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Bring me your most-loved shortcuts for unloveable Microsoft and Google!

I'm planning a Shortcuts Fest for my team, where we share our fave little workarounds - like SHIFT + F3 for changing case, CTRL + L to go to the Chrome address bar. With 2020 being 2020, I've learned a few basic tricks in Teams but would love to hear what MeFites use on the reg. (We are generally stuck with MS programs but also use Google's suite of products quite a bit, and live in Chrome).
posted by Gin and Broadband to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 11 at 2:40 AM
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Free Photoshop? In my browser? It's more likely than you think!

Photoshop, but in the browser and completely free. (Found via which also has a bit of discussion on how interesting/useable this is.)
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter on Jun 11 at 4:14 AM
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Weird mysteries

I’m interested in reading more mysteries that deviate from the standard structure/genre tropes etc. Can be fantasy or science fiction, literary, whatever. I’m just looking for stuff that’s slightly different.
posted by azalea_chant to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 13 at 12:04 PM
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Beyond Sociology 101

The University of Toronto's Sociology Department posts the reading lists for its PhD comprehensive exams. This is the list of books and articles that the faculty think are required for serious scholarship in these subfields; it's also a great place to look for syllabus ideas for courses in related fields. (h/t Raul Pacheco-Vega)
posted by anotherpanacea to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 6:22 AM
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One-time fees that are worth it?

What have you paid a lifetime/one-time fee for that was worth it? (Previously, but now pretty old.)
posted by wenestvedt to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 1:39 PM
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There is no more important rule than to wear these ... Safety Glasses

The New Yankee Workshop site has 153 episodes of the show (with more to come) available for free viewing. Via.
posted by Mitheral to MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 7:36 PM
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The Complete List of Marxist, Un-American, Anti-White Things


What browser extensions are you constantly recommending to others?

I just came across an extension that is going to change my everyday browsing for the better. What browser extensions are rocking your world?
posted by mecran01 to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 11:27 AM
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Biographies of early medieval English women


America teaches us that America is a racist country.

Why Everyone Is Wrong About Critical Race Theory In Schools A Very Special Clapback Mailbag by Michael Harriot, from The Root "The problem with this controversy is that there is no controversy. In fact, there are more states who are trying to ban Critical Race Theory than there are schools that teach Critical Race Theory."
posted by RobinofFrocksley to MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 8:07 AM
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Only YOU can prevent...housework?

What are your best tips/gadgets/purchases for preventing things in your household from needing to be cleaned/maintained as much or as often? I don't mean how to make the cleaning easier or faster, but how to reduce the amount of cleaning that has to be done in the first place.
posted by wintersweet to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 2:46 PM
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Look Ma, three hands!

Liszt's beautiful etude, Un Sospiro is a piece written using the Three-hand effect. This is a means of playing on the piano with only two hands, but producing the impression that one is using three hands.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 12:35 PM
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From Doomsday Preppers to Doomsday Plotters


The Errand Friend Hang/Date

The errand hang - where you hit your homie up to accompany you while you tend to the tasks that come with adulting - the grocery run, getting a pair of pants tailored, helping you pick a new bedframe, etc. The errand hang dismisses the usual setting of a bar or a lunch. It waves off the expected script of “give me the summarized updates on your life and then I’ll give you the sum on mine.”

Instead, the errand hang dances in the sweet vulnerability that comes from the everyday. Errand hangs sing: “ok I’m a human and you’re a human and we’re going to take an intimate walk through this seemingly ordinary part of my life, but if you look closely, this moment will reveal something delightfully specific and illuminating to what makes me - me, and I want to share that with you because quite frankly - I just like your company, and even in the silence (sometimes especially in the silence) it makes me feel somewhere between warm and content to have you here beside me.” [slSubstack]
posted by ellieBOA to MetaFilter on Jun 13 at 5:14 AM
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You Are Queer Enough

We’re here, we’re queer, and some of us have had the privilege of coming out openly to our friends and family…but are there certain stereotypes and expectations in the queer community that keep us from feeling valid? [...] Impostor syndrome tries to trick us into thinking it only shows up in the board room. But, the reality is that it can sneak its way even into the spaces where we most expect to experience belonging. In the group chat. In the Pride march. And even in our very own mindsets (gatekeepers who invalidate bi and pan folks with cis male partners — I’m looking at you!). [Autostraddle]
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USA Walking Trip, where?

