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Free music Friday! Organic Audio - Back to my Roots As part of their ongoing 20th anniversary celebration Tummy Touch are offering 'dubbed out disco beats and dirty global grooves WAY before they were fashionable'. It looks like this will be happening every week as part of their Throwback Thursdays thing.

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In writing class after writing class, I see time and again how the question of talent haunts the young, who come to class hoping to make it into that anointed group—those who publish to glory young. [But] the question of age haunts my older students more than talent. Alexander Chee in Lithub, via The Toast.

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Havoc: A life in accidents. An essay by Australian writer Tim Winton

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Factual comics Friday: Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler sets the record straight on the McDonald's coffee lawsuit.

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I'll try to keep this brief. My boyfriend and I have been together for over 2 years. In this time, I found out he was a recovering alcoholic. I didn't know this until months into our relationship. After dating 15 months, we moved into together. That's when the fun starts...Everything was great...for a while. Then last Thankgsgiving, I caught him drinking. Many excuses later, I let it go. Argh! Fast forward to December and he loses his job. Many excuses again, which I believe. At that time, we were working for companies that were closely intertwined (and in the same building), so I was in the know about the culture in his office being very tense. So I made up all these reasons in my head why him getting fired was actually a good thing. I figured he'd be less tense. Less tension=no drinking. Right?!?! How stupid can I get! After being fired, I realize he's drinking more and more and I confront him. He admits himself to rehab and completes a 21 day stay. Yay, but no. Things are better for a time until two nights ago. While I'm at work, he gets a DUI. When I get home and ask where his car is, he says he got into a little accident and it's at the shop. I speak to his mom and she tells me that he admitted to her it was a DUI. I asked him to leave yesterday and he did. He came back briefly by cab to get some belongings, and as I watch him leave I realize there's a woman with him who I realize is someone he was with in rehab. He swore they were "just friends", but man that sucks to see. So I sit here alone among all our things not sleeping or eating. Yes, I know it's the right thing, but it hurts like hell. I can't lay down long enough to sleep because I get so anxious I can't breathe. Not sure how to get through the days ahead without losing it. I've spoken to some close friends and family, but that's not getting me through. Al Anon has been suggested but it's really not my thing. Any books, tips or ideas anyone can offer specific to alcoholism or just a shitty break-up would be super.

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I have recurring episodes of social anxiety that are making it difficult for me to move around effectively, let alone make plans and follow through with them. Passing people on the sidewalk I feel anxious that I will be making them uncomfortable if I walk too close behind, or pass them too fast, or look at them or avoid looking at them... I realize this makes me show anxious body language which in turn makes others genuinely uncomfortable, starting a vicious cycle.I am looking for two things: 1) Ways of coping with and limiting this sensation. So far I have found that thinking of this anxiety as not something I'm "recieving" but something I'm "sending out" is helpful; I can try to "tune down" my reponse rather than trying to figure out exactly what signals I'm getting and both myself and the people around me seem calmer (not sure if that is a helpful way of expressing what I mean). 2) Guidelines for moving-around-on-sidewalks normal body language. Like, should I be speeding up to pass people vs slowing down to not catch up creepily when someone is in front of me going slower (I walk fairly quickly). Or is acting on that kind of thinking just going to contribute to anxious tendencies?

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Article in the Washington Post today says that Sacramento is just now installing water meters for its homes and businesses. How is that possible? Without a meter, how would they know how much your bill should be?This morning I read this: "Meanwhile, the city of Sacramento, which for decades resisted a basic step to conserve water — putting meters on homes to measure use — is scrambling to finish a $390 million project to install them at every home and business." Can someone in Sacramento explain to me how this works? If there is no meter, how does the city know how much to bill someone every month/quarter for water use? This should have been explained in the article. AskMeFi is going to trump journalism...

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Flâner is a series by Cecile Emeke (nyt) about blackness in France: episode 1; episode 2; episode 3.

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Management advice from former drug dealer Rick Ross

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What you do when apartment hunting online, and what a lot of people do, I imagine, is you plug in your preferred neighborhood/price range/amenities/etc., and then out pops a long list of results that you further refine by imagining a very specific and very fictionalized narrative involving a version of yourself that isn't necessarily true right now but could be true if you lived in apartment X. No, you've never wielded a wrench for any longer than the time it takes to pass it to your dad, but why couldn't you fix a fixer-upper? Or be the kind of person to share one bathroom with six other roommates? Or live with a Ukrainian family that's gone for five months out of the year, but whose kids you're expected to babysit as per your new rental agreement?

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My selfie in 3d . This may be the finest use of 3d printing possible. Gifts for everyone you know or want to know. I am afraid I don't know whether they ship internationally - sorry!

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It's a short read, but Food Republic's Ultimate Hot Dog Style Guide may take you a while to digest.

