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So my puny 19in TV finally gave up the ghost and I feel zero need to replace it. I'm the happy new owner of a 27in iMac on which I can stream my Amazon and Netflix addictions. And yet. I miss my Roku. Details below.I have Plex set up to stream my ripped exercise DVDs just the way I like (don't judge!). And I love the universal search so I don't have to be responsible for remembering, "was it Amazon or Netflix that streamed Babymakers?" So I went and bought a thunderbolt (USB-3) to HDMI connector thinking it might be easy to just plug the HDMI out from the Roku 2 to the thunderbolt in of the iMac. Alas, nothing. I pushed CMD-F2 like the google suggested to change the screen output and nothing. I glean that there may be a wifi connection issue, and perhaps I need to set up some local connection between the two, but that's the extent of my understanding from 2hrs of unsuccessful searching. If this is impossible, I can live with that. But I'd like to think in 2017 there's a solution.

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I'm looking for a nightlight solution for our bathroom. It just needs to be barely bright enough to illuminate the way, so we can navigate a nocturnal path to it.Our bedroom's bathroom is in a corner that gets no natural light. It also has no outlets. So a typical nightlight with photo-sensor currently doesn't cut it. For now, I have a battery powered tap light like this that I leave always on. I don't really mind this, nor changing the batteries, but occasionally, it will get bumped off, or run out of batteries with no warning, plus, that's just so inefficient. I could (probably pretty easily) add an outlet in there, and therefore add a plug-able nightlight, but... I'm wondering if there are other solutions I haven't thought of. For example, there is a regular light switch, and separate fan switch. Is it possible to utilize one of these to power a night light? Looking for creative solutions, and I don't mind spending a few bucks to save me the effort of adding a new outlet!

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Here's A List of Some Videogame Youtubers Who Aren't Terrible ...with an emphasis on the obscure, unexpected, and off-the-beaten-path. From Liz Ryerson (previously). Non-Patreon link for those interested.

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Warning: graphic violence After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

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I'm looking for sci fi short story compilation recommendations. I've read Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin, which I really enjoyed for it's engaging read and what felt like fresh topics to me. Are there others that folks would recommend? Hoping to curl up with a book this Thanksgiving.

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Black Friday as a commercial concept probably shouldn't have gotten off the ground in Australia, but the rumour mill suggests a hard launch of the local site this Friday. Local marketplace hopefuls attended a "summit" last Monday to get the lowdown on what Amazon is proposing. Reactions from local businesses are mixed but it's apparently nothing to worry about. Unless it is? Chief Antipodean Rip-Off Merchant Gerry Harvey is sore about it of course, which is gratifying. Just in time in any event, with the feds recently ruling that "low-value imports" (e.g. online sales) will attract the 10% GST in the new financial year. Let's hope that Amazon Corporate has actually realised that Australia has minimum workplace entitlements, unlike, it seems, the United States.

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How do I make my office at work smell nice? What else can I be doing to make my office a nice, peaceful place to work?So I actually have my own office at work, hooray! It's not very big - it holds my L-shaped desk with my computer, a tall bookshelf, and two chairs in front of the desk. But it has a door that shuts, and a window! (Such small things we take for granted.) I like my job for the most part, and I've mentally committed myself to being with this company for a long time so I want to be comfortable at the place I have to spend so much of my day. One question I have specifically is how can I make my office smell nice without the scent being overwhelming? I sometimes eat snacks or lunch in there, so it occasionally smells like onions or similar, which is not ideal. Sometimes it just smells stale. However, it's a very small space so I suspect a lot of my options, like Glade plug-ins, will just be overwhelming. (One of my coworkers recently moved into an office vacated by someone who had one and the scent is impossible to get out.) I also don't want something that smells really artificial. Something very lightly floral like honeysuckle, or vanilla, would be good. Is my best bet going to be potpourri, or...? What else can I do to make my office a nice, peaceful space? I've got art on the walls that I like (some nature photography that work provided and a travel poster of the Kilauea crater in Hawaii) and I plan to bring in some more. My windowsill is about six inches wide but I've got a couple plants I inherited from a coworker and some bamboo (that badly needs replacing). 95% of the time the temperature is just perfect, and I drink a ton of tea all day to help feel cozy as well. I brought in all of my money/finance/economics books from home (I work at a bank) to put on the bookshelf. I have pictures of my husband and my friends, a bulletin board with fun stuff on it, a brightly colored calendar. I listen to soothing nature sounds (or the Stranger Things soundtrack, which is not so soothing) on Spotify. What else? Thanks!

