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How cool would that be? (slyt) Patrick Nan came across this image (originally on deviantArt by Ameen Naksewee) and recreated this scene in Fist of Fury (1972). (via BB)

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The kidlet needs to eat lunches that at least have a modicum of nutrition. She is not able, because of cafeteria size & time, to sit down to eat, so needs lunches that make little mess and can be eaten standing. Halp.I have thought of chicken fingers and baby carrots, but she probably can't eat those every single day. It would be better if this was low-cost, but is not strictly necessary. She is willing and able to assemble or cook them herself, but proclaims herself utterly stumped as to what she could actually eat other than crazy suggestions like "canned pineapple".

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A friend and I were talking about literary critique, you know, like you do. And when we talked about conflict and resolution in writing, I mentioned a plot structure used a lot by PG Wodehouse. They'd never heard of it. Is this a thing? what's it called?Basically, I'm looking for a term in a comedy piece where you have multiple problems, that all seem insurmountable, but it turns out that Problem A is actually the answer to Problem B. Problem B is really the answer to Problem C, and Problem C fixes Problem A. Simple non-wodehouse example...In Office Space, Michael's problem is that he's going to be caught for embezzling. Milton's problem is that he isn't being respected or even...paid by the company. Milton burning down the building hides Michael's crime. Mike's theft pays for Milton to get away. Does this have a name? It's a thing right? I didn't just make it up, did I?

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The Minnesota Diet A new short story from the author of the Nebula Award–winning All the Birds in the Sky. This short story was commissioned and edited jointly by Future Tense and ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination. Each month in 2018, Future Tense Fiction—a series of short stories from Future Tense and CSI about how technology and science will change our lives—will publish a story on a new theme. The theme for January–March 2018: Home. (SLSlate)

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My neighbors' brother-in-law just died. I'd like to take over some food but am way overthinking this. Help?The neighbors are a family of four with one teen and one pre teen. No one seems particularly picky but I believe two are lactose intolerant. That's ruling out some of my initial comfort food thoughts such as a baked pasta bolognese with the homemade sauce I already have in the fridge. They said they would be hosting a lot of family over the coming week. I'm still thinking along the lines of some type of pasta casserole. Things I have: Cuban pulled pork - this is neutral enough that it cos be utilized I think Various pasta shapes Tomato sauce Whole canned tomatoes Shredded Mozzarella and Mexican blend cheese - can these be used? Panko breadcrumbs Carrots Frozen peas Goat cheese Thyme My husband is stopping by the store so no need to limit yourself to the above. What would you suggest?

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Sometimes when I'm getting sick, one of the first symptoms to manifest is perceiving recurring patterns of weird shapes in motion. Help me understand what's going on. It doesn't affect my actual vision, it's "inside my head" that I'm seeing it. It's hard for me to describe visually as the shapes are fleeting but one of them is ominous rows of rounded cubish shapes that are constantly combining and splitting into larger and smaller versions of themselves. I've always associated these visions with a feeling of off-ness and dread, not sure if that's because I usually get a cold or the flu after them or inherent to the visions themselves. Maybe both, I find the shapes themselves a bit unsettling. It almost always happens at night before bed and the next day I'll wake up feeling ill. It usually only lasts a minute but sometimes will recur over 30 min or so. Is this some weird form of synesthesia responding to more subtle symptoms? A low fever cooking my visual cortex? Dunno if it's sleep related, I tend to get sick when I'm short on sleep, but I usually get 6-8 hours a night

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I'm interested in trying Blue Apron, or some other such service. But I work full-time in an office, and I live in an apartment building without a doorman, where delivery people do not have access to my apartment door if I'm not home. Surely some other person in this situation has made this work - what am I missing?When I get packages from, say, Amazon, I have them delivered to work, and then I bring them home on the subway. How big are Blue Apron boxes? Could I still do this? Can I have them delivered to my apartment but only before 9 or after 7? Again, I feel like I must be missing something obvious.

