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Between a recent fire at my apartment and a mix-up with the cleaning crew, all of my clothes are now gone except a few things I picked up at Target with a giftcard from a friend. Another friend was amazingly generous enough to send me $200 to help rebuild my wardrobe, and I am trying to figure out the most satisfying way to do so.I am definitely looking for affordable and plus-sized (usually a size 20 or so). I prefer low-energy shopping and don't want to go through tons of different websites (and I *really* don't want to have to go to stores or the mall!) A lot of times when I look for clothes online, I find the plus-size options to be totally shapeless and ugly. I don't like the caftan look. My sensibilities lean toward the bohemian without being totally flower-child. In the winter, I primarily wear black pants and sweaters, but I do love to also wear dresses over pants as well. I will need to rebuild my beloved sundress collection at some point, but autumn in Wisconsin is perhaps not the time for that. I am aware of the options presented by Target, Old Navy, Alight, Amazon, Lane Bryant, Craigslist, and Freecycle. Between a lack of energy and a lack of transportation, I don't wish to try to hit all the thrift shops, Goodwill, etc.

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This December I'm going to Shanghai and possibly Seoul. I'd love your tips for museums, restaurants, hotels, and more!I'll be staying in Ningbo, China, at the end of December and plan to do at least a day trip to Shanghai and hopefully a weekend trip to Seoul. Thanks to your help earlier this year, I feel well-prepared with general advice as a first-time visitor to China. Now I'd like to hear specifics, like your favorite three tourist tips for Shanghai and/or Seoul. *Yes, I know it's so short -- too short -- but it's what PTO allows and a start for my first trip to Asia. I hope to return one day but would like to at least see both locations in case I don't. (I was excited to see they're just two-hours apart by plane.) My main goal is spending time with my brother in Ningbo, who may have work. Therefore, super basic and low-key activities such as going to a favorite grocery store will be appreciated as much as famous museums and the like. As a schoolteacher myself, I'd love to visit a school but doubt it would be possible with such limited time and a personal contact. Thank you very much!

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The Tell-Tale Heart by Annette Jung Ed hates the disgusting eye of his father and so he made up his mind to take the life of the old man to rid himself of the eye forever. Based upon the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. [Previously]

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...the more you eat them at awesome Mexican restaurants, the more you want to duplicate their magic at home. How, please?My favorite Mexican restaurant serves excellent refried red beans. When I asked, I was directed toward Malher Refried Red Beans for sale in the back. Great! Not easily available nearby, alas (though a good excuse to visit the restaurant/grocery). The grocery store around the corner does carry Goya Small Red Beans (Habichuelas Colorades Pequenas) in the can. Bearing in mind that I have never made refried beans from scratch, and that I have seen this previously, please walk me through the process of recreating the bean magic. Your recipes and tips are welcome. I do have access to lard, bacon fat, and a cast iron skillet. Part two of this question is for the gardeners: Where do I find these magic beans? I do NOT want kidney or pinto beans; I think I'm looking for something closer to this Montezuma Red Bush Dry Bean or this Red Mexican bush bean. Or not? Maybe you know of a better/more appropriate variety I can grow? So: Please teach me to convert canned red beans into awesome refrieds, and point me toward a DIY planting solution for the longer term. Many thanks!

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I have several hundred pages (sleeves) of 35mm color negatives. A few years ago I started a project to scan-in all the negatives. But because of my own disorganization, the project has turned into a big mess.I've been sending out small batches of negatives to get them professionally scanned, but I have stupidly lost track of which negatives have been scanned already and which ones have not. What would be very helpful, I think, would be to create contact prints from the negatives. I do have an old, inexpensive flatbed scanner. It works for scanning photos and documents and such, but it can't scan negatives or slides. An Epson V700 would do it, but it's crazy expensive. Is there any sort of hack that would produce usable (if crude) contact prints from these negatives? Or does anyone have any other tips on how to sort this out?

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Does anyone have a good career counsellor in Toronto that can look over my resumé and come up with a good job hunting strategy?I realize there are books out there for this, but was hoping someone has had experience with an organization or person that they would recommend.

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I'm looking for the spooookiest videos on YouTube. Or Vimeo. What are the scariest videos you've watched online?

