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On Sundays, The New Inquiry publishes Sunday Reading, a collection of links with minimal context and maximal depth There are regular features like reclaimUC and sub-sections are curated by various authors.

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Fort Worden is apparently the only US Army base to ever be named after a Navy officer, one John Lorimer Worden, commander of the Monitor in the US Civil War. The reasons why are possibly lost to history. Any military history buffs out there who might possibly know why?One supposedly plausible answer is that a president of the day belonged to a secret society (presumably in Washington DC) where they were having a meeting or panel and Worden's name was tossed into the hat as they were discussing historically relevant names to use in naming things. I'm not sure of the name of this society, but the time frame would have been late 1800s, pre-dating Fort Worden itself by an appropriate amount of time. Warning: This question may actually be unanswerable. It has puzzled professional historians.

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Our 15 year old starter mattress is in a bad way. We have very little funds to spend on a mattress. We've found some in our price range, but also found there is a whole cottage industry of used, refurbished and slightly-bed bug infested mattresses. Is it possible to find something inexpensive but not one of the above?The old mattress has outlived itself by a number of years. Sagging, springs sticking out, very difficult to sleep in. It's time to buy a new mattress, but both my husband and I are out of work, making it a horrible time to buy a mattress. If it was possible to sleep in this mattress still, we would. But It's Time. We need sleep. What we were hoping for is a cheap mattress to get us through a year or two, and hopefully we'd be financially stable by then - and if we weren't, well a cheap mattress would be the least of our worries. I thought it would be an easy thing to do. We ordered a mattress from one of the chain of stores. It seemed like it would be fine, but something didn't sit right with me; so I wanted to do some digging, and discovered this company has a lot of problems, selling used mattresses as new, not honoring their warrantee or making it very difficult to do so, and in some cases, selling mattresses with bed bugs. Ew! Since we haven't taken delivery of it yet, we canceled our order. Some more googling, and unfortunately many of these problems are not unique to this chain. I've seen mattresses for sale at home-improvement type stores for $200-$400. My initial thought was it would be great if we could get a no frills mattress like ones in that $200 range, but made slightly better. I.e. forego the pillow top in favor of better materials. Now I'm not so sure. I'm terrified we're going to unwillingly get a second hand mattress or a mattress with a warehouse full of bed bugs. What are the options? Where should we go? We're trying to keep the price under $350. I read a few of the threads here, and it sounds like costco is a popular option, but their prices are outside our budget and we're not a member. Sam's club was also mentioned, but I don't know I trust any Walmart subsidiary to not have the same problems. And I still don't have a membership there.

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Where is all the lesbian/queer erotica that doesn't suck? (NSFW, naturally)Gals, help a lady-loving lady out. I am seeking short-form lesbian/queer erotica that fits the following (admittedly rather particular) criteria: - Smart. Genuinely well-written. Conforms to the basic writing principle of 'show, don't tell'. - High smut-to-plot ratio. Writer establishes the characters and setting, then lets them get sexy with minimal non-sexy dialogue/dyke drama/coming-out angst/detailed descriptions of knitting/etc in the interim. - Allows insight into at least one character's internal world. Makes room for vulnerability and uncertainty. More than just a third-person description of tab A going into slot B. - Describes sex that is safe, sane and enthusiastically consensual for all parties (kink is fine but not required). - Is written by queer women and portrays queer women's sex lives in a realistic (if unusually sex-tastic) way. No implausible rendezvous, genre fiction cliches, spontaneous locker-room scissoring sessions, etc. I enjoyed much of Sugarbutch's early work, as well as their book Sweet and Rough. It's smart, brilliantly crafted, and sexy as fuck. I like the way they play with sexuality in a thoughtful, almost intellectual way, while still being incredibly smutty. But I'd like to branch out beyond their favoured genderqueer butch top/femme sub dynamic, and I'm a bit skeeved out by the 'daddy/boi' stories they've been writing more recently. I checked out Best Lesbian Erotica 2014 but despite a few gems, there is just so much plot and angst and drama and so much telling-not-showing and honestly a lot of the stories read more like teenage fanfic than smutty smut for grown-ups. I can find romance and conflict in actual literature; when it comes to erotica I just want to read stories that get me off. Basically I want the written word version of Crashpad, where the plot is pretty much: "Hot queers meet to have sexy sex. It's super sexy in all kinds of ways, some of which might stretch your sexual horizons. Everyone involved has an awesome sexy time. The End". So, um...where can I find erotica like that?

