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I would like to read The Travels of Marco Polo. Turns out, there are a lot of versions. I thought to myself: "you know who has considered opinions about things there are versions of? Mefites, of course!" This is for personal interest and not serious scholarship. However, this doesn't mean scholarly considerations don't matter at all. It just means that readability is also important. Suggestions? Is there a latest and greatest edition?

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Marni Nixon, the Singing Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86. Marni Nixon was an American soprano and playback singer for featured actresses in movie musicals. She is best known for having dubbed the singing voices of the leading actresses in films, including The King and I, West Side Story, and My Fair Lady, and dubbed Marilyn Monroe's high notes in "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Via Wikipedia: In 1956, Marni worked closely with Deborah Kerr to supply the star's singing voice for the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, and the next year she again worked with Kerr to dub her voice in An Affair to Remember. [...] In 1961's West Side Story, the studio kept her work on the film (as the singing voice of Natalie Wood's Maria) a secret from the actress, and Nixon also dubbed Rita Moreno's singing in the film's "Tonight" quintet. She asked the film's producers for, but did not receive, any direct royalties from her work on the film, but Leonard Bernstein contractually gave her 1/4 of one percent of his personal royalties from it. In 1962, she also sang Wood's high notes in Gypsy. For My Fair Lady in 1964, she again worked with the female lead of the film, Audrey Hepburn, to perform the songs of Hepburn's character Eliza. Because of her uncredited dubbing work in these films, Time magazine called her "The Ghostess with the Mostest". Marni appeared as herself in a delightful episode of "To Tell the Truth" in 1964, just before My Fair Lady was set to premiere. She -- and her imposters -- coyly respond to those who inquire after her status in the movie, "My contract does not allow me to discuss it." A sampling of songs Marni lent her voice to: "Getting to Know You", for Deborah Kerr in The King and I "Tonight", for both Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno in West Side Story "I Could Have Danced All Night", for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (listen to Audrey's version here!) "Honor to Us All", as Grandmother Fa's singing voice in Disney's Mulan "How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?", as Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, one of her only on screen roles Bonus Sound of Music footage: Marni singing all the songs in a screen test for foreign dubbing"A Spoonful of Sugar", for Julie Andrews on an LP of songs from Mary Poppins Besides her voice work in films, Nixon's varied career included some film roles of her own, television, opera, concerts with major symphony orchestras around the world, musicals on stage throughout the United States, and recordings. She passed away at age 86 on July 25th from the effects of breast cancer. Marni was first diagnosed with the disease in 1985, and wrote in her autobiography of the trauma of appearing on Broadway as chemotherapy caused her hair to fall out when the cancer returned in 2000.

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There was a rat infestation under the bathtub and wall/floor space. Yes..gross. It caused an odor issue coming out of the overflow. We took the tub out and cleaned out the area. Rat odor is gone...but now there is a different sort of odor. What to do next?After consulting with a restoration company, these were the steps we did to take care of the rat odor: 1. hired a plumber and took the bathtub out 2. cleaned out the area 3. sprayed bac-a-zap - an enzyme spray to eliminate organic odor causing matters 4. the next day sprayed a full strength bleach. 5. after that's dry, several coats of Zinsser primer that supposedly blocks odor. 6. I tried to fill in any nooks and crannies with expanding foam to eliminate the possibility of rodents ever going back there again. 7. Tub goes back in I cannot smell anything out of the overflow. But we can smell this sweet smelling stuff that permeates the bathroom. My theory is outgassing from the primer and since everything else is well sealed, there is one way out - to the bathroom via overflow or other gaps from the tub. I'm thinking of drilling a few small holes from the crawl space underneath to provide a path for those gasses to escape. Crazy idea? What else can I do short of tearing the whole bathroom down?

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I'm looking for recommendations from folks who have gotten dental implants in the District of Columbia, or alternatively, done the Medical tourism bit and actually went to Mexico (or elsewhere abroad) and had successful dental implants of molars.My jerk of a molar #18, after several thousands of dollars over the years, has finally resulted in a third root canal treatment that fractured the tooth and is going to result in a loss. It's likely that I'll need an implant now for molar #18, along with his jerk brother molar #19. Both my endodontist and dentist has recommended Dr. Garry Miller, stating that he's the best in DC. I will see him soon, but I fully expect him to be 1) extremely expensive and that 2) GEHA dental insurance will pay out next to nothing for the implant. I would like to save money, but also want high quality work and don't want to throw good money after bad. I'm open to dental tourism or dental school (Howard University Dental School is pretty convenient), but would like to hear specific recommendations for actual practices, either in DC or otherwise from mefites who had implants done at these practices. For those of who have done the dental tourism thing for implants - how many additional follow-up visits did you need to do? Did you fly back every time?

