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I am a 36 yo female. Was diagnosed with atypical severe congestive heart failure one month ago. My question is: what now?I had had trouble breathing for six months and was only diagnosed because I whined a lot and finally got an echo. My ejection fraction was 10%. I was in the hospital for 5 days, and left with a lot of meds and a life vest. Doctor appts since discharge have been few and far between, and not very helpful. I am on the wait list for cardiac rehab, but frankly may not be able to take that much unpaid time from work every week. I am doing MUCH BETTER and can do 20 minutes on a tread mill at 1.5 mph now which is worlds from where I was. I am doing well with sodium and okay with fluid restriction. My question is: what now? What is my life going to be like for the time I have left? What other steps can I take to extend my quality and length of life? What can I do to impact the negligible amount of info there is out there about heart disease in women and or young people?

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How do I find podcast producers that need music?I recently produced music for an episode of an audio drama podcast, and loved the experience, and want to keep doing it, with the longer term goal of making (at least) a little money. I've got a few demos that I'm just putting the finishing touches on and website in the works. So how exactly do I find and approach the people that might need someone to do make music for them? If I was looking to get into a local art\music scene, I'd just find the physical space where they meet and go from there. Is there an online equivalent for people making audio dramas and other podcasts that I can get involved in (bonus points if they're geared towards people making weird fiction\horror)?

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Are there any cases of the use of electronic/computational prayer wheels, by way of computation? (In real life and/or in literature)I've been profiling a lot of code and was struck by how a small program can instantly be run millions of times, and my brain drew the analogy to the prayer wheels used by some tibetan monks. The wikipedia page mentions one small example of motorized wheels, but I'm interested in hearing if there have been any larger computational efforts, or any exploration of the idea in more depth in fiction?

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In order to subvert Instagram's policy of allowing male nipples without restriction and censoring women's nipples without exception, the account genderless_nipples is posting close-up pictures of nipples. These photos have exposed the absurdity of Instagram's double standard regarding male versus female bodied people by removing a closeup picture of a man's nipple. As the accounts creators noted: "Instagram...can't even tell the difference between male and female nipples; who could!? So why even bother banning female nipples if they can be so similar?" This project was started in early December by Morgan-Lee Wagner, Evelyne Wyss, and Marco Russo as a reaction to the US Presidential election and is an extension of the Free the Nipple campaign to destigmatize female breasts.

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A dozen is 12. A "baker's dozen" is 13. In The Fatal Shore, a "dozen" of 40 lashes is mentioned. What other kinds of dozens are there?

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I am looking for a solid stand that will fit my CDP-120 Casio weighted keyboard.One of my hobbies is playing classical piano. A few years ago, I purchased a CDP-120 Casio weighted keyboard after leaving my Yamaha baby grand with my folks, as I don't have a home large enough for a grand piano (even a baby grand). I currently use an X-shaped keyboard stand and find it woefully lacking. It's just not sturdy, and the keyboard wiggles around and I find it difficult to play, which means I don't play as often as I would like as it's just not a pleasant experience. However, the CDP-120 looks like it's no longer made, and I'm trying to find a suitable, sturdy stand - but they are no longer in production either. I can't figure out if my CDP-120 will fit the CDP-130 stand, and if the CDP-130 stand that is out there is even any good - it's just particle board, and I'm guessing it's also pretty flimsy. But if it does fit, certainly, I am willing to try it. How might I find this out?Do you have a Casio CDP-120 and a stand that you're happy with? Ideally, the stand would have pedals or a way to secure pedals to it, but I realize this is probably pie-in-the-sky. I'm not handy and can't fashion a keyboard stand on my own, nor am I really interested in doing that. What are my options (aside from finding a way to get an upright into my home, which is not going to be feasible for at least six months, and I'm loathe to get an upright unless I'm routinely playing again)? I would love to have a nice, sturdy stand upon which to put my keyboard so I can play happily again!

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Hi all -- Looking for recommendations as we put together a trip for 10-12 days, starting and departing London. Our party is 2 adults and 2 kids (3.5 years and 1.5 years). We've had great success with farmstays in the past. Train rides are also fun. Any thoughts on places to visit or farmstays? We'll want to do a few days in London but also get out -- seaside or country or both in the time we have. Ideally we'll travel by rail (trains are fun!) but we could drive. Looking for less-touristy, more funky or strange kind of stuff. Walking treks, or renting bikes, etc. Thanks!

