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Someone at work sniffs A LOT. Wet, runny-sounding sniffs. It drives me and at least one other person bonkers. How can I tell her to stop?P is a recent joinee that I hired. In most other ways she is great – independent, picks up relatively fast and is friendly. But she sniffs. A LOT. Constantly and it sounds gross - very throaty and wet. I wish she would just blow her nose. She does have a box of tissues on her desk, no idea why she wouldn't just use them. We work in an open office, and sit in close quarters to each other. Another colleague of mine came up to me and asked me to talk to P about it, since I'm her supervisor. She said she could hear her over her headphones. It bothers me too and I find it hard to focus on my work. Is there a way to ask her to stop without making her feel uncomfortable? We're all women, but she's new, so we haven't really built a strong work relationship. I'm also someone who hates confrontations at work. So please help!

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The Death and Life of the 13-Month Calendar: Apropos of alternate time/calendar discussion in MetaTalk, check out CityLab's article on the International Fixed Calendar, which Kodak used for decades. (Previously: AskMe and MeFi calendar posts.) Bonus: Reading about this put "Think of the Time I Save" from The Pajama Game in my head.

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What do you wish you'd known when writing an obituary? I need to write one.Aside from Googling "How to write an obituary" I'm wondering if there's more to know. Or mistakes I can avoid? Is there such a thing as a newer or better way to do this? Or is it just the facts? Help. Fuck cancer.

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Some Fortune 500 companies are using tools that deploy artificial intelligence to weed out job applicants (wsj). HireVue uses machine learning algorithms to analyze facial expressions for companies such as Unilever and Hilton. DeepSense use ML to analyze an applicant's LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media accounts.

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The Donkey Refuge Where Burros Become Coyote-Kicking Livestock Guardians.

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[NYT] [Guardian] [Bloomberg] [Economist] Brazilian women are faced with a direct threat in the October 7th elections: presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leading the polls with 28% of voting intentions. He is a dangerous figure who spreads explicit hate speech towards women, blacks, LGBTs, indigenous and other minorities; his proposals for economic, health, climate change and environmental issues are senseless. He wants to arm the population and increase police violence towards black youth. He is a drugs prohibitionist that promotes fascist ideas and practices. For the past few weeks, women in Brazil have organized via social media groups and have called for public demonstrations that will take place on September 29. There is an outpouring of support to this call from public figures, religious leaders, artists and hundreds of events are being organized in dozens of cities in Brazil and abroad. Please engage and support us by sharing information and the #NotHim #EleNão #EleNo hashtags especially on next Saturday. Check out for events being organized near you. We need international solidarity right now. Please send some love! USA: Atlanta, Boston, New York GERMANY: Berlin ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires AUSTRALIA: Melbourne, Sydney CANADA: Montréal FRANCE: Lyon, Paris SPAIN: Barcelona NETHERLANDS: The Hague UK: London PORTUGAL: Coimbra, Lisbon, Porto BRAZIL (original text by Rebeca Lerer - slightly edited)

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I'm working through Nand2Tetris (building a virtual computer from the components up) on Coursera and loving it. Instead of being textbook/lecture/quiz based, it is essentially a puzzle to solve each week, and a tangible result. Please recommend some other classes that are more like solving puzzles, or are more than just memorizing an online textbook!A favorite robotics class? Virtual forensics? Anatomy simulators? Online science labs? I am up for ordering supplies if there's a class with kits for a kitchen lab. Any subject goes, although I think 'how to write a book' or 'how to paint' are not really what I'm looking for, but something of a more defined puzzle/project to complete.