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My oldest sister (B) and I are hung up on what to get as a holiday gift for our middle sister (C). The fact is, C has been so distant from B and me for so long that neither of us know her very well. But since our parents died, C has been at least trying to stay connected with us and that's a huge improvement that we want to nurture.B and I have been recognizing her at her birthday and Christmas for only about four years. Before that, several months or sometimes even years would go by between contacts with her, by C's choice. Even our parents would be out of touch with her for long periods of time. C has never married and is pretty much alone in the world. I've shared these painful details to make it clear that neither B nor I really have a clue what would be a welcome gift without being so impersonal that it underscores how distant she still is and how little we know about her. We've generally stuck to food and other consumable types of gifts because they don't require us to really know her tastes beyond what she likes to eat/drink. But when I look at the gift selections on Harry & David and the like, they all seem so carefully inoffensive and impersonal that I cringe. So I've been thinking that something that's quirky, unusual, or regional would be just the thing. I'm sure there are such things out there but I'm drawing a blank. And that's where you come in: make some suggestions, please! (Ideal price range would be $50 - $100 or thereabouts.)

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Apologies for the lamest question of the day, but is it possible to see who has liked or forwarded a tweet? I know you can see how many people have liked it. Hovering over or clicking the likes doesn't show who liked it, though. Is there a to see who liked or forwarded a tweet?Just curious.

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I was in a relationship that ended almost 3 years ago. I can't stop thinking about the person. Tawdry details inside.I had a brief, intense and selfish affair with another married person. I was discovered and I chose to work hard on myself and my marriage. After a brief email explaining it was over, I haven't spoken to my affair partner again. I adore my spouse and I will carry the guilt of the pain I caused forever. The consequences of the affair were awful for me and my family. From all indications my partner's spouse was unconcerned. I grieved the loss of AP like a death. AP explicitly took advantage of me in the immediate aftermath, knowing I would maintain no contact, and that I could not speak to others to prevent the person's machinations. AP was able to achieve a significant professional success, and cause me a significant professional loss, directly by this betrayal of me. I have every reason to despise this person, who is clearly a POS psychopath. I get that my giant ego boost was based on lies and manipulation. Others who have also been used by this person confirm this. But I am still obsessed with thoughts of the person I thought I knew during our relationship, as if that person were real. I wish I could speak to AP, but it feels like the pull of an old addiction, like I imagine alcoholism must be. I wonder what they're thinking, doing, if they're happy, how good it felt when we were together. I have no illusions. This person was/is evil. I am obsessing over the adrenaline of our relationship, not over a human being. I want to be the best spouse I can, and the near loss has prompted me to change many things in my marriage. I am truly a different, and better, person. But still, in a mental compartment, after three years I can go about 3 hours without thinking of AP, tops. It's not angry thinking, it's longing, partly for how it all felt, and partly for her to suffer consequences. So there's some background, but the question is: how do you stop obsessive thinking? I was in therapy for two years afterwards but my focus was always on addressing the issues that caused me to stray, and being a better spouse. When I would bring up these thought patterns they would try to logic me out of it. "what's the point?" "focus on your family instead," "the person exists only in your mind." I get all this, didn't help. Also germane: I had zero romantic experience before marrying. I had terrible lifelong self-esteem issues that this affair magically made disappear for the most part. I'm in my mid 50s.

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I'm planning to buy a new printer/scanner soon. I'd like to keep it under $100. I print mostly text documents (plus the occasional picture), and want something that will do auto double-sided printing. Oh, and NOT HP. When I look around online, most say they are wireless. I have a desktop computer and no WiFi. Can these wireless printers be attached to a computer the old fashioned way? Any recommendations for what to buy and/or what to avoid would be greatly appreciated.

