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How Cirque du Soleil Turns Gymnasts Into Artists

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I've been interested in taking some form of martial arts or self-defense class for a long time, but a couple of things hold me back: 1) the idea of grappling with strangers 2) fear of getting punched or falling a lot. I'm past 40 and falling is something I feel more and more cautious about. And 3) I'm not in great shape.I'd like to hear from people who have taken classes to get an idea of what to expect in beginner level classes, and if any specific discipline is less likely to leave me explaining a black eye in the office the next day.

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• Blue • Boy Blue • Mr. Blue Sky • Bluebird • Bluebird Is Dead • Birmingham Blues • Midnight Blue.

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Why is it better to take Prednisone or cortisone shots that to increase the dose of NSAIDs?I have a back injury and what seems to be a sprained SI joint. The doctors are/have recommended three treatment options: 1) NSAIDs 2) Prednisone 3) Cortisone shot (actually some specific drug in that family which I don't know). Here is what I know: Prednisone has serious side effects, including the potential to trigger manic/depressive episodes (and perhaps even Biopolar disorder). Cortisone is a needle near my spine, and can result in loss of bone density (if taken more than 3x year). NSAIDs can tear up your gut, and increase blood pressure, increasing somewhat the cardiac risk (e.g. https://ask.metafilter.com/316464/How-does-Ibuprofen-work#4568544, https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fda-strengthens-warning-that-nsaids-increase-heart-attack-and-stroke-risk-201507138138). Here is what I don't get. Why is it obvious that it's safer to use Prednisone or a cortisone shot that exceed the "maximum dose" of the NSAIDs or combine them before trying Prednisone or shots? I know the tylenol liver problem: never ever go above the maximum dose otherwise your liver could stop working tomorrow. But the heart attack risk of NSAIDs appears to be associated with more continual use than I imagine needing right now. Moreover, I'm tolerating the NSAIDs well in term of my stomach (I know that you don't always have obvious GI symptoms before getting an ulcer). I've heard of athletes/vets/etc. taking NSAIDs in high doses for long times, often with bad long term liver/stomach issues, so know that long term use is not a good idea. (details if you're interested or it's relevant: MRI shows a herniated disk between L4 and L5, but no obvious nerve pinching on the hurt side. Numbness suggests two affected two nerves (L4 and L5). The front of my whole lower leg is numb (mid knee to ankle on both sides), walking up stairs feels weirdly hard (i.e. weakness). Significant pain greatly mediated by spending most of my day lying on my back with my legs at 90 deg (I'm very grateful for friends and family support, this awesome computer stand, and that my job requires only a computer). I'm doing lots of PT, and have had massages. I was on 75 mg diclofenac 2x day last week, and am on 750 mg nabumetone 2x day this week just in case it works better. The plan is for cortisone shots at the end of this coming week. In addition: gabapentin and cyclobenzaprineat night - that is when the pain is the worst. I'm considering acupuncture. ) Please trust that I'm not planning to exceed the dose, mostly just bothered by the logic. (Other non-surgery treatment that has worked for you is also welcome).

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Just one panel. A teen couple is walking home from a date. He's thinking about a good-night kiss. She's thinking about a hammer and sickle.

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I need to get from Villejuif to CDG in the morning, but I'm finding conflicting information about where (and how) I should transfer from the 7 line to RER B. Could use some advice from people familiar with the system.The Metro 7 map seems to indicate that I can transfer to the RER B at Châtelet. But Google Maps tells me that I need to get off at Pont Neuf and walk to Châtelet - Les Halles. Even if I tell maps I want to travel from Châtelet itself, it still tells me I need to walk to Châtelet - Less Halles. Is it because Châtelet is connected to (part of? one half of?) Châtelet - Les Halles and I'll be walking underground in Châtelet - Les Halles complex until I get to my transfer? And what's up with Pont Neuf? Is that just Google Maps being weird?