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The United Kingdom has a unique genetic heritage of pig breeds, but in 1955, facing pressure from the Danish, Dutch and Irish pig industries, the Howitt Report recommended that British pig operations needed to be based on only three breeds, Large White, Landrace and Welsh, narrowing the pool of British Pigs from 16. In the subsequent years, four breeds went extinct: Cumberland, the Dorset Gold Tip, the Lincolnshire Curly Coat and the Yorkshire Blue and White. Rare breeds are now faring better than before, but still not great. For more on these breeds and the efforts to maintain them, see the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. British pig history side-story: The Pig War of 1859, which was really about which country controlled San Juan Island.

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Shadows are difficult to retouch. Every country's cuisine has its own character. Dogs are excellent meme subjects.

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Mr. Circle and I are thinking of hiring a doula for our baby's birth in June, but we are on the fence. Please share your experience, either as parents who hired one, professionals who've worked with one, or if you ARE one... we'd love some perspectives. I've read that the C-section rates for families who use doulas are lower, that coaching through birth is one of the most effective ways give birth without any pain medication, and finding a doula with a PT, yoga, or childbirth background can be really helpful. My reason for wanting a doula is that birth is exhausting for both parents, not just the mother. I think it would be wonderful to have the moral and physical support throughout the entire time if Mr. Circle needs to get fresh air, food, or a nap while I'm laboring. I want someone who is well-trained and understands the birth process from experience, both personal and professional. I'm also concerned that I'll be focused on his needs versus my own after 20-some odd hours of labor.... and that in of itself will be exhausting. I want our family to be fully supported through this process, and I'm not comfortable with friends or relatives in such an intimate setting. I think hiring a doula would make me feel free to labor without worrying about anything else. I'm currently using a hypnobirthing app to get into relaxation mode and I'm looking into different books that are available, but I feel like that's not enough. Some of his concerns are that a doula may be taken as a sign by the medical staff that we don't trust them, that we'd be paying $1000 for someone to simply provide moral support, and that it may be redundant (i.e. "Aren't the nurses there to take care of things? What can a doula do that a nurse can't?"). I think the nurses are too busy to tend to a mother's every need, and are really there for the baby first and foremost. They see births each and every day - they're not there to coach the mother. They're there to ensure a safe delivery. My OB/GYN has mentioned doulas before, and I got the impression that they are welcomed by our health care team. TL;DR: I've heard doulas mentioned here a number of times, and I'd like personal experiences, both positive and negative.

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"Decide what you think you're worth and then ask for what you think you're worth. Nobody's just going to give it to you." The 'Grey's Anatomy' star recalls in her own words the personal struggles and advice from Shonda Rhimes that led to a milestone: highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.

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My aunt is dying. I'm going to visit her and my uncle tomorrow. It occurred to me that it might be polite to bring some sort of host[-ess] gift. My aunt is "pretty much out," so the gift would really be for my uncle and other family members who are visiting. Is this a good idea? If so, what kind of gift would be appropriate?My aunt and uncle are Jewish (approximately reform, and they do keep kosher). I'm not terribly close to them but there's no conflict or estrangement between us. A partner of mine said, "usually Jews mostly just keep each other company." Maybe that'd be best?

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How much do restaurants really make from food orders? Washington City Paper's Young and Hungry asked restaurants to break down the costs of some of their most popular dishes. From the article: "A dish's food cost percentage is calculated by dividing the per-portion cost of ingredients by the price the restaurant sells it for on the menu—the lower the food cost percentage, the more money the restaurant makes. For example, if a sandwich's ingredients cost $1 and the restaurant sells it for $4, the food cost percentage is 25 percent. But food cost is only one part of calculating a restaurant's bottom line. Operators must also shell out for labor, rent, utilities, and other fixed costs that quickly add up. Because of razor-thin profit margins, especially in a high-cost city like D.C., running a successful restaurant can seem more like a magic trick than a money-making enterprise. Alcohol has long been the panacea for making up the difference. 'Liquor is everything,' [restaurateur Tom] Healy says. 'The best thing you can do for a restaurant is order a vodka soda.' Baan Thai marks up rail liquor as much as 1,428 percent to make ends meet."

