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I'm thinking about returning to local political activism after several years away. I want to be smarter about it than I was then, so I'd like to compile a not-too-long reading list for background on several key issues in urban development.I'm primarily looking for non-judgemental evidence-based books, articles or other documents that would inform discussion or argument about policy on the following topics: -- Real estate development as a business (What the world looks like to developers who are in it for the profits) -- Problems in creating good zoning code or other law to shape development in accordance with municipal objectives -- Gentrification, eviction and tenant displacement -- Affordable housing production -- Homelessness -- Public transportation -- Transit-oriented development -- Positive and negative effects of the tourism and hospitality sector for a city's residents and its economy I was involved in city politics previously for several years, first as a NIMBY, then as a convert to new urbanist and high-density urbanism thinking, so I don't need basic introductions or propaganda. I now feel the truth about urbanism is more complex than any of those positions alone and would like to become competent to reason with others about it. Again, materials of a more objective nature are mostly what I'm looking for, but reportage or narrative style writing that is truly excellent would interest me as well. Truly excellent podcasts, youtube shows or blogs on any of these topics would also be welcome.

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I'm looking for an android sleep app that would encourage me to go to bed and to wake-up at set times, preferably with some kind of virtual reward.I suffer from bedtime procrastination. I do not need sleep cycle tracking. I tried Sleep Town but it required me to keep my phone on the entire night and I always switch off my mobile before bed. Also, it was not very flexible in other ways and did not allow weekend settings. Ideally, the app should assume I've gone to bed if I press a button or if it tracks no phone activity after a certain time and wakes me up at the right time in the morning. Thanks in advance!

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I'm trying to recall a particular podcast episode that I heard lately but I don't recall which podcast it was or even much else about the episode, just that the speaker mentioned that she had a sister who had lead poisoning and had some cognitive and maturity issues as a result.I listen to a LOT of podcasts. At some point within the past 2 (?) months, I was listening to an episode where the speaker mentioned that her sister had lead poisoning, was an adult but still lived with parents, had some cognitive delays, and was immature. I don't believe that the sister with the lead poisoning was brought up again throughout the episode. I think that it was a storytelling podcast, but I've gone through the show notes for most of the ones that I subscribe to and I can't find any reference to this episode. Although I was listening to it lately, there's a chance that it was an old episode. Here is a list of the storytelling podcasts that I regularly listen to: Heavyweight Risk! The Moth the memory palace This American Life This is Actually Happening Although these aren't storytelling podcasts per se, here are some others that I've listened to lately: Invisibilia Casefile Radiolab Planet Money Hidden Brain Criminal Small Town Dicks The Perfect Scam You're Wrong About... Over My Dead Body (Joe Exotic series) Uncover (Sharmini series) Bad Batch Reply All Any help in finding this episode would be greatly appreciated.

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Video games for the blind are perhaps a contradiction in terms, but this upcoming project hopes to improve the situation.

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I'd like to buy a secondhand upright piano, from Craigslist or similar. Advice, please?I live in a city where there's quite a large selection of secondhand pianos, but I don't know what brands or features are good. I'm assuming we'll move it ourselves in a van. At our house, it will be carried up 5 stairs into the house, then up 12 stairs, with a tight 90' turn to get into the room where it will live. Then I guess we'll hire a tuner to come tune it after moving? (How much would that cost?) I would prefer a piano made of visible wood (not lacquered black), and at some point I'll probably paint it. Low-ish budget, but we expect to use it for over a decade so we're ok spending a bit. Multiple members of our family, including an adult and a toddler - all beginners - will be playing it. What brands of piano are good? At a glance, I see Heintzman, Mason and Risch, Bell, Bentley, Winter... are any of them inadvisable, or is it ok to just choose the one I find most attractive? I've never owned a piano before so I welcome any advice - Thanks!

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Walking down the road in State College tonight, there was no sidewalk, but there were short and totally useless stretches of sidewalk in front of both Hilton properties I passed. Leading nowhere, not connecting anything in particular. I've sometimes seen this in front of other businesses too. What is the point of these little stretches?

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When Is a Bird a 'Birb'? An Extremely Important Guide by Audubon.

