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Where do I find some stretchy, super high waisted, denim shorts for pear shaped ladies? Help! It's hot here!!I grew out of my shorts ... again. I've been changing weight fairly dramatically over the last year and the shorts I got just a few months ago - that were snug - don't fit at all. (Weight changes are good, I'm just extra mad at having to spend more money.) I think I wear a size 2 - 6 depending on cut. Waist 27 - 28 Hips 37 -38 Thighs 20 - 21 The inseam I'm wearing right now is about 10" but I could go a bit higher. I'm looking for women's shorts that are: Available in the US - good return policy Around $40 each or less (again, might grow out of them.) SUPER high waisted - like belly button Stretchy as fuck for my hips/thighs/changing weight Cover my ass so it doesn't hang out the bottom - but aren't like knee length. Preferably denim or denim style and black. Preferably back pockets and rolled cuffs. My insta is linked in my profile for style ideas. Please help! I already tried on like 20 pairs to get the last few that don't fit anymore. I'm extremely exhausted by this.

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I've got a lilac tree in my backyard that isn't growing like it should.Mushrooms grow in clusters in that area if left unchecked. The area around it smells like mushrooms even when there aren't any. Digging around the tree, I found its root are waterlogged, which makes sense since this area of the yard gets pretty saturated. There are rotten bits of a long gone tree underground nearby. What is the best plan for what to do next?The tree doesn't look sickly and its roots don't look rotten. So I think I got to the problem early. The tree grew well at our old home but stagnated when we moved it here to our new yard in this spot. I am afraid if I don't move it to somewhere less waterlogged, it will die. Is moving it at this point going to shock it and kill it? If moving it is okay, how much soil should I take with it. Should I use some kind of fungicide? What do I do now? I planted this tree in honor of my late father. I really want to save it.

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My life is a disaster and the only thing I can think of that I want to do is watch the stupid teen movie Get Over It with Kirsten Dunst, but I can't find it online anywhere (Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube). Admittedly I'm not functioning at a super high level, so there may be something obvious I'm missing. Is there anywhere I can see this dumb movie?

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Utopia and work - "The utopianism of full employment is so entrenched, as a seemingly uncontested common sense, it's difficult to imagine a different utopian horizon. But there is one, which emerges from at least three different theoretical and political traditions." (via) Contesting the utopianism of full employment with a different utopian horizon creates the possibility of imagining and creating a different world—in which work acquires different meanings, in which the distinction between necessary and surplus is redefined and perhaps erased, and for the first time in modern history workers are no longer forced to have the freedom to sell their ability to work to someone else and achieve the right to be lazy. also btw... Elon Musk's Fall from Grace - "What we often mean when we root for Musk is that we want to hasten the coming business-directed energy transition of our industrial system away from fossil fuels. In this, he embodies both a widely-popular yearning for social transformation and the businessman's stolidity restraining it." For those condemned to life on Earth, what Musk represents above all is the possibility of a "green" or "renewable"—and therefore "sustainable"—capitalism. Species survival is one way of putting it, but this elides all the details relevant to our political lives. That ambiguity is precisely why the vision is so appealing: it can be both revolutionary and ostensibly consensual. For the past fifty years, after all, among the easiest and most widely accepted formulas for people to work together to change their futures has been through patterns of personal consumption. We invest our savings, purchase private equipment, place our bets in the enthralling spectator sport that is the clash of powerful personalities and organizations—and then we wait... Musk's career thus illustrates the central challenge of U.S. industrial planning. Because of taboos against government ownership and income-tax financed public services, the public must find ways of persuading businessmen to manage private property to meet public objectives. Often this leaves us choking at an ideological and political impasse. Rather than have government authorities spend billions to own and operate their own plant under public oversight and administration, we are trapped debating which private profit-making groups the government should support in pursuit of its public-interest goals. Marc Benioff of Salesforce: 'Are We Not All Connected?' - "Today in 'private provision of public goods', Salesforce founder Marc Benioff pledges to shelter or house all the homeless people in SF in five years." There's a shift going on. When I went to U.S.C., it was all about maximizing value for shareholders. But we're moving into a world of stakeholders. It's not just about shareholders. Your employees are stakeholders, so are your customers, your partners, the communities that you're in, the homeless that are nearby, your public schools. A company like ours can't be successful in an unsuccessful economy or in an unsuccessful environment or where the school system doesn't work. We have to take responsibility for all of those things. This idea that somebody put into our heads — that companies are somehow these kind of individuated units that are separate from society and don't have to be paying attention to the communities they're in — that is incorrect. We need to have a more enlightened view about the role of companies. This company is not somehow separate from everything else. Are we not all connected? Are we not all one? Isn't that the point?

