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Can't believe I'm asking this, but I haven't been able to find an answer. I'm relatively new to eating eggs, didn't touch them for pretty much my whole life. Decided to make scrambled eggs this morning, grabbed an egg, and cracked it on the side of a bowl. However, it didn't crack, but instead got some impact damage. I opened it with my hands and the inside was a solid orange mass. Didn't look at it too closely. So... what was up with this egg? Thought it might be frozen, but 2 others eggs were fine.

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I'm trying to experiment with scratch music for a film, to get a direction before hiring a composer. I'm looking for simple, minimal music with no vocals. But I don't want just long drones. Any soundtracks or other music that comes to mind?

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I have a fundraiser event to attend in July which has an avant-garde theme/dress code. The event will take place outdoors during the day in New Orleans. I am in the process of making a very large elaborate headpiece which will involve feathers and flowers, but I'm stumped on how to put together an "avant-garde" outfit or where to shop for the actual clothing.I'm envisioning a very structural unusual dress or maybe a floor-length peplum top over dress shorts? My style is more edgy than feminine; I don't mind boho but that feels wrong for this event. Comfort is key, as I will be sitting under a tent in sweltering heat and humidity. I'd like to spend $200 or less but I'd like to avoid super cheap-looking stuff from Amazon if I can. People will be dressed to the nines for this event. I have a pinterest board for inspiration, but where should I be shopping?

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I need to create a video that shows excerpts from two videos side-by-side. What seems like it should be a simple task is looking impossible due to limitations of the tools I have available. How to proceed?I have two videos: A and B. I would like to create a new video that shows a side-by-side comparison of material from A and B. The new video should have what I'll call a display area that will show a title and maybe some captions. Inside this display area would be two framed squares. The square on the left would show footage from video A. The square on the right would show footage from video B. If video editors worked liked photo editors, this would be trivial. Unfortunately, they don't. I have iMovie and a fair amount of experience using it. I could afford to get Adobe Premiere Elements if it will make it significantly easier to do this task. Unfortunately I don't think it will. I suspect I'll need Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro to get the job done. There are several problems with iMovie. The first is that it only allows you to work with clips in 16:9 aspect ratio. If you want to crop a clip, you can crop it down to a portion as long as that portion is still 16:9. It will fill in the borders with black as needed. Great. I can export the movie and then reprocess it with handbrake to remove the black border, but that adds another generation. The second problem with iMovie is that when you do a picture-in-picture, you can't trim the picture that you're inserting. It shows the whole thing. The third problem with iMovie that you can only do one picture-in-picture at a time. So, I believe the workflow in iMovie would be: Crop Video A in iMovie to contain only the portion I want. Export the cropped Video A from iMovie Use handbrake to trim the unwanted borders from Video A Do the same thing with Video B Create a movie with the frame area, captions, and squares to show the cropped portions of Video A and B. Add Video A to the frame area, using Picture-in-Picture. Export the partially finished video from iMovie. Create a new iMovie project with this partially finished video as the main clip. Add Video B to its square using Picture-in-Picture. Export the final video from iMovie I'm done. But who knows what the quality will be like after the various clips have been re-rasterized over and over again so many times. I haven't used Premiere Elements, so I don't know exactly how it would be done with that tool. I gather it is also limited to one Picture-in-Picture at a time. I don't know whether it lets me crop the picture that I'm dropping in to an arbitrary aspect ratio. So, I guess the question is whether there's a straightforward way to do this in Premiere Elements, in iMovie, or in some other consumer-priced tool for the Mac (or the iPad, I guess). Secondary question is whether this would indeed be straightforward with Final Cut Pro and/or Premiere Pro. Many thanks!

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Two motorcycle enthusiasts KiwiGrom are making videos and documenting their trip riding a pair of 8hp Honda Groms across the US, mostly off-road, via the Mid Atlantic Backroad Discovery Route and TransAmerica Trail. They namedrop Ed March, who is known for his cheeky videos of riding a Honda Super Cub around the world. He's currently riding Alaska to Argentina.

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is it worth trying to resubmit my resume in this situation?I applied for a job on Friday. Unfortunately, on my resume, on two of my jobs (dating over 5 years ago) I forgot to specify the location in which said jobs took place. I included location info on all other jobs, this was just a silly oversight. The job was submitted through a form (greenhouse) directly to the company I applied to. I did not have to set up an account to apply, it was just an internet form with options to upload a resume and a cover letter. Is it worth it to correct those two entries on my resume by adding location information and resubmit my application, or should I just leave this alone at this point? I feel so very silly.