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Is there a site that breaks down networking into layman terms that a semi-technically inclined person can understand? I'm in the midst of switching careers and joining a family-member owned cyber security company. I'm cramming for a few different certs that I'll take over the next 6-12 months and I'm trying to get up-to-speed quickly. Let me state upfront: I'm happy to pay or subscribe to the resource.I'm technically savvy, but I've been living in Apple's world of set-it-and-forget-it. What I mean by that is any time I have a technical issue I do a web search and some quick reading to trouble-shoot my issue and then promptly never think about the issue again once it's solved. I'm looking for an internet reference for networking and security that features layman's terms and real-world scenarios and not super-technical hypotheticals. For example, I've found some of Bob Cromwell's site to be very helpful. I have access to CISSP and other cyber security manuals but I need something that's not so dense. And for you cyber security and networking professionals worried that I'll be trying to use my new-found knowledge to work anywhere let me assure you I'm years away and not quitting my day job quite yet. :)

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A year after Leonard Cohen's death on November 7th, 2016 (previously), musicians ranging from Courtney Love to Elvis Costello to Adam Cohen gathered with Cohen's longstanding backup singers The Webb Sisters and Sharon Robinson for a Memorial Concert. If you want to listen song by song, here are the time stamps, followed by some material apparently from the cutting room floor. If you are in Canada, you can listen here. Sting: Dance Me to the End of Love 2:40 ~ Patrick Watson and Erica Angell: Who By Fire 5.43 ~ Feist: Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye 9.50 ~ Leonard Cohen speaks on Poetry 13.12 ~ Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites from The Lumineers: 13.47 ~ Betty LaVette: In My Secret Life 20.23 ~ Elvis Costello: The Future 20.24 ~ Leonard Cohen speaks on Greece 33.12 ~ Adam Cohen & The Webb Sisters: So Long, Marianne 33.45 ~ kd lang: Hallelujah 39.33 ~ Shaar Hashomayim Choir: Tower of Song 46.04 ~ Sting: Sisters of Mercy 50.28 ~ Courtney Love: Everybody Knows 53.39 ~ Leonard Cohen speaks on Chelsea Hotel 57.10 ~ Adam Cohen & Lana Del Rey: Chelsea Hotel 57.57 ~ Damien Rice: Famous Blue Raincoat 1.02.04 ~ Elvis Costello: Bird on a Wire 1.08.36 ~ Leonard Cohen speaks on Pacifism 1.13.29 ~ Adam Cohen with Couer de Pirate and Damien Rice: The Partisan 1.14.02 ~ Leonard Cohen speaks, Sorry not to be with you, farewell Montreal 1.19.46 ~ Shaar Hashomayim Choir with Leonard Cohen voice: You Want it Darker 1.23.36 ~ Bonus tracks from same concert: Seth Rogen reading Field Commander Cohen ~ Sharon Robinson: I'm Your Man ~ Various telecommuting guests: Tower of Song ~ Leonard Cohen speaks over Ron Sexsmith: A Thousand Kisses Deep & Sexsmith sings Suzanne ~ Børns and The Webb Sisters: If it Be Your Will ~ Finale: Adam Cohen with the closing speech and the song Coming Back To You ~ Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire tribute & Leonard Cohen: A Thousand Kisses Deep ~ Elvis Costello and Sting: Introduction of the Band & Anthem. A whole 'nother Tribute Concert from Stockholm.

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Joe Iconis writes songs. Songs about outcasts and misfits and people who aren't comfortable in their skins. George Salazar is one of the people who sings them. Iconis's latest musical, Be More Chill has become an underground sensation. It is wildly adored by its teen fan base. With no traditional advertising, it sold out its off-Broadway run entirely. Its cast album has received over 160 million streams. The moment in the show that best epitomizes the profound adolescent emotion behind Be More Chill's appeal is the second-act showstopper Michael in the Bathroom. It's Michael's big solo and the source of fans' deep adoration of him. Sung with heartbreaking vulnerability by George Salazar, Michael is the Be More Chill fandom's favorite character. Tumblr is littered with fan art of Michael; when Salazar makes his entrance, the show has to halt for a solid 30 seconds as the fans scream wildly for him. Michael in the Bathroom In February, Be More Chill will move to Broadway. Between the Off-Broadway and the Broadway productions, Joe Iconis and George Salazar performed and recorded Two-Player Game, a collection of songs by Iconis. Each song offers its own story, with Salazar morphing into completely different characters. And I step off the edge I don't need a girlfriend, I have a goldfish I try and I try to change myself, but my back's against the wall I'd stay if I could, but the universe won't let me "I love writing songs about people who feel either way too normal to be the subject of a song, or people who feel like they don't belong," he explained. "They're not strange enough to be the strange one, not cool enough to be the cool one." The result is a series of songs about characters who are eminently relatable, made even more so by Salazar's charismatic, extraordinary ordinariness.