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I'm putting together a playlist to get me through this weekend. The theme is: we are all going to die/everything is terrible/this is a disaster/the end of civilization as we know it. Connections can be tenuous, lyrical/topical fit less important than the one moment of "HA! This song! Perfect!" Songs so far include REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It," The Homeless Gospel Choir's "Armageddon," Def Leppard's "Armageddon It." Not interested in generic depressing/downbeat songs or overly sincere songs or even hopeful ones. Bitter laughs preferred.

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I've recently realised that it would be in my best interest to leave my current job. I actually feel quite passionate about the projects I'm working on, and I am aware leaving now would put a lot of people in terrible positions. Is there any way to minimize the damage if I leave this post?I have a colleague (who is not my superior) prone to extensive verbal abuse directed towards myself and other colleagues. Our line manager's actions amounted to telling us that we don't have to get on but we need to work together to be professional. I feel that if I stay, my colleague's behaviour will get progressively more petty and hostile, and to be honest, I don't get paid enough to live my working life in a state of perpetual anxiety. I'm not overreacting to someone being slightly mean. I am a social worker and accordingly, I have a high tolerance for attitude and hostility. However, this abuse is so virulent that I have considered getting up from my desk, walking out of the office and never coming back. My partner and I have spoken, and our finances are solid enough that we can make it on one salary if we live frugally. I am actively applying for other jobs. However, I feel torn about leaving the post abruptly. I would give two week's notice as required, but my post has experienced so much turnover in the last few years that I feel guilty being the latest person to disappoint our service users. There are also projects underway that I have developed on my own, so the contacts and idea blueprints are mine, and if I left now, it's very likely that these projects would fall apart. My service users don't deserve to be punished for someone else's actions, but I cannot continue spending most of my weekdays crying or trying not to be sick out of fear. I really want to leave, but I also had a project planning meeting recently that made me feel so protective of my service users. I have no contractual obligation to stay in this role, but morally, there are people involved that deserve to be considered. Is there any way for me to leave while minimizing the negative impact, or do I need to accept that in this situation, putting my wellbeing first means adversely affecting other people?

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Looking for recommendations for a place (preferably near Seattle) that can do some cleaning/restoration on antique sewn toys (cloth dolls and a teddy bear). The items in question are at least 70-90 years old, and have been stored reasonably well, but could use some love to make them shine. Any experience with antique toy/doll consignment or sales would be useful too.

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As we now seem to be living in a dystopian science-fiction movie, I am wondering if there are books or movies that were particularly close in their predictions of what life would be live coming up to 2020. A lot of cyberpunk seems to have been short of the mark, but my vague memories of their precursors (like John Brunner) lead me to think that there were creators in the 1960s and 1970s who were better at looking forward.

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I have a very VERY hazy recollection of a children's computer game involving currency that I'd like to know more about.Background: I'm pretty certain this was something I played only at school (where we had Apple computers, probably Apple IIe) and not at home (where we had a Dell something or other running MS-DOS). I'm pretty certain it was on one of those medium size floppies and that I played it on a single-color display on the same machine I played Oregon Trail on. It would have been 1994-1995 or thereabouts, but it's likely the game is several years older (since it was the IT equipment given to my mom for her elementary school classroom--not the good stuff). I have no idea what the game itself was, or what the point of it was. Here is what I remember: -It involved currency. I distinctly remember German Marks and Japanese Yen. -It involved different countries, and people (cartoonish, showed torso + head) from those different countries, who may have talked or asked questions in speech bubbles. -There may also have been flags. Unfortunately I don't seem to recall anything else about it. It may have been a math game, but maybe not. It may have been a geography game, but maybe not. It may have been a small part of some kind of larger game, but maybe not. I am 99.99999999% certain it was NOT Carmen Sandiego. If anyone has any idea at all what game this might have been, I'd love to know. I haven't thought of it in decades, and then suddenly boom out of nowhere, I NEED TO KNOW.

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I've been trying to remember both the wording and the source of a quote I once heard to the effect of "If you want to make a loud noise, be so quiet you can hear the crickets, then take away the crickets." I heard (or read?) this in the context of writing poetry, and I feel like it may have been connected to Basho in some way--but I might be thinking that just because he wrote about crickets a lot. I have googled to no avail, but I may just suck at googling.