Let's say I and Mrs J0 want to do a weeklong walking trip in the continental USA. We would carry our clothes and necessities and just stay in hotels or bnbs each night. This would not be a hiking trip - we would not carry tents, extended days' food and water, etc. Where could you recommend we do this?
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The Historian and the Murderer

Historian Dominique Kirchner Reill: "[M]y job in the almost 80 questions that followed was not to disabuse the court of ideas of adulterous encounters but instead to explain what this strange profession of 'historian' was, and what role it played in bringing Klinger into that Astoria park on the day he died."
posted by bryon to MetaFilter on Jun 13 at 7:01 PM
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It is but a quest.

Because many of us like a time sink: Hermeticism: the nexus between science, philosophy and spirit has been a font of Art over the ages.
As Above, So Below. (Hermeticism Previously)
posted by adamvasco to MetaFilter on Jun 10 at 3:11 PM
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An earthquake with pirates at the Southern Baptist Convention

Next week more than 16,000 Southern Baptist pastors and leaders will descend on Nashville, Tennessee. Some of them will be bringing pirate flags, part of an ultraconservative attempt to "take the ship" back. They want to take it back from people like Russell Moore, former president of the denomination's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, who wrote a pair of long, scathing letters condemning the racism and lack of support for sexual abuse survivors in the SBC's leadership. The letters have caused an “earthquake,” not just in the SBC but throughout conservative Christendom. Some are blaming the current state of the church not only on the marriage between Republican politics and the SBC, but also on the theology and institutions of white evangelicalism itself.
posted by clawsoon to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 1:04 PM
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A moment of reflection

