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JeffHK makes videos about being the Third Mate aboard the OOCL Atlanta. Take a tour of the 323-metre long ship or find out how to anchor it. Find out how containers are loaded, or what's in a lifeboat. Take a 360° tour of the Bridge, or the Engine Room. Maybe now you want to join the maritime industry? Or maybe you don't? Could you handle rough seas or a snowstorm? Would it be worth it just so you could crawl along the Duct Keel or sail through the Suez Canal? Do not miss this incredible 30-day timelapse. He's also on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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25-year-old Patrik Hermansson went undercover with American and British Nazis for a year. He presented himself as "Erik Hallberg", a political refugee from the left-wing dictatorship of Sweden. "You want to punch them in the face," he told me of the people he met undercover. "You want to scream and do whatever — leave. But you can't do any of those things. You have to sit and smile."

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I'm curious if the hivemind knows how much people have studied how kids develop mentally. Sure, we know there are intellectual milestones that kids achieve at different rates, etc, etc.. But how much variation is there? Or for a specific example, if a kid seems a bit slower than his/her peers in kindergarten -- how often will that slowness persist through to high school? Do some kids have an epiphany in 6th grade, like a mental growth spurt?Or conversely, if a kid is recognized as "really smart" in 2nd grade, how often is that kid just "average" by high school? Is there any good measure of intelligence at any age?

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What are some great podcasts that talk about things from around the world and not only, or mostly, from any specific country?I have noticed that many good podcasts are either country specific, or region specific. For example, Revisionist History talks mostly about issues and events from the USA. And while they are good I feel disconnected from them after an extent. Same goes for Serial and even Radiolab. Or LORE, or Criminal. Well, as far as Serial is concerned that is kind of obvious as this podcast is from the creators of the show This American Life. I loved S-Town too and while it was indeed about a small town in USA it was a very different kind of podcast. Also, it was a series consisting of just few episodes. I would like to follow podcasts which, let's say, one day talk about something from Russia, next day from Oslo, then Tokyo, Hanoi, Delhi, Chile and so on. That kind of diversity keeps my interest intact I think. I like History Hit. It deals with diverse topics from history and from various places (even though a little more focussed on Europe). I have looked at some MeFi threads like this one - What is the best episode of the podcast? and the one on movie discussion podcasts but I thought maybe this specific question has not been touched upon here on MeFi. Please suggest anything interesting. However to make it easier to recommend - my preferred areas of interest are - espionage, history, crime, mystery, and literature. And follow some more podcasts like Revolutions, Martyr Made, Hardcore History, and Tides of History.

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Appalachia has the greatest diversity of salamanders in the world, but since they largely live underground, many of the people who live in the region are barely aware of how many of the amphibians are around them. The US's National Zoo had an exhibit a few years ago on Appalachian salamanders, including this short film on salamanders, their role in the ecosystem, and how threats to the environment affect them.

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Two things emerged from the rubble of Mexico City after the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 30,000 people: the first one is the national spirit of solidarity and compassion that compels every Mexican to drop everything and rush to help those in need. The second one is the Topos. The Brigada de Rescate Topos is a group of volunteers that travel to natural disasters all over the world to aid in search and rescue operations. In typical Mexican fashion, they got their name, the moles, from what they do: they burrow and wriggle deep into collapsed buildings, at immense risk to their own lives, to rescue people trapped inside. From Nepal to NYC to Peru, they've extracted people from hopeless situations and earned respect and appreciation from people and governments alike. Right now, they're back where they began, crawling into destroyed buildings in Mexico City, digging for men, women and children who desperately text their loved to say that they're still alive and asking if someone is coming to get them. Everyone's hoping the Topos will.

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Mr. Circle and I leave in 3 days for the month-long European vacation of our dreams. I woke up this morning feeling like crap. Congested and exhausted. I blew it off as allergies and took some Flonase, but I'm feeling worse. What is my best defense to keep from getting sick, besides going home and going back to bed?Added difficulty: a coworker thoughtfully baked myself and another employee a cake for our birthdays, that's being served this afternoon. I'd feel terrible leaving today.

