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Feminine Pictorialities is "British Pathé's classic 'special selection for the ladies' from the 1930s [and] covers bathing and hat fashions, hairstyles, and women's sport." Among the 55 short films from 1934 and 1935: Woollies! Handbags! Cartoon fashions! And my favorite, a forerunner of 100 Years of Beauty (previously), Whirly, Curly Girls! (Post title is taken from one of the short films.)

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In a relatively unknown sport, humans and dogs dance together. Headquartered in Germany, DogDance International says it's a fast-growing dog sport. Enjoy Sandra and Lizzy dancing; she says it's the perfect sport. The 2012 world championship finalists. Two 2014 finalists, and one more with that giant fluffy dog.

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Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark died on May 25, 2015 at the age of 75. Perhaps her most famous project is the documentation of the lives of homeless people in Seattle in the early 1980s, specifically Erin "Tiny" Blackwell, a 13-year-old sex worker. This Life Magazine editorial was then turned into a documentary film called Streetwise in 1984. Mark and her husband, Mark Bell, have more recently followed up with Tiny 30 years later for a successful Kickstarter campaign for a book and film to be released this later this year.

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What are your go-to measures of comfort for the overheated summer dog in your life?We have a double-coated herding dog who has not stopped panting her entire life, except to sleep and perhaps a few days around fall frost. We live in New England, she's been to a vet and is healthy, she has access to plenty of drinking water and higher-than-average access to places to swim*. She's just sweaty. ** She enjoys an occasional ice cube and has a cheap kiddie pool to lie in and a cool spot on the tiled kitchen floor. Sometimes she likes to snuggle into the dirt under the deck. She has fans. She is not overweight. Is there anything we could be buying to make her cooler? I am imagining a refrigerated mattress or something. She doesn't seem uncomfortable--she seems to take it in stride, so it's possible I'm projecting or whatever but if there's cooling dog bed in existence and it's awesome, I want to know. Also, we don't have air conditioning, we have a whole house fan, and even if we did, her desire for it to be forty degrees all the time would rule out any compromise measure where we all felt comfortable at the same time. Grooming is not an option, apparently, because she is double-coated and the fluffy undercoat lifts the more bristly long hairs above them. I'm not sure the logic totally checks out there, but that is what I've read: you don't groom double-coated dogs. Apparently. Sweaty or not. *if you have any thoughts on managing the resulting filth of river swimming and Farrah Fawcett hair, would love those as a bonus as well. We just throw a sheet on top of the bed and wash it frequently and now only buy bedding in beige or gray. **not literally

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Unicode is Kind of Insane

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In the summer of 1963 Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a map of an imaginary city. You can now use Jerry's Map to zoom in on any of the over 3,200 eight by ten inch panels of the original paper map, executed in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print. This short film by Greg Whitmore takes a fascinating look at the project and the artist's process, which "is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions." [via]

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Where would you suggest I look for a sarong or izar style lower garment, a longer styled shirt to match it, as well as a thawb-like robe to go over it.I've always liked open, more flowing clothing for around the house as well as out in the world. I also enjoy unbifurcated leg garments. I've been looking online for places that sell such items but can't seem to find quite what I'm looking for. For the sarong/izar portion it's really like one that's got a drawstring for securing it, as well as a long style top to go with it. I'd also hunted for a thawb style outerwear to match it for outtings or cooler days. I'd prefer natural fabrics for these; polyester is way too hot for me. Any recommendations from folks would be appreciated!

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"When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip. But there's one corner of this scenic country that no one has been allowed to enter for nearly a century, known as the 'Zone Rouge'."

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My partner and I have had a lot of challenges this year and we want to do something special together outside of just the regular eat-a-nice-dinner routine. Money is tight, but we have $100 to devote to this special occasion. Things we have discussed include couples' massage classes, groupon getaways, food tours, getting tattoos, etc...but we just haven't been able to find something yet that is within budget. Got any ideas?

