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On The Beautiful and Tragic Weirdness of Sonic Adventure

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"The world authorities have run out of ammunition as rates remain stuck at zero. They have no margin for error as economy falters" (Telegraph) - HSBC chief global economist Steven King (not that one): "The world economy's titanic problem" (CNN Money's summary) - China's slowed growth could tip the balance - King recommends international co-ordination to combat global deflation

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I don't know if this is a life stage thing or a terrible personality flaw or what, but I find myself feeling contemptuous of others' relationships, even though it's 100% none of my business. I want to stop this.My question is similar to this one, except it's more specific to my judgments of others' relationships. For example, for a long time I felt very judgey of my in-law's new marriage (which started from an affair that reeks of classic midlife crisis). After this event, I started to realize that I felt negatively not only towards my stepmother-in-law, but also towards the relationships of many friends and even acquaintances. I feel especially contemptuous when the relationships are relatively new. I don't have issues with others' longstanding relationships (e.g. relationships that existed before I met the acquaintance). For example, when my best friend began her new relationship, I was pretty ho-hum about it. I didn't say much, since I knew it wasn't my business, but I didn't feel particularly happy for her, and also felt disappointment and contempt towards the new relationship, even though I knew the guy she was dating and knew he was a good person. These feelings roughly, but do not always, correlate with whether I think the relationship itself is a good match or not (which is, again none of my business). In the above example, I knew that my friend was getting into a relationship simply because she didn't want to be alone in grad school, and that the match itself wasn't ideal (it ended up not working out for the reasons I predicted earlier, as confirmed by my friend). Another example: when my roommate got into a new relationship, I also felt similar antipathy towards the whole thing-- I was vaguely glad that she was happy in the moment, but I also felt uneasy about her relationship because I sensed that the guy didn't take her seriously and she entered the relationship because she felt very insecure about herself. (She later confirmed this to me herself, so I wasn't totally off on that, either.) I don't experience the same antipathy towards relationships of more distant friends, although sometimes I do wonder, "what could their connection possibly be?" I wish I didn't have to feel so negatively about others' relationships; it's a waste of energy and I feel like an awful person for having these judgments. I wish I could be neutral or apathetic towards others' relationships, but I'm not. I am not sure where these judginess is coming from; I don't think I'm prone to jealousy, and I'm not threatened by any of these relationships. For what it's worth, I'm in my own very happy, loving and stable relationship of nearly 10 years. I have loner tendencies, constantly feel like an observer, and suffer from bouts of existential loneliness. I am also very personable, sensitive, accommodating, caring. I don't think people know that I have these thoughts since I keep them to myself. I think I am pretty good at reading people and understanding their motives; my friends frequently reach out to me when they want relationship advice or to sort out their feelings on something. Although intellectually I understand that I will never truly know another person's reality, and thus I should refrain from judgement, I am obviously super judgey. One hypothesis I can offer is that it might be possible that I think that my feelings about other people and social situations are "always right" (because, well, I have a pretty good track record of being "right" about these things) so it's "okay" for me to make these judgments, but it's really not. I want to stop being like this. Thanks for your help!

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I want to do some computer learning/practicing/programming. I'd prefer to do so away from the distractions of home. I'd like some place with good views, minimal distractions, all in the San Diego area. A Zen garden with WIFI would be the ideal place. Starbucks is too busy, and the local library is also. Any suggestions?

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"For those who love books, but don't have enough time for reading. Here are the best books you can read in under an hour each." 24 books to read in under an hour (infographic) by Piotr Kowalczyk at Ebook Friendly. (via Electric Literature) Previously: What to read when pressed for time

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I'm looking for a sans-serif typeface that pairs well with Monotype's Bembo Book (specimen pages). Can you recommend one?

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I'm a Canadian who got a job in the US and is moving to New York. I need to open an account at an American bank. What's a good American bank? Any to avoid? Is there a difference or are they all the same? (Alas, for those tempted to say TD, it actually confers no advantages to those from Toronto OR the Dominion.)

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Craps and Cryogenics: Blow Your Savings and Live Forever in the New Atlantic City Revel Casino Hotel was part of a building boom in AC, encouraged by the state's gambling addiction and emblematic of the casino saturation problem. Revel closed down last September after a long and troubled development, operation and decline. AC's meltdown will haunt New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, and his presidential ambitions. After a wave of closures, the surviving casinos profits have increased while few new jobs are available for laid off workers.

