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What is this bug? It is weirding me out. picture of bug

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Norm MacDonald talks with David Letterman for an hour. At one point they discuss their experiences with OCD, anxiety and depression in a refreshingly candid manner.

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Betty Shannon, Unsung Mathematical Genius . Here, the authors of a Claude Shannon biography (who also recently did an AMA) explore his wife's role in his life.

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Hi! I want to quit cable but I can't figure out how to watch the major league baseball playoffs. I can't get over-the-air channels at my house. It seems like SlingTV is the only option. Have you tried it? How does it work?If you know of other (legal and reliable) ways for watching the baseball playoffs that's great too.

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I have a Blu-Ray player that's dying, and I'd like to replace it. Because I'm not a cable subscriber, I'm not sure if I should get something like a Roku or other kind of box.My apartment building includes our cable in our rent, so I don't have a cable subscription. I just plug into the wall and get some basic cable channels and HBO for free. I don't have a box or a DVR and no access to on-demand services. I do subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (streaming through the Blu-Ray player), and I'd like to keep watching those on TV not my laptop. I'd like to be able to time-shift shows, like watch The Daily Show the next day since I don't stay up that late. Is there something out there that would let me do this, or should I just update the blu-ray player?

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I need to have my Dell Chromebook fixed, but not sure where to go/send it.I got a Dell Chromebook. We installed Ubuntu, it worked fine, then stopped. Decided to reinstall Chromeos: during install, got "Boot failed: could not read from boot disk" error. Pressing ctl+alt+F2 showed additional info "SSD for installation not specified." Thought it was an HD problem, but after replacement, error kept occurring. I took it to a (storefront/no name) computer repair place but no dice. Obviously, it's out of warranty since we opened it up. Do I need to send it somewhere? Where? What needs to happen here? Right now, it's an expensive paperweight. For reference: I'm in Miami, will be in LA soon and also Nashville/Lexington/Louisville, if those are places with known resources.

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I am going on a business trip to NYC in mid-August for 4 days. I have never been to NYC before and I would love advice/suggestions on a couple things and be able to make the most of my short time there.I arrive on a Wednesday morning (10:00 ish) and leave on a Saturday evening (21:00 ish). I fly internationally in and out of LGA and my hotel is near Union Square Park. Here is an approximate schedule for the trip. Wednesday: Free with dinner meeting Thursday: Working day with meetings near the UN Headquarters until 17:30 and optional dinner/tourist outing Friday: Working day with meetings near NY City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge until 17:30 and optional tourist outing Saturday: Working day with meetings in the morning near NY City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge and free afternoon The Thursday evening outing is "Roosevelt Island Tram & FDR Four Freedoms Park with Picnic on Roosevelt Island". Friday evening outing is "Statue by Night - Water Taxi Cruise". Questions: (1) Are the scheduled (optional) outings worth while? Or is there something else I could do with my time to better see/experience NYC? (2) When does it get dark and is it safe to walk around in the evening/after sunset alone as a mid-20s woman? Are there areas that I need to avoid in Manhattan? (3) I should have a metro pass while I'm there. Are there things I should know about the metro system? Non-obvious things to avoid? I lived in Berlin for a while and am comfortable using metro systems in continental Europe, but I've heard that NYC's is the most complicated one in the world. I will not have mobile data - are there offline apps I can use to help navigate the city and transit system? (4) Are there any quicker (i.e. no 2 hour sit-down) places I should eat at? I'm planning on being on-the-go, so I would like mostly on-the-go food to match. I've heard I need to try Junior's cheesecake and Shake Shack. Recommendations for a pizza place would be very nice. (5) I LOVE walking. It is my preferred mode of transportation when travelling. Are there certain streets/areas that I should walk through near my work/hotel? Are there neat things to see/do in the early morning (06:00 - 08:00) before my meetings? (6) Below are some things I'm interested in seeing/doing. Please let me know if you have other recommendations or if something on my list is a miss. I'm a go-go-go person/traveler so a busy schedule is perfect. Chelsea Market Walk around Greenwich Village Visit a Trader Joe's Walk across (some/all) Brooklyn Bridge See St Patrick's Cathedral & Times Square Central Park The Met (very quick visit) Shake shack Junior's Cheesecake Bonus: I'm directionally challenged at the best of times. How do I not get lost in Central Park? Thanks in advance for any advice, recommendations, ect. I'm very excited to see NYC and am grateful for your help!

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Why Animals Do The Thing is a Tumblr blog focused on animal science education. They often explain animal news articles and debunk anthropomorphic beliefs about nature. Topics: Cats, Dogs: training, expressions, toxic food. Horses and Goats, Wolf packs, Snakes, Zoos and the AZA. They also have some cute pictures. bonus porcupine

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Portal Done Without Mouse Movement [YouTube] The entire game is completed inbounds without moving the in game camera which is typically controlled by the mouse.

