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Bhangra fan Gurdeep Pandher of Yukon sends all of us a snowy dance of joy, hope and positivity (YT; Twitter link here). "I'm trying to spread happiness and hope through my videos," he says. "I find it very important especially after the pandemic so that people can find a moment of joy. The second thing which I am passionate about is creating cross-cultural bridges like bringing people together. Especially after some recent news and all that stuff." Need more joyous movement? Check out his YT channel!

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Megilat Ḥam-Ed — the Scroll of the Steamed Portions of Cham — And this scroll, the Scroll of Cham-Steam, was written and sealed by the hand of Isaac Harel son of Jael and Abraham Meir the priest, in the thirty-second year of the family of the sons of Simp. May the lord be unto us a help, a help!

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Gavin Bryars -- Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet (audio only) From 1993: Psappha Ensemble -- Gavin Bryars' Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Live in Concert) A review of the Psappha Ensemble concert:What makes Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet such a lasting treasure is that, through it, a nameless old man continues to live, as vividly and stoically as one of Samuel Beckett's homeless characters, in turn the heirs of Chaplin and Buster Keaton. He is confirmation of Beckett's understanding that "the tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, someone somewhere else stops." The same is also true of laughter, and it is seldom noted that there is also gentle laughter here, as there has to be whenever humanity is acknowledged. Anthem for the homeless: mystery at the heart of a contemporary classic The harpist for the Psappha Ensemble recalls her experience at that concert. From May 2, 2019: a review of another performance -- an all night twelve hour performance at the Tate Gallery:...I stayed until 1:30am. Like a room dilating and contracting in proportion, every passing measure, marked by the slow advance and ebb of instruments and voices, and the unceasing repetition of the man's song, ushered me further into the overall shape of the piece, drawing my attention toward details I hadn't before noticed. I could focus in on the individual vocal quality of each choir member; marvel at the stunning effect produced when a string player, accidentally or otherwise, bowed their instrument closer to the bridge; ponder on the harmonic tensions that arose within the orchestra when certain members ceased playing for a moment, most likely to catch a much needed breath. Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet -- Gavin Bryars' famous piece is performed at Tate Modern The song of origin is His Love Never Failed Me Yet, written by James M. Black And then there is DJ Algoriddim's remix of Ken Boothe and the Charmers' Rasta Never Fails Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet was Side Two of Gavin Bryars' album The Sinking of the Titanic. This is the eponymous Side One. Pappha Ensemble -- The Sinking of the Titanic (Live) On a sidenote, Gavin Bryars later re-recorded Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet in 1993 for the Point label with Tom Waits singing along with the original recording of the man who was homeless during the later sections. As it is not my favorite thing -- I like Tom Waits but found his addition to this song an abomination -- I have omitted it.

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Sometime last night my 2002 refrigerator, which has always functioned very well since I bought my house in 2006, stopped cooling or freezing my food, though it is still humming along in a very normal sounding way. Please help me figure out a way to get a functional fridge as quickly as possible. Difficulty level: pandemic shopping conditions and below poverty-level income.I've been trying to shop online for a new refrigerator, and the estimated delivery dates for the models I want are all in freaking April, and I'm not even being picky -- my only absolutes are that I want an Energy Star model in the 28" width that will fit my space. I could try hitting some area used appliance shops on Monday, but I'm also wondering if I should try to fix the existing fridge. It is a 2002 model, and normally it wouldn't be worthwhile to fix such an old fridge, but these aren't normal circumstances, and I'm thinking if I could get some parts and fix it in a few days (nothing will be fast enough to save the 12 servings of meat I bought yesterday with the idea that it would last me four weeks, sigh), it might be worth doing -- it might buy me the six months or the year it'll take for shopping and the supply chain to get somewhat back to normal, so I can then get the kind of refrigerator I really want, instead of potentially being stuck with one I don't like for the next decade. My fridge is a 2002 Maytag. The model number appears to be PTB1551GRW. It's a freezer top, single door model. The fridge sounds like it's running normally, but isn't cooling or freezing at all. Can anyone help with troubleshooting advice so I can figure out whether it's fixable, and what parts I would need to buy to fix it?