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I am looking for recommendations for a fee-based financial planner who is also experienced in student loan debt. I have looked at a few websites but would like to know if there is anyone in the area you would recommend. Sites I have consulted: XY Planning Network, Let's Make a Plan, NAPFA, and Garrett Planning Network.

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I'm meeting up with a VERY old friend in Seattle in October. She is visiting from England and has a free day from 11am onwards. I'm driving down from Vancouver so we have all of half a day to spend together before I have to come home and I want to maximize our time. What would you do?I would like it to be the best of both worlds - time to catch up properly over coffee and lunch, and later dinner, but it would be nice to do something in between both meals. What would you recommend to do, and also do you have any good recommendations for restaurants in the downtown area? My friend is a vegetarian so any recommendations of places that serve good vegetarian options would be appreciated. I know my friend is a Starbucks fan so I understand we can visit the "1st Ever Starbucks" but it is quite touristy. What else should we do? I've been to Seattle before and done the usual suspects; Space Needle, Music Museum, underground tours, Pike place etc. Are there any other cool things we can do that might be fun and don't take too long? What are your best recommendations for the perfect day in Seattle? This is a friend that means a lot to me and as I'm more of a "local" than she is, I think she wants me to take the lead, and I'm fine with that, except I'm no expert when it comes to Seattle to be honest!

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Understanding the brain using topology: the Blue Brain project. The brain is one of the main mysteries of medical science so this is huge! For me the most exciting part of this is that the researchers build their theory through the lens of Algebraic Topology and I will try to explain the main players in their game here. You may also enjoy the Defining Topology through Interviews series on the same blog (note the links to individual entries in the list at the bottom).

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I have a 2013 Hyundai Tucson Limited. It has this stock roof rack (side rails and cross bars). There is a sticker that says the weight limit is 220#. Is this a static or dynamic weight limit?I have scoured the internet and there seems to be no definite answer. Most investigation seems to indicate this is a dynamic weight limit, that there should not be more than 220# on the roof when the car is moving. User manual only says "220# evenly distributed" but doesn't specify stopped vs. moving. I am trying to figure out what the weight limit is when the car is not moving. I want to put a rooftop tent on it. Tent (100#) + 2 adults will be more than 220#. If the weight limit is for when the car is in motion, I think I *should* be fine but I'm paranoid that the sidebars/rack will collapse and wreck my car. :/ It looks like I could get additional cross bars from Hyundai (to distribute the weight more?) if that will help. The tent base wouldn't attact to more that 2 rails though. For reference, I am looking at these tents: Fetherlite or Tepui

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My podcast (you can find the link in my profile) is embarking on the 50 States Beer Project. I need your help in finding the best of the best in each US state (except Alabama, as I've already done that one). Difficulty: women who work in the industry.I want to interview ladies working in any capacity in the craft beer industry--brewers, owners, reps, taproom managers, etc--and you, my beer-drinking MeFites, can help. I'm obviously doing a chunk of my own research (I find the state beer subreddits can be helpful) but what breweries do you think deserve to have their female workers lauded? Also, I did a huge chunk of unrelated 50 States Beer Project stuff last autumn through NC, SC, and GA. But I welcome anyone I might have missed for this next run! I'm doing these in alphabetical order so Alaska is October, Arizona is November, etc. Thanks for your help and cheers!