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The 4 most intelligent things you can read on Ebola today? 1) This week I received a "monograph" for review from an unlikely, politically removed scientist. It was plainly titled "Summary of Ebola Virus Disease," and written in exhaustive scientific detail. The author was Steven Hatfill. If the name rings a bell—I don't want to dwell on this, but it's germane to the context of his perspective I'm sharing here—it's because he was very publicly, very falsely accused of killing several people with anthrax in 2001... What he does know, at a depth that can rival any scientist's knowledge, is Ebola. An interview, with Steven Hatfill and more: 21 Days. 2) [Professed] risk communication experts discuss how (and why) Ebola is stimulating simultaneous over-reaction and under-reaction in Ebola: Failure of Imaginations. 3) An ER doctor with 20 years experience let's us in on the "right question" that everyone "is pretending does not exist": "Dr. Profeta, will they – the staff, you, your partners – show up? " His honest answer in, of all places, a LinkedIn article. 4) Finally, hot off the presses: Assessing the Science of Ebola Transmission. The research (SCIENCE) on how the virus spreads is not as ambiguous as some have made it seem.

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I'm a junior in college about to leave school and transfer to a nursing school. What's the best way I can currently get trained in art (a comprehensive education) before I go to nursing school? Or during. I'm willing to do either a full or part time program. I'd really prefer not to take a bunch of random classes somewhere. New York City (tri-state) area and East Coast suggestions are greatly appreciated! Details inside. I want to develop and refine my overall skills as an artist, preferably in a class or school. For some background information: I draw in my free time, like doodles and stuff. It happens on a random basis. My big focus is illustration. My life drawing skills are passable. I can paint a bit better. Here's a link to my art blog so you can see some things that I've done. I tried to apply to my current school's Visual Arts conservatory but I got rejected twice. I really wanted to do the program because it had a comprehensive arts education. Like things ranging from the basics (visual language) to book making, to woodworking. I want to learn all kinds of things like that. The range of subjects and skills a Bachelor of Fine Arts entails. I think self study would be very difficult because I don't have the studio or equipment resources, the organizational skill to plan it or any of the knowledge that a teacher would have. In the near future, I want to be a nurse and get a bachelor's degree in nursing. However, I also really want to become a great and well rounded artist because art is really important to me. My skills aren't that great, but I'm willing to put a lot of work in to improve. I just bought Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and plan to read it and do exercises in it. I want to do art professionally as a side career while I'm a nurse and sell it, and also get my work in a museum. I'm set on transferring to a CUNY (NYC) school if I get in for the spring but I'm willing to delay that for a year or two.

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I applied to transfer out of George Washington University for the Spring 2015 semester, and I've no idea where to go from here.I've applied to Temple and NYU for Journalism, and I just got accepted to Temple University's Journalism program for the Spring 2015 semester. NYU should let me know by mid-November. Because of lower costs and a lot more academic security at Temple, though, I'm about 85% "Temple Made." The problem is, I have NO idea what to expect. Classes are filling up, I need to secure housing, but I don't even know what my financial aid award even is yet. What do I do? What do I expect from Philly? Is North Philly as unsafe as everybody darkly jokes about? I need lots of advice and such, obviously.

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Hi, my SO and I are taking the train from NYC to Quebec City and/or Montreal between Christmas and New Year's. I have never been to Montreal or QC or taken such a long train ride, and I would welcome general tips and suggestions about the trip. We will not be renting a car, but we are savvy transit-users and walkers. More questions inside:1) What are the interesting, walkable areas in Montreal and/or QC? 2) Can you recommend a hostel with private rooms in one of those neighborhoods? We'd love to stay somewhere where we could get a cup of coffee and a bagel without a schlep. 3) Anything we should know in advance as people with marginal French skills who have never been to these areas at Christmastime? 4) Anything we should know as vegans/vegetarians? 5) Any special events we shouldn't miss?

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Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, c. 1858

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An Antares rocket with the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus CRS Orb-3 spacecraft bound for the International Space Station exploded today shortly after liftoff from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Reports are that a first stage engine failed to ignite. Orbital Sciences Corporation has issued a statement about the mishap.

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The Pillow Fight Prank demonstrates that many people are remarkably ready and more than happy to play suprise-pillow-fight. [slyt]

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In August of this year, I heard a French (presumably Quebecois) song in a karaoke bar in Montreal and for some reason it's been bugging me that I can't remember at all what it was. Can someone help me identify it based on the following sketchy and probably mis-remembered details? I think it had some repeated lines of the form: [imperative verb phrase] [object]. Something like "donne-moi ton ame, donne-moi ton corps" or something like that.One of those repeated lines had the object in English, so the song had lines that went something like "donne-moi ton ame, donne-moi ton body". This is the only clue that I'm certain of: that it incorporated at least one English word or phrase in isolation without actually being a full-on franglais song. I also definitely heard the song on a French radio station (probably CKOI) later that week, so either it was a relatively current song or it was actually an older song and that was just a coincidence. It was probably sung by a single male vocalist and kind of had a pop-rock vibe. It possibly also had a reference to an American celebrity that seemed oddly dated and out of place to me -- possibly Jennifer Lopez? My google-fu was insufficient to ferret out the answer from these weak clues.