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I am shopping for a dress and I am having trouble figuring out which retailers are going to deliver me a dress that looks like the one in the pictures and is somewhat close to the size promised.I know there are lots of reports of scammy websites selling cheap clothing that when delivered isn't anything like what the pictures and sizing promised. I'm having a hard time figuring out which sites are scams and which actually sell clothing as promised. Today I saw another ad for a dress, clicked on it, and it looked like it would be ok. Then I looked at other dresses on the site and the prices were just way too low to match the quality of fabric, complexity of sewing, and even the high quality of the product photography. So I am thinking that site is a scam. Besides this gut-check method, how can I figure out which vendors are legit?

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Phil Ivey is one of the most famous poker players in the world, and has been part of more than one of the most important hands in the history of the game as we know it today. But it's been a while since he played in the most high-profile games.

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I have an older relative who has a rare dementing disorder - the end result is similar to Alzheimer's although the process is very different. At this point, my relative's condition has deteriorated to the point where her partner is having trouble caring for her but would like to keep her at home. How can they find and access specialists in this type of care?My ill relative is fairly physically healthy, but has reached a point where they are confused, have hallucinations, express a lot of hostility to the caring partner and do not want to do things like get out of bed or be fed. In the past, the caring partner could take them with on errands but now even relatively familiar places outside the home are frightening. The caring partner would prefer to keep my ill relative in the home as long as possible - to the end, if that works out. At this point, there is some money to hire a part time carer for respite care. Questions: 1. How can they find the best carer? Someone who has experience with dementia and has more professional qualifications would be best. 2. What kind of specialist can give them advice on things like managing the ill partner's panics and meltdowns, or what kind of home set-up will make it easiest to manage things like bathing when the ill partner does not want to bathe but really needs to? 3. It seems like they need to consult about what state resources are available and what can be paid for through Medicare. (They are not ready for the Medicaid spend-down at this time.) Who can they consult? 4. How can they find a good lawyer or financial adviser? It isn't entirely clear how all this is going to work financially - whether a Medicaid spend-down and a nursing home will become necessary or whether in-home care combined with family care would be best. They also have a child who is not on disability but who has health concerns which make full time work very difficult, and both partners have always wanted to be able to sequester some money for that child in their estate. I know that this may not be possible at this late point, since it seems like you don't really end up with an estate if you do the spend-down, even taking into consideration the assets that can be set aside for the surviving partner. They are in Indiana. I am able to make some phone calls for them, but it would be much better to give them advice and then have them direct me about what to prioritize. They have fairly good actual medical care in terms of a neurologist and other doctors.

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THE TOAST IS BACK FOR ONE DAY. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. So far: Link Roundup, and Harvard Magazine Personal Advertisements' Many Synonyms For "Rich" or "Thin".

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The Poisoning, an essay by Alexander Chee Bonus: NO ROOM FOR ARGUMENT VERY LITTLE FOR VERMOUTH

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(The good news is, me and the cat are fine). It's not so strong but it wafts over to me in many different places throughout my (smallish) apartment, and I can't tell where it's coming from! Everywhere I sniff out smells fine. Do you have any suggestion or hints for tracking it down? Ugh.It's not the garbage or recycling... not the broiler or behind the fridge. Could it be in pipes or wall? How would I find it? (My management/super are not the best). Thank you!!

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Who can ID this book?This was about 15 years ago. I don't remember how old the book was but it seemed to be fairly contemporary, maybe '70s-'90s. The protagonist was a female teenager and a good Christian. She befriends kind of a wild child, possibly named Jenny but maybe I am misremembering. Protagonist liked a boy named Jameson but it seems he has feelings for maybe-Jenny. Jenny is kind of slutty in a very PG way. Protagonist is hurt and struggles with how to deal with the whole thing. There is a church hay ride at some point. Protagonist's family/mother impart their wisdom upon her and tell her to keep the faith and that Jenny comes from a broken home and is not as blessed as protagonist. In the end it turns out Jameson does have feelings for protagonist and only gave maybe-Jenny the time of day because she was pushy and he was too nice to say no. While this whole time protagonist was jealous of maybe-Jenny, towards the very end maybe-Jenny tells protagonist that she is, in fact, jealous of her and they all make friends and be good Christians together. Sound familiar to anyone?

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I love Svantana's mix of "Don't You Want Me", in which every lyric is sung as the 'You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar' line. Are there any other mixes of any other songs done in this fashion?

