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Looking for a recommendation of a video camera (and anything else necessary like external microphone etc) that is inexpensive but good enough that I won't regret not spending more money. If I could spend $200 that would be great, but if you tell me I'll kick myself for not spending $300 then I can do that.Before my parents and some aunts/uncles get too old, I'd like to sit them down and record some interviews for posterity. I'll probably sit them down in a nice bright room in a comfy chair - no action shots or noisy environments. I'm planning to use a tripod (so the camera should be able to be mounted on one). I don't know anything about video cameras. Will this cheap Samsung do the job? How about this more expensive Sony? Or do I not want a "camcorder" at all? Should I get this lighting kit for $40 that was recommended in a previous Ask question? (That question was a bit different and didn't have enough specific recommendations by price point to be helpful for me...) Do I need a external microphone like this? Please just tell me what to order on Amazon so that I can record some good quality video and sound of interviews!

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That Time The CIA And Howard Hughes Tried To Steal A Soviet Submarine | You may recall this (previously) epic post about this subject, but it is time to update the story with recently declassified documents (PDF: Search it for the term "Azorian" and you'll find some 200 pages of info.) Or just read the first link for the Cliff's Notes.

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Favorite pairings of music + imagery?I've come to realize that one of my favorite things ever is a great marriage of music and visuals. I was totally entranced by this hyperlapse video of Bern I watched this morning. I've also very much enjoyed the SF fog video that went around awhile back and the Los Angeles Nightfall video. But it doesn't just have to be pretty time-lapse videos of places, I also really liked the 2006 Where the Hell is Matt video. I even get a bit of a thrill out of those extended sports commercials where they match athletes in motion to pumped up music. I want more! If you have a favorite video of this sort (or just anything that combines "cool visual" with "music"), please share!

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It's spring and the plants and trees which have been bare for months are bursting into life. I've been thinking it must take a lot of energy for a tree to go from having no leaves at all to being covered in too many to count in a relatively short period of time. But how much energy exactly?I would be really interested to see how this compares to human energy production or consumption. I appreciate that this probably varies a great deal across different plants and conditions. Educated guesses, energy values for a single tree to go from bare to fully covered in leaves or power per unit area averages all welcome!

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Rent a car on the island? Ferry, then rent a car stateside? Looking for low cost, shortest transit time from Nanaimo/Victoria to Seattle. Don't want to fly.We'll be on Vancouver Island (Nanaimo/Victoria) but want to do a 4-5 day road trip to Seattle & Portland. There seem to be a million ferry companies operating out of Victoria, but they're all expensive so it seems. We could do Nanaimo/Vancouver then rent a car & drive south. However not a lot of car companies near the ferry terminals. Preferred trip is Victoria/USA but don't know which ferry to take. Worst case scenario we rent a car on the island & ferry it across. Thanks guys n gals & thanks for being the highlight of my workday :P

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Specifically books about the blossoming of The SelfOMG, I'm turning into an adult. Recommend me books to help me blossom? I'm not looking for a treatise or a philosophical work aimed at academics. I'm not looking for Sheryl Sandberg aka how to climb the capitalism ladder. I'm also not looking for Deepak Chopra or Oprah. I'm not looking for Caitlin Moran or Tina Fey aka haha feminism for white chicks But a bit of each of those things would be nice. Lately I've loved reading Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises and Zadie Smith: White Teeth. It doesn't have to be a novel, in fact I'm open to any genre really. The theme I'm looking to explore is self-actualization, if that's a thing. I want to explore creative and spiritual blossoming. I've read the Artist's Way and that was right up my alley. A book that has the words "The Self" in it would probably be perfect.

