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The Rise Of Men's British-Made Shoes The most famous Northampton technique is the 'Goodyear welted' shoe. Invented in 1869 by Charles Goodyear, Jr., the Goodyear welted process is the footwear equivalent of the off-side rule: until somebody sits you down and talks you through it, it's quite hard to understand. The process involves approximately 75 components and 200 separate operations. On average, the whole process, from start to finish, takes eight weeks to complete. The main benefit of footwear that is made using Goodyear welted construction is that it can be resoled repeatedly, giving the shoe a longer lifespan.

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A friend has been offered a good position by a company that contracts with large corporations for technical and business services. He'll work as a consultant and be paid on a 1099. The employment agreement includes a clause in which he certifies that he carries "adequate insurance, including workers compensation, general liability, and errors-and-omissions insurance." What do these mean in this context? What's "adequate" for an individual consultant?

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What does this cup say?

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My girlfriend and I have an anniversary coming up and are looking for a nice, new to us, quiet place to have dinner.We have places that we go all the time but we're looking for something a little more special than, "hey it's Friday let's go to the Indian place down the street." We're pretty open as far as type of food is concerned. Indian, Thai, Italian, French, other, whatever. The only thing that is absolutely out of the question is fish/seafood of any kind. Bonus points for vegetarian restaurants though this isn't absolutely necessary as long as there are a decent number of vegetarian choices available. (Only one of us is a vegetarian) Price range say $100 or less for two people, probably including a couple of drinks. Metro accessible would be preferred but we can drive if necessary. What are your favourite little Montreal restaurants that we've maybe never heard of?

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My best friend and I communicate primarily on gchat and now it's getting blocked by one of our work places. Can't download any programs. Is there a hidden solution here?My best friend and I live in different regions of the country, and 90% of our communication happens on Gchat. The system has worked well for us. However, one of our employers just announced that Gchat and Yahoo chat are blocked from now on. They also have a policy of not downloading programs, so no imessage for us except for on phones, which is not as convenient when we're at our desks all day. This sucks and could take a toll on our friendship. Is there something we haven't considered? Some web based chat solution we're not aware of? Thanks!

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ARES is a new tabletop wargame technology by the US Army. STTC briefing. Article. A modern take on one of the oldest forms of simulation: drawing stuff in the ground with a stick. Gary Gygax had a sandtable in his basement when creating D&D in the 70s, here's some recent pics of it.

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I've noticed that lately eating a small plate of plain, cooked brown Jasmine rice has a wonderful calming effect on me. If I've had a stressful day, just thinking about cooking up some rice in my rice cooker makes me feel happy. I love the smell of fragrant rice cooking. And when I eat it, I feel absolutely amazing.I'm not a drinker, but in the few times that I have had wine, I know how wine makes me feel happier after just one glass. I feel the same way after eating some plain rice. I only eat brown, organic, non-GMO rice, whether plain, Jasmine, Basmati or wild/mixed. I don't make pasta as much, but when I do, the plain freshly-cooked pasta has the same effect as rice. Has anyone out there felt the same way / knows what I'm talking about? Is there something about rice / pasta that makes it so addicting? This is a new thing for me; in the past I never cared much about either food, but now I'm starting to get hooked. I know they can be unhealthy if eaten too often, so I do have limits and make sure I'm aware of how much I'm consuming. Also does anyone know if brown rice is a good post-run snack? I'm training for my first 5K and I run every other day, right now averaging around 7.8ish miles a week (slowly increasing as I work through my training plan).

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Is keeping a copy of a Parent's iTunes password ok - so we can track them via iDevice without their knowledge in an emergency. Fill bit icky about it - but special snowflake details insideBoth my parents-in-law (separated and living in seperate countries) are aging and have issues that make them liable to get into serious trouble where we may need to track where they are. In addition my spouse and I live in the US, while FiL is in Australia and MiL is in UK - so popping over to check on them isn't exactly an easy option... FiL is an alcoholic who has heart issues - last time he visited he disappeared and when he finally came home I found him drunk asleep on our back lawn - having fallen and not being able to get up (he's already had a double hip replacement, etc). MiL is more physically capable but gets herself into terrible situations (she's staying with us this week and announced tonight she has a flight on Tuesday back to the UK but only has tickets to get her halfway - so we've had to buy her the other leg last minute - plus give her cash to live for a while at the other end - she had $30 US total left to her name, having maxed out her credit card). Both have iDevices, and I have access to their iTunes passwords (having helped them set the devices up previously). I have tested "find my iPhone" via iCloud.com and it does work in their devices. Neither would allow us to track them if they knew we could - especially FiL - as they are fiercely independent - and in FiL's case he doesn't like his children knowing where he goes to get drunk and sleep it off. Is keeping a copy of their iTunes password somewhere safe in the event we need to find them by their iDevice reasonable? Both my spouse and their sibling are keen on having that capability - both love their parents but have have seen their parents screw up majorly in the last few years and need to be physically / monetarily "rescued" from various situations.