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You probably don't know Herbert Pundik, but he was a keeper of dreams Herbert lived with his fate as a refugee. He made it clear that once one had been forced to flee ones home, normality never returned. But he was determined to work for a better world. In the beginning he fought for Israel, even as a spy. But he learnt to expand his ideals beyond one nation, and also suffered from great losses. Herbert Pundik or Nahum Pundak (Hebrew: נחום פונדק) was a Danish Jewish journalist and author. He worked for the newspaper Information and as a correspondent for Danmarks Radio. From 1965-2019, he worked for the newspaper Politiken, from 1970 to 1993 as its executive editor. Under his leadership, Politiken went from sloping sales figures to becoming the largest daily newspaper in Denmark. Herbert was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1927. He escaped the German occupation of Denmark in World War II and in 1945 enlisted in the Danish Brigade in Sweden. From 1948–1949 he served in the Israeli Hagana. His son Ron Pundak was an Israeli historian, who played a vital role in establishing the diplomatic connections between the Israeli and the Palestinians which eventually led to the Oslo Accords. Ron died on 11 April 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Herbert's son Uri was killed during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

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So I'm a software engineer. Recently, I made a schedule of the things I want to learn. Since I've got a lot of time on my hands now, I wanted to look into learning more about another programming language.I also want to explain a little bit about my preferences. I'm more of a backend person. I tried out front end but I just don't have it in me to work with js, html and css. I've spent a lot of time working with Python, I also like to learn Rust in my spare time and I want to get learn more about functional concepts with Haskell, but not much more. I'm also getting into finance and mathematics. I know this sounds like a lot, but I've figured out a schedule that lets me do all these things throughout the week. If possible I'd like to relate whatever I learn with finance and math. Also, some people have suggested languages like Java and C#. I'm not sure I want to go down that road, I've tried those languages before and I have never been able to keep on learning about them. Unless there is some very unorthodox manner of learning those two languages I don't think I'll want to give them a go.

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The first trailer for the film adaptation of Lin Manuel Miranda's first Broadway show, In the Heights, is out. Remezcla: a "vibrant, colorful and music-filled celebration of Latinos." NPR: the trailer "promises lavish musical numbers, grand production values and a rich emotional sweep to mirror that of the Broadway original."

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[CA/USA therapy/insurance filter] "See a therapist" is go-to advice here on the green, so I'm trying to grasp the practical aspects of following that advice. Namely, how much has cost you to get the help you need? More details inside.I'm thinking now is a good time to get some help from therapy. But when I look at out of pocket costs for my area ($200+), I hesitate. Is that really what you all are paying? I also don't have a good sense for how long I should expect to be in therapy to get the results I'm looking for. I have had a brief stint in therapy, but I wasn't wowed by the in-network therapy options my insurance offered at the time. Now that I'm choosing a health insurance plan for 2020, I'm not sure it's worth paying higher insurance premiums for a lower copay and the restriction of a potentially "okay" in-network therapist, or if should just pick a lower cost health insurance plan and resign myself to paying out of pocket prices to get the therapy I'm seeking. My issues are not at the level of serious trauma, but I'm looking for help processing recent difficulties and identifying a positive path forward. It's been overwhelming trying to decide and the default is to not bother with therapy, but maybe you all can help. My main questions are: - How much do you pay per session and via what method (insurance vs. out of pocket)? - Do you have recommendations or considerations for choosing one route over the other? - Assuming I find a good therapist and am willing to do the work, what is the minimum number of sessions I should expect to attend for issues at my level of severity? There's a big difference between 15 versus 50+ sessions when paying out of pocket. Additional questions: - I was originally planning on choosing a Kaiser plan and seeing one of their in-network therapists, but the Kaiser therapy experience outlined previously gives me serious pause. Has Kaiser gotten any better in this regard based on recent experiences, or are they still pretty terrible for therapy? - This is the first time I will be paying for health insurance on my own (not through work), is it worth looking at health insurance plans outside of Covered California? - Any recommendations to therapists and/or insurance plans for West LA also welcome! I'm currently leaning towards paying out of pocket as anecdotally I hear that fewer therapists are willing to take insurance these days, but I'd like to hear about your recent-ish experiences with therapy to better understand what it will reasonably cost me in the long run to to get good therapy. In case it matters, I live in Los Angeles and have no physical health issues that would otherwise lead me to selecting a health insurance plan with higher premiums.

