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We ordered Blue Apron (through one of those 100% free week offers!) for the first time. The food came late, they are crediting the account so we get a free box next time, and I need some help to determine if I can still safely eat some/all of the contents of the box.The box was originally supposed to arrive Monday by 10PM. From a preliminary search, their boxes are packed for an additional 24 hours of proper temps etc. The box arrived this morning, and contents went straight into the fridge/freezer (meat into the freezer, remainder into the fridge) - so about 15 hours after the packaging is designed for. However, the box was cold and properly sealed when I opened it, the food was cold, the freezer packs were still semi-frozen, and I'd hate to throw out perfectly good food. Contents: -Freezer wrap around the entire contents, fully sealed. -Freezer pack on the bottom. -Sealed chicken breast, ground beef, shrimp. Packages were sandwiched between 2 half-frozen freezer packs. Meat felt very cold. There was clear liquid around the packages that I believe is from the freezer packs - the liquid did not have a scent and none of the meats had air bubbles or apparent loss of liquid. -Freezer pack between the meat and remaining ingredients. All remaining ingredients felt cold. -Loose veggies (sweet potatoes and radish). These were slightly wet on one side, I think the box was stored on its side for a couple hours in our mail room so this would be the same liquid as around the meat packages. I washed/scrubbed these before putting them in the fridge. -Brown paper bags with misc ingredients (tomatoes, spices, mayo, cheese): 2 bags were dry. 1 was wet (see above). All of the ingredients were individually sealed, with seals intact. The small container of miso paste was sealed but the top was raised (think over-fermented yogurt container). -Rolls, wrapped but with holes to breath, outside felt dry/slightly dewey (not wet). -Leafy greens (lettuce, green onion), individually wrapped but with holes to breath. Did not feel like they touched the liquid. Look fresh. On top of all other ingredient. Recipes here show all ingredients:Cheeseburgers, Seared Chicken, and Shrimp and Pasta. The complicating factor is that it's the holiday, and fiance's mom is visiting this weekend so we'll probably do a lot of eating out / turkey leftovers. I was not planning to grocery shop until next week. If the package had come on time, we would have eaten 2/3 recipes and put the other in the freezer until next week. As noted above, the meat is already in the freezer. So, MeFi, is any of this safe to keep? I'm wavering between all, some, and none, so help me sort this out!

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Brazil's Video Game Gray Markets [YouTube] "Brazil's video game market is strange. A military dictatorship ruled the country from 1964 to 1985 and enforced strict protectionist economic laws. During the period, Brasília eschewed imports and attempted to manufacture everything it could within its country's borders. That led to an odd hodgepodge of cloned systems, strange cartridges, and pirated games that are still with the country today. Drew Scanlon of Clothmap recently traveled to Brazil where he explored the strange gray markets that make up the country's video game culture. He sees a combo Mortal Kombat/ Street Fighter II cartridge made to run on an NES, strange consoles of questionable legality, and learns what happens when the local games store learn the cops are coming to raid the place." [via: Motherboard] [Previously.]

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Slippery Stairs is a Japanese game show that delivers exactly what it promises. [SLYT]

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What's better than some pre-Thanksgiving vintage cats?

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Data contradicts common talking point that high taxes cause the rich to flee.

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I inherited a 1960s steel Army footlocker from a relative, but no one has a key. What is the best way to hire a locksmith in the Brooklyn area who could help?So far my experience is googling locksmiths and being overwhelmed by how many there are. When I ask about an estimate, they charge $30 to even come look. And regarding the lock, they can't tell me if it would be $50 or $500. They are very anti-ballpark estimate. The majority of reps have been vague and gruff and just want all my personal contact info up front. I've never had to do this before and just don't want to pay an arm and a leg. Any advice?

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Two weeks ago, my mother bought two pints of oysters at Costco. They look just like this. The "Sell By" date is today, and we're planning to cook them in a casserole for Thanksgiving dinner (tomorrow). I'm not worried about being one day past the "Sell" date, but I am worried that she bought them two weeks ago! They've been refrigerated the whole time, and the containers are sealed. The plastic lids are very slightly convex, though. Should I toss them out, or are they safe to cook and eat? Thanks for informed advice!