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Her teacher sexually assaulted her. The administrators made her apologize and hug him. The Cherry Creek School District will pay $11.5 million to five teenage girls who were sexually assaulted by Brian Vasquez, a middle school teacher.

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Thirty-odd years ago, a friend in SW Michigan gave me a bag of "Tea To Allay Madness," aka "King Charles' Water." I've lost track of both friend and recipe, and google is no help. Ingredients that I remember were comfrey and chamomile, rose hips, perhaps orange rind and cinnamon. Does this ring a bell with any herbal tea-lovers? Thanks!

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One of the "most poorly known mammals in the world" and previously considered to be extinct, the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo of New Guinea has finally been spotted (and photographed) for the first time in 90 years.

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I made several different infused alcohols for a party a friend is throwing this weekend. Help me turn them into simple and great cocktails?What I made: - gin with blackberries in it. I usually mix this with strong ginger beer and lime juice, but there must be other options. - bourbon with lapin cherries in it. This is so tasty by itself that I can't think of what to mix with it. - vodka with both sweet and sour cherries in it, some with the pits in. - vodka with dried apricots, plums and figs in it. It tastes a tiny bit like port because of the figs. - vodka with butternut squash, raw ginger, and cinnamon sticks in it, which basically tastes like pie. What would you mix with these? Extra credit for things that could be mixed with more than one of them.

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"My son has parked his bike by this lamppost just about every day for the last year. This morning, this sticker had appeared. Absolutely made our day. People can be so brilliant. Thank you, whoever did it" (STL)

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We have a new baby at home, so sleep is challenging to begin with. Add on our three year-old's resistance to bedtime, and it's a nightmare. Halp.Almost a year ago, our now three-year-old, E, figured out how to escape her crib and open the door to her room. We did the standard bedtime routine stuff: telegraph that it's coming, maybe a bath, brush teeth, read stories, do songs, leave and turn off the lights. She was still up 5+ times out of her room before she stayed asleep. We were finally able to break that cycle by promising "treats" (gummy vitamins, shhh) in the morning if she stayed in her room all night. That dropped her exits from her room down to 0-1. Great! Two weeks ago, new baby J arrived. J breastfeeds a lot, sleeps not very much, and sleeps even less at night. Last night her first solid (>15 minute) stretch of sleep started at 3:30 am. Since J's arrival, E is back to getting up multiple times before she finally goes to sleep. This can end up interrupting one of the few decent chunks of sleep we otherwise get in between J's feeds. Things we have tried: Bedtime routine/treats described above "Locking" her in her room by holding the doorknob for 5 minutes Having a "big girl discussion" about how important sleep is for mommy etc. Spending focused E time on E so that she feels like she's getting enough attention What else is worth a shot?

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Skulls and snuffboxes, tombs, bankers, umbrellas, devils, pins, babies... Baroness Mathilde de Rothschild collected skull art, which she then donated to a Parisian museum. The Fondation Bemberg Musée is now hosting an exhibition of this cranial creativity, entitled Même pas peur! "It is not the baroness's choice of macabre artifacts that is surprising, but the fact that it was a woman collecting them," [Sophie Motsch, a curator at the museum] said. "I know of no other woman to have done so," she added, noting that although the actress Sarah Bernhardt slept in a coffin and made still-life paintings with skulls, "she didn't collect." Rothschildiana previously.

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My wife and I want to travel somewhere warm and relaxing in late December/early January. Cartagena and several of the Caribbean resorts were top of the list but as we're considering trying to have a baby in the first quarter of next year, we're not sure it's a smart move. More specifics inside.Warm weather, relaxing, excellent food and drink, slightly exotic (deserts, mountains, forests count, too!). I'm not one to love laying on a beach all day but we thought some ocean and beach time would be nice, too. Sooooo... We're not looking to totally splurge on this one; we have other, bigger travel plans for later next year. We're located in Atlanta and have plenty of points so that airfare isn't too big a deal. We'd been looking at all-inclusives in the Caribbean, and then thought Cartagena (or Panama) would give us more history, local flavor (and dining options) and we could spend a night or two on the Rosario Islands, which look incredible. However, although it sounds like the Zika risk is real but minimal in these areas, we didn't want to have to wait months, worry about getting tests done and then having one extra fear if/when my wife became pregnant. Does this sound reasonable, or is the risk so infinitesimal as to be silly factoring in, at this point? One option we've considered are resorts/hotels in Arizona but not sure at this point if the money is better spent elsewhere. We looked into Hawaii but it's just too much money and travel time for what we intended. St. Bart's is off the Zika list now but looks to be very expensive, even on the cheapest ends ($500-600 a night, lowest). What other locations or specific resorts would you recommend we check out as options that fit most of the criteria and considerations above? Thanks!