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Maybe you've seen it. In the years since it was filched from Jerry's profile and uploaded to Reddit, the picture has become a meme of uncommon endurance and ubiquity. It remains the first Google Image search result for both "m'lady" and "tips fedora"... Jerry Messing, former child actor for "Even Stevens" and "Freaks and Geeks" discusses his history in show business and in private life, and how he feels about his image being co-opted by the internet entire.

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My kitty needs a new dry cat food. Researching what's actually good and what's just marketing is super overwhelming and contradictory and I am lost!We were finally able to move this lovely lady named Cindy into our apartment from my parent's house back in November. My mother gave me a bag of Good Life dry food she had been feeding her, which we have been using. We have had some issues with her throwing up occasionally but aren't sure if that was due to the food, her age, or some other factor. We're running low on food for the first time (it was a big bag, and she's a tiny cat, so she went through it slowly) and I went to order more of the same on Amazon only to find a ton of reviews saying they've found sharp objects in the kibble. Yikes! To make matters worse, Cindy threw up her food twice today, which is making me nervous. I've been trying to find a different brand that's reliably safe and healthy but am totally lost. I've heard Purina is bad, grain-free is bad but also maybe misleading because it's carbs that are bad, except some are good, protein is good but fish is bad because metals, and and and... Can you help us out? Here's the current state of affairs: She's a 14 year old kitty, but generally very healthy; she's very energetic and playful and honestly acts younger than most of the 5-10 year old cats I know. We free feed her because she's very good at self regulating. She also doesn't eat any scraps so weight isn't a concern. She's very small, probably about 9 lbs. Previous questions/answers on this topic basically all say "feed your cat wet food" and we would love to, because we know it's better for older kitties, but she is Not Having That. My mother is a "kibble is evil and raw organic free range meat is the only way!!" sort so I assure you she tried very hard to switch her over. Cindy wouldn't even touch kibble if it had a dollop of wet food on it. I do have one or two ideas to try myself (e.g. warming it up, because I discovered she prefers warm water to cool water) but am not going to have the time or energy to try and make that switch until summer. We try and get more water in her basically by being her personal water servants and filling her bowl up with warm water four or five times a day which does seem to encourage her to drink more. But for now I need something to at least last her until summer. We may not stay with it if we can get her on wet food, but if that doesn't work I want something that will be safe and healthy. What should I be looking for in a kibble? Specific brand recommendations would also be superb. My budget is somewhat limited, but on the other hand she doesn't eat much so I might be able to go for something a bit more expensive. For reference, the bag we had was 16 lbs and it lasted us about 5 months, and on Amazon it costs $20. I could probably do up to $250 on cat food per year or so. Also, I've read that cats can develop food allergies from being fed the same thing for so long. Could this be responsible for the throwing up? Should we switch to a different protein (current protein is chicken)?

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"She walked into my life in Gucci sandals and Céline glasses, and showed me a glamorous, frictionless world of hotel living and Le Coucou dinners and infrared saunas and Moroccan vacations. And then she made my $62,000 disappear." [Vanity Fair]

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Posting this on behalf of a musician friend - what airline is best at flying a double bass out of the USA? And what recourse does a customer have against an airline that stopped her from taking her double bass at the last minute???Posting this for a bassist I know, L. L and her family are in the process of relocating to Australia, spending a year in Europe first; the plan was for L and her infant daughter to go first, followed by her husband a short while later. L planned to bring her double bass with her, and carefully researched her chosen airline's policy on flying with instruments; there would be a surcharge for the extra weight, but otherwise it was permissible. She even made sure that her bass was within the allowable weight specified for musical instruments. However, when L got to the airport for her flight, the staff at the airport said "nope, you can't take the double bass, it's too big." L argued with the counter staff, then their manager, then the customer service of the airport, then a TSA agent, and then the customer service at the airline; everyone was saying "nope, you can't take the double bass." She pulled up the policy and showed the airline staff the airline allowed it; the counter staff said "nope, sorry." When she called the airline they said "sorry, the airport staff can make a judgement call and decline to take instruments this size." She ended up having to send her bass back to her husband in an Uber, and they're trying to figure out what to do now. So. On her behalf: What airline will accept a double bass? Or should she ship it? And I'm adding the question: the airline in question was Norwegian Airlines, what is something she can do to get some kind of restitution or apology from them?

