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A pun generator [via mefi projects]

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How to snakes: These snakes are just writhing with potential.

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In this day where closing studios is the established and accepted norm, we want to do our part to combat the norm. We want to challenge how success is measured and point out that money shouldn't be the only applied metric. In an industry that is smack full of impostor syndrome, depression, anxiety, and other things that are sometimes associated with the emotional work that goes into creativity, it is also important to think about how we measure success and failure. Of course money is important, as an enabler, but sometimes you need help creating something that doesn't only serve commercial value, but an artistic need. Not acknowledging that is to miss the point of making games. For us, Kathy Rain is a success because it has something to say and players are hearing it. Creating it has changed the developer's life, and through it we've been able to help tackle things that aren't usually seen in games. And finally, because it raises our portfolio as a publisher, so in that regard it is even a business success. Even though Kathy Rain has momentarily failed financially, it has succeeded in so many other ways. We should all think about how we perceive and handle our misses instead of only embracing our hits. For us, Kathy Rain feels like a success. Clifftop Games is a success.

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Sand Marble Rally - 33 competitors! A thrilling race that benefits from excellent camera work and superb play-by-play to keep you on the edge of your seat! If you'd like more - here's the Sand Marble World Rally Championship, the exciting 750 Sand Race, the unpredictable mixed-marble Oddball Race complete with a bonus rally, and finally the Street and Forest on/off-road spectacular. If you prefer your marble action to be more serene and less adrenaline-pumping, be sure to check out Jelle's Marble Runs channel.

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James O'Keefe accidentally stings himself

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American guy, longtime expat living in Asia and Europe. I'm comfortable financially with social security plus freelance writing/marketing gigs – but not especially in love with my work and want to try a new venture.I can put about $20K to work to try this new venture. At heart, I'm a horse-trader, who loves to buy and sell things. Have never done it consistently or as an income generator but would like to try. Ideally, everything would be done online since I'm too nomadic to put down roots. Would also like to sell to those who are least affected and last affectedWhat goods might I focus on to make such a venture work. I spend a lot of time in Thailand, Japan, and Spain so any ideas which are specific to those areas are good. I'd like to do the following: Find in-demand, luxury artsy items/goods, buy at a price which lets me markup sufficiently to make a decent return on my time and money. Then sell to a select buyer audience online. I'm confident and capable in marketing to niches. It's part of what I do in my marketing freelance work. I have about $20K to put into this and would hope to deal in items in the $500-$1000 range. At heart, I'm a horse-trader, who loves to buy and sell things. Have never done it consistently or as an income generator but would like to try. I am confident in getting my goods in front of buyers to sell but feel a bit uncertain/doubtful about which specific items might be good to deal in. Suggestions, advice, caveats?

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A theory about what Duran Duran's song, "The Reflex", is about—isn't that bizarre? "Once this is understood, the second verse is obvious to the point of comedy. 'I'm on a ride and I wanna get off' is about as straightforward as Simon LeBon is capable of being, and the bits about not slowing down the roundabout and not wanting to be around 'when this gets out' border on literality."

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All the financial advice I see recommends maxing out tax-advantaged retirement accounts, which is what we've started to do. However, we don't know if we'll retire in the US. Should we redirect some of those funds to short-term savings? Snowflakes below.Spouse and I both are both citizens of another country (that doesn't have a tax treaty with the US). We have been here since graduate school. Because we spent most of our 20s getting PhDs, we started retirement savings pretty late. We're now in our early 30s, and have accumulated about $150k in 401k's between us, and started maxing them out last year. I'm also maxing out my Roth IRA. I'm worried that this is a short-sighted move because we don't know if we'll retire in the US, and given this uncertainty, it feels like a house would be a better long-term asset. We live in a high cost-of-living city, so there isn't much left after rent and retirement savings. We do save every month for a downpayment, but we could accelerate it if we minimize our future 401k contributions (i.e., only contribute enough to get a match). Advice from anyone who is or has been in this boat? Relevant variables: we have emergency savings, no debt, and no kids (but planning on them in the next couple of years).

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Your guide to nearly every audio, video, film, and data media format that's ever existed. Or, browse formats in order of the decade they became "obsolete" - arguably, anyway. [Previously.]

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Is now a stupid time for a woman living on the East Coast to get pregnant?I'm a 33 year old woman with one child. I'm hoping to have two more, and would really like to have another one asap. However, I'm pretty worried about Zika. I live on the East Coast near Rhode Island, so not in one of the areas that are expected to be hit big, but I keep hearing that it is likely to reach as far north as New York. My husband on the other hand, does not worry about this at all but is willing to wait. I know no one else can make this decision for us, but I'm curious as to others' thoughts. Am I being silly or prudent?

