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For a few years I've been using Hipmunk, not necessarily to book but at least to find out what's available between my base and a destination. Now Hipmunk has shut down and I'm lost. What are the good travel meta-search engines now?I know about Kayak but I don't care for their presentation nor the fact that they direct me to agencies in the UAE. I also know about Expedia and Rome2Rio.

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What's the easiest way to get about 60 pages printed and delivered to my home in Manhattan? Cost is less important than being able to have it within 3-4 hours.

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I would like to spend 20-30 minutes a day in my home with some kind of exercise routine that builds flexibility and strength, and I'm overwhelmed by the options. What would you recommend?I'm interested in increasing my body's strength and flexibility and am not prioritizing losing weight. I'm looking for recommendations for specific routines you like and have done. I'm happy to purchase stuff but to start I'd like to spend under $50. There is SO MUCH out there that I'm feeling overwhelmed; thank you for any suggestions!

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Coffee Talk: a chill coffeeshop game where you play therapist to vampires, cat girls, and succubi [Game Trailer] "Coffee Talk is a game about listening to people's problems and helping them by serving up a warm drink out of the ingredients you have in stock. It is a game that depicts lives as humanly as possible, while having a cast that is more than just humans. Immerse yourself in the stories of alternative-Seattle inhabitants, ranging from a dramatic love story between an elf and a succubus, an alien trying to understand humans' lives, and many others modern readers will find strongly echo the world around them." • Decaf soy mocha frappe latte with nutmeg, please [Destructoid] "The player dons the apron of an unseen barista, the owner of the titular late-night cafe in question, and will get to know some of the locals as they pop in and out of the shop, attempting to rest their troubled souls with a warm drink and some pleasant chat. Led by struggling young writer Freya, who can always be found propping up the counter, the Barista will meet loved-up couple Baileys (an elf) and Lua (a succubus), supermodel vampire Hyde, pop star Rachel, night-time beat cop Jorji, and several other interesting and unique customers, each of whom is trying to find their way through a weary world. [...] The cast of fantasy characters is charmingly-designed, with the whole HUD rendered in gorgeous, classic-adventure-game pixel art. Despite having few frames of animation, the clientele's personalities shine through with simple-but-expressive facial animation. Outside in the near-constant rain, silhouettes of the city-folk rush by, creating the cozy and immersive atmosphere that Toge Productions is clearly aiming for. A background jukebox rolls out warming jazz numbers, which offset the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. If Coffee Talk (the cafe) existed in reality, I'd honestly visit every night. And I don't think I can pay the atmosphere a higher compliment than that." • Sit down, stay a while [Polygon] "Curiously, the storylines for customers are determined by what drinks you make them, not by your dialogue choices. One werewolf, for instance, comes in asking you to make him a ginger drink that will help manage monthly "furies" where he has to be restrained. I got that drink wrong, too, though the gracious werewolf said he'd be back to try it again later. I have a feeling that if I don't get it right, it's going to have huge ramifications for that character in the long run. Perhaps it's more accurate to say you play as a therapist, rather than a barista. Much of the game is spent listening to your patrons talk about their day-to-day problems, giving the whole thing a slice-of-life feel. But the character's issues are not the ones you and I might face, because many of them aren't human. One troubled couple composed of an elf and a succubus, for example, come in agonizing over their romance. Apparently, their parents won't approve of the relationship because of cultural differences, but also because of lifespan differences — elves live for a very long time. These characters will return later, sometimes alone, to discuss the finer points of the dilemma. You learn, for instance, that while the succubus adores the elf, she doesn't want him to give up his immortality for her. It feels like too much to ask."

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A friend is trying to decide which to go to this summer. Are there any one-off special events happening in either of these two places in July/August? Family of four, two kids, aged 10-12 who like Lego, comics, nature, music and books. And the usual kid things :) The family will eventually visit both, but just wondering if there's anything that would argue for going in summer 2020. Thanks for any tips!

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I'm interested in reading about day to day life from people in the United States before they reached young adulthood. How was being too young to be employed or to vote dealt with? I want to learn about coping during the period of 2008 onwards.

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I just had a new door key cut, and it fits into the lock but can't actually unlock it -- I think it needs to be "broken in" because it wasn't cut exactly enough. What's a reasonably quick and easy way to do this?