It Wasn’t Just Another Nightclub "Five years ago, I went to cover the Pulse shooting—and found myself unexpectedly close to the story." Ari Shapiro writing in The Atlantic. Alternate link.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 9:44 PM
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I have, as you will imagine, many thoughts on this, starting with: "Some are blaming the current state of the church not only on the marriage between Republican politics and the SBC, but also on the theology and institutions of white evangelicalism itself." Oh, no shit? (Not aimed at you, obviously, clawsoon, this is a great post!... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 2:46 PM
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Yes, there IS a monster under the bed. Your child is now at an age where there is substantial independence. Two years ago if he woke up in the middle of the night he was almost certain to either let you know by calling or crying, or by going to you. And you in turn were much more likely to check up on him and not to leave him unsupervised for... [more]
posted by Jane the Brown to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 13 at 4:26 AM
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Ah, the famously Christian symbol of the death's head, flown to symbolize that no quarter will be given [view]
posted by Typhoon Jim to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 1:46 PM
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I live in Nashville. Thank you for warning me to steer clear of anybody I see with a pirate flag, instead of eagerly rushing up to them on the assumption they are whimsical friends-in-waiting. [view]
posted by joannemerriam to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 1:37 PM
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Could Harriot possibly be suggesting that one of the moral panics du jour has yet again been entirely confected by a right wing noise machine now fully devoted to the illegitimate retention of power, any pretence at legitimacy having been pissed up the wall by its choice of leadership in 2016? Shocked, I tell you. Shocked. [view]
posted by flabdablet to MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 8:28 AM
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You live together and have sex and he does domestic labour for you and has emotional reactions to things that you do, this is not a roommate moving out, this is a breakup. Even if you've both verbally maintained that you are not in a romantic relationship with each other, you are. You need to treat this like a breakup, not like a roommate moving... [more]
posted by jacquilynne to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 6:21 AM
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I’ve had bosses like this, and for me what they were looking for was a clear “Yes, I will do the thing.” “I’d like them to go out sooner because the deadline is 2 weeks away.” “Sure, I can send them out tomorrow morning.” Pause, wait for reply “One thing, though: I have July 23rd for the deadline. Did it get moved up? Should I... [more]
posted by pocams to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 7:54 PM
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This sounds like a perfect description of the young adolescent mind to me. The part of the brain that foresees consequences and weighs decisions against them — the "executive function" part — actually worsens as children approach 13, which is thankfully the nadir. You see a sociopath, or at least someone who is vacant in decision-making... [more]
posted by argybarg to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 4:02 PM
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Accelerationism is when you get bored of your SimCity game and start clicking all the disaster buttons at the same time. For some reason this is now considered a political philosophy [view]
posted by theodolite to MetaFilter on Jun 11 at 4:36 AM
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From the article: "Call this narrative “Just America.” It’s another rebellion from below. As Real America breaks down the ossified libertarianism of Free America, Just America assails the complacent meritocracy of Smart America." It always kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth when upper-middle-class white Baby Boomers can now... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jun 11 at 6:55 PM
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I will always choose hotels because hotels have liability insurance, access to professional repair and inspection services, multiple doors between me and random strangers on the street plus trained staff with procedures to follow. This does not mean that nothing bad can ever happen in a hotel, but I am reminded of another metafilter thread a few... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 3:31 PM
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Would this be disrespectful to his wife? It's disrespectful to the woman he touched, unless he had specific consent. Is it also disrespectful to the woman he married*? There isn't one answer to that. If your husband doing that makes you uncomfortable, you can ask him to not do that again. He can make his own grown-up choices from there.... [more]
posted by DarlingBri to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 5:36 AM
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“You are brave, and you are stronger than you think. We are going to get through it.” This article, and this quote has brought back a flood of memories. I have told a bit of this story on the Blue before, but I hope it's worth telling again as a profound "thank you" to the queer community at large. [And mods - if you feel... [more]
posted by Silvery Fish to MetaFilter on Jun 13 at 5:54 AM
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My Grandma would say that anyone getting as upset as the people who want CRT and The 1619 Project banned has a guilty conscience. [view]
posted by The Underpants Monster to MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 8:59 AM
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Like, this time last year I was staying up into the small hours looking out the back window to watch the alley while my neighbor stayed up and watched the front - there were out-of-state Nazis here in Minneapolis taking potshots at people and there were a few fires set around town. This didn't really make the media; the only left discourse that... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Jun 11 at 7:22 AM
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"I was thinking they would make at least superficial stabs at moderation. Similar to what Francis seems to be doing on the Catholic side" A really, really important difference between Catholics and the Southern Baptist Convention is that Catholics are a supranational church and always have been, while the SBC is a... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 5:08 PM
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Maybe there’s something I’m not picking up, but I don’t see how this would be a productive conversation at all. Your boss told you to do something, and instead of doing it, you quibbled with her about a fairly insignificant detail? I understand it’s frustrating to you that she’s not clarifying the deadline for you, but ultimately, the deadline... [more]
posted by kevinbelt to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 6:41 PM
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It’s fascinating to see, again and again, the people most likely to be obsessed with Q Anon type paranoia about democrats and child molestation rings, when presented with allegations (or even actual proof!) of long term child abuse carried out under the auspices of the institutions they hold dead, they’ll immediately circle wagons and do their... [more]
posted by Ghidorah to MetaFilter on Jun 14 at 2:07 PM
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My mother used to tell me that sometimes the most generous thing you can do is to allow someone to help you or give you the gift that they want to give you. Your friend loves you and gets pleasure from helping you. Thanking her, maybe giving her flowers or chocolate or something else small you know she'll appreciate is good, but nothing more.... [more]
posted by Zumbador to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 12 at 11:48 PM
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First, a reminder that how you handle this will shape him in fundamental ways. I’m married to man in his 30s who is still unpacking the incredible amount of baggage and shame his loving, liberal, otherwise wonderful mom instilled in him about sex. Sex is fun and beautiful and a healthy normal way to experience joy and pleasure and connection.... [more]
posted by amaire to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 5:10 PM
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