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Reading this thread made me realize that I am completely unaware of the current state of SF/F. Who are some female SF/F authors from the last 15 years that you would recommend?I LOVE Melissa Scott and Sheri Tepper- I have both their entire works on my shelf, mostly in battered paperbacks. I have Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie but haven't read it, although I'm excited to. Favorite authors are JG Ballard, Samuel Delany, Moorcock, Iain M Banks, Melissa Scott and Sheri Tepper. Aone of them are really current, although Delany and Banks and Tepper have released some of my favorite books of the past decade. Thanks!

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Now, never ask me about Wes Anderson again. Please. -Tony

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I have a small, one bedroom flat in London with no access to gas. I want to replace the existing (quite old) storage heater with something more efficient and effective. Which storage heater to choose? Would you have any hints, advice, comments? What should I consider when buying one? Have you got any positive experience with any modern electric storage heaters?At the moment I am reading about "Fischer Electric Storage Heaters", "THERMOSTORE 58" and Dimplex. But have no idea which one to choose. Have absolutely no experience with storage heaters. Appreciate any help!

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I'm no stranger to blow jobs, and I'm not bad at them by far, but I still want to know: what is the move that blows you/your partner's mind out of the water?

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So I have what must be a fairly common name, and I get mail for other people with my name fairly regularly because I got lucky and landed "firstname.lastname@gmail.com" a long time ago. This is usually not a big deal, but today I got a subscription confirmation email from a porn site that one of the other people with my name probably signed up for. Anybody have any idea what the etiquette here is, and how to maybe avoid this kind of annoyance in the future?I've been in touch previously with at least one person with my name and a very similar email address, and I don't think it's for them (their issue was mostly people forgetting they had a "d" in between their first name and last name in their email address). However, at least one of the people who share my name is really bad about remembering whatever their actual email address is. I still regularly get emails from people regarding social plans, a ton of emails from a car dealership where one of my name doppelgängers either signed up for a mailing list or bought a car (or both), and other similar junk. This person doesn't seem to know that they're using the wrong address when they give people their email or sign up for mailing lists (and now porn sites!). Should I just trash the subscription confirmation? It has a link in it to a page on their site that I would assume has some sensitive information (credit card for payment, etc.). Does this happen frequently to anyone else, and if so, what if anything is there to do about it? It's getting increasingly frustrating, and if this person is going to keep buying stuff and using the wrong email address, I'd like to figure out a way to avoid this kind of annoyance in the future.

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I'm thinking about going to law school... but there are special circumstances: public school and evening program. And federal civil service...I work in a legal-related federal government civil service job (though not as a paralegal) with a lot of security and not much more than 40 hours a week of work (no mandatory overtime.) I can't advance in my current job title but would need a promotion to another title. I have tenure, but a graduate degree would widen my career prospects substantially. With a law degree I would qualify for quite a few federal jobs on education alone that would be promotions from my current position and would have the advantage of civil service status in applying, though I don't have veteran status. I make about $60k/year and while I'll get step increases every other year, I don't have much potential for salary growth without a promotion. CUNY School of Law has announced that they're starting a part-time evening program and I'd qualify for in state tuition. I'd be able to keep my current job, substantially reducing the opportunity cost of going to law school. I'm aware that CUNY School of Law doesn't have the best reputation... but Fordham evening is insanely expensive and I don't think my undergrad qualifications (3.25 overall GPA and 3.7 major [philosophy] GPA ) at a US News top 50 University are good enough to get me a fellowship at a top law school. I am interested in law... I was thinking of going to law school in college before other things intervened and my interest has continued. I was also thinking of going to law school about five years ago, but didn't because the law market crashed and I didn't have a local public evening option then (or civil service tenure yet and still had career growth potential.) I have about 15k in undergrad loans still, which are managable on my current income and I'd potentially be eligible for public service loan repayment if I stayed in federal work... though I'm open to moving to the private sector. I'm not interested in the big law 80+ hour a week thing. Apologies that this is somewhat disjointed. You can ask questions of me if needed at lawschool@penguins.33mail.com.