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"The record store, the guitar shop, and now social media: when it comes to popular music, these places become stages for the display of male prowess. Female expertise, when it appears, is repeatedly dismissed as fraudulent. Every woman who has ever ventured an opinion on popular music could give you some variation (or a hundred) on my school corridor run-in, and becoming a recognized 'expert' (a musician, a critic) will not save you from accusations of fakery." The World Needs Female Rock Critics, by Anwen Crawford for the New Yorker. Discussed in the piece is Jessica Hopper's new collection of essays, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, which has been greeted with glowing praise. Here's an interview she did with Hazlitt: 'Am I Womansplaining To You?' And here she speaks to Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy: "Being a fangirl is all the qualification you need. And don't wait for anyone to give you permission. They won't. And you should do it anyways." Here's a classic essay from Hopper that lit a fire under the emo scene in 2003 - Emo: Where the Girls Aren't (via the Internet Archive). "Girls in emo songs today do not have names. We are not identified. Our lives, our struggles, our day-to-day-to-day does not exist, we do not get colored in. We span from coquettish to damned and back again. We leave bruises on boy-hearts, but make no other mark."

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Bob Dylan sang The Night We Called It a Day on David Letterman's next-to-last Late Show episode. This was the third time he appeared on Letterman show. He played at the 10th Anniversary show in 1992 backed by an all-star band assembled by Dylan fan Paul Shaffer. But perhaps the most significant was in 1984, when Dylan's star was at a low ebb. He played three songs accompanied by LA Latino punk band The Plugz, Don't Stop Talking (Sonny Boy Williamson cover), and two tracks off Dylan's album Infidels, License to Kill and Jokerman. Two videos from the rehearsal also exist, featuring songs Treat Her Right (Roy Head cover) and I Once Knew a Man, which is probably a Dylan original, but nobody knows for sure. New York Magazine's Vulture blog interviewed The Plugz and told the story of the performance.

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I live with my 75-year-old mother, and a couple of weeks ago she decided to become vegetarian after a lifetime of being an omnivore. She is not interested in nutrition and is not going to figure out how to eat healthfully on her own, so if I want her to not die from just eating carbs all day, I need to figure this out. So many snowflakes inside!The biggest problems are that she doesn't like a lot of things, she hates eating the same thing multiple times in a week, she has a lot of pain so she can't stand and cook things that take any kind of time, and she has a lot of trouble with her dentures so she prefers soft food. Other problems: I do pretty much all of the cooking, but I'm not much of a creative cook. I am serviceable, I guess. I can follow a recipe, but I am not going to be all clever and figure out substitutions and hacks. I also hate cooking. I hate grocery shopping. I am a grownup so I DO these things, but they're nothing I enjoy. We've been discovering the limitations in availability of vegetarian take-out food. Things she doesn't like at all: Indian food. Thai food. Eggplant. There are others, but those are the biggies. Things we've been eating since she decided this: Pizza with veggies. Veggie lasagna. Burritos from Chipotle. Cottage cheese with veggies and crackers. Amy's frozen dinners. Pasta. Peanut butter. Grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. There's always fresh fruit around, and we often have salad with meals, but to be honest for proteins I'm running out of ideas. If left to her own devices she would eat a muffin and coffee for breakfast, and ice cream for dinner. For reals. She doesn't usually eat lunch, so I need simple things I can cook for her (and me, as I guess I am an at-home vegetarian now) for dinner that will get her enough protein, with enough variety to keep her going, and is not too sharp or crunchy. Soups are of course a good idea, but we can't eat soup every day. Ideally I'd like a rotation of 25-30 things I can surf through. Thanks so much!

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Well, if you're going to Europa, you definitely want to pack a magnetometer, among other neat tools.

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Is it worth paying over Blue Book value for a car that was just purchased from a dealer?The car is in "good" condition according to KBB. The KBB value for the car from a private seller is $2,300. The owner bought it from a dealership a month ago and paid $3,000. She has to move unexpectedly. I offered her $2,800. She's thinking about it. Seems like an honest woman, though I just met her. I'm wondering if this is right. The car doesn't have any leaks, runs smoothly, but has some fairly big cosmetic issues. All records are accounted for. My question is...is it worth paying over KBB value for a car that just came from the dealership? What are the bonuses in that situation? I've never bought a car from a dealer, only from private parties. All of my cars have been good, except for my last one, and I never want to go through that again. Thanks!

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Stephen Fry announces in an exclusive interview that Jony Ive has been promoted to Apple's Chief Design Officer (CDO). Ive becomes the third C-level executive at the company, a step up from his former position as Senior Vice President of Design. Tim Cook followed up on Fry's announcement with a company-wide email detailing all of the changes to the management structure of the design department.