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I'm looking for Thrillers, suspense, mystery novels with relatable gay characters. I'm looking for novels with characters who don't fulfill the gay stereotypes of clubbing, drugs, overly flertatious, promiscuous sex, etc. This is all fine for many gay people, but there are also many gay people like myself that are pretty much straight in every other way except their partner and romantic and sexual attractions.In America especially, part of gay (gay male) culture tends to be lots of parties and sex. Just look at the features of a gay cruise. However this does not represent all gay people, and I feel the former types of gay individuals are over represented in our media compared to people like me who's idea of living as a happy gay person involves basically the exact same as it would be for a straight guy, barring the fact a dedicated, monogamous same sex relationship is involved. I don't have any problem with the many gay people who dive into the gay culture and love it, but it isn't for me. It is simply a case of differing personalities. Can you recommend thriller, suspense and mystery novels with gay protagonists I will be able to relate to?

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I would like to know if the following question resonates with anyone who has made silly mistakes at work and later found out there was a specific reason they were making them. If so, what steps did you take to improve?You are not my doctor. Nobody here is giving medical advice. I am asking this so I can figure out what professional to go too and what to tell them when I do. I have become afraid of making mistakes at work. They put me in the unflattering light of lacking attention to detail. For years I thought I was just prone to letting my thoughts wander at inappropriate moments. No matter how hard I try to focus, though they keep on occurring. If my attention gets diverted for even second, ding! Such mistakes don't occur *too* often, just enough that it gets to be like, didn't she hear us tell her not to do that the first time? An example is repeatedly miscounting long rows of numbers to be added together, especially if I have to do that at the end of a shift. Other mistakes occur when I am pressed to do certain tasks quickly. This includes misreading dates on important documents, because I am focused on getting the document signed; or, if I focus on the date, forgetting about the signature. I've finally realized that whatever this is, it isn't because I don't care or am lazy. I am slow and nervous to do any task because I have to constantly bring my attention back to what I am doing, and/or double check every single thing I do. I need a clearer understanding of whatever my issue might be, so that I can go to a professional and explain it succinctly. Verbal speech is not my strongest form of communication. I've found that doctors or therapists tend to steamroll over me, or not take the time to understand what I mean, if I don't know exactly what I am trying to tell them before I show up to their office. Based on my research, it might be inattentive ADD, slow processing speed, anxiety, learning disabilities, or any combination of any of these. The only thing I have an official diagnosis for is anxiety. I highly suspect inattentive ADD because I have never in my life been able to comfortably sit still and watch TV without something for my hands to do, like drawing or knitting. Once again, you are not my doctor. I am hoping people will respond to this question either by relating anecdotes of similar experiences and the treatment they received or methods used to overcome this, or refer me to sources that I cannot readily find on Google, about these conditions and their possible treatments. Thanks.

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I'm trying to think of all the events related to the earth's orbit that might be celebrated on a regular basis. Solstices and equinoxes, obviously. There's also distance to the sun which gives us perihelion and aphelion. I have additional questions about those inside. And what about the inclination of the earth's orbit relative to reference planes of the solar system? Is there a word for the extremes of this and when are they? Which reference plane to use? Are there any other interesting annual events that I'm missing?Solstice and equinoxes are very easy to find information on, and the most obvious to an earth-based observer. Perihelion and aphelion took a little longer to find a reference for the exact time, but it is out there. Is there an equinox equivalent for this cycle? The midpoint in time is easy to calculate, but since it's an ellipse the spatial midpoint (average of the two extremes) would be more relevant. When is that, and what is it called? I imagine that's also different than the mean orbital distance - when do we pass through that? Next, orbital plane. The earth obits in the plane of the ecliptic by definition, but there are other reference planes for the solar system: the invariable plane, which is roughy the average plane of all mass orbiting the sun; There's the plane of the sun's equator. Are there other reference planes? As the earth orbits, it should have an annual cycle that takes it in and out of these reference planes. When is it at the extremes and when does it pass through the plane? Which reference plane to use? It's not immediately obvious. And what to call it? That's all the orbital events I can think of, barring long term events like precession that are neat but not something you can make a regular thing out of in a human lifetime, but I'd love to hear about any others.

