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If we're talking about vinyl in 2014, we have to talk about Jack White. In April, rock'n'roll's self-appointed analog evangelist celebrated Record Store Day by teaming up with United Record Pressing in Nashville to put out the "World's Fastest Released Record." At 10 a.m., White and his band recorded a live version of his new album Lazaretto's title track at his own Third Man studios, then drove the masters to United, where it went immediately onto a 7" press, before ending up in fans' hands at the Third Man store. From start to finish, the process took 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 21 seconds.

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I'm an inexperienced driver in LA who is starting researching how to buy a car (I'm considering both new and used at this point but probably the latter is more likely; I'll definitely be going to some dealer showrooms) for the first time. I don't know much about cars and I am feeling a bit lost.It's all new to me and any tips would be much appreciated. I am a nervous driver and want something that is very safe and easy to use; it should also be very economical (and ideally eco-friendly) . I'm a single guy, so a compact car would be fine, probably preferable. I'm more interested in functionality than style (though naturally that would be a plus too). Especially with the LA area in mind - What steps should I take in my research process? Which information resources/ articles etc. should I read? Are there any hacks and specials secrets I should know about the buying and financing process? Are there any car brands/models people especially suggest? Thanks very much for any help!

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In the news: Journalists subpoenaed in a pending law suit from the makers of Pink Slime™. In other recent news: Family kicked off flight for complaining about poor service on Twitter. Blogger in Europe fined for blogging a bad review of a restaurant. Free speech rights curtailed for fracking. Viewing all these stories on the heels of the Hobby Lobby ruling (which even Satanists are now using to advance their cause), it might be fair to ask (with apologies to Betteridge): Are the corporate people now using the law to try to keep the flesh and blood people from criticizing them?

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Writer Jules Bentley writes about being (and staying) sober in New Orleans.

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I seem to recall a MeFi post a while back, but cannot find it (perhaps it was from an NPR story) that referenced a study claiming that the achievement level for urban Black boys placed in suburban schools was much lower than their female counterparts.I believe the author of the study opined that perhaps the difficulty for boys to integrate well was that they were treated differently, and seen as a threat by individuals in the new environment. Any help finding this study (or the OP) would be appreciated. As a contrast, it's easy to find articles that say the exact opposite: claiming that integration for the boys are easier due to their perceived coolness. (I suspect that only holds true for boys with specific personality profiles) Are there any other studies related to gender, achievement and school integration out there?

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As North Vietnamese forces marched towards Saigon in 1975, Citibank employee John Riordan (Warning: Autoplaying video) was ordered by Citibank to burn everything important and evacuate. In Hong Kong, he and his manager discussed the situation of their Vietnamese coworkers, who were in grave danger because they had worked for an American company. Despite being threatened that he would be fired if he tried to do anything, Riordan flew back to Vietnam, where he was told that evacuation was only available for Americans and their dependents. Over the course of ten trips back to Saigon, he claimed his coworkers and their family members as his own wives and children, eventually safely evacuating all 105 of them.

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I traveled to DC, SF, NYC, and a few other cities taking photos with a film camera... and I can't tell where this photo's from. City-identifiers with good memories, help me!

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Drinking a mug of fair trade coffee? Give thanks to the memory of Edna Ruth Byler, mother of the fair trade movement in the U.S. In 1946, Byler traveled to Puerto Rico as part of a mission run by the Mennonite Central Committee. There she visited a sewing class for women living in poverty. She bought their needlework, brought it home to Pennsylvania, and began what would become a decades-long campaign: Byler believed that she could provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America. She began a grassroots campaign among her family and friends in the United States by selling handcrafted products out of the trunk of her car. Byler made a concerted effort to educate her community about the lives of artisans around the world. For the next 30 years, Byler worked tirelessly to connect individual entrepreneurs in developing countries with market opportunities in North America. Byler's project grew into Ten Thousand Villages, whose stores promote both artisans' crafts and the ideal of fair trade. So raise your coffee mug in salute to the woman whose vision has evolved to encompass the world. Have one of Byler's Potato Dough Cinnamon Rolls to go with your java!