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I am patching a hole in the drywall in the basement; should I also fix the vapor barrier behind the wall? Or nah?So, the moisture problem on my basement wall seemed to be getting worse. I used a drywall saw to cut out the drywall that seemed moist/damp and found a small amount of moisture in the wall cavity and insulation behind the drywall. It seems like water had infiltrated through the exterior cement basement wall, making the cement clammy to the touch (like a "seep" through the cement, not a running leak). To fix the seep, I ended up getting my gutters cleaned and fixing the grade that runs against the exterior wall, which I think has stopped the moisture. The cement looks very dry now, even though we have had more rain. But, now I have a gap in my drywall (roughly 1 foot square) and I pulled out the insulation that was behind that gap because it was damp/musty. There was also a plastic sheet between the drywall and the insulation, which I think was part of a vapor barrier system. It looked a lot like this. I accidentally cut the plastic sheet with my drywall saw when I cut the wall, but, also, some of the insulation was wet so I ended up pulling out more insulation and plastic beyond what I had accidentally cut. Basically, the whole 1'x1' area now has nothing between where the drywall will be and the exterior cement. The vapor barrier and insulation is cut open all around this hole. Here's the question: do I need to do anything to fix the insulation and vapor barrier before I patch the drywall? Is it bad if I just slap a drywall patch over it and leave the vapor barrier/insulation alone? Part of my thinking is that, if I get "seeping" again, I'd prefer not to have a bunch of wet insulation in there again. But I don't really understand what the vapor barrier is supposed to be doing - and googling leads to a bunch of controversy about whether you need a vapor barrier or not, with some people saying that a vapor barrier just creates dampness behind the drywall. Any other suggestions for things I should do before I seal it up? I have half a mind to put some kind of desiccant/moisture-remover behind the wall (like Oil-Dri stuff) on the chance that a little bit of moisture gets in again, but there is probably a good reason people don't do that.

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A friend who used to play at Augusta every year during non-tournament weeks (his father was a member) told me that, at dinner in the clubhouse, you could see the power of the green jacket in the body language of the guests, as they fawned over their host. Yet there was also a certain gelding effect: "Dad was not a humble man, but he was always nervous at Augusta. He didn't want to break a rule. The club turned these high-powered men into boys." Writing for The New Yorker, Nick Paumgarten takes us on a 10,000-word tour of Augusta National Golf Club during the 2019 Masters Tournament: its founding, its opulence, and its handling of media: "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National". For folks who have opinions without wanting to read a long article, Max Marcovitch at Golf.com has "7 things to know about the new, 10,000-word New Yorker story on Augusta National" Paumgarten also provided a brief, matter-of-fact dispatch during the Masters.

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It's that time of year when no cook recipes rule.While I love hummus, I'm over store bought brands. I end up spending so much time "doctoring" them I might as well make a big batch myself. The thing is I can't find a recipe I like. I'm definitely a fan of garlic and some heat. So please recommend the best homemade humus recipes!

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OK, this is driving me nuts and I know deep in my heart I will find an answer here. About 10 ago I saw a review for a new ios app that would allow for mapping and creating itineraries for off road, unmarked driving in US Parks (not sure if it was National or State or both?)I even looked at the app page, but I didnt need it, so I just went on my merry way assuming it would be easy to find in the future. Now a good friend of mine could really use this app and I have looked everywhere and searched every criteria I can think of with no luck. I get all my news feed from Feedly and Google News. I searched my "recently viewed" articles in Feedly and could not find it, so I think I must have seen it in Google News, but dont know if there is a way to search or look at past articles I followed? I searched laptop my history past the point, but perhaps I did the whole thing on my iPhone and I am not as good at diving deep on the device. Any guidance on either finding the app outright or just trying to locate what I saw on my device would be appreciated very much. If there is any other info that might help, please let me know.

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The new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage gets everything right—and fixes nothing. Dana Horn reviews "Auschwitz: Not Long Ago, Not Far Away" for The Atlantic. He is young, this rabbi—younger than me. He was realizing the same thing I realized at the Auschwitz exhibition, about the specificity of our experience. I feel the need to apologize here, to acknowledge that yes, this rabbi and I both know that many non-Jewish houses of worship in other places also require rent-a-cops, to announce that yes, we both know that other groups have been persecuted too—and this degrading need to recite these middle-school-obvious facts is itself an illustration of the problem, which is that dead Jews are only worth discussing if they are part of something bigger, something more. Some other people might go to Holocaust museums to feel sad, and then to feel proud of themselves for feeling sad. They will have learned something important, discovered a fancy metaphor for the limits of Western civilization. The problem is that for us, dead Jews aren't a metaphor, but rather actual people we do not want our children to become.