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My grandparents are very elderly and chances are very good this will be at least one's last Easter. I hate dressing up, in dresses especially, but doing so always makes them absolutely delighted. So, I spent a lot of time taking measurements and stuff to order something well ahead of time from an online retailer who has been making excuses for weeks and finally said they'd refund my money because they can't get my order to me after all. Well... okay, clothes aren't my forte at the best of times, I need emergency fashion assistance.I'm 5'8", a size 18, carry a lot of it in my midsection, D-cup so not extraordinarily busty but not flat either. In my 30s and my usual is jeans/khakis and plain-colored 3/4 sleeve t-shirts. I have a variety of cardigans, so sleeveless is okay, but I don't do leaving the house with bare arms. It needs to be at least knee length, preferably just past the knee, and not low-cut, although I'm flexible on the actual neckline. Something in the way of cheerful spring colors. Oh, and somewhere that can do overnight shipping. Cheap is a plus--assume I am extremely unlikely to ever actually wear this again--but anything up to $150 including the shipping would be doable. Something in Northeast Ohio would also work, but I have not had good luck shopping for women's clothes here even at the best of times. The shoes I had already for this are cream-colored flats. I also have purple flats. Something that would go with the shoes I already have is preferred, I don't think I can manage last-minute emergency shoe-shopping, too. I hate this sort of shopping and it was bad enough when I had plenty of time. I just want to look nice for my grandma, you know? eShakti looked ideal and I ordered with two weeks' cushion on their delivery estimate, but evidently right now they're kind of a mess, and now I'm stuck having to scramble.

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I requested an SSDI hearing within the amount of time needed to continue my benefits. I spoke with the office twice, in person, to ensure that I had done what I needed to to continue my benefits. As my benefits didn't arrive today, I have done some frantic searching and determined that SSA never gave me the form that said, yes please, I would like benefits continuing, although I have proof as to when I asked for the appeal.This is in a variety of ways an emergency situation -- e.g., no money for food or medicine. YANML, but how should I best proceed when I go to the office again tomorrow? Thanks so much, really bad situation, appreciate all available feedback.

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Looking for recipes/blogs/maybe cookbooks that deal with the The 5:2 Diet but with a vegan twist.My husband and I--after reading the many AskMes that have dealt with this diet--have decided to give it a go. Only we need vegan recipes instead of the usual omni ones!

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Why I Fixed Fights.

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Can anyone recommend a really excellent book, preferably one with lots of illustrations, wacky anecdotes, and/or other intensely engaging content about 1970s rock music? Specifically music of the "prog-ish" type, e.g., early Genesis. I poked around on Amazon a bit but nothing really stood out...I'd like to get a cool gift for a colleague who is currently recovering from a medical procedure. He is a major fan of a certain sub-type of 70s rock that I will do my best to describe below. Seeing as he needs to keep things low-key for the next few weeks, I was thinking he might enjoy a good book on 1970s music, specifically of the sort encompassing Genesis during the Peter Gabriel era, early Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, etc. I.e., acts that weren't exactly psychedelic and weren't Led Zeppelin-ish cock-rock, but which tended to be a bit more arty and introspective. As for the type of book I'm looking for: "engaging" is the key. Basically something a person could read when they're too tired to do anything but read, and when they may only feel up to reading in short bursts. Humor is good, personal stories are good, something that captures the feel/atmosphere of the culture surrounding the bands/artists is great. Less good is anything with only a little bit of actual written content and 500 pages of album and track listings. In other words, more "anthology of Rolling Stone articles", less "encyclopedia". Thanks!

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These machines were always too darn hard .... a 3-year-old boy feared missing by his mother was found safe and sound inside an arcade claw machine in Nebraska on Tuesday.

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Ferry with 470 Passengers Sinks off Korea Scores still missing, many of them high school students on an excursion. According to comments on the Marmot's Hole Korea blog, passengers were told to wait in their cabins rather than gather on deck. Video from Japanese Fuji television.

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Irrational Treasure: Making (some) sense of Nicolas Cage's strangest decade (so far)

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8-10 people want to rent a beach house in New Jersey for a weekend (ideally Asbury Park), hopefully for $50/person per night. Everything we've seen wants a week-long commitment. Is our New Jersey beach weekend feasible?We're hoping to find something that's around $50/person per night. Most places want people to stay the entire week, which is not feasible for us. Can this be done? I've been checking homeaway.com and familyvacationcritic.com but lots of places are high luxury rentals or already booked. What sites should I be using?

