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From 1950 to 1990, Marion Tinsley had been the world champion of checkers whenever he wanted to be. He'd occasionally retire to work on mathematics or devote himself to religious study, but he'd eventually return, beat everyone and become champion again. In that 40-year span, he lost five total games and never once dropped a match. In 1994, he sat across a game board from a computer, dying.

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Miss Lou talks Jamaican proverbs and who is Miss Lou, you ask? She was Louise Bennett, poet, folklorist, television presenter, activist and all around Jamaican national treasure. Her archive is kept by McMaster University, and is especially rich in audio recordings, including interviews (e.g. with Sarah Ward on the BBC World Service), storytelling (e.g. her Anancy stories, part 1 and 2) and music (e.g. 1954 Folkways recording, parts 1 and 2). Her music can also be found on Spotify.

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We bought a home on a small lot with great views. There may be a builder considering a home that would obstruct a significant part of that view. YANML Do I have any legal process through which I can protect either that view or the value lost if it is obstructed?Bought a small house with a fabulous unobstructed view across fifty miles of valley to distant mountain ranges over which we are treated to wonderful sunsets. The lot, which is .80 acres of scree and rocks was appraised at $125,000. Surely some of that value was the view. If a builder obstructs that view, I expect that the value of our property would go down. We are in an agricultural area outside of any city's jurisdiction. Is there anyway to protect our view or be compensated for any lost value in our place?

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I'm starting a new job in a few days, and it occurs to me that all the machines in the office will likely be Windows 10. I've never touched Windows 10. Since I've been hired as a senior document processor, this could be a bit problematic. What can I do to learn this OS in 5 days or less?I have a 17" Win7 Dell Alienware laptop; my intent when I got it was "I will learn Linux before switching to the next incarnation of Windows." I hate touchscreens; I don't have a tablet; I looked long and hard for an ereader with page-turning buttons. I also have a Macbook (Air, I think?) a few years old, given to me by my old job. I would not say I'm remotely good at Mac, but I can at least open files (erm, mostly). My teenage daughter has a Windows 10 laptop. Should I borrow it from her for a few hours this weekend, or fork over some money for a shiny new (refurbished) laptop of my own? If so, should that be "smallest, simplest, cheapest thing I can find" to replace the Mac as a purse-carryable laptop, or should it be a nice big stomping gaming machine to gradually replace the Alienware that, although I love it, is going to run out of support in a couple of years? I'm a longtime power user of Windows, if that matters. I know what I'll be looking to do; I don't know how to find things on Win 10. However, I'll have some leeway at new job - they know I've been working from home, and they have a fairly restrictive system. (No USB drives allowed in the office; no access to many websites; no admin access, etc.) They know the first few days will be "where is this thing I need on this computer?" But they'll probably expect me to know how to open programs, and I've just realized that maybe I don't. It's possible that I'll get lucky and they'll be clinging hard to Windows 7, but I can't rely on that. So: will I be able to get what I need with a bit of practice on someone else's computer, or should I make the plunge of getting something new? I won't say "money is no object," but $150-$200 for a basic laptop would be no problem if it'd be useful beyond a "learn the system" weekend, and $800+ for a replacement gaming laptop, while extreme, is on the eventual plan list anyway. (But I was expect that to make the jump to Linux for that.)

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Can you help me find a dress exactly like this that's available in my size (US 16)? I'm looking for knee length or midi, button down, cotton or linen, seersucker or white or chambray, with straps wide enough that I can wear a normal bra.

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Female characters appear in superhero comics less often than males — but when they are included, how are they depicted?

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I'm in the process of assembling a wizard costume I'll be wearing at a con in a month. I don't particularly care for the traditional pointy cap, though. MeFi, please give me your best ideas for non-traditional, non-pointy wizard hats.

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I'm in Canada, and keep up with view points similar to my own by reading here, liberal UK press, watching the same stuff everyone does on Youtube, reading What the fuck just happened today, etc. So I'm familiar with what people with viewpoints similar to our own think. I also keep up with Trump's base supporters views, because watching Fox or reading Breitbart is funnier than shit.But I don't know what the average citizen thinks. Clearly, the approval ratings are dismal, but that isn't leading to a grassroots pitchfork party yet like it has here or other sympathetic media sites. What does Joe Average think about Trump?

