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Clothes and food stuff, specifically.Okay, so you're Joe Late-Nineteenth-Century-Japan, and you live in Japan. Two questions: 1) How do you do your clothes-washing? 2) How do you wash your bowls and cutlery and such? Especially relevant to me is how Joe would do either of these if, rather than living in a bustling city center, he lived somewhere out of the way, hermitesque, possibly with no quick/easy access to... I don't know. A river or stream or something? Like, can you just dig a well wherever? That can't be right, right? Sorry. And thanks.

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And by extension the pickleback, etc. etc. I am fond of a Gibson cocktail, provided with the proper onions (a number of places do their own fridge pickly-type onion, to which I say yech. A trio of properly pickled cocktail onions for me thanks. Thanks again.) But a longstanding fave of mine is similar tipple garnished with a gherkin of the kuehne or the Turkish variety. And it occurs to me that clear alcohols, vinegars, and various forms of pickle go together quite logically.Thus I entreat thee, MeFites: Whence the pickle cocktail? The pickleback? I have googled the googs (we can skip the Today Show cornichon martini post), and I can do my own research given some starting points. Give me those points, and your briny booze delights.

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He took two photographs of temples when he was in Japan in 1945. I would love to know which temple(s). I don't know any more except that he was on the USS Knudson.The photos can be found here and here

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Hey guys, I have a titanium rod and steel plate in my right leg as of 3 weeks ago. This was a gruesome accident followed by emergency surgery while vacationing far away from home. Help me figure out how to live with this and prepare for things I don't know to expect.Day 2 of vacation I suffered a spiral fracture in both bones in my right leg. I now have an intramedullary rod and steel plate, along with 3 screws. It happened literally on the opposite end of the US from where I live and I probably won't be back for years, if ever. Things I wonder are: 1. Will this cause a problem at airports? I canceled my flight home and traveled by train, and the hospital didn't explain what to do. 2. Are there certain hacks for recovering/living with hardware you learned firsthand that i could benefit from? Did your shoe size change, for example, after you broke your leg? I was doped to the nines at release and they sent me home with nothing, no instructions, not even an ortho referral (though I do have a doctor now for my 6-week followup visit on July 5). thanks in advance!

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My friend and I took a cruise this last winter along the northern Norwegian coast from Tromsø to Kirkenes. Ostensibly, the purpose was to see the Northern lights but mostly it was a lark (FWIW, we did see the lights on the very last day in Kirkenes, so yea!). My question is, why did my cellphone work when at sea?Upon leaving Tromsø I made sure (for once!) to preload map data into the Google Maps app so I could track our progress even without cell phone internet coverage, which I assumed would be mostly lacking. But here's the crazy thing: no matter how remote we were from anything resembling civilization, I always had several bars of connectivity and internet searches worked remarkably well. I seriously doubt the ship would have had a free cell phone repeater (though maybe!) since they would have loved to have sold us WiFi connectivity at a premium (it was offered). I mean, I know Norwegian public services are amazing and there are a lot of fishing fleets who would benefit from such service, but I can't even get connectivity when visiting Mendocino, CA. So my question is, how in the world did this work? (BTW, I'm not into cruises at all, but the trip was wonderful and thanks to all the friendly and hospitable people we met along the way!)

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In plays set in Restoration England, I sometimes read of people, particularly women, going about masked. But not at masquerade balls — just out on the town. Was this a common thing?I most recently saw this in Congreve (The Old Batchelor specifically) but I feel it was elsewhere as well. Female characters are walking through the gardens — masked, and remain masked if they wish to avoid contact with someone they know, or unmask if they want to say hello or confront someone. If this really happened at all, was it actually difficult to tell who was behind the mask, or was there an elaborate social conceit among the upper classes that one could not identify someone if they were masked? Surely one's voice would be a giveaway, and so on. Important for a Restoration-era comedy that, uh, a friend is working on.