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I have an old computer not connected to the internet (Mac OSX 10.6.8) (not my main computer) with some old audio files (Audacity 1.3.14-beta) archived on it. I would like to hear some suggestions for the easiest way to share these audio files online.1. I'm not tech-savvy, so it would be nice if detailed technical suggestions could be broken down into steps. 2. The files from the old computer will be transferred to my main computer via USB stick. I'd prefer not to connect my old computer directly to the internet because I don't want to deal with it getting overwhelmed with auto-updates, or other weirdness. 3. I hate LAME which is lame. I have LAME on the old computer, but it's begging for a password that I don't have. The obvious solution is to download a vintage LAME and try to re-install it, but I would prefer not to, unless there is no other solution possible. 4. I think the old Audacity might create Ogg Vorbis files, maybe. Is there a free audio-sharing site online that likes these files, or should they just be converted into MP3? 5. I'd like to hear your personal suggestions about a nice free place for sharing audio files on the internet. We've used YouTube videos, but that interface has been a bit clunky for us. SoundCloud seems like it might be okay, but I've heard that they've had issues lately. MeFi-Music seems nice if I go with MP3 files, if they're okay with vintage stuff.

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What are some good books to explain the basics of evolution and how it works while countering creationism and ID?What are some good books that 1) explain evolution in a way that's easy for non-scientists to understand and 2) directly address and debunk creationist/intelligent design arguments? I'm particularly interested in how to address common creationist arguments like the evolution of the eye and brain, microevolution vs. macroevolution, etc. - basically something along the lines of TalkOrigins but in the form of a book. Most of the books I've seen explain evolution but don't bother dealing with those claims, so one that does both would be useful to me.

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#writers and #freenlancers: where, other than your favorite coffeeshops, do you feel comfortable to buy something small and then plop down for an hour or two of work?My favorite coffeeshop has recently gotten really famous, so now there's never any seats. But rather than looking for a city-specific reccomendation, I wonder: where do you work, writers, academics, freelancers? I've been rotating through my favorite coffeeshops, and am ready for some new spots. Laundromats? Fastfood joints (can you just buy a beverage, though?)? Bars? creative and real ideas welcomed. **and libraries, of course.

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Last weekend, NTS and Sonos presented a full weekend of programming celebrating the David Bowie, broadcasting direct from the new Sonos London store on Seven Dials in Covent Garden. Hosts included Dev Hynes, Iggy Pop, Thurston Moore, Connan Mockasin, Neneh Cherry, and many more. The full archive is here; descriptions of individual shows (as provided by the NTS website), with links to each show, follow. Dylan Jones (show link) Dylan Jones, perhaps best known as editor of GQ magazine, will be kicking off the two-day broadcast by reading excerpts of interviews from his recent oral history, titled David Bowie: A Life. Dev Hynes (show link) The New York-based pop auteur and songwriter Devonté Hynes (also known by his stage name, Blood Orange), is compiling an intricately constructed audio-collage slash soundscape dedicated to the life and work of David Bowie. Ross Allen (show link) NTS stalwart, music buff and all around good guy Ross Allen will be examining the R&B and soul influences in Bowie's work during the mid-seventies, particularly around the album 'Young Americans'. Tim Noakes (show link) Tim Noakes is the synthesizer fanatic behind the monthly Synth Hero show on NTS Radio. Tim will be exploring Bowie's lasting influence on electronic music live from Sonos London on Seven Dials. Michael Rother (show link) The founding member of legendary krautrock band, Neu!, Michael Rother will be using his extensive back catalogue to illustrate the pull East Berlin had on David Bowie and his interaction with the krautrock and kosmische scene. Nabihah Iqbal (show link) The NTS regular and Ninja Tune-signed artist Nabihah Iqbal (formerly known as Throwing Shade) will be exploring the creation and inspiration of Bowie's eleventh album, Low, originally released in 1977. Leyla Pillai (show link) Leyla is the genius behind the longstanding NTS show 'Who's That Girl'. Expect a deep dive into Bowie's psyche as Leyla paints an expressive and illuminating audio-portrait of the iconic star. Franz Ferdinand (show link) The Glaswegian indie outfit will be compiling their own hour-long tribute to the Brixton-born songwriter. Iggy Pop (show link) As a long-time friend and collaborator of David Bowie, Iggy Pop will take listeners on an intimate journey through his songs and the influences that helped create them. Bat For Lashes (show link) Natasha Khan, a.k.a Bat For Lashes, will be looking at David Bowie as a visual artist, actor and musician, by revisiting the soundtracks of the films in which he took part as well as other inspirational cues. Bullion (show link) "Pop, not slop!" Nathan Jenkins, a.k.a Bullion, is the man behind London label DEEK Recordings. For his NTS x Sonos show Nathan will be picking apart Bowie's '77 album, Heroes, and exploring his collaborative relationship with Brian Eno. Charlie Bones (show link) The NTS breakfast host Charlie 'Eagle' Bones will be playing a two-hour tribute to the great David Bowie, guiding listeners through a selection of his favourite Bowie and Bowie-adjacent records. Neneh Cherry (show link) The Swedish songwriter and artist Neneh Cherry will be playing a varied selection of obscure and rare David Bowie covers from all corners of the globe. Thurston Moore (show link) After sharing a stage with Bowie for his fiftieth birthday in Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore will be sharing his own experience of the pop icon and champion of the avant-garde. Connan Mockasin (show link) Connan Mockasin will be sharing his formative Bowie experiences through his love of the 1996 Australia-only CD compilation, London Boy, which Mockasin listened to repeatedly on first moving to London. David Holmes (show link) The acclaimed composer and NTS hosts David Holmes will be looking at David Bowie the magpie - looking closely at the influences he picked up and reinterpreted throughout his career.

