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According to the MTA's own data, New York City subway delays were up some 332 percent between November 2012 and November 2016. The crisis points to larger, systematic and political upheaval, along with real technical issues like " aging cars and track equipment, new cars that struggle to perform as well as well as older ones, and an ancient signaling system, with parts dating back to Franklin Roosevelt's presidency." Last Monday, the MTA introduced a 6 point plan that they think will help.

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That's the question.Thee query is occasioned by the fact that last week I'd read an essay about an U.S. guy having this nightmare, and a few nights ago I had this nightmare, and I know I've read other references to this nightmare, but I had this exchange with my perio resident, who has mad dental knowledge but isn't from the U.S. Me: Hey doc, why do people have nightmares about their teeth falling out? [Doc gives me an evaluating-for-mental-illness-look] Me: You know, how people have nightmares about their teeth falling out? American student assisting: OMG I had that nightmare two weeks ago [begins to gush to doctor about how her #20 tooth fell out and then she ran around the clinic looking for doctor so and so and then her other teeth began falling out] Doc: [as the student pauses for breath] This is very long story. [shakes her head bewildered] So folks? Do French people have this nightmare? Chinese? Is it some uniquely U.S. thing?

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The 1923 opening of the El Navajo Hotel in Gallup, N.M., created a sensation, with the event reported as far away as in the Washington Post. Its architect, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, had merged the bold Art Deco patterns with those created by native artists in the American Southwest to start a style called Pueblo Deco. This style was often seen inside and out on Harvey Hotels and restaurants, where she was exclusive employed from 1910 to 1948. Though a number of Harvey Hotels have been demolished, including El Navajo Hotel, you can still visit (Google maps street view) and stay at La Posada hotel in Winslow, Arizona and the Slaton Harvey House in Slaton, Texas (Google maps), which is currently a bed and breakfast, event hall and railroad museum. Colter graduated from the California School of Design in San Francisco (having also apprenticed with a local architect) in 1890—when the U.S. census counted only 22 female architects in the entire country. She started designing interiors for the Fred Harvey Company—and, by extension, the Santa Fe Railway—before becoming the architect for a number of Harvey properties in the Southwest. Colter used Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Mexican motifs, and primarily around the Grand Canyon, more rustic styles. But her buildings weren't merely copies of native designs. For example, Hopi House was an actual dwelling: some of the Hopis who worked in the building lived on the upper floors, and the Desert View Watchtower includes an upper Hopi Room with paintings by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, who took the room's theme from the Hopi Snake Dance, while other artworks were copied from prehistoric pictographs and petroglyphs at a New Mexico archaeological site that is now destroyed. These may be the only surviving record of that rock art. In 2000, NPR produced a two-part story with an accompanying gallery on Colter (Real Media audio and a gallery of small images). While she was the origin of the style, Colter's Pueblo Deco style spread. There are two key examples that still stand today in downtown Albuquerque, less than a block apart. The most notable example, particularly on the highly ornate end (via) of the style, is the KiMo Theatre (Google maps), which was designed by Carl Boller, of the two Boller Brothers from Missouri. Head west and you'll see (Google maps) Skip Maisel's Indian Trading Post, the only Pueblo Deco building in Albuquerque that employed work by Pueblo and Navajo artists, which was designed by architect John Gaw Meem. Meem is one of the two notable names associated with the Pueblo Revival style. The other name? Mary Jane Colter.

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"As the library overdoses mounted, the soft-spoken Moore, whom the kids call Miss Judi, took actions, small and large." Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports on librarians at the Philadelphia McPherson Square Library dealing with the opioid crisis on their doorstep. Some coverage of Naxolone (aka Narcan) use at other public libraries: - SF library workers may get training to save heroin addicts' lives - Denver's Central Library sees 6 drug overdoses since Jan. 1 - Public libraries struggle with drug use, overdose in their facilities - Libraries See Increase In Drug Overdoses The Annoyed Librarian weighs in, questioning the wisdom of librarians become first responders. New York Librarians also raised concerned after NY State Legislature passed legislation allowing libraries to maintain Narcan. On the opioid crisis: previously, previously, previously, previously, and previously. On Narcan: previously martin q blank noted that Eric Eyre won a Pulitzer this year for his coverage of the opioid epidemic.

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I'd like to set up a 360 streaming system from my recording studio. We'd likely be using Periscope or Facebook Live. Ideally, we'd have a camera in the middle of the room providing video, and an analog audio feed from our mixing board providing the audio. What's the simplest setup (especially on the software side) that could achieve this? What's the closest we can get to an engineer just having to log in to Periscope or Facebook and press "go"?

