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Thought experiment: two conflicting concepts regarding weight loss where the math doesn't add up and is completely contrary to real life conditions.Concept 1: Every doctor and nutritionist I've seen and diet papers I've read say that if you don't eat enough calories and exercise too much, you will not lose weight because your body needs a certain amount of calories to boost the metabolism, therefore it holds on to the fat and goes into "starvation mode". Concept 2: Victims of prison camps, famine, army camps and other situations whether there is physical labor or not, where they are literally starving are horrifically skinny and skeleton-like. "According to an educational website run by the London Jewish Cultural Centre, diets in the Nazi-run camps consisted of imitation coffee or tea for breakfast, "watery soup" for lunch and 300 grams of bread for dinner, together with "a tiny piece of sausage, or margarine, marmalade or cheese." Far from not "exercising a lot," many prisoners were forced to do tough manual labor in slave-like conditions. The site referenced above says: "The lack of food, poor diet and hard labor caused the prisoners to suffer from starvation sickness. They lost weight and muscle tissue and many thousands died." Thoughts: I know that the metabolism is complicated. However, I'm in the sciences, and have taken biochemistry and physics, and it just seems so logical that Concept 1 is wrong, well, because of math. A deficit in caloric intake results in weight loss, muscle and fat. This is proven throughout the ages and now with Concept 2. I've never seen an overweight long term prisoner of war or victim of famine, but of course that doesn't mean there aren't any. Also, if Concept 1 is so off the mark and illogical, how are doctors and nutritionists getting away with teaching people this? I would love to hear your thoughts on this! Thanks! CC (If we could please steer away from the topics of the obvious horrors of wars and economical issues and keep in mind that this is a math/physics question and health and nutrition are important but not accounted for here, that would be super.)

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"Since then, the federal government has failed to offer any childcare programs anywhere near as generous as those created by the Lanham Act. Through the Head Start program launched in the 1960s, the federal government has tried to improve access to childcare. But with a limited number of slots available and eligibility to participate restricted by income, the program is even further removed from a universal ideal. Nor have the 50 states sought to create any better childcare options. Jurisdictions that provide universal free preschool remain the exception; meanwhile, daycare expenses continue to devour family budgets in large metropolitan areas." Every Parent Deserves A Nanny State - Vanessa A. Bee, Current Affairs.

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I just heard a colleague mumble a change order number in Spanish, his native language. He said, "Numbers are the one thing I still have to do in Spanish - I learned tres mas cuatro es siete, not three plus four." Which got me to thinking, what part of speech are math operands? They're telling you to do something (verb) but they don't conjugate. Are they a conjunction? Something weird?

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My grandfather had a habit in correspondence using last names only. Thus, in 1931, he was in Berlin, attending a gathering of the International Women's League for Peace, where spoke: "The Ohioan (we should guess Czech) Brode [who] propounded the program of his own city society – a league emphasizing the word "progress" - and tried to get a Berlin branch started." And so forth. Who he, what his proposed program? (A half dozen other mystery guests after the jump, if Brode is unfamiliar, and if the upcoming Christmas Challenge questions are too easy for you)"Higgins, an American lawyer who has been in Berlin 20 years and lectures at the University" "A Yale professor, pupil of Hans Reichenbach, who is writing a book on inductive geometry, and hopes to entice Reichenbach to New Haven" "a very crowded meeting, where Einstein, Schrödinger, and Rahmeisen (that is only an approximation of his name) of the engineering school discussed recent results in science and their influence on views of life." Brackets in the original. "'The Barber of Rooslagen', a farce with a new and ridiculous plot" This describes a 1929 play, presumably he means Roslagen, but that's no help ""He promised us a bird for our room. I have brought in an "Erika"." Erika is sometimes German for heather but that makes little sense. German slang for something useful? Money would very much have been an object, so any Erika would have had to have been cheap. He notes an advert for "A book on William the Second, as an answer to the censorship which forbade the display of the film on which the book was based." (Presumably Kaiser Wilhelm, but what might the book be? (Extended Brode quote- "He began by complimenting the League as being nearly his ideal than the union of League of Nations Associations – for the League is too much an organ for peacefully maintaining the status quo, too little an organ for the increase of freedom.")

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I am interested in building a collection of historic facsimile maps, ideally full-scale and in color. Do you have any suggestions about where to buy these? I have heard that sometimes a facsimile map will be included along with a book about the map. Do you know what publishers do this regularly? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm looking to make some DIY, teenage-y/college student music. Like the stuff people make in their bedroom alone by themselves. Particularly dreamy/slightly twee/electronic pop. Some bands I'm interested in are Crying and Stars. I don't know anything about music theory. I don't want to do anything complicated until I understand this stuff better. Where do I start? Should I buy a mini synthesizer? Toy piano?