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We, two Americans, will be taking a group trip to Israel this fall, our first time overseas. When we buy souvenir-type items, what do you experienced travelers recommend we use to pay for them: U.S. dollars, American credit card, Israeli shekels, or something else? My completely uninformed preference is credit card. The places we visit probably won't be very far off the beaten tourist path.

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The tree is located in the front yard of my sister's new home. We have no clue what it could beHere are some pictures of the tree and the fruit on the tree - Pictures This is in Upstate New York.

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I've created an animated GIF in Photoshop for Mac OS X that was set to loop forever. If I view it in Quick Look it loops forever. If I send it to someone in Messages it loop forever, both for me and the recipient. If I send the GIF in an email (Mail app or Gmail web mail) it plays once and doesn't loop. If I open the GIF in a browser (Safari or Chrome) it plays once and doesn't loop. Any way to fix this?I've done a bunch of searching for the answer, but the search results tend to either be (a) for a specific app or web site I'm not using, (b) outdated and obsolete, or (c) from a site like Stack Overflow, with a solution that requires coding in javascript or hex. I am hoping there is an answer that does not require coding in javascript or hex. Looping GIFs collected from the internet work fine, it's only my home made one that's a problem. The problem persists whether I attach the GIF in the email or if I host the GIF on Google Photos and embed it into the email. Thanks in advance!

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Husband and I are planning a short trip to Europe later this year. We've always gotten travel insurance for international travel, but now it's more complicated and more important because husband had a heart attack last year. He's doing great now, but I think that puts him into pre-existing-land when it comes to travel health insurance. We're both in the US, covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our plan definitely does not include health care beyond the US, so we'll need something else.I've come across this GeoBlue Voyager Choice plan that seems to be good and includes pre-existing conditions, and the price is reasonable. Is this a legit plan and/or a good choice? I'm an American Express customer, but it's not super clear to me if their insurance covers all my bases, and the quotes I've seen are higher than the GeoBlue. (If I'm missing something, please fill me in!) Are there others that you've used under similar circumstances that you were happy with? PS - If anyone wants to share a super positive story about traveling internationally after a heart attack, I would love to hear it to ease my anxiety. No negative stories please, like "my stents leaped from my chest in the middle of the Louvre." (OK, I know that's not a thing. My anxiety isn't that bad.)

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Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra (SLYT)

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My three year old desperately wants a pet, specifically a kitten. Before we moved to our new house, we had talked about getting a pet. Now, my husband says he doesn't want a cat because he is concerned that our house will smell like cat.(He is a dog person anyway, but I see no way for us to support being dog owners with our schedules.) so, my question is: is it possible for us to have a cat without our house smelling like we have a cat? I reviewed some older questions on the topic, and it looks like there are some newfangled litter boxes that might do the trick, but I need to know if these really work and if there is anything else we could be thinking of. Do people ever keep a litter box in the garage and make a cat door or something? We live in the suburbs but this would pretty much need to be an indoor cat I guess.

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This seems like it should be simple to find, but I'm coming up empty handed so far. I'm looking for an indoor cycling or spinning app that i can use on my iPhone or iPad. The catch is that I need to be able to download the classes for use. The bike I have access to is not near a WiFi connection. I tried the Peloton free trial but I practically used up all my data in one go, so that's not going to work. Has anyone been through this and have some leads for me? Thanks!

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Was there a (Japanese?) film that included a young man being transformed into an ordinary chair?I just had a memory of seeing a bit of this film on TV sometime several years ago (by "several" I mean "maybe five"). The movie didn't look more than 20 years old. I think it was a Japanese movie with English subtitles. I don't think it was meant to be a horror movie, but my very small memory of it feels kind of dark and suspenseful. It was a live action film, not animated. I think the protagonist was a young man and there was some kind of star-crossed lover scenario (or possibly he had a crush on a young woman he kept encountering but didn't really know). In the scene I think I remember, on a public street at night, the guy was somehow turned into a chair, a wooden kitchen-chair type chair. I don't think it was an immediate transformation; I think it took a minute, like, maybe he noticed one of his feet or legs was changed into a chair leg and then the rest happened? And I think the young woman came along and found the chair and took it with her, not knowing its origins. Something about this was kind of suspenseful, like, would the chair be harmed, since he/it was helpless? This sounds so weird to me that I don't know if it's even real. Help?

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I gotta ask, what's the absolute maximum number of dog collars you'd like to buy this year? Probably less than twelve? In a lighthearted column, Adam Ozimek turns a beady eye on the wave of start-up subscription services and what they may reveal about the state of tech investment world.

