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For the first time ever, I've opened an account in Facebook and started using it. Wow...it has to be the greatest social research tool ever! Attitudes and opinions can be gauged without the presence of a social / market researcher. Facebook must be changing the landscape of advertising / social research beyond recognition. Moreover, it must be a political electioneers / pollsters dream. No more contrived focus groups.... Can anybody recommend some books or websites the delve into this?

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer (SLThe Atlantic)

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What's it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?

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The BBC put together a series of television commentaries from Orson Welles, "Orson Wells' Sketchbook" none of which need more than his then slightly unfamiliar face (without, he underscores, the usual false nose he wears for roles), his unmistakable voice, and his illustrations — taken, literally, from his sketchbook. In these six fifteen-minute broadcasts, which originally aired in 1955, Welles talks about not just the inauspicious beginnings of his illustrious working life but his experiences with the critics, the police, John Barrymore and Harry Houdini, the infamous radio production of War of the Worlds , and bullfighting Playlist here.

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I'm enjoying the breathlessly ridiculous tone and pace of Dr. McNinja, which I think does a great job of avoiding the unstoppable-force vs. unmovable-wall dynamic of mainstream superhero comics. It plays fast and loose with everything, and has a fine sense of the absurd. It is only occasionally problematic (racist, homophobic) in its juvenile sensibilities, which is way better than most of its competition. What movies, books, and comics are comparable?

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George & Jonathan are an electronic music duo. They make nice songs with many bleeps and bloops. Here is the website where you can listen to and watch their new album, III. [WebGL required, i.e., use Chrome. It's worth it, honest.]

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My most pressing question: Do I need 8-inch pulls for the larger, 36-inch drawers? 7 inch? 12 inch? What fits that size best? What about the 30 & 24-inch drawers? Can I just grab one size and buy 40 of them and they'll all look good?Also, I've seen placement in the middle of the Adel drawers and at top. Middle seems prettier to me and more balanced. Top seems more user-friendly, and the cab is thicker there on the Adel. Would there be stability issues in the middle, screwing through thinner fronts? - I don't like the IKEA hardware. - I do like Restoration Hardware's pulls (Lugarno, etc), but would prefer not to spend $24 for an 8-inch pull - I'd prefer no spindles on the end so I don't stab myself, the kids, or yank clothing - I only have a couple of upper cabinets in a butler-pantry-ish area, so I'll just use knobs for those. (I have searched all through Houzz for my cabs and potential hardware, but it's hard to visualize sizes when they aren't explicitly stated.)

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I'm looking for original source artists' writings. I'm talking diaries, manifestos, conversations about the creative process - Help me find books, magazines, websites or other good resources!I'm also talking any historical period, but I've already read a bunch of good stuff from the early-to-mid twentieth century. I'm primarily interested in visual artists, but will take what comes my way. Short of researching each individual artist I am interested in, are there some good resources for me to tap into? I've already looked at this thread, but I'm more interested in work coming straight from the horse's mouth. (For this purpose.)

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How long will it take me to drive from LAX to Irvine/Newport Beach at 4pm on a Friday?I'm flying into LAX this Friday and then driving to Irvine/Newport Beach. My flight gets in at 3pm, I pick up my rental at Enterprise and then drive the 45 miles down. If I can conceivably get my car and get on the road by 4pm, how long do you think it will take me to drive to Irvine with insane-o OC traffic?

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I'm searching for tips for my girlfriend and I (male) while we spend 3 months travelling around Europe this summer. Details over the fold.We're west-coast Canadian; neither of us have done a ton of travelling before but have both travelled internationally. We'll be staying mostly in AirBnB's and family connections and a couple hostels. We're interested in really everything: nightlife, art museums, beaches, hikes, restaurants, etc. So I'm asking for recommendations on A) travelling in Europe; B) travelling with a significant other; and C) how to make the most out of travelling in general. NB: NOT looking for tips on how to streamline our route; we have a couple requirements that make the odd leaps necessary. Our general itinerary for the three months is Bruges; Frankfurt; Berlin; Budapest; Porec; Split; Salamanca; Barcelona; Palermo; Florence; Grenoble; Charmousse; Dijon; Paris. Thank you for any help!

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YouTube user Frank Huang posts full live sets of metal/grindcore, many from Brooklyn's St. Vitus bar, including: Pig Destroyer, Kylesa (@ Santos), Whores., KEN MODE, Sleep (@ Hellfest), Pelican, Deafheaven, Cobalt, and naturally Saint Vitus.

