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"Sponsored" by my husband: Why it's a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from.

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What is your recommendation for a wireless printer? We want to be able to send jobs to the printer directly from our Ipads.I have a first generation Ipad, in case that makes a difference; Mrs. W has an Ipad air. We don't really have a price range in mind, but obviously we would like to get as good a deal as possible. We would just be printing Microsoft Word documents, PDFs, photos, and coupons. Thanks!

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Wife and I are planning a Scandinavia trip, mostly wanting to see Sweden & Norway, but wouldn't mind working in Denmark and Finland, time permitting (12 days). We want to see some of the cities (Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen) but also really want to see some of the way-out stuff up north, the hidden gems. Any recs on companies to work with, places we simply cannot miss, any kind of cool day cruises (boats!) and maybe most importantly, some real out of the way stuff that shines?

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We're trying to plan a honeymoon and are broadly looking for something that may take us from Madrid to Casablanca. Any travel advice, pointers, or warnings?We'll have about two weeks and we're interested in Malaga, Seville, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Fes, Marrakesh, etc. Where would you go and what would you do? I have a gazillion Hilton points but they don't seem to have much in the area. Also, is August a terrible time to go there? Trains preferred to planes. I'd rather spend 4 hours on a train than 1 on a plane for scale.

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How can I better track specific parts of my life with an app or spreadsheet?I've been tracking a few things (biking, exercise, and period) in the front calendar section of my Moleskine planner for years with color coding circles on the dates. I often don't have it with me, or the right color pens and was wondering if there was a better way to do it electronically. The most convenient way would be with my phone. Some things I will always track (period) but others are for medical reasons (does stress or coffee play into my heartburn?), and some of it is for fun (how many days did I bike this year)? I have looked at different apps/services on iOS recently but haven't found the total package yet. Being a visual person, I like to see some sort of calendar view of this data. It would be awesome if I could also depict the data on a graph (perhaps my moods in relation to my period, for example) to see correlation to help get me to change my life. There are tons of period trackers but they don't track much else (and so much pink!) and there are well designed personal data trackers like Reporter but it doesn't seem to show the kind of visual calendar I'm looking for and seems a bit limiting although I haven't tested it yet. 1. Is there an iPhone app that does this or I can hack to do this? 2. Is there a better way I can log the data in a spreadsheet (Numbers, Excel, Google Docs) to show this data multiple ways? Here is a screenshot of the very basic spreadsheet I've worked up which I like because it's simple, colorful, and shows the month as a calendar. However it is only colored boxes, not data, and can not be used in charts or even to tell me how many days I bike in the month or year. I'm a fairly basic Excel user so I'm not sure the best way to set this up. As a visual person I like the "prettiness" of Numbers over Excel but I'm flexible. What suggestions do you have to make this data work for me in the way I want?

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Did Shostakovich really get credited as a woman for a film score he did, or does someone on Wikipedia just not understand Russian grammatical case?On the chronological list of Shostakovich's works on Wikipedia, someone claims that his score for the film The Girlfriends was "credited with [sic] a feminized Dmitriya Shostakovicha." That's amusing if true, but the only source is a screengrab in this link, and I think what that actually shows is his name in the genitive case, indicating authorship ("Music by Dmitri Shostakovich"). However, my Russian is close to nonexistent, and I want to confirm that I'm right before I change it. Can anyone help? (I realise this is a very basic question, and I apologise; however, no one else on Wikipedia seems to have picked up on it, so ....)

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L. Young & Da Youngstaz get funky! An amazing a cappella version of the already amazing funktastic anthem Uptown Funk. As one commenter noted: The harmonies are so fucking tight that molecules couldn't get through that shit, osmosis would be impossible. I'm so impressed I can't even metaphor straight anymore.

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During around 2002 or 2003, I heard an interview on NPR, and the woman embodied several women in one. I kinda also think a woman did this around her work in Katrina as well, she interviews multiple people and then acts out what they say in a play. What I am talking about is a women who invoked women of different backgrounds and nationalities, I think this took place, or the characters rather were based in New York city. It was very fascinating. It could have been on fresh air, not sure.

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Emily Balcetis did a TEDx talk about exercise, and all I could think about was how awesome her dress was. I tried as many searches as I knew how, but couldn't find it. I'm looking for any info, maker/designer/brand, store, type, facimile, pretty much anything would be interesting to me. Thanks!

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Anime Eyes with MAC- A how to.

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A massive gallery of Incredible Optical Illusion Art by Robert Gonsalves

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I'm looking for the name or style of a particular shirt material.I've only seen it on ladies' clothes in the store. The material makes a regular shirt or tank top look like a child's sized t-shirt, but when you put it on it expands to normal size. The material, when not being worn, looks extremely wrinkled, but it's a very uniform wrinkle. From a distance it sort of looks like tiny flowers. I can't even find any example pictures because I don't know what to search for.