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As part of their State of Sex issue, Dazed and Confused magazine presents an oral history of the trans magazine Original Plumbing [previously]. Amos Mac, co-founder and editor, asks five people in NYC who identify on the trans spectrum what being "trans in America" at this moment in time means to them. Dating columnist Arisce Wanzer discusses the challenges of dating as a transwoman of color (nsfw). Legendary NYC drag den mother Flawless Sabrina talks the ethics of identity politics and her mentorship of gay and transgender youth. Trans 101.

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I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized. His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him.Any physical object he'd have to lug around Europe for 6 months probably isn't a good idea unless it's something so incredibly useful, well, I can't even imagine how useful it would have to be or why he wouldn't already own it. He is not the least bit homesick. He is totally loving it there, although he's posting photos of places and things he doesn't know how to label, because language barrier. I'd get him a guidebook or dictionary or something, except he won't be where he is much longer, and it's unclear which country he's going to next. I'd love to not pay for shipping, so if I could send something electronically, that would be perfect. I probably don't want it to be food-and-beverage-related since he has a generous per diem to cover that. My go-to gift in the past has been A Book I Have Read And Thought You Might Like, but I don't want to send a physical book because I don't want him having to schlep a physical anything, and he is vehemently anti-e-book. I just don't think he'll read from a Kindle app or similar. Can you gift apps? Is there a guidebook app or multi-language translation app that's worth it? I'm Apple; he's Android. So how would that work? Ideally, I'd like to get him something thoughtful that will enhance his trip. I'm hoping the hivemind can help with that. Thanks!

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When I was very young, my dad took me camping to see the Perseid meteors; it was one of the defining experiences of my life. Now I am grown and he is nearly old, and I would like to turn it around. Help me find a suitable mountaintop in New England to go camping with my dad; somewhere where we won't have to see anyone else. Details within.Long ago when I was but a wee lad, knee-high to a grasshopper, my father took me on my very first camping trip to watch the Perseid meteor shower at a stargazing party out in a big field. I consider that night to have been one of the most important foundational experiences of my life—the one that initiated a profound and abiding connection to science and to the natural world which has been one of the dominant themes in the narrative of my life. Now I'm halfway through a PhD in conservation biology, and I am going to turn 30 this August—making me more or less officially a Grown-Up. My dad, who in his own youth was quite the mountaineer, is now 60 and while very active and healthy will probably not have too many more years before his mountain-climbing days are officially behind him. As a way of marking this transition and of thanking him for introducing me to one of the most personally-defining and most consistently nourishing and beneficial modes of experience for my life, I would like to turn the tables on him and take him on a more adult version of the same trip that he took me on when I was just a bairn. What I would like to do, ideally, is to set out from Duxbury, Massachusetts very early one morning in mid-August, arrive at the foot of a mountain somewhere in New England around 6AM, backpack all day at a gentle pace (we're both in good shape all things considered, but he's 60 after all and his knees aren't the best—a consequence of his mountaineering days of yore) and arrive at our campsite by 6PM at the latest. We would then spend probably three nights and two full days up on top of the mountain doing day hikes and general Camping Stuff by day and stargazing and general Father-Son Bonding Stuff by night. After that, we would hike back down the mountain and drive home. What I need, then, is a mountain. We are both very experienced at this sort of thing, but I haven't lived in New England as an adult and I don't want to have to ask my dad where we should go; a big part of the idea behind this is to symbolically show that I Am Grown Now and that I can do these sorts of things on my own. (You know, like the first time you went out to dinner with your parents and picked up the check?) It should be possible, going nice and slow and taking plenty of breaks to let Dad rest his knees, to climb it in a day and get to a good campsite in twelve hours or less. It must be a hike on a trail up a mountain, not a walk on a path through the woods or a drive in a car to a campground. The campsite itself must offer good stargazing opportunities, or be within a short walk of a spot that offers same. It must be somewhere where we can be alone for a couple of days without having to see another soul, despite it being one of the most popular times of the year for stargazing. Super extra bonus points if we can do a little fishing, too. The site can be as remote and primitive as you like, in fact the moreso the better. I want someplace quiet, someplace secret, someplace where other people don't go. (If it's really actually secret, memail me. I can keep a confidence, I promise.) We are both very experienced at the whole hiking/camping/backpacking/mountaineering thing; for reference, I am writing this within hours of finishing a three month season of fieldwork in the Congo, and when Dad was in his prime he did several major mountaineering and bicycle touring trips lasting weeks or months at a stretch. I really, really want to be able to spend a few days alone with him, and I'd enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate my wilderness skills to him as well. We're perfectly comfortable navigating with a map, compass, and GPS. Basically, I am looking for the most remote mountainside stargazing spot in New England that can be accessed in a day by a fit middle-aged man. It's important to me. Help me out, hive mind!