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We're heading to Berlin and Prague this year. Looking for advice on which areas we should stay in.The main criteria is to be within easy walking distance of good restaurants and bars, and with good transit connections to the rest of the city. If you have any specific recommendations on hotels or apartments, that would also be welcome.

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Just some really cool women doing some really cool glass artwork, some functional, some not. Check out Chris Wood for her amazing dichroic glass wall panels that sculpt light. If you liked the crystal foxes from Star Wars, you'll love the work of Marta Klonowska who makes lifelike animals from shattered glass. If shoes are more your speed, check out Dellene Peralta's dope work. Finally, the work of Ginny Ruffner opens the world of what it means to create accessible glass art by someone with a disability.

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What is this big crinkly red-orange flower that has been made into a table centerpiece? Is it even a flower at all? Could it be aquatic life? Where is it from?My parents are on a Viking river cruise (going down the Rhine thru Germany) and saw this (Imgur link) on their table at dinner. My mom thought I was the right person to ask about it (I don't know why, IANABotanist) and I'm stumped. Google Image search brought me nothing, as did Tineye. So I put it to you, hivemind!

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I love the idea of refashioning beautiful-but-ill-fitting finds from the thrift store into cool "new" things I'll actually wear--but I'm paralyzed when it comes to cutting them up. Is there an active online forum of like-minded people who share pictures of the original item and give one another ideas for the refashion? or weigh in on an idea here...I'm an intermediate hack sewer. I don't follow patterns (and that doesn't sound at all fun). I've installed one zipper in the last 20 years. I have a very basic machine, a decent understanding of sewing concepts and I still use the kitchen scissors for everything. The extent of my experience tailoring clothing thus far is reshaping the side seams and sleeves of men's shirts to a more feminine fit. I have now collected three dresses in fabulous fabrics that I want to convert into maxi skirts with stretchy-tee waistbands. I'm not looking for tutorials for this part (there are hundreds out there--though I wouldn't mind some for what to do the remains of the top: the neck, sleeves and upper torso). I'm looking for communities. I'd like to, say, post a picture of a dress, possibly share an idea and ask for vision from people who are more creative than I am. Where can I do this? So far I see: -Old school Craftster, which doesn't seem to generate a lot of traffic. -Refashion Reddit, which looks like it could have promise, but hard to tell (I don't know how to reddit, but happy to learn). thanks! -- ...and if any creative souls here care to weigh in about the three dresses, here's more info: 1) a fairly heavyweight linen/rayon orange print shift; probably just giving it a wide stretchy tee waistband (maybe keeping what remains of the top for future empire-style blouse with coordinated sheer sleeves and torso?); 2) a very lightweight all-cotton with lining of same, with a shirred bodice; want to retain that printed bottom, so thinking of chopping about 12" out the middle and sewing the bottom back to the top, essentially making the wide bodice into a comfy waist/hip band. 3) looks like a traditional caftan of lightweight non-wrinkly cotton (I think? the commercial tag says only "Julie" size 58); probably chopping in half to make a maxi skirt and retaining the pretty top piece for future blouse project; someone else has already altered the sleeves.

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I need a flat piece of Coal I saw this video a couple years ago and always thought it was a cool idea. I have some time coming up and would like to take on making one of my own. I think I have most of it figured out but I cannot find a source for a large enough flat enough piece of coal. I understand that I will likely have to do some smoothing and finishing. Google keeps showing me bed-sheets and decorative tiles. Any help on a source or even suggestions for search terms would be appreciated.

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Swaying gently in an urban hammock has become increasingly popular as lightweight and more advanced hammock designs have become available. There are photos. There are articles. Sometimes permits are required. Place your urban hammock wisely to avoid a ticket or fine. Or visit a park, such as Luxparken in Stockholm, that provides visitors with places to hang their hammocks. (Visitors to Copenhagen don't even have to bring a hammock; the Danes provide those as well.) Is simple urban hammocking too dull? Naturally, a world with goat yoga perforce must offer hammock yoga as well. Too tame, you cry? Then you might want to consider extreme hammocking (note that "extreme hammocking death" may pop up in your search results). While MeFites have ample information about the history of the hammock (previously), what might its future hold? Making music, perhaps. Adding a new twist to bathing. Or, most likely, simply making camping even more fun.