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The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms "The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else, and the unique behaviors we perform stem from a complex psychological stew of shame, self-awareness, design, and gender roles. "

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What is the name of the song / artist of this song?Seems to be resistant to soundhound, and obviously there are no lyrics to google.

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I'm working on a little side project mashing up some interesting data to get a better historical picture of some city-level decisions around urban planning. And I'm trying to chase down two types of data (the only two categories that have eluded me thus far.)--Record of changes in daily wind direction between September 2013 and March 2014 for O'Hare International Airport, and --Any air quality data between 2001 and 2014 measured on the northside of Chicago (north of Belmont, south of Chicago city limits, east of O'Hare and west of the lakefront) This is really a shot in the dark but Metafilter is so wonderful at solving the impossible that I thought I'd try it. I have access to a university library, the Chicago Public Library, and a lot of tenacity to dig through tons of data and PDF's if needed. Any suggestions?

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I've amassed quite a collection, and have become compulsive about collecting and organizing my images and videos. I've been denying it for a while, but as it's been getting worse as of late I think I need some help and advice; I'd particularly like to hear from guys who have dealt with this issue, as I'm pretty sure this affects the dudes more than the ladies. NSFW, I guess. Details inside.Apologies in advance for the crude language. I'm ashamed to admit it, but collecting explicit images/videos has practically become one of my primary hobbies. It would be fine if I just got myself off and was done with it in five minutes, but once I sit down it's almost like I'm searching for the "perfect picture" that I can... you know... to. I'm at my weakest when I'm horny, which is practically all the time. I'm always looking for new material, even though I have gigabytes upon gigabytes of the stuff. It's sort of like a high. I might get off once and say 'okay, I'm done' and then compulsively start collecting again later. It's also an anxiety reliever, I guess. It takes my mind off of the more stressful things in life. I can spend hours on it at a time, and lately it's been the first thing on my mind when I get home from work. I've tried deleting my collection, but after a week or so I just start all over again. I've thought about deleting it all again, but I've spent so much time and if I just repeat my mistake and begin collecting again then what is the point? One idea I've thought of is to make my computer a "no-whack zone," for lack of a better word. I'd limit my sessions to, say, the shower, where I would be done quickly and not spend too much time. I've also considered limiting myself to the collection that I already have and not downloading any more. I'm not sure how that would work. Would anyone that has had problems with this before happen to have some suggestions or advice? How did you stop? As it's only gotten really bad in the last half year or so, hopefully I can break the habit and get back to pursuing more rewarding hobbies. PS: Oh yeah. Just in case you're wondering, I have a girlfriend but she doesn't live with me. We have sex regularly, and she doesn't know about this. I'd rather find a way to curb this habit without letting her know that I'm addicted to porn, since the relationship is fairly new. If she were to find out the extent of the problem I'm worried it might be "deal-breaker" material. PPS: Please refrain from answering this question if it grosses/creeps you out.

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Typing anything in a Facebook entry box (search bar, status update, comment field) that causes a list of possible things I might want to link (friend's name, company, page I've "liked") to come up freezes Firefox. Completely. Except not every time, and not consistently. Help!So, within the past week or so, I've been encountering this REALLY ANNOYING* behavior in Facebook where typing in any entry box will inconsistently cause Firefox to completely hang. The only similarity to the incidents is that Facebook guesses what I'm trying to link/search for and "helpfully" provides a list. So, for example, if I'm typing "Wow, it's really sunny out today!", as I type "sunny", Facebook will pop up a list of friends named Sue, businesses that start with "Su", etc. Sometimes Firefox will freeze on that list, sometimes it won't. If it freezes, I exit and restart, and type the EXACT SAME THING, it doesn't freeze. It has made Facebook almost completely unusable for me. Sometimes the freezes happen within 5 minutes of each other, sometimes an hour or two apart, and I forget that it happens - until it happens again. It is not predictable at all. Needless to say, this is really frustrating. Yes, I've restarted the computer and updated my extensions and add-ons. Has anyone else encountered this behavior, or can offer a solution? I would prefer not to reset Firefox - I did that some months ago, and I don't want to start over AGAIN. I have Googled for solutions with no joy. I've got a Windows 7 laptop, Firefox 28.0, the latest style of Facebook. I am fairly certain that I've had new Facebook longer than the issue, so I don't think they're related.