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I am trying to move my iTunes library from an older external drive to a newer external drive, following this how-to. I got all the way to the part in section 2 where you select iTunes and drag it to the external hard drive. This is where the problem starts. Specs and specifics inside.Specs: Mid-2009 MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.5 iTunes version: 12.7.1.14 Drive where iTunes Library currently resides: 2 TB WD Ext HDD Drive where I want to move iTunes to: 2 TB Seagate BUP Slim RD The copying goes along for a while, and then I get an error pop-up window that reads:You can't copy $NAME because it has the same name as another item on the destination volume, and that volume doesn't distinguish between upper- and lowercase letters in filenames.And the only choice I'm given in the pop-up window is an "OK" button--no option to skip tracks and continue or anything. Once I hit "OK," all copying stops. So far, all of the duplicate names have been of sub-folders in various artists' names' folder. Right now, my only option seems to be: Find the duplicate folders. Consolidate the two folders with the same names. Delete the now-empty folder. Delete what iTunes had copied to the new drive. Start all over again until it runs up against the next duplicate folders. Consolidate. Delete Start over.... Which will take me approximately eight hundred and fifty billion years to get my iTunes copied over, because my iTunes library is 150GB. Does anyone know of a smarter, faster way to do this?

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Prehi(p)storic An early history of the ostentatious moustache, a storymap from the Early Celtic Art in Context project.

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Can anyone predict how Net neutrality is going to work out? Please refer to the likely European experience - if that is even possible.Seeing that this looks likely to happen... Do even the experts know, as this has not happened before.

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How warm/useful is this chunky v-stitch afghan likely to be?It doesn't get very cold in SoCal, but I would like a blanket to provide some warmth on chilly nights. I can't tell if the bulkiness of the blanket will make up for the size of the holes.

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I'm thinking of registering a couple domains for my wife and young child, and hell, maybe even for myself. I've never registered a domain before and could use some guidance on both how to go about it, and what domains to choose.My wife is starting to accumulate a bunch of projects and could really use someplace online to organize them publicly. She's in a PhD program and most are related to that. My son is young and I could see him one day wanting his own domain. I would also like my own to hopefully get away from several people who think my gmail address is actually theirs. I'm debating between a few different domains or one domain with subdomains for each (you can do that, right?). Generally speaking, [first name][lastname].com, [first initial][last name].com and [nickname][lastname].com (this would be for my son, think Tommy as a nickname for Thomas) are all available. [first name][last name] is not available for myself. If I go this route, which format would you recommend? Alternatively, if I go a subdomain route, I'd have to go with [lastname].xyz (or some other TLD) as com/net/org are all taken. I think '.xyz' would be most appealing to me because it is short and generic, but would there be a better TLD to choose? Also, if my wife wants to build a site for her professional portfolio, would having a subdomain of [first name].[last name].xyz be looked down on? Finally, who should I use to register the domains, and if going the subdomain route, is that usually included or are there extra charges? Also, is there anything about registering a domain that I probably don't know (clearly I don't know much about it), but should?