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I have 2 problems with my apple devices. Can you help? I am not tech savvy and its not a good time for me to replace devices. 1) I just upgraded my software on my Ipad 2 and now the safari is so slow its unusable- is there anything I can do? I have done all the standard things like delete apps and stop excess things running and done a hard reset. Can I downgrade back to IOs 7? That's the last time it ran well. 2) My safari on my Iphone 5 has started getting pop up ads that force open my app store right when I am in the middle of reading. Again, I feel like I have tried everything, I even reset all my settings. Tried to block the websites. What can I do?When it comes to the Ipad I feel I am being forced to buy a new one because the updates make it run so much worse each time. Its driving me crazy! I won't buy another Ipad but it would still be nice to hold off for a while.

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What's the film that the clip at 36/37s in this ILM show-reel is from? (Guy in front of army throws sword into the ground and it sets on fire)

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Calling all workplace psychologists: is it better to grumble or pretend to be cheerful?My workplace is going through a tough time - we're several months into a six-month project that has meant a lot more work for each of us. We have been promised a reward at the end but not everyone thinks it will actually be delivered. We're a small group and one of us is already on stress leave. So far I've been coping OK, doing long hours but kind of enjoying the challenge to be honest. But I have to say that a big part of my coping strategy is being vocal about how hard it all is and how I doubt there will be anything at the end. It gives me a real boost to complain! I think if I had to pretend to be happy all the time I would be totally stressed inside. But I do wonder if this is affecting my workmates. I don't mind if other people complain to me (it makes me feel like we're all in it together) but I don't know how others feel about it. I don't feel like it's excessive (a couple of times a day, and it's in a lighthearted way, if that makes any sense) - but I don't know. I'm cheerful enough in between times. So, in brief - what are your thoughts on workmates who complain about work? Normal? Terrible?

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Word 2008 has stopped opening on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.3. Just bounces a couple times in the dock and then hangs; Microsoft Error Reporting hangs too.No recent software changes that I'm aware of, at least affecting Word. Just happened this last Monday, and I've been cobbling together stuff through LibreOffice since then. I would prefer to get this program going again rather than having to install some new version. Other info: 1) I have a full, nightly backup (TimeMachine on a NAS), but have quite a few updated files since then. Is there a way to selectively restore just Word from a previous backup? 2) While this was a registered version (and some kind of serial number pops up on the brief load screen), it was years ago and I don't have any sort of box (it wasn't even me who actually bought it and installed it). 3) This is the console log: 5/21/15 11:42:32.496 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: WARNING: The Gestalt selector gestaltSystemVersion is returning 10.9.3 instead of 10.10.3. Use NSProcessInfo's operatingSystemVersion property to get correct system version number. Call location: 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 0 CarbonCore 0x961ff291 ___Gestalt_SystemVersion_block_invoke + 135 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 1 libdispatch.dylib 0x9877e0b5 dispatch_once_f + 251 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 2 libdispatch.dylib 0x9877f0d8 dispatch_once + 31 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 3 CarbonCore 0x9617869d _Gestalt_SystemVersion + 1050 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 4 CarbonCore 0x961777c0 Gestalt + 150 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 5 Microsoft Word 0x0064fa0c wdCommandDispatch + 3357284 5/21/15 11:42:32.507 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: 6 Microsoft Word 0x00ad240c wdCommandDispatch + 8086628 5/21/15 11:42:32.724 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: OTAtomicAdd32 is deprecated and will be removed soon. Please stop using it. 5/21/15 11:42:36.022 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: GetScaledBatteryInfo is unimplemented and will be removed soon. Please stop using it. 5/21/15 11:42:49.200 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: objc[15627]: Hash table corrupted. This is probably a memory error somewhere. (table at 0xa0d66a08, buckets at 0x5883400 (262144 bytes), 128 buckets, 6 entries, 3 tombstones, data 0x100 0x30307374 0x100 0x7060405) 5/21/15 11:42:49.200 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: Microsoft Word(15627,0xb0093000) malloc: *** error for object 0x5007000: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug 5/21/15 11:42:49.200 PM Microsoft Word[15627]: objc[15627]: autorelease pool page 0x5822000 corrupted magic 0x00000000 0x04f110e2 0x04f2d053 0x04f20017 should be 0xa1a1a1a1 0x4f545541 0x454c4552 0x21455341 pthread 0x4f2801c should be 0xb04a3000 I assume that from the "corrupted" and misread OS version in there, that means that Word itself is corrupted. I've run the disk repair and permission repair utilities already. Anybody else dealt with anything like this? Suggestions?

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Help me complete this sentence in a fun way. "She's more confused than a....""Chameleon in a bag of skittles." "Goat on astroturf." Etc. What are some other amusing ones?

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On the off chance that someone round here has some experience with cats and cat appliances, I have some questions....I am about to enter the land of kitten training. Small rental house with carpet. No cat doors. Large fenced yard with veggie patch, chickens and trees. Best = economical, well-built, functional. 1. What is the best size efficient litter tray? 2. What type of cat litter can be composted? 3. Best training tools: still spray bottles? 4. Best toys? 5. Household furnishings. Can they survive? 6. Just how much should I let my cat outdoors while saving my cabbage from cat shite. 7. Best question I haven't asked yet? My last mog, the late Tesspot, came with my last residence so no training was involved. I had dozens of kittens as a kid. Dozens. Which says something about my family's attitude to feline population control, but nothing about my ability to actually train an urban 21stC kitten. 8. Should I get two? There are so many cuties at the refuge.