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Hilary Mantel on St. Gemma Galgani, St. Therese of Lisieux, and "holy" and secular anorexia, stigmata, and hysteria. "We can see, as 'Catholic neurologists' of the time did, that Gemma's symptoms are a representational strategy. They are an art form and a highly successful one; they are also (possibly) the product of mental pain and distress turned into physical symptoms. . . . When we think of young adults in the West, driven by secular demons of unknown provenance to starve and purge themselves, and to pierce and slash their flesh, we wonder uneasily if she is our sister under the skin." (warning: gruesome) "'They don't want me living,' she said, 'but they'll have me when I'm dead.'" . . . "St Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi lay naked on thorns. Saint Catherine of Siena drank pus from a cancerous sore. One confessor ordered Veronica Giuliani to kneel while a novice of the order kicked her in the mouth. Another ordered her to clean the walls and floor of her cell with her tongue; when she swallowed the spiders and their webs, even he thought it was going too far. Scourges, chains and hair shirts were the must-have accessories in these women's lives. Eustochia of Messina stretched her arms on a DIY rack she had constructed. St Margaret of Cortona bought herself a razor and was narrowly dissuaded from slicing through her nostrils and upper lip. St Angela of Foligno drank water contaminated by the putrefying flesh of a leper. And what St Francesca Romana did, I find I am not able to write down. . . . We denigrate the female saints as masochists; noting that anorexic girls have contempt for their own flesh, we hospitalise them and force-feed them, taking away their liberties as if they were criminals or infants, treating them as if they have lost the right to self-determination. But we don't extend the same contempt to pub brawlers or career soldiers. Men own their bodies, but women's bodies are owned by the wider society; this observation is far from original, but perhaps bears restatement. . . . It ought to be possible to live and thrive, without conforming, complying, giving in, but also without imitating a man, even Christ: it should be possible to live without constant falsification. It should be possible for a woman to live – without feeling that she is starving on the doorstep of plenty – as light, remarkable, strong and free. As an evolved fish: in her element, and without scales." . . . "The world gets harder and harder. There's no pleasing it. No wonder some girls want out."

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The Risala of Ahmad ibn Fadlan is a tenth century travel narrative of an emissary of the Caliph to the Iltäbär of the Volga Bulgars. He described his encounters with many peoples on his journey, but the Risala is most famous for his account of the Rus and their funeral rites, who probably were Norse people who had settled along the Volga. If these were indeed the Norse, ibn Fadlan gives one of the most detailed contemporary descriptions of the Norse before they started writing down their own stories some centuries later. He was not the only Muslim to have encounters with the Norse, as Judith Gabriel explains in Among the Norse Tribes. Another 10th Century description of the Norse was by the Jewish al-Tartushi from Al-Andalus. Michael Crichton used the Risala as the basis for his novel Eaters of the Dead, which later was made into the movie The 13th Warrior. Both book and film left something to be desired in terms of historical accuracy.

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I'm having acid stomach troubles and I have specific questions related to bed risers and to pasta recipes. Tons of info inside.I've been suffering for the last 3 months with some kind of acid stomach. I've been to gastro doctors, I've been on half a dozen medications, and still no relief and no specific diagnosis. I'm working on referral to another doctor, but in the meantime I'm taking some next steps related to diet and sleep habits and I need some specific advice: 1. I want to get bed risers for the head of my bed - I'm looking for specific product recommendations if you've used some. Articles in the Journal of Gastroenterology recommend 6-8 inches high (20 centimeters). Reviews I'm seeing on Amazon show a lot of breakage of plastic ones. I have a queen size bed with a standard metal frame with wheels on the bottom - no locks on the wheels. It also has a wooden headboard and the legs of that are about 2 1/2 inches by about 5 inches, which are about 5 inches away from the wheels. Do I have to remove the headboard? Do I use the risers on the wheel legs or the wooden legs? Do they make risers that would support that size of wooden leg? And, perhaps most importantly, do you have to worry during sex about breaking them or falling down??? 2. I've found lots of diet advice online with lists of foods to try and to avoid. I'm keeping a journal. One of the recommendations is that you can eat pasta, but not with tomato sauce or with cream-based sauces. They recommend "pasta with broth-based sauce", but I don't know what that is. I found one recipe on Epicurious, which is essentially to reduce the broth by half with some garlic, and stir in some roasted vegetables, which I will try. Do you know any other recipes? If you have other general tips about acid stomach stuff, feel free to share, but I promise you that unless it's something that only your grandmother knows how to make, I've read about it and tried it. Apple Cider vinegar, aloe vera, pickle juice, applesauce, almond milk, licorice (this one is actually working for me) This question is about bed risers and broth-based pasta sauce.

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We bought a small three bedroom/one bathroom house (about 1,050 sq. feet) in Austin about a year and a half ago and we're looking to do a significant upgrade in several months, upwards of $100,000. We've got ideas of what we want to do--add two bedrooms, a bathroom, and reconfigure the living/kitchen area. The tricky part is that our lot is relatively small, so we'd like to start speaking with folks soon to figure out what options we have to best use the space we have for the renovations (whether to build up or out in a particular direction). Have folks had good experiences with particular architects and/or contractors in Austin? We're also looking for some guidance on whether to start with an architect or a contractor.