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Does this exist?I really want to go camping this summer, but none of my friends are available. Does anyone have suggestions on camping trips I can join or organizations that run these types of things ? I don't want to camp solo, but making friends would be great! I'm in the Montreal/ Ottawa area. Thanks!!!

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I need to live stream video from an old Sony camcorder to a brand new TV in a different room. Caveat: I'm using an A/V transmitter/receiver setup that only uses composite jacks and a line out for a phone connection.I'm using a Sony DCR-TRV70 which only has a composite out for video. My A/V transmitters have composite (RCA) jacks for audio/video in/out, and a phone jack for "line out". I bought an RCA-HDMI converter so I could connect the A/V receiver to my TV but the TV won't recognize a signal. Here's the setup: 1) Camcorder --> A/V transmitter via composite cable 2) A/V transmitter --> phone line via the transmitter's "line out" jack 3) Phone line --> A/V receiver via the receiver's "line out" jack 4) Transmitter --> RCA/HDMI converter via composite cable 5) RCA-HDMI converter --> Samsung TV via HDMI Everything seems like it should work but the TV isn't recognizing a signal. I've looked over the manual for the transmitter/receiver (here: http://support.radioshack.com/support_video/doc64/64714.pdf) and it seems like it should work but doesn't. I'm inclined to think it's not an issue with the transmitter/receiver because I used to use them to stream video from the camcorder to my old DLP TV, sans RCA-HDMI converter. The only reason I'm using the converter now is because there's only one yellow composite jack on the new TV, it doesn't have the little red/white/yellow triple like you'd normally see. Help please?

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Where on the internet can I find high-quality, non-scammy personality / career testing to help me identify what type of work I enjoy, what jobs may be a good match, and what my strengths and weaknesses are? I'm a HUGE fan of the Myers-Briggs, but it seems that should be taken with a grain of salt. And, I am looking for something a little bit more career-oriented. Ideally such a resource would range from free to low cost (

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Booked a summer camp venue in Ohio for my wedding next year -- yay! Now we need a way for people to book and pay for spots at the camp somehow -- we're going to pay in bulk for the entire camp itself, and have people pay us back based on the spots they want. Anyone know of an easy way we could whip something up (or use a service) online for people to check off how many spots and how many nights, and then pay us back?Ideally, we'd have a Google form or something where people could choose "1 bunk bed in x cabin, 2 double-beds in y cabin, etc." and then be taken to a spot where it would calculate, based on their suggestion, how much they owed (just like booking a hotel) and link them to a spot like venmo/paypal/square cash to pay us directly. I assume there are services similar to Splitwise, but most that I know take a sizeable cut of the cash. Just wondering if you know of any cheapo or free services, or have any ideas on how to best do this -- even if it's just piecing together our own site with hard-coded links to everything. We're going to have about 200 people doing this, so it would be super spectacular to find a workaround to not do it manually. Thanks in advance!

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Mental Load: why women still do most of the work at home.

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"[A] group of researchers from New York University.... trained a recurrent neural network to predict and classify text based on the work of Chuck Tingle." (from The Register) [all links should be considered NSFW or very NSFW] Try out DeepTingle here (currently unstable due to overwhelming interest from buckaroos) also available on GitHub if you're feeling especially experimental. Dr Tingle's response was to link to the paper while saying, once again i would like to formally deny that i am a sentient AI located mostly in a Nevada server farm

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I have an engagement party to attend this weekend. Apparently gifts are expected. What does one give for engagement celebrations, and how do those gifts differ from bridal shower gifts and wedding gifts?Relevant info: 1. The couple in question is slightly older (late 30s, late 40s) and have already established a household together. Neither has been married before. 2. I am broke, so would like to avoid spending more than $35 on this gift. 3. The couple lives in a small house and they are already lacking space, so I would like to avoid limited-use gifts that would have to be stored until they could surreptitiously throw it out.

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Prompted by watching a lot of kids' movies with ours lately, my partner and I got to talking about the history of the "monster voice" - you know, the stilted, guttural, sometimes confused and pitiful "Frankenstein" voice that shows up in variants everywhere from Cookie Monster to Ludo in Labyrinth. The obvious point of origin seems to be Boris Karloff's 1931 interpretation of Frankenstein's monster, but are there earlier examples? Has anyone ever written seriously about this?

