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Are there inexpensive options for using my Verizon iPhone in Mexico?I would like to use my iPhone in Mexico. A brief look at the Verizon web site looked like I would be paying full price and there weren't any international options for Mexico. Also because It's a CDMA phone I can't just insert a SIM card for a local carrier. Anyone know of a inexpensive way to use my phone?

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I have seven days to use my herb garden harvest before prepping the plants for winter. Ideas needed!My container herb garden did very well this year. Unfortunately, due to travel and work obligations this summer, I haven't had much time to actually use the bountiful harvest. I'm planning to winterize the garden next weekend, which involves paring down the plants and putting them in a popup seed house (this has worked well to save most of the plants for the last few years). So, I have 7 days to use a LOT of: Thyme Sage Basil Mint Oregano I cook a lot, but life stresses have zapped my creativity recently. There's only so much roast chicken and sage brown butter one can make in a week. Herb butter and frozen herb cubes are a last resort. Assume the following: Cooking for 2 adults (but can scale recipes) No dietary restrictions; all cuisines are fine I have any cooking equipment that may be needed I can get most specialty ingredients I don't need specific recipes (but feel free to link/share if particularly great) Preference for less than 1hr prep/cook time Appetizers, sides, mains, desserts, etc are all welcome Hit me with your best ideas!

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I recently came across a set of five six-sided dice with colored squares and triangles on each side. What are they?Here is a link to a picture of the dice. Each of the five dice are different, most have colored squares on one side, although on some sides the square is split diagonally into two triangles. One of them has sides with shiny silver and gold squares, and one of the dice has a rainbow one of the sides. Doe these belong to a game? What are these?

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My question is two-fold, really. First, please recommend to me all of your favorite titles on the history of science, math, technology, and medicine. Secondly, how do you go about searching for good books in these topics? My favorite booksellers don't have a "history of science" search tag, unfortunately. Some of my past favorites and extended explanation below the fold.My usual practice in looking for new books to read is to check through recommendations at Amazon or go to my local bookstore and browse the shelf. But I often find it difficult to tease out the particular type of book that I like - if I go to the science section of the website, there's no way to search for history, and vice-versa. So how do you all do it, fellow science-history lovers? Is there some trick that I'm missing? Or do I just repeatedly bug the hive mind every time I need some new books? In the past I have enjoyed: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum Zero, the Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Siefe, and The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson I really enjoy books that explain not only about the science and/or technology involved, but also place it in a historical and cultural context. More recent history is good, but I really love reading histories from earlier time periods, like WWII and before. Thanks everyone in advance for your help!

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Walsh agreed to pay Boltanski for the right to film his studio, outside Paris, twenty-four hours a day, and to transmit the images live to Walsh, in Tasmania. But the payment was turned into a macabre bet: the agreed fee was to be divided by eight years, and Boltanski was to be paid a monthly stipend, calculated as a proportion of that period, until his death. Should Boltanski, who was sixty-five years old, live longer than eight years, Walsh will end up paying more than the work is worth, and will have lost the bet. But if Boltanski dies within eight years the gambler will have purchased the work at less than its agreed-upon value, and won. "He has assured me that I will die before the eight years is up, because he never loses. He's probably right," Boltanski told Agence France-Presse in 2009. "I don't look after myself very well. But I'm going to try to survive." He added, "Anyone who never loses or thinks he never loses must be the Devil." —Tasmanian Devil is the story of David Walsh and his Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania, as told by recent Man Booker winner Richard Flanagan.