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I'm considering a text tattoo that includes a profanity... on the inside of my wrist. Do you have such a thing? Have you wished you'd done something differently? NSFW word & more details inside.I've had a frustrating couple of years, mainly due to some physical health issues, and am coming up on a milestone birthday. A few weeks ago, in a fit of pique, I decided "fuck frailty" and that, to the best of my ability (and within the realm of the possible) I was going to stop focusing on the things I can't do & direct my energy to all the things I can. I do have other tattoos. I work from home, and rarely, if ever, meet colleagues. I am female, and can easily cover such a tattoo with bracelets / watch / jewelry and not get a second glance. My intent is to have it done in some artsy script (so it isn't like it is gonna say fuck in courier new or something super legible). My brother once said I had the filthiest mouth he'd ever heard (a true moment of pride for me) so profanity is not uncharacteristic for me. My questions are: Do you have a tattoo with profanity in a visible place?If so, any feelings about what you might have done differently?Any thoughts on something with the same type of spirit as my chosen phrase that does not include profanity?

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Does the bag check at the Brooklyn Museum accept carry-on size bags?Thanks to a scheduling quirk and an evening flight, the lovely mrs. pdb and I are going to David Bowie Is at the Brooklyn Museum on the day we fly out of NYC next week. We can't get an answer from the museum about their bag check facility, though (we tried tweeting them and emailing, and got no response either way). We're checking out of our hotel, going to the museum, then heading to the airport straight from the museum. Does anyone know if the museum's bag/coat check can accommodate carry-on sized bags?

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I own an independent movie theater. Google (and other on-line movie sites) have been showing an incorrect movie schedule for the last three weeks. How do I fix this?The local newspaper also has it wrong when they publish the schedule in their Thursday "Weekend" section. They all show us as playing "Black Panther" every day at 4:00 PM. We haven't played that movie in about a month. Every week, I submit the updated movie schedule by email to [email protected] That's the address the previous owner told me to use. I never hear back from them -- and when I wrote to that address about this issue, I didn't receive a reply. I kept thinking that the problem would fix itself, but after three weeks, I realize it's not going happen on its own. I contacted another independent movie theater in the area, and the owner told me that there is basically no way to get this fixed -- it just has to play itself out. I also contacted the local newspaper to find out where they get their schedules, but no-one seems to know. One helpful editor promises to find out and call me back tomorrow. A bit of on-line sleuthing seems to suggest that movie schedules are syndicated through Webedia Movies Pro, but I can't get anyone to answer the phone there. I know that this is a pretty esoteric topic, but I was hoping someone would have a suggestion.

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With the rise of Slack, frequent notifications resulted in a very distraction-heavy work experience for me and my team. What norms can we adopt to balance the needs of visibility and accountability with the desire to avoid distraction and do work that requires deep concentration?I've read articles like Dear Slack Let's Just Be Friends, which provide an excellent overview of how to make Slack less distracting for me, but I'm more interested in team norms that will improve things for everyone. One of the biggest challenges we face is that the @username facility is overloaded to be a way of getting someone's immediate attention as well as tagging a piece of non-urgent information as potentially interesting or needing follow up from that individual. How can we use Slack (and potentially email, though it's nearly extinct at my company) to achieve both of these disparate goals?

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The Passionate Photo Colorizers Who Are Humanizing the Past "I love how colorized photos enable me to imagine these guys walking around today," one commenter remarked. "I feel like I saw this guy at the store," wrote another. Marina Amaral has a book coming out in August with Dan Jones, The Colour of Time, October 1, 2018 (US Amazon pre-order link) Spanning more than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the American Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of the Space Age, The Colour of Time will chart the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war and the politics of peace, and the lives of the men and women who made history. We will tell you this fascinating story through 200 stunning colorized photographs - the majority of them will be seen in color for the first time ever. Images colorized by Amaral and other artists, such as a migrant mother with her children, Robert Johnson, and many more can be found on the Colorized History subreddit. Why do these reproductions resonate so deeply with so many people? Color images have a greater impact on our visual memory, and allow details we might otherwise gloss over to leap off the page. r/ColorizedHistory previously (2013)

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The Cyclo Knitter is the perfect contraption for those cold waits at a train station when one has forgotten their book. Design student George Barratt-Jones's invention, a five minute stationary bike ride on the machine knits up a simple scarf to cozy in or give away. Watch the bike-scarf-er in action or read more about the design process and construction. For those of us who can't bike, we'll make a matching accessory with the rocking chair that knits hats. Others of us prefer the traditional methods: our hands, some needles, and amazing urban camouflage or loud and proud resistance knits. Knitting is magic and art.

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Tell me about great co-op games that my family can play on a Retropie!I'm building a Retropie game system on a new 3B+. My kids (10 & 7) can be hyper-competitive, and our younger will often refuse to play a game at all if there's a chance that he'll lose to his brother -- and with the age difference that's basically a given. So I'm looking for games that minimize direct competition. My gaming experience topped out at the Atari 2600, so I'm pretty clueless about what games are out there, so feel free to suggest things that might seem obvious. Constraints would be general kid-friendliness (nothing gory, nothing too obviously warlike, etc) and likely to run well on the Pi. It would be extra great if more than 2 players could play at once.