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Stobe the Hobo, the internet's most famous train-hopper, dead after apparent accident James Stobie was the most famous train-hopping hobo on the internet. He rode the rails in a way that was reminiscent of a desperate man searching for work at every city he could find during the Great Depression. Except that Stobie, aka Stobe the Hobo, made YouTube videos about his experiences, hopping trains to move around the country for the pure fun of it. The beauty and boredom of Stobe the Hobo's train-hopping videos. A little info and pictures of Stobe, as well as speculation about his death can be found on The Secret Society of Internet Hobos.

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Yesterday, when my wife picked up our 6 year old son from his after school program, he was crying and shaken up because the supervisor of the program had angrily grabbed him by the arm and scared him. He had been playing with a toy that he had received in the previous period as an academic reward from his teacher. The supervisor informed my wife that they'd been having problems with our son playing with toys in the program, which is not allowed, though this is the first we've heard of it.I would like to address this situation and make it clear we don't want her to touch our son like this. I plan to address her first in person, and ask her not to handle my son again. I am dreading this, as she has never been very friendly and always seems to be angrily harried when I see her at pick up. I haven't found any information regarding the after school's program's policies, and the only contact information I can find is the email of the supervisor herself. There is a PTA committee attached to the program, but no names. My son really enjoys the activities through this program, and I believe his exposure to the supervisor is only before and after the activities began, signing kids in and out, so I don't want to take him out of the program. How would you proceed?

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What are subscription boxes that are under $30 and preferrably under $20 a month that you find are worth it even at that price as gifts?I'm already a fan of raw spice bar and subscribed to graze several years ago, but their price has increased since then so I'm sure if there has been a change in actual quality. I'm looking to buy gift subscriptions for friends/family so any theme is fine. I just want some ideas of what you've liked, or ones that you didn't think were worthwhile or that have had a change in quality.

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My middle school kid is a keyboard player and loves it. He's been playing for years and is in our city's local version of "The School of Rock" where young musically-talented people get put together in bands and practice/perform regularly. The problem is that he's in a band of mostly metal and heavy rock-influenced kids, and though they've been receptive to what he's been interested in playing (they did kickass Joy Division and Jesus & Mary Chain covers last time), he's interested in trying to find harder, more rock oriented or upbeat stuff to try with them.He's grown up on my record collection which leans toward industrial/shoegaze/synthpop stuff, and he's big into organ-driven funk/jazz too. Suggestions he's liked(all over the place, but you get the idea): Faith No More (especially Angel Dust), "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winters, "Root Down" by Jimmy Smith (or hey, the Beastie Boys), stuff from the narrow window of Van Halen's existence where they were still rocking hard but getting more synth-y, Killing Joke, Pop Will Eat Itself, NIN. He's also not against finding rock that DOESN'T have a keyboard part and adapting it, but that's less preferable. I've seen other questions that SORT OF get what we're looking for here, but I need something that's going to rock EVEN HARDERRRRRRRR or at least keep up with the guitar/bass/drums noise onstage.

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In February, after an investigation by ProPublica, Facebook announced it would be more diligent about prohibiting housing, employment and credit discrimination in ads on its platform. (In the United States, the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) prevents discrimination based on race, skin color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.) As a follow-up, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook last week, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users: African Americans, Muslims, mothers of high school kids, the blind and/or people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, people from Puerto Rico, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers. All are groups protected by the FHA. Every single ad was approved within minutes.

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As holiday festivities ramp up, you might be wondering "how should I decorate this table? Why should I decorate this table?" To answer both questions, Curbed continues its Period Dramas series with How Christmas decorations evolved through the 1800s in New England. For another look at (New England) Christmas Past, here's Christmas: Williamsburg Style. But wait, you say, let's tackle one holiday at a time. OK, here's the origin of the Thanksgiving cornucopia, and more on the cornucopia in general. If you want a more beachy theme, here's Secret Life of Antiques: Victorian Shell Work. And if you combine all that, you can get a festive garbage clam, just like Ivanka Trump. Holiday centerpiece problem solved!