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Please help me remember the name of this Chicago counter-service restaurant based on my sketchy details! The last time I ate there was 15 years ago... The menu was focused around organic rotisserie chicken, and I remember it being so much more flavorful and fresh than Boston Market.I remember it being in a mall food court, maybe near the water tower? It was designed to look like a farmer's market/Whole Foods prepared foods section. Either the name of the restaurant or the name of what I used to order had something to do with "baby" I think. Oh! and I half remember they used to pack meals in "munchkin" style boxes. Metafilter, what was that restaurant?

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Something happened the night of September 26th, 2014 near the town of Iguala, 100 miles from Acapulco, Mexico. According to The New Yorker: "Scores of uniformed municipal police and a handful of masked men dressed in black shot and killed six people, wounded more than twenty, and rounded up and detained forty-three students in a series of attacks carried out at multiple points and lasting more than three hours [...] The forty-three students taken into police custody are now 'disappeared." All 43 students, all young men who were studying to become rural teachers, are still missing, presumed dead. In the search for the students, a month later several (at least 4) clandestine massive burial sites have been found in the area, and, despite them holding many unidentified bodies, none were the bodies of the 43 students. The search continues today in a new recently found burial site, as Elizabeth Malkin at the New York Times, writes: "The disappearance of the students has created a political dilemma for President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has sought to play down the issue of drug violence while he has tried to focus on the economy. But the search for the students has consumed Mexican public opinion. Their disappearance has set off violent protests in the state of Guerrero, where they were arrested, and demonstrations in much of the country, including a march by tens of thousands of people in Mexico City last week. The unrest forced the resignation of Guerrero's governor, Ángel Aguirre, last week. On Monday, the interim governor, Rogelio Ortega Martínez, a sociologist and former university administrator with a background in the state's leftist movements, met with Mr. Peña Nieto. Although Mexico's drug war over the past eight years has produced many massacres that have horrified the country, the students' disappearance has resonated particularly strongly because the investigation has revealed how effectively the drug gang had penetrated local government." While many agree that José Luis Abarca, former mayor of Iguala, and his wife are to blame for the dissapperance of the 43 students, the protests have been pointing at the federal government as a whole as the guilty party, both on the streets and in the federal congress: "The State is guilty". Meanwhile members of the government have been pointing at other several levels of government, both local and state, and other political figures (including a former presidential candidate through [link in Spanish] a photo printed today by an officialist newspaper) in what many say is an attempt to cover up what could very well be a narco-state, and thus, a failed country. Even the White House has recently expressed its concern in this regard [link in Spanish]. The protests are taking place every day in the streets now, many university students have now joined the protests. They hold the photos of the 43 students and chant: "You took them alive, we want them back alive!" The killing of students and dissidents is, sadly, nothing new in Mexico, specially in the southern state of Guerrero. It was from that very same school that Lucio Cabañas came out as the head of one of the first guerrillas against the mexican government in the 70's, who was ultimately killed near the town of El Paraíso. A few years before, in 1968, a few days before the start of the Olympic Games, the government had killed between 30 and 300 students in Tlatelolco to quell massive protests. In 1971, in what became known as the Corpus Christi massacre, the goverment killed 120 students near a metro station in Mexico City. More recently, and besides the multple crimes commited by the cartels and crime gangs, the government has been accused of commiting the Acteal massacre, the Aguas Blancas massacre (near Iguala) in which 17 farmers were killed, the massive human rights violations at Atenco (including accusations of torture and rape), and the very recent Tlatlaya massacre, in which the mexican military executed at least 12 people.

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My partner made Oolong tea two days ago, cooled it and put it in the fridge to drink as iced tea. Today we poured a cup, and then added a splash of homemade ginger-vinegar syrup and the liquid (the tea was a light clear brown, the syrup a darker clear brown) immediately turned into an opaque dark greeny black. Why?The ginger-vinegar syrup (a homebrew version of this stuff) was made with apple cider vinegar, and a boiled down ginger-sugar syrup, and is probably a couple months old (and may be going off/fermenting as a result. I just smelled it and it does have a boozy odour) Partner (who likes to live dangerously) drank the black concoction and 6 hours later is fine, apparently. So what happened?