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Mom has a new Windows 10 laptop, which she'll use primarily for email (Gmail), photos, and occasional browsing. She's asked me to transfer over some files and 'set it up' for her. I'm no IT-talkin' guy & find Win 10 fairly straightforward, but I was wondering if you had some program recs (Security, browsers & extensions) for less-savvy user. Bonus points if they're on Ninite & offer painfree updates that won't freak mom out with "Your security is about to expire! Upgrade to Premium NOW!" messages. Also, recs for free non-fussy remote viewing/desktop sharing would be appreciated and save a lot of "Do you see a red button with an X?" phone conversations for my sister and I.

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An interview with China Miéville in Boston Review.

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I use the built-in Health app on my iphone as a casual pedometer. I am able to see the daily totals and part-day totals, but not a weekly/monthly/annual total. Is there a way to pull this data? Google tells me I can do this with a fitbit or other monitor, but I don't have one of those units. Thanks!

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I am interested in buying a bread baking machine, but all of the ones I've used in the past make really loud, obnoxious, repeated beeps that can't be disabled/muted. Searching some of the top models on Amazon shows people with the same complaint. A Google search has not been effective, other than instructions for modifying a machine with a resistor and soldering iron. Can you help me find a bread machine that allows the beeps to be turned off entirely?

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Mrs lasagnaboy has high standards come coffee time, especially for the drinking vessel. Help me find the perfect, portable coffee mug for her! Requirements and snowflakes within.She enjoys drinking coffee on the go, and her day takes her all over the place with her trusty mug. She prefers something narrow and cylindrical, with a "large" capacity of 16 oz; heat retention is important yet not paramount. A high-quality lid is essential: something that will not spill while in motion, yet does not require more than a simple motion to open and sip. Plastic is a non-starter. Ceramic, such as the Curious Fox models suggested in this ask, may be too brittle for the constant on-the-go this mug will face (I have one, and like it very much; I tend to be sedentary with my coffee drinking, however). We have tried several different stainless-steel and other metal coffee mugs, from Thermos, Nissan , and Kleen Kanteen; all impart a metallic taste to the coffee within (even after arduous washing and rinsing). This was especially noticeable with the Kleen Kanteen, which surprised her: it does not affect the taste of her drinking water from a similar container. She recently began using a Keep cup, which has a single- or double-wall glass body. However, the plastic lid gives the coffee a strong, plastic taste. She likes almost everything else about it: the shape, the capacity, the cork band for ease of gripping, and even the function of the lid. The way that the lid affects taste is a big drawback. Other asks discuss cleaning plastic; portability; and on cleaning mugs crusted over with historical coffee. The wirecutter and ask mefi agree on Zojirushi and Contigo, but they are stainless steel, so I worry will meet the same fate as the other metal mugs. I am especially interested in a mug which is portable, spill-resistant, and does not impart off tastes from its materials. I appreciate your suggestions, especially backed by recent personal experience! We may also have constrained ourselves in a corner, and will wind up keeping the status quo with the Keep Cup.