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I run a three-month program that kicks off with a new group once a month, and it involves a lot of moving pieces, including scheduling meetings (that I can't schedule until the new folks have started), and sending instructional emails at a certain time for each cohort.I can make a checklist for each group, but then I have to remember to look at it pretty regularly. What would be ideal is to create a set of appointments on my calendar with a reminder to do each thing on the proper day. I'd like to be able to do this as simply as possible. We're using Outlook in my office, but we could probably make this work with google calendar if that's much better. Can this be done with relative ease?

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I have spent years looking for a good, buy once, wallet. They are generally too small (Credit cards don't fit) or the leather is shoddy and falls apart. I will pay top dollar for a really great leather wallet. Suggestions please.

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Anyone know of any? I know it's a long shot but this is something I'd like to try. Doesn't have to be the whole week. Needs to accommodate beginners. Prefer something heavy on silent meditation. Thanks!

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Survivors called Mr. Mladic the Butcher of Bosnia. The deadliest year of the campaign was 1992, when 45,000 people died, often in their homes, on the streets or in a string of concentration camps. Others perished in the nearly four-year siege of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, where snipers and shelling terrorized residents for more than three years, and in the mass executions of 8,000 Muslim men and boys after Mr. Mladic's forces overran the United Nations-protected enclave of Srebrenica. The Hunt for Ratko Mladic How Britain and the US abandoned Srebrenica to its fate

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"In 1905, Charles Clayton ("Todd") Webb III was born in Detroit, Michigan. Having been a successful stockbroker in the 1920's, he lost all of his earnings, and then some, in The Crash. During the Depression, Webb prospected for gold, worked as a forest ranger, and wrote short stories that have gone unpublished. It was during this exploratory period in the 1930s that he first picked up a camera. His interest and love for photography soon crowded out his writing ambitions, and he was able to do the two things he loved the most: travel, meet people, and photograph them."

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A science blogger asked UK water companies if they still used the ancient 'art' of water divining / dowsing ... and the answer was yes, mostly. Since the story broke the companies have backtracked somewhat - it's not official policy but it still goes on.

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My workplace is absolutely awash with people who are constantly jockeying for position. I am in the really fortunate position of having now been promoted to the job I want at the level I want to stay at for the rest of my career. So how can I be one of the people who manage to put their egos aside and quit playing these games?People in my workplace can be incredibly petty about stuff that really shouldn't matter. Things like who gets their name first on a report, who gets to go along to unimportant meetings, who will share what information and who won't in an attempt to look like the most knowledgeable, etc. People are fighting over crumbs and it's pathetic. It seems to go all through the organisation and our rates of bullying and harassment claims are astronomical. Add to this my team lead is a terrible micromanager and can't stand to not be not only part of everything but the absolute centre of everything. I've posted about him before and the situation is only slightly improved but this question is different as I'd now like to change my response and not let him and the rest of it wind me up so much. There is one (and only one) laid-back guy on the team who absolutely doesn't let this stuff bother him in the slightest. He thinks the team lead is great because he works so hard and instead of seeing it as interference he sees it as support. This guy hasn't been promoted since he started but he doesn't seem to care about that either. I've asked him why and he says he just focusses on what's important in life - his family - and doesn't let other stuff get to him. I think this is amazing and so healthy. I pushed and fought to get where I am and I'm satisfied. I have job security and a nice salary and I don't have to prove myself anymore. So how do I just...stop? I'm seeking advice on how to change my mindset. Please assume that changing my mindset wont affect my ability to do my job properly, and that (for many reasons) changing jobs is not an option and is not going to happen. Thank you.

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The Icicle Atlas contains more than 230,000 images of icicles (plus 3D models, time lapse movies and time-series data) on 237 icicles made at the University of Toronto over a five year period. [Via Ottawa Citizen] The atlas is the end product of a quest to determine why icicles form ripples.

