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While driving in very remote small town I was cited for Failure to Stop. There are problems with the case, details here are not pertinent, I meant to contest in a hearing but forgot to send in the papers. Now MA wants to suspend permission to drive in the state unless I pay $380 to avoid the suspension. I barely have half that and rely on monthly social security. What can I do to find a solution to this problem? Before Dec. 31.

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"To be frank, these chips taste exactly like they are named. Simply, nothing more, and nothing less. The relatively spicy Tapatío hot sauce burns, while the acidic, and citrusy lime flavor shocks the tongue. The classic combination of chile and lime is once again revealed, and executed. Probably the only thing we find a bit unsuspecting about these chips is that there is no cheese flavor at all. Each, and every one of the other Tapatío-FritoLay snacks, seemed to have an underlying cheese flavor among them. For good, or for bad, the cheese flavor was there in all the other; but with these, they simply delivered spicy hot chile and lime." Chip Review takes a look at Lay's "Tapatío and Lime" flavor. More reviews in the Tapatio category of chips. Lime/Limón reviews; salt-and-vinegar. These are general reviews, for their 2014 countdown, see below the fold. Chip Review's 25 Chips to Christmas — 2014 "We would like to say that it has been a true pleasure sharing our thoughts with all of you as we chomped our way through hundreds of bags, and countless calories this past year :) Thanks to all of you who follow us each and every day. We appreciate it, and we wouldn't be here without each and everyone of you!! Also, a very special thanks to those snack companies who graciously provided their products for us to review. It's a tough job (especially for our waistlines), but someone has got to do it."

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Anyone know if and where I can physically buy Nyakers gingersnaps in the Philly area? Preferably the Christmas tin but any other package is fine.

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I'm looking for science fiction with excellent worldbuilding surrounding a particular scenario: a population trapped in an enclosed environment that they can't leave for generations, so that they have to produce or reuse everything within that environment. Preferably something like a space station or a generation ship, but those details aren't required.However! What I really want is something that looks closely at the ramifications of living in that kind of environment for a long period of time. Not just how do these people grow food, produce medicines, make new clothing, but how does their society change to adapt to the environment? What kind of customs, social mores, and religious practices grow out of it? As long as there's a lot of good worldbuilding details and an interesting environment to explore, I don't much care what kind of story or characters go along with it. Honestly, I would be willing to read several hundred pages of worldbuilding alone, with minimal character or plot. Can you recommend something?

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Nick Quah of Hot Pod briefly interviews Jesse Thorn about how the rest of the media world reports on podcasting. "The recent boom in podcast coverage that we've been seeing over the past few weeks, while wonderful, has also tended to gravitate around a few shows: Serial, Radiolab, Marc Maron, Comedy Bang Bang, etc. That coverage has also exhibited a tendency to frame podcasting as experiencing something of a renaissance, or revival. [But] this isn't the case. Podcasts have been steadily and quietly growing for the past decade [...] So why has the revival narrative stuck?"

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I'm gearing up for a final exam in my undergraduate level genetics class, and I'm finding my textbook (iGenetics by Peter Russell) and the professor's slides are not sufficient for my study needs. I'd really like some more sources to review over the next few days. The topics on this final exam are operons, conjugation/transformation/transduction, genomic imprinting, and differential gene expression. Do you have any favorite online resources for studying these subjects? The more specific the better (i.e. a specific youtube playlist or a specific section of a website, rather than just a generally genetics related channel or site).

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The Department of Justice issued a memo today (pdf) stating that the litigation concerning gender identity employment discrimination regarding transgender Americans working in the federal government will be covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Attorney General Eric Holder writes, "the Department will no longer assert that Title VII's prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination)." Public sector workers who are gay are already protected against discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation.

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I'm looking for an eLearning alternative to training 250 folks in person (because of logistics, shifts etc). The material is a 20 slide PowerPoint deck, and I'd need to track that each user has completed & understood the deck – I'm assuming using a test (I'd also need to limit folks skipping through & asking their buddy for the answers). Anyone have any experience doing this/ have recommendations for free tools to achieve this goal? The users in question are split between Macs & WinXP/7 boxes, but all have access to a local SharePoint site.