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I want to be a journalist, but I'm not sure how to get there from where I am now. Looking for any advice, tips, or resources anybody can offer me.I'm 27 years old. And it has become obvious to me the career I should have always pursued: journalism. My main "passion" (hate that word) in my life has always been current events, politics, and foreign affairs. For some reason, I discounted the possibility of becoming a journalist in and after college. But I realize now it's really what I should be doing. It's what I care about and it's what I'm good at. My relevant experience: -I wrote for the student paper in high school. My very first article discussed problems with the Patriot Act. -I was a columnist for my university paper in college. I mostly wrote about US foreign policy and the war in Iraq. -I started my own website/blog to discuss politics and related issues. -I wrote and self-published a nonfiction political book about US foreign policy (and why said policy is terrible). -I recently had a piece of mine published on Jacobin. After college, I spent 3.5 years living and traveling in Asia by teaching English. I'm presently back in the US and unemployed. As you may have guessed, I approach journalism from a very critical/left-wing perspective. My role models are people like Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy Goodman. My ultimate goal is to become a columnist (though I know it won't happen right away). I suppose I prefer commentary over straight reporting. I also would like to write in-depth books on subjects of interest to me. The problem is, I'm not sure what I should be doing to get where I want from where I stand now. As I said above, I'm currently unemployed (money is not an immediate issue but it will be in the foreseeable future). What should I be doing? -I've tried pitching and submitting articles to probable sympathetic outlets. Aside from the Jacobin article mentioned above, I haven't met with any success. Should I just keep trying? -I've applied for several journalism internships and jobs. Never heard back from any of them. -I've considered going back to school for a master's degree, but I simply can't afford it. And I am NOT willing to go into yet more debt for another degree. -I've also considered moving back abroad to teach English or something, and continue my blog and pitching on the side until at some point it hopefully might take off. -I know networking is the best way to get a job. Unfortunately, I don't have much of a network, and I personally know a grand total of zero people in journalism. I need to get the ball rolling somehow. So, how do I make my goal a reality? What actions should I be taking? What advice can you offer me?

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I am interested in a vehicle that is being sold by a private seller that is 3 1/2 hours away and in a different state. The asking price is $7500, which is a lot of cash to be carrying, especially after all those stories in the news about the cops being tipped off by the bank and just taking your money.Plus, I think that you get put on a government list if you pull out more that $5000. On the other hand, the sellers are (rightfully) wary about cashiers checks. I really don't want to wait for a check to cash and make two trips. They do own a small business (roofing), but they don't take credit cards. I could see about a wire transfer, but my bank only has branches local to me, not sure how that would work. We have a debit card with that amount available, could we go to their bank and have the bank accept the debit? Any suggestions appreciated.

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What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!

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The lost city of Ordos The Kangbashi district, planned to accommodate a population in excess of one million, is home to a lonely 20,000 people – leaving 98% of this 355-square kilometre site either under construction or abandoned altogether.

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MeFi's own John Scalzi, author of numerous popular books and a blog almost as popular as said books, has done okay.

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I ate something that is against my beliefs, for the first time in my entire life (due to a miscommunication). I feel very nauseated - my thoughts focus on my body and wanting to throw up (I tried but am unable to?). Can I refocus thought away from the thing inside me? Or you know any help for nausea that is just psychosomatic? I know I did not do this on purpose, it's that I can't escape my thoughts about the physical act of chewing and swallowing it and about the animal dying for it.

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I have a fanfic that's currently in a bunch of bits and pieces in Google Docs, and I'd like to be able to consolidate them at some point, do a thorough spell-and-grammar check and decide where to make chapter breaks. Eventually the work is to be posted on Archive of Our Own. What's the best way to go about this?In the past, with shorter works, I've cut and pasted the text from Google Docs into MS Word, run the spell/grammar check in MS Word, and then cut and pasted the text from MS Word into Archive of Our Own. For some reason, when I do that, I lose the line breaks between paragraphs, and have to reinsert them by hand. This is slightly annoying for smaller works, and would be too much for me to handle in this much larger work. The fanfic is for an event, and must be posted on Archive of Our Own in its entirety by late August. Any tips about software I should use, or how to post a larger multi-chapter fic on Archive of Our Own would be appreciated.

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Friends, once again, here is yet more proof that one string is all you need.

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I'm folding a thousand origami cranes, and I'm starting to get curious about the patterns on the Japanese origami paper I'm using. I think I recognize a couple of them, but I'd like to know the significance of any you recognize: maybe they are traditional textile patterns or have other uses? Are they a certain flower, fruit, or season? Or maybe they are entirely made up for these packs of paper.Let's assume the first row is 1 through 6, then 7-12, then 13-18 for ease of description. Thanks!

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Welcome to the Polish Sahara! Glaciars and medieval industrial degradation created the Bledow Desert, a small area of scrub and blowing sands in Poland. Former WWII training ground - now a tourist destination.