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I'm looking for book recommendations for books filled with emotions, but not about emotions, for our toddler.Our toddler loves a little 101 dalmatians picture book, and we're fairly sure it's because he's using it to learn all kinds of feelings (Cruella mad, Pongo sad, Lucky scared, etc. etc.). Basically every page has a character with a strong emotion. However, we're fairly anti-Disney in general because of the problematic gender roles. He's pretty much over the books just about feelings we've got (Duck and Goose Feelings, Happy Hippo Angry Duck, etc.), though those have all been enjoyed. He seems to be looking for stories with actual plots, rather than just examples. We've recently discovered Mo Willems with great success. Do you have other recommendations? He's good with paper pages (so not limited to board books). Bonus points for books with a diverse representation of cultures, races, genders, etc.

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30 years ago, Rick Ruben was a college student, living in NYU's Weinstein Residence Hall, room #712. It was there that Def Jam Records was formed, shifting the focus of hip-hop from the MCs to promote the DJs, too. Ruben and his label quickly outgrew the dorm, and he hasn't been back since. Recently he returned, and the adventure was captured and put into context by Rolling Stone Film's mini-documentary, Rick Was Here. New footage rolls alongside old, with some animations to bring a few audio-only stories to life. On the earliest of early Def Jam Records, you can see the mailing address "5 University Pl. #712," capturing some notion of how small Def Jam really was in the beginning. If you'd like more, Salon points out two much more in-depth books on the history of Def Jam: Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Amazon; Google books preview), and Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God (Amazon; Google books preview).

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what's the trajectory of someone who wants to eventually write for a comedy/drama or even a kid's show? Is there an entry-level equivalent for that kind of thing? What skills are necessary besides screenwriting experience?

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Gough Whitlam, the progressive Labor prime minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975, has died aged 98. Whitlam came to power in 1972, as the Labor Party overturned 23 years of conservative government by a landslide in a campaign whose slogan was "It's Time". Over the next three years, Whitlam would preside over a tide of changes, from the withdrawal of Australian conscripts from the Vietnam War to the creation of a state-funded health insurance system and free university education and the enaction of environmental protection legislation, no-fault divorces and the Racial Discrimination Act. Whitlam won a decreased majority in 1974, but, after failing to pass the budget, was dismissed by the Governor-General and replaced by the conservative Malcolm Fraser in 1975.

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Why is the world in love again? Why are we marching hand in hand? Why are the ocean levels rising up? It's a brand new record for nineteen-ninety, They Might Be Giants' brand new album: FLOOD (43m) Or, if you'd rather meet James Ensor, there's John Henry (57m)! For something Fingertippy, there's Apollo 18 (43m)! More recent: Nanobots (45m) - Join Us (47m) - The Else (38m) (Official links from the band's YouTube channel! Oh, and they also have a podcast.) Over on Metafilter Music, some ambitious Person Men are are working on covering every song on Flood. Done so far: cortex covers Istanbul Not Constantinople - uncleozzy covers Minimum Wage - the_bone covers Letterbox Here's more! Most of these are official, but a handful aren't: 1985 Demo Tape - Fingertips, from Apollo 18. (Previously: Fingertips with Star Wars clips!) Here's a hodge-podge of additional songs, this is by no means everything by the band on YouTube though.... Don't Let's Start - Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head - Number Three - Ana Ng - Pencil Rain - Mister Me - Cowtown - The Statue Got Me High - Doctor Worm - Purple Toupee - Tippecanoe and Tyler Too - Electric Car - Tesla TMBG covers Tubthumping - NPR Tiny Desk Concert - What's in John Flansburg's Bag at Amoeba Records? - And the band at their silliest: Turtle Songs of North America For kids: Tiny Toons' video of Particle Man - Number 2 and E Eats Everything - ZYX - Can You Find Them? - LMNO - Alphabet of Nations (Expanded) Oh no! There are so many awesome songs I think they freaked out the Heavy....