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Mind Control Made Easy (or how to become a cult leader), a short film by Carey Burtt, who shared more offbeat, lo-fi, "underground" works on YouTube.

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Let's just SAY I was writing a Wrath of Khan musical... and let's just SAY I finished the song where Khan ambushes Kirk's Enterprise... let's just SAY—ok here it is [SLYT]

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I'm looking for child-friendly resources to help an elementary schooler learn to center herself and break out of an anxiety spiral.My child suffers from nervous stomach. Periodically she gets feelings of need to go to the bathroom, urge to vomit, sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach, etc. These episodes are generally quite short, often on the approach to school or practice, and disappear almost immediately when something else presents itself, i.e., she sees a friend at school or practice starts. Her school is aware of this and will accommodate by letting her go outside until she is calmed. I am looking for age-appropriate (3rd/4th/5th grade) techniques that she can use to help bring herself back to center that are better than my standard "Take a deep breath and count to 10". Maybe a mantra she could repeat or a song to sing while she is outside the classroom or on the way to practice. Also, age-appropriate media that deals with this issue. Something she can read and identify with. Is there a "Smile" for kids with anxiety? A book with a female protagonist would be ideal but "Zen for the playground" would work as well. She is more likely to read a graphic novel than a text-heavy book. Movies and TV are also welcome, or even websites with exercises she can do. Basically, I'm trying to expand her toolbox so she can get a handle on episodes before they spiral and so she can walk herself back if they do. (This would be a perfect question for a new "Parenting and Children" Category.)

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to the air with its twelfth season, dropping on Netflix on Turkey Day.

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Smart Design's Davin Stowell shares the origin story of the OXO Swivel, one of the great icons of 20th-century industrial design. One of the most important moments in the history of industrial design occurred in 1990, when the kitchen brand OXO defied the traditional, knuckle-bleeding tools of culinary tradition, and released its Good Grips line. To this day, these tools are the best articulation of the potential of inclusive design: Developed for people with arthritis, Good Grips had thick rubbery handles that were also better tools for everyone to use.

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I want to make cookies for an upcoming event and there are a lot of dietary restrictions but vegan cookies without peanut butter or any nuts should be okay (NB: there is at least one allergy to concentrated soy products so I have to be careful there too). I'd like to do gingerbread cookies but am open to alternatives. What recipes do people like and does anyone have tips for vegan baking, e.g. "this flour is preferred by vegans" or "don't use this brand of sugar"?I'd really like to do vegan gingerbread cookies if anyone has a recipe they would recommend (I'd probably do cutout cookies in the shape of stars) and I am open to frosted or non-frosted cookies (I saw a recipe that used soy milk and confectioner's sugar for this so I would have to make some without to be soy allergy friendly), but if someone has non-gingerbread cookies they absolutely love feel free to share the recipe. For reference if people DO have gingerbread cookie recipes I prefer chewy to crispy and crispy to soft. I usually use Domino sugar and King Arthur flour but if those are not vegan enough please let me know what would be better. Also if there's a particular brand of margarine or something that's great for baking I'd be happy to know that too. Any other general vegan baking tips are appreciated as well. I've never done any vegan baking so I am grateful for any suggestions people want to share. Thank you so much for any help you can provide!

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Arctic Cauldron. "Across the Arctic, lakes are bubbling and hissing with a dangerous greenhouse gas, methane, as the Arctic thaws. And one lake is behaving very strangely." Behold, Another Signal of the Coming Climate Apocalypse That Will Go Ignored by Half Our Political System

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