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The "Essential Worker" Swindle "People say we're heroes and everything -- but it doesn't feel like we're heroes. It feels like we don't have a choice." Here is a link to Warehouse Workers for Justice.

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I have about 75-100 of these refreezable ice packs. I've tried nextdoor, facebook and buynothing, and no one wants more than a few of them. I don't have the patience to give them out a few at a time. Any suggestions about how I can get rid of them, apart from putting them in the trash?

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"There only a few hundred lockmasters employed throughout the United States, and most of them are in the industrial waterways of upstate New York." Originally, "lockmasters literally lived the jobs much like a lighthouse keeper of the day did—constantly on watch, available to take quick action in case of a river-related emergency day or night." (pdf) The last lockmaster moved out of their on-site lockmaster house in 1990. The Mississippi River promises nine feet of navigable depth along its entire length for shipping, and this requires a system of locks and dams, the last of which is in St. Louis Missouri. People who do these jobs start out as a lockman (even the women) and then graduate to being a lockmaster. [via]

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So I bought a game controller for some fun during the pandemic. PS4 controllers are supposed to be plug-and-play on Macs, no drivers needed. The computer sees the controller connected to USB, but the games don't. What could be wrong?The machine is an early 2008 20-inch iMac running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 The controller is a Nacon PS4 with a USB wire (not wireless). When I plug in the controller and go "About this Mac > System Report... > USB" I can see it show up as "PC Compact Controller" from Bigben Interactive, which is the parent company of Nacon. So the controller is communicating with the computer. But OpenEmu (v 2.0.9.1) doesn't recognize it, under "Preferences > Input" it says "no available controllers". I've got some joystick mappers, even though theoretically I don't need one, and they also don't recognize it. Enjoyable (v 1.2 (650)) says "No input devices found", Joystick Mapper (v 1.1.0 (2)) says "No Joysticks Connected". The curious thing is: 2 years ago, I bought a cheap-ass controller, and it worked perfectly. Maybe I was on a previous version of OS X? I don't remember. But I remember all joystick mapper apps working; Air Supremacy working, and I even wrote a little Unity app to display the raw controller input. (This was used to determine that the analog sticks were cheap and janky, jumping all over the place, and thus the controller was returned) Now that I got a more expensive controller, it won't work. Help!

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Yaupon: The rebirth of America's forgotten tea (BBC) It is North America's only known native caffeinated plant and once threatened the British East India Company. So why has the world forgotten about it?

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What's this object used for? I found it while I was cleaning out the kitchen cupboards (yes, it's come to that).Image 1 Image 2 You can rotate the wheel that has the different-sized indentations, and then tighten the screw to lock it in position. I guess you use it with the wheel locked in place so that it can't rotate. It feels like you're supposed to drag it along something to make raised lines of your selected width? There's no writing on the thing anywhere. The rotating wheel is about 1.5 inches in diameter.

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We got a disappointing yellow-curry fried rice from the Thai place last night - the curry flavor was, for lack of a better term, kind of acrid/bitter and powdery (?). Is there anything I can add when I reheat it that would improve the taste?

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I have a refrigerator and freezer in my garage (to be clear, two separate appliances) that are due to be replaced. I'm looking for simple, no-frills appliances and now that refrigerators are becoming available again I am seeing units that convert between refrigerator and freezer, such as this one. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience concerning these? Are they good at both tasks? Or should I stick with a conventional refrigerator and freezer that are dedicated to their roles? As always, thanks in advance for your help!

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I'm doing some guerilla gardening on our housing estate, and there are some borders where I'd like to establish some plants that will gradually spread on their own and require no maintenance.The borders in question are along a paved sidewalk next to a parking lot. There is no grounds maintenance so it always fills with weeds like grasses or thistles. I remove the weeds periodically, but I'd like to plant something that looks nicer, doesn't get too tall or messy, benefits insects, and can hold its own against weeds and neglect. I'm considering campanula or mint. Creeping thyme would be nice but in my experience not hardy enough. Anything else I should consider? This is in London, UK. The location is sunny and fairly dry.