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The app market is becoming a mature, developed industry, with vastly increased commoditization compared to its early days. Competition is ubiquitous, relentless, and often shameless, even in categories that were previously under-the-radar niches. Standing out requires more effort than ever, yet profits are harder to come by than ever. Full-time iOS indie developers — people who make the majority of their income from sales of their apps, rather than consulting or other related work — are increasingly rare. App Rot: Marco Arment (creator of Instapaper and early Tumblr CTO) wonders if the heyday for app makers is over even when Apple and Google have paid out a combined $15B to developers in the last 12 months.

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Hi, I'm learning Japanese and am a big fan of anime/manga/tv shows. I'm far enough long in my studies where I would like to start watching/reading them with Japanese subtitles instead of English subtitles. The only problem is... I'm having a hard time finding manga/anime. Any sources for original Japanese manga or Japanese-subbed anime? (Like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

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Our house is a small Cape, with a crawlspace attic. We're going to get a home energy audit in the next couple of weeks, and the insulation of the attic is of particular concern for us, as it really gets quite warm on our second floor. Can I get your insulation wisdom here?Right now, we have fiberglass batts that are a total disarray—it's just mounds of batts (although there could theoretically be order below the mounds). State incentives will defray some of the cost of re-doing the insulation, provided we re-install batts or use cellulose. It won't cover spray foam insulation—but we're thinking of putting in central air, with ducts and stuff in the attic, and I thought that spray foam in the rafters would be better for that, since the ducts would then be within the insulation envelope. Is it possible to install both cellulose or batts in the joists AND spray foam in the rafters--insulating the attic on both sides? Would it make better sense to forgo the incentives (which are significant—the state will cover 75% of the cost, up to $2000), and get only the spray foam? Again, since we're hoping to retrofit central air in the future, we'll be running ducts and stuff through the attic, and obviously, I don't want to pay to cool the crawlspace above the insulation barrier if we just end up with batts or cellulose in the joists. If we use the incentives, would cellulose or fiberglass batts be better? I'd ask the energy auditors, but the way the program works is that contractors who could end up doing the insulation job are doing the inspection, so I'm leery about their advice. And any guess on what an insulation job like this would cost? Roof is about 45 long and probably about 12 feet from the ridge to the eaves (so, internal measurement probably a little bit less. This is in Boston's western suburbs.

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In 1963, Robert Dowlut was convicted of shooting two people: a shopkeeper during a robbery, and then his girlfriend's mother later the same night. Six years later, he was released from prison by a ruling from the Indiana State Supreme Court, due to a flawed police investigation. Today, Dowlut is the general counsel of the National Rifle Association. As the NRA's top lawyer, he has been a key architect of the gun lobby's campaign to define the legal interpretation of the Second Amendment. The NRA's Murder Mystery: a great longread from Mother Jones.

