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I'm suddenly in the market for a new MacBook Pro. I'm trying to decide between the Retina and non-Retina options. I remember hearing a while back is that the Retina display would lag or stutter sometimes, especially when switching between Spaces. Is that still true? I use the heck out of spaces and usually have an external monitor as well. If you have a recent rMBP, any testimonials would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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drowning in corn - the story of one teenager's near-death experience inside the grain bin that killed his friends npr has a series on grain entrapment (wiki): Buried in Grain alongside a database of grain entrapment deaths including teenagers as young as 13.

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Ever had a song stuck in your head?* Investigations into earworms, musical hallucination and memory are shedding some light on the link between music and memory. Many musicians say that some songs come to them in a dream, or they wake up with a tune in their head. It happens to me very occasionally, but I generally the tunes disappear if I concentrate on them. I don't recognise them and some of them are enjoyable. I lack the musical skills to notate them or even hum them accurately, so they are ephemeral. Everybody is capable of hallucinating (via), but for some people the music in their head can become quite intrusive:..for over two years country stars have played a private—albeit unwanted—concert in her mind, and so far there's no intermission in sightIt can also reveal some remarkable things about memory:...the songs she heard were popular tunes that her husband recognized when she sang or hummed them, but she herself could not identify them. Interviewed for the Phantom Voices (vimeo) music/science project, Professor Martyn Evans explains how he experiences a constant soundtrack:As far back as I can remember I have been able to imagine music whenever I've wanted to, but more recently it's become intrusive. In the last ten years I've noticed it is becoming an obstacle to thinking, listening and reading, There's music of some sort going on in my head more or less all of the time that I am awake. Whenever I am not successfully thinking about something else, then I'll notice that there's some music going on. If I lose interest in a conversation, or in some other situation, then the music will intervene and my sentences will start to fall apart. That's something you have to watch out for in academic life! I don't just hear music I love, because jostling for my attention is music I think is boring or silly or pointless, or even dreadful! *Yes, there are snowflakes falling down that webpage at the moment, it's not a hallucination. At least I don't think it is. As mentioned in the first link, Durham University are conducting a questionnaire on the subject at the moment, it takes 15-20 minutes.

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"Now we get to the part that moves from jokes and silliness to serious, which is: This is not just now a case study in how not to react to cyber threats and a case study in how to not defend your networks, it's now also a case study in how not to respond to terrorism threats." Cybersecurity expert Peter W. Singer discusses the Sony's reaction to the "Guardians of Peace" hack. Also providing some context; Bruce Schneier - "It's really a phenomenally awesome hack—they completely owned this company, ... But, I think this is just a regular hack. All the talk, it's hyperbole and a joke. They're [threatening violence] because it's fun for them—why the hell not? They're doing it because they actually hit Sony, because they're acting like they're 12, they're doing it for the lulz, no one knows why."

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Looking for replacements for Lifehacker, io9, and Gizmodo (to distance myself from the exceptionally slimy practices of Gawker) for my RSS reader so I stay abreast of certain fields/venuesI already have MetaFilter, Slashdot, and The Daily WTF. I'm specifically looking for * Cognition improvements * Programmer Improvement * TV weekly reviews (ex: Weekly reviews of Once Upon a Time/Arrow/Flash/Grimm/etc.) * TV upcoming news (ex: Pilots ordered, Shows cancelled, etc) * Movie releases/media for action/adventure/comedy * Geek/Nerd toys/movies/announcements * Technology trends (ex: E3, Apple announcements, etc.) Not limited to just one per category and I'm willing to get more feeds if it means there's a really laser focused site that covers specific properties (like a TV review site)

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I walked into a unmarked glass door outside a popular chain restaurant, and ended up with some injuries. I'm contemplating a lawsuit, but am not sure how to approach this and would appreciate advice on how to proceed.I went to the restaurant with my friend, and was looking straight ahead - no smartphones or other distractions. I had my glasses on so I could see just fine. The door was practically invisible (I've never seen a glass door like it) and was unmarked, and I have two people who witnessed the incident. Another customer even told me that he would sue if this had happened to him; I've never even thought of filing a lawsuit before, but I am seriously considering doing so in this case. There was a lot of blood, plus my glasses broke and I have a cut/bruise next to my eye. Afterwards, I filed an incidence report and got the name and phone number of a witness. I put a bandage over the cut, but it's not healed yet (this happened about a week ago). An employee said he's seen people walk into the door before, but this was the worst he's seen. I was flabbergasted that there was no sign or anything to warn customers of this potential safety hazard (the manager told me that a sign is usually up, she had forgotten to that day.) I don't know the first thing about lawsuits, and am unsure as to how to get started with this. I know that YANML for the law people out there: Where would I begin? Do I have a case? Thank you. PS: I'd prefer legal advice as opposed to "yes, you should sue" or "no, I wouldn't sue if that was me" comments. Also, I live in Ohio.

