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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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Can anyone suggest a life jacket/life vest/PFD for an adult man with physical problems swimming who doesn't want to feel smothered by a "normal" model?Someone I know really misses being out on the water, and would like to go on the pontoon boat for cruises around the lake. Unfortunately, he's caught between poor control of his legs from a medical condition, and also being kind of claustrophobic. So on one hand he's worried about not being able to swim if he falls overboard or stumbles when going between dock and boat, but he hates the feeling of wearing a full-size life vest. The inflatable models that look like a pair of suspenders look good, but they cost a lot ($200 and up); will they support a full-grown man's weight? (And I wouldn't want him to have to manually inflate the thing by blowing through a tube while thrashing in the lake: compressed CO2 is a must.) If those are out, is a kayaker's vest, with its high-cut back, the next best choice? Thank you all for help in getting this guy back out on the lake!

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Fundamentalist theologian and rapture prophet Tim LaHaye, best known as the co-author of the Left Behind books, has passed away at the age of 90 after suffering a stroke.

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"Tristan Perich's Noise Patterns comes in a clear jewel case, but it isn't a CD. It's a small, matte-black circuit board. Powered by a watch battery, it produces a series of musical compositions built from the on/off operations on the minuscule chip at the center of the device, the same sort of chip you might find in a microwave oven." It's a 1-bit noise-techno album, painstakingly constructed from assembly language instructions that work directly with the binary data of the processor itself. Oh, and every single byte is used. Marc Weidenbaum sits down for a lengthy, detailed interview with Tristan to discuss what Noise Patterns is, and how it was made. (You can order through Physical Editions or Bleep, where there are a few clips to listen to.)

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Is there a database that could tell me which actors are currently on-screen for a specific movie at a specific timecode? Ideally one that allows public access or is crowd-sourced?

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I'm not much of a packrat and overall I'm pretty minimalist. But I do have a few boxes of ticket stubs, used airline tickets, museum pamphlets, photos, cards, and letters. Should I keep it all? What's the best way to organize or even display (some of) it?To give you an idea of the scope: - A few dozen each of ticket stubs, airline tickets, pamphlets, media clippings - A hundred or so cards and letters (some from people who are no longer alive) - Several hundred photos - Half a dozen old student IDs or badges (from back when I had hair!) Now, these are all in study archive-style boxes and are not hurting anyone. If this stuff just stays in a slightly messy but well-contained box in a closet, it's not the end of the world. Keeping this stuff has proved useful. Example: I had old friends visit this weekend and it was really fun for us to all dig around in the boxes (we shared a lot of the same trips). The thing is, I'm not sure there's utility in having all of it. And it's not like digging around in the memory box is an everyday activity. It's more like once every few years or maybe once a decade. And looking through some of the mediocre travel photos, I thought: "Huh, this is a pretty crappy photo of Prague. Do I really need to keep this?" But then I realized it was next to some other photos of Vienna, and it reminded me how my friends and I traveled from one city to another. In other words, the photo itself was lousy, but there were a few good memories triggered by having it around. Another example: I found a 15-year-old receipt for some neckties and wondered why I had kept it. Then I remembered how the salesman and I were flirting with each other and my friends all jumped on it and it was a fun little memory. But then again, I found a pamphlet from my visit to the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao and thought: "Well, I already have several photos from the museum and the ticket stub. Do I really need the pamphlet?" Surely some of this stuff I can let go of, right? I'm curious as to how people decide what to keep and what to ditch. I'd also like to hear wisdom on what people have done to display or organize their loose/random items. I'm aware of the whole "take a photo of it and part with the original" option, and that might work for some things. But, as digitally inclined as I am, somehow having a scan of some of these ticket stubs isn't going to trigger quite the same memory. And if that's the case, maybe holding on to something that's paper thin and a few square inches is just fine? Bottom line: I'm looking for products (ideally available in Canada) and strategies to display or organize random bits of travel and life mementos and/or ideas on how to decide on what to keep and what to part with. I don't think I want to create scrapbooks, but maybe I'm wrong? Thank you!