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In six days, one of the largest mass protests in American history will begin with an estimated 200,000 marchers on DC. For those who cannot travel to Washington, 386 simultaneous sister marches with an anticipated 735,000 marchers will be taking place on the same day in 50 US states and 53 additional countries. 1200 buses will park in the capitol on December 20 compared to a paltry 200 arriving for Trump's inauguration, and the related Pussy Hat Project (previously) is making efforts to ensure that every marcher has access to a handmade pink hat. The Women's March on Washington will unite a new cohort of American activists under the banner of an unapologetically progressive and explicitly intersectional platform. If you are attending a march, the Guardian and NY Mag have some helpful tips, including notes for trans and disabled marchers. The ACLU's guide to marchers' rights is also helpful. Bags will be strictly monitored and opaque purses larger than 8" by 6" by 4" are prohibited, so even organizations like Glamour are helpfully providing lists of bags that fit within the size limitations. Transparent or clear bags can be somewhat larger. If you are marching in DC, check out the MeFi IRL page. If logistics of travel and the prospect of a city crowded with so many people are impossible to manage, folks are also organizing a FireChat group to communicate via cell phone's bluetooth even if (as seems likely) the mass of people in the capitol crashes cell towers.

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My sister was recently diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), with several open lesions. She is NOT planning to disclose this at work, but the nature of her job requires frequent contact with a vulnerable population. Is there something I need to do?She works as a 1:1 caregiver at a group home serving adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. She refuses to take her prescribed antibiotics because she feels her boyfriend, who is also infected* and unwilling to seek treatment, will just reinfect her. Her reasons for not disclosing are unclear to me, but it is likely that mental illness is playing a role. I just keep thinking about how awful it would be if a client ended up with MRSA as a result of contact with her. For those unfamiliar with MRSA, once a person has been colonized, they can spread the infection even when asymptomatic. In healthy people, the infection is usually treatable, but it is incredibly dangerous for anyone immunocompromised. *Boyfriend is a CNA at a nursing home (!), which is quite possibly even worse from a disease transmission standpoint. Mayo Clinic info on MRSA: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mrsa/basics/definition/con-20024479 Two questions: 1. Am I obligated to do anything about this? I realize she'll be at risk of losing her job, but people actually DIE from MRSA infections. If her work were in nearly any other field, I would butt out. 2. What about the boyfriend? Is that none of my business?

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"It's like asking a colorblind person what color that is. It doesn't look like food to me."

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WWE Hall of Fame Pro Wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka passed away yesterday at the age of 73. Snuka was arguably the most popular wrestler in the pre-Hulk Hogan era WWF. Unfortunately, Snuka's heroic onscreen persona bore little resemblance to his out of ring personality, where he is alleged to have murdered his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in a motel in 1983. Just two weeks ago, charges against Snuka were dropped when it was deemed Snuka was incompetent to stand trial As a wrestler, Snuka was best known for his high-flying "Superfly Splash" off the top rope, or, in some cases, off the top of a steel cage Among the more famous angles in Snuka's career was when he appeared on Piper's Pit and host Roddy Piper viciously attacked him with a coconut. Another famous incident occurred when Magnificent Muraco confronted Snuka for interfering with his interview time on "Buddy Rogers Corner", igniting a legendary feud Prior to achieving national fame in the WWF, Snuka worked in many regional wrestling promotions throughout the country including: *Portland (vs. Buddy Rose) *Mid-Atlantic (w/Paul Orndorff vs. Gene Anderson/Jacques Goulet) * Georgia (vs. Kevin Von Erich) and also did several tours of Japan (here vs. Ricky Steamboat from 1981)