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Sometimes getting together with family for the holidays feels like the entire event has gone to the dogs (and cat).

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I thoroughly cleaned my water bottle just now and wiped black stuff from the sides of the inside. I assume it's mold, and I think it's probably been there for a while (days? weeks?) already. I drink at least 1 L of water from it daily. Will I suffer any effects?I haven't felt sick or anything. Should I still see a doctor? I will of course be chucking the bottle and getting a wider, easier-to-clean one.

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I have about $3,000 dollars in an IRA from before I went back to school and was working full time. Half of that is money I had contributed, and half is from my former employer. Due to a teaching assistantship falling through this semester I could use a little bit more cash to feel financially secure. I'm considering cashing out the IRA, but would appreciate advice.I checked out this question, which was very helpful, but I'm still curious about a few aspects given my particulars. You aren't my financial adviser, but here are more relevant details, The account will reach maturity in October of the coming year, which is later than I'd like to wait. However, according to the BoA rep I just talked to, the penalty from the bank for early withdrawal is relatively low (like 5 dollars, or something). The interest on the money is incredibly low. I would rather be financially secure now than be earning a microscopic amount of interest. I'm in Maryland. The BoA rep said that in addition to the federal penalty, there would also likely be a penalty from the state. Specifically I'm wondering: >I'm unsure of whether this would bump me into the next tax bracket. Given last year's TurboTax file, is there an easy way I could figure this out? > What should I keep in mind for tax season if I do this? Are the penalties assessed at withdrawal, or would they show up in my tax bill for the coming season? > I've heard that taxes can be reduced if this is being used for education. I would be using it for housing while I'm in school and travel to conferences. How hard is this to document if I do my taxes myself and don't have an accountant? > Speaking of accountants, how much would consultation on this cost if I wanted to get help deferring the penalty. 10% of 3,000 is 300... would I be paying more than that in billing an accountant to get a more optimal distribution? > I'm thinking that this is basically a savings account that my former employer doubled the value of. Therefore if the penalties are far enough below 50% of the total then it makes sense to withdrawal it, rather than letting BoA sit on my money in return for a pittance in interest. What would the total amount in penalties be once everything was said and done?

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How can I get paid to be a human Google + Wikipedia + Snopes?I am in the midst of jobhunting and a lot of people have asked me what I want to do. I'm trying to find job titles or descriptions that encapsulate the following skills: * I LOVE research - I love being given a juicy topic, being lost in an online rabbit warren for days, and then coming up with about 50 zillion resources and references. In my internship (which ends today) I collected so many contact details for notable women in STEM that my work could barely handle it. I hate academia though, partially because formal education and I don't get along very well and partially because I hate writing a paper in a clunky style that nobody reads, but I do like the idea of spending my time exploring the landscape and depth of a particular topic. * I also "enjoy" factchecking, context-checking, and debunking. "Enjoy" is in quotes because it's not coming from a sense of glee, but more from frustration at seeing a lot of misinformation being spread and being compelled to find & report the truth like some sort of information detective. Still, I find the work really fascinating, especially when the truth ends up being "it's complicated". * I have scarily effective superpowers at connecting people to the right resources and networks - so much so that I've sparked some amazing life-changing careers thanks to a good introduction. Sort of like a career-oriented fairy godmother. I often send people links to thinks that remind me of them just for the hell of it - it's just something I do. * I love fairy godmothering in general: finding ways to make people's dream projects come true. If I had a zillion dollars I'd go all Oprah on people and fund their Kickstarters or something. * I have this strange effect of being some kind of walking Information Booth: no matter how preoccupied or distracted I am, whether I'm local or foreign, people often pick me out of everyone else to ask for directions or help with public transport. Maybe I look friendly, I don't know, but it's become a bit of a running joke with some friends. I find that I do a lot of the above for free, whether for personal projects or for volunteer work, and it'd be nice (and better for my bank account) to be able to be paid for them. Some of the things I thought about that might use the above skills are: * Strategic planning * Factchecking for a publication (I heard about people who do reference checks for academic papers recently and that sounds interesting) * Developmental editing * Some sort of consulting, though I don't know what specifically * Information or library science of some kind (one of my best friends had a subject on organising and managing information as part of his IT degree, and while he found it boring I found it SUPER FASCINATING) * Literally setting up a booth somewhere with a computer, an Internet connection, and a sign that says "Let Me Google That For You" My background is in the arts, creative industries, and media, as well as some education and community development. I would like my work to serve a greater good, though I am a little burned by social justice (and tired of tech startups that crow about being "disruptive"). I'm pretty open to suggestion for fields though!