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So I have a small child who is in the process of converting from a passive milk converter into some of actual human. Do you know of any sources I could look at which would enlighten me on how their brain develops and most importantly any fun experimenty things I could do to see how their perception is changing and to better understand how they are seeing the world.I'm initially thinking of things like how understanding object permenance or theory ofmind develops. I've watched their brain develop into an understanding of "these toes are part of me" and "those bigger toes are not part of me" and that small person in the mirror is me, and even there are holes on my face that let the world come in.

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Why do human mothers spend so much energy manufacturing complex sugars (the third most plentiful ingredient in human milk) that babies can't even digest? Why do these complicated chemicals pass through the stomach and small intestine unharmed? What if a large amount of breast milk isn't food for babies at all? What if it is food for microbes?

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"Don't get me wrong. Not every burger or grilled cheese I eat is made with American cheese, and there are times when I'm happy with a slab of sharp cheddar, a slice of Comté, or a crumble of Roquefort on top. But if I had to pick one cheese to stock in my burger joint, you're damn right it's gonna be American." -- J. Kenji López-Alt, What Is American Cheese, Anyway?

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We (me, wife, kids 5 and 10) are traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite for 3 days of camping, and then to Monterey for 3 days. Help us plan the rest of a great trip.I love the travel insight I get from AskMefi. Has anyone had any experience getting no reservation campsites in Yosemite? We have a motel room in Lee Vining on Saturday night and I've got a reservation at a campground in the park for Sunday night as a backup, but, I'm hoping if I drive into the park early on Sunday morning, so I can score a no reservation campsite for all 3 days of our stay. I was thinking Yosemite Creek or Tuolome Meadows. I guess if I don't get one on Sunday morning I can try to get a no reservation site on Monday morning too. What are the best hikes to do with kids in Yosemite? They are decent hikers. Are there anythings we should stop, see, do, or eat between Yosemite and Monterey? When in Monterey, we obviously are going to do the aquarium. But, I'd also just like to spend a day chilling on the beach? What are the best ones? I was thinking down by Big Sur. What else should we see, do, and eat when in Monterey and surrounding environs? Thanks for your insight.

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I spend most idle moments browsing recent Ask Metafilter questions on my phone. Whilst I have learnt some (many!) useful facts from this, I acknowledge the point raised by a loved one that this mindless scrolling is not particularly constructive or good for my thumbs. How can I "selfsoothe" without relying on a website? I think there is something reassuring and satisfying about seeing questions find answers here. But this feels like a bit of an "empty hit", as these are frequently questions of no relevance to my life. I have taken a step towards more mindful engagement with AskMe by joining, but really would like to reduce this reliance. At times I have decided to stay away, this results in time spent on other websites, so this is not a metafilter specific problem, although the high quality answers here are particularly satisfying. I would be grateful for any advice on how to encourage myself to keep my hands still (or to fill them with something more constructive) and my brain calm for lengths of time from 1-20 minutes.

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What I can I do to reduce thigh pain while driving long distances?In the last 6 months or so, whenever I drive more than 3 hours, I start to get deep, sharp pains in the underside of my thigh, usually my right thigh but occasionally my left. It also sometimes happens at work, if I spend a lot of my day sitting in meetings. My back never hurts, just the thigh about halfway between the knee and the butt and it feels like it's about an inch in from the underside. Sciatica? Piriformis Syndrome? The pain resolves pretty soon after I stop sitting/driving. For what it's worth, I drive a manual transmission car, and I'm about 5'3" and about 10-15 lbs above my ideal weight. I've tried adding a seat cushion (this one) and it hasn't made any difference. I have a big car trip coming up soon and I'd like to be comfortable for it!

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I'm looking for a map app for my iPhone that would let me input lots of spots I might want to visit and when I open the app it shows me which are near me. I keep browser bookmarks of places that look interesting nearby but I'd love to just open a map and find out which is nearby when I'm driving around doing other things. I've played with the built-in iOS map app, Google maps, and MapQuest but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. Thanks in advance!