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I feel like I need to stop working for a certain freelance client for my own mental health, and I'm not sure what to say to this person.This question is a followup on my recent question about quitting a brand-new job -- that situation, which I agonized over, worked out well in the end. I'm talking about the same client in this question. A huge project this client gave me this summer is completely stressing me out, but not a typical "Hmm, this is stressing me out" kind of thing. Until a month or two ago, my psychiatric meds were working very well, and recently they haven't been, and it affects my work. (Yes, I have an appt. with my psychiatrist next week, but I'm not sure how long it'll take to get back to a good place.) I'm doing OK with my other clients, and they're happy with my work, but whenever I think about this project, I get really anxious and have zero desire to work on it. My heart just sinks when I think about it. I don't enjoy this work required in this project, either (which, yes, I do realize is sometimes just how work goes!). It doesn't help that the client has been disorganized in getting me the tools/info I need to complete projects (like, I need her to send some initial emails to certain businesses before I can start working on this project, and she said she would, and even after I talked to her again about it, she still hasn't, and seems like she's totally forgotten about it). Also, I'm not 100% clear on what she wants me to do with the parts of this project, even though we've talked about it a few times. I realize I should ask, but I just haven't... I don't have the motivation/mental energy. Most of the items in this project should have been done already (like, in 2016, for example -- that's before I came on board), but mostly because of her own disorganization and busyness (and her hesitation to delegate), they haven't been. So with all this, I don't think I will do a good job for her on this project -- procrastination is the main thing I'm anticipating -- and it would be a BIG relief for me to cut this client loose, and a very positive thing for my mental health, if I can bow out. (It would be the same relief I felt when I ended up quitting the staff job with this client (see question linked above).) Also, I know I can replace this work with current or new clients' work -- and this client doesn't pay really well, just "OK." There are no immediate deadlines for this project, just stuff that needs to be done "soon." What could I possibly say to this person to tell her I don't think I can do well on this project and maybe shouldn't freelance for her anymore? I am fine with mentioning my mental health, but I really don't know how to do it. I am also pretty anxious about her being unhappy with this news (of course). And I am very tempted to do this via email, because I'm also really anxious about talking to her on the phone about this, and I can't imagine that. We were acquaintances/casual friends before she even became my client, so that seems to make it worse. Could really use some advice here.

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We think it's a kitchen implement. There's a small piece broken off, but it's largely intact. If you recognize it, please ID it for us, and thanks! Pics below the fold.https://postimg.org/image/bw45tulvd/ https://postimg.org/image/ca5htg5yx/

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I have subscribed to snacks from Nature Box for quite a while, but have grown increasingly annoyed with their website, pricing model, etc. I realized the only thing they make that I don't know how to replace with grocery store items is their instant oatmeal, specifically the apple-cinnamon variety. It has little dried out cubes of cinnamon-y apple, and when you pour boiling water over, the apple chunks become rehydrated and delicious, but not too sweet. Anyone know if there's a good brand out there that sells something like this so I could do my own instant oatmeal at the office instead? I realize I could do raisins or some other dried fruit, but I do really love the apples and thought someone might have a good lead. Ideally this would be something shelf-stable so that I can put together little cups of instant oatmeal + dried apples + sugar to keep at the office for when I don't have time for breakfast at home. I realize I can Google "dehydrated apples," but I'm hoping someone might have a personal recommendation for something that will get nicely re-hydrated in water and work well in oatmeal (vs. eating on its own as a snack).

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I'm at a conference with quick access to NYC and my colleague, who has never been before, would like to go in for the evening. All of my day trips in the past are predicated on getting back on the train at like 5:30 so I have no clue where to take her.We would arrive at the WTC PATH center between 3:30 and 4 pm. My usual one-and-done for NYC is the Met but it closes at 5:30 uptown. The only things my coworker has mentioned specifically are the 9/11 memorial and the Statue of Liberty, so I guess we could do the museum and then the Staten Island Ferry before dinner...somewhere? Tell me where, I like plans. Please also suggest alternate activities/itineraries bc I think my coworker is most interested in general sightseeing and I'm a native New York(state)er who doesn't really want to explain my feelings about the memorial and sightseeing but would like an excuse to avoid it. If that makes sense.

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Since 1958, a small department of Germany's government has sought to bring members of the Third Reich to trial. A handful of prosecutors are still tracking down Nazis, but the world's biggest cold-case investigation will soon be shut down.

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What metal are beer bottle tops made from?Specifically those on stubbies in Australia, but if you have an exhaustive beer bottle top metallurgy guide, that'd be (weird and) great too.

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Tomb Raider [YouTube][Official Trailer] "From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero. The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with Oscar-winner Graham King (The Departed) producing under his GK Films banner. The film¹s production begins on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal."