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I went on a spectacular date. I mean butterflies and happy songs and wowza!! I had an asthma attack that morning and had to take a breathing treatment. I have found that to bring my heart rate down after an attack and the subsequent Albuterol treatments, a light beer, or a slice of bread brings it right back and I stop shaking and having other miserable side effects. He called me the next day and said, "I can't date you...I am not re-homing my (violent and unable to be around other dogs) rescue dog, nor will I date a woman who drinks before 5pm. He drinks a LOT after 5pm. Just not before. I told him that I was worried that he works a LOT and the dog is alone, or in a kennel much of the time. This all sent me into a shame spiral about my drinking (not problematic as far as I can tell) and feeling like I'll never meet anyone at 38 because I am HIGHLY allergic to animals HIGHLY. I've been on Metafilter for YEARS, and I've never reached out, but this, this I just wanted to hear you guys opinion on. Was it me, or the dog, or the beer?

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I would love to wrap my presents in fabric this year (and then re-use the fabric next year). I do not have scraps but found some fabric in a local store that looks lovely. Thought I'd cut a length of fabric into squares and then use each square to wrap a few items. Is this doable? How do I know how much fabric to buy? Is there a simpler way to do this?I have eight people on my list including five kids. The kids love crafts and I imagine they would enjoy the wrapping as much as the gifts themselves. Almost all of the gifts are books. Like, 95%. The rest are box-shaped as well. Four to five books per person (I feel guilty just typing this). I don't know how to sew. A friend who can offered to help but I do not want to impose on their time. It would be great to just find ready-made pieces but I imagine it would be very expensive (or maybe not?) Any ideas? Am I nuts to even try this? Possibly relevant - I am not in the US.

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After consulting with my PCP and therapist, I was recently screened by a LICSW who specialized in adult ADHD. I found the screening interview confusing in a few ways and find myself wondering what to do now. Can you folks who have been through this process help me understand some of the things I was told during the screening?My PCP, therapist, and the social worker who did the ADHD screening all agree that it sounds like I am an adult with ADHD symptoms. I've suspected for a few years and done a lot of reading and tried to learned skills to help cope but they just haven't helped, so I finally found it in me to get screened. However, during my screening process the social worker used a lot of black and white statements about people with ADHD and said she couldn't give me a specific diagnosis because I didn't seem to fit the profile of having childhood ADHD. I understand that the DSM requires symptoms to show up prior to the age of 12 and also understand how serious the diagnosis is and how careful she needs to be, especially considering the use of stimulants in treatment. I also will say assessing my childhood was difficult for her because I had some trauma occur around 6–10. She (rightly, I think) decided against interviewing my mom about my childhood because my mom was struggling with addiction (and still is) during that time and was often absent. My dad is dead and my brother is out of my life so she didn't have another perspective to go on. I also experience anxiety and I know that can present as ADHD, though I've done a lot of work on the anxiety and didn't feel like the things I think might be ADHD improved. One of the reasons she said I didn't fit the profile in childhood was because I talked about struggling to learn to read longer than my peers, I eventually ended up really enjoying reading and liked to lose myself in a book. Her statement on that was straight up: "people with ADHD don't like to read and can't do so for longer periods" I pushed back on this and asked about hyperfocus and she simply restated it. We talked about my grades in school, I said that while I often got in trouble with teachers and didn't understand why, but found I could do pretty well in school without much effort through middle school except in math and science. Her statement regarding that: "People with ADHD don't get good grades unless they have a parent compensating for them or really enjoy learning." I said I got okay grades in high school (I failed a few math and science classes) because my mom excused me for 30-60 absences when I was struggling and then my junior/senior year I was able to take 3 art classes that were self-directed (several at the local college) and pick other classes I was really interested. She said it was unheard of to get that many good grades (I was like a B- average) and had only had one patient with ADHD who got good grades in school because she went to a Montessori school. I asked if it was possible that the unchallenging and unremarkable rural school I went to just wasn't challenging but she didn't think that explained my grades. After I graduated I went to art college and thrived despite procrastination but she said that did make sense since I was interested in it and had a lot of flexibility. After I described my childhood she said she didn't see signs I had ADHD before the age of 12 and that's when the statements she made above were made. I felt like I somehow blew my chance to describe my childhood accurately. I was kind of struggling to organize my thoughts or interpret her questions and told her that but she said I didn't need to give her more information than I already had. Another statement she made was when she asked me about caffeine usage and whether I could sleep after I drank caffeine. I said I could when I was younger but now avoid too much during the day. She stated "people with ADHD drink coffee to fall asleep." I was befuddled by what she meant and when I looked it up later I read that some people with ADHD might find caffeine relaxing instead of stimulating. However, she very clearly said "people with ADHD" and not "some people" which made me feel like she was implying "people who have ADHD, who aren't you." She told me she would call my therapist to discuss before making a diagnosis because she wanted to talk to someone who knew me well in the present, though my therapist has only known my 6 months. After that conversation she called and left me a message saying she was going to diagnose me with ADHD Not Otherwise Specified but really struggled because she didn't think it was present in my childhood. I'm left feeling frustrated, like maybe I don't deserve to say I have ADHD. Her voicemail told me I could see if my doctor would prescribe medication and encouraged me to join a group therapy session and to learn coping skills. I'm open to group therapy, but I have been learning coping skills for years and have read a lot of strategies that don't seem to help. I meditate, I do yoga regularly, I use the pomodoro method during work, etc. I'm still feeling unsure of what to do next and I don't see my therapist for a few weeks and am not sure what to say to my PCP about medication. I'm scared to ask and be denied because the social worker told me her notes to my doctor would say she couldn't diagnose ADHD during childhood. Thanks for reading this far. I'd like to hear whether the black and white statements make sense to others, if it's possible I don't have ADHD because, well, I fucking love reading and didn't fail out of school, and...can I ask my doctor for medication without looking like I'm drug seeking? Should I get another opinion from another ADHD specialist? (Not sure if I can afford to do so for awhile.)