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Nonsense Novels by Stephen Leacock. Hat tip to Kate Beaton's tumblr, where Nonsense Novels is also available as a pdf download from the NYRB, with an introduction by Daniel Handler. Containing such thrilling tales as Maddened by Mystery: or, The Defective Detective "Sir," said the young man in intense excitement, "a mystery has been committed!" "Ha!" said the Great Detective, his eye kindling, "is it such as to completely baffle the police of the entire continent?" "They are so completely baffled with it," said the secretary, "that they are lying collapsed in heaps; many of them have committed suicide." "Q." A Psychic Pstory of the Psupernatural "What I mean is," said Annerly, "do you believe in phantasms of the dead?" "Phantasms?" I repeated. "Yes, phantasms, or if you prefer the word, phanograms, or say if you will phanogrammatical manifestations, or more simply psychophantasmal phenomena?" Guido the Gimlet of Ghent: A Romance of Chivalry IT was in the flood-tide of chivalry. Knighthood was in the pod. The sun was slowly setting in the east, rising and falling occasionally as it subsided, and illuminating with its dying beams the towers of the grim castle of Buggensberg. Gertrude the Governess: or, Simple Seventeen When Gertrude was seventeen her aunt had died of hydrophobia. The circumstances were mysterious. There had called upon her that day a strange bearded man in the costume of the Russians. After he had left, Gertrude had found her aunt in a syncope from which she passed into an apostrophe and never recovered. To avoid scandal it was called hydrophobia. Gertrude was thus thrown upon the world. What to do? That was the problem that confronted her. A Hero in Homespun: or, The Life Struggle of Hezekiah Hayloft Next he applied for a job as a telegrapher. His mere ignorance of telegraphy was made the ground of refusal. Sorrows of a Super Soul: or, The Memoirs of Marie Mushenough (Translated, by Machinery, out of the Original Russian.) As he passed I leaned from the window and threw a rosebud at him. But he did not see it. Then I threw a cake of soap and a toothbrush at him. But I missed him, and he passed on. Hannah of the Highlands: or, The Laird of Loch Aucherlocherty At least once in every generation a McWhinus or a McShamus had been shot, and always at the turn of the Glen road where it rose to the edge of the cliff. Finally, two generations gone, the McWhinuses had been raised to sudden wealth by the discovery of a coal mine on their land. To show their contempt for the McShamuses they had left the Glen to live in America. The McShamuses, to show their contempt for the McWhinuses, had remained in the Glen. The feud was kept alive in their memory. Soaked in Seaweed: or, Upset in the Ocean (An Old-fashioned Sea Story.) Captain Bilge, with a megaphone to his lips, kept calling out to the men in his rough sailor fashion: "Now, then, don't over-exert yourselves, gentlemen. Remember, please, that we have plenty of time. Keep out of the sun as much as you can. Step carefully in the rigging there, Jones; I fear it's just a little high for you. Tut, tut, Williams, don't get yourself so dirty with that tar, you won't look fit to be seen." Caroline's Christmas: or, The Inexplicable Infant John Enderby showed all the passion of an uncontrolled nature. At times he would reach out for the crock of buttermilk that stood beside him and drained a draught of the maddening liquid, till his brain glowed like the coals of the tamarack fire before him. "John," pleaded Anna, "leave alone the buttermilk. It only maddens you. No good ever came of that." "Aye, lass," said the farmer, with a bitter laugh, as he buried his head again in the crock, "what care I if it maddens me." The Man in Asbestos: An Allegory of the Future It seemed unfair that other writers should be able at will to drop into a sleep of four or five hundred years, and to plunge head-first into a distant future and be a witness of its marvels.

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Endnotes: David Foster Wallace, BBC Documentary. A collection of various interviews, videos, & recordings from and about David Foster Wallace. - David Foster Wallace uncut interview (11/2003) German television station, ZDF. - Speech: 'This is Water' given by David Foster Wallace to Kenyon College's 2005 graduating class. - David Foster Wallace's interview with Leonard Lopate on WNYC. - Charlie Rose interviews David Foster Wallace Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. - Last Bookworm interview with David, discussing the superlative essay collection "Consider the Lobster." - David Foster Wallace on Gen X, "Infinite Jest" and a life of writing (1996) - Amy Wallace speaks about her brother David Foster Wallace. - Rereading David Foster Wallace - The New Yorker Festival - The New Yorker - Zadie Smith's essay "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: The Difficult Gifts of David Foster Wallace," from her 2009 collection Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12.