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I have two pairs of clear plastic/acetate framed glasses. Over time, both have changed color from completely clear to blueish in one case, and orangeish in the other. What's causing this and how do I stop or reverse it?The glasses are this kind here. Possible causes: I use one isopropyl alcohol-based skin treatment a few times a week, but I try not to wear my glasses for at least 10 minute afterwards. Other than that, I don't put anything other than soap and lotion on my face.

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How 38 year old Meb Keflezighi became the first American man in more than 30 years to win the Boston Marathon. Meb, previously

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"I've talked to a bunch of fans about their lives and what MST3K means to them. I'm overwhelmed by how people took to that show. It really affected them. I thought, if enough people still love it, maybe we can bring it back." In today's WIRED article "The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece," Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson announced his intention to reboot the series online with a new host...this spring. (The lede is buried all the way at the end of the article.) Could Joel have been inspired by the success of Turkey Day 2013 (previously on MeFi)? READ THE BOOK.

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Actively dreading an upcoming date -- probably not a good sign, right? What's the best way to proceed?He's a friend of a friend and I met him a week ago at their weekly pub night. We hung out with the group that night and he invited me to hang with another group of friends the night after. Right from the start we were weirdly PDA and physically close (yay, alcohol!) but I didn't feel like we connected that much one-on-one when we were just talking. Some talk was made about catching up later in the week, but no date set. So I was completely meh about it until one or two days after, when my dumb brain kicked in and went "hey, why hasn't he texted you? Why aren't you guys chatting? If he were into you he'd totally be texting you!" And, because I have issues (that I'm working on!), lukewarm/zero demonstrations of interest from a guy are still like catnip to me, and now I have done a dumb thing, which is plan a meetup when I'm really not feeling it. He did text to invite me out the day before, but it was very casual ("I'll generally be around X if you want to join me") and he failed to give me any sort of time frame, and then ended up not being able to make time at all, asking if he could see me in a few days after he got back from the country (without suggesting anything specific). Given how lukewarm he seemed, at this point I thought I would give him an out by, paradoxically, actually proposing a date for when he got back. I was expecting him to politely back out, but to my surprise he agreed. It was passive aggressive on my part and I'm not proud of it. Ordinarily I would just go on the date and see what shakes out, but this whole situation has already set off my panic buttons, and I'm getting the kind of socially anxious heebie-jeebies that I haven't gotten in years. I know it's just for coffee. But I'm not 100% or even 70% emotionally healthy right now, I've already obsessed over this too much to come back from it (it hasn't even been a WEEK, I'm pretty sure we don't even get along) -- I don't have a good feeling about this and I can't deal with having unrequited feelings again right now. I'm tired of the 'what-if's and not willing to bank on the 0.0001% chance that he's just busy/shy/taking it slow/not into texting, and maybe something magical will happen and we'll turn out to be perfect for each other. I'm not looking for anything casual. So... I would really like to cancel this date. Should I be honest and tell him I'm just not feeling it? Or cite some other commitment? I honestly feel crappy cancelling given that I suggested it, so maybe I should just go. :I I know this situation could have been handled much better, but like I feel like I'm still climbing out of a mental rut right now. Any advice would be appreciated. FWIW, we're both early-mid 20s.

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I'd like to treat my parents to a night/weekend at a bed and breakfast, somewhere within an hour of the New Paltz/Kingston area of upstate NY. Any suggestions?Mother's Day is on the horizon and I'd like to get my mom (and dad of course) a night or two at a nice bed and breakfast/resort type place. My parents have been through a lot the past few months and really need a nice relaxing weekend. I'm looking for something within an hour of where they live (Kingston/New Paltz area of NY state) and preferably a place where there's things to do besides sit around. Mohonk Mountain House would be ideal but... it's $600 a night. That's a bit out of my price range! I just want a pretty place with beautiful scenery, maybe a pool or lake to swim in, trails to walk down, maybe some entertainment at night like music or dancing. My dad is recovering from an injury so they can't really do any super physical stuff like hiking or horseback riding. I just want a nice little vacation for them, without too much driving or stress. Absolutely no flying anywhere. Any suggestions are welcome!

