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27 years after their recording, Fugazi gives their first set of demos an official release. Alternative Press checks in with an appreciation (with SoundCloud streams of the entire release). The Washington Post recounts the band's early years. Previously, previously, previously, previously. Also: Wugazi. Bonus: Instrument (complete doc, Spanish subs) Fugazi, live in front of the White House (show given as part of a Gulf War protest, 1991) Live at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, 1995 (full show) Live at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, 1997 (complete show) Live in Boston at MCA, 2002 (full show)

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I am hosting a Thanksgiving cocktail/housewarming party on Wednesday evening, and I need ideas for festive, on-theme recipes that can stand up to sitting out for a few hours while people graze.This is the fourth annual "Family-Free Thanksgiving" party, but I usually do the standard spread of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, casseroles, etc. In past years, it's been a pretty traditional dinner-party setup, with 12-15 guests eating at the table. For many reasons, I decided to expand the guest list this year and make it a more informal, open-house-type party. However, as the RSVPs have started to roll in, I'm realizing that my normal menu isn't great for this type of party. Therefore, I'm looking for Thanksgiving-inspired finger food that can either be served cold or won't suffer too much from sitting out on the buffet for a few hours. Alternatively, ideas for keeping food warm while it sits --- I did get a couple of those disposable buffet trays with the sterno underneath, but I've never used those before and I'm kind of unsure about them. Warm or cold, I would like the food to be minimally messy to eat off a paper plate that you're carrying around. I'm a relatively experienced cook with a full kitchen, a range hood with warming lights, an embarrassing amount of cooking equipment including a large crock pot, and all of next week off work, so not too many constraints other than the fact that I can't think of anything to cook. Specific recipes and general ideas both welcome. Make-ahead recipes a plus.

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Where can I hold a public meeting for about 25-35 attendees in Greater Boston, with parking? Our group sometimes has attendees drive in from other states, so the usual suspects of city library branches or community centers are often a big pain for folks that need to find parking. Are there free meeting spaces that are near the T for transit users, but with easy-ish parking for car users? This is not for government or political organizing use, rather a meetup around a shared interest. Thank you!

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There is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with ourselves, a defining emotional scar — these keepsake passwords, as I came to call them, are like tchotchkes of our inner lives. Ian Urbina looks at The Secret Lives of Passwords for the NYT Magazine. (Possible trigger warning - opens with Cantor Fitzgerald looking for passwords the day after 9/11.) Related: A username and password combination has long been the standard security mechanism for online accounts. But that method just isn't cutting it anymore. Augmenting Your Password-Protected World. (Goes without saying, but: please refrain from posting your passwords in plain text, even if you're a "digital nudist".)

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Here Be Dragons People in the US are usually surprised when I say that my Thai mother lives in Ireland. "How did that happen? That's so strange." Strange, and their little laugh that accompanies the statement, are code for their assumptions about the education and mobility of this foreign woman of color, who in this case is my mom. She most recently worked for Salesforce, a fast growing tech company headquartered in San Francisco. When she moved to Singapore it was to work for Intel, another large tech company. She is ambitious and accomplished. She defies the stereotypes. My dad runs up against a different stereotype. That he, a white American man, lives in Thailand is not unusual. White American Men have more world-conquering powers according to a general, Western, unexamined assumption of normalcy.

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There's several people I know that are big into gaming, (The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, etc). They also like to read. In the interest of getting them something gaming related, is there a book or several books that function both as a piece of fiction and as a game?Not sure this sort of thing even exists, but figured if it does that would be pretty awesome as Christmas gift. Anyone?

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Does anyone make my ideal notebook? A5 in size, any colour you like, with covers that flex but aren't too flimsy (not stiff boards) and with a mix (alternating pages if possible) of both lined and plain pages? The mix is important - I like drawing and writing - but I'm not really sure what to search for to find what I want. I'd take a mix of squared and plain at a stretch. All suggestions and pointers welcome.