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"Rearing children should be the common responsibility of the whole community. Any legal rights parents have over 'their' children should be dissolved and each child should be free to choose its own destiny. Free twenty-four hour child care centers should be established where faggots and lesbians can share the responsibility of child rearing."

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In the cookie-cutter conservative era of the 1950s, even good, wholesome girls were undressing Elvis, and not just in their minds. During the mid-20th century, the popularity of paper dolls peaked and production boomed like never before. By then, the medium was well-established as a cheap way for young people to make believe: You could be Martha Washington, carefully selecting a regal wardrobe, or a rebellious teen-queen cruising around with famous rock idols. But these simple-seeming toys have a complicated past. Modern paper dolls are actually descendants of the 18th-century jumping-jack, or "pantin," as it was known in France. These jointed paper figures were used by adults as puppets to satirize the noble classes, and didn't come with removable outfits. By the mid-1700s, paper dolls with changeable wardrobes began appearing in fashion centers like London, Paris, and Berlin, generally as advertisements to showcase the latest styles. The big breakthrough came in 1796, with the invention of lithography. This new printing method utilized flat limestone plates marked with oil or wax, and allowed publishers to create larger runs of exquisitely detailed, hand-colored paper figures.

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I'm in Krakow about a mile west of 'the cloth hall.' I need a massage and I don't speak any Polish. Please help me find a legit massage therapist who can get me infor an hour tomorrow. I need to be done by 2pm.I've been trying to google this for two days and for the same reasons I need this massage, I'm out of spoons to deal with google and my probably overblown anxiety of ending up in the hands of a sec worker who isn't actually qualified for therapeutic massage.

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On October 22, 1797, André-Jacques Garnerin ascended to 3,000 feet in a hydrogen balloon -- and became the first person to parachute from a high altitude. The Paris crowds below watched, mesmerized, as Garnerin detached his basket and parachute from the hydrogen balloon. Anxiety must have diffused through the crowd like bolts of lightening as Garnerin began to free-fall, until seconds later his parachute opened. A small revolution had taken place a few thousand feet above the crowds, as a man began slowly descending beneath his parachute, and the crowds were ecstatic. Due to the parachute's design, however, it began oscillating wildly during the descent, at times threatening to throw Garnerin from his basket. Miraculously, he remained secure, and despite being considerably shaken, collected himself after landing to be received into what must have been an incredible celebration. Monsieur Garnerin would go on to perform many more parachute jumps from greater heights in both France and England, including a scandalous jump with himself and a young woman named Citoyenne Henri. In 1799, his wife Jeanne Geneviève Labrosse would become the first woman to parachute alone, and his niece Élisa Garnerin would go on to be a renown parachutist, who also made many improvements to his parachute design. André-Jacques Garnerin died in Paris on 18 August, 1823, in a construction accident while making a balloon. * Main link from the fascinating blog of Geri Walton, covering unique and odd topics from the 18th and 19th century. Related: * A brief history of parachuting from the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association * A history of the parachute from ThoughtCo

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In Detroit's busiest ER, a man with his own dark past tries to halt a cycle of violence [LATimes] 'In the first year of the program, Winans received a letter from President Obama honoring his achievements as a mentor. He keeps it in his office along with a photograph of himself in a prison uniform and a portrait of his father taken shortly before he was killed.'

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For a project I'm working on, I'd like to gather as many translations of the word "Librarian" as possible in sci-fi/fantasy languages...think Quenya and Klingon, Dothraki and Dark Speech.Also fair game, anything vaguely related...I can understand, for instance, that Klingon might not have a word for "librarian" exactly, but "Book Warrior" would be good enough. You get the idea. Bonus points for images where the language doesn't render well in standard fonts. :-)

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Does this exist? A cable that will let me screw in a light bulb a foot below the ceiling bulb socket, and put a paper lantern / other hanging light attachment on it? Not sure the right words to use to search for such a thing.

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Help me plan the best, but also easiest and low key 80s related picnic/party.As myself and himself never threw a wedding party we are currently planning a 5 year anniversary picnic. We've settled on a theme, Back to the Eighties, and are encouraging film inspired costumes. I've also told people that if they wanna eat they should bring food. However I do want to prepare some food, and just generally make the picnic feel like the 80s. So what easy, make ahead food can I prep? And what decorations/games would work. All ages will be attending, and it is July so I am hoping a lot will happen outside, but I live in Ireland, so it could be pissing rain and blowing a gale. It'll all be happening at my house/garden/field so I will have easy access to ovens, fridges, and other necessities.

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