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I'm looking for someone to contact and negotiate with the current owner of a domain name on my behalf. Not sure a domain broker is the right fit, unless I just haven't stumbled upon the right one. Details below.I want to buy a domain name that is currently owned, and actively offered for sale by, someone else. ("Domain squatter" is not correct as I understand the term, since I have no reasonable or legal expectation to the name.) I've been watching the domain for over two years, and it's been for sale the entire time. The advertised price on the domain name is $3500, whereas I might be willing to pay $1000 and would prefer to pay even less. I understand that's a very large difference in price, but since it's been on the market so long I figure it couldn't hurt to try? However, I'm extremely introverted/interpersonally awkward and terrible at negotiating, especially when anything of real value is at stake. So I've been considering hiring someone to approach the seller for me, but I'm not sure who that someone might be. I've researched domain brokers, but primarily they seem to sell domains, not buy them. Some of them do offer buying services, but a percentage of the final price is included in the payment, which leads me to believe it's not in their best interest to reach the lowest possible price for me. Any suggestions? Experiences using a domain broker or someone else for a purchase are welcome too. Thank you! :)

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I studied abroad in South Korea a few years ago and loved it. Now I want to go back next fall but it seems like it will be too much for me to save up for in five months. With airfare, tuition, housing and personal expenses it'll be about $10000. I can probably save up $4000 with my current job. I was thinking about getting a second job but it might be too much as I am a full time student. I will try to find some scholarships to apply to.The cost is so much because I'm paying out of pocket since I'm not going through my college. Last time I went I was able to afford it because my family helped me pay and I also got financial aid through the government. I was thinking about taking out a private loan. I already have 25k in student debt.

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Is it safe to use a nonstick pan after you have burned something in it and scrubbed the heck out of it?I burnt some vegetables I was broth-sauteeing in a nonstick pan by getting distracted. I was using no fat to cook with. The whole mess cooked into the pan. The pan has black crud stuck to the bottom. It has been soaked overnight, water boiled in it, scrubbed as hard as I can with a sponge, soaked and boiled water in it again. There is still some stubborn burnt-on black residue. Question is NOT how to get if off. QUESTION IS whether it's safe to use. I don't want to buy a new one if I can help it. Like: Is this one of those things that you're supposed to throw away but actually everyone uses a pan after they've burnt it and it's probably fine? But if it's really toxic I will throw it away.

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Private Prisons continue to send ICE detainees to solitary confinement for refusing voluntary labor ( The Intercept) Immigration detention deaths reach the highest total since 2009 (Houston Chronicle) The heads of NYC's New Sanctuary Coalition arrested by ICE and slated for deportation (Miami New Times, NYT) Who is Jorge Garcia and why was he deported after 39 years in the US? (Bustle) Extra : Arsenal For Democracy Show on ICE And Immigration Policy

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Across the country each year, thousands of people are wrongly labeled unconscious after suffering severe brain injuries. Among the survivors, a few, including Nick Tullier, make it to a Houston rehab hospital, where those with even the worst prognoses get a shot at recovery. (SLHoustonChronicle) Thousands of people are discharged to nursing homes or acute care hospitals each year, assumed to be unconscious after suffering a severe brain injury. Experts now believe a staggering number of these patients — more than 40 percent, according to some estimates — are covertly aware, in what scientists have dubbed the "minimally conscious state." They are trapped inside themselves, mislabeled by physicians untrained in identifying subtle signs of consciousness and cut off from therapy by insurance companies unwilling to cover people seemingly damaged beyond repair. Some never even make it out of the intensive care unit, where doctors and nurses too often prod families to withdraw life support, apparently unaware of the brain's ability to heal and rewire itself over the course of months and even years.

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Looking to meet up with some friends for a relaxing long weekend in mid March. Will be traveling with 6 adults and 2 children under 2, and looking for spots within an easy drive from both Philly and DC. Looking for a destination where we could rent a comfortable 4 bedroom house and have options for some shopping/restaurants/outdoor activities. Would consider a beach destination (NJ/DE/MD) if the town has stuff going on in the off-season. Also open to city destinations (we've considered Baltimore or Annapolis) or even a cabin in the Poconos. Any recommendations welcome!

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"If men can swallow the confronting reality that their silence is foundational to both sexism and sexual violence, then they get to embrace the inverse reality—that their vocal dissent could begin to destabilise these evils at their base." [CW: sexual assault]

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