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My parents are moving into Assisted Living. The place they're going to provides wifi for the residents. I am wondering if I need to protect their information and their money, and, if so, how best to do that.I admit I'm pretty paranoid about online security, but also that I'm not very knowledgeable about it. My father, who handles their finances, is 95, and does not learn new things well at all, so anything he needs to change - even something as simple as getting him to use a different browser - isn't going be easy. He unfortunately uses the same financial institution for all of his money and credit cards, so he likes to check it every day or so. I'm concerned that someone who gets his information can basically clean them out. He currently uses Chrome and Safari on a Chromebook. I do keep a close eye on his email and his finances, but I'm going to be traveling for the next few months, and am not all that sure I should be going to any financial sites from a vacation rental. I don't know if the Assisted Living facility's wifi is password-protected; I doubt it, but will find out tomorrow. I don't know if that makes any difference. I do have the option to get internet for them privately, but won't be able to do it for a few months. And I'd rather not do that if I don't have to, just because I'd really like to not deal with Comcast or AT+T, or keep being the IT person for my parents. So my questions are - What should I be asking or checking when I visit the place tomorrow? Is there anything I can or should do to improve the security of his using their wifi? Or of mine, using the wifi at a VRBO or two? Is it safe to log into a brokerage over more-or-less public wifi, or should I just bite the bullet and deal with one of the internet providers? Is it safe to log into a brokerage from a VRBO rental? I don't know if I'll have access to the actual modem. Is there anything I can do to improve my security (running Windows 10, MalwareBytes, Opera and Chrome)? Or, I guess, am I just being paranoid and way over-cautious? Thanks!

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I get bad back pain within five minutes of sitting in the driver's seat of my car. How can I fix this?The car is an old Honda civic I recently bought. I don't remember it hurting when I bought it, but someone else drove it, and then I moved the seat back to where I thought it had been, and it's been causing me back pain ever since, no matter how much I try to fiddle with seat height/recline/distance. I am not limiting the solution to those controls - if I can buy something to fix this I can do that also, assuming it's not expensive. I am shortish (5'3"). I do not have this in all cars - I sent the Honda for repairs after an accident and drove a different car for a week, no back pain, and as soon as I got the civic back from repairs and started driving it again, boom, back pain. I don't remember experiencing this with other cars I've driven in the less recent past, either. My efforts at fixing the problem were mostly at random - move seat forward, move seat back, see if things improved, no, raise seat, no, recline seat, no... If anyone has a better algorithm for how to get a seat to optimal ergonomic positioning, please share it. If anyone knows how to identify what seat trait is causing the extremely fast-acting back pain, please share. Basically any information that might help me solve this.

