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A father sends a letter to all 30 MLB teams, asking them to make their pitch to be his infant son's favorite team. "I must tell you I don't take this lightly. I firmly believe that picking a team is sacrosanct," wrote Pete, an Ashland resident who works as a senior digital video content manager for PBS. "Friends may come and go, political affiliations and beliefs in higher powers may change, but one's team is one's team. Forever.

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Found some images from a Transformers doujinshi for the Starscream x Skyfire/Jetfire pairing, but need help identifying the title and author.I came across the following images that seem to be from a Transformers doujinshi for the Starscream x Skyfire/Jetfire pairing: [Image 4 is NSFW and Image 7 includes an afterword.] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 I'm not entirely sure, but I believe this is a scanlation where someone has pasted the English translation on top of the original Japanese text. I can't find any information about who created this or what the title is. The real information I have is that the afterword seems to indicate (I don't speak Japanese) that it's from October 2008. It looks like there isn't a way to message Photobucket users, so I can't get in touch with the person who posted the images. The only other clue I have is that I found the images linked to in a series of posts from a now-inactive Tumblr account - the first post (here) is titled "Copy of a Rain Storm," so I was wondering if that could be the title or some other piece of relevant information. I've tried searching for that title and I didn't find anything, but this could well be down to my extremely limited knowledge of Japanese. Can anyone help me track down this doujinshi? Alternatively, I'd also be very interested in tips on where I might go to ask about this if not - for instance, are there forums I should post this in? Anon because of NSFW aspect.

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We just bought a rental property with an existing tenant who is in the middle of a year long lease. We plan to honor the remainder of the current lease without changing any terms. However, when the lease is up for renewal we would like to enforce a no-smoking policy. Unfortunately, the very nice current tenant does obviously smoke. YANML, but how can we go about making that change in a lease renewal without it seeming like we are trying to evict him by adding restrictions?Our current tenant is very nice, but the smoking is clearly doing damage to the apartment and it is already going to be difficult to remove it. We feel it is in our best interest as property owners to not have it get any worse. When the current lease is up in a few months, can we offer a lease renewal to our current tenant but with the new requirement that there is no smoking inside the apartment? We also only want to offer a month to month lease when we renew, rather than an agreement for another full year. This is both a legal question and a personal question, as we hate the idea of making someone move since it is difficult to find affordable places for rent in our area right now. We don't want to make it seem like we are trying to get rid of him, when overall he seems like a good tenant. Any advice for new landlords is welcome!

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Oliver Mobeli is a young talent from Lobaye, Central African Republic, who performs local music with his handmade band/orchestra made with puppets, toys and marionettes. Facebook links (original source) YouTube repost of first link

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I ATE THREE EGGS EVERY SINGLE MORNING FOR A WEEK - HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

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A few weeks ago I evolved a Seel (#86), without knowing what it would become. It ended up evolving into a new Pokemom (#87) but had the exact same name. Today I hatched a new Pokemom called a Dewgong, which looks just like the evolved Seel and is also #87. I can't find any evidence of this Seel->Seel hybrid. What's the deal with the second Seel?I searched Google, google images, and various wikis but couldn't find anything. This Imgur album with photos of Pokedex, list of Pokemon on hand showing all three versions, and stats, etc should help everything make sense.

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So, My Fit Foods suddenly went out of business not too long ago. I had tried them out a couple years ago and my favorite thing about them were the supplements they had in that gray box. It included an appetite suppressant as well as a few other things. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, I'd like to know what exactly was in it so I can go buy the supplements at my local GNC or find them online. Thanks!

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Did you go to Iceland without renting a car? If so...did you feel your trip was limited by not having a car? Or dId you find other ways to get to awesome places?Please tell me about what it would be like to visit Iceland without renting a car. Is it worth it? This if for travelers who want to be in beautiful and amazing natural and cultural places but aren't going to be doing any rigorous hiking (just pretty easy hiking.)

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This is a scene of apparently ongoing insect warfare in a house I am considering purchasing. It has been vacant about a year and is located in Los Angeles. Who is eating whom and should it cause me any worry as a potential homeowner? Who made the poop splats? What is the "dirt"? I don't see any termites. So I am inclined not to worry. But I am curious for sure. Pics below the fold.First shot is out of focus (sorry) but gives the general landscape of the massacre (floor, floorboard and part of wall). Those white/gray splatters are localized to the area, not paint. There are about 4 of those little piles of ??? against the wall, although the photo only shows 2. There did not appear to be holes behind them although I did not investigate closely other than taking the pics. The miscellaneous corpses extend over about a 6 foot wide area. The ants are about 1/8" long. Adult spiders, 1/4" in diameter. Closer shot of the general scene of the mayhem. The compost heap. Casualties. More casualties. Mummies? The next generation? Mom (one of many but not hundreds), amid takeout containers. The suburbs. More suburbs.