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Sony's 2011 contract with Spotify has leaked. The Verge's calculations have Sony making a pretty sizable sum off the deal, without much of it trickling down to artists. Meanwhile, Sony has begun pulling all of its artists' music from Soundcloud. More reactions and analysis from Billboard, Rolling Stone, the International Artist Association and Dave Lowery, who thinks Spotify leaked this to the Verge to combat the idea that they are cheating artists.

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Is there any place on this Planet Earth where I can pick and choose the freezer pop flavors I like such as lime (lemon lime) and orange and not just get a box of "Assorted"?It's summertime and one of my favorite treats are the freezer ice pops that you might know as Otter Pops or Fla-Vor-Ice (both fine products of the Jel Sert Company). But my problem is that I really only ever like two of the flavors and then I feel like I'm wasting a bunch of other ones because I don't like their grape flavor or strawberry or berry punch. Am I just stuck with flavors I don't want?

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Loaded with Lead. America has an estimated 10,000 gun ranges and 40 million annual recreational shooters. But when guns are fired with lead-based ammunition, they spread a toxin: lead vapor and dust. A year-long Seattle Times investigation shows that due to poor ventilation and contact with lead-coated surfaces, thousands of workers, shooters and their family members have been contaminated and been made sick at shooting ranges nationwide. Reckless range owners/operators, unenforced regulations as well as a lack of oversight and inspections are to blame. Lead exposure can cause an array of health problems — from nausea and fatigue to organ damage, mental impairment and even death. For the public, shooting firearms is the most common way of getting lead poisoning outside of work, according to national statistics. Part 1: Lead poisoning is a major threat at America's shooting ranges, perpetuated by owners who've repeatedly violated laws even after workers have fallen painfully ill. Part 2: Shooting range poisoned dozens: the worst known case of workplace lead exposure at a U.S. range happened during renovations at Wade's Eastside Guns in Bellevue, WA in 2012. But documented hazards there go back to 2008. Part 3: At a shooting club in Vancouver, Wash., 20 youngsters tested positive for lead overexposure. 'We would get lead on our hands and eat finger food,' one teenager recalls. Part 4: Police agencies across the country have put their officers in harm's way by using lead-polluted shooting ranges and by not educating them about safe practices. Part 5: To train their officers, federal law-enforcement agencies have awarded contracts to contaminated commercial gun ranges, riling unions and sparking calls for reform. About the Project -- From the piece: How to protect yourself • If you believe you've been overexposed to lead, see a medical provider to have your blood tested for lead. • To determine whether surfaces you come into contact with have lead contamination, use instant lead-check swabs, which turn red if lead is present. Test kits are available at hardware stores. • Use special hand soap or wipes, such as D-Lead brand, which remove lead and heavy metals from the skin. • To talk to a specialist about lead safety, call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323), and press option 1 then 9. • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 19-25: For more information on the hazards of lead and lead-based products, go to epa.gov/lead.

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What are some non-soup, served-hot recipes for a pair of carnivores who currently have the diet and cooking abilities of a 12-year-old with no supervision?Yes, I know, there are one billion dinner recipe threads on AskMe. I have read them. I've pulled one or two recipes from them in the past. But generally speaking, the recipes I've found lean toward some variation on vegetarian/vegan, low-carb, slow-cooked, or pretty advanced and complicated, none of which works for my purposes. General situation: Due to schedules, I'm more or less responsible for arranging/preparing/handling dinner for myself and partner. This is terrible, because I hate to cook, so very very much. I hate it so much. However, it's how things are, and my former diet of "random things from the salad bar that I wrap in a tortilla and eat cold and call it a day, or maybe cereal, or nothing, who cares" will not sustain my partner's hummingbird metabolism and physically-active day job. This means that for the past year, we've been eating like middle schoolers with credit cards. Just tons of pizza, takeout, restaurants, you get the picture. This is unsustainable long term, clearly, so I am seeking recipes that: -Include a meat and a carb -Are not a soup -Do not involve a slow cooker -Are served hot -Are pretty bog-simple, because I am not a good or happy cook -Do not involve a slow cooker Things they don't have to be: -very quick; I usually have a bit of time. -extremely cheap; just more affordable than a daily sit-down restaurant trip. -outrageously healthy; just healthier than eating pizza or Thai takeout every night. I am way way open to recommendations for decent-tasting prepared foods, or semi-prepared/frozen as well. We're unfortunately not near a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, though, so although those tend to be highly recommended we can't get them regularly. Preparing a ton of food once a week and freezing it is NOT an option, however, because we have a tiny freezer that doesn't freeze quite well enough for me to be confident in storing anything long-term.