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Max Deutsch is an obsessive learner. Last year he embarked on a quest to master twelve incredibly difficult skills in twelve months. This is story of his final and most challenging month of the past year: Defeat world-champion Magnus Carlsen at a game of chess .

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We've had a newborn living with us for the last 6 months or so (previously), and the time is quickly approaching for him to transition to living with his birth family. This is all being handled by an Organization who does These Things and we're working with a team there that has been really great throughout this process. The transition should go smoothly, but we're at a bit of a loss of what to do when we come home that first time without the boy who has been (and will always be considered) our son.One positive thing is that we have a uncommonly good relationship with his birth family, and they've expressed a lot of interested in us staying involved in his/their lives. Our hope is that we can stay close with them, but who knows, I guess. Regardless, while we're excited and happy for our son's family to be back together, my wife and I are not terribly excited about our side of things in all this. It's hard to talk about, and I've kind of been avoiding the whole thing so I can just put off any processing until it happens. What can we do once this all shakes out to take care of ourselves? I don't know that a "memorial service" really makes sense, but I think some way of processing our emotions and marking the close of this part of lives would be good. We expect to go through this again with more children in the future, so I think it could be nice to create a tradition of sorts here, too.

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Is this appropriate for kids? What ages? I remember watching it on TV as a kid and it seemed fine to me and my parents but that was in the 80s.

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Hello librarians and historians and researchers and all-around readers! I'm researching a novel and am looking for books (ideally non-fiction) about women born in the prairie/western states that then move to a larger city. More details inside!Right now I'm casting a broad net but essentially I'm looking for a story that fits most of the following criteria: - Nonfiction, ideally written by the woman herself (but I'll take well-researched fiction, too!) - About a woman who is born in Great Plains sometime between 1850 and 1890ish (again, I know, broad net. I haven't pinned down my time period yet. other western locations are OK, too, but I'm focusing primarily on those states) - And the woman moves to a large, cosmopolitan city (NYC is ideal, but also Boston or Chicago or another city I am not thinking of right now would work! Maybe not San Francisco, though, bc I feel like California had its own particular vibe? maybe not?) as a teenager or young adult, either by herself or with her family. Specifically, I'm hoping to find insight into the reaction and differences in the "big city" compared to growing up secluded on the plains. My googles keep leading me to The Pioneer Woman's cookbooks, which is ... unhelpful at best. Thank you!!

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This may seem a bit silly but I've never had the flu before that I know of. Two nights ago around 8pm I felt a sudden very sore throat with some swelling and closed-throat feeling, plus significant muscle/joint pain. I took a sleeping pill and slept all night and most of the next day, by last night I felt 90% better and am back at work today. The weird part is the exact same thing happened three weeks ago. Is this what a flu is? Something else? I do tend to be a worrier.

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Discovering that I'm not exactly dealing with turning 50 in April in the most harmonious fashion. Looking for movies featuring characters facing midlife with lingering doubts/questions, but are inspired to move ahead anyway. Nothing major here - just a hideous combination of political despair, existential angst, and I'm in need of a cinematic pat on the back as 2018 approaches.Big fan of ensemble cast films, indies, with great dialogue and a minimum of Hollywood tinsel.