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Hola MeFi!, Good news: I scored 2 work from home days as part of a promotion. Bad news: My wife and I live in a small, 1br apartment. I'm looking for a desk that could become part of our apartment without sticking out like a sore thumb. Special snowflake deets inside.This is a tough one. My wife and I live in a 1 bedroom Los Angles apartment. It's actually on the larger side for an LA 1br, probably around 700 sqft. The issue is that we were feeling growing pains even before I had the chance to stick a desk into our living room. What I'm looking for is a desk that won't stick out and could, in a pinch, double as a relatively okay piece of home decor. It'll have to hold the following: 2 monitors(One landscape, one portrait), a small tower, mouse + kb + accessories. Some bonus Q's: Is there any such thing as a like... Murphy Desk? Help me! Teach me the neu wave of desk tech!!

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My health insurance through my last job ended on May 31st. From what I understand, Obamacare requires me to get new health insurance within 60 days from that date. My health insurance through my next job will begin sometime after August 16th, which is more than 60 days from May 31st (but not by much!). What do I do?Since I've had continuous health insurance through employers since ACA went into effect, I've never learned more than the bare minimum about the health insurance mandate... I'm sure there's plenty of information online that can help me--and I welcome you to point me to resources that are relevant to my situation--but I quickly got overwhelmed as I tried to search. I'm hoping some of you may understand the law well enough to be able to help me understand what I have to do. I'm eligible for COBRA--does that matter? (I haven't signed up through COBRA yet, and I would rather not, given how dang expensive it is.) Is there short term coverage I can get? Is there some health insurance mandate official I can talk to on the phone or something, to help understand my options? Did I completely screw myself by waiting until now, instead of dealing with this back at the end of May?

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Am I Worrying for Nothing?I made a really dumb mistake, I admit that it was really dumb. But towards the end as the officer was handing me my ticket, he said that my mistake could be seen as a misdemeanor in traffic court and that I could be booked for that. So, of course it scared me, and I am a really anxious person so now I'm imagining all the worse case scenarios possible (going to jail, losing my internship because of that etc). Basically, I was at a stop light. There were a few cars ahead of me. The car ahead of me was a big car who was behind a "Keep Clear" area and he went ahead. I thought the light had turned green so I also went ahead but then I realized that the light had not turned green and I gauged the distance wrong and I would be blocking the said "Keep Clear" area. I did not want to be in the way since that area gets congested (especially on weekday/Monday mornings) so I went around but there were 2 double yellow lines to my left and I went over them. The cop saw it all and he pulled me over right after. I got cited for a cvc 21460(a) which says: When double parallel solid lines are in place, no person driving a vehicle shall drive to the left thereof, except as permitted in this section. He said that was technically considered driving on the wrong side of the road (there were no cars on the other side at the time) and that's what makes it a misdemeanor. So, this is my first traffic violation ever. I'm in California, I'm 26, nothing on my record, have had a license for over a year - and well, am I worrying for nothing? Also, is this all just more incriminating to say during traffic court and make it more likely for me to get in trouble? I want reassurance that I'll be okay but I also want to know what might realistically happen in my case.

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My mother's husband has died, but we have his voice in her voice mailbox. We have Verizon and we'd like to leave. I know there's a way to download voice mails, but what is it? How do we do it? Please explain it to me like I'm five. I see there is a similar question from 2007, but surely things have changed since then.

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The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, starts today. On the schedule, day one: AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Caucus. "The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994. CAPAC is non-partisan and bi-cameral." Native American Council Caucus. "NCAI was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI." Black Caucus. "Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America's neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns." Hispanic Caucus. "The CHC aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community. The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands." Ethnic Council. "The NDECC reaches across all ethnic, racial, national origin, and religious identifications to the common heritage that America's diverse constituencies share as immigrants to a pluralistic nation, committed to democracy, human rights, peace, opportunity, fairness, and freedom." Disability Council. "NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities." Small Business Owners Council. Veterans and Military Families Council. Labor Council. After the 'gavel in' at 4:00 pm Eastern/Standard Time (US), speakers will be: Pam Livengood. Pam and her husband Jon acquired legal guardianship of their grandson because of his parents' addictions to drugs. Karla and Francisca Ortiz. "Karla is an American citizen but her parents, including mother Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the ad, 'Brave.' " Anastasia Somoza. "Anastasia was born and raised in New York City, is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has been a disability rights advocate and human rights defender since the age of nine." Astrid Silva. "They said no when I wanted to be a cheerleader. They said no when I wanted to attend a magnet school. They kept saying no. In my teen angsty way, I was annoyed. I thought they were being unfair," Silva wrote about her parents in a 2014 opinion piece in USA Today. "As I grew up, I started to understand that they weren't being unfair, they were afraid. They were afraid they'd have to show papers and people would discover we were undocumented." Senator Bernie Sanders. First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

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I am in need of a few additional podcasts and as nearly all of the podcasts I listen to are hosted by guys, I would like some recommendations of podcasts by women. See below the fold for my interests and my current podcasts.I am open to podcasts on other topics but these tend to be the things I am most interested in. I am not particularly interested in topical/news podcasts RPGs - system agnostic: Ken and Robin Talk about Stuff, Happy Jacks History: Rex Factor, Saga Thing Soccer: Spanish Football Podcast, Football Weekly Food: Special Sauce Urbanism: Phila-state, There Goes the Neighborhood [sadly short lived] General nerdery: Radio Free Burrito, Unattended Consequences Thanks!