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Tomorrow I'm planning to go to Disneyland along with five adults and three kids, ages 1 through 5. I haven't been there before. Ideas of how to optimise the experience?We're from Australia but find ourselves in LA for a week. In typical last-minute fashion, I haven't done any advance planning (for which I berate myself) but we thought we couldn't pass up the chance to visit Disneyland. Our hope is that since it's the middle of January it won't be quite so crowded, making our failure to plan or arrange things in advance not ruin the experience. I'd love ideas, though, about things we can do now or during so we can make the most of it. We are only going to be there for a day. We are staying somewhere about 20 minutes away (assuming little traffic). So, here are some questions, but any Disneyland experts are welcome to chime in with other ideas or things that I haven't thought of, because I'm sure there are many. 1. The tentative plan is for one of the adults to leave with the 1 year old in the middle of the day so he can go home to nap and then come back when he's done. Any obvious flaws with this plan? He is a bad sleeper and pretty much needs to have a dark, quiet, flat place to sleep, and is still young enough that he cannot go a full day without a nap. 2. The two older kids (4 and 5) are big fans of Frozen. They also like pirates and anything science-related (e.g., planets, dinosaurs). Any rides or exhibits or things that would scratch any of those itches? Other things which your kids of a similar age have found popular that you wouldn't have guessed they would be? 3. We have not yet bought tickets, but could do so online today if that would make things easier somehow. Would it? 4. Suggestions for parking? Particularly non-obvious things like that? We have cars. Similarly, we'd welcome suggestions for when to go - we could leave quite early if there would be an advantage in coming early (e.g. that's the only time without a lot of lines) but if it doesn't make a difference, then that's nice to know. 5. Suggestions for eating? Should we bring lots of snacks or assume that we can find what we want in the park? Are the food prices massively inflated? Are there healthy-ish options? 6. Should we be signing up for rides in advance or something? Other suggestions to deal with lines? 7. Is there anywhere in the park where people can smoke? My partner doesn't smoke a lot but going for the whole day without doing so would be a bit much... Thank you so much! I have no idea what I'm doing and don't have a huge amount of time to do a lot of internet research, what with juggling all the kids and extended family on this trip and also trying to still get some of my job done. So I'm sure I've also forgotten lots of stuff, and any suggestions or advice would be helpful.

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Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs.

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I have recently moved into a studio apartment and would like to install a ceiling mounted sliding doors to separate the "bedroom" from the "living room". Snowflakes below the fold.There are lots of DIY tutorials on how to do this - but since I am domestically challenged I would ideally love to pay someone to do it! Is there a one stop shop that would enable me to find the sliding doors of my choosing + have a service who does the installation? I am running into lots of websites of questionable reliability and wanted to tap the hive mind for recommendations. Your input would be much appreciated! (I am located in Brooklyn, NY if at all relevant)

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I have been given a long run of magazines to put online as PDFs. I'm currently scanning them and want to create a clean directory structure where I have the covers of the magazines as nice thumbnails, clicking on them gives you a modal with the cover and the table of contents and a download pdf button, and then you can download the individual issue if you click. Is there a free solution to this that doesn't require a larger brain than I possess?The magazine is, of course, fascinating. I can easily do html and css, some simple jquery, and then confusion sets in.

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Teaching Hockey in the Himalayas. A photo journey from the HELP fund.

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My mother is 74 years old, and last June she unexpectedly needed open-heart, single-bypass surgery after a routine heart catheterization found a significant blockage. See inside for more details, but basically more than seven months later she is in continual debilitating pain and we are getting nowhere with doctors in terms of finding out why and doing anything to address or resolve it. I need advice on how to proceed, because I am at my wits end.Following the surgery she spent more than four months bouncing back and forth between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities due to repeated infections. Her surgical wound was kept open on a wound vac for more than two months for the same reason. Finally, around early October, she started feeling much better and began to resume some semblance of a normal life. For a couple of weeks she seemed fantastic. Then by the beginning of November she started having progressively worse chest pain. Not "heart attack" pain, but rather pain in her ribs themselves. Not in one particular spot, but literally everywhere in her rib cage from the front around to the back. The surgical wound was healing nicely, but now there is one little pea-sized spot that has not closed and is still draining despite multiple cleanings and dressing changes by home health nurses. The nurses keep saying that she still has an infection. She has been back in the hospital a half-dozen times in the past two months (once to a different hospital in search of a second opinion), and the tests repeatedly come back negative for any infections. Most recently, a swab of the remaining open wound taken last Wednesday has come back negative for any infection. Similarly, all tests and examinations of the surgery site show that things have healed nicely, her sternum has knitted back together, and there are no apparent problems there. The heart surgeon says that from his perspective she is doing well and does not need to see him again. He says that, well, she may still be "sore" now and then, and she should take some hydrocodone if the pain persists. When pressed about it being constant, debilitating and intractable pain and not just soreness, he repeats that from his perspective she is recovering well and there is nothing else for him to do. The plastic surgeon who closed the wound and managed the wound care just refers her to either the heart surgeon or the infectious disease doctor. The infectious disease doctor is very nice, but understandably says that she does not have any infection, so there is really nothing else for him to do. Her primary physician absolutely believes that there is still something else going on, and in any case she should not be at anywhere near this level of pain for this long, but as a generalist really all she can do is help coordinate with specialists. My mom is definitely not drug-seeking, I am supremely confident of this for Reasons. So now I am at the end of my rope. Her quality of life at this point is non-existent. We are trying to find a reputable pain management clinic, but we are in the state of Florida and the clinics here are notorious for being glorified pill mills, which is not what she needs or wants. And in any case, while finding ways to minimize the pain will certainly help somewhat with her quality of life it does not address whatever the underlying issue is. I don't even know which way to turn at this point, and I would appreciate any and all advice. She is having some amount of suicidal ideation at this point, which is understandable and equally terrifying. She can't go on like this. Help?