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I need a good keyboard tray! I've tried the summera pull-out keyboard under my ikea table however it doesn't work for me and I've since removed it.The reason why the summera keyboard didn't fit me was two-fold: 1) My knees bump into it. - I could technically raise my table but then my monitor would be too high 2) It isn't the right height for my hands either. I tried putting book and stuff to accommodate but so far no comfortable fit. So I figured that an adjustable keyboard tray was the way to go. However, as I searched the net I realised they usually require a lot of free space underneath the table to put the long neck. I have only 8 inches in length under my table in length. So I was wondering if anyone knew any adjustable keyboard - hopefully not crazy expensive but for now that criteria can wait - that could fit my table. I am starting to get tired of leaving my keyboard and mouse on my table since this is not a good fit either. Or if anyone has any other solution to propose that would be welcome but I think the adjustable keyboard is the most appropriate solution. Thanks!

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Looking for a new range cooker for our dream kitchen. I like Rangemasters, my wife likes FANTASTICALLY expensive Falcon ranges. Are they really that different? They're both made by Aga aren't they?My wife and I are building a new kitchen in our house with very modern clean lines. My dream kitchen, hooray! We both adore cooking, so we've promised ourselves a big, modern, awesome range cooker. A 100cm wide multi-burner, multi-cavity monster originally budgeted in the £1100- £1600 price range. I've found a really nice Rangemaster (and a reconditioned SMEG). My wife is keen to spend more than twice our cooker budget on a Falcon range - which as far as I can tell is from the same company: Aga-Rangemaster. If there's anyone who knows these brands, what exactly is my extra £2000 going to on a Falcon? Thicker steel? A fancy name? Different colours? Is it actually £2000 better? We're lucky enough that we can probably stretch to it if it's worth it, but I'd rather not if it's just luxury branding on an otherwise normal range cooker. Also open to other suggestions!

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I'm in a long-distance relationship: my S.O. is in California, I'm on the East Coast. We've been pretty lucky with getting to meet up regularly since his job often pays for him to come out here and I've had a number of opportunities to get out there. But I'm feeling a personality clash arising from his erratic scheduling. Question clusterbomb ahoy!We're both fairly independent, so it hasn't been too trying being apart. The conflict is more often about how we get together. Since he's a very frequent flyer, he's gotten used to the perk of getting to change flights all the time with no penalty, which he does with abandon. (It's pretty rare for him to complete a trip without having rescheduled at least one of his flights, often at the last minute.) I love the time we spend together, but I also find it annoys me when we'll make plans and suddenly (a) he'll decide to show up a day early or stay two days longer at my place--I have a small apartment and he doesn't travel light, so when he comes to stay it feels very full in there--or (b) he'll suggest that instead of spending the weekend at his apartment in SF we should drive down to Monterey (requiring us to rent a car and book a hotel at the last minute) for a couple of days. In Myers-Briggs speak, I'm a classic J and he's a total P. So: We've had a couple of conversations about this, but it remains a reality that we're different in this way. How do I make peace with the fact that he's more spontaneous than I'm accustomed to being? Can I learn to roll with it better? Is it reasonable of me to get exasperated at the uncertainty? If you're similarly free-spirited, has someone been able to convincingly explain this disconnect to you? And finally, I'm planning to move back to CA later this year (I've been away for longer than I originally expected; this desire predates our relationship)... anything I should watch out for when we're living in the same place (possibly but not necessarily cohabitating)?