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Venerated Members - Europe's History of Penis Worship Many relics circulated through Europe, especially as a result of the Crusades. The True Cross, the Spear of Longinus, the Shroud of Turin. But possibly strangest among these was The Holy Prepuce, or The Holy Foreskin, as Jesus was certainly circumcised. It then became the object of theological debate, reliquary cults and Italy's oddest town. Of course, there are hints and shadows of prior penis worship in Europe, and around the world[PDF]. Perhaps the mural of Massa Marittima is not just 'obscene.' For more, older, reading, try A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus Sacred Texts, Archive.org), or The Worship of Generative Powers (Sacred Texts, Google Books), combined as Sexual Symbolism: A History of Phallic Worship. Or visit the museum. previously on MetaFilter

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We lost our indoor cat at around 1am this morning from our back yard in our quiet suburban neighborhood. It's getting cold outside, and we are worried about her. What can we do to find her? More details after the jump.Our cat Hoya is approximately 1 1/2 years old. We adopted Hoya and her bonded sister Saxa from a shelter approximately six months ago. They seem very happy, well adjusted, comfortable. They are strictly indoor cats. Lots of wet food. Lots of attention. Lots of play. Nice cat trees. Running water fountain. The works. We were cooking late last night and left the door open because it was hot in our kitchen. Both cats pretty often would go outside and explore our deck, but they always returned quickly when it seemed like we were going to close the door. Saxa came running back when it was time to bring everything in for the night, but we couldn't find Hoya on the deck. We went out looking for her last night for a couple of hours. We brought a flashlight, a clicker, and a bag of dry snacks to shake. No sign of her. More looking earlier this morning before Church, but still no sign of her. Background on our neighborhood: archetypal suburban cul de sacs. No other cats that we see around the neighborhood -- i.e., no neighbors with outdoor cats running around. There are some rabbits that show up occasionally at night, though. Very close-knit community with lots of kids, and our neighbors will be on the lookout for the cat for what it's worth. Background on our cat: Hoya is around 10lbs and pretty strong, athletic. She is intrepid and not easily scared under ordinary conditions. (Hence the leaving the deck while her smaller sister stayed behind.) No illnesses. No real issues at all. I've read all that google has to offer on finding lost cats. Would be great to see what advice the Hive Mind would give, particularly on: how and where to look for a lost (possibly scared) cat in a quiet cul de sac; how to attract the cat back home; and the likelihood that the cat will be just fine, a-okay, notwithstanding the oncoming fall chill, because cats sometimes leave and come back. Thanks in advance.

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Despite not being a religious person, I've always enjoyed finding and reading Jack Chick tracts, and I always enjoyed getting them at Halloween as a kid. Are there any small, Chick-like comics appropriate for kids that aren't religious, perhaps on spooky historical topics or that are just fun adventures, that I could give away along with candy for Halloween this year?

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Should you wash your hands after touching genitals (your own and/or a partner's)? Assume the partners in question are monogamous and STD's are not a concern.Partner A thinks it's gross to touch other parts of the body after touching genitals, and keeps hand sanitizer bedside for this purpose. Partner B thinks this is silly and weird. Who is right?

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I snap a lot of images when I'm out walking, and I'd like somewhere to host them that will allow me to post them to a Twitter feed quickly and easily.The features I'd like the service to have are as follows: I want the site to have some way of showing where the picture was taken on a map, using the geotag data from the picture. Bonus points for this being available on an Ordnance Survey map, but that's not essential. The ability to create an "album" of images easily, so that I can link to a few images on one page. I would likely want to add a bit of blurb about where the pic was taken and what it's a picture of. I don't know if it's possible, but I'd like there to be a way to have the images show up within the Twitter feed, like they do if you upload them directly to Twitter. I'd like to retain all rights to the image, so preferably nowhere that has a sneaky clause in their EULA that means I give the company the right to sell my pics for a profit, for example. Double bonus points if I can upload videos too. Any ideas?