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I have two raw steaks in my freezer. They're seasoned and ready for the sous vide. Here's my plan: cook them in the sous vide, straight from the freezer, at 135 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Remove them from the sous vide, let them cool, and put them in the fridge.The next day, put them in the cooler with ice and take them to the campsite. That night, sear them on a griddle either on the fire or on a camp stove, depending on burn bans. Can I eat it? Will it be good? Any advice? How do I make sure the inside of the steak warms up enough to be tasty without overcooking it?

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I'm a nonmember who tags along with parents to shop at Costco. There I was able to have a regular eye exam but was then immediately denied a contact lens fitting. The independent optometrists at my local Costco (Canada, B.C.) literally that I should be able to receive a cons fitting for an added $25, I just can't purchase any lens products, while the Costco/opticians side says I must present a membership card to do anything. Of course I could borrow a family member's card but that's beside the point. My question is, what is Costco's actual system here?So is this corner case and gap even legal for consumers? I guess the issue might hinge on whether contact lens prescriptions and fittings fall under medical services or not, in that under some laws a business can't use membership to block access to certain medical services, or something? I am just really curious as to what is up with this surprise? Maybe I had assumed something that wasn't true? Or do I have a reasonable customer-based or patient-based issue here? If anyone is knowledgable about Costco policies or eye medical rules for practioners that would be helpful. I don't feel asking the people involved at Costco would be super explanatory, they will play hot potato and deny any responsibility for this confusion.

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I need a solution to this problem: I often camp, say, at least an hour away from the closest town/hamlet/configuration of permanent domiciles. In Colorado, that also often means camping at a very different altitude from said town, so the nearest weather forecast is useless. I need to be able to look up the weather forecast by latitude and longitude for actual accuracy. Does such a thing exist out there?

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Does anyone know any good Twitter or Instagram accounts of radical street art, graffiti, stickers, propaganda, etc.? I'm looking for stuff on the streets, in use, in marches, tagged, etc.

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Babylon 5 Is the Greatest, Most Terrible SF Series. Jennifer Giesbrecht takes an extended look at the best and worst aspects of this pathbreaking TV program 26 years after it first aired. Spoilerrific, of course.

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Next Sunday, I am in charge of dinner for me and my man-friend. There are requirements and beanplating inside.He will be returning from a week-long working (not partying) trip to Las Vegas and he's asked me to handle dinner for when he gets back on Sunday evening. I will take whatever I make for dinner over to his place to meet him after his plane lands. So, food needs to be fairly portable, and I need to be able to make it ahead to some degree, so that I can pack it up and get over there at the appropriate time. It's a 7 minute drive to his place so long-haul travel is not a problem. COMPLICATIONS AND BEAN PLATING: Usually he cooks for the two of us, and he's an amazing cook. This is the guy who just decided he was going to do Beef Wellington "to see if he could" (he could). He made excellent beignets the other weekend because he was bored, his newest pet is a sourdough starter. And a couple weeks ago, after a long, long all day event where all I wanted was to not think about dinner or anything else, he really came through and made a fantastic meal for me, on top of the fact that he'd been traveling that whole week as well. So in short I feel like I have to be a little impressive. And I feel like him asking me to deal with feeding us this night is just as important to him as it was to me a couple weeks ago. I don't want to mess this up. In the past when I've cooked for us, I made a bunch of carnitas (pronounced quite good), but honestly anymore I cook myself gym rat food and little else, and I feel uncreative. I do a pretty good barbacoa, so I thought about that. THINGS HE LIKES include Asian food that I am NOT confident about cooking (dan dan noodles, schezuan cuisine), Chicago dogs, apparently those carnitas I made once, homemade pizza (at which he is a whiz), and Old Fashioneds. He is not a picky eater but he is allergic to, oddly specifically, duck eggs and slightly allergic to chicken eggs. Prefers beef, pork, or duck to chicken. I have access to Publix, Kroger, and Whole Foods. In a pinch, I could probably make it out to the Giant Crazy Ass Farmer's Market in my town. What do I cook that will be comforting and tasty for someone after a 4 hour flight, but that I can transport easily? How do I make this awesome?