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My uncle is interested in reading science fiction or futuristic fantasy books that involve music as a strong narrative element. He has read some Anne McCaffrey that did this, as well as Patrick Rothfuss, but was hoping to find other options, and I drew a blank. Can you guys think of any more music-tinged works?

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Can any [Japanese? Chinese?] speaker please translate this mug? I realize I only have a pic of one side of it, but it would be nice to know the gist of what it says. Thanks!!

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Brotform is used in english, but is actually a german word, I believe. Similarly, banneton is french, but also borrowed for use in english. Both are words for the bowl that hunk of dough is put into and allowed to rise (and take the shape) of the bowl. Would like to know what they call that in Turkish, please. Thanks in advance!

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I've been looking at real estate in County Cavan, Ireland and have a question about the wording. I notice that the word "derelict" is used - does this have a specific meaning in Irish law as it relates to property, or are they using it in the common sense of neglected? There are a lot of properties that are described as derelict but look entirely livable with a few weeks labor.I suppose any other info you want to throw my way about Americans buying Irish property that isn't easily google-able, feel free! But that was it - it seems to mean something more specific, but I wasn't sure.

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I have been using delicious as a bookmark manager and lately it is just not cutting it. Can you suggest a replacement and one that I can import my bookmarks and tags into reliably. I am looking for something easy to set up and use. Mac OSX/Mozilla/Firefox

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I'm suddenly in the market for a new MacBook Pro. I'm trying to decide between the Retina and non-Retina options. I remember hearing a while back is that the Retina display would lag or stutter sometimes, especially when switching between Spaces. Is that still true? I use the heck out of spaces and usually have an external monitor as well. If you have a recent rMBP, any testimonials would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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drowning in corn - the story of one teenager's near-death experience inside the grain bin that killed his friends npr has a series on grain entrapment (wiki): Buried in Grain alongside a database of grain entrapment deaths including teenagers as young as 13.

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Ever had a song stuck in your head?* Investigations into earworms, musical hallucination and memory are shedding some light on the link between music and memory. Many musicians say that some songs come to them in a dream, or they wake up with a tune in their head. It happens to me very occasionally, but I generally the tunes disappear if I concentrate on them. I don't recognise them and some of them are enjoyable. I lack the musical skills to notate them or even hum them accurately, so they are ephemeral. Everybody is capable of hallucinating (via), but for some people the music in their head can become quite intrusive:..for over two years country stars have played a private—albeit unwanted—concert in her mind, and so far there's no intermission in sightIt can also reveal some remarkable things about memory:...the songs she heard were popular tunes that her husband recognized when she sang or hummed them, but she herself could not identify them. Interviewed for the Phantom Voices (vimeo) music/science project, Professor Martyn Evans explains how he experiences a constant soundtrack:As far back as I can remember I have been able to imagine music whenever I've wanted to, but more recently it's become intrusive. In the last ten years I've noticed it is becoming an obstacle to thinking, listening and reading, There's music of some sort going on in my head more or less all of the time that I am awake. Whenever I am not successfully thinking about something else, then I'll notice that there's some music going on. If I lose interest in a conversation, or in some other situation, then the music will intervene and my sentences will start to fall apart. That's something you have to watch out for in academic life! I don't just hear music I love, because jostling for my attention is music I think is boring or silly or pointless, or even dreadful! *Yes, there are snowflakes falling down that webpage at the moment, it's not a hallucination. At least I don't think it is. As mentioned in the first link, Durham University are conducting a questionnaire on the subject at the moment, it takes 15-20 minutes.