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I have a clusterfuck of ENT/asthma-type issues and I'm wondering if getting my tonsils removed would help. Please help.So I've been diagnosed with LPR and I have chronic swelling in my throat. My tonsils and adenoids are huge. My adenoids look like boulders. I also have a chronic cough, which I feel is triggered in part by the constant flow of secretions from my sinuses and in another part by some kind of airway issue that has never been diagnosed. I take flovent to control the cough (a steroid inhaler) and it helps a lot, though no one can explain why. Here's the thing. I've seen a slew of specialists, and none have been particularly helpful. I'm a young healthy looking female, for what it's worth. Allergist tested for allergies, and those were negative, so she told me my problem was behavioral. GI told me straight up that nothing was wrong, in spite of all the tests showing reflux. I went to the ENT Friday, who looked at my throat, remarked on how swollen it was, and told me to drink more water. He said the cough is pulmonary even though he's the one who diagnosed me with LPR. I take reflux medication (omeprazole) and try to control my diet (admittedly could be better about this) and, still, I've seen minimal improvement. Here's my new problem. I'm literally always sick. I have never been sick this much in my life. I either get terrible sore throats with high-ish fevers, or sinus infections from hell. I have been sick five times since September. Most recently, I got a sinus infection and got an antibiotic after waiting ten goddamn days to get better. Took it, felt great, then two days after stopping it I'm sick again. Fever, runny nose. Nothing awful. But my god am I tired of this. It's getting to the point where I'm sick more than I'm healthy, and I'm only 23. I'm going to a new ENT. I'm going to go to my primary again in the meantime because I'm concerned that the antibiotic I got wasn't strong enough. But, frankly, I'm sick and tired of my tonsils and adenoids. I wonder if they are so inflamed that they are just trapping anything that comes through and making me sick. So tell me about getting them out. Did it help? I'm not getting the classic recurrent strep infections but I'm damn sick and miserable regardless and I'm willing to try anything. I'm going to go to graduate school next year and I cannot possibly get sick this much while in school. I won't be able to pass my classes. I'm getting sick one a month. Also, any tips on getting doctors to listen would be greatly appreciated, because the specialists I've seen have been entirely useless. I'm polite, I'm compliant, I'm as specific as I can be about how this is affecting my life. Still, they're useless, and this is a supposedly world class medical center. I'm going to leave this medical center and go to an independent practice because fuck this place. But what else can I do? Is there a better way to approach this?

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Contracts and convicts: how perverse incentives created the death fleet After Australia's First Fleet came the second fleet. Due to contract issues, many people died. (via @smurray38) Dilemmas faced by governments writing contracts for complex human services today, such as trade-offs between price and quality, and how to capture motives and incentives effectively, were present over 200 years ago. Nowhere are the hazards of perverse incentives more obvious than in the notorious tale of the second fleet in 1790, which led to the deaths of 40% of the convicts on board. This was bad even by the low standards of the day, when the average mortality rate hovered around 5-10%. Conditions on the voyage — run by the slave trading company Camden, Calvert & King — were horrific. Prisoners were given as little food as possible and were kept chained in the hold for "the whole course of our long voyage" [...] The timing of the article may be connected to the current Australian scandal involving recipients of social security payments facing demands for repayment based on automated and flawed calculations involving Public Servants facing dubious incentives. Incomplete contracts were the focus of the most recent (yeah, sure, so-called) Economics Nobel Prize .

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