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I'm freaking out a bit. I was using a Q-tip and accidentally pushed it too far in. It look a bit of force to pull it out. There was no blood, but it still aches a few hours later. Pain is not severe and hearing is same. Urgent care or wait? Thanks much.

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I work with a non-profit that is working towards the elimination Hepatitis B globally. We want contact and work in conjunction with any pharmaceutical company that is developing a rapid test for Hepatitis B. The current Hep B test takes 2 days, but it could be done in 5 minutes and I'm sure some pharmaceutical company is working on it. Who are they? How can I get in touch with them? Thanks!

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After rampant internet speculation may have affected the enjoyment of people watching the first season of HBO's Westworld the production team has released Westworld Season 2: A Primer so people do want explanation can have it, and people who don't can avoid it.

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Ratting with terriers. 22 minutes of small muddy dogs efficiently and enthusiastically killing wild rats in a manure pile on a Cornwall farm. CONTENT WARNING: animal death, animal injury, dead and dying rats, horrible squeaking, some blood and gore, occasionally indecipherable Cornish accents. (None of the dogs are injured.) Weirdly satisfying in a Working Dogs With Jobs way.

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My daughter wants an apartment that doesn't involve a maze of hallways getting to the door. Is there a term that we can use to rule in and out buildings? She's calling it a "walk in", which results in lots of beautiful closets. Short of searching all ground floor units, can you suggest anything else? Thank you!

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Is it OK to drink the water you left out overnight? Great news: You're going to make it.

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Help me design some vegetarian meals for me to make for my wife and her friend for their weekly Downton Abbey watching party.My wife and her friend have started a new tradition where a couple of times a month they attend a local political activism meeting and then come back to our house to eat and watch Downton Abbey (they're currently beginning Season Two, if that matters). The meeting starts before dinner, so they'll need to eat when they get back regardless, but I thought it would be fun to have something a little extravagant waiting for them when they arrive. I'm talking at least two courses, plus a dessert and maybe a cocktail. They're both vegetarians, meaning no meat whatsover (including seafood), but they'll eat anything with butter and eggs in it, and my wife will eat any cheese that doesn't have real rennet. Given those restrictions, what should I make? Generally speaking, it'd be great if the food suggestions were ones that are relatively easy to handle and to eat while sitting on a couch watching TV (so soups and stews are maybe not the best). It also might be fun if suggestions had some salience to the show (which I've never seen), but I'm open to any ideas. Also, I'll be wrestling two children in to bed right around the time they get home, so to the extent things can be prepped or made ahead of time that's also a plus. I have access to a well-stocked American grocery store and a pretty solid Asian grocery store, as well as periodic access to a Trader Joe's. I'm a reasonably talented cook with a reasonably well-stocked kitchen. Thanks!

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Everybody seems to be hugging everybody these days: is this okay? Her specific point in this article is the hugging of strangers, especially those met on a blind date.

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The Third Major Red-State Teachers Strike of 2018 Will Start Next Week (NYMag) As education struggles continue to spread across the US — from Arizona to Colorado to North Carolina — there is an urgent need to learn from the experiences of both Oklahoma and West Virginia. Jacobin's Eric Blanc sat down with organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey to discuss some of the major strategic lessons of these recent strikes - A Strategy To Win

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Is it safe for birds to be nesting in a metal shed? If not, what can I do?We recently discovered an occupied nest with eggs in our backyard shed. This is not a problem for us, but I'm worried about the birds and their eggs because the shed is metal. So far it hasn't been very hot in our area of the country but it's getting warmer and I'm worried the little guys might bake in there. Should I assume the birds know what they're doing and leave them alone or should I intervene somehow? If so, how?