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I have just found out that I will be inheriting $10,000. I want to maximize whatever I do with it, but I am not sure where to start...Some particulars which may be useful: - I do have unused room in my retirement account (RRSP). If I wanted to take money out of there to go back to school or buy a home, that is permissible, so putting the money in the RRSP will not lock it up per se. - With that said, I am quite happy to be a renter and have no plans to buy a home. I only mention that because I think it's what my parents want me to do with the money, and so I feel that a solution for it which leaves that option hypothetically open, even if I do not plan to do it, will please them. - I am common law married. We will be doing it officially next year, but already have money saved for it. We also contribute regularly, together, to a joint vacation account. I have no personal debt right now. He does, but will not let me help him with it. - We plan to have a child as soon as the universe wills it to be so. We have about $10,000 already saved in a special savings account to cover extra stuff when/if this happens. I am not sure what else we would need to buy or to have, money-wise, for a child that this current savings will not cover. - There is a possibility I will go back to school one day for a master's degree. If so, I am allowed to remove money from my retirement account for this purpose, so again, there is no penalty in putting it there... So, it seems like maybe taking out $1000 or so for a vacation/some lifestyle upgrades might not be horrible, and then I should out the rest in my RRSP. Or...should I? Is there something better I can do with this money, given my situation?

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I'm no longer sure what my problem is or what medications to try. blizzard inside for those that enjoy helping others sort their mental health issues....I have a psychiatrist. This is my 3rd pdoc over the last 8 years. I got new insurance and she's closer than my previous doc and the before that retired. I also have a therapist. I was in a therapy pretty regulary for a few years but we worked through stuff and reached a plateau so we were both fine with the sessions ending. I am back in therapy with a different therapist now. I see her maybe once a month and that's ok. 36 year old female. Work full time, decent job, no other major stresses. By all appearances life should be good. My issues... the majority of the time, it feels like everything is such a freaking effort. I go through this cycle where I'll be motivated and I'll cook my meals and eat healthy and maybe even exercise several times a week. Then it just gets harder and harder, so I give myself a break here and there, I've been doing good after all. Then it just becomes monumentally difficult all of a sudden. And then I go exercise, even just a nice walk, and I don't feel better, I feel angry (yes, isn't that weird? what am i even angry about? I don't know - I'm just keyed up and tense and awful feeling.) I can't calm down so I try to clean or have a glass of wine or some ativan but nothing helps and I just end up not sleeping very well, if at all and that's how I know yay I'm back in the slumpy time. I can't concentrate on work, even breaking down tasks seems like I'm forcing myself against this current and I try and I try. I don't even have a hard job and I can get by doing the bare minimum, which makes me feel awful because I LIKE my job. I walk to work so I don't have a commute anymore and that used to be a huge factor in my general malaise. All I want to do is lay around and read books in bed. I don't do the thing where I sleep 12 hours a day but I find it hard to fall asleep and then hard to wake up. Everything is just overwhelming, people at work talking or laughing, having to find something to listen to on my headphones so I don't hear them, not liking what I find to listen to, just wishing it were quiet and I was at home because then it would be safe and quiet and just fine. (I cannot work from home. Not an option for my dept. Once in a while we can, but not regularly. I do it maybe every other month, claiming a delivery or home repair people coming or other legit reason (which are sometimes legit), but it's not enough to deal.) I will go an entire week at work where I just do nothing but the barest bare minimum and I know people know. I feel in a fog. I've tried B12 and Vitamin D, I've been on many ADHD medications and depression and anxiety meds. All of them work for a few weeks to a few months until I'm just feeling this way again. I liked having Adderall in the past in small amounts because it makes me able to just get through the goddamn work day and get something done. I didn't take it all the