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I'm trying to change my max_allowed_packet but it keeps changing back and I have no idea why. And changing it might not even be the answer to the problem I'm trying to solve!I have 2 problems here really, 1 is that changes to the max_allowed_packet keep reverting and I have no idea what is doing it. As will probably become clear, I'm far from an expert but the hosting company's answer to all problems is that we need to buy more RAM - even when the problem was actually a failing disk drive - I had to fight so hard to get them to accept that backing up 120GB shouldn't take 18+ hours just because we don't have SSDs. Pretty much every day mysql gets rebooted due to the server being OOM. I looked into it and our memory usage is fine until the nightly backup using mysqldump, then mysql goes from using 10% to 50-60%. Restarting mysql clears it and it goes back down to normal, however that caused issues with some cron job that we have running and wasn't really an ideal solution anyway. So I googled the problem and found several bug tickets reporting the same problem but the response was the same, that its working as intended and mysql will totally give that memory back if the system needs it and when the OP points out that it isn't doing so and that the server is going OOM and shutting down mysql, they just say "can't replicate". So I thought I'd try to limit the amount of memory mysql can claim, so I ran mysqltuner.pl and it said warning, dangerously high memory usage. It was configured to use maximum of 40GB.... out of the 6GB we have on the server. So I reduced the max connections and max allowed packet size so that it wouldn't exceed the amount of memory that we have. All good I think. Except I come back to check on it a few hours later and the max allowed packet size has reverted to 256M in my.cnf - some process has changed the file and restarted mysql I think the server is running CentOS 7, with WHM/cpanel but I couldn't find anything about cpanel changing my.cnf either. Honestly, we weren't even noticing this problem until I started poking around because of the drive failure - I reported the issue with the backups taking so long and was just fobbed off with being told we needed to buy more RAM. So I'd like to solve the problem so that if we have problems in the future they'll actually look into it instead of blaming our lack of RAM.

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The western mystery traditions are becoming more and more enticing to millennials. An interview with a DePaul university PhD philosophy candidate on esotericism.

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One of my employees mother passed away relatively unexpectedly and a group of employees at my job were getting together to pool some money to get her some flowers for her desk (I believe HR will send flowers to the funeral), a card and a visa gift card. Since I am her manager but also a personal friend, I wanted to also get her something as well. I know for me the best gifts were living plants, and she has a lot of indoor plants and takes good care of them.Here's what I was thinking: Something modest (not huge, can easily carry around) Something non-poisonous to dogs / toddler friendly Something that isn't difficult to take care of (i.e. NO Bonsai trees) In the range of $20-$50 Something that can potentially survive indoor / outdoor weather in North Texas Something I can get in the next few days from a local florist or nursery Other details: her style is mid-century modern with a mix of desert / Americana Any ideas or am I over thinking this? I want to be sensitive to what she's going through and not add another burden to her life, something that would bring her joy maybe... I had a recent loss and my house plants I received mean a lot to me but not sure if that brings comfort to most other people. Thoughts? An alternative ideas would be helpful as well Thank you!

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Singer Donna O'Regan wrote a song about taking the TTC, and the many trials and tribulations travelers must endure to get to their destination.

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George III's collection of military maps comprises some 3,000 maps, views and prints ranging from the disposition of Charles V's armies at Vienna in 1532 to the Battle of Waterloo (1815). They are now available online. The index map viewer is here. [Story via The Guardian]

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They call me Arivu/ I'm one of you/Equality is my dream/Ambedkar and Periyar live forever/And my rap is the product of their rationality! The current protests in India previously on metafilter: Blood and soil in Narendra Modi's India and the women of Shaheen Bagh

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How Germany is able to run the world's second largest export economy in the post-industrial era. Germany is a major outlier among high-GDP developed nations and nobody talks about it.

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On day 17 after buying my house, my sump pump failed. Thankfully the water entry in my finished basement was relatively minimal and I caught, fixed the issue very quickly. Though the failure was due to dislodging of the pvc pipe and not electrical related, I want to make sure I do what I can to be protected. What kind of backup do you recommend?A battery backup seems to be the most popular, but I'm told there's some kind of water pressure system that lasts longer than a battery backup. What's more reliable? What's the cost comparison (long and short term)? What lasts longer, and what's the maintenance like? Please tell me all you know and all your experiences, and direct me to sources so I can be as informed as possible on all the backup options.