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I need to print a small (about A5 size) plastic or enamel sign to affix to the railings outside a garden. I have already created the design, which I can supply in PDF format (colour). Google is not my friend.When I search on the web for "custom plastic sign", as you can imagine, I am inundated under results. I've looked at nearly 10 suppliers so far, and none were suitable. I can't find any that will let me supply a PDF -- most want me to use their online design tool. Or they don't do the right size. Or they look super sketchy. Have you used a sign printing service that you would recommend? I'm based in London so a UK-based service would be best, but I guess I could use a service anywhere in the world.

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In the early days of computing, downloading software was iffy at best. Instead, the most common way of distributing a program for home users was a type-in listing, typically in BASIC. Those of us with Eighties 8-bit home computers often purchased the yellow BASIC Computer Games (originally published in 1973), and it's red-covered sequel, More BASIC Computer Games*. Listings for classic games like Super Star Trek could be found. A new effort is underway to implement these games in modern computer languages, such as C#, Java, or Python. You can get the code (or contribute) at Coding Honor's GitHub. If you prefer, you can also use the classic code with Commodore BASIC on your Windows, MacOS, or Linux systems.

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Hi All, Thanks in advance. Briefly, we moved to a new home last year, and weird things started happening right off the bat. Most of it harmless, but most of it very annoying, and it was obviously the work of a demented little mind.Anyway, the next door neighbor's kid just graduated high school, and he is a weirdo. I think it's him. But I've been wrong before. I want to do this right. I'm thinking of talking to the dad, but that might backfire. I want to file a report with the cops, but I don't have any hard evidence. Whoever is doing it has to know when we're home and when we're not, and know it with ease, which the neighbors can do. They also have to be able to disappear quickly. Anyway, I'm at a loss and I just feel sick inside. Thanks.

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There are hundreds of Android video editors. Hundreds. I'm happy to pay a reasonable sum but not very happy to be locked into an annual subscription model or pay-as-you go access to extra features. Does anyone have any recommendations?This will be used on a high-end Android phone for creating short snippet videos, usually less than a minute, rarely more than 5 minutes. My main requirements are filters - along the lines of the image filters you get on Prima, Glitch Lab, Snapseed, etc. - and editing. I'll grudgingly pay an annual sub ($25?) for really exceptional software but the options are still endless and confusing. Thank you for any guidance or suggestions.