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The recent changes to Dropbox made me reconsider paying for it. Is there a standalone app that replicates its camera import and upload functionality?I don't really need folder sharing right now, and I have local and cloud backups. But I do like how Dropbox automagically pulls in images from an SD card and renames the files to their EXIF timestamp. I'd like to be able to do that without the whole Dropboxiness. (I've seen this quick action to rename files, but it's Mojave only and I'm stuck on High Sierra.)

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I need short group games for adults that emphasize process-oriented strategic problem solving. Cooperative games with quick set-up and play especially desired.I'm consulting with a non-profit board on strategic planning. They're having their annual board retreat. One of the initial challenges I'm helping them deal with is an endemic lack of structure and institutional procedure. Board engagement is an acknowledged problem. To supplement the more dry exercises in specific strategic planning and meeting management skills, I'd like to do several exercises that emphasize iterative, process-based (algorithmic?) planned behavior abstractly, ideally with team communication and cooperation as a feature. Constraints: Variety of bodies/ages/genders and unknown tolerance for physical proximity; mixed preferences for formality in discussion. Should be max 45 minutes of actual activity, with room for intro/outro/set-up/clean-up. Lack of shared cultural backgrounds within board means low familiarity. Minimal props; I don't know space constraints but assume a hotel conference room. Think playing cards or dice and blank sheets of paper. Super low budget. Need multiple exercises to do over two days to break up the duller content. Further info: This is a non-profit board that basically needs to get back into the practice of being a functional body. My first meeting with them was basically about spurring them to have an official secretary and treasurer, as required by state law. The actual organization functions at a solid B level; the board has kinda coasted on the great staff without adding much. Many of the board members used to be great but have waned into irrelevance. Other board members believe in the organization but have never actually had to shoulder any responsibility for it. The org is hurting bad for unrestricted funds, but is pretty solid otherwise. Things that I think are helpful in the abstract but not right for this situation: —Games like Nomic or Mao, which take a relatively long time to teach and play —Model UN exercises require too much back knowledge of UN rules and procedures —Online team-based RTS games (impractical setup) —D&D or other tabletop RPG (hard to do within time constraints; getting mixed group engaged with them seems difficult)

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I've been looking for a book design job in London or Oxford for the past year and, while I've had around 12 interviews, I haven't had any offers. I'm currently freelancing while living with my parents in Dorset, and I feel like my life is on hold until I can move out.I have around £4,000 saved up, no debt aside from student loans (which I don't have to pay back until I'm making £18,000), and I'm earning roughly £600 per month from remote freelance work. Would it be crazy to move to London or Oxford without finding a job first?

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Actual clips from Amazon's union-busting training video that was sent to Whole Foods management in 2018. It was then leaked by Whole Worker to the media.

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I'm storing/borrowing my friend's car, and the brake fluid reservoir is filled almost to the brim. What do I do about this?I suppose there's two aspects to this question: one part auto help and one part etiquette gut check. A good friend of mine is recovering from surgery, and I'm storing their car for them while they recover (on-street parking means they'd have to move it every so often, and they can't; I have a parking space). They've said I'm welcome to use it as much as I like during recovery, which should be several weeks. My friend mentioned that the car had been sitting for a while, and might have some minor issues. Being (only very slightly) more mechanically inclined than my friend, I looked under the hood after I drove it home to check various fluid levels, and saw that the brake fluid reservoir was far over the max line. Question 1. What would one do about this from a mechanical perspective? I didn't notice any trouble with the brakes on the way home. No idea if water may have gotten in to the system, or if someone just overzealously filled the reservoir some time ago. I haven't asked my friend because I don't want them to worry additionally while they recover. Question 2. Should I take the car to a shop and just have them flush the brake system? It seems like a reasonable thing to do, if the car hasn't seen maintenance for a while, and something funny's going on with the fluid. Plus, it might be a nice little present in exchange for the use of the car. Or is that taking liberties with a borrowed vehicle?

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I'm looking for summer dessert ideas that are elegant in their simplicity. Something a bit unexpected, maybe just a smidge on the fancy side – but not too fussy or overdone. (This is for an upcoming potluck.)Example: lemon panna cotta with a blueberry-cassis coulis. It's a pretty simple dish – but (in my neck of the woods, at least) one rarely encounters panna cotta. So it has a certain "ooo, what's this?" factor. And it's served cold, so it's great on a hot day. Something that uses fresh fruit that's in season (in July in the mideastern US) could be nice – but that's not a requirement. Other than that – this is wide open. Whatever dessert you're thinking about right now is the one I want to hear about. Go!