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"Now we get to the part that moves from jokes and silliness to serious, which is: This is not just now a case study in how not to react to cyber threats and a case study in how to not defend your networks, it's now also a case study in how not to respond to terrorism threats." Cybersecurity expert Peter W. Singer discusses the Sony's reaction to the "Guardians of Peace" hack. Also providing some context; Bruce Schneier - "It's really a phenomenally awesome hack—they completely owned this company, ... But, I think this is just a regular hack. All the talk, it's hyperbole and a joke. They're [threatening violence] because it's fun for them—why the hell not? They're doing it because they actually hit Sony, because they're acting like they're 12, they're doing it for the lulz, no one knows why."

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Looking for replacements for Lifehacker, io9, and Gizmodo (to distance myself from the exceptionally slimy practices of Gawker) for my RSS reader so I stay abreast of certain fields/venuesI already have MetaFilter, Slashdot, and The Daily WTF. I'm specifically looking for * Cognition improvements * Programmer Improvement * TV weekly reviews (ex: Weekly reviews of Once Upon a Time/Arrow/Flash/Grimm/etc.) * TV upcoming news (ex: Pilots ordered, Shows cancelled, etc) * Movie releases/media for action/adventure/comedy * Geek/Nerd toys/movies/announcements * Technology trends (ex: E3, Apple announcements, etc.) Not limited to just one per category and I'm willing to get more feeds if it means there's a really laser focused site that covers specific properties (like a TV review site)

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I walked into a unmarked glass door outside a popular chain restaurant, and ended up with some injuries. I'm contemplating a lawsuit, but am not sure how to approach this and would appreciate advice on how to proceed.I went to the restaurant with my friend, and was looking straight ahead - no smartphones or other distractions. I had my glasses on so I could see just fine. The door was practically invisible (I've never seen a glass door like it) and was unmarked, and I have two people who witnessed the incident. Another customer even told me that he would sue if this had happened to him; I've never even thought of filing a lawsuit before, but I am seriously considering doing so in this case. There was a lot of blood, plus my glasses broke and I have a cut/bruise next to my eye. Afterwards, I filed an incidence report and got the name and phone number of a witness. I put a bandage over the cut, but it's not healed yet (this happened about a week ago). An employee said he's seen people walk into the door before, but this was the worst he's seen. I was flabbergasted that there was no sign or anything to warn customers of this potential safety hazard (the manager told me that a sign is usually up, she had forgotten to that day.) I don't know the first thing about lawsuits, and am unsure as to how to get started with this. I know that YANML for the law people out there: Where would I begin? Do I have a case? Thank you. PS: I'd prefer legal advice as opposed to "yes, you should sue" or "no, I wouldn't sue if that was me" comments. Also, I live in Ohio.

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Sometimes getting together with family for the holidays feels like the entire event has gone to the dogs (and cat).

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I thoroughly cleaned my water bottle just now and wiped black stuff from the sides of the inside. I assume it's mold, and I think it's probably been there for a while (days? weeks?) already. I drink at least 1 L of water from it daily. Will I suffer any effects?I haven't felt sick or anything. Should I still see a doctor? I will of course be chucking the bottle and getting a wider, easier-to-clean one.

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I have about $3,000 dollars in an IRA from before I went back to school and was working full time. Half of that is money I had contributed, and half is from my former employer. Due to a teaching assistantship falling through this semester I could use a little bit more cash to feel financially secure. I'm considering cashing out the IRA, but would appreciate advice.I checked out this question, which was very helpful, but I'm still curious about a few aspects given my particulars. You aren't my financial adviser, but here are more relevant details, The account will reach maturity in October of the coming year, which is later than I'd like to wait. However, according to the BoA rep I just talked to, the penalty from the bank for early withdrawal is relatively low (like 5 dollars, or something). The interest on the money is incredibly low. I would rather be financially secure now than be earning a microscopic amount of interest. I'm in Maryland. The BoA rep said that in addition to the federal penalty, there would also likely be a penalty from the state. Specifically I'm wondering: >I'm unsure of whether this would bump me into the next tax bracket. Given last year's TurboTax file, is there an easy way I could figure this out? > What should I keep in mind for tax season if I do this? Are the penalties assessed at withdrawal, or would they show up in my tax bill for the coming season? > I've heard that taxes can be reduced if this is being used for education. I would be using it for housing while I'm in school and travel to conferences. How hard is this to document if I do my taxes myself and don't have an accountant? > Speaking of accountants, how much would consultation on this cost if I wanted to get help deferring the penalty. 10% of 3,000 is 300... would I be paying more than that in billing an accountant to get a more optimal distribution? > I'm thinking that this is basically a savings account that my former employer doubled the value of. Therefore if the penalties are far enough below 50% of the total then it makes sense to withdrawal it, rather than letting BoA sit on my money in return for a pittance in interest. What would the total amount in penalties be once everything was said and done?