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I have to choose between two librarian positions soon, and could use others' advice and experience. I have been an academic librarian for a number of years, married to an academic, and we have both received offers from the same two universities. This is great, because we get to finally live together full-time. But, the two librarian jobs and universities are quite different.Job One is a tenure-track librarian position at a large university. The area is nice, and my wife already has a condo in the city. The assigned subject areas are in line with my educational background, potential colleagues seem interesting and intelligent, and there is a very clear path to promotion/tenure. It appears to be a very supportive environment to someone starting out on this path. Salary is about what I make now, in a city with lower cost of living. The downside to this job as I see it: I have never imagined myself in a traditional academic librarian position, and am not attracted to the idea of researching and publishing in the library field. The job would include traditional professorial tasks (committees, publishing, speaking, etc.). These are all things with which I have little experience, and I am not sure I would enjoy any of them. That being said, it is possible that researching and more actively participating in the library field would be something I enjoy. Job Two is an untenured librarian position in the user experience department at a smaller university. It would use my background in a different way and I would be able to establish policy, work on catalog and website redesign and work with different populations that use the library. It would use my tech skills and other interests in a way I don't see Job One as being flexible enough to fulfill. Also, it is a smaller university and department, and that is the type of workplace at which I have the most experience. Potential downsides: I don't have experience in UX librarianship. There is not a clear path to promotion, and the pay is a little less than what I currently make. (My wife's salary would be higher, so our total take-home pay would still increase dramatically.) I wasn't able to meet any potential colleagues while we visited, and workplace politics are an unknown. The first job feels like a huge opportunity, and I'm feeling a bit guilty that I'm not more excited about it. There are so many people out there that would be overjoyed to receive this offer. The second job seems more exciting to me on the surface, but may prove less fulfilling/challenging over time. Both will involve my moving to another part of the US. I have some extended family in both cities, so we will not be isolated either way. Other considerations: My spouse has made it abundantly clear that this is my decision, as her career will flourish wherever we go. That being said, I cannot help but consider her professional aspirations. Her department at Job Two's institution is of a lower ranking; professionally, it would be a step down. But, life at Job Two University would be comfortable and we would be able to save more money each year to retire in a more desirable area. Hopefully some of you academic librarian types are willing to share experiences or point me to resources I have not yet found on my own (I've read blog posts on librarians leaving TT jobs, and librarians defending TT) -- experiences, thoughts, other considerations when mulling over big career decisions? Are we missing something? Can someone lend me a magic 8 ball? Thanks ahead of time. Throwaway: totenureornot@gmail.com

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I just found mold all over my luggage and need to replace it - grrr. Help me find a mold-free replacement. I've resolved the issue regarding mold for now, but mold could happen again and I'd like to find some luggage that I could toss in the laundry and clean if mold returns to the storage area. Things like rolling bags won't work (can't stick them in the washer) and leather bags (though lovely) won't work because they are harder to clean. Not afraid to go fancy, if I can clean them easily. Help me add more baggage to my life!

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I just read this comment, and thought this was AWESOME. But unfortunately, it kinda doesn't work. Does your city have an app (iOS preferable, but I can always get a cheap android phone to check it out), that has an AWESOME app for mass transit? Whats the app? "Real time tracker" is what I'm looking for (i think). It need not be awesome in terms of fonts, design, etc. I kinda just want it to be more than a list of schedules. A friend and I have a dispute resolution process for really important arguments ("No, I'm pretty sure le petit wayne has crazier sex than drake", "there is nothing harder in the world than a brick", "If you weren't jewish, and I wasn't muslim, I'm pretty sure I could eat way more pork than you", "i bet we would have been way more popular with the ladies if we drank as undergrads", "'ashes to ashes' by tears for fears is way better than by david bowie", "there is nothing wrong with listening to one song on repeat for 6 hours", "i bet if i was genghis khan, I'd have more kids than if you were genghis khan"). It involves some random number generator or die roll. So if we were arguing over say..."who would have been the 1976 strongest man of the year if we were alive?", I would give my arguments, he, his. We'd argue about it for a while. Then we would go and pick a random number from 1-6 each. Someone would roll a die. If my number came up first, then I would automatically be accepted as "the 1976 strongest man of the year". I think a better way to resolve these important disputes would be by seeing who can be closer to what time a bus ends up at a certain place. Or if its on time, or something like that. It would be pretty rad to have these things based that rather than rolling a die. So please hook us up with some awesome public transport apps that would help us out here. Sincerely, The best friend Tesla never had