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What are some books where the protagonist is naive/spoilt/sheltered and goes through a life changing experience that makes them worldly and resilient?With a preference for the overall outcome to be positive rather than the protagonist experiencing PTSD and extended mental health issues. An example would be 'Captain's Courageous' by Rudyard Kipling. An oldy but a goody. Fiction or non fiction, either is fine. Nothing rapey.

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I'm doing a "Top Gear £1000 Challenge" with a group of friends next year. So looking for some assistance / advice / recommendations from you guys. Challenge this year is "In a team of 2 people, buy a luxury car for under £1000 and drive some of the best, most iconic driving roads Europe has to offer. " What car should I go for? I know next to nothing about cars so need something that will be reliable.

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Lets say I have a friend who walks dogs and I pay him for walking my dog by way of Venmo. Lets say, hypothetically, this dog walker also sells pot to other people (which is illegal in the state I live, and I understand is against venmo's TOS - but I imagine this could happen). If my dog walker accepts money for pot through Venmo and then is arrested, could the authorities look into his Venmo account and see all the people that have paid him money? Could I be under suspicion for buying drugs because I have paid this person for his dog walking services? Is there any legal consequence for using Venmo with people who might not be following the Venmo rules?

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I am an advisor to graduate students in a science-based discipline. The university at which I work has a centralized lab facility made available to all students to conduct their research. One of my graduate students needs this lab to complete their thesis. Unfortunately, the lab is currently managed by somebody who makes my student uncomfortable. I am trying to find a solution so that this lab manager's present does not impact my student's education any further. What can, and should, I do?Some of the discomfort around the lab manager is from a general social ineptness - weirdly pushy about authorship or trying to provide too much input on methods they don't understand. But some of the lab manager's comments qualify as harassment, along the lines of saying things to female scientists like "women are so disorganized, that's why I can never keep a girlfriend." My student has met with additional higher-ups about this looking for help. The higher ups have suggested that she work in a different lab space (not feasible because some of the equipment is only available in this centralized lab). The higher ups have also suggested that she have a direct conversation with the lab manager about their interactions before she continues in there (WTF). I have asked my student to document in writing the specific experiences she's had with this person. But I'm kind of at a loss about how to proceed after that. I'm most concerned with this situation not impacting her education on just a purely ethical level. I'm angry that it already has and that those in an administrative capacity don't seem to have the interest in helping. I'm also worried that this situation is not limited to my student, and regardless it's likely a violation of Title IX. What do I do next?

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I feel stuck and I don't know what will help right now. What should I do?I'm miserable and feeling stuck and I'm not sure what steps I need to take to get unstuck. I'm in my late 20s and I have a well paying job (66k) living in Northern Virginia/DMV. I recently moved out of my parent's home and I thought that it would solve everything and while it's been great to have my own space (with a good roommate) and a more peaceful living situation... 3 weeks later I'm still feeling stuck with my life. I hate my job and take every opportunity I can get to work from home. It sounds terrible that I'm complaining about such a flexible job and relatively easy work but I'm miserable. I hate my team and I hate the work I do. I've been seeing a therapist since January and it's on a once a month schedule but I don't feel that she's really helped at all (and no, it's not possible to see her more than that, she's too busy). Yes I have depression and according to my therapist "a bit of PTSD", anxiety and also PMDD. Therapist referred me to a psychiatrist and I was prescribed prozac but I'm really against taking it. I would like to see a career coach but I don't want the experience to end up like the therapist where it goes no where. Especially since I don't know what I want out of my career/job and I don't have any in demand skills (generally speaking I'm a admin/project professional). Sometimes I wonder if I just have no desire to work. I have none of the drive I used to have a few years ago and I truly feel some days like I should just give up. So what do I do? Should I find a different therapist? I don't even know how to do that since my insurance is an HMO and it's cheap. Should I find a career coach? I can't keep struggling like this. I don't have anyone in my life I can talk to about all these things. It's feels silly to say it's too much to give one person, but that's what it feels like. Even though I know in the grand scheme of things my situation is not terrible compared to many other people's lives.

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Colin Stokes is welcoming but has concerns about the sharing economy in The New Yorker

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