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I have 72 ounces of okra with the stems ends entirely removed. All the photos of pickled okra that I can find just have the stem removed. What will this do to the okra when it's pickled and water bath canned? I don't want to can 12 jars of this stuff if it's going to be slimy. I know that pickling mitigates the slime, but of course, these okra are overtrimmed.The person who wants this pile of okra pickled very helpfully did the first step of 'remove the stems last night, so the clock is ticking on okra prep as it is. I could just pickled it, put it up, and be done, but I will worry for the week or two until it's ready to taste, and even then, I don't care for okra so I won't be able to tell if it's actually good or not. Should I bother, or should I freeze this stuff for...soup?

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What pre-Internet, pre-Usenet precedents are there, I wonder, for spoiler warnings? I was wondering because in an old edition of "The Odyssey," the guy in the foreword said he didn't want to divulge plot details so as to not to "spoil" reader enjoyment. Were there any equivalent of spoiler warnings for old serialized books and stuff?The earliest thing I could find on the term had to do with a National Lampoon story, but I wonder if there is any historical record of people going, for example, "i have tickets to see this new King Lear play on Friday, I can't believe you just ruined the ending."

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This is a playable explanation of how we trust, why we don't, and who wins, through the lens of the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma[wiki]. Made by Nicky Case, n.b. music will play when you press Start.

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Do you know of a phone case with a compartment big enough to hold a car key? They key is pretty flat for a car key, meaning there's no electronic fob attached.My niece is constantly locking her keys in her car, but she has never once locked her phone in the car. In fact, I don't think it ever leaves her side. We're thinking that hiding a car key in her phone case will save us some needless trips and calls to AAA. I should mention that my niece is hard on phone cases. I think she chews on them or something. Or hammers nails with them? I don't know, but they get pretty beat up.

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Dear literary mefites – I am in a bit of a quandary – although a very lucky one. The short version is that I have had serious offers from two well-known literary agents (in the UK) about representing my novel-in-progress (commercial genre fiction). I have no idea how to decide on which to take up and I don't have any background in the publishing world. Both want to take me on even though I haven't finished the book. How can I choose? What is the best thing about your agent? Any advice appreciated.I am writing a novel in a commercial genre – let's say political thriller. At a recent writing workshop (in the UK if that matters) I attended, I was able to pitch my novel to a panel of agents and publishers, and it went very well – once I stopped sounding like the teenage kid from the Simpsons trying to get my nerves under control. All of the judges liked my book and the agents asked me to send opening chapters and synopsis. Agent A chatted to me for a good while and tried to get me to stay for a drink/food, but I had to catch a train. Agent B also chatted for a bit and introduced me to their editorial team and one of their well-known authors in the genre. I was delighted of course but had to run off to catch the train. Agent A found me on twitter and sent me a direct message that evening. I sent them both opening chapters and a frantically polished synopsis Monday night. I also included a cover letter detailing a bit more about my background as outlined in writing guides (i.e. 'From Pitch to Publication' by Carole Blake). I should note here that although I am an early-ish career academic in the sciences, and so am used to writing for journals, I do not have a background in English literature/publishing etc. In my cover letter (and pitch) I was very honest about how much of the book I have written (about 25 thousand words, so not much) and that I appreciated that the usual advice is to finish a manuscript before even approaching agents. I expected them to agree that, yes, I'd better finish the thing before getting back in touch. Instead, I got an email from Agent A later that night saying they had read my opening, loved it, had great hopes, and are keen to represent me. Agent A had marked up my synopsis and opening with very thoughtful and constructive comments and the email was so nice I almost burst into tears. They outlined their experience and that of the agency, and said that they would like to take me on even without the book being finished – and that they can help me finish it. This agent and agency are well known in the UK and represent the more literary end of my genre and household names. Agent A has suggested they would be doing the guidance and editing of themselves. This morning, I got an email from Agent B, owner of their agency. They are very well known in the genre and represent some very famous authors including some of my favourite writers. Agent B is also keen to represent me and wrote very nice comments and that they would be interested to sign me on even though the book isn't finished. They said their editor (who I met) would work closely with me to finish the book. I appreciate that I am in an absurdly lucky situation, but I cannot imagine how to make this decision. I have been reading a lot about what an agent does for an author and what questions to ask regarding contracts etc. but I have no idea how to differentiate between the two above. Agent A seems very passionate and involved already, while Agent B has amazing authors and has also been very enthusiastic. I am looking for advice particularly from those with experience publishing in the UK. I am committed to finishing this book and getting it out there, although I understand that a future in earning a living from writing may not be realistic, and have no plans to quit the day job. I know I'll need to buckle down and work on actually finishing – how can I best judge that from further discussion? Should I ask about contacting their authors and asking them?! I would like this to remain anonymous for the moment, but could talk names via memail if that is helpful? Everything seems to be about who you know and I don't know anyone!