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How can I get paid to be a human Google + Wikipedia + Snopes?I am in the midst of jobhunting and a lot of people have asked me what I want to do. I'm trying to find job titles or descriptions that encapsulate the following skills: * I LOVE research - I love being given a juicy topic, being lost in an online rabbit warren for days, and then coming up with about 50 zillion resources and references. In my internship (which ends today) I collected so many contact details for notable women in STEM that my work could barely handle it. I hate academia though, partially because formal education and I don't get along very well and partially because I hate writing a paper in a clunky style that nobody reads, but I do like the idea of spending my time exploring the landscape and depth of a particular topic. * I also "enjoy" factchecking, context-checking, and debunking. "Enjoy" is in quotes because it's not coming from a sense of glee, but more from frustration at seeing a lot of misinformation being spread and being compelled to find & report the truth like some sort of information detective. Still, I find the work really fascinating, especially when the truth ends up being "it's complicated". * I have scarily effective superpowers at connecting people to the right resources and networks - so much so that I've sparked some amazing life-changing careers thanks to a good introduction. Sort of like a career-oriented fairy godmother. I often send people links to thinks that remind me of them just for the hell of it - it's just something I do. * I love fairy godmothering in general: finding ways to make people's dream projects come true. If I had a zillion dollars I'd go all Oprah on people and fund their Kickstarters or something. * I have this strange effect of being some kind of walking Information Booth: no matter how preoccupied or distracted I am, whether I'm local or foreign, people often pick me out of everyone else to ask for directions or help with public transport. Maybe I look friendly, I don't know, but it's become a bit of a running joke with some friends. I find that I do a lot of the above for free, whether for personal projects or for volunteer work, and it'd be nice (and better for my bank account) to be able to be paid for them. Some of the things I thought about that might use the above skills are: * Strategic planning * Factchecking for a publication (I heard about people who do reference checks for academic papers recently and that sounds interesting) * Developmental editing * Some sort of consulting, though I don't know what specifically * Information or library science of some kind (one of my best friends had a subject on organising and managing information as part of his IT degree, and while he found it boring I found it SUPER FASCINATING) * Literally setting up a booth somewhere with a computer, an Internet connection, and a sign that says "Let Me Google That For You" My background is in the arts, creative industries, and media, as well as some education and community development. I would like my work to serve a greater good, though I am a little burned by social justice (and tired of tech startups that crow about being "disruptive"). I'm pretty open to suggestion for fields though!

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Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture...Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. Plus, if there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place. The scenes I am referring to are.... • New girl is being introduced to assembly of coworkers and its jokingly mentioned that her dad is a cop so out loud and in front of everybody, dudes start saying things to her like "would you like to receive some swollen goods, love?" and "I've got something she could take down in evidence!" etc. • Brent takes the big boss lady down to the warehouse where warehouse workers joke right to her face about her having sex with a dog. • This exchange between Brent, Chris Finch and (shockingly since he's presented as a sensible good-guy) Neil: She's looking for a job. - If it's a blow job, I'll help. - She's not desperate. - I'll take her up the dole office! - Dole orifice! - I've got a vacancy she can fill! I get that they have a different office culture over there with alcohol and remnants of the class system at play but this stuff all seems baldly inappropriate and I would think illegal, no? So was this stuff just exaggerated for effect? Meant to show how dysfunctional this one office was?

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Make your own dinosaur menorah.

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