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"It was the greatest piece of writing I ever saw, better'n anybody in America, or at least enough to make Melville, Twain, Dreiser, Wolfe, I dunno who, spin in their graves." After reading Neal Cassady's 16,000 word letter, Jack Kerouac threw out his draft of On the Road and started over, in the style he's now famous for. Ginsberg took the letter and lost it. Kerouac thought it had fallen over the side of a house boat. But now the Joan Anderson letter has been found. About one third of the Joan Anderson Letter had been copied before the letter was lost.

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Looking for more iOS game recommendations according to specific requirements. "Games that are more like toys" might be one place to put it. Update on this question.Rules: Must be portrait, cannot be landscape Does not require Internet connection Doesn't know if the player is being jostled around on their commute, doesn't care Can't have any of the game elements I don't like (see below) Games that meet the requirements that I'm tired of playing: Monorail (beat it) Tiny Tower (beat it) Strategery (beat it) Pocket Frogs (got bored) Daddy was a thief Mew mew tower That llama game Games I like but that aren't in portrait mode or don't meet other criteria: Draw Something Fruit Ninja Jetpack Joyride Rescue Rush I Love Katamari Angry Birds, all flavors Happy Street Pocket Planes Pocket Trains Whale trail Adventure Time Card Wars Elements of games that I don't like: Extended narrative explanations (like in Mystery Room) Shutting off my music (like in Mystery Room) Required too many in-game purchases (Tiny Tower Vegas, Disco Zoo) "Assembling items from components" (like Fast Food Tycoon) "Match 3 things" (Bejeweled, candy crush, scalawags) Requires Internet Whatever Cascaronne is Word games (anything like Scrabble or Boggle or that needs me to be word smart) Anything that makes me draw Popular games I've heard of and don't want: Plants vs zombies Cut the rope Simpsons tapped out Thank you for any assistance you can provide!

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"Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List" is an actual science paper accepted by a journal. Original Source.

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A few friends have asked about buying these two paintings. They're are a bit precious to me because, not counting a still life of balls and cones They made me do, they're my first two paintings. I thought maybe I could print these on canvas and give copies. How? I just started painting so I don't know anything and googling is just confusing me. Talk to me like I know nothing.So my questions are: 1. Do I just use one of the online services? I'm in Australia if anyone has a rec. 2. What do I look for to ensure a quality print? I know nothing about the wood in the frames or grades of canvas or whatever. 3. How do I make my image to upload to these printing places? These are both on A3 watercolour paper. Do I take a photo? Do I scan? Can I just scan on my canon pixma...in two halves. I have graphic design friends who could join the two halves together for me properly I suppose, or is that ridic? Or am I supposed to find someone with some kind of professional big scanner? What's that going to cost me? 4. And should I stick to A3? If someone wanted a bigger one, would it look terrible when it's printed? I've done about half a dozen paintings now so I feel more confident and am painting bigger and directly on canvas, I do sometimes wish these were bigger and on canvas too. Thanks everyone.

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"Black Friday", a new flick from the makers of "Daylight Saving"

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Seashells? Distant planets? Beautiful mold.

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Many people have discussed discussed the Bir Tawil trapezoid before, a piece of land unclaimed by either Sudan and Egypt, because both would rather possess the disputed (and more fertile) Hala'ib triangle. Likewise, some are already familiar with Neutral Moresnet's century of statelessness, the result of post-Napoleonic border disputes between Prussia and the Netherlands. This time, both wanted a useful zinc mine, and compromised that neither state could have it. But, enough of the complicated borders of the land. Surely, the sea is more easily divided? Well, no. There are bog-standard territorial disputes such as the Falklands/Malvinas, or Hans Island, but those, again involve boring land masses. What of the beautiful, beautiful open waters, whose politicized waters range from the old 3 nautical mile limit (still the case for Jordan) to the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (claimed by the United States, Mexico, and Canada, for example)? That's where things get more interesting. That's when you get donut holes.

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Our daughters just got out of the NICU after a long stay. Our primary nurse was really wonderful and I'd love some advice about how to thank her.The staff of the NICU was really great in general, and I read this question and am planning to bring some food and a note for the whole staff. But the main nurse on our care team was basically single-handedly responsible for bringing me through the whole thing with my emotional health intact. I want to thank her for it. I think this is one of those situations where someone has helped you so much that nothing feels adequate in response. The only thing I can think of is some flowers and a letter with a picture of the girls -- any ideas of something that would be more meaningful? (And are nurses even allowed to accept gifts from patients?) (Also, let me say that the answers to both my question and an earlier one about NICU stuff were incredibly helpful to me during this crazy time and I read through both of those threads multiple times. So thanks for the help, metafilter!)