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Need advice on whether I am the asshole here: TL;DR: A friend slept with my boyfriend on a group trip I was also on, other best friends who were on trip now inviting her and I to events, I feel awkward and sad AF. Am I unreasonable?Backstory is that on a holiday for our 30ths overseas (remember that!!!) and my partner of 4 yrs at the time and a single good friend of mine (let's call her Jane) also on our trip drunkenly slept together while I was literally upstairs (DrAmAzzZZZ) and it all unraveled really horribly at the end of the trip and I was understandably pretty upset by the situation. I broke it off and I haven't been in contact with the friend since, though she has tried to apologise and say she misses me- it's just too much to deal with and I luckily have many other lovely friends who have found it within themselves to not sleep with my partners. Bless them. After the trip everyone was pretty upset with Jane, not just because of the sex under my nose, but because she had been extremely rude on the trip, bringing people back then abandoning them (I had to spend a few hours one evening booking and rebooking an unreliable uber for the person they bought back and making small talk), generally getting drunk and being mean, and the sister of Jane (Jane is also the younger sister of one of my friends on the trip too) at the time was seriously thinking of moving interstate to get space from Jane and their toxic relationship. So, she's got some issues, but she was someone I really loved and cared for too. So fast forward around 1.5 years now, I'm still single (WHICH IS GREAT, 4REALS) and I am still friends with the other girls who were on the trip with me, who I have been friends with for 10+ years. So initially when I found out, I just sucked it up, even on the last remaining days of the trip, I just tried to get through it, get drunk and have fun so as not to ruin everyone else's holiday. But my underlying feelings have evolved and I don't really wish to be around her if possible. Now in the last 6 or more months they have started inviting me and Jane to events, really small intimate ones. Which I have avoided, missing out on things because Jane is already there. One of them even hired her at her cafe (let's call her Mary), and the invites make me so uncomfortable and I have repeatedly told them how it makes me feel, which they seem to understand yet still maintain a friendship with her. This isn't ideal for me but I also would never ask them to not be her friend or stop contacting her. My friend Mary told me last night she was planning on inviting her to the big group portion of her bday coming as she 'didn't want to make it awkward by not inviting her'. I kinda broke into tears on the phone, I don't feel like they have made much effort to date to make sure I was ok first, and she was more worried about upsetting Jane than me. I even said to her when she asked what she was supposed to do, that she could explain to Jane that (I am) uncomfortable with you coming and would you be ok with missing this event? And she said she didn't feel as though she should have to do that legwork as it was her bday(!!!!!! ah but of course, the sacredicity of thine birthing day). I must add at this point that Mary lost her mother a year ago so I totally understand that my relationship grief pales in comparison and obviously my qualms are probably pretty stupid, but they are feelings I can't shake at the moment unfortunately. I'm exasperated, I feel like I am trying to convince my best friends to make concessions for me. Am I just being fucking crazy though??? Do I have to just get over it?? I would be fine if it was a friend who wasn't one of my best pals inviting me and we were at an event together, and I've done it before, I just have to be hyper aware of where she is at all times and do this weird social group dance avoidance routine (really rather fetching, I tell you). I do not by any means think Jane is a monster, I think she made a really dumb mistake that I'm sure she regrets and I do really have sympathy for her because I know that I too could possibly make a life shattering decision and it would feel so awful. However I just feel too sad about the whole thing and she brings up memories of how depressed and fucked I felt for 5-6 months (I quit my job prior to the trip but then couldn't find it in myself to find work again after for another 5 months, and was in a pretty dark place). After some texts Mary basically told me how she thinks Jane has suffered enough (I'm not even sure in what way she has made an effort/sacrifice to give me space at all) and that I should be able to overcome my awkwardness and be in the same room as her, and that I was starting to be unreasonable in my desire to not be there, she added in that she has had a rough year (totally fair) and that Jane (who she decided to hire at her cafe) has been a great support to her and she doesn't want to punish her anymore, she added that she had told Jane that I wouldn't come if she went and that Jane burst into tears and had to be sent home (wow, aren't I the jerk). I responded that I loved her (Mary) and support her, and that her grief is totally valid but at the moment I'm not able to put myself in that kind of situation that really upsets me, so I would sit out the birthday and that we could do something else special for her bday. I was beyond mad but there wasn't really any other response where I didn't come off like a heartless prick. I've sat through Mary's wedding and hens with Jane right there, only months after the incident and it was beyond horrible but I sucked it up. I always made jokes about the situation being akin to a C-grade made-for-TV-special because of the ridiculous drama levels, but I am actually deeply hurt by it - it's just my way of dealing with a fucked up situation. I'm worried my levity has been misunderstood for being ok. SO PLEASE TELL ME, am I unreasonable?? Am I just somehow trying to make Jane be punished through this? Am I just angry and want to take it out on someone? Should I just get over it? Should I just tell them it's fine be friends with Jane, I'm probs out tho? Anyway, I know this is pretty lame compared to the issues that Mary is facing at the moment. But my friends are really important to me, they are the longest richest relationships I've ever had, I've always put them first in front of any sexual partner so it hits very hard for me. I'm fortunate in that this is one (my oldest though) of a few great friendship groups I have so they are not my entire friendship support network. They think I'm over the top and I feel like I'm not being heard at all. xxxxxx

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My sister (48) was diagnosed with glioblastoma three weeks ago and given 1-2 years.She had emergency surgery, where 86% of the tumor was removed. Chemo and radiation will start in a week. After many months of terrible headaches, she came out of the surgery transformed into superwoman, became vegan and started intermittent fasting at the recommendation of her radiologist, and has also started working out every day. She has immense gratitude for still being alive and also seemingly immense energy (likely from the steroids and anti-seizure meds). While I am doing everything to support her, I am also preparing mentally for her decline which we are told is inevitable with this disease. I want to prepare myself so I can be strong for my sister and my two teenage children whom I'm raising alone. What advice do you have? Books? When and what professional help should I seek?