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I rent an apartment in a small apartment building with a big, overgrown backyard. Every year or so, the landlord hires guys to come clear out the overgrowth. He always seems annoyed and put out whenever he finally gets around to doing this. I get the impression it costs him more than he wants to pay.The backyard could be really nice if it were landscaped and if someone regularly maintained it. I want to convince him to pay for initial landscaping and then maybe pay me to keep it up each month. How much do we think it is costing him to clear out the backyard each time? How much do you think it would cost to pay someone to do a basic landscaping job? Nothing extravagent. Just something easy to maintain and better than a yard full of weeds. This is in San Francisco in the Mission, so the backyard is normal San Francisco size and the landscaping costs would be Bay Area prices.

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Is there a plugin that will automate the display of custom fields on my wordpress site so I don't have to fuss with making a child theme?I already installed the Advanced Custom Fields plugin but in order to actually display the content I have to go into the theme files and edit the php and I don't feel like getting into all that (I used to be able to do it but I am pretty rusty). Is there a plug in that will let me point-and-click add the custom field content to the places I want it to display without me having to make my own child theme? I have already tried installing a bunch of plugins that promised to do this but then didn't actually so I would like to skip doing that a hundred more times if possible. If it matters: - I want it to display under the content on the archive page and on the page for each post. - The content I want in the custom field is a link. The link will always say "Download" but it will be a different link for each post obviously. - it matters it's a Wordpress.org site installed on my own web hosting.

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WNYC did a podcaster survey as part of their Werk It campaign and festival. "We received 612 responses in total from a self-selecting group of anonymous US-based participants who reported earnings in US dollars. These are a few of the headlines that emerged."

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For the time, it would certainly have been subversive and risky to base the country's most prominent symbol of haughty masculinity on Leyendecker's own gay lover. Their forbidden love was in everyone's faces in the ads of one of the country's most prominent clothing manufacturers and on the covers of America's favorite conservative magazine, though it remained hidden in plain sight—so much so that few sources even mentioned Leyendecker's homosexuality until fairly recently. The Arrow Collar Man specifically, and the Leyendecker Man more generally, became the model of style, sophistication, and masculinity. What Maketh a Man: How queer artist J.C. Leyendecker invented an iconography of twentieth-century American masculinity by Tyler Malone

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"Today in nightmare fuel: the "AXAYINC Dog Masks, Pet Entertainment Spoofs, Super Cute Masks Designed for Pets to Prevent Bites and Eat Unclean Food." As the name very clearly implies, these masks, available on Amazon, serve as a fun way to keep your dog from biting things and eating food that is not clean (?) while also making your dog look like a serial killer." [via: A.V. Club]

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A friend of mine is moving and trying to figure out how to transport her cat from New Orleans to London, England in August. But she's running into difficulty because the airlines won't transport animals in the hold in hot weather. Are there any solutions we're not thinking of?Maybe she could travel by boat somehow with her cat? Or any other ideas? Thank you.

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For a few years, I've noticed around Mother's Day in the USA people sharing a drawing that describes people who might not want to celebrate Mother's Day. Can you help me find that drawing? (extended description of drawing inside)I thiiiink there's a handwritten sentence or two in English at the top of the drawing that explains that not everyone celebrates Mother's Day. Underneath the text, there's 2 or 3 rows of drawings of bouquets of flowers. Beneath each bouquet, there's a hand-written description of someone who might not want to celebrate Mother's Day. I can't remember them all, but I think one description was something like "someone whose mother has died" and another one was "someone who wants to be a mother but is unable to be a mother". I feel there were about 8-12 different bouquets, each with a different description beneath. I have tried googling, but I'm coming up short. Can you help me find the drawing I'm describing? Thanks!

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Looking for a very low cost database to replace a massive spreadsheet of names and contact information.I have a spreadsheet with about 3000 names on it. I'd like to convert this to some kind of database tool. We need to track some details about each individual (name, email, membership in certain sub groups) as well as participation in various ongoing activities. For example. If 10 people who are already in the database attend a specific training, I'd like to be able to note that in the database so later we can go back and track that over time, or find all the people who have ever participated in that training. Ideally we could keep adding new things to track, as we create new trainings and activities. We'd like to link this database with an email service (likely mailchimp?) to be able to send messages to various groups, such as everyone on the list, or everyone who attended a specific training. Generally, I prefer to pay for software rather than use free options but this is something I won't be reimbursed for so free or low cost is better for me in this case.