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I am planning on going to Turkey at the end of November for just shy of two weeks and am looking for a couple of pieces of advice: Is a side trip to Cairo alone for two days a terrible decision? And are there lodgings in Istanbul where it is easy to meet other travelers that don't involve giant dorms and drunken twenty somethings?I am planning on going to Turkey at the end of November for just shy of two weeks and am looking for a couple of pieces of advice—I've Googled, but there is quite an array of sometimes-conflicting information. (And I am familiar with the Turkey Travel Planner site which has lots of great tips and suggestions, but the lodging info seems focused on a slightly older/creature comfort-seeking audience.) 1. I am thinking of doing a Cairo stop—I have always wanted to see the pyramids, and with Turkish Airlines I can do a multistop flight home to Cairo (via Istanbul) to Istanbul to home for just $30 more than a flight to Istanbul. On a scale of "Best decision you could possibly make" to "Are you out of your mind?" where might this fall? There's an 85% chance I'll be traveling alone, and I know Cairo can be iffy for lone women. (I've read other questions here and it has given me pause, but this is something I'd really like to do if it isn't totally reckless.) I'd be arriving at the Cairo airport on a Tuesday evening, heading to a hotel for overnight, getting a (recommended, though if you have additional recommendations, I'm happy to take them) guide and doing the pyramids Wednesday, Cairo sites Thursday also with a guide and flying out Thursday night to Istanbul. I'd like to book this now because of the price, though I know the situation is ever-evolving. If things are dangerous when I go, I'm happy to forgo the Cairo leg, but would cancelling that portion invalidate my return home to Istanbul. (Alternately, I could buy a separate RT fare to Cairo from Istanbul closer to my trip, but that looks like it would be in the $350 range, and includes more airport to-and-froing, which I'd like to avoid.) Also, do I go through customs in Istanbul, or does baggage, etc. transfer to the Cairo flight? (Trying to figure out what kind of time I'd need to make a connection.) 2. My second question is does anyone have any good hostel or convivial guest house recommendations in Istanbul? This isn't a budget issue so much as an opportunity to meet/hang out with other travelers. I'm in my mid-30s, so I don't want a 16 person guest dorm with all-night drunken revelry, but some place with a nice mix of people and some sort of common area where people gather and chill is ideal. Private room a must, private bathroom a big plus. Ideally under $125/night if possible (though cheaper is better, just trying to keep options open). I prefer Beyoglu, especially Galata. I'll likely be in Istanbul for five nights. (I've looked at Airbnb/used it for other trips, but I like meeting other travelers for sharing outings rather than just relying on hosts who are rightly going about living their normal lives/probably don't want to take a 2hr sightseeing ferry ride.) Triple bonus points for balconies/rooftops with amazing views. I'm a reasonably experienced traveler/have experience traveling solo.

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"I often think about my long-ago friend, and I wonder what happened to her," wrote children's author Eric Carle in his book "Friends", published last year, inspired by his friendship, as a 3-year-old, with a young girl growing up in Syracuse, New York. He did not know her name, just that that she was the daughter of Italian immigrants. Last Sunday, over 80 years after he last saw her, he and his long-lost friend, Florence Ciani Trovato, reconnected.

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I'm interested in learning about applying makeup, starting from zero knowledge.I have a bunch of youtubers and blogs in my daily rotation that talk about this, but there aren't a lot that start from the very beginning. What's on your list? I also have very few supplies. So, what I am thinking is that I would attack this problem by buying some basic stuff from say walmart or cvs, and then try out lots of techniques in the evening when I have free time. I am super not interested in trying things in public, so do I need to worry about certain things being hard to wash off? Like for example I am reading that it's good to put down a layer of something before eyeshadow so you don't stain your skin? See I just really have no clue, but I am really open to trying out creative stuff, washing it off and trying again, and again. What would you suggest to a total beginner?

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We are currently saddled with an out-of-state mortgage that we cannot afford to pay.We are attempting to short-sell the house, but at this point we are 20K under what we owe and are still getting no offers. I asked a friend who is a bankruptcy lawyer, and s/he said s/he usually recommends avoiding short sales entirely because of bits of the federal tax code (61 and 108, specifically) that mean we get spanked with taxes for the "income" of the difference between our mortgage amount and the amount the house finally sells for. I will also note that we cannot afford to pay all of our current expenses in addition to this mortgage, and are racking up credit card debt in the interim at a highly unsustainable rate. So. We need a bankruptcy attorney for the state where we live (specifically one near Charlotte, NC) who can review our finances and tell us if we should continue to pursue the short sale or just bail and go for the foreclosure. Can anyone direct us to the Guy, locally speaking? I'm hesitant to just grab the first names off a Google search and would prefer some testimonials.

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The NBA season has ended, and the playoffs have begun, causing a figurative ton of internet ink to be spilled on predictions and power rankings. But one word in particular seems to keep popping up in articles to describe white players like Steve Novak, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Andrew Bogut, and Josh McRoberts: "Dorky." And the writers that use it are inevitably white. Triangle Offense's Khalid Saalam (previously) thinks they should probably cut that out.

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Cobalt reunited and will be recording a new album. Who is Cobalt? Cobalt is a American black metal band consisting of Phil McSorley and Erik Wunder. They have only played live a dozen or so times, largely because McSorley is often abroad, where he serves as a Sargent in the US Army. Not coincidentally, they refer to their form of metal as 'War Metal'. Stream their albums Eater of Birds, and Gin. Here is a full show of Cobalt's at the Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn last year. Here are some clips of Cobalt playing at last years Maryland Deathfest, which was the first time they ever played live in public. This piece from Stereogum has a nice write-up on Cobalt playing the Maryland Deathfest. And Ulcerism is their best song.

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