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The music of the legendary Simon and Garfunkel seems to still have a life of its own, long after they broke up in 1970. The great songwriter Paul Simon went on, of course, to have a highly successful solo career, and Art did a few films and several albums. They reunited for several tours over the years (most notably, Central Park in 1982, full concert here, and the on-and-off, often acrimonious friction has been widely reported. In this new Art Garfunkel interview, the singer cuts loose again on Simon and the results are not pretty. (You may want to read the comments below the piece Rolling Stone did on this, many are quite insightful)

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Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted of Manslaughter in 2012 Deaths [New York Times] A police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car after a chase in 2012 and fired repeatedly at its unarmed occupants, both of them black, was acquitted of manslaughter on Saturday by an Ohio judge. The trial of the white officer, Michael Brelo, following harrowing episodes in communities such as Baltimore, Staten Island and Ferguson, Mo., played out amid broader questions of how the police interact with African-Americans and use force, in Cleveland and across the country. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on Michael Brelo verdict: [Cleveland.com] "Today's verdict ... is a verdict that will have a long-lasting effect not only here in our local community but, really, in communities throughout this country," Jackson said during an afternoon news conference at Public Auditorium. "This is a moment that will define us as a city, define us as a people as we move forward and address not only the issues around this verdict," Related: Cleveland Police Cited for Abuse by Justice Department [Think Progress] Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests. [Reuters]

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What horse track in the U.S. can I sprinkle or inter my father-in-law's ashes at? Santa Anita would be perfect, but any horse track would do.My father-in-law loved the track. He was not in any way religious, and wasn't a "nature" person. The best idea we can think of for his ashes is to find a race track that will let us sprinkle his ashes on the track -- or assuming that's not legal, one that has a columbarium of some sort.

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My long-distance partner is suicidal, and I don't know what to do.I've been with my girlfriend for a few years, and we are currently living on different continents, and will be for the next year or so. She has alway battled with depression of one kind or another (I believe as a part of her struggle with BPD), but recently it has become a lot worse. In particular, last night she was basically telling me that she was going to kill herself that night and was saying goodbye. She didn't, thankfully. To compound matters, things haven't really been going that well between the two of us for a bunch of different reasons, and we had recently been wondering if we should break it off. (It's worth noting that I'm pretty sure these two things are mostly unrelated---the increase in suicidal thoughts I think has more to do with stressful work and other life/family/school issues, and are not about our relationship) So I don't really know what to do. I know that I can't fix her, I can't magically make everything better, but I also don't want to just abandon her because I don't know where else she would go. I get that that's a dangerous and unhealthy dynamic in a relationship, but it doesn't change the fact that it's there. Other possibly relevant information: there is a history of abuse within her family. She lives not close to them, but they're at least part of the reason that she suffers from the depression that she has, so she would not go to them for help regardless. She is also finding herself unable to work because of conflict with her current supervisor, which is new. Consequently, she is really worried about money because no work = no pay. This is not her first time thinking about suicide, and she has tried before (though it was before I met her). So what can I do here? What can I do both to help her, and to take care of myself?

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Can China take a joke? The NYT Magazine examines the growing standup comedy scene in China, and its complicated relationship with traditional Chinese "cross-talk" performances, and modern Chinese society. [previously on metafilter]

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So my go to encryption product used to be truecrypt but Drama! So what is the go to, cross platform agnostic, encryption program that can mount encrypted containers as a drive letter?Question spawned by new laptop acquisition so it would be nice but not vital if the new program could read existing truecrypt files. I've tentatively settled on Veracrypt as meeting my needs. I'm hoping for either affirmation that it'll do the job or a pointer to a superior product. Or thoughts on drawbacks of my choice.

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I have an important deadline in the house buying process this week and I am totally freaking out about it. Perhaps someone wiser than I on mefi can help me not freak out about the upcoming deadlines and also tell me what is going on behind closed doors.I'm very excited to be closing on a house very, very, very soon. But I also have to sign off on my contingencies early this week. I'm getting anxious because due to a variety of issues (the bank having trouble getting an appraiser out in a timely manner being the top of the list) the bank has not yet gotten me my loan approval letter. The deadline to sign off on my loan contingency is Tuesday and the bank is aware, and I'm really anxious I won't get the letter by then. Am I worrying for nothing? It's a small local bank with a great reputation within the community and among real estate types for doing a good job with loans. I'm dealing directly with the mortgage broker and when we spoke on Thursday he said he was aware of the deadline and working on the loan. So, I have a few questions... 1. What is it a mortgage broker does? Isn't it automated now - plugging in numbers and getting approval? Why would it take time to turn around a loan approval? (I'm not being snotty, I really want to know!!) 2. Am I being nervous for no reason? If they know the deadline and want to work with me, is there any reason why they would fink? 3. If they say they can't get me the letter by Tuesday, what are my options? HELP!! (Also please be kind, though I'm sure those wiser might feel the urge to be smug on this, it won't help my anxiety)

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