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How can one individual most effectively combat UKIP? (UK politics filter)I'm really agitated about the current success of UKIP in the UK. I'm not heavily involved in politics, though my sympathies are broadly leftist and I have voted Labour in the past. In the past, far-right parties have done well between general elections but not when it really counted, but I'm not convinced this pattern will hold. What action would have the best bang for buck for me, one individual who desperately does not want to see these clowns hold the balance of power after the general election next year?

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Curly-haired denizens of Metafilter, share with me your tips for achieving low-maintenance hair that is not an angry pile of frizz.Hair dislikes being washed daily. Hair really dislikes being blow-dried daily. Schedule at the moment (baby, work, chaos) does not allow for an extra twenty minutes each morning spent drying and styling anyway. My usual approach is to wash, comb through when wet, scrunch in some anti-frizz or curl-enhancing stuff (using Aveda's 'Be Curly' at the moment), and let it dry naturally. Which works wonderfully... until I sleep on it, and then it turns into a pile of rat's tails squiggling off in all directions. Combing it too much turns it back into frizz. I know I'm not the only curly-haired person out there whose hair does not respond well to hairdryers or being washed daily, so - what are the rest of you doing? Do you have some magic solution product that sorts hair out when it's dry, or have you cracked a washing routine that your hair likes? Possibly relevant: hair is currently shortish, just above the top of my shoulders. I managed better with it when it was long and I'd resigned myself to frizzy waves as my lot in life, but I don't want to grow it again and I do want to encourage the curls. Not looking for advice on getting it cut (the cut's fine I think, and the curls look fantastic when they're working), just on maintaining it day-to-day. Would ideally prefer a solution that involves as little work as possible although I am prepared to put some effort and expense in to get nice-looking curls out. I have more time for lengthy washing routines in the evening than I do in the morning.

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My wife and I (from Toronto) will be in Los Angeles all next week. Being Canadian, we only realized yesterday that this means we'll be there on Thanksgiving weekend.Two questions: 1. What is LA like on Thanksgiving weekend? Busy? Packed? Kind of empty? I'm not a big shopper but my wife has definitely made some kidding-not-kidding comments about Black Friday. 2. Any suggestions on things we must do both this coming week and over Thanksgiving?

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I'm doing final edits to my thesis and can't figure out how to cite a certain document. It is a Bible study curriculum intended for family use, but with no evident publisher. Thesis format: Turabian.Part of what I am studying is the religious formation practices of a small Christian subsect that rejected Sunday School models on doctrinal grounds. In the 1970s, one of their leaders wrote a Bible study curriculum to be used by families. It's loose-leaf format, but was professionally printed and sold as a bundle with an introduction and a guide for using the studies. Several hundred copies, at least, were sold to families in this subsect. I've looked all through the Turabian handbook and I can't quite figure out how to cite this thing. I've got author, title, and date, but no publisher/location.

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#all men are garbage but this kind especially

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The 3TB ex-NAS has been mounted as a new drive., but I only see ~350GB of that drive in windows. How do I convert/allocate/merge/discover the rest and make myself a big fat new hdd?? I've got EaseUS Partition Manager to help.While the Seagate 3TB drive doesn't show up in windows on my pc, I d/loaded easeUS Partition Master (free) that *did* show the missing drive space. I have since wiped the data from the partition I haven't been able to access::-> here's a pic of the current partitions on easeUS. It's the blue lined partition named "*" that I want merged with G: drive. And this image shows what the menu is for creating a partition of "*", but it would seem to still lose a lot of space from the original 3TB drive. I guess my main questions here are: ~~is there a better way to merge the G: drive with the "*" partition? and how do I prevent the seeming loss of nearly 80GB of space after creating a partition with EaseUS Partition Manager? and ~~if I do go ahead with the 'create partition' on the "*" partition, will it be simple to merge the newly created partition with G: to create one big single drive?? I'm only semi-tech savvy and will probably be in ignorant waters very quickly, so I'd appreciate the easiest/fastest method that will achieve the end I hope for, viz: a new usable drive of as close to 3TB as possible. (The Seagate NAS was supported by Memeo backup software/firmware ---> avoid it like the plague; in 10 months, it never once fully backed up my system without requiring some intervention from me, and usually it needed MANY program and/or pc restarts and took half a day or more to complete a backup)