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To Cite or to Steal? When a Scholarly Project Turns Up in a Gallery. Scholar Kevin Ferguson "use[s] public domain scientific image analysis software to create 'sums' of films, adding together the frames of a film to make one single abstract image." He was surprised when he learned about a gallery show of remarkably similar work by artist Jason Shulman. Includes a brief history of visual artists who have done similar work, and a tutorial on how to make your own.

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Which of these two unlocked phones should I buy? Newer Moto G5 Plus or older Nexus 6?Over the last weekend, my current Nexus 6 (not 6P) screen cracked. I am unaware of any reason, it seems to've just happened. I like the phone but now need to replace it. Other than the screen size, the specs seem to be reasonably even between the above two phones. Which one would you go for?

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It's the 122nd day of the Trump Administration and his whirlwind diplomatic tour continues, moving on from the Middle East to ... Israel? Israel, which, the President clarified, is definitely not a word that he said when meeting with Russian officials last week. Meanwhile, a sinkhole has formed in front of Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort which is almost certainly not a metaphor for his presidency. Unless it is. In which case, Vox makes the argument that there is no one to blame except Donald Trump.

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How do I politely talk to the neighbors about the state of their animal's health without offending them/forbidding me to have anything to do with the cat?I moved into my house about two years ago, and from the first our backyard had an inhabitant - the neighbor's cat. I love cats and but am unable to have indoor pets due to allergy issues. This cat clearly belongs to the neighbors - they call her by name, and she seems to be able to go into their house in bad weather. Unfortunately this seems to be all the care she gets. She is extremely thin, has worms and fleas, and her fur, for an animal that should be reasonably fluffy, has barely any sheen and no body at all. We feed her wet food regularly but this doesn't do much as I imagine the worms get most of it. She is also thirsty. We have seen her hanging over our swimming pool, drinking chlorinated water, and have started giving her water as well, which she laps up with great intensity. She seems to be young, and doesn't seem to mind her condition - runs around all over the place chasing things and hanging out on our fence and sleeping under the bushes. But I know from working with street cats that letting her live outdoors like this is definitely going to shorten her life span. I don't think it's a matter of the neighbors not having any money. They have two German Shepards and recently acquired a Pit Bull, none of which look neglected, and which they fuss over. I have a feeling that the dogs eat the cat food and drink her water, if the owners even give her food or water. Now and then the cat turns up with a bald patch on her neck, which tells me they probably applied grocery-store flea products and which concerns me as those products (from certain manufacturers that should seriously be put out of business) have a long history of killing animals outright. Once she turned up with a flea collar, but that disappeared after a few days. I appreciate they are trying to do something, but it seems ridiculous to me that the dogs most of the care and attention while the cat is slowly turning into a cute, furred, charming, flea-bitten skeleton. I want to approach the neighbors and ask them about adopting the cat. I know this is offensive and presumptuous, and this is why I haven't done it. Nonetheless my instinct is just to take her under my wing as I would if she were a real stray. My roommate suggested I offer to pay for some of her care. I am hesitant to take this approach, since that (could) lead to claims of it's-my-cat-no-it's-my-cat in the future and ugliness all around. The problem is compounded by the fact that I don't know the neighbors at all. All I know is that they are a bunch of guys probably in their thirties, one of which shot a gun into the lake out back shortly after we moved in. It didn't happen again and probably they were shooting at a snake or alligator, but all of that makes me afraid to approach them. Even if they were all little old ladies (no offense to all the little old ladies out there!) I would still worry that saying anything would offend them and lead to sweeping denials (of course we take care of the cat!) and impede what little care I am able to provide for the cat. Advice please!

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Inexpensive/free materials for cladding/tiling the interior walls/ceiling of a home? Ideas? Advice? Experience?Some people live in castles or old factories. Their living room walls are made of beautiful materials like stone or brick. But most of us live in Normal Homes and our walls are made of plaster, the most boring material in the universe (except perhaps aluminum siding, which covers the exterior of most Normal Homes). The advantage of plaster though is that you can cover it in many things that don't look like plaster, and that is what I would like to do to all plaster surfaces in my home. Home improvement stores provide all manner of pretty tiles or 3D pvc 'wallpapers' that mimic masonry, but it is expensive to use these materials on large areas. Also where is the fun/creativity/challenge in that! So I would like to solicit your advice on Things To Cover My Walls With. Perhaps you have covered your walls with something interesting. Do tell. Pictures please. Perhaps there are books or websites with advice for dilettantes. Drop that right here. Or you can just use this space to brainstorm some interesting ideas for such a project. All good.