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Little tough guy pizza thief.

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I picked up this beautiful infuser-pot at a thrift store a few months ago and I can't find any information about who made it online.The plastic handle had a coating that had turned sticky with age. I removed the coating, but unfortunately scratched the plastic a little in the process. I mostly want to know the make of the pot for curiosity's sake, but I'd also like to know in case there's a chance that I can repair the damage I did to the plastic. It reminds me of some Bodum-brand infusers and presses that I've seen but I haven't been able to find anything exactly like it with my googlings. There are no brands or markings on the product anywhere, except the bilingual labelling 'heat resistant/resistant a la chaleur' (so possibly Canadian-made?)

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Excerpts from Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Full technical report here. "The expert panel identified basic principles to guide current and future marker development efforts: (1) the site must be marked, (2) message(s) must be truthful and informative, (3) multiple components within a marker system, (4) multiple means of communication (e.g., language, pictographs, scientific diagrams), (5) multiple levels of complexity within individual messages on individual marker system elements, (6) use of materials with little recycle value, and (7) international effort to maintain knowledge of the locations and contents of nuclear waste repositories. The efficacy of the markers in deterring inadvertent human intrusion was estimated to decrease with time, with the probability function varying with the mode of intrusion (who is intruding and for what purpose) and the level of technological development of the society. The development of a permanent, passive marker system capable of surviving and remaining interpretable for 10,000 years will require further study prior to implementation."

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What started as an amusing way to capture to fleeting attention of airline passengers, either with animation (Virgin Air 2007) , body paint (Air New Zealand 2009), elaborate costumed productions (Air New Zealand again, 2012), or sudden viral sensations (Delta Airlines 2008), the airline safety video has now transformed into a production that doubles as a marketing arm by hoping for that elusive YouTube traffic. With the summer 2015 travel season starting the airlines have started rolling out their newest productions. United Airlines started out the pack early with their global-themed video involving famous places around the world and, apparently, very dedicated UAL employees that walk in public around talking to themselves. Air France produced a breezy video with a touch of style and linked it to their new ad campaign but still manages to swiftly cover the instructions in two languages in the time everyone else takes for one. Air New Zealand finally retired the Lord of the Rings theme and introduced "Safety Safari", a new beach travelogue with a safety-minded cast of swimsuit-clad Sports Illustrated models and surfing champions. And as of yesterday we have a new one from Delta Airlines. This one might be trying just a little too hard, but judge for yourself.

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I want to learn to design my own custom 3D printed cookie cutters. (Yes, I know there are shops and websites that can do all or part of the job, but I want to start from scratch.) What programs do I need? Where do I start?

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Tim Heffernan is a freelance writer interested in heavy industry and the natural world. The Tagalong Metals Not surprisingly, ongoing growth in oil consumption, combined with the rapid industrialization of China and India over the last decade, created a spike in demand for molybdenum. Its price rose accordingly, and in 2006 temporarily spiked so high that, measured by share of the mine's annual profit, Bingham Canyon was a moly operation. Ironically, in its hundredth year, the greatest copper mine on Earth wasn't primarily a copper mine at all. The New Bronze Age The plan calls for five blocks of ore, each more than half a mile square and a third of a mile tall, to be carved out of the solid rock underneath the pit. In theory, the void created could swallow midtown Manhattan from 33rd Street to 57th Street; 500 feet of empty air would hang above the spire of the Empire State Building. The project would completely transform the mine's operations. Ore from an open pit is dug from above, like sugar spooned from a bowl. Ore from an underground mine is dug from below, like sugar spooned out from the bottom of a pile, except that the sugar is a city-size slab of solid rock. The Copper Giant The Bingham Canyon open-pit copper mine is the largest man-made excavation on earth, a hole nearly three miles wide and nearly four thousand feet deep. (For that matter, it's larger than most natural excavations—much bigger than the hole left when Mount St. Helens erupted, for example.) On a typical day, half a million tons of rock are dynamited, dug up, trucked out, crushed, concentrated, smelted, and finally refined into roughly eight hundred tons of pure copper. That meets about 1 percent of global demand. This Is America's Last Steam-Powered Sawmill The Biggest Ship in the World Tears Down Abandoned Oil Rigs Iron Giant APPROACHING ALCOA'S 50,000-TON forging press feels a bit like approaching an alp: it starts out incomprehensibly huge and keeps getting incomprehensibly huger. From a distance, the thing dominates the horizon of the hangar-like Cleveland Works facility; as you get nearer, catching glimpses through forests of girders and around cliffs of firebrick, it begins to dominate the air above. But even as you stand at its foot, being told that the eight steel bolts anchoring it are 40 inches thick, calculating in your head that that makes them 10 feet around—even then it's still a bit out of reach. Only when you climb it, peer down from its sixth-floor summit, and realize that the puny machine next to it is, in fact, its 35,000-ton brother—well, then you finally appreciate the size of the thing. It's big. BIG ANALOG[PDF]

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SoundCloud took these tracks down, that I know for sure. But I made the mistake of not downloading them when I had the chance. Does anyone know where I might be able to find them?

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