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After a lot of research I think that the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW 15inch 4K Touchscreen Laptop is everything she needs and costs the same amount as the 13" Macbook Pro she would buy, but I'm worried about Adobe compatibility.Mrs. Lodie6 is a graphic designer looking for a new laptop. The obvious, easy answer would just be to upgrade her 5 year old 13" Macbook Pro, and we might. We've gone to Android phones, however, and I have an Asus laptop that I like and a Surface Pro that I adore, and we just feel like Apple's maybe getting a little... annoying? locked down? boring? expensive? Particularly expensive, since the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW (here on Amazon) looks like it has just as strong of specs as the 15" Macbook Pro but costs over $500 less. On Amazon, someone in a review said that the Adobe CS didn't work well with computers at this resolution (3840 x 2160 resolution) and I want to know if that's true or not before I go ahead and buy it. She will be using the suite (current, cloud-based version) very heavily. Mostly Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and definitely all at the same time. Does anyone have experience with those programs on a Windows 10 machine with this resolution? All comments and suggestions welcome. We won't spend more than 1500 and definitely want a laptop with an excellent display.

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An interview with Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown, otherwise known as Louviere + Vanessa who created the album Resonantia which includes unique visualizations made by photographing water vibrating at the frequencies of musical notes. There is a twelve frame animation that can be viewed by placing the included praxinoscope mirror on the album to reflect images etched in the vinyl. The photos were also turned back into sound using Photosounder. Another site with a bit more technical info on the process of making the images. Sound visualization previously with Louviere + Vanessa.

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I don't like the amount of access to my (Android) phone most social media apps want, so I mostly use sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc. through a browser, which greatly reduces their access to my identity and personal data. But the user interface for a mobile website usually sucks compared with a dedicated app. Is there a better way? Are there any good 3rd-party apps for accessing these social media sites that don't demand access to my entire phone?

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Travelling to Philadelphia in mid August for a break - I'm a regular visitor but I haven't been in 3 years - what's new in town that I can't miss? I like fine dining, gay bars, unusual museums, vintage or discount menswear, and science/engineering sights/tours. Assume I've done all the major attractions like the Mutter and Eastern State. I have no interest in Founding Fathers stuff.Also I'll have a car for the first time ever so day trips that check those above boxes are also welcome

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I've been watching the Cinemax series Banshee and while I'm enjoying it so far, the fact that Alan Ball is the executive producer makes me a bit skeptical of its chances of staying good because of True Blood, which started off well enough before degenerating into a stinking mess. Should I stick with it?I understand that it's a show that involves a healthy suspension of disbelief, which I'm fine with, as long as it's entertaining and interesting. I see that there is a Fanfare for the show, which is encouraging, but I don't want to read it out of a fear of spoilers. No spoilers in your comments please! Thank you.

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The BBC after the bomb. The BBC's War Book contains meticulous plans for the organisation's operations after a nuclear attack on the UK. Ordered to be destroyed after the end of the Soviet Union, a rebellious BBC official quietly transferred it to the corporation's archives. Filled with the sort of mordantly amusing detail common to such documents - the BBC would be run by Radio 4, 'informal clothing' only being required, and an abandoned plan to entertain the nation with Round the Horne and Goon Show repeats - the plans help flesh out the way British bureaucracy faced up to an unknowable future that, at the time, seemed sometimes to be very close indeed. Previously.

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Let's say I'm a daily marijuana user. If I wanted a urine test to indicate that I'm only a 2-3 times a week user (basically get the levels down by about half) how long would I need to cut down to 2-3 times a week before the test reflected this level?If I am have misapprehended something about the way the tests work, please let me know.

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"But it goes way beyond that. Some researchers claim that liberals aren't motivated by feeling of moral disgust, but I disagree. Liberals think incidents like these are disgusting. Racism is viscerally wrong, it's unacceptable, and it needs to stop." Four years ago Mark Rosenfelder (metafilter's own) wrote The Practical Case For Liberalism (previously). He follows it up now with The Moral Case For Liberalism.

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