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MeFi's own Jason Scott wants your goddamn AOL CDs. As heard on All Things Considered and seen in Wired.

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I'm mostly only interested in tweets with links. I'm looking for both an iPhone app and a web interface (or, as a fallback, a Windows app) that will just show me that.I want to see only tweets with links, ideally one intelligent enough to not treat pictures as pics.twitter.com links. Ideally, this would work within Twitter lists, so that I could tell it I just want to see tweets with links within List A, List B, List C, etc. Any idea what the best way to accomplish this would be? I'm presently using Tweetbot on iPhone and Twitter's web interface. Nuzzel is a good app but I don't think it shows me all links within a list. I'm aware of Twitter's "filter:links" advanced search operator, but I'm not sure how I can integrate that into something that I could do every time, especially in combination with lists or my timeline.

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I am looking for a new job that is telecommute. That is my only reason for leaving. How do I address in interviews since "looking for a new challenge" doesn't exactly fit?I am looking for a telecommute job - that is my main reason for leaving my current position. Working remotely is not at all allowed at my current job. Only programmers are allowed one day a week at home, everyone else must be here during the day. I have asked and others have asked. Mgmt will not budge. I am trying to find out how to address this in interviews, since it doesn't seem to fall under the typical "looking for a new challenge" bit. I don't know if it's reasonable to say: "I find that I am more productive in an environment where I can control the noise level and in-person interruptions. I can deal with digital interruptions, such as IM and email, much better than in-person interruptions." To provide more information to you - I would NOT say the following in an interview unless asked and would be much more tacful and as professional as possible - I find it hard to handle the constant stream of coworkers discussing things in the aisles (and laughing loudly and the up/down of their voices that doesn't get canceled out by noise canceling headphones). Or random people stopping by and interrupting me (regardless of headphones - that has never stopped anyone). I have been able to work from home occassionally here, such as when waiting for a repair person or snowed in. So I know that I am able to do better at home, however a regular schedule of work from home is not allowed at this job. A possible true reason for leaving is I would like to work with more diverse clients, as I only work with in-house currently. In a previous position, I worked with external clients and enjoyed the variety. But i'm afraid they'll ask me why I don't go back to that company (it was a start up and has terrible work life balance - 60 hour weeks are the norm). I was able to work from home sometimes for that company. I've put in a bunch of applications the last two weeks and hopefully start hearing back for at least phone interviws soon and it just occurred to me this morning that maybe "well, i want to work from home" isn't the best answer to why i'm looking, but it is the reason I am looking. I am not interested in relocating. I don't mind travel, doing video chats, or having to make phone calls. I really just don't want to work in an office anymore. throwaway: askmejob2015 AT gmail

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My PowerMac G5 with Dual 2.7 GHz processors, which can effortlessly edit and play 1080p60p videos in FINAL CUT STUDIO, with a 256MB nVidia 6800GT DDL and with a 100 Megabit connection to the Internet, cannot play 240p YouTube videos without resulting in choppy, crappy performance. Is this the fault of the MAC OS X operating system, the browser (Safari or TenFourFox), something on the YouTube side, or Flash, or HTML5?

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How to Say or Pronounce USA Cities

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I love the design and thought behind the Cartier LOVE bracelet (a relatively fitted gold bangle you can just leave on), but I can't stomach paying 7 grand for one. Help me find an alt!I'm looking for an everyday white gold or platinum bangle to add to my everyday "uniform". I tried on the Cartier LOVE bracelet in white gold at the boutique and absolutely loved it- comfort and design were what I was looking for, but price was definitely not ($6750 for white gold with no diamonds). I'm looking for a white gold or platinum, solid bangle that can be worn in the shower/to sleep, relatively close-fitting to my wrist but able to move around so I can move it down when I'm working on a laptop or computer. A nice, simple, classic look- either an alt to the LOVE bracelet, or something I can commission from someone. Within a $1k-$2k budget range. Hope me askme!

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