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This morning when I went to use the kitchen sink, the floor around the sink was warm to the touch. I opened the cabinet under the sink and the air inside it was hot, and the bottles of household cleaners I store beneath the sink had condensation bubbles on the insides. The surrounding cabinets are warm too. This is is not normal. Before I email my landlord, is there any non-negative reason this could be happening?When I turn the water on, what used to be "hot" is now "scald-y" and "lukewarm" is now "hot." Cold water is still cold although takes a second to cool back down. The cabinets on either side of my kitchen sink are warm to the touch as well now, which is unusual. I live in an apartment building. I don't know where the hot water heater is for the building or how to access it. Any ideas on what is going on, AND if this is something I could be charged for in terms of higher electricity/water bills? P.S. This may be unrelated but the landlord recently fixed a leak in the bathroom in the unit above ours.

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Four months ago I was laid off from a company where I had worked for almost 15 years. I received a severance equivalent to 30 weeks of pay. About half of that was paid to me in bi-weekly paychecks while I could still technically be called an employee of the company. The other half will be paid in a heavily taxed lump sum check in the next week or so. more inside...I have been looking for a job since I was laid off. I have had a few recruiters call me to ask me about my interest in working as a contract employee for my former employee. I have a cooling off period of about 6 months before I can even consider that. I had a phone interview for another company recently. I got an e-mail the next day saying they weren't going to proceed with me as a candidate. I had a face to face interview with another company last week that went really, really well. I interviewed with the hiring manager and the supervisor and felt an instant rapport with them. I could actually see myself working for the company...until they told me about the hours and pay. My previous job was in a union environment and they paid extremely well. For people, like myself, without a degree, it was phenomenal. There was also flexibility in my work hours in my previous job. The HR manager of the face to face interview company has been great about communicating with me. Yesterday she and I talked and I had to decide to decline the opportunity. The hours conflicted with my ability to make sure I was home at a decent time for my school age kids (my husband works too, his commute is brutal and he travels about once a month for his job.) The pay would have been a little less then half what I made previously. I have worked for a long time and I am not getting any younger. I am at a crucial time in my children's lives where I need to be available to them and still work to help support my family. I also survived cancer a few years ago, work/life balance is very important to me. Although I've applied for too many jobs to count over the last several months, I haven't exactly been deluged with interview requests. I am feeling this offer I declined may have been my one real mirage in the desert. I have been torn about it since yesterday. My husband says I should move forward and keep looking. I have never been laid off or involuntarily out of work in my entire life. This lay off has shaken my confidence in myself and I am starting to feel somewhat depressed. Although I feel the decision to decline this opportunity was best for my family, why do I have regrets about doing so? Should I keep plugging away until I find a job that checks off most of my needs?

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Hi folks, in a previous AskMeFi the idea of phototherapy for my wife's psoriasis was a popular one. So, can anybody recommend a phototherapy lamp? Snowflakes inside.We've not seen a specialist yet, but we did go on holiday and her psoriasis responded really well to sunlight, so we've decided to take the plunge and look for a phototherapy lamp. Has anybody got any experience with commercially-available ones or are we better off paying for a course of treatment? If it's a better idea to buy one, can anyone recommend a decent model that's available in the UK? It's for her foot and the budget would be under £500. Thanks in advance for any help offered.

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The Art of Letter Writing investigates The New Century Standard Letter-Writer (1900), a collection of example letters for people to use as templates over the course of one's whole life," from A Clerk Apologizing to His Employers, and A Young Lady Desirous of Securing Farm-House Board, to A Gentleman to a Young Lady Friend of His about a Misunderstanding (from Wondermark)

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How do I apply for an apartment as a student when I need my husband's income to be considered?I am a 45-year-old married woman living in California. In a few months, I will be going back to school for a year, but that school is in Colorado. My husband will stay in our current apartment, where we are both on the lease. I will rent an apartment for a year in Colorado. Because I will be a student, my husband's income will need to be considered by my new landlord. At one apartment complex, I was initially told that my husband would need to co-sign for me. Then I was told that spouses cannot co-sign for one another and that he would need to fill out a tenancy application in addition to me, even though he would not be living in the apartment. Intuitively, it seems to me that my husband's *actual* role would be as co-signer for my apartment. My questions: 1. Can a spouse co-sign for their spouse's lease? 2. Does co-signing a lease affect one's credit score? 3. Does appearing on the lease as a tenant of more than one apartment affect one's credit score? 4. Are there legal ramifications to appearing on the lease of an apartment that one will not be living in? 5. Would it be a better option to simply write a check for a year's worth of rent and not go through the credit hassle? 6. Would offering to pay cash for a year's worth of rent make me seem suspicious to a landlord? Bonus question: any idea why a management company would change their minds about accepting a co-signer application and want a tenancy application instead? What benefit would they gain? Thanks!