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Some interesting recent links on family planning in the short, long and speculative senses. - Catherine Rampell examines the "information gap" surrounding birth control and family planning amongst young people with lower levels of education. - Sarah Perry examines the history of fertility transitions over the last 300 years. - Carl Shulman and Nick Bostrom examine the potential effects of human genetic selection in the next 50 years. Catherine Rampell: Twenty-somethings with college degrees report using birth control much more consistently than people with no more than a high school diploma. People with less educational attainment were also much more likely to say they know little or nothing about condoms and the pill. And the amount of mistrust, misinformation and old-wives'-taling about birth control was astounding among the less educated, though not wholly absent among college grads. Sarah Perry: European cultures have historically prevented people from restricting family size within marriage......A new pattern, allowing for controlled fertility within marriage, simultaneously originated in New England and France in the late eighteenth century. The new pattern traveled with a new set of values, including suffrage, democracy, equality, women's rights, and social mobility. Its main mechanism of spread was education, the availability of which also incentivized the new fertility pattern's adoption by providing a clear way for parents to compete for the future status of their children by having fewer children...The benefits of the new pattern are increased material wealth per person, a reduction in disease, starvation, and genocide, and upward social mobility. The main drawback is the onset of a dysgenic phase. Carl Shulman and Nick Bostrom :we analyze the feasibility, timescale, and possible societal impacts of embryo selection for cognitive enhancement. We find that embryo selection, on its own, may have significant (but likely not drastic) impacts over the next 50 years, though large effects could accumulate over multiple generations. However, there is a complementary technology – stem cell-derived gametes – which has been making rapid progress and which could amplify the impact of embryo selection, enabling very large changes if successfully applied to humans.

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My skin, which until recently has been under the delusion that it's still 16, has just realized that it's almost 40 and has decided to get a jump on its midlife crisis. Please help me find a moisturizer that won't break me out.So the past two years, during the winter, my normally oily, sensitive, breakout-prone skin has become very dry, but still oily by afternoon, sensitive, and breakout-prone. (I wash with Neutrogena unscented liquid most of the time, Cetaphil when I'm super dry or irritated.) I've got a good SPF daytime moisturizer (Clinique's City Sheer) but I'd like to add a richer moisturizer to my evening routine, since I need more moisture during the winter and shine isn't an issue while I sleep (or when I'm just bumming around on the weekend). But I still break out at the drop of a hat. Sensitive skinned people of MetaFilter, what works for you?

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I want to take half of my 60-mg capsule now and half tomorrow (long story which is not relevant. Please don't ask about doctor's advice etc. - this question is purely technical).Can you help me divide a 60-mg. capsule of medication into two 30-mg. doses? First of all -- this is an extended-release medication. Does that mean that the gelatin capsule itself is at least partly responsible for the extended release characteristic, so that, if I were to pour out approximately half of the powder and take it without the capsule I'd be screwing up how the medication was going to activate in my system? or would taking half the powder without any capsule be the same as taking it with the capsule intact? Second -- if I need to take the powder within a capsule, where can I get 30 empty gelatin capsules in New York City? Things seemed to have changed since I bought empty capsules in different colors for a history project in 1962. At that time you could go to a drugstore and buy capsules for any use. This doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Third -- is there any way to divide the powder into two equal portions other than "eyeballing" it? Thank you!

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How to get through an extended period of frequent blood draws?Over the next 20 weeks blood will be drawn twice a week and additionally on one occasion seven times in one day. Finger-stick tests and ports are not available. I'm not concerned with the blood loss, the overall amount will roughly match that of a regular donation. I'm worried about scar tissue on the veins from repeated punctures and healing. Getting blood drawn just creeps me out. How to get through this?

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What are your favorite stores/blogs/forums/Instagram accounts focused on fashion for plus-sized *men*?My pony would be a men's version of Gabi Fresh (Gabriel Fresh?)--mainly casual/streetwear, urban feeling, with pieces over a range of affordability from fast fashion to designer. Any fashion resources for big men welcome though!

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I've had the same problem with every pair of hair clippers I have ever owned: When I start running them through my hair (especially in the back), they work fine. Then, at some point, they hit a patch of hair that makes the motor modulate so that it sounds higher-pitched and faster. When the clippers are in this state, they don't cut properly until the motor ramps back down again to their normal speed. What's going on here and how can I stop my clippers from doing this?I'm using the clippers with no guard, cutting hair very short (essentially buzzing it to the skin). This is also definitely not brand-specific--this happens with every kind of clippers I have ever owned, no matter how cheap or expensive.