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I need to take a baby step into kickstarting a writing career. Help me find easy cheeseball things to start on and get my feet wet again.I had to downshift all my writing into hobby/backburner status while coping with a lengthy period of chronic un/under employment, especially when the un/underemployment burned me out altogether. But a growing dissatisfaction with my "day job", coupled with being very close to being debt-free, has got me thinking of how I could change my career up soon. And my roommate deciding to make the leap and move to L.A. in search of screenwriting work has made me think "....writing. Right." So I want to ease back into it. I have some experience with online content and paid content - some articles for Atlas Obscura (which you can find) and some articles for a theater company in Scranton - but they're all a bit old. I'd like to get some more recent experience under my belt. But also I still have a day job I need to be functional at, so I want to go a little low-stress on this; not quite as brainless as stuff for a content farm, but close. Is there some kind of place where I can find jobs to bid on, quick little just-a-couple-paragraph one-off articles or blurbs for small fundraising brochures, or whatever, for me to just grab here and there and crank out so I can get back into a practice again, and also build a foundation to build on for bigger stuff? The day job also gives me the luxury of not having to fret about how much they pay, but I would like paid work. Ideally I'm thinking something that's a combination of, like, Fiverr and Linkedin. But definitely entry level/simple/beginner. For now. There are a lot of places where I can find work to pitch that I've already written, but nothing that's a job board for "I have a thing I need someone to write." I don't have any experience in technical or medical writing, alas. My writing is more general, with a bit of an emphasis on movies and travel.

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is Bloomsday! Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters – real and fictional – from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. Ulysses full text from Project Gutenberg. On Leopold Bloom, from the Ulysses Project. Ulysses: Good or Bad? 21 Famous Writers and One Famous Psychoanalyst Weigh In How are you celebrating Bloomsday today?

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Does your state of health show up in fingernail health/appearance? e.g. easily broken? lines?

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How do I keep Chrome from suggesting my most recent search terms instead of a frequently visited site?Tried to google this but wasn't successful. I have a few frequently visited sites that Chrome will usually auto-complete with when I type it in the address bar (i for Instagram, for example). However, I've noticed recently that it will instead auto-complete with whatever my most recent search term is. I know the trick for deleting it (highlight the unwanted search term, shift+delete), but is there a way to stop it from happening in the first place?

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I'm looking for positive fictional stories of mentors and protégées. I'm not necessarily looking for stories of teachers and students, but 1:1 mentorships that bring out the best in both parties.

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We're planning a roadtrip! Roughly, Bend OR --> Columbia River Gorge --> Olympic National Park -->Squamish, BC --> Seattle. If you're familiar with that part of the world, please pick apart/augment my plans within.Hi everyone, we're taking a trip from June 22-July 4 (13 days) through OR, WA and BC. We're a couple, both 30ish years old, and we're okay with long drives. We'll be on East Coast time, so we're also okay with getting up Very Very Early. We're mostly camping and doing outdoor focused activities and we'll be spending a fair amount of time climbing on the trip. We like food and beer. We have already spent a fair amount of time in Portland and have visited Crater National Park, so we're going to give both of those a pass this time around. Here's our plan: Sat, June 22-- Fly into Portland at 11:00am, pick up our rental car and drive to Smith Rock State Park (3 hrs) Sun thru Tues, June 23-25-- Smith State Park/Bend (for climbing, primarily, will also do some hiking and looking around Bend) Wed, June 26- Drive to Quinault RF in Olympic National Park and camp at Graves Creek (I'm just assuming we'll be able to get a spot on a Wednesday evening, if not we'll figure something out). I was thinking to drive via the Columbia River Gorge, it's going to be a long day so we won't have a ton of time to stop and see things but it seems like it's pretty scenic even just for a drive and would add less than an hour to our total ltime. I'm not sure if it makes sense to stay on the southern side of the river or the northern side (Hwy 84 or 18?) I'm planning that this would take 7.5 hours without stops, realistically I'm assuming we'll be on the road for 11 hours or so if we take our time, stop for groceries, etc. Long day, but we would get an early start. Thur, June 27-- Olympic National Park. Hike in Quinault RF (Pony Bridge), then go to Rialto beach to camp there (we have a permit). I really wanted to see the Hoh RF but I don't know if we can make it work on this trip because my understanding is that we need to time the hike on Rialto Beach to a fairly low tide, which means we need to be to Rialto Beach by 3pm at the latest. Fri, June 28-- ONP. Hike out of Rialto Beach midday and drive to Port Angeles. I'm anticipating this may be a long drive with the Hwy 101 construction. Stay in a hotel there, do laundry, shower, etc. Sat, June 29-- ONP. Spend the morning on Hurricane Ridge hiking Klannane Ridge, then catch the 2pm ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville (I have a reservation). Drive to Squamish, BC. I'm anticipating with stops and the border crossing this will take around 5 hours-- is there anything we should be sure to hop out of the car and check out on the way? I'm tempted to check out Vancouver but I feel like it's probably too much. Sun, June 30-- Squamish area (climbing and hiking) Mon, July 1-- Squamish area (climbing and hiking) Tues, July 2-- Squamish area (climbing and hiking) Wed, July 3-- Drive to Seattle and spend rest of the day there, probably mostly wandering around and grabbing dinner with friends. Thurs, July 4-- Fly out of Seattle at 2pm

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