guess we could sign over part of our house (a percentage?) after the purchase is made and not tell the bank? It may not even be any of their business. - We would very much like a cash injection to help us buy a house. - The bank want the cash to be a gift with no strings attached. - We (the family) realistically want there to be strings attached to what is in reality a very long term investment for me AND MY SIBLINGS. * We currently rent in this same area and work here, too. So it's not for reasons of snobbery or whatever that we want to buy here - to move would mean new schools, buying a car to commute to work etc etc etc.

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I'm writing a fictional scene in which a car with a stick shift rolls backward on a steep hill (light changes from red to green) and hits the car behind it. What kind of damage would there be to both cars involved? Assuming it's a steep San Francisco hill. Would the police be called to fill out an accident report? Or would the two parties just exchange info and be on their way? I'm looking for the most dramatic outcome while still being plausible. Thanks for any input.

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My boyfriend and I would like to move with our infant son to Europe for at least ten years if not forever. Which (preferentially Western European) countries are considered relatively simple to migrate to? Details inside the fold. TIA!For various reasons, this instinctively feels like the right decision for our family. My boyfriend and I are willing to sacrifice a few creature comforts for this potentially new chapter of our lives. Our goal is to have my work (scientist at a biotech) transfer me to the country of choice, and then after a few months my husband/ infant son would join me. The specific countries we would consider would (ideally) have the following or some combination of the following in order of importance. 1. Relatively uncomplicated immigration laws/ requirements For example, Denmark/ Norway are challenging, prohibitive immigrant environments, and I would not want to waste too much time attempting to settle there with family (please correct me if I am wrong in assuming this.) My company has a pretty extensive European presence, so I'm not too restricted. They also allow some remote work. 2. My boyfriend (he works in hospitality management and will be my spouse by then) being able to find work as the spouse of an immigrant worker. Migrating would likely be a dealbreaker if this is not possible. 3. Cost of living lower or comparable to Southern California (for reference, we live comfortably in San Diego.) We will be a single-income family until my boyfriend is able to find work. 4. Immigrant access to subsidized healthcare, childcare and other benefits. 5. We are a South Asian/ African American, US citizen family, and would prefer to raise our son in a diverse, metropolitan city that is largely... inclusive. 6. What considerations would you factor in when you begin to plan a move like this with a child? My boyfriend and son would move back to his hometown where he still has family so he'll have help with childcare while I work until I'm able to move them over. What other things should we consider outside of inexpensive childcare help and savings? I understand that we live right now in a state of heightened tension where immigration is concerned. We are giving ourselves two years to see this through. Other Western countries like Australia (too far) and Canada (I grew up there, not interested) are out. Weather is not really an issue. I've looked at other questions on here but not too many reference immigration with family. Thank you in advance, MeFites! I appreciate your honesty, insight, and personal anecdotes as these are much more useful than reading government webpages on immigration.

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Nintendo Special Big Band [SLYT] Spend an hour listening to Nintendo's jazz band jamming away at musical hits from Super Mario, Kirby, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong Country, and The Legend of Zelda. This performance is part of Nintendo's press event for its new Switch console and was recorded last week in Tokyo.

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What are some of your favorite editions, versions, or retellings of fairy tales or folk tales or other stories in adjacent genres? I'm interested in beautiful illustrations, or well-written prose, or any other reasons that you love that specific version. If you have one preference for younger kids and a different for older kids, tell me that too!I'm starting to read some classic fairy tales to the kids, and in particular we're ready for some of the less baby-ish (more complex and less sanitized) versions. When I went to the library, I found quite a lot of different versions of Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast, and excerpts from 1001 Arabian Nights, and so on. That got me thinking: I'd love to know - partly out of curiosity and partly so I can seek out these "best" versions - what your favorites are and why you like them. Is there a particularly well-illustrated edition of $story? For older kids, an edition that isn't so illustrated, but is really well-written and engaging? Please don't limit yourself to stories well-known in the US! We are reasonably well-versed in Japanese stories, but would love to read classic stories and folk tales from all over the world. Especially for stories that have been translated, the quality of the translation matters too. The kids in question are 6 and 3, but I'm happy for a list of recommendations that can grow with them (or that I mighteven enjoy reading!)

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