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Family is heading to the pinball nationals in Lyons CO on May 18. We want to expand our trip to involve some family funtime in the area in the week before the tournament. Where should we stay? What should we not miss? What should we avoid at all costs? More inside.We know about Elitch (the amusement park). Will we need more than one day for that park? I like to be outdoors, but have physical limitations that preclude anything too sporty: I can manage a gentle hike, and that's about it. I like art, animals, books, museums, harp music, video games. My dh and teen son like pinball (that end of the trip is easy to fulfill); we all like metal music, model railroading, and a little antiquing. We know nothing about the area. Critical thing is that we be well rested and in Lyons on the 18th, so we don't want to travel too far afield. We don't travel often, so I'd like to make the most of our vacation. What are your best non-flipper-related suggestions?

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We're looking to a hire a good balloon twister / balloon artist for my kid's birthday party in Northern New Jersey but we can't find a Yelp equivalent for suggestions, and we don't want to pick one randomly from the Google results. Can anyone give us some suggestions? We're pretty close to New York City so someone from there would be fine as well.

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Lately I've been really into the blog Ribbon Around A Bomb, who writes about female-fronted 70s post-punk, Twin Peaks, feminist art, and leather jackets. I also love The Pulp Zine, which is full of teen dreams and high school small town angst, an obsession with Burger Records, 90s nostalgia, black lipstick and pink hair. I'm looking for more blogs that cover punk, garage rock, femme fun, DIY, weirdo fashion, nostalgia, queerness, creativity, feminism, art, and worship of countercultural idols. Basically, I'm a fully-grown scummy punk boyfemme who wants the experience of flipping through a teen magazine tailored to my interests. What other sites would I love?I'm not looking for "fandom" or outfit-of-the-day fashion blogging, unless they're like, really weird and awesome outfits and they're a good writer. This sort of stuff gets reblogged all over Tumblr, I really want articles and original writing. If you come in here and recommend generic "lady websites" like The Toast I will not be mad but I will think you didn't read the question, though something like Rookie would not be amiss.

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I want to receive one article, preferably about current events, written in Japanese, on my Kindle, every day. How can I arrange this?I want to include practice reading "real" Japanese on a variety of subjects as part of my daily routine. To facilitate this, it'd be nice if I had a new Japanese article delivered to my Kindle Paperwhite every day. This seems like the kind of thing that'd be easy to arrange, but I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to do it. My first inclination was just to search the Kindle newsstand for magazine or newspaper subscriptions in the Japanese language, but I didn't see any that were available in the US store. My second idea was that I could use something like ifttt.com to automatically send Japanese content from an RSS feed to my Kindle email address. This should work, but which RSS feed should I use? I thought about subscribing to a feed from a Japanese newspaper, but they all have way too much content. I only want to get roughly 3-5 pages per day. One short article daily, or maybe a weekly/monthly subscription to a short Japanese magazine. I don't want my Kindle flooded with every new item that the press reports on. Any ideas about how I can accomplish this? I'd prefer a source that is non-fictional and covers a wide variety of subjects, since the point is to expand my Japanese vocabulary. Other than that I'm open to just about anything. Thanks Mefites.

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Victorian Prudes and their Bizarre Beachside Bathing Machines. If you were a beachgoer in Georgian or Victorian times, more specifically, a female beachgoer, your day at the seaside would've likely had all the fun sucked out of it by a little invention known as the bathing machine.

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