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I strongly suspect that the marketing department that I belong to is more dysfunctional than average. Please tell me about the workflow, best practices, software solutions, meeting frequency, etc. that make your office (marketing or otherwise) work so I might have a better idea of how far off the mark we are. Blizzard within.In a nutshell, it does not feel as if our department overall has an effective structure or well-established communication or workflow, issues that are particularly obvious on the web and social end (where I work). It's like we're too busy to stop and figure out a better way to work so maybe we could all, collectively, be just a little bit less busy. There's also more than a little tech-phobia and resistance to change in play, which is another hurdle to clear. So please hope me--tell me how your departments tackle projects better than we do and what you do differently to achieve this. I'm trying to establish a baseline of normality so that I can develop some concrete suggestions to bring to my boss (who is often one of the worst offenders re: information silos and tech-phobia) the next time I can summon up the energy to be the squeaky wheel. Thank you! Feel free to scroll right down to comment, or check out this laundry list of details about my department to get a better idea of where we're at right now. ---------------------------------------------------- -I do digital marketing for a multi-campus college. Our team is small for an institution of our size; eight FT administrators, two admin assistants, one PT copy editor. We all work on the same floor. -We do not have a project manager; project requests can come from anywhere to anyone in the department, and they become the de facto project manager. -There is no shared departmental calendar. We have a shared drive for graphics and projects, but no DAM system, so finding things can be difficult. -We do not meet as a group very often. Maybe around once every 2-3 months. -The three most senior people in the department are all varying levels of uncomfortable with technology. Particularly our executive director. -If the director has a project, she pulls only the people that she thinks need to be involved with it at the start into her office, and does not send emails appraising the rest of the department about projects that are in the works. -Beyond a hard copy project sheet that is circulated for copy editing new print projects, there is no established project workflow or project breakdown. Also, the web and social people are not included on this project sheet; it "slows down the workflow". -The web and social people (there are two of us) are often not informed of upcoming projects until they are already completed or near completion by the rest of the department, when we usually receive something along the lines of a context-free email with a PDF of a new flyer attached for us to...do something with. (If we receive an email at all.) -We then have to circle back to the graphic designers or marketing manager to ask for additional information, appropriately sized/formatted graphics, or both; even for recurring projects where the web and social info and graphics needs are already well established. -Deadlines and expected deliverables are poorly, if ever, communicated. Priorities are not often strategically determined outside of urgent or emergency requests. It's like...anti-micromanaging. (Side note: I was recently diagnosed with ADHD. So while these conditions aren't ideal under most circumstances, they have been particularly detrimental to me. My boss doesn't know about my diagnosis.) -We have met multiple times with our boss to attempt to address the issue of web and social being left out of the workflow. We have attempted several fixes (meeting more often with the graphic designers, getting added to the print projects list, getting CCed on emails, etc.) that have never stuck for long. The old print-based workflow asserts itself again pretty quickly. -Other members of the department have expressed open hostility in response to being asked to alter their workflow to be more accommodating of the web and social team. We have been told that we should "just ask" when we need something from them, even if it is for a project where web and social graphics needs are expected from the outset. -Frankly: the web and social people are getting a little jaded and tired of fighting the same battles over and over. It is definitely affecting morale to be forever considered an accessory to the "real" work in the department rather than an integral part of the process.

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Kevin Makice (@kmakice) is a geek dad who tried to get his boys into Dungeons and Dragons with a 4th Edition starter kit, but they lost interest due to all the nuanced rules, but they liked their dad's painted miniatures. So he set about simplifying D&D and made a pared down version of the game he loved in a 3 page PDF: DnDish. The game worked for his 7-12 year olds, with the kids making their own campaigns. Bonus free game via comments: Lady Blackbird (linked previously), an adventure module for 2-6 people from One Seven Design, who have more free games to play (and test). Also previously: Just add dice (which you can also DIY with paper or moldable materials)

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Hi AskMe! :) Related to my previous question, I'm trying to offer myself as a freelance accessibility tester to folks who might not be in the market for a larger company. Upwork seems like a decent place to do this, but has... let's just say a variety of accessibility issues itself. I can't even get an account created there yet, so am looking for alternatives.I'd appreciate support for profiles of some kind, as well as ideally a mechanism to handle disputes if they should arise. Secure payments are definitely nice to have as well, but if needs must I could probably arrange for that via Paypal or something. I'd hope fees wouldn' be too murderous, I don't feel I can get away with charging in the triple digits per hour.

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Black Girl in a Big Dress is an online comedy series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world."

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The new Transformers: Power of the Primes toys were released early! The assortment includes fan-favorite and classic G1-era character Jazz. But one eagle-eyed toy collector noticed tiny Cybertronian writing under the Autobot symbol: 4 characters that translate to MAGA. As in Make America Great Again, the campaign slogan of President Donald Trump and the battle cry of the current movement of white nationalists. Which is especially galling as Jazz was one of the few classic characters voiced by a person of color: the great Scatman Crothers of The Shining.

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Every year I get Seasonal Affective Disorder (the appropriately acronymed SAD) in the winter. This year I'd like to get out of Minnesota around my birthday - February 15th - to find the sun and some (relative) warmth. Our requirements are under the fold.- Herr Vortex does not fly. I know...we're working on it. It will not be resolved by February so this needs to be somewhere we can drive to within, say, two days. I think 20 hours of driving over 2 days would be the absolute limit that we'd be willing to do. We're thinking two days of driving each way with 6-7 days of relaxing in the sun inbetween. - Dog Friendly, as we'd like to take our 9-year-old GSD mix with us. - It doesn't need to be tropical, just warm enough to wear a t-shirt. Like, 70's. - Relaxing. NO MTV Spring Break for us. - I'm imagining a hip little town where we could poke around in neat shops, catch a movie, test out different coffeeshops and little restaurants, etc. I'm a fan of Woo and Good Vibes and would LOVE to go someplace like Sedona but it's a) Expensive; and b) beyond the very farthest reaches of the limit we want to drive. - Hiking opportunities. Again, Sedona would be great - the sort of place where we could go for a hike without having to drive miles and miles to get there. - Although I'm looking forward to some non-screen quiet time, this WOULD be during the Olympics so I'd like to at least have a TV to watch the figure skating, etc. - We'd prefer a stand-alone cabin with a kitchen/kitchenette to a hotel, just because we'd have the dog and we'd like a bit of space. Herr Vortex has suggested South Padre Island but that sets off all sorts of MTV SPRING BREAK alarms for me. We'd love to go to Big Bend but there would be restrictions on hiking with the doggo. We're intrigued by the gulf coast of Louisiana/Alabama/Mississippi but neither of us know a thing about that part of the country. We would LOVE to go to Fort Myers for Twins Spring Training but we think it will be way too expensive. Suggestions?