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Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. If there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place, so I ask thee who have worked in that culture...Of course I am referring to the BBC version of the show here. I am currently rewatching the series and a few scenes stuck out to me as kind of bizarrely sexist and lewd, in a way that goes above and beyond the usual bounds of a comedy. Plus, if there wasn't some bit of truth to these scenes I can't imagine they would have worked that well as jokes in the first place. The scenes I am referring to are.... • New girl is being introduced to assembly of coworkers and its jokingly mentioned that her dad is a cop so out loud and in front of everybody, dudes start saying things to her like "would you like to receive some swollen goods, love?" and "I've got something she could take down in evidence!" etc. • Brent takes the big boss lady down to the warehouse where warehouse workers joke right to her face about her having sex with a dog. • This exchange between Brent, Chris Finch and (shockingly since he's presented as a sensible good-guy) Neil: She's looking for a job. - If it's a blow job, I'll help. - She's not desperate. - I'll take her up the dole office! - Dole orifice! - I've got a vacancy she can fill! I get that they have a different office culture over there with alcohol and remnants of the class system at play but this stuff all seems baldly inappropriate and I would think illegal, no? So was this stuff just exaggerated for effect? Meant to show how dysfunctional this one office was?

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Make your own dinosaur menorah.

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Looking for software recommendations for managing grants from the perspective of the granting agency, ideally on a limited budget.Does anyone have recommendations on software/systems for managing applied research grants, reporting on grantee progress, and things like that? I am newly in control of a fairly substantial research grant program which has historically been done by paper, with relatively ad-hoc reporting. Since these are typically multi-year research grants, we need to keep track of them over time and there are enough of them that keeping track by hand is becoming foolish. I cannot impinge upon the accounting department, so I don't need to interoperate with any existing "enterprise" system here. I'm not reporting to the federal government or an IRB, so I don't need regulatory compliance stuff. I only need to track projects, investigators, deadlines, progress milestones, and budgets (mainly to make sure I'm paying out appropriately and on schedule). I've been wading through the deep pools of grant management software (here and across the internet), but the staggering majority of what I can find relates to management on the receiving side and I'm on the giving side. Thoughts? If I have to build another ad hoc system in Excel and calendaring software I will, but I'd rather not if I can avoid it. Despite the scale of this grant program, my budget is comparatively small (we aim to keep overhead low).

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Just wondering if anyone happens to know where Marina Abramović is at about 5:30 in this video. It's near the beginning of the documentary The Artist is Present. She's walking along a ridge at a mountain observation point.(Sorry about the vegetarian message overlay. I watched the film on Netflix and this was a copy I happened to see on youtube.)

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Every year I buy a bunch of gifts, schlepp them home, and wrap them surreptitiously in a secret corner of my mom's house about 3 minutes before I have to give them over, all in the name of national security. Am I being stupid? Can I do this differently?I am not a big holidays person, but the one part of the whole stupid thing I like is quietly wrapping presents alone (it feels like crafting!) and making it all nice for the person I'm giving it to. Now that I fly home for the holidays every year, I don't get to do this, because I'm under the impression that you can't take wrapped gifts on a plane. I'd be checking them in my bag, not bringing them on the plane. Some googling tells me that you technically can do this, but the TSA might open certain gifts to be sure they're not implements of destruction ("Phew! Just coffee again!" Said every TSA agent over and over). I am looking into the possibility of shipping them all home, but it might be expensive, and/or they might not get there, which would suck verily. How do you do this every year? Are there certain classes or types of gifts that I should *not* wrap in advance, while others are totes going to be fine?