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A radical plan for transplanting a head onto someone else's body is set to be announced. But is such ethically sensitive surgery even feasible? (SLNewScientist)

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"We don't want them to see diversity as a burden or a moral obligation. We want them to see it as a business imperative." UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies has released its 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping The Script [PDF]. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive story (with lots of sidebars.)

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Looking for suggestions for lingerie stores that offer expert bra fittings in the San Francisco Bay Area, preferably on the Peninsula. Thanks.

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I'll be in Austin in mid-March (for SXSW). What places, shops, and things should I check out?Things I like: electronic music (with an emphasis on ambient, dub, techno, experimental stuff); art and design from the modernist era to the present; eating/cooking/exploring food (I'm pretty open-minded and adventurous, but I don't eat pork or beef, and I'm not really looking for a "fine dining" experience); video games; whisk(e)y and cocktails; cats; underground / counterculture art scenes; great independent businesses of all stripes; maker / hacker type stuff; gothy / Victorian / darkly antique things (not the "goth scene", but actual historical stuff that relates to the culture and aesthetics of death, and to the gloomier aspects of life). My hotel is near the intersection of I-35 and Highway 290. So where are the arcades, eateries, art galleries, curiosity shops, atmospheric old cemeteries, hackerspaces, cool hole-in-the-wall techno clubs, etc. that I should check out?

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I recently heard the Kronos Quartet play this piece ("The Beatitudes", Vladimir Martynov) live as their encore to a concert, and I was absolutely floored by it. Shaken and opened and all of the things that wonderful music does. If I liked this, what else will I like?My knowledge of modern classical music (is that even what you call it?) is not completely zero, but is scattered and haphazard, mostly consisting of bits and pieces that have entered my awareness through my involvement with dance. Other things I also love that vaguely remind me of this piece which may help your suggestions: minimalist Arvo Part, this Sigur Roos track, almost everything Olafur Arnalds has ever made, and Robert Moran's "Music from the Towers of the Moon". What else should I listen to? Looking for suggestions of specific pieces, but also composers, "genres", keywords, etc. Help me fill my brain and soul with things of pure beauty!

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I'm hoping for a boost up the learning curve for recording and hosting/playback of PC screencasts.I work for a huge, bureaucratic, heavily regulated and dysfunctional organization. I'm the guru for a complex and niche system that has a web client used by ~60 customers, who are smallish financial institutions. We're about to perform a major upgrade of the system and the web client is changing radically(new software architecture, new look and feel, no continuity in location of menus/task items). I need to train the customers to use the new web client. I'm thinking the most efficient way to do this will be to record screencasts of me demonstrating various functions with accompanying audio narration. I expect little to no support from my employer in this endeavor (well, I could start a project to procure the screencasting software, get it approved by budget, get it approved by IT risk, etc. etc., and possibly have it available 6 months after the ugprade completes), meaning that I'll need to obtain the screencast recording software and hosting of the recordings on my own. Would like to keep total budget I'll be recording on a Windows 7 laptop, and the majority of the recording will be of web browser applications (either Firefox or I.E.). The system web client is mostly text based with occasional PDF document images appearing. I don't see any need for HD resolution recording playback as long as the screen text is clear and legible. So... Recommended screencast recording software for Windows 7? Any hardware I should get? Should I buy a microphone? What are my options for hosting the recordings where the clients won't be bombarded by ads? I'd really, really prefer not to host on youtube. I'm not opposed to paying for hosting. Any pointers, advice, or references/tutorials you can point me to so my recordings look somewhat polished and don't bore the customers to death?