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Halloween and Thanksgiving are two of the slipperiest holidays in the American tradition. Costumed masquerading and trick-or-treating used to happen on Thanksgiving, while Halloween was mostly devoted to vandalism. As Americans did they best to stamp out the vandalism, they also cleaned up the unruly traditions of Turkey Day, banishing the Thanksgiving Ragamuffins to October. It wasn't until I finally saw the Halloween sequence in Meet Me in St. Louis that I could understand a bit about what my grandmother was talking about when she talked about Halloween.

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I have a high budget for this particular purchase-- as much as I need to spend, I can spend. I'm sure I want a small laptop, about 13", and I'm 85% sure about the builder I've chosen, Mythlogic. I'll be using the machine for gaming and programming/computer science applications for certain. I have some ideas about how to do this the ideal way, and some specific questions about those ideas.I want to go as long as possible without having to replace or even upgrade this machine. I also intend for it to be my only machine, with the exception of Raspberry Pis. I intend to hook it up to a large HDMI television screen at home with a wireless keyboard and mouse, so I've prioritized it being portable. https://www.mythlogic.com/2013_Models/chaos1313a.php Piece by piece: I'm pretty sure I'll like the chassis, having owned and loved a Clevo W25AES before this (I fried the motherboard like a dumbass). Also certain about a matte screen, standard finish, quad-core processor, and 16 GB of RAM. My dilemma starts when I go to configure the hard drives. What I think I want is two 512 GB SSDs in RAID 0, plus a 1 TB HDD, but I know that RAID on a domestic computer is a tiny bit absurd, that the only time it'll make a noticeable (to me) difference is when compiling large programs (which I hope I will need to do in the future, but right now, my only programs in compiled languages are pretty small), and that a RAID configuration on a laptop is more art than science. But I still waaant it! Sizewise, I own about 500 games for PC and intend to run at least two virtual machines. I have external drives, but I don't want to use them for anything but backup and transfer once I have this new machine. Because RAID 0 carries with it a greater risk of data loss, I intend to use Bitcasa's 1 TB plan for cloud storage/backup as well. Possible trouble is, right now Bitcasa is only fully compatible with an earlier version of Ubuntu than the one, 14.04, that Mythlogic offers full support for. I can think of some ways to work around this with my virtual machines (Windows 7 and Fedora), but what I have in mind seems convoluted to me. I'm more of a software guy than a hardware guy, but I'm still amateur at best, which is why I want support for my OS if I really need it. Before I submit my current configuration, I just want to be sure my plan is solid. I worry: Is it stupid to put $2k worth of hardware into something that weighs less than five pounds? Are my cloud storage/huge hard drive plans redundant, and if so, which should I go for? Is using VMWare Player better than dual-booting? Should I be favoring a different distro over Ubuntu? And please, feel free to give me feedback on anything I failed to ask about or seem to be ignorant of. I feel like I left a lot out.

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I'm looking for fashion blogs for inspiration as I'm trying to "dress for the job I want" in a creative field. Think tough but a hint of feminine. O Mefites, who's on your edgy creative fashion blogroll?I'm pretty inspired by Cindy Gallop's look, and trying to find fashion blogs for style inspiration. I like some looks from Keiko Lynn, but most of her style is a bit too frilly/feminine for me. Fashion bloggers who might help me develop a style that says confident, on it, stylish, sharp, and fierce?

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The illicit parts of the dark web like Agora and Silk Road 2.0 have been pretty well-covered by the media. What's out there that's pretty vanilla but for whatever reason is a .onion site?I'm working on an article about the deep web. It originally started as another piece on marketplaces like Silk Road 2.0, but since that got busted up the focus has shifted and I've since become really interested in the more mundane .onion sites that can only be accessed via Tor. To give a few examples I've come across so far: a site that dispenses advice/absolution by using "computer logic;" a Post Secret-type confessional space that seems to specifically cater to people up to no good on the darknet; a poetry/gripes forum; a burgeoning deep web literary magazine called The Torist. My question is: what are some of sites/subcultures that are pretty innocuous but are still hidden in onionland? Markets that sell completely legal goods (not hot) also of interest, if they exist. Sidenote: per a previous inquiry on browsing the darkweb safely I boot from Tails and use Tor from a computer that's been completely wiped. If that doesn't suffice I'd like to know.

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I live in Toronto I recently started a full-time job (two weeks ago) and I've been using a debit card (with RBC) for the past five years. I didn't want to get a credit card because I didn't want to get sucked into the system. But yesterday changed my outlook on things, so I decided to apply for a low interest card. Question is, what options do I have and would I get accepted?I tried to buy a $1,600 piece of electronic equipment from Bestbuy with a 12-month installment plan, but after 5 minutes with customer service i was rejected. This really upset me, so I decided that I couldn't ignore the system any longer. Moreover, a friend of mine told me that my credit won't be improving much without a credit card, even if I pay my bills on time. I want to know what kind of options (with low interest credit cards) I have because I don't know much about how these things work, and whether I will be approved. Ideas?