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About a week ago, I woke up to discover that my car had been stolen overnight. Can you help me figure out my next steps for dealing with insurance in both scenarios ('recovered' or 'not recovered') and possibly buying another car?Facts in play: ○ I have comprehensive coverage and my claim has been in process since about an hour after I discovered the theft. ○ I already mailed in my keys and key fob along with all the paperwork that lets them take over the title in case of a loss as well as investigate me for trying to fake my own car theft. All my repair and maintenance papers are (were?) in the glovebox, so I'm SOL there. ○ The insurance agent told me that a set of universal ("jiggler") keys for my type of car recently hit the streets of my city, causing thefts of my type of car to skyrocket, and suggested that's why there was no sign of a break-in -- the thieves were probably able to unlock the door and drive the car away like they were using a regular key. ○ I filed a police report. Car theft is unusually common where I live, so the cops basically don't deal with it at all other than giving you a report number to file with the insurance company. ○ The neighborhood I live in has extremely high levels of property theft/damage and well above average levels of assault/battery; because of this, the cops explicitly told me they will not be looking for or finding my car unless it gets parked right outside the station or towed by the city. ○ Given the vintage, make, and model, along with input from the insurance company, I'm assuming the car has almost certainly been chopped up already and that I will not see hide nor hair of it again. The body was in pretty rough shape but I just had a ton of internal repairs done very recently, replacing a bunch of stuff that could easily be stripped and sold (alternator, battery, plugs, caps, rotors, etc.). ○ Two days before my car was stolen, someone stole both of my windshield wipers. No idea if this means anything. ○ A large "reduction in force" is about to occur at my company and there is a significant chance I will be laid off within the next 30-60 days. ○ I have 30 days' worth of rental car coverage through Progressive, so I can get to/from work for the time being. Public transportation is not an option based on the location of my current workplace. Questions: ○ How much should I worry about the personal information aspect of the theft? I never kept any financial information or valuables in the car, but my registration was in the glovebox, and it has my full name and address on it. ○ How concerned do I have to be that the insurance company will deny my claim outright? ○ The KBB value of my car is ~$1,500. Is it reasonable to expect that if they approve the claim, the insurance company will pay out anywhere close to this amount? ○ If it's recovered with damage that wasn't there before it was stolen, what happens next? ○ If it's declared a total loss, do I still have to pay my $500 deductible out of whatever they give me? ○ In light of the upcoming RIF, is it a good idea to just suck it up and flat-out buy a $1,000 beater, just to get me from A to B and in case insurance doesn't pay out anything at all? Or is it better to wait out the full 30 days and keep the rental car as long as possible? ○ If I don't lose my job and insurance does pay out, what's a good used car to buy? Tiny, reliable, 30+ MPG, preferably with a hatchback, $11k or less? ○ What is this going to do to my insurance rates? I have a spotless driving record. Sorry for all the questions, I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing and my whole life is kind of up in the air right now. Thank you, and a hearty "fuck 2016" to everyone else who is having a monumentally awful year.

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PHANTASM Is DUNE

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I haven't been able to get in touch with a friend of mine all weekend and neither has their family. (Just found out about the family part late last night.) At first I chalked this up to just disengaging from facebook for a while but now I'm concerned.Friend is trans/genderqueer and has been suicidal in the past so my level of concern here is about at a 10. Obviously my next step would be call the police to do a wellness check but I'm not sure where they live--I've always just picked them up/dropped them off on the corner near their apartment, and I'm pretty sure it's a larger building with many units anyway. I've contacted their office and I'm waiting to hear back from the HR manager on 1) if they came in to work/are responding to work stuff and 2) if not what's their address. The few members of my freind's family who aren't complete pieces of shit are posting things on facebook like "has anyone heard from ___? haven't heard from them all weekend and we're worried" and I've tried sending them fb messages but they're getting shunted into the "other"folder. The family members don't know my friend's exact address, either. My next step while waiting to hear back from their job is to maybe look around on google maps to try and find the building and try and get in touch with the landlord but I don't know. I'll also try to contact the last outpatient clinic I know they were at and see if they have current contact info or the name of their current therapist. I assume they have some kind of proceudre they can follow in this case? What are some concrete steps I can take here? I'm worried about my friend. Thanks.

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What is the best way to get into cloud identification as a hobby? I'm mainly interested in learning the vocabulary and how to talk about and describe clouds—not the satellite imaging / meteorology / weather predicting side.Please don't just google 'cloud identification chart' and show me the results, I know there are lots out there but I found it overwhelming to try to take in all at once so I'm hoping for recommendations of resources or methods that slowly build knowledge or have some kind of game or structure to them to help you learn bit by bit or things that you have used personally and liked. Books, websites, apps, whatever — the end goal is to build necessary vocabulary in a fun, gradual way and to have something we can take with us on picnic type dates or quickly reference while lying in the hammock in our back yard.

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Daily user beginning a detox soon and looking for strategies, propaganda, anything that I can turn to for staying clean [more inside]Hello- started relatively late (22 yrs old) but long time (~15 yrs with a few breaks) daily enjoyer of pot and THC products. Over the last 5 years or so, my use has tapered to only at the end of the day. It helps me relax and get to sleep, helps with certain aspects of creative work, and it is definitely a coping mechanism for some persistent job issues. It is my only vice. I do not (and can't for medical reasons) drink alcohol, and I do have propensity for emotional eating, but this hasn't been a problem in the last year or so. I'm beginning a detox on August 1st, and am wondering if anyone who had a similar experience would share any type of ideas, thoughts, books, culture, films, etc that helped them to maintain right perspective. Especially in the face of that most insidious thing about marijuana: that super relaxed feeling that everything is "OK" and how getting high, or the prospect thereof, tends to suppress certain strains of critical thought and foresight. I appreciate any thoughts/suggestions, no matter how far out they may seem. Thanks!

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The last VCR will be manufactured this month. If you'd like to relive the design of simpler days, there's VAULT OF VHS. If you'd like to keep your VCR in good shape, consult Samuel M. Goldwasser's Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair of Video Cassette Recorders, Version 3.22b (7-Oct-10). If you're determined to rid legacy formats from your life, consult Anarchivism's How to Rip VHS. Previously in dead media: Betamax, VCR Games, Blockbuster, Marion Stokes, VHS on its last legs?, Jack Valenti.

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Yesterday I visited the Isaac Royall House in Medford, MA, a Georgian home built in 1692 and extensively remodeled in the 1730s. We noticed that several of the closet doors had casings that were clearly slanted at the top (unfortunately I can't find those particular doors in pictures). It looked intentional, not like a result of the house sagging. What would be the purpose of this type of design?

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Methyl cellulose solution has the handy property of being liquid up to about 50deg C, and becomes solid(ish) above that temperature. I'm looking for a substance that does the same, but with a transition temperature somewhere around 0-20deg C.Bonus points for being water-based and fairly non-toxic. I have access to decent lab chemical suppliers.

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