time, just to manage the down times. Welbutrin seemed to help for a bit but I wasn't quite myself on it. My current pdoc doesn't think I have ADHD and neither does my therapist, although every previous psychiatrist and therapist has thought so. The current doc and therapist think I have very bad anxiety. The only thing that seems to work is ativan and I develop a tolerance very quickly and only like to take it in emergencies. Right now it sucks because I can take 2 mg and not even fall asleep. So that's exciting. It always goes away. I call it my hibernation phase. But it's not conducive to having a grown up life and a relationship when I need to have a week or two to "recover" from living every few months. I'm on birth control, the same bc for many years now, it has helped. I don't smoke pot. I don't drink excessively. Maybe a glass of wine a few nights a week or some drinks with dinner, but I can go all week or weeks without drinking. I have an appointment with the pdoc today to try something else. We had been on something called gabapentin in conjunction with the Welbutrin but i developed horrible, horrible tinitus. So we tried to stop one and then the other and the tinitus stuck around with each one on it's own, so I just had to stop both. The gabapentin seemed to work pretty well at first for the anxiety, but then it gave me weird muscle tension, I always cracking my neck and back. So I have't been on anything for over a month now (the doctor knows, we were trying to get rid of tinitus before trying something new.) I just had one of my "spells" where I needed to "recover" from life. I took some sudafed today so I can try to caught up on things at work. This is just a horrible way to live and I'm tired of it. I feel like I keep doing the right things but they don't stick. And I don't mean like for a few days, I mean I try for months. I was going to the gym several times a week for 5 months, giving myself the ok to skip a day here and there, and I just ended up having to force myself to go do something I loved and made me feel good previously, but that now that just me feel angry and exhausted. My thryroid has been checked, I had a full blood workup done in February. Nothing is wrong or abnormal. At all. But obviously something is. I realize that everyone has peaks and valleys, that everyone has off days, but I have off WEEKS. It's not related to my period because this has nothing to do with where I am on the pack. It's a cycle where I keep going down slowly over time and then hit a bottom and stay there for a while, then climb back up and feel good and on top of things and then slowly start going down and so on and so on. The pdoc says we're gonna try SSRI's next and I'm scared because I don't want to gain anymore weight, my clothes and bras barely fit now and I can't afford to just buy a whole goshdarn new wardrobe. I was on Zoloft a few years ago and it made me the most awful I've ever felt, I couldn't even drive. Then it's just been a parade of Adderall, Adderall XR, Dexadrine, Ritalin, Concerta...they all work for a while and seem to help me get the minor lows but then it's like I'm just done again, I need my recovery week or weeks. Then I can start taking them again and I'm fine. I never took mental meds until I was 26 but this cycle has been going on for as long as I can remember, so it's not brought on by being on the medications. I just don't know what to do anymore. I feel so much better than I did years ago, I made a TON of personal progress. But I feel like I'm at the end of what I can do in therapy... this doesn't seem to be something helped by therapy anymore, it seems to me to be chemical. I'm just frustrated and don't even know what to do anymore. I know the tricks like put on your gym clothes and then you'll want to go to workout!! yay!! but no. When I am down, this doesn't work. I can put on my gym clothes, but it's like dealing with a petulant 3 year old. And if I do manage to drag myself outside even for a nice stroll, all i want to do is run back home away from the light and noise, even while I can appreciate it's quite lovely outside, and I just want to be inside where it's safe and quiet, lying on my bed with the fan on and my cats there and reading on my kindle and the nice silky comforter. Yes, I can show this to pdoc. I guess I just want to know what has worked for others medication-wise when everything else doesn't seem to work. CBT does not work for me because it just makes me even more anxious. (also, i thought about writing this for weeks and weeks now but the prospect was so overwhelming because I'm sure everyone will just look at my post history and tell me to go to therapy and i just want a wand to be waived that will make not feel like eyeore. i only managed to write this today because yay sudafed.)