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I need to read French in order to read secondary academic historical works. I have some books that are quite good, but they are just reading passages and teaching the grammar, etc. They aren't interactive. I would like a workbook where I write things down/fill things out, etc, and isn't aimed a high school students. Thanks.

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In which science-fiction author and sometime game writer Chuck Wendig's review of the car-chase crime movie Baby Driver goes off on an unexpected detour, thanks to fantasy author Sam Skykes: in Storify version and original flavor Twitter. (previously) With a surprise guest appearance by Metafilter's own Jscalzi.

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Is there a name for the logical fallacy that "the purpose of life is to pass on your genes?" I see this all over the place.The hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus in your DNA don't care whether they are parts of inorganic molecules or molecules in a living being. They don't care even if you put a bunch of them together. The fact that "successful" genes are passed on to future generation is a tautology, not a purpose. But I see this "purpose/goal of life" fallacy everywhere. Is there a name for it? Articles on this topic - incorrectly assigning a meaning, purpose, or drive to genes/evolution/reproduction - would be helpful as well. Thanks!

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Christmas with The Killers! 2006: A Great Big Sled ft. Toni Halliday 2007: Don't Shoot Me Santa 2008: Joseph, Better You Than Me ft. Elton John, Neil Tennant 2009: ¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe! ft. Wild Light, Mariachi El Bronx 2010: Boots 2011: The Cowboys' Christmas Ball 2012: I Feel It In My Bones ft. Ryan Pardey 2013: Christmas in L.A. ft Dawes 2014: Joel the Lump of Coal by The Killers & Jimmy Kimmel (song begins at 5:14) 2015: Dirt Sledding ft. Ryan Pardey, Richard Dreyfuss I did my best to fit in, and I did as my teachers said, but that year one teacher stood out from the rest. He didn't just stand out from the rest; He sung out. His name was Mr Hansen. And on a frosty December morning, he explained to us the story of the old standard "I'll Be Home For Christmas." A tale of a World War II soldier stationed overseas, writing a letter to his family about the return that he may never make. 2016: I'll Be Home For Christmas by The Killers & Ned Humphrey Hansen Bonuses: Here's a live performance of Be Still in Manchester on 13 Nov 2017. The Killers are featured in an episode of the Song Exploder podcast about the song "Rut," from their most recent album Wonderful Wonderful. Have a rockin' an a rollin' Christmas time! P.s. I do suggest tissues when you're watching some of these music videos.

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My teenage daughter wants to see a show at the Crocodile in Seattle on 11/19, a Sunday night. We live 3 hours away, and I don't want to drive home afterwards. Lodging, parking questions below.1. What is parking like at the Crocodile? Will I be able to park? Will it be safe to walk to my vehicle afterwards, at 11:00 at night? Should I plan on using Uber instead? (Mom and daughter.) 2. Affordable hotel not too far away? Safe, but not too expensive? 3. Other suggestions?

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I'm a straight white man who is in my thirties. When I was younger, I didn't always treat people well. I had "nice guy" tendencies, and while I never subscribed to their ideology, I did internalize that same grievance. Because of this I didn't always treat women well.I invaded their personal space. I touched/poked them without checking to see if it was okay. I brought up topics that would not be appropriate to talk about with how long/how I knew them. I dated/pursued people in my work chain of command. I almost certainly made people feel uncomfortable and was blind to it. Now I am older, but with the recent revelations in media/politics, I wonder if men must proactively admit what they're done before they're called out. In my case, I don't think anyone would call me out publicly, but I know I have guilt. How can anyone ever do good when they cannot admit, publicly what they're done wrong, how they've hurt others? Some of those people I still know, though most I don't. But I feel that men have to do this. What if I do this publicly and word gets back to work? Would I get fired for it? Should I get fired for it? Is this just reaping what I've sown so many years ago? How can I interact with anyone in my life that thought of me well and that I was a "good guy"? I don't know how to do this, but I know that I must, that I should.

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"The idea, that Homer buy a massive truck and pay for it by becoming Springfield's snow removal hero, was born out of a single desire: Writer Jon Vitti wanted to meet Adam West. " Mr. Plow at 25: How 'The Simpsons' Classic Pushed New Boundaries and Helped Cement Show's Legacy

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