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Probably pretty simple, but I would like to clean up the Metafilter Infodump timestamp, help?I am moderately ok in excel. Anyways, I am learning some data visualization techniques and would like to work with the Metafilter Infodump. Currently, the timestamp looks like this: Dec 8 2003 01:28:06:877PM Preferably I'd like: Column 1: Dec 8 2003 Column 2: 01:28 Unfortunately I can't separate out the date and time as it is, my efforts to change the format to the timestamp columns don't do anything. Formulas that I have used to separate out these elements in the past don't seem to be working. Ideally I'd like to be able to have a column with the date and a column with cleaned up time (hours, minutes) so that I can isolate data for day, month, year, time of day, etc. I can do that if I could just separate date and Hours/Minutes into their own columns. Many thanks

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I just got a new iPhone and am left with an old Verizon iPhone 4S with no contract that I can either trade in for ~$50 or use as a travel phone. What's my best option?I travel at least two or three times a year out of the US (primarily to Europe, Canada, and Asia) and would be able to get some benefit out of having a phone that I could just buy a SIM card for in the new country and use there. My current phone isn't unlocked, however. I understand that I'd either need to get it unlocked or jailbreak it (neither of which I have done). So that's a factor in my decision as well. So with the move to LTE on the horizon, what do you think my best bet would be?

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I'm working on a project, and for inspiration I want to see photos of real apartments/homes. Google tends to spit back a lot of stock photos, real estate photos, or interior design photos - those are all too tidy. Basically what I want is The Selby but for less fancy folks. Any ideas on how to find what I'm looking for?

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Is there a way to prevent an iPhone running iOS 8.1.2 from automatically pairing with known bluetooth devices? The phone is jailbroken if that helps.I don't want to turn off Bluetooth since I want to keep the phone paired with my Pebble. I know about "Forget This Device," and that I can manually unpair, but those are kind of a hassle for devices that I like to connect to sometimes, just not every time the phone gets a whiff of them. It seems like there ought to be a jailbreak tweak for this, but I'm not finding one.

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I've noticed that in some contemporary pop, especially songs drawing inspiration from hip-hop, have a chanted syllable on the off-beats that sounds like "ayy" or "eh". For example - 0:31 in "Fancy", 0:40 in "Turn Down For What", 0:48 in "Imma Be". Is there a term for this?

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Oh No, She Didn't: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed by Ilana C. Myer

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My wife and I will (hopefully) be buying our first home in the near future. We've identified a great place, however the sellers want to do away with real estate agents to save on the 6% commission, since they've already identified a willing and able buyer (us). Complication: I've never bought a house before and am nervous about not having someone to hold my hand. Advice? More details below.Recently we had a stroke of luck and identified a property that currently belongs to a family with whom we share mutual friends. We've toured the house several times, love the neighborhood, it's in our preferred school district, and the sellers are motivated to sell at a competetive price due to an impending overseas move. After doing a lot of research on sales of comparable properties in the area, we verbally agreed on a tentative price with the sellers, should we move forward. We currently have a buyer's agent (with a non-exclusive agreement), but she wants 3% -- her half of the usual 6% that a seller's agent would split with her in a normal sale -- if she walks us through this sale. That represents about $15,000 -- and I'm not sure her services are worth that much to me. The seller is unwilling to pay it (and I don't blame them, they could easily price this house higher -- and probably sell it quickly -- to recoup what they'd lose in realtor fees, but then it would be out of our price range). I should note that the sellers' initial plan was to sell it via an agent, but our fortuitous meeting before the listing gave everyone the idea to just do it ourselves -- there doesn't appear to be some hidden agenda behind the seller wanting to avoid listing the house, aside from getting it off their hands quickly and with a minimum of disruption. But I'm also afraid I'll live to regret that statement about her services not being worth the cost. I would plan to hire an attorney to take us through the final hurdles of closing, but I have no idea who takes care of hiring the appraiser, inspector, title company, etc. Since I only need someone to take me through the mechanics of the sale itself rather than a search for a new home, would a real estate attorney perform all these functions? What role does my lender play in all this besides paying out the cash at closing (assuming the appraisal is in order)? Am I an idiot to not use a real estate agent?