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Owned a cat for the last 8 years since she was a kitten. I take good care of her and she's a good cat. And yet I'm considering giving her up. I could never stand to see her get hurt, but I have several friends who are thinking of adopting. Would it be wrong of me to ask if they want to adopt her?Ok, I have a question everyone will hate. I've owned a cat for the last 8 years, since she was a kitten. I'm in my 30s. I take good care of her and she's a good cat. She doesn't bite and is very affectionate. She loves people. I feed her high quality food, brush her, give her toys, play with her, and pay for the vet. The thing is, I am just TIRED of owning a cat. I could never stand to see her get hurt, but I have several friends who are thinking of adopting. Would it be wrong of me to ask if they want to adopt her? I would never put her in a situation where she would be hurt, abandoned, or at risk of euthanasia - I'm just thinking of asking my cat sitter friends if they'd want to adopt her. More details.... Since adopting her, I've moved to NYC. Two years ago I started living alone, and I don't have friends that are interested in being roommates anymore. My apartment is large for the city, but still small at under 400 feet. I feel like living alone doesn't make her happy since she is so social. She's a cat that loves to make friends at parties, and I just can't give her as much attention as a two or three person household used to. Now I'm dating again and also spend one night a week at a new partner's house, so she sees even less of me. The new person spends an equal amount of time with me, but it's more inconvenient for them to stay over because of our commutes. And on that point -- I recently got a new job that's an hour subway from my current place. I could move closer, but my new apartment would be even smaller. If I didn't have a cat, I could live in a studio which would be cheaper. (I need to have a door between me and the cat otherwise she wakes me up at night or sleeps on my pillow, which makes my throat hurt.) To be clear, here are my issues with cat ownership: - my place is so small it ALWAYS smells like cat or cat litter, which drives me crazy. I clean the litter box diligently and bleach scrub it every two weeks. My current place even has a closet I can keep the box in, which a new place likely wouldn't have. I am tired of seven years of scrubbing urine and poop smells out of the box and get so discouraged thinking about doing it for possibly another decade. I've tried changing litters to find a better smell, but that makes my cat decide to pee in my bed. :'( - I feed her quality wet cat food, which makes the place stink. Again, there's nowhere to get away from the smell. - Vomit every couple weeks, usually in spurts of a couple times in a row. I bought a new rug when I moved in and now it's covered in stains. I've been to two vets, but they just say she has a sensitive stomach and be diligent about brushing. Cat won't change her food. - Fur, fur everywhere. I brush and vacuum a couple times a week but it still gets all over the apartment. I recently spent a month traveling / in a place I couldn't take her, and breathing feels gross in my own place by contrast. - Nighttime struggles. If I close the bedroom door so she can't wake me up in the night I feel guilty about depriving her of time with me. If I don't, I get fur in my pillow and bed and woken up intermittently. She scratches the door sometimes too. Sometimes she sleeps on my pillow or bed in the day, so I have to close the door to the bedroom while I'm at work and keep her in in an even smaller space, even though I understand she just wants to be with me. I guess basically as I've gotten older I'm tired of never feeling clean, I've moved to a place that feels too small / boring for a cat, and I want to move to a place that's even smaller. My cat is so lovable too. I don't have extreme behavior problems or a new baby like other people do. I just feel like I've slowly moved to a place in my life that isn't ideal for a cat, and I just feel obligation in doing this for another decade of her life, even though I would do it because it's the right thing to do. FYI please don't diagnose me with depression or mental health problems - please assume I'm aware and that's not an issue here. Also, I would never put her in a situation where she would be hurt, abandoned, or at risk of euthanasia - I'm just thinking of asking my cat sitter friends if they'd want to adopt her.

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Vegan MMJ chews of a certain sort?Relevant background: I am a strict vegan. I struggle with some really intense medical issues currently, and found that medical marijuana edibles are the most effective way to help myself. I have a small small stomach (the actual organ) and am on a feeding tube, rarely consuming food by mouth. As such, I don't have the room in there for the one or sometimes multiple brownies, cookies, etc required for what relief level I need. I tried a specific brand of these small tootsie-roll-esque MMJ chews called Cheeba Chews that was perfect! It was only a few bites, didn't vomit it up, and results were deeply relieving of my symptoms. Unfortunately I found out from the friend who gave me one later that he had realized it had milk in it. I'm too strict a vegan to just look past it :/ There is another similar bend called Sensi Chews; but also not vegan(F**k!). (I need gluten free as well due to celiac disease, for what it's worth, but all or most of them seem to be gluten free.) Any help, guidance, advice, suggestions?

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Who the hell am I thinking of? What is this tv show/film?What I can remember: A rural male doctor in a cabin (period piece?). He has red hair combed back. A thick Scottish (Irish?) accent. Something possibly about a wife who died in childbirth. Is afraid to practice? Frequently defends the rural people he lives near. He is broad shouldered, sleeves frequently rolled up. Always knocking metal kitchenware about. He is a love interest of the female protagonist. Things are awkward at first though because he is so surly. Thinking 1990s? Maybe early 00s?

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