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Groove Is in the Heart celebrates the ritual of recording a compilation tape in the days before the infinite jukebox of the internet. [5-minute Guardian microplay] "A lot of people will be familiar with the ritual it portrays: marking the first phase of a relationship by making a compilation tape to somehow describe yourself to the other person; cutting out your own cassette inlay; ensuring everything is just-so." Love, loss and mixtapes: the Guardian and the Royal Court's music microplay

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I had a physical exam yesterday during which an assistant (not the doctor, but I'm unsure of this person's credentials) stuck a tool inside my ears to look around (the tool very solidly contacted my ear canal), and then immediately after without sanitizing it or using a different tip, placed the tool in each of my nostrils (and again, the tool touched the inside of my nostrils).Is this in fact an accepted practice? Is this something worth complaining about? I feel grossed out and disrespected. It seems to me as though this is a clear vector for cross-contamination if in fact someone has some sort of infection in their ears (not that I believe I have that).

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Trader Joe's near me is selling fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, both regular and (hey!) pre-brined at a good price. But no reservations and when they're gone, they're gone. Is it too early to buy a fresh turkey? Any reason not to get the pre-brined one? (same price, $1.99 a pound). Are there any advantages to thawing a frozen turkey? Would I get a better bird going to the old school meat shop (Gartner's in Portland)? Thanks!

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I currently have chest tightness since this past July. I used to have asthma as a kid. I've gone to my primary care doctor about 3-4 times already. The following tests were performed:Chest X-ray, spirometry (breathing test), oxygen saturation test, and blood work. The 1st three tests didn't show anything abnormal. The blood work did show that I had an allergic reaction. The nurse who called me over the phone about the lab results didn't know/specify the type of allergic reaction, and I was under the impression that it was most likely pet dander from my girlfriend's dog that stays indoors a lot. The dog sits on their furniture and beds throughout the house. My girlfriend hugs/plays with her everyday. I sleep over at her place Friday and Saturday nights. I hang out at her house 2-3x during the weekdays. I am frustrated that my chest tightness has not gone away. I've had this symptom before, and usually it goes away in 3-4 weeks without taking medication. I just drink lots of hot tea with honey/lemon, rest, and natural home remedies in general. My dad mentioned that the exposure to pet dander at my girlfriend's house is most likely not helping me to make a complete recovery. In the past before meeting my current girlfriend this past May, I would just stay at home and the symptoms would go away within a month's time. Nowadays, my chest tightness has not gone away completely. There are allergy medication (Claritin/Benadryl) that I should be taking when I'm around the dog, but my father highly suggested to either eliminate/minimize contact. I brought this matter up to my girlfriend's attention, and she didn't like to hear such news as an avid dog lover. She got very upset last Friday that I decided not to sleep over for a night after receiving news about my allergy. This particular matter has put a strain in our relationship and my overall physical health. I love her Corgi which is a sweet dog, but I have to look after myself first & foremost. The doctor recently prescribed a Flovent inhaler to use 2x a day in relieving the symptoms. Don't want to use steroids, but I'm getting very angst at this point. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?

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1980 Frankie Valli & The Commodores - Grease - Lots of white pants and rhinestones and people having fun. Full Commodores album starting exactly here.