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Several years ago I went to an all you can eat sushi restaurant on Chicago's north side. You could order as many rolls as you wanted as long as you finished one before you asked for the next. What is the name of this restaurant? (Or failing that, what is a similar delicious sushi restaurant in Chicago?)

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I'd like to get my soon-to-be 3-yr-old nephew an mp3 player, preferably with external speakers, and external SD card slot. A previous thread here suggested the SweetPea, but there seems to be a lot of debate about the quality of the current model. The Sansa Shake was also mentioned, but seems to be out of production. The others I've looked at seem to be less than impressive. Any current suggestions?

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I have booked flights to Charleston SC, now I just need...everything else...So I decided to surprise the husband with a long weekend trip to Charleston for his birthday in mid January. Ive got the flights, and now am bogged down with choices for hotels and meals. Who we are: Early 30 somethings Love walking around cities aimlessly hunting food, cool shops and museums He loves Bourbon and fun cocktails Happy to eat anything Specific Questions: 1. What area should I be looking to stay and any specific hotel recommendations? I tend to like boutique hotels, or at least not giant hotels, but am open minded. Would love to spend under $300 a night 2. Do we need a rental car? We will just be there Friday-Monday, and prefer walking places. I was just going to taxi to and from the airport, but are we missing out on things by not having a car? 3. Restaurant recommendations! We have a love of tacos and coffee (not...together) and I just would love one really good (but relaxed?) dinner place for his birthday. No problem with dressing up, just dont want stuffy. 4. Any other fun events/ museum/ tours that are must do? Please help me make this a great birthday weekend- thanks metafilter!

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My mom is coming down from Boston to NYC for Thanksgiving. Her current plan is to cook the turkey, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a polystyrene cooler and then drive it down to NYC on Thursday. This is setting off my warning bells about food safety.The original plan was for her to bring it down Wednesday and cook it Thursday here, but do to circumstances beyond her control, she now thinks that she won't be able to leave until Thursday morning. The turkey will be fully cooked before being loaded in and then probably heated up again in my oven before eating. The drive from Boston to NYC is approximately 4-5 hours. How safe is this? It's not going to be in my oven for nearly long enough to actually cook it through, not to mention the fact that that would dry it out beyond belief. I know that according to the USDA it shouldn't be out above 90 degrees F for more than an hour, but they're also the people who tell you not to eat rare beef.

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If you (or someone you know) attended a Renaissance Weekend, what was it like?I hadn't heard about this event until I got an invitation in the mail, but after some online reading, I've concluded that it's a serious thing. Now I have questions: 1) Was it good and interesting and worth your time and money? This is really the main question, and I'd love to hear of your experience - either in the thread or through MeMail if you prefer to remain private. 2) I'm a scientist but not a big shot by any stretch. How active would my participation be in sessions? Would most attendees be like me or would I feel awkwardly insignificant? 3) According to the letter, I can bring along a spouse or friend. Would I feel isolated if I don't? 4) There are several events spread out across the year with the biggest one around New Year's. Is any of them better suited for a one-time/first-time attendee, or should I try to sign up for the one at New Year's because it's the "flag ship"?

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In the spirit of self-care in the dead of winter, I want to treat myself to some fancy soap. I am not really aware of high-quality hip-or-classic skincare brands that might have a bar soap (not liquid!) that fits what I'm looking for: a unisex scent palette (I like savory, spicy, vanilla-y scents more than florals), moisturizing properties, natural ingredients, a bit of exfoliantI have access to physical storefronts in lower Manhattan or Brooklyn. I am willing to be spendy for this endeavor. Brands, stores, and specific bars of soap welcome. Thank you!

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My middle-schooler is working on a science project involving the strength of magnets under different conditions. We are talking about using a Gauss meter to measure the strength of a magnet, but we are not sure what type of Gauss meter would be right for the project. Any recommendations?Most of the Gauss meters we see on the internet appear to be either very heavy-duty tools that tend to be very expensive or basically play toys that are used to detect ghosts. We are not too sophisticated about these matters but are basically looking for a tool that would measure the strength of a magnet when it is heated up and then again when it is cooled down. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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I love reading Chinese philosophy, and I'm looking to get into some Korean philosophy, just to see what their take is. But I'm having trouble figuring out where to start. I'd like to read uniquely Korean things, or takes on confucianism and taoism, from any time period, or just interesting thoughts posed by Korean philosophers. I'd also like to read some Japanese texts in the same vein, and once again don't really know where to start. I'm looking for the best English translations. Any suggestions?

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