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equifax credit report freeze issuehave a freeze due to some weird account transaction in the past I have a PIN number to lift it called Equifax and talked to heir customer service reps about liftin it....paid 5 dollars I thought it woud be fast....they said it takes up to 5 days I called after 2 days to check said there was an error and they resubmitted the request it seems to be a quite unproffesional company...all indian reps on the phone barey speaking enghlish I just worry that this will be quite a process anyone lifted the report freeze with Equifax?

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Does a service exist where you can pay someone or a team of people to evaluate your business idea and provide an honest critique? Where do I go to find such people?I have a business idea for a new service I want to develop. It sounds good to me in theory, but I'm having trouble getting other people excited about it as well as getting honest feedback. I don't know if the problem is with the business idea itself or my explanation of it as it takes more than a 30 second elevator pitch to explain it. Where can i go to find people who can help me iron out the problems with my pitch or the business idea itself? I would be willing to pay some money for this service. Thanks in advance for your ideas.

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Hello all. My mom called me today, lamenting the loss of her beloved Farberware electric frying pan (model 300-A). She wants me to help her find a replacement, but she has a list of requirements. It has to be stainless steel (no non-stick stuff) in the 10"-12" size range, round, with a shallow cover. In other words, she wants the same pan 50 years later! Checking eBay, I found almost exactly the one she had: FARBERWARE Electric Skillet Chicken Fry Pan 10" #300-B . My concern is the lifespan issue of replacing her worn out pan with one that could conceivably die in a week. So, before hitting 'buy', I'm asking the home chefs out there if you have any suggestions for a more modern replacement that fulfills her requirements. My mom and I would be grateful!

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The New York Society Library maintains an elegant online database of its circulation records from 1789 to 1805, a period that includes its stint as the first library of the United States Congress. To help you get a handle on the data trove (assembled from 100,000 records tracking every book that every patron checked out), the Library offers visualization tools and two curated lists of interesting readers: 57 representative women and 40 Founding Fathers.

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I'm looking for more music that sounds like this Lou Reed bootleg with Don Cherry on trumpet.Scuzzy, noisy jazz rock with extended jamming. The Miles Davis album 'A Tribute to Jack Johnson' also fits the bill. Not tight, impeccably performed jazz/rock like Steely Dan.

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I have some quasi-friends that I used to work with, and I feel guilty about not keeping in touch with them. Now I need their help finding a job. Can I email them and say "Hey, I have been ignoring you but now I'm your friend because I need a favor from you," except not be a jerk?I actually do like these people and want to be their friend. But I'm an introvert and really bad at answering email. I also really need a new job and I know they could help. I'm not sure if this is totally OK (I guess it would be if were were just "professional" acquaintances? but it's not quite like that), or I'm a horrible person. Probably somewhere along that spectrum, but I don't know where. Any tips on what I could say to ask for help while also being nice and not sounding like I'm just using them? Thanks a lot.

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I'm gearing up to draw several hundred pages of comics set in the mountains and small villages of Japan, as it was in 1865. Recommendations for movies, manga, anime, books, anything that I can add to my collection of visual reference?I've been hoarding reference for years, but most of it was in support of the first book of this series, and I find that a have a lot of gaps I'd like to fill. Vintage photographs are always wonderful, but I'm just as interested in historical fiction. My comic is set in Kyoto in the late summer, although I'm happy for anything remotely comparable. Some particular things I'd love to have reference for: - Campsites, whether temporary or more long-term - Small mountain villages and the people who lived there - Clothing for travel through the mountains

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I want to set up a baby registry on Amazon. What are the must-list baby and kiddie books I should put on it?Firstly, I want to sincerely thank all the Mefites who have so helpfully indulged me in all my previous pregnancy-related questions. You all have been such a valuable resource to me and I am truly, truly grateful for all the help :-) To clarify this particular question, we are not 'things' people and are trying to be prudent and cautious in what we buy for the baby. I realize infants don't need a ton of stuff. But one thing I learned from my wedding is that my mother is a very social person and has a lot of friends, all of whom she has bought baby and wedding presents for. There will be a not-small quantity of people, some of whom I do not personally know, who are going to buy me a baby present whether I want one or not :-) We will have a Babies R Us registry so that close family can help us with some bigger items. I was hoping the Amazon list can be for people like these more distant folks. At least this way, I can actually get something useful, right? So, the only book I have my heart set on right now is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.' It was the first book I bought my stepson, and it will be the first book I buy his sibling. Otherwise, I am drawing a blank. Books for baby age, storybooks for later, I am open to it all. What books can I put on my baby registry of books?

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Remarkable comic book work published in The San Francisco News. Scanned by Ron Henggeler from a book found in the UC Berkeley Library. (Previously!)