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Netanyahu Officially Indicted in Court After Withdrawing Immunity Bid. Avichai Mandelblit, Attorney General of Israel, has indicted Benjamin Netanyahu on three cases: 4000, 2000, and 1000. Case 4000: Bribery, fraud, breach of trust Case 4000 involves the communication conglomerate Bezeq. The investigation investigated, among other issues, whether falsehoods were made with regards to paperwork leading to favorable business dealings for Bezeq owner Shaul Elovitch in exchange for favorable reporting to Netanyahu by Walla!. Case 2000: Attempted Bribery The two largest newspapers in circulation in Israel are Yedioth Ahronoth and Israel Hayom. Israel Hayom is owned (either directly or indirectly) by Sheldon Adelson, a personal friend and benefactor of Netanyahu. Israel Hayom is often criticized by the political left for portraying Netanyahu in an overly positive light. Meanwhile, Yedioth is often criticized by the right for being unfairly negative towards Netanyahu. Netanyahu and the editor of Yedioth, Arnon "Noni" Moses, held conversations discussing passage of legislation that would close Israel Hayom in exchange for Moses's hiring journalists who would steer the paper to being more favorable to Netanyahu. Case 1000: Fraud, breach of trust In case 1000, Netanyahu has been charged with having had a conflict of interest when, in the capacity of Minister of Communications, he handled affairs related to the business interests of Arnon Milchan. Over the course of 20 years, Netanyahu received from Milchan, and from a friend of Milchan's, James Packer, expensive cigars and champagne, worth $195,000, and jewelry for Netanyahu's wife Sara costing $3,100. The charges cite three separate incidents in which Netanyahu assisted Milchan. In the first, Netanyahu contacted US officials regarding Milchin's visa to the US. In the second, in 2013, Netanyahu discussed with then Finance Minister the possibility of extending the period of an investment tax break that would help Milchan (the tax break was not extended). In the third, Netanyhu directed an official of the communications ministry to provide information to Milchin regarding a merger of Milchin's telecommunication companies.

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In just about every single job I've ever had I've had unnecessary conflict with people. They're incredibly passive aggressive and find reasons to dislike me. I'm very quiet and non confrontational. I don't understand what's happening. How do I handle this? What do I change about myself to stop this from happening?My partner at my current job decided randomly that she would distance herself away from me. She's passive aggressive in very subtle ways. She blew up at me for asking a very simple question. She purposely is friendly to others and go out of her way to not speak to me. At first we were fine I'm not really sure what happened. There's another girl in the office who decided that she dislikes me because I forgot to tell her happy birthday after she left cake in the office break room. I know it's my fault I should have said something but now she really doesn't like me. We don't even work in the same department or have to interact with each other. I'm doing well in my current job and haven't had any issues in regards to my work ethic. In my previous job, as a customer service rep my manager made it known that she did not like me. She also did it passive aggressively by talking behind my back. It was a personal attack toward me. I've also had one more manager that made it obvious that she did not like me either. In both of these jobs I did well and neither manager wanted me to leave even if they disliked me. My coworkers at my previous job also did not like me at all. They assumed in the first month I was there that I would start drama. I know for a fact that one of the women pulled other people apart and told them that she had a bad feeling about me. I overheard one of the women say that I'm nice for now but later my true colors would come out. They were at times disrespectful but not enough for me to report them. I have the issue of always looking sad/angry. I'm an anxious person and all of my emotions show on my face unfortunately. I don't know if that makes people uncomfortable enough to not want to be around me. I feel like I've become a punching bag for people and I have no idea what's causing it. I am very distant at work but polite. I am very shy. I do not speak ill of others because I'm afraid it will come back to me. It's usually women that react this way but I've also had men react this way as well. What can I do to make this stop happening? I usually keep to myself and I'm getting fed up with other people's issues. I'm not imagining these incidents either, I know these people want me to know that they don't like me. It's been like this at almost every job. I'm sick of it and it's giving me anxiety.

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Are you an adjunct with a full time job? How do you grade?I am an adjunct instructor for a college. I also have a full time job, so that although I try to grade within a reasonable time frame, I don't have time to do it all within the next day. Usually I try to grade 3-4 assignments a day so it takes me 30-60 minutes a day and I catch up with everyone on the weekends. I grade based on when the assignments were turned in so the first assignments turned in are graded first and last assignments last. Is that completely inappropriate? Should I grade them slowly and "turn in" all the assignment grades at once? This would make more work because I would need to store the grades off-site and then upload them. I've been doing this for four years the other way and no one has ever complained, but maybe I'm wrong, idk. According the university guidelines I am supposed to have grades in within a week. Usually that happens.

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Our town library is building out its Library of Things. What should it include? Can you share circulation stats or other specific inputs or resources to help optimize it?Our very small, rural town is in Massachusetts, bordering Amherst. It's largely got an aging population, but the library is also focused on serving the elementary school right next to it. Here are some of the library's current 'things' (games, planetarium projector, puzzles, Kill-A-Watt, "Let's Go Outside" backpack kit, puppets, k-6 science kits, and seeds... also a telescope and more not listed). We've seen some articles with examples of what other libraries have, and the librarian has collected some suggestions from patrons. But we're interested in any kind of comprehensive info that would help optimize what to include. In particular, we'd love to know if you have or can point to amalgamated lists of holdings, circulation statistics, survey results, or firsthand insights into items that are especially popular -- or less popular than expected. (I'm just a town resident, but the librarian will read this thread.)