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I just bought a new flat and I can't get the combi boiler (hot water / central heating) to start up. It turns on, and although it is old I have no reason to believe it shouldn't work. I don't want to look like an idiot calling out a plumber for something stupid I don't understand. Details and photos inside.I am not in the new flat just now, and won't move in till the weekend. I'm making periodic visits in the meantime. Next one in about 24 hours. So I can't try suggestions straight away... I have very limited experience of these matters. This is in the UK (specifically Scotland), in case I use terminology that doesn't translate. The boiler is an Ariston Eurocombi, either an A/23 or A/27 MFFI. Manual here. Gas is definitely connected to the flat. There is a gas cooker that lights up without a problem. However, I understand that there may be a "gas cock" nearer the boiler itself. I would expect this to look something like this, but I can't see anything like that. Here is the control panel. The On/Off button (on the right) isn't turned on in the photo, but when it is on there is an orange light above it. No other LEDs are lit. The button on the left is supposed to be a kind of reset button, but nothing happens when I press it. Way beneath the boiler is a valve to let in water (I forgot to take a photo of this). I opened this up a little to let enough water in to get the pressure gauge up between 1 and 2. Directly beneath the boiler, these pipes go into it. I think the one that ends in the solid gold bits in the foreground is likely the gas pipe. There are several in theory turnable bits, but I don't know which, if any, might be usefully turned by me. The bit facing forward among all that gold (in clear plastic) has a screw that could be turned. Inside the boiler (front view, left angle, right angle), is something identified in the manual as a gas valve. But there's nothing there that seems easily adjustable by me. I guess gas cocks and valves might be different things? When I turn on a hot water tap, there is noise in the boiler. Maybe just the water flowing through it. But no hot water and no flame through the little viewing window. If anyone can help me out with a simple solution, I'd be very grateful. As I said, I don't want to call out a professional until I know I've not missed something basic. In Scotland, we have 5 days to check these things are working in a new place (if they're not, it's the previous owner's responsibility, legally).

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I started reading "Secondhand Time" after seeing it recommended in another ask, and I'm curious about a "trick" that involves a rotary phone. The trick was "so that the KGB agents who tapped our phones wouldn't be able to make anything out"The passage in question describes it like this: "You turn the dial to the end - old telephones had little holes for numbers that you could turn - and then you stick a pencil in it so that it locks... You can hold it down with your finger, too, but your finger gets tired... You probably know that one?" I don't know that one. I am familiar with rotary phones and I can picture myself doing this, but I don't know what it would actually accomplish. Does it actually do anything?

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My parents have asked me for a Christmas list this year, and they do a format of something you need, something you want, something to wear, and something to read. I have no trouble filling out small, reasonable gifts for need, wear, and read, but I absolutely cannot figure out something I 'want'. My mom really likes this format, so I'd like to stick with it, but I can't figure anything out this year. Small details after the jump, but without all too much detail to try and get a lot of ideas.I'd feel comfortable asking for something around 20 to 40 dollars. Usually I put a board game in this spot, but I'm guaranteed to be moving in a few months and don't want to move any more games than I already have. I'm also going to be taking the bus back to my apartment in NYC from my parents' house where we'll be celebrating Christmas, so I need something that can fit in my suitcase (I'd considered a piece of cooking equipment, but that stuff tends to be heavy). Here are a few categories I've been considering... Something that would make living in the city easier - but I'm having trouble coming up with any specifics. Is there anything you all can think of that would make living in the city more pleasurable, enjoyable, or fun? Something that would give me a structured way to be creative / exercise my logical thinking? Something (maybe non-digital) that would be an enjoyable puzzle or creativity sparking activity? This would maybe be a book or a board game, but I think I'd be fine bending my druthers a little bit. Some sort of small hobbyist item that I could work on as a project? I'd looked at Cana-kits, but they're all a bit outside of my preferred budget. That is a really appealing idea, however, if I could get something a bit cheaper than that would be really cool.

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Christopher Herwig is back with more wild architectural wonders: When Christopher Herwig, a Canadian photographer, first embarked on his arduous long-distance cycle from London to St Petersburg back in 2002, the outlandishly designed bus stop was nothing more than a pleasing oddity. What Herwig didn't expect was that this was only the start of his life-long obsession; there were similarly peculiar roadside shelters scattered across the post-Soviet world. His Soviet Bus Stops Volume II is a new collection of bus stop photos from remote areas of Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia. Herwig previously on Metafilter: A fascinating journey of architectural obsession (also previously and previouslier).

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The Church of the SubGenius Finally Plays It Straight , Eddie Smith

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