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Where are non-designers posting photos of their homes nowadays?Back in the olden days, I used to love poring through Saucy Dwellings or the home tours on Offbeat Home. What I loved about them: lots of different styles, often brightly coloured, done on a minimal budget, looked like places that people actually lived in, mostly reflected their owners' tastes rather than mimicking whatever was cool at the time (OK, there were quite a few "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters). But Livejournal has died a death and Offbeat Home just seems to post quirky real estate listings now. Sites like Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy are all well and good, but every person whose home they feature seems to be some kind of designer, and the tours are styled to within an inch of their lives. I suppose the obvious answer to my question is "Instagram", but all I'm finding on there are the same trends over and over: dark walls, living rooms that look like bars or yoga studios, typography prints, etc etc. There are so many wannabe interior designers on Instagram, it seems! Where are the photos of cute, cheerful homes that still have litter trays and letters stuck to the fridge? Where are the homes of people with nerdy passions and homes decorated with "oops" paint to be found these days?

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We turn a collective blind eye to the killing of pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, sheep, lamb, goats and others. We convince ourselves, either consciously or unconsciously, that these animals are biologically inferior creatures to the ones we choose not to consume.

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posted about 11 hours ago on metafilter
So, I'm sort of an all purpose translator/transcriber/sometimes writer/language person, bottom line being I do a lot of typing in lots of different formats, typing that involves a lot of formatting, editing, and stopping. The recent advances in microphones and voice recognition (Siri/Alexa, Google Translate voice recognition, dayum!) have me wondering...would it be economical to use it to replace or supplement typing? What are your experiences with this? Snowflake & hardware details inside.I like my tech dumb, reliable, and extensible, but I'm comfortable wading into exotic waters (TRADOS anyone?). My daily drivers are an i7 16g RAM Win10 Yoga900 and a couple random Chinese-brand Androids I've mind-melded Google Services Framework onto+fleet of older laptops I use for smart TV/music/projector terminals & backup machines & video/audio CPU processing set & forget type stuff. I hate wearing headphones and usually have music & podcasts on (hell, sometimes at the same time!), but I usually work from home, so I'll adjust if I have to, and when I don't work from home, I'm definitely in headphones. I also have like...50 tabs and 6 documents on two monitors open right now. I know I can cut down on that if memory requires. I will pay for software, even hardware, even a new computer! But, given how so many of the voice recognition solutions out there seem to be cloud-based, is that necessary? Up to now I haven't even used voice commands or search on my gadgets because I'm so comfortable in text, plus all the spooky spyware out there, plus I just said "Hey Cortana" and it tried to open my webcam, buggy little bastard, but Microsoft, Google, and Amazon already know everything about me anyway, and app-specific permissions are a thing now. I'm toying around with Voice Typing in Google Docs tonight, but usually I use Word (autocorrect ftw). Are we in the voice-capable future yet? How does speech recognition and voice dictation fit into your life?

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I need to print out a Word Doc with the comments. I'm on a Chromebook. Is this at all possible? Please help.I've been tearing my hair out over this. I tried installing a Chrome extension that is meant to do this, but it doesn't work -- it doesn't actually show the comments, just puts ridiculously large margins on the page. There are a ton of suggestions online about how to print comments from a Google Doc, but they all seem to presuppose you're using a desktop. Please, please, tell me there is actually some way to do this. I really need to get these comments printed out.

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My musical knowledge is extremely limited, but I've put together a small playlist that I think has some coherence. I'd love suggestions on specific songs I could add to it that would fit in well. A YouTube playlist with all of these songs is available here, and a list of each song is inside. Thanks!Seven Nation Army - White Strips Last Nite - The Strokes Walking Lightly - Junip Rise to the Sun - Alabama Shakes Energy - The Apples in Stereo Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Tongue Tied - Grouplove Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men Trouble - Cage the Elephant Good People - Jack Johnson Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys Wome with Me Now - Kongos Electric Love - Børns Wish I Knew You - The Revivalists Ain't No Rest for the Wicked - Cage the Elephant Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People Spirits - The Strumbellas Kids - MGMT Float On - Modest Mouse We Don't Know - The Strumbellas Stolen Dance - Milky Chance

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