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I really enjoy Ada Palmer's blog Ex Urbe. Previously. what else in the same vein can you recommend?Blog, book, documentary, oral epic, audio book, etc.

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We're looking for a dentist in the Belmont/Arlington/Watertown/Cambridge area for my 19 year-old son who is ready to transition from his pediatric dentist. He likes her and her hygienist, but he's become embarrassed to go into their very kid-oriented office. He has lots of anxiety about medical settings, and really hates having people up close with their fingers and instruments in his mouth. He doesn't have any particular dental issues, just twice-yearly cleanings and exams.He is on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, and has difficulty expressing his fears and needs. We'd really love to find a dentist who works well with both anxious, fearful patients and who also has experience--and maybe even a specialty--in working with young adults on the spectrum.

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Lately, I've found that there are few activities as enchanting as watching candy being pulled. Includes Korean yeot, American taffy, Turkish macun, Japanese amezaiku, and Nepalese chaku.

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Protesters showed up to physically block and voice their objections to "Open Casket" (2016), a painting of Emmett Till by Dana Schutz. Artist Hannah Black called for the piece's removal and destruction in an open letter co-signed by other artists and curators. "Those non-Black artists who sincerely wish to highlight the shameful nature of white violence should first of all stop treating Black pain as raw material." Later in March, several news outlets published part of a fake letter purporting to be from the artist, Dana Schutz, also calling for the painting's removal. After the Whitney Museum spent an evening discussing the controversy, with an event co-hosted by the Racial Imaginary Institute, three attendees discussed the controversy for art magazine Hyperallergic in The Possibilities and Failures of the Racial Imagination: The other glaring failure of the white imagination that I see here — both in Schutz and in the Whitney, which is, at the end of the day, a white institution, despite having enlisted two Asian Americans to curate the biennial — is the complete inability to foresee how Black viewers might respond to that painting. This failure is so absurd, honestly, that I find myself coming to the appalling conclusion that it might never have even occurred to Schutz or the higher-ups at the Whitney that Black viewers would see the painting.

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Horse Walk Tests

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Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun: "A Delayed Tribute to a French Trailblazer" [NYT]; exhibition trailer; 8 minutes at the exhibition; web gallery of exhibition objects; audio tour / slideshow; and the Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun. Kelly Hall, "Impropriety, Informality and Intimacy in Vigée Le Brun's Marie Antoinette en Chemise" [PDF]: The portrait Marie Antoinette en Chemise by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was viewed as scandalously improper in its reception at the Salon of 1783 ... This debut for Vigée Le Brun as a member of the Academy was noteworthy not only in that she was a woman receiving this honor but also for the response her submissions elicited. The negative reaction to the portrait prompted its removal soon after the Salon opened. What is a chemise à la reine, anyway? What do you wear under a chemise à la reine? Lindsay Meehan Dunn, "Conditional Acceptance: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun and the Académie Royale" [PDF]: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842) was not admitted to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture without incident. Her initial attempt to become a member of the Académie was unsuccessful ... Vigée-Lebrun was eventually admitted on 31 May 1783, by order of the king, presumably at the insistence of her close friend and benefactor, Queen Marie-Antoinette. Eighteenth-Century Women Painters in France: "The simultaneous admission of Labille-Guiard and Vigée Le Brun caused a stir in the art world and beyond, and the press immediately cast them as rivals." Excerpts from the memoirs: "Madame Vigée Le Brun Meets Empress Catherine II" and "Madame Vigée Le Brun On Catherine The Great." Erin E. Wilson, "An Alternative Ancien Régime? Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun in Russia" [PDF]: Vigée-Lebrun certainly had reason to look back fondly on these years in Russia, where she lived from 1795 to 1801. Despite her émigré status, she enjoyed numerous professional accomplishments while there. It is estimated that during this period Vigée-Lebrun produced close to seventy portraits, developing a professional practice similar to the one she had established in Paris. As in Paris, she catered to a clientele that included members of both the nobility and the royal family. Vigée-Lebrun was supremely prosperous during a period when many émigrés throughout Europe were struggling with their status as political exiles. More extensive Vigée Le Brun web gallery with some commentary. Chronology of the life of Vigée Le Brun. La tombe de Madame Vigée-Lebrun à Louveciennes and Find A Grave: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun.