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What's Your American Dream Score?A new project from GALEWiLL and funded by the Ford Foundation, called the Your American Dream Score, deflates that idea that success–or lack thereof–is purely one's own doing. The calculator is a part of a larger initiative, Moving Up: The Truth About Getting Ahead In America, which comprehensively examines the factors that contribute to mobility in America, and why changing one's circumstances is far more difficult than the folklore leads up to believe[...]The reasons are myriad: wide disparities in educational quality, access to resources like healthy food, and social and familial support are just a slice. But too often, McKinnon says, when someone "makes it out"–like him–the only reason offered up is: "He worked hard." When someone doesn't make it out, the reason is: "He didn't work hard enough." [h/t MeFi's Own Miss Cellania]

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Mailing, from Stockholm to a residential U.S. address, an 0.45 lb (0.2 kg) envelope or box that's critical not to lose and ideally should arrive in a few days. Oddly, lowest FedEx quote ($78) is half lowest UPS quote ($166), making me wonder if FedEx site estimator is missing some info that would increase real-world cost. Any options I'm missing? (Would be equally convenient to mail this from Helsinki, FYI – could mail from ARN, from HEL, or from any location in either city's center.)

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My friend's son (1/2 way thru undergraduate school, paid for) wants to be lawyer. Not sure what type, but likes drama and money, (F Lee Bailey) and is smart and clever. .He says that he'll get in Fordham e.g., get assistance, make $160,000 the 1st year, so can pay back loans. Does not think the Loan Crisis is an issue for him. No mention of jobs while in school. We pointed out the recession and the difficulty of many professionals, laid-off and unable to pay their loans. Offered to set him up w/ some lawyers to talk to. The whole thing is vague and ignorant of finances, and he gets defensive when questioned. We want to be supportive, but still get him to understand these choices and implications fuller.

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A German Life. Brunhilde Pomsel died on January 27 of this year, at the age of 106. Seventy-five years earlier, in 1942, she began work at the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, as a personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels. Before her death, she recorded 30 hours of interviews, which form the basis of the film A German Life (Trailer 1, Trailer 2, IMDB) There are obvious comparisons to be made between Pomsel and Traudl Junge, Hitler's personal secretary, whose interviews at the end of her own life formed the basis of the documentary Blind Spot, and whose memoir of the Fuhrerbunker was the inspiration for the memetically inescapable Downfall. Unlike Junge, however, Pomsel shows little remorse looking back at the actions of her younger self, and seems to shrug off her complicity as a cog in the machinery of the Holocaust.

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Good news, everyone! I've stepped up from baby manager to full blown manager, with a broad and seemingly endless project portfolio. Turns out this hard to manage with my scratch paper and calendar reminder approach, and I need a better solution. Special consideration: I want my current team, and my eventual replacement to be able to use this, and I can't count on tech comfort.I've taken my team from being an obscure support department to a mission critical operations team, and we're stepping up our game as we go. It's apparent that my tools are lacking in two areas: idea capture and task tracking. This week I know I have too many random things to do, and it'll only get more complicated from here. Managers in my field (long term care) are expected to have a hand in everything from clinical operations to construction, marketing and payroll, and it's a lot to track! I want to adopt a system like GTD that can be easily managed for a 5-10 person team on one of our existing programs: Outlook, Excel, Slack. We also have OneNote and SharePoint but we don't use them right now. I'll be with the team for about another year, and in that time I'm writing our first transition manual. As opposed to my situation, I want my successor to start with things working. What have you found that works over a long period with less tech savvy teams, that makes life easier, not harder? Thanks so much!

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Hi MeFites, we have an abundance of board games to sell. Like 3-4 bookcases worth of games. They are posted on Board Game Geek but many of those people want to trade and we need to actually sell them. Where should we do that?We were using a local game store to sell inventory but it closed, so we are left with lots of new or barely used, very loved games that we no longer have space for. These are not the kind of board games you might see at a typical yard sale. These are (often) euro style strategy games, cooperative and not, sometimes rare finds. We want them to find good homes where they will be appreciated. We are also unsure of the best way to handle shipping cost. I know there are many games on AskMeFi so if you have solved the problem of shipping please share!

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I'm trying to remember the name of a print media gossip newsletter / website that was popular about a decade ago, the mid-aughts. It was in the same league as TVNewser and Mediabistro, but was mainly concerned with the comings and goings of people at the big newspapers. I think it closed more than five years ago. Any ideas?

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