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I have a non-functioning HDTV with no visible damage. Is there any way to wring any remaining value out of it?I recently moved cross-country, and shipped my 46" HDTV to my new address via FedEx. It initially powered on and seemed to be working fine, but after 30 minutes or so the display flickered out and now it's non-functioning. So, even though it appeared undamaged, something clearly happened during shipping. (None of the HDMI ports were working before the display flickered out, so I'm assuming it's something to do with the main board, and the display itself is fine.) FedEx settled my insurance claim, but now I'm saddled with a non-functioning HDTV. I have no desire to start stripping it down and selling its individual components, but is there any way to wring any further value out of it without much hassle? Or should I just have it recycled and be done with it? I've thought about getting it repaired, but I don't currently a car, so just getting it to (or from) a local repair shop for a quote would probably entail more expense/headache than I care for, even before the cost of the repair. Also, I have no real desire to own a second TV, and I'm looking forward to telling all my friends, neighbors, and co-workers that I don't even own a second TV. For reference, it's a Sony KDL46EX640. Thanks for any advice.

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One minute horror film. By director Ignacio F. Rodó, based on this two sentence horror story from an AskReddit thread last year. Picohorror previously.

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Last Week, Buzzfeed posted "110 Reasons Why You Should Never Leave New York City," which is somehow even more vapid than you'd expect it to be. Today, Brooklyn Magazine reviewed the list, and offered some feedback.

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I have recently obtained a Moto G (2nd Gen.) and it comes without a wall charger, while Motorola's support gleefully mentions (archive.today) it 'is best to use the Motorola charger that came with your phone.' What output does a USB power adapter need to give to charge the phone quickest and cleanest?I realise USB power adapters are near incapable of harming the device you plug into them, and this question collaborates that. But I would like my phone to charge as fast as possible. I found it extremely hard to get any solid facts out of Motorola. Motorola recommends only those chargers that 'meet CE marking requirements and support the USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2.' (User Guide (PDF, 3.3MB).) The support page on how to properly charge the device (archive.today) reads: Any Motorola charger with the correct micro-USB tip will charge your device. You will see the best results when the output of the charger is between 500 mA and 1.5 A. The higher the output, the faster your Moto G will charge. If your charger output is higher, the MOTO G will automatically restrict the charging rate. If your charger is lower, it will simply take longer to reach a full charge. Note: Some Non-Motorola charger fail to comply with USB Standards and as a result may cause device performance issues when connected to your Moto G. If you are experiencing issues please try either a different charger or connect device directly to a computer using a Micro-USB data cable. So I should be on the look-out for a charger with CE markings, this shouldn't be too hard. But it should also be in accordance with the USB Battery Charging Specification 1.2? What is this and how do I check this? I understand the ampere output affects the charging speed? So I should be looking for an 1.5A output to reach optimal charging speed? Or can't I go wrong by getting one with a higher output? I am getting a left-over (Apple) iPod USB Adapter later this week which I guess should work, but at 1A output it seems to me it wouldn't be the optimal solution. If I got the facts right. If not, please put me straight!

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In early March of this year, the New York City Philharmonic staged what initially seemed like a restrained concert of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd." Per the New York Times review : "The director, Lonny Price, started the evening with a wink toward the formalities of classical concertizing, as the cast of principals lined up in front of music stands at the lip of the stage, clad in tuxedos and staid dresses, binders in hand, as if they were about to sing a little Schubert. Oh dear." But then . . . Other clips from the performance, whose cast members included Emma Thompson, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, and for this one performance, Audra McDonald: "The Worst Pies in London" "God, That's Good. The full concert is currently available on Youtube, as is an interview with the actors talking about unexpectedly performing in front of Sondheim himself.

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Here's the reason why a 10-round rifle magazine isn't big enough. Wouldn't those thing ricochet right back at the shooter?