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"Only the pen of a Dante could do justice to the sights and sounds that occurred in the St. Clair-Norwood neighborhood that hellish afternoon." Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the East Ohio Gas Explosion, "when fire rained down and streets literally collapsed." Three above ground tanks holding liquified natural gas leaked, caught fire, and exploded, leveling one square mile in Cleveland and killing 130 people. It also served the backdrop to local author Don Robertson's beloved novel The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, which follows the adventures of a nine-year-old boy on that day.

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When I'm on a call with my iPhone 5 (iOS 7), I can't use any apps anymore. The display flashes on and off, I can't use speakerphone or end a call, and the screen sometimes locks. (Restarting has done nothing.) Also, when I hold the home button and talk, Siri doesn't work anymore. It just keeps suggesting things I could ask. Google searching is suggesting a proximity sensor issue?

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I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me. The results are usually disappointing. Now I gotta get to another class half-way across campus, so I don't have time to tell them that so-called "liberal guilt" is not the answer and that empathy and solidarity are. I don't have time to explain that learning to share anger at injustice is the start of a common conversation, and that they can learn how to recognize where privilege resides in their own lives by reading about and listening to the experiences of others who do not have it. But I gotta run, so I just say to them: "It's a long argument, and an endless series of principled choices, but the short version is simply: don't be a douchebag."

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How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal. As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease. For decades, scientists had tried, and failed, to devise a cure for Alzheimer's. But in recent years two pharmaceutical companies, Elan and Wyeth, had worked together on an experimental drug called bapineuzumab, which had shown promise in halting the cognitive decay caused by the disease. Tests on mice had proved successful, and in an initial clinical trial a small number of human patients appeared to improve... There would be huge demand for a drug that diminishes the effects of Alzheimer's. As Elan and Wyeth spent hundreds of millions of dollars concocting and testing bapineuzumab, and issued hints about the possibility of a medical breakthrough, investors wondered whether bapi, as it became known, might be "the next Lipitor." Several months before the Chicago conference, Barron's published a cover story speculating that bapi could become "the biggest drug of all time." "The consensus Wall Street estimate for bapi sales had been about $1 billion annually if the trials had succeeded." After the bapi clinical trials, "Pfizer and J&J ... revealed that bapi failed to beat placebo in helping patients with mild or moderate disease with their memories in two late-stage studies." The Corruption of Sid Gilman The Doctor At The Center Of The Insider Trading Scandal Dossiers from Bloomberg Businessweek on SAC Capital and SAC's successor organization, Point72 Asset Management

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Looking for suggestions or help moving a OSX disk image (.dmg) to the cloud ideally to a virtual machine, a less complicated project is moving a 8 gig Microsoft Office 2011 (mac) .olm file to the cloud and access via outlook.com, gmail.com or similar.Essentially I would like to move a very device dependent archive of all of my data, settings, and software from a hard drive to a virtual machine to access if/when needed or at a minimum move a couple years worth of email to the cloud. Suggestions?

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Hi folks, I'm contemplating some home remodeling work, and was wondering if any MeFites in the CA south bay area might have experience with this. Specifically I was hoping to find local online communities I can participate in for a few months to gather information and ideas, since I know very little about this whole subject and really need to learn the local resources, prices, experiences etc. Anyone know of any online forums like this or how I could go about finding one? Thanks!

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So my wife found a micro-SD card while on her morning walk. We'd like to see what's on it.Yes, we're nosy and curious, but on the off chance that whatever is on it might be meaningful to someone, we'd like to return it to the rightful owners if we can identify them in some way. I have an SD-reader-adaptor. I slotted the found card into the adapter and put it in my Mac and it doesn't see it or react to it at all. I tried it with a PC and the PC definitely detects it (it makes the little "detected" noise) but then comes up with an error saying that I need to create an application association with the file. But it never gives me the drive to access, so I can't even see what files are on there that it thinks needs associating. Is there some other way for me to see what's on it? Or am I wasting my time?

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