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Nuggets, by Andreas Hykade, is a short animated film about addiction. [SLYT]

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I have a cramped S.F. bedroom, with enough room for a king-sized bed, but little else. I would like for my partner and I to be able to watch torrented and streamed programming in comfort whilst on the bed, ideally on something more robust than a Roku. Like a real PC... preferably Windows-based. A reasonably sized display. 12" or larger. Swivel-mounted to the wall (recommend hardware for this please!) Perhaps a touch interface. Ideally with a real wireless keyboard / mouse solution. Possibly even something a graphics tablet can be hooked up to. The ability to be hooked up to the network and store away a ton of shows. Hardware that is off the floor, and not overheating and gathering dust under the bed. The ability to handle some relatively undemanding gaming. Low power usage. Can any of you recommend the best hardware to make this happen? Extra points if you can point to parts of the solution that are either advertised or likely to be advertised as on sale for Black Friday.

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I've recently ended a very intense emotional relationship with someone and now I've lost my sense of identity. So much of who I was was tied up in her, I don't seem to know how to be me now she's gone. Has anything helped you, in a similar position?Full disclosure, I've had issues with continuity of self, memory loss and self-identity in the recent past (5 years or so). I made the mistake of allowing this relationship with another person come to define me, to an extent, to the point where I felt secure and stable in who I was. But the relationship has gone and the definition it provided has totally fallen apart. The relationship won't be coming back. I suspect a common bit of advice here is to seek out the other relationships in your life and remember those aspects, but honestly, it was mostly just me and her. I don't have a lot of friends, but the close ones are mutual friends, and that's both painful and awkward. She doesn't have any of my stuff, I don't have any of hers. We didn't live together as we're in different cities. None of this is physical, really, apart from the "absence". I have an enormous hole in my life where she used to be. We used to spend hours a day talking, even when I was at work via messenger. Now I'm very, very aware of the silence/stillness which is left. I shift between anxious, depressed, angry. I write angry words, I delete them. Nothing changes. I guess to an extent is all normal end-of-relationship stuff, but the worrying thing is I feel that if I wasn't in the flux of all these emotions, there wouldn't be anything there at all. Sometimes I just feel.. dead? I don't remember how it was to be me before her and I don't know how to get back to it. And realistically, I'm not the person I was. So who am I? This is incredibly emotive for me and if I seem either pointlessly whiney or cold and detached in my message, it's because I'm trying to find a balance between honest enough to let you see where I am, but also practical enough to invite real ideas rather than requesting a pity party. Thanks.

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Can anyone identify this font? It's for a tattoo so it needs to be exact, thanks!I'm not going for a tattoo that duplicates the label; I want the word without the stitching. (Although having the tattoo look sewn on would be pretty cool. I might think about that.)

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Can a blood test be used to test for lactose intolerance when not combined with drinking a lactose solution?I've been having a lot of stomach trouble this year. After tests for infections, parasites, etc came back normal, my PCP took a blood sample to test for common food allergies. All results came back normal. I asked if the test checked for lactose intolerance and the doctor said it did. I'm now doubting that. The test results page I have shows that it was an IgE test for multiple foods including milk. It's my understanding that an allergy to milk and lactose intolerance are different things. Is that right? Is it possible for a simple blood test to check for lactose intolerance? I didn't drink any special liquid or fast before the test, as this site indicates is necessary to check for lactose intolerance.

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I'd like to read some great non-fiction books about political revolutions, both successful and failed. I'm particularly interested in the past couple hundred years of history, and in revolutions involving (former?) colonies.Aside from accuracy, readability and relate-ability are the most important things in this case -- I want to have a sense of the people involved, what day-to-day operations were like, how the conflict affected normal people's lives, as many small human details as possible. This is research for a book set in a fictional world, in which an island nation overthrows colonizers from the continent in a mostly urban, industrial revolution-type setting, but I'm more than happy to read about wars and revolutions that take place in very different settings. This question from 2008 has some good answers, but it's been six years so...perhaps some new books have come out? Or new members have read things that aren't on that list? Thank you so much for any suggestions you can think of!

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