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Since the team is growing and business is going well, I'm more and more inclined towards founding a design studio (print, video, interactive). Having come up with names for a potential business many years ago, they seem silly and immature now. I don't want to choose a name and regret it down the line.With my team growing, I feel like using my name was kind of pompous. I prefer using a studio name that we can all work under. In any case, one of the important things I noticed when I revisited my old list was that I was trying too hard to tell the target audience "We are cool, we are out there, our work is an unconventional as our name." Additionally, as I researched more and more design studios and companies, I noticed that simpler and more straightforward names were far more memorable. They also had the added bonus of easily convincing clients that the outfit was far more professional and established in the market (as opposed to one with a name that was trying too hard, which probably gives the impression that it was started by a bunch of unrealistic teenagers). Since naming businesses is a service provided by all the top branding agencies in the world (Pentagram, Interbrand, FutureBrand, ...), I want to read more on the science/art of naming businesses (especially creative and design studios). I found this resource, but I want to read more about case studies. All resources that would help me learn more about the process in order to come up with something professional, simple, and catchy are welcome.

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I live in the US but will be returning to Canada in just under a year and I want a new iPhone. Is this a good idea? I've never owned a smartphone and so I have no idea how any of this works.I use a work Blackberry and have finally decided that I need to get real and get an iPhone. I'm perfectly fine to buy one outright without a contract, but I wonder what kind of pitfalls I could encounter when I move home. If I buy one can I get it unlocked and then continue to use it when I move north? The easiest thing would be to just wait until I get home, but I'm pretty sick and tired of the blackberry right now and would prefer not to wait 10 months. Help me - I'm so woefully dumb when it comes to this stuff.

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Exquisite Corpse [New York Times] Taking their cue from the Surrealist parlor game, 15 renowned authors take turns contributing to an original short story. Joshua Ferris: Their mothers were distant cousins long estranged. They gave birth within minutes of each other, same hospital, different rooms. (I was not there.) The boy grew up west of the interstate, on the outskirts of the university; the girl in a high rise with a balcony overlooking the water. He won scholarships; she dropped out. Both married, had children, worked hard, suffered losses. In the end they were alone. She had an early-morning flight, he took the overnight. The next day they found themselves, before the small explosion, across from each other in the cafe, in a foreign land in the grip of turmoil, strangers still. ...

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In a microwave oven of whatever wattage, is cooking something at 100% power for 30 seconds the same as cooking it at 50% power for a minute?If it is not the same, why not and under what circumstances would I want to use the longer time but lower power method?

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Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she's looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of ruining her husband's career as a National Football League player — the feeling that coming forth, or seeking justice, would destroy her four children's financial security. She understands that struggle not only because she, too, was a domestic-violence victim, but because she watched so many other NFL wives, many of them her friends, go through the same nightmare. For each of them, it began with their husbands' attacks and worsened with a culture that, they felt, compelled silence. Simone Sebastian and Ines Bebea investigate for WaPo: For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet. [TW: domestic violence] Previously on MeFi, #WhyIStayed on Twitter.

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Last week I AskMe'd, thinking software was our problem with becoming a productive tech-support company. Apparently most all of the software acts the same, so the problem seems to be in the management side: how does the physical process of using help-ticket software, and helping people, from the IT Helpdesk end work, and what resources can help teach us to do it right?One of the most confusing things I've run into is the godlike devotion to email; email support is a small fraction of the work we do -- most support calls come in via phone -- but every ticketing program requires an email address to even create a ticket from the admin side, and most documents I've read about streamlining and responsiveness only talk about email ticket requests. Do helpdesks really stop you when you call and ask for your email address? Also, all of the helpdesk software I reviewed (thanks to everyone's recommendations last week) it still seems like many calls will be shorter than the time it will take to properly document the call in the help ticket software. It's a good two minutes by the time you fill in all the categories - and that all-powerful required email address - and document the problem and assign it to yourself and close the ticket, so I know for a fact the time to create a ticket right is one thing discouraging adoption of the ticketing system, and errors is the reason users don't trust it (so many "first name @ customer not a real email address" in the email blank) . Is this a "that's the way it is, just do it right" or is there some guidelines for improving speed, or a minimum call time to warrant entering it into the ticketing software? If all this can be found in a book, I'd be happy to get recommendations, as long as it's not focused on the bells-and-whistles ("take helpdesk requests through twitter! Chat systems with bots for canned responses!" is not productive for us) and more focused on the bare-bones management of help desk support and ticketing systems to document contact. (One last low-priority question: of the recommended software last week, much of it was 'cloud' software -- doesn't that seem low-rent when an expensive service contract tells you to go to MyITCompany.ZenDesk.Com?)

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