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Mr Olds' Remarkable Elevator - Tom Scott explores a (recently discovered) counterintuitive engineering solution that had been hiding in plain sight

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I have two questions, one more general, and more specific. The general question is: How can I learn to take good care of my plants? The specific question is: What's wrong with my prayer plant with yellowing leaves?I don't have much experience keeping plants, for various reasons, but I've always liked them. Unfortunately, they don't end up too happy once they're with me. There tends to be a slow decline that ends with me eventually saying goodbye. I always look up how to care for them, but the problem is, plants respond so slowly I'm not sure I've identified the problem correctly and if I'm making it better or worse. So I guess what I'm looking for something that's a cut above what you can generally find with a keyword search on Google: books, forums, databases, anything like that that you've found particularly helpful. My current more specific question is typical of the problem. I recently bought a prayer plant. It arrived a little beat up, with some leaves starting to yellow around the top end. It's currently putting out new leaves, but the yellowing is still progressing. I'm not sure what's wrong because it could be multiple things, according to the internet: Is it too much water? (The soil does not dry out despite a draining pot, it is very humid here; I'm not sure how to fix that if it's the problem.) Is it what's in the water? (I could try watering with distilled, but how long would it take for me to tell if it helped?) Is it getting too much light? Or is it getting too little? (It's not in a direct sunbeam, and the weather has been generally gloomy, but the room has a south facing window with a curtain I can either keep open or closed.) I don't know what to try first or how long to wait to see if the plant improves, so I kind of faff about and the plant just dies eventually...

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Yardsley. Or she may possibly have punctured her tire—that would delay her fifteen or twenty minutes. Don't worry, my dear boy. I showed her how to fix a punctured tire all right. It's simple enough—you take the rubber thing they give you and fasten it in that metal thingumbob, glue it up, poke it in, pull it out, pump her up, and there you are. Bradley (with a mock sigh of relief). You don't know what a load you've taken off my mind. For its 40th episode, The Wheel Friends (FB, Patreon)recreates The Bicyclers, the epitome of bicycle based comedy in 1896

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from the atlantic, more about where mh370 may have gone, and an american lawyer looking for the debris, over five years later.

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At the first annual Ugly Conference, attendees aren't trying to "reclaim" anything. They're just trying to be seen as they are. A Vice reporter recounts their experience at Oakland's first annual Ugly Conference, which was organized by Vanessa Rochelle Lewis after her picture made the rounds on the internet when a party promoter used it in a meme. Lewis hopes the conference is the "first in a series of gatherings designed to combat image-based prejudice and abuse." From the Vice article:"The notion that everyone is beautiful had long seemed as stifling to me as the beauty standards which it purported to unwind. Though essentially the same in meaning, the opposite construction— we're all ugly—seemed freeing: If everyone was ugly, no one could judge my appearance or my failure to come to terms with it. We're all ugly, I think when the thought of being seen is painful. We're all ugly, I once said to myself in the mirror before a date with someone I feared would find me unattractive. We're all ugly, I reminded myself on the morning of the conference as I tried to coax my hair into an acceptable shape. I understand after hearing the stories of my fellow attendees that this is not true. We are not all ugly, and to declare otherwise is to erase the pain of those who are perceived as such daily—who are bumped into on sidewalks because others literally don't see them, or else harassed on those sidewalks because their appearances offend others. The condition of being seen may be thorny, but the condition of being unseen, of being monstrified, is razor-sharp, vicious, and excruciating."

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Looking for recommendations for dinner spots within a reasonable drive of Chatham, MA that will appear to both vegetarians and kids (and vegetarian kids). We've already got a pizza place lined up, so non-pizza recommendations will be especially valuable. Thanks, hivemind!

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The proposed strategy relies on manipulating with high precision an unimaginably huge number of variables

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