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Is it appropriate to offer to work for free at a non-profit if the position is usually paid?I'm new to volunteering and non-profits, and don't know what the expectations are! The company is a 501(c)3 organization that is doing something I believe in and want to help with. The job is part-time, and is similar to something that I do as a hobby anyway. I have a full-time+ job that supports me fine, I don't really need their money (though, I'm not rich, and money never hurts). This position is usually a paid one, and as far as I know, everyone else in the same role would be paid staff. Would it be weird to offer to do this as a volunteer? Possibly relevant: I have no intention of ever attempting to work in this industry as my career. I'm not looking for a foot in the door, I just would like to do this job, for this organization. Optional wrinkle: if I applied for the paid position and was turned down, would it be inappropriate to counter with "what if I did it for free"? Is this sort of thing okay, or do I need to make the offer to volunteer out of the gate?

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1970s teen heartthrob David Cassidy of The Partridge Family dies from liver failure. One of the Partridge Family hits was "I Think I Love You."

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Please help me bleach a part of a website! I'm doing it with a Firefox add on, but it's not updated for 57 and I doubt that it ever will be, and I can't update Firefox until I can replace the function it fills for me. I want to stay with Firefox, and get updates. Please don't suggest Pale Moon.Please help me help myself. And please bear with me. There must be a way to do this, because it can be done, but I don't even know how to ask. I don't know the vocabulary. I know almost nothing about how websites work underneath. Something about code and stylesheets. I know there is an element inspection tool that shows the code, but none of it makes much sense to me. I don't want to learn how to write code or make websites. I can't even figure out how to make e-books look right if Calibre can't do it, and I am given to understand that websites and e-books are related in how they're put together. But I can follow instructions. I want to update to Firefox 57, but the now legacy add on Color That Site! is the only thing that makes the forums on Ravelry usable for me on my computer. I spend a lot of time in the forums there. When the site was updated earlier this year to include green bars on the top and bottom of the screen in the forums, it gave me headaches and nausea, kind of a visual claustrophobia. I don't have this exact problem with any other site, though I do hate the general trend of persistent bars at the top and bottom that sometimes leave only a few inches of usable viewing space on my small and fairly low resolution screen. Ravelry's coder, Casey, was understanding and did put in a test feature thingy so that one could have the top toolbar roll up into itself as it would on a mobile browser, but it didn't disappear completely, and the animation made the problem worse for me. He was not into to making a colorless option, he's a good person who has to deal with 7 million knitters and I wasn't expecting him to. So I did it myself by bumbling around with Color That Site! until the green was gone. I do not know how I did it. I don't know how to replicate it without that add on. Here are a pair of screenshots that show the difference between normal and fully de-colored bars. Normal version is Chrome, white bars are Firefox 56. The top bar is de-colored for the entire site, not just the forum section. Whenever I try to search for other tools that will do the same thing, the only results I get are references to Stylish or similar add ons that require a user base that creates entire new styles for websites. Nuke Anything isn't the answer, though it is handy. I just need the green of the bars to go away, I want to keep the bars. Windows 7, Lenovo X230, 1366 x 768

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Seeking stories of serendipity that saved people at the end of their rope - that were actually made possible by people laying the seeds of their own salvationI'm seeking stories like fraula's in the random acts of kindness thread. At the end of a year-long housing search where failure meant having to leave the country, a place to live just arrived in her e-mail inbox one day. But that e-mail never would have come had fraula not created and maintained a blog (the landlords of the new place to live were long-time readers and fans). There was also the entire year before this that she spent looking for a place to live. We focus on the end of the story but there was quite a slog and many dead ends along the way, I'm sure. I'm sorry if this is Chatfilter, but I ask because I find these personal stories so comforting. I just had two Big Life Things fall through in two separate Big Life Areas. It looked like the stars were aligning, my chickens coming home to roost, to the point where I was so hopeful and optimistic as to get excited about them happening. (I blame myself for being so attached to the outcome.) I'm so far from anything else developing on either of these fronts that I can't bring myself to do any of the things that I need to do to make these things happen for me. I just don't see how they can ever happen, so what's the point? To top it off, my birthday is in a few weeks, and all I can think about is how I'm running out of time and chances. I believe in manufactured luck, but I'm so despondent, overwhelmed and pessimistic that I can't move from the couch. The stories can be about anything - jobs, housing, love, friends, money, health, you name it. Thanks.

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