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My mom is ready to retire and wants to rent out part of her house or maybe move somewhere smaller entirely. But that requires downsizing and a bit of deep cleaning, and she has a health condition that limits her energy. What is the job title I should be searching for, and how do I find a good person with that skillset?She wants to rent out the second bedroom. I believe it has been sort of a home office for her. She wants to move things from there into the basement, move things from the basement into the garage, and make room for that by taking boxes in the garage to e-waste or Goodwill. If I've got this right. She thinks that what she needs is someone along the lines of a laborer. She sees the job as a mix of moving boxes, taking things to Goodwill or the recycling center, decluttering and deciding what to keep vs. toss, packing some things away, etc. I also wonder if it wouldn't help to have someone who can help design a plan and be a little bit take-charge about getting it done. For example, I can't even figure out which e-waste centers are open and take walk-in customers. So rather than us having to find laborers and call eight possible e-waste centers, maybe there is someone who knows the best e-waste center's hours and has a hauler on speed dial. That said, we're not trying to spend thousands here and expect that a professional house-cleaner-outter might be more expensive. But I've also found that sometimes it's best to just pay the professionals from the get go. I think that my ideal would be something like: a professional comes in and spends half an hour talking through a plan with my mom and then puts it into motion, bringing in (as needed) someone who helps organize, sort, and pack; someone who moves boxes and does the heavier stuff; and at the end, a hauling truck that takes everything away (to Goodwill, the dump, and the e-recycling center) and someone who deep cleans the rooms that were just worked in. In my dreams, this takes about 6 hours start to finish and costs like $600-750. But maybe we ought to just find a laborer or hauling company and spend less? Anyway, what's your experience helping parents clean out to downsize, or getting help yourself with preparing for a move? This is in Loudon County, VA. My mom is fully immunized so COVID exposure is only an issue as far as protecting whoever comes to help her.

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You finally got your vaccine, and you're excited to share the proof. Here's why that may not be a good idea. "Someone who is not yet vaccinated or does not want to be could be "tempted to forge a copy from these photographs," she said. "Or why wouldn't an entrepreneurial scammer use the photographs to create counterfeits to sell to those who want them?" The Better Business Bureau, in its warning, cited newspaper reports in Britain that said that fake vaccination cards were purchased on eBay for about $6.

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So over the pandemic I got a new computer and an amazing curved monitor. It fits in my little corner of the room nicely and performs really well. I got a webcam to plug in and everything. But the problem is that it's in the corner of a room with built-in bookshelves all around, including right over the monitor. The only lights are overhead or the huge windows that are exactly opposite my corner of the room. I'm a teacher, and even though we are probably going back to campus I'm still going to be on Zoom a lot, and I want to upgrade my sound and lighting in my little corner. It always look like I'm in a dark room and I want to be more visible.There isn't any more desk space because those shelves form the left, right, and top of my desk space. The only space I have to mount anything else is really upside down, under the shelves that are over the space. I'm looking for a little soundbar kind of thing that I may or may not be able to stick upside down (wired or bluetooth, doesn't make a difference), and some kind of light that I can also put up there and angle towards me. I can close the blinds on the windows but that only helps a little. There is also a door to the outside that doesn't have a blind, and we aren't interested in covering that as yet. The sound is mostly going to be for listening to music; on Zoom the awful PC speaker is good enough and I worry about it interfering with the mic in the webcam. So, AskMe: have you seen little angled lights that I can either power with USB or batteries AND mount with sticky stuff upside down, and some kind of really small soundbar that ideally would also be stickable upside down (aka not too heavy but still with *decent* sound)? I have a Bose Soundlink mini, but it's too heavy to mount up there. Thanks!

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Two years post-surgery, I have developed a long incisional hernia around my umbilicus. Surgeon wants to mesh it, remove my belly button (common site for infection), and stitch me up. Until she gets in there, she won't know where the mesh will actually be attached. She warned of ongoing issues including chronic pain and a need to redo the surgery later. I am after personal experiences of incisional hernia repair, and recovery tips. Can you help?Fuck cancer.

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When I was dismantling a 3d printer I found the gel in this picture spread over sockets anywhere a cable might vibrate out of its connector. It's very sticky and rubbery. It took some pulling but in the end it separated cleanly from the board surface. Any ideas what it is?

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Here's a five minute German-language video about making, inter alia, little wooden horses with a lathe.

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