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I have a one person business, and need software to manage my appointments with clients. I have spent (wasted) a lot of time investigating different applications that end up having fatal flaws, so I am hoping that someone out there will be familiar with an app that meets a few simple criteria.Here are the key features I require. So far I have not found an app that meets these requirements: - Clearly shows 15 minute increments. (I have been working from Google Calendar but it does not show 15 minute increments) - time zone awareness. I work on Skype with an international client base. When they receive a confirmation email, it needs to show the appointment time for their time zone - monthly, weekly and daily calendar views. Many applications that were otherwise acceptable do not offer this. What would also be helpful but I'm exhausted so I'm willing to compromise: - padding. A meeting may run for 90 minutes, but I would like the software to automatically schedule an additional 15 minute time block to allow the down time that I need in-between appointments.

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This person made a giant spirograph and it's actually pretty awesome. Here's the reddit link where the creator, HaHaBird, talks some more about it.

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I feel like I should be able to find this somehow, but I'm just not having much luck - where do grammar nerds go online? I'd like to find some forums. I've found a few language blogs (and if you can recommend more of those, too, I'd appreciate it) and a couple of grammar forums, but they weren't quite what I'm looking for. I want a place to really geek out on grammar/language - sentence diagramming, obscure grammatical rules, history of the English language, etc.

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Where can I find the sound of the Shofar blasts in long-play - without any other instrument - one hour or more on the net, in any format? Been looking and all I can find is short blasts.

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The location of the photograph used on the Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children album cover has been found. See it on Google Maps.

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Questions about deep throating, not sure if I'm going too far - NSFW.I really enjoy giving my partner oral - as does he - and over time I've been getting better at taking him deeper. He's very well endowed (based on my experience anyway). The last while I've been doing it so I can feel his head right at the back of my throat, although I can only do it for short bursts at a time, moving back if I feel the gag reflex kicking in, and then going again when it settles down again. The gag has definitely been getting less over time. The other day I was doing it while he was standing in front of me. I was taking it really slowly and I kind of felt his head move past the back of my throat down my throat (not sure if that makes sense, sorry I don't know the names for the different parts!) It took me by surprise and I stopped, and my partner said he had felt my throat "open up". I tried it again and asked him not to thrust so I would feel in control of it and not choke, and I was able to do it again for a few seconds until I felt the gag kick in. I stopped again and we decided to leave it for a while, but we'd both like to do it again - he said it felt great and I really got off on how much it turned him on. Plus I like a challenge! My questions are basically: is this what deep throating actually is? I thought I was already doing it, but if now I can take it further then was I not really doing it right in the first place? If not, is it taking his penis too far if its going past the part of your throat you can see? Will this cause any kind of damage? It sounds stupid but I'm afraid of "stretching" it too much. If this is ok to do are there any techniques or things I should know to make it easier? I didn't find it physically sore or unpleasant but I'd prefer not to accidentally throw up. Does the gag reflex get weaker over time and is this a bad thing? There's no pressure from him whatsoever so if I said I didn't want to take it that deep again he wouldn't mind, but he also wouldn't mind if it became a regular thing! There's no way I could ask my friends this so I appreciate any advice.

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I am remodeling my attic space to be office/mancave/storage. I have about 3,000 cds boxed and sitting in a closet. I have not played a CD in over 3 years. So I feel I need some nudging or suggestions, you see. In the new attic space I will have room to display them on shelves. I am torn as to do this, keep them boxed or just unload them. My collection is reflective of my non- commercial, eclectic tastes so I am wondering if they have any value as well. BY value I mean cash value. Are CDs dead media these days or are folks collecting them as well. Torn and confused Please, hive, tell me your thoughts

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How do I get my photos on my iPhone 5 to be automatically made available online permanently, wirelessly, and SUPER-easy to access? iCloud? Do i need a third party service? I just want every photo I take on my iPhone to be continuously backed up online somewhere, so that even if I delete it on the iPhone, it's still preserved, and I can grab it on a computer without having to sync the phone. Thanks.

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