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Mid-twenties, starting "professional" careers. Details under the fold.My boyfriend and I currently live in Chicago. We're both in our mid-20s, with Master's degrees (his in social science, mine in computer science). We like Chicago pretty well, but we've been here for about a decade and will soon be free of academic obligations. (We want to move, Chicago is nice, but we've never been in love with it.) I'm a junior app developer, he works in publishing/sales but is not committed to a career path. From his interests and work patterns I could see him eventually ending up in government or education, maybe law, but that's his thing he's working out. I'm not sure what the "tech" market is like in either city, or the job market in general, but I have heard that Portland is tough. Despite both growing up in the Midwest, we've spent a week in Portland visiting, but no time in the Twin Cities that was particularly "vacation-like." (Mostly traveling through, or going somewhere very specific, like a Twins game.) I think it seems like a really pleasant city, but it's hard to tell if people might get bored there. Neither of us is super outdoorsy, but we like having the outdoors. The Twin Cities is close-ish to my family, which is a big plus, especially as we get closer to our maybe-having-kids years. We thought Portland was a blast, but we were staying in a boutique hotel downtown (on someone else's dime), wining and dining. I had a lot of great food and really enjoyed the down-to-earth vibe; I felt like there was more "excellence" around me than in the Twin Cities, if that's a thing. (No offense! It might just be hiding where I don't go.) I encountered more new/exciting things in Portland, but then again, the whole West Coast was new to me. Everyone seems nice in both places. (I grew up around passive-aggressive Minnesota nice and I'm fine with it.) Portland seems like a difficult place to live, in terms of finding affordable housing, but I don't know how much that stratifies by class. I think both cities have great public transit. The problem here is that they both seem really similar, with some specific tradeoffs: harder to "live" affordably in Portland but more exciting, easier to live in the Twin Cities but maybe more anodyne. Portland seems like it has a much more active, relevant arts scene, which is cool, but since I am just an ex-poet and not so much an artist this might not be that big of a thing. We do like to feel like we're part of an "alive" scene, for lack of a better word (I'm worried the Twin Cities will not feel like this). We like theater, eating really really good food, politics, poetry, and comics, we like attending readings and talks from thinkers and critics, but we don't care so much about local music. (We like to see acts we know when they pass through town, but rarely check out local acts.) Portland seems like a place where it's easier to make friends if you have the typical ~underground~ interests of 20-somethings, whereas the Twin Cities are a bit more remote and mainstream and maybe tough to make friends in if you're new there. I'm considering a PhD and he's considering law school but that's all a few years down the road, we'd like to change things up for now while we're not tied to any specific place. My current job has a natural ending point coming up so we're kind of just spitballing at this point. For us, I think we both really like the West Coast vibe (and the proximity to many West Coast cities we've never visited, which is most of them besides Seattle and very briefly, San Francisco), but we also really value the idea of living closer to family. I know you can't make that choice for us, but it would be good to know what the experience of living in both cities is like so we can make an intelligent choice.

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In 2010, Citizens United paved the way for an influx of "dark money" (previously)--funds given to politically active nonprofits and limited liability companies that aren't required to disclose donors' names--into American elections. How to keep tabs on such groups? Dark Money Watch is one place to start.

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Aleut eyewear was worn by those in the frozen north for hundreds of years before the concept was re-introduced as fashion in the 1930's, the 1950's, the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and into the 2000's. Previously on AskMefi

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I'm a 31 year old woman and I want to expand my options beyond just online dating for meeting men and finding someone.It's kind of scary when online dating is the only option, and I find it tough determining who I might like when looking through lots of generic profiles. I don't have any friends right now, so I can't meet someone through friends, or go to social events with friends. I read two surveys that say the top places to meet partners are through friends, social settings (bars?), daily life (work, church, school), and online. Like I said, I don't have friends right now to pal around with. My current work place is a professional office and there are no eligible guys. Since I don't have friends, part of my life involves going out and meeting friends through clubs, orgs, and the like. That's great for meeting female friends, but I don't see going to volunteer gigs and photography clubs as something that is going to work out for meeting guys. From examples I've read and heard about, people don't often meet dates that way, and not everyone is seeking those things out. It might take a while to meet friends, and I am not very outgoing, so I might not meet very socially-connected friends anyway. I had a hard time making friends growing up, and I had some obstacles as an adult that got in the way of changing things. So, I am not sure how to date without the advantage of the social mobility of having more friends, opportunities to go out, or a social environment. I would appreciate any suggestions for how I might navigate this.

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We are a small dive shop in Hawaii and have around ten PCs with different versions of Windows installed. Over the years, they've gotten cluttered with a lot of extra files, software, etc. I'd like to clean them all up and get them running the same version of Windows, possibly in a domain configuration (with one machine running a copy of Windows Server).What is the most cost-effective way to do this? Is there a way to download and license ten or so copies of Windows 10? If I want to run Windows Server, I'll need the operating system and the CAL packs for each machine connected to the server, correct? I'd prefer not to spend a few hundred dollars per machine - if so, I'll consider getting new computers. Thanks guys!

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I'm looking for a Seattle-area doctor who's particularly knowledgeable about treatment for ADHD, for an adult. Any recommendations?

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