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In addition to posting the State of the Union to Medium before the end of the press embargo, the Obama administration has delivered another sop to the young whippersnappers of today by having the president get interviewed by three stars of YouTube: comedian GloZell, designer Bethany Mota, and vlogbrother Hank Green. You can watch the interviews, read takes on how they went from Hank Green himself, the WaPo, NPR, and the NYT, and enjoy some grousing from FOX and Bloomberg Politics's response to said grousing.

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Currently designing a photo-book about a line of Oriental scents. What kind of world do you expect to be immersed in? Are there any other photo-books which were successful in luring you in to their world?

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"In an essay in the New York Times, psychiatrist Richard Friedman writes that the relationship of adults to their abusive parents 'gets little, if any, attention in standard textbooks or in the psychiatric literature.' But Rochelle is not alone. I have been hearing from people in her position for years, adult children weighing whether to reconnect with parents who nearly ruined their lives. Sometimes it's a letter writer such as 'Comfortably Numb' who has cut off contact with a parent but is now being pressured by family members, and even a spouse, to reconcile and forgive. Sometimes a correspondent, like 'Her Son,' has hung on to a thread of a relationship, but is now fearful of being further yoked emotionally or financially to a declining parent." [SLSlate] (Trigger warning for descriptions of abuse.)

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A Twist in the Murder of a 97-Year-Old Man: He Was Knifed 5 Decades Ago: [New York Times] The New York medical examiner determined that an operation after a stabbing in the 1950s led to Antonio Ciccarello's death in September at 97. The police have opened a murder investigation.

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Inspired by recent research on how boredom and mind-wandering contribute to creativity, public radio show New Tech City is launching a pro-boredom project. Bored and Brilliant invites participants to track how they use their phones to prevent moments of mental idleness, to try to reclaim free brain space and find oases of time, complete a week of creativity challenges, and contribute their responses to the conversation. BrainPickings' Maria Popova and artist Nina Katchadourian (who both joined the project's launch party to talk about how they"owe their careers" to boredom)and RadioLab's Jad Abumrad.

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Dear hivemind, A friend of mine bravely runs one of the only abortion clinics in Kansas now has anti-choicers picketing her home. Besides running sprinklers, what can we do to deter them and protect her, her home and her family from this? Thanks for any quick suggestions you can muster

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Tell me the history books you've read that you could not put down. History of just about anything, but especially historically significant people, say, before WWI.I recently read G. J. Meyer's works on the Borgias and the Tudors. Even though I'd read a fair bit about both of these families previously, I was totally engrossed in these books and what I learned has stayed with me, I think because the quality of the writing was different than I've seen before. If it helps, I can pinpoint a few of the elements that made Meyer's books so compelling to me: - Interspersed with the narrative chapters, he added background chapters (say, a chapter about the history of monasteries in England, in order to give context to what was about to happen in the narrative of Henry VIII.) - He himself is a journalist, not a historian by training; I think this affected both some of the research, the audacity of some of his conclusions, and the easy-reading tone of the books - The books focused on the actions and character (and in many cases delved into the hypothesized decision making) of the subjects, so I wound up feeling like I understood the characters even when they were loathsome - I should maybe say that I'm not sure I agreed with some of the author's conclusions but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the books at all - I loved how opinionated he was. Some topics I know I want to learn more about: all of Asia; California history; history of science and medicine in general. But don't let that limit your suggestions!

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I bought some gesho sticks to make tej (Ethiopian honey wine), and I wound up with more gesho than I'm likely ever gonna use on tej. Is there anything else I can do with it?I ordered gesho (specifically gesho inchet, the sticks) off Amazon to make a batch of tej. I didn't realize when I ordered quiiiiite how much gesho I would be getting, though, and now I have a shitload of the stuff - I'd say about two pounds, which seems like enough to make another five or six batches of tej at least. I'm probably not gonna wind up making quite that much tej. I've been trying to find stuff to do with it on Google, but I can't find a single discussion of gesho that isn't 100% about tej (or tella, another Ethiopian fermented drink that uses it.). Does anyone have any ideas on how else I can use all this stuff, short of just giving it to other homebrewers?

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I'm looking for the best way to present information online about a lecture series.Right now the website for this particular series consists of hand-coded static pages. There are roughly ten speakers each term, and each talk has a title and an abstract. What we have now is a page for each term listing the speakers/dates, each of which is linked to a page for that specific talk with an abstract. Ideally I'd like the ability to input speaker, talk title, abstract, date for each talk and then have the term schedule page automatically generated (including highlighting the next upcoming talk), as well as the individual page for each talk. A bonus would be the ability to dynamically create a subscribable calendar which lists the talks. I know wordpress fairly well but it doesn't seem to be a good fit, and more elaborate CMS packages (drupal, joomla) seem like overkill for this simple task. Searching on "web database frontends" gives me a lot of results that seem more suited for interactive sites, e.g. where data is being gathered from users. If there is something "off the shelf" that I could use for this purpose that would be fantastic. But I'm also quite willing to put the time in to learn some basic scripting so any pointers to good tutorials on how to do this in whatever language is recommended would also be welcome.

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