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I'd like to install a clothes hanging rod underneath my standing desk, but I'm having trouble finding the right hardware online.I want something that I can glue or screw into the underside of the wooden desktop. The difficulty is that all the closet rod hardware I can find online seems to be anchored on the ends, as it would be in a closet.

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The 3 hrs of LeMelons! Get a dirt track cut into a field. Take $300 beaters and race them for 3 hours, or until they all fail. That's the Three Hours of LeMelons, Canada's take on the epic beater race... the 24 hrs of LeMons-- previously on the Blue It is NOT the 24 Hours of LeMons down here in the States. That one runs at faster speeds on tarmac, and requires all kinds of fancy safety gear. LeMelons isn't quite that hardcore, keeping the slow cars running slow on far less grippy mud where even the most miserable, underpowered wrecks can enjoy getting gloriously sideways. It can still ruin your car, though, as one Audi team in particular found out mid-race. A VW rabbit was painted like the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard. A Brexit-themed Subaru was decorated like a double-decker bus. And a Ford Taurus wagon, driven by the race's only all-female team, was done up like a game piece from the board game The Game of Life. Ultimately, however, only half of the competitors would sustain the whole three hours without breaking down. Little is known about the LeMelons race. The identities of racers are not disclosed, the exact date is not known and the race is invite-only and not advertised to the public. However, the race's slickly edited videos (which are released anonymously under the name "Casual Swede") have become an online favourite in automotive circles. The race takes place every spring at an undisclosed farm field in what appears to be Southern Alberta.

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The Miniature Paper Pavilion Club met biweekly throughout 2012 - 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, to build tiny commemorative public spaces. They created approximately sixty imaginary landscapes with structures using paper exclusively.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the President made his dog a cabinet secretary? Or if a famous scientist tried to summon a god? What about if Virginia Woolf wore blackface and pranked the Royal Navy? There's no need to wonder. It all happened. Something True is the most recent podcast from the Idle Thumbs podcast network, written by Duncan Fyfe and narrated by Alex Ashby.

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What should be the limit on egg consumption by my two highly energetic and active sons, aged 8 and 11? It's just that our chooks prodce more than we can possibly eat, so from a dietary/nutrition basis, should there be any limit on their consumption, daily or weekly?

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CNN has a slideshow (doesn't reload entire page for each image) of 11 signs from the March For Science. WaPo has their own single page picture set. Time has a decidedly anti-Trump editorial selection. Boston gets really nerdy, which is sort of expected.

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My mother found yellow fiestaware plates at a thrift shop, and we're pretty sure they're vingtage. I joked about them being radioactive, and now she's worried about eating from them. From what I can find, it's the older red-orange that's the health risk. In looking up information based on the stamp, I'm guessing they were made between the 1940s ad 1972... which does't help much. Any advice?

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There are a wide range of items one could potentially have issue with while dining out. Which complaints warrant mentioning to the wait staff or manager and which do not?I realize that a dining experience is very contextual and the venue will dictate expectations to a large part, but let's say you are in an expensive restaurant. It's very bad form to send a bottle of wine back because you don't like it and should only do so when it's off. Very slow service may be worth a mention? How about small portions in a place that doesn't generally do that? What complaints have you overheard that were cringe worthy? What complaints do you regret not verbalizing? Where does one draw the line? What complaints are not to be verbalized even though it's tempting?

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Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific.Currently I listen to a lot of podcasts hosted by liberal/left people talking about current news, identity politics, and arts/culture: Intercepted, Politically Reactive, Call Your Girlfriend, the Jacobin network, Sooo Many White Guys, Book Fight, 99% Invisible, Throwing Shade, TAL, and so on. I'm looking to broaden my podcast inner life by getting specific. Podcasts about subjects and topics I didn't think I would be interested in, but that I can't help getting drawn into because the hosts are smart and enthusiastic. Example: I don't have any real interest in sports, but I really enjoyed an episode of Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin. (But maybe that was because it was mostly about John Cusack's book with Arundhati Roy.) Example of a niche podcast that serves my current interests: The Twilight Pwn (reviews TZ episodes and related shows) Preferences: 2+ hosts are better than one (the only real drawback to You Must Remember This), hosts that aren't white guys are especially welcome, independently produced, and the podcast is more about their interest/expertise in the subject than interviewing other experts. But really, any podcast is worth throwing out there if it is irresistible.

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Shoe recommendation thread! I'm looking for some shoes I can use on my indoor rowing machine that would also be comfy and functional doing weights and calisthenics. No treadmill. Requirements: flat (zero-drop), firm soled for good power transfer, fast drying, adjustable and comfy. Tell me what you like!

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