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Can someone refuse work overtime when they're employer isn't paying overtime?A friend of mine is currently working at a buffet restaurant in Quebec, and they've being scheduled well beyond 40 hours a week (Often over 50 hours). However, they've not being paid overtime despite the fact that, as far as I can tell, they're suppose to be. In addition, they're worried that if they try to refuse to work over 50 hours (which, as far as I can tell, they're allowed to) a week that they'll be fired. If my friend was in Ontario, where I'm at, I would know what to do because everything is clearly defined and it's implied there are protections for employers who try to exercise their rights. I can't find information on if these protections exist in Quebec, though. What can my friend do in this situation without losing or leaving the job?

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We will have to start packing kid-lunches for school this year, and I might as well get on the bandwagon too. Kid doesn't have a lunchbox at all, and mine is old, gross, and utterly unfashionable. Difficulty level: I detest lunchboxes that require you to put the food in sideways.Me: I want something that can carry a lot of stuff and still close - like, if I decided to pack breakfast and lunch, I'd like it to accommodate that. I'd like to be able to bring leftovers with sauces, and I hate lunchbox leaks. I want a lunchbox where the containers can stay upright, without too much room to flop around and fall over if they're stacked. Most of the containers in our house are Snapware style glass containers, which can be large-ish. I prefer bringing my lunch in glass containers because they are refrigerator- and microwave-safe, and don't absorb odors. I have access to a refrigerator and a microwave, so no special insulation needs. I could just do a six-pack cooler, but surely there's something a little more stylish? Also sometimes I run out of height room in those. Kid: Aged 6. School makes a big deal about waste-free lunches. He probably will not carry glass containers for weight reasons. We do not already have good containers for him. He will not have access to a microwave, so will need either containers that can keep food warm, or plastic containers for room temp stuff. However, dishwasher safe is a big plus, as are containers that are easy for a kid to open without spillig. He does have a small bento box from Japan, but it's sized for a preschooler and would require supplementation. I'd also prefer his lunchbox to keep containers upright - even if you swear on your grandmother's grave that $container will NEVER EVER LEAK it's still going to bug me :) Bonus question: how many sets of lunch-packing-containers do you keep for your kid? Bonus bonus: I'm new to packing kid-lunches, so if you have any words of wisdom or warning, please share.

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Author Chuck Wendig gives you a handy top 10 list article to help you Survive and keep creating Art, in this unfurling Age of Dumb "Everything is dumb right now. From nose to tail, we have become the dumbest, saddest pig at the county fair. Historians will not refer to this period as THE DARK AGES, but rather, THE DUMB AGES. The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I'd bop in here and try my hand at answering that." - Chuck Wendig I highly recommend reading the entire thing as it is not very long, but it is succinctly written, in the Wendig's usual raw style. For those who don't (or cant) rtfa [read the full article] below is a heavily abridged version: Stop staring at the news and at social media. This is hard, because presently the news is a series of constantly crashing cars right outside your window. Writing is an act of resistance. Art is an act of resistance. Put that piss and vinegar into the work. Do some real resistance, too. Make your calls. Join a protest. Hey, also, just take care of yourself. Don't dismiss what you do. But also don't be afraid to go bigger. Art has meaning. Talk to others like you. Remain cautiously, grimly optimistic. Optimism is hard. So fucking hard. Mr. Wendig has been featured on Mefi before here, here, here, here, and here Enjoy

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I started reading about The Yellow Kid and some of his stories and wanted to know who else fit the bill for great Confidence Men of Chicago.

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British Airways safety video - director's cut With a star-studded cast, for UK charity Comic Relief Behind the scenes

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Metagryne bicolumnata, aka the Bunny Harvestman. Probably don't click this if you're a bit wobbly about spiders.

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The AHA reached out to breweries from across the United States and today released its first compilation of 50 commercial clone recipes, scaled to homebrew-sized batches. Whether you want a legendary IPA, a crisp pilsner, or even a fruity mead, there's something for everybody. Want to learn more about brewing? Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, the AHA has you covered there, too.

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So I'm in the market for a new mattress, and my online research is starting to make my head spin. I discovered I'm less interested in looking at pictures of different kinds of foam and more interested in informal polling of strangers. I should say that I prefer a softer bed and am about 110 pounds. I don't have an issue with sleeping "hot," and it will only be me sleeping in the bed. Would love to hear what you sleep on and how much you love it!

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