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In the last few years I've frequently heard business people and business journalists using the word "delight" in relation to their customers' experiences in a way that makes it sound like a very specific buzz word from a very specific source. Like a marketing book that called out "customer delight" as a key metric or something. Is there a known original vector for this bit of word virus?

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I dropped out of college after my first year and for the past 35 years I've been self-employed, successfully running my own company, however, I'm now planning to enter the job market for the first time and want to get that degree on my resume. Is there an institution I could go to on-line where my business experience would be applied towards a degree?

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"From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives." The Year of Outrage (SLSlate)

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Conveniently, LEGO® vines growing on the outside of the museum provide handgrips the thieves can use in climbing up to the skylight. The director of security at the Getty assesses LEGO set 60008, Museum Break-In, and finds the City Museum to be woefully unprepared for a daring two-small-plastic-man heist. And as in all great heist stories, there's a twist.

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"It's all about burn rate / Bout burn rate / slow spending" -- This years holiday video from First Round Capital, the venture capital firm that convinces dozens of its entrepreneurs to participate in parodies of the past year's most popular songs.

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10 football (soccer) experiments that were doomed to failure.

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Although doctors have noticed that fathers-to-be can experience weight gain, morning vomiting, heartburn, and restlessness, as well as more random symptoms like toothaches and leg cramps, there hasn't been any agreement as to what causes it. Say hello to Couvade Syndrome aka 'Male Sympathetic Pregnancy'. [Via io9 and Couvade Syndrome in Expectant Thai Fathers, The Couvade Syndrome and Side Preference in Child Holding, Fatherhood and Emotional Stress, The Couvade Syndrome, The Couvade Syndrome: An Epidemiologic Study, Male Counterpart to Pregnancy, Couvade Syndrome.]

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I just signed my first publishing deal after the publisher approached me directly. I had been noncommittally talking to an agent before this--no representation agreement or anything, just hypotheticals and suggestions. When the publisher contacted me, I just jumped for it and didn't tell the agent until it was done. Did I just screw over that agent, or is this just business?I never reached out to agents or publishers with these books (or others). As noted, the books were out as self-published works, and I've done really well with that. Both parties found the books on their own and came to me. There are two books out (in series) so far, and I'm working on the next with plans for more. The agent was a super nice guy and all, and definitely from a reputable agency (I checked). He gave the first book a read, contacted me, and then did another read-through with notes. This all happened in November. His notes were all about massive structural changes--turning the first act of the first book into a series of flashbacks rather than a linear narrative, making other changes, etc. He didn't say this was all a requirement, just that he believed he could sell the book better if it flowed differently. I wanted to chew on it. About a week or two later, I got the first email and then phone call from an editor. She wanted the books pretty much as they are. I had a handful of other concerns going in and found pretty much right off that those concerns weren't issues for the editor. I showed the deal to an author friend (after ensuring that this wasn't confidential) and a lawyer and everything came up good, so I signed. I let the agent know in an email, and I was of course apologetic for his time. He said it was a massive disappointment and that I should have had him in my corner. He was not the first agent to contact me, but he was the first to say or do anything serious--and yet, again, it's not like we entered into any agreements. Still, I keep wondering: did I just screw this guy? I'm satisfied with the deal I got. But I can't tell if I made a serious rookie mistake at someone else's expense by not telling him this was going on, or if this is just how the business rolls and I'm making more out of this than I should out of rookie naivete.

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How should I go about rebalancing alphabetized file folders so certain drawers aren't getting crammed over time?The file cabinets at my job are overflowing in some drawers, but less so in others. We've got some new cabinets and are going to reorganize, but I'm wondering if there are some databases out there of frequency of last names beginning with specific letters (or, preferably, by first two letters) that I can use to inform our new organization system. If anyone has other ideas for approaching this I'm all ears for that as well. Thanks!

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Strong Language is a new blog about profanity, cusswords, vulgar fuckin' language. Started just a week ago by James Harbeck and (MeFi's own) Stan Carey after discovering their shared frustration at not having a place to talk (swearily) about swearing, it already has ten posts by various authors covering such topics as the phonology of cusswords, whether shit is a contronym, the effectiveness of swearing in John Carpenter's The Thing, and a post reviving the cult classic linguistics article "English sentences without overt grammatical subjects" (previously).

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