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The Art Of Computer Designing: A Black and White Approach "This book is a beginner's introduction to calling forth these images as author Sato shows how to create figures with basic shapes - i.e., lines, arcs, squares and circles - and does so simply, clearly, and above all very logically. This is an everyday guide to computer illustrating, a collection of design ideas and a compendium of Mr. Sato's own computer art works. All the shapes in this book are black and white, but it is a black and white world full of potential. Just looking at the myriad manifestations of form is a joy, but for those who will use it to begin creating their own shapes this book offers far, far greater pleasure." [courtesy the Internet Archive] Author Osamu Sato [official site|Internet Archive] is also known for his musical score for LSD: Dream Emulator [previously].

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Nicholas Parsons, comedian, actor, radio presenter and host of Just A Minute, has died at the age of 96. Nicholas Parsons on Wikipedia.

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I'm trying to find a BBC show (probably a half hour or an hour) which was about a process of randomly chosen and then vetted citizens discussing abortion. I *think* this led to the laws being liberalized.I wish I remembered more details, but there was somewhat about the process being handled with enough care that even citizens who didn't follow it in detail believed it was done in good faith. The show was aired in the US some weeks ago.

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In Chinese culture (and probably others), there is a strong belief that cold things (cold water, cold air, cold anything) will give you a cold, like, immediately. I have some questions around this belief.So, I currently live in China. A recurrent theme is this idea that exposure to cold things will somehow instantaneously lead to getting a cold. This is not uniquely Chinese, but the sheer insistence of people that drinking cold water or using air conditioner or whatever can be quite strong! I'm curious as to whether there is anything supporting this belief, and where this belief originated. I realize in the case of China it might be lumped broadly under "traditional chinese medicine," but I imagine there are probably folksier origins... I guess related to that, why would getting a cold be seen as such a horrendously terrible thing? My pet theory, which I'd love to have debunked, is that being cold weakens one's immune system...as such, back in the day, people realized that if they got cold...say, caught in the rain, they would often get sick afterwards. But I think this was likely also due to the fact that back in the day, you couldn't just go home and take a shower. If you got soaked in the wet rain, you went home to your crappy, poorly ventilated house and changed into a set of clothes if you had them and sort of just suffered in general. I can imagine getting caught in the rain when it's almost freezing out in the winter could have been a death sentence, as your house was also likely very cold and you didn't have a shower etc. Furthermore, in an age with poor medical care, an illness like the cold (especially with poor sanitation and when it's cold) could be a death sentence. Nowadays the risks are much, much more minimal, but it has sort of embedded itself in the cultural belief system--Chinese peasants had it rough for a very long time, after all. Again, pet theory -- I'm asking this question to see what the real story is. As a random anecdote, I'm currently on self-imposed quarantine in China with my wife and in-laws. The current fear of the day should be the coronavirus...but of course, her parents believe that it's not a big deal, we're all just a bunch of worryworts, etc. But if I am hanging out without 3 layers of blankets? Dear god...I might get a cold!!! My thought is 1. the odds of getting a cold from not being sizzling warm under a billion blankets is still very low and 2. even if I do get a cold, I then...have a cold. It sucks but like...not a big deal. When I tell them this they just throw more blankets at me :P If you've ever seen a Chinese toddler waddling around in the winter it is quite a sight... Feel free to school me on colds, and the sort of...folk anthropology of colds?

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Takeo Ischi and Schmoyoho, of Chicken Attack fame (previously), are back with two new videos for your listening pleasure. Also, pigs and rats. And an accountant. No but wait! They're a CHICKEN accountant. All slyt. (Turn on the subtitles for additional descriptions) Takeo Ischi previously.

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On January 30th 2020, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will complete its mission. NASA is saying goodbye to one of its Great Observatories after a successful 16-year mission. The telescope will soon transmit the last of its science data and will be sent commands to power down. It will remain in space indefinitely, slowly drifting away from the earth. Why the Spitzer Space Telescope Matters How NASA's Webb Telescope Will Continue Spitzer's Legacy Greatest Hits: Some of Spitzer's most amazing images 16 Images to Celebrate Spitzer's 16th Birthday 15 of Spitzer's Greatest Discoveries From 15 Years in Space The big archive of Spitzer's astronomical images Previously: First Images Spitzer Space Telescope A Glimpse of the Milky Way

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