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From 1969 to 1972, an extraordinary experiment played out in 12 psychiatric institutions across 5 US states. Eight healthy people — including David Rosenhan, a social psychologist at Stanford University in California, who ran the experiment — convinced psychiatrists that they needed to be committed to mental hospitals. The ensuing paper, published in Science in 1973 (free access), opens with the words: "If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?" It claimed that the psychiatric establishment was unable to distinguish between the two. Rosenhan's study had far-reaching and much-needed effects on psychiatric care in the United States and elsewhere. By the 1980s, most psychology textbooks were quoting it. However, Susannah Cahalan's investigation of the social-psychology experiment in her book The Great Pretender finds inconsistencies that appear to indicate it was all an unelaborate fraud.

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(This is a very bougie question. I apologize.) I stopped using a bank account, and didn't notice that Chase has charged me a couple dozen dollars of low balance fees over the last few months. I have multiple orders of magnitude more than enough money to meet the balance requirements in another account at the same bank. Is there any way to ask Chase to forgive my low balance fees, just to be nice to me? How would I phrase that request?When I got married, my wife was much more financially literate, so she took over the family finances and consolidated everything into a couple of new joint accounts. I initially left enough in my personal account to meet the minimum balance requirement, but because I stopped reviewing the statements monthly (I know, I know) I didn't notice a couple of autopay things that nibbled away at the balance until I went below the minimum. So I opened the statements up for my quarterly review, and found that I've been paying low balance fees for the last three months. I've instructed a transfer to bring me over the minimum balance, so the immediate problem is sorted. People are telling me that I can just ask the bank to give me the fees back, but are unable to provide more explicit guidance than, "just ask for it?" Apparently, I'm rich enough now that banks will just do me favors like that. Can the hive mind confirm that this is a real thing, and provide some model language for this request? I have no idea how to do this.

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I'm wondering what kind of health and beauty goals I can accomplish in the week between Christmas and New Year's. I heard it's a good time to get a chemical peel if you're not going to the office. Anyone have any ideas? Colonics? Detoxes? Botox type treatments?

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I recently noticed that when I hover my mouse over the network icon in my taskbar of my desktop computer (running Windows), I get two networks that show up. The first is my regular network, connected via Ethernet, which says "internet access," while the second just says "Unidentified network" with "no internet access."When I click on the icon I get a little more information - the new network says "Unidentified Network" and "Limited." When I further click on the link that says "Connection Settings" only my regular network shows up. Does anyone have any guesses as to what this mysterious new network might be? Or ideas about how to find out? When I do the same mouse-hovering on a second computer, which is only connected via WiFi, I see only my regular network, not the mystery network.

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I need a toy, or idea to convert some smart home stuff into, a push button get Jingle Bells situation for a non-verbal 13yr old developmentally disabled girl.So my daughter is 13, developmentally disabled, and non verbal. She loves Jingle Bells. Not Jingle Bell Rock, not Silver Bells, but bog standard Burl Ives kinda Jingle Bells. Mostly, I wish to give her some plush toy, that when you push an easy button on it, plays Jingle Bells. Preferably with words, but w/o also interesting to know about. Obviously I can search Amazon and the Net and I've found a few potentials but really want this to work so asking for anyone who has experience with a specific toy that does exactly what I'm looking for. Alternatively, I'm getting into smart home stuff, and wondering if maybe someone knows a way to set up a "smart button" that when tapped will play a selected Jingle Bells song (like from spotify or amazon music) out of an Echo Dot or something. Still noob at that sort of thing, but willing to work on it with Zigbee, Zwave, Wifi, whatever. Cost isn't a big issue here, just want push button get Jingle Bells in some fashion. Thanks.

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Over at Eater, Jaya Saxena writes about the growing push for unionizing kitchen workers. It's not only about the stagnant low wages, it's about creating a safer work environment, where the dangers are taken seriously.

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