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If you've encountered delicately uplifting chimes and bells or a singing saw, seen the contributions of a string quartet in a Sigur Rós video, heard the last recording by Lee Hazlewood and noticed the gentle singing and music, or listened to Yukihiro Takahashi consider words, then you've possibly encountered the Icelandic band amiina. (Personal choice of tracks indicated by *) amiina (lowercase 'a' to lead) formed in the late 1990s when Hildur Ársælsdóttir and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir (violinists), Edda Rún Ólafsdóttir (violist) and Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir (cellist) began playing classical music together at the Reykjavík College of Music. Their shared interest in making music spread to using other instruments, then tools, appliances and whatever else was at hand. In 2004 the group, initially performing and recording under the name Amína, released Animamina: Skakka* Hemipode Fjarskanistan Bláskjár In 2006, the single Seoul - which became a favorite at live events - was released. This also contained the track Ammælis*. Amiina have been long-time collaborators with Sigur Rós, playing on many of their tracks and in live performance such as in the documentary/album Heima. Collaborations include: Samskeyti Hoppípolla/Með Blóðnasir* Von Gitardjamm Popplagið* (loud) Instruments played by amiina include the saw, harps, accordions, glockenspiel, the kalimba and glasses of water. In 2007, Amiina released their first full-length album, Kurr, named after the sound that birds are said to make in Iceland: Sogg* Rugla* Glámur Seoul Lúpína Hilli Sexfaldur* Kolapot Saga Lóri Bláfeldur Boga An interview with the band, and another one. In 2008, Amiina provided Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest for Nightmare Revisited, a cover album of songs from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Several more singles followed, and amiina expanded to include Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson (aka Kippi Kaninus). Also in 2009, Re Minore, consisting of the tracks Ásinn, Þristurinn and Tvisturinn, was released. These would all appear in some form or other on their next full-length album, Puzzle (2010): Ásinn* Over & Again* What are we waiting for? Púsl In the Sun* Mambó* Sicsak - live, and the making of this video. Thoka Nebula Blauwber* Amiina played many venues and concerts, of differing sizes, around the world, including: University of Pennsylvania, 2006 Full concert at Traumzeit At the Festival of World Cultures* Reykjavik, 2007 Live soundtrack to Lotte Reiniger's Cinderella, London, 2009 And again, London, 2010 In Iceland, some performances took place in concert halls, churches, bookstores, and into the more remote parts of Iceland, at abandoned buildings and lighthouses. A few of the recordings from their homeland events formed their 2013 release, The Lighthouse Project: Perth* Hilli Bíólagið* Leather and Lace (Original by Lee Hazlewood) Kola N65° 16,21 W13° 34,49 While the band members sometimes do their own thing, such as Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir's Skýjaflétta, her 2013 album for children and their adults: Vor (Spring) Hoppa (Jump) ...they still continue to play in big concerts and small shops, make soundtracks to film and tour. In rehearsal Music by Praetorius Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)* (With many others) Short clip from Odin's Raven Magic*

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I am searching for a live traffic flow counter which is on the net and reachable by http, or some webpage that displays hourly or cumulative vehicle statistics.I'm testing data importing into a charting/logging system which is part of a network monitoring system for a metro ISP. Right now I have it working with a brief shell script and local weather data, for example to grab the current temperature: curl -s "http://aviationweather.gov/adds/metars/index.php?submit=1&station_ids=CYVR&chk_metars=on&hoursStr=2&std_trans=translated&chk_tafs=on" | grep -m 1 "deg;C" | se d -e 's/\/\./' | sed -e 's/&.*//' this grabs the webpage, trims it to just the line with the temperature in C, then trims the output, so the output is: 13.0 this is then fed into a charting system for monitoring purposes. I'm looking for a webpage which can be similarly queried for vehicles per hour statistics, either a realtime counter or a cumulative counter. Doesn't necessarily need to be in my area, can be anywhere in the world, this is for testing purposes.

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