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The Holy Junk Heap: In 1896, a cache of manuscripts -- mostly fragments -- was discovered in the storeroom ("genizah") at the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. The collection outlines a 1,000-year continuum (870 CE to the 19th century) of Jewish Middle-Eastern and North African history and comprises the largest and most diverse collection of medieval manuscripts in the world, including Jewish religious texts such as Biblical, Talmudic and later Rabbinic works (some in the original hands of the authors), "letters, wills, bills of lading, prayers, marriage contracts and writs of divorce, Bibles, money orders, court depositions, business inventories, leases, magic charms and receipts" which give a detailed picture of the economic and cultural life of the North African and Eastern Mediterranean regions, especially during the 10th to 13th centuries. What's a Genizah? According to Jewish tradition, sacred texts must be buried, not destroyed. A genizah (or geniza; Hebrew: גניזה "storage"; plural: genizot or genizoth or genizahs) is a storage area in a Jewish synagogue or cemetery designated for the temporary storage of worn-out Hebrew-language books and papers on religious topics prior to proper cemetery burial. The Jewish Encyclopedia has more. The Genizah Documents * Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit. High-resolution images and detailed descriptions of more than 17,000 Genizah fragments with hundreds of new fragments uploaded each month. They also offer a fragment of the month highlight. Audio: "Life in Fragments: Stories from the Cairo Genizah", a 5-episode series for BBC Radio 3's 'The Essay'. The show features five researchers from Cambridge offering a personal take on life in Medieval Cairo. * The Princeton Geniza Project. See document transcriptions and translations, and images * The Friedberg Geniza Project (requires registration, but manuscript samples can be seen here without registering.) From 2013, a New York Times article: "Computer Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Jewish Lore," explains how the Friedberg computer project is, at a rate of 4.5 trillion calculations per second, trying to match up more than 320,000 genizah document fragments. * Penn/Cambridge Genizah Fragment Project: "A collaborative effort to reunite the contents of the Cairo Genizah in a single online presentation." * The Rylands Cairo Genizah Collection: The University of Manchester Library's LUNA system currently has more than 26,000 images online from the Rylands Genizah Collection. (Click "browse all." on the right.) Further Reading * Tablet Magazine's stories about the Cairo Genizah. They interviewed authors Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole about their book on the Cairo Genizah, excerpted in this post's main link, entitled "Sacred Trash" in 2011. Daniel Pipes' review. New York Times. Jewish Week. Jewish Review of Books (requires registration). * The Rabat Genizah, about a similar treasure trove discovered in Morocco in 2005.

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I recently broke up a serious, long term relationship with someone I loved, because I fell in love with someone else who I wanted to pursue a relationship with. This other person was also in a long term relationship and claimed that he'd broken up with his girlfriend but needed to date me secretly as she was bipolar and would "break all his things" if she found out, but also showed concern that her finding out would destabilize her mental health. He also claimed it would take several months for him to move out, and expected me to date him secretly during this time. Eventually, after my getting upset over the situation and an incident where he really hurt me, he suddenly broke up with me and later became verbally abusive/insulting / made weird excuses (at one point claimed I'd misunderstood romantic things he wrote to me because they were "just poetry") until I cut off contact. Looks like he is still together with the girlfriend after several months. In retrospect, I have no idea how much of what he told me was the truth/lies and will likely never know as we have few mutual friends. I've been really torn about whether or not to msg his girlfriend and tell her what happened. I've been having serious mental health problems and feel like being able to 'do' something might give me some sense of relief/ justice / closure, but also don't trust my judgment anymore. I don't know if I can morally justify telling her, or if I do, how to go about it. I don't know anything about her except for what he's told me (which I'm highly skeptical of), so I have no idea how she'd respond to my msg'ing her. I have so many tangled motives and I'm tired of going back and forth on whether I should do/say anything, over and over again.

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How Your Pretentious Local Record Store Asshole Got That Way

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