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Dungeons & Dragons dice are notoriously fickle friends. Here's how I un-cursed my oracle rocks before going into fictional battle.

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America's Most Loved Monorails: from Wanamaker's in Philadelphia to Meier and Frank in Portland, one highlight of Christmas Seasons past was a ride on the Department Store Monorail!

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LIMA — Peru's former President Pedro Castillo announced on Dec. 7 that he was dissolving Congress, among other actions. Castillo made the announcement on the same day that Congress was scheduled to hold a vote on his impeachment. The move ultimately failed, and Castillo has been arrested by police for what has been called a "self-coup."

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Wow, pregnancy is ROUGH. Argh! Up to 15 weeks I had hyperemesis gravidarum – was hospitalised a bunch of times, could barely eat or drink and felt like I was dying. I'm now 18 weeks and the nausea/vomiting is mostly controlled by medication, but the indigestion is something else. The feeling of food rotting in my throat/esophagus/stomach all day, every day is horrendous – and I can't find any way to make it bearable. Please help!So I know the growing baby is squashing my digestive system, and I'm sure that's contributing to the problem. I also know that the HG caused an issue with stomach acid that means I have excess mucus (in the back of my throat, gross) and hypersalivation (having to spit it into a towel every 60 seconds for ten weeks now). Am also aware that progesterone and/or the hormone relaxin slows down digestion. But something is VERY wrong with my innards – I eat something because otherwise I get nauseous, and even if it's liquid, it sits in my esophagus. All day. When I eat again, no matter how little or liquid, it gets worse. The only break from it is when I'm actually eating! (TMI: am fairly constipated but taking laxido, which helps). I'm also on 20mg Omeprazole ('Prilosec' - sorry, am in UK) first thing, and 8mg Ondansetron & 1 Xonvea - anti-emetics - every day. I tried a tiny bit of ACV and it didn't do much – I'd happily try again but have read it's not recommended in pregnancy. I also tried baking soda because I feel the constant, desperate need to burp, but then I stopped as I saw that wasn't recommended in pregnancy either. Gaviscon makes me sick and Rennies help like 1%. Can anyone help with the esophagus rot? I feel like it's just going to get worse through the pregnancy and am desperate to overcome it. Thank you so much!

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Breakfast Bangers Click the Full English and drop some jungle-full beats.

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When we were together for Thanksgiving, my mom enjoyed doing a Minecraft coloring book that my nephew brought. I'd like to get her a nice coloring book or two and some colored pencils/markers to go along with them.We are in the US and I'd like to order things online. I think my mom would enjoy something creatively beautiful as opposed to cliche scenes of pretty things. I'd like to know if there are really good series/people making coloring books that I should look at as well. And a set of colored pencils that work well for coloring books - or markers if those make more sense.

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When I type the first name of a gmail recipient, it suggests somebody -- but it's not that recipient's correct address. I want to delete this suggestion. The entire internet tells me to delete that name from Contacts. However, it is NOT a contact. The name exists ONLY when I type in that person's name (it does not suggest a second email address, which IS correct). How can I get rid of this "suggestion"?

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We have one outdoor electric outlet and have an illuminated house number sign plugged into one side of the outlet. We set up holiday lights (plugged into the other side of the outlet) and while they work - the number sign is no longer is powered on. When I unplug the holiday lights, the numbers light up again. Do I need to call an electrician? Why might this happen?

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CGP Grey dives into The Maddening Mess of Airport Codes!.

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2023 is going to be my year of reading about how we as a culture understand mental illness. I'm most interested in the history, social construction and cultural and political meaning of mental illness. What should I read?Some examples I have read or have on my list for next year - to give a sense of what I'm looking for: Strangers to Ourselves, The Protest Psychosis, Girl, Interrupted. What else should I read? Memoir, history, social theory, whatever...

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What's the best drinking water filtration/purification system for a small family that can be stored where it will freeze?We have a summer solution covered, but winter makes this harder to figure out. It freezes and stays frozen here at least 4 months of the year, with a month either side of freeze-thaw cycling. We have some liquid emergency water, but we don't have the space to keep enough water inside where it won't freeze. We have a camp stove and a grill both with fuel so we can melt ice and snow, but then obviously we have to treat the water... how? I've heard filters like Lifestraws and similar are damaged by residual water in the filter freezing and thawing, so I was thinking Aquatabs? Or is there a better way? The city lost power but not water in the last bad earthquake-- but we're on a well with an electric pump now. I gather the landlord has a generator but I kind of want to be belt-and-suspenders about water.

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A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures. A digital monograph featuring interpretive essays on Islamic artifacts (Jerusalem in Java, Indonesia), texts (Tarikh-i Jahangushay is a Muslim chronicler's account of non-Muslim Mongols), and phenomena entwining over fourteen centuries. Reader instructions.

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My home's natural gas boiler did something weird. What happened?I have an older natural gas boiler - Slant Fin, "low fire", like this but a bit older. It was installed in 2006 and last serviced in 2017. It's in a small basement storage room that has a proper fresh air vent installed. The pilot light had been going off every couple weeks, and needing to be manually re-lit. A month ago we cleaned the thermocouple, following a YouTube tutorial, and since then the pilot light has stayed properly lit. The other night, there was a loud sound (Poomf!). The unlatched storage room door beside the boiler opened, as if there had been a small explosion / or a sudden spike in air pressure in the boiler room that pushed the door. The smoke detector went off. My relative saw orange light coming from under the boiler, as if from flames, which burned for 30-60 seconds then self-extinguished. The smoke detector went off but the carbon monoxide detector did not. There was a bit of a natural gas smell, but no strong burning "fire" type smell. We called the fire department who said they didn't see any issue, didn't know what the problem had been, and the CO levels were fine. We called the Gas Company and they sent a tech who inspected the boiler. He said it looked fine to him too, the CO levels were normal. He gave us an infraction notice only because it had been so long since the boiler's last service, and he shut off our gas. We called a Furnace Guy who did a maintenance cleaning on the boiler, said the boiler looked fine and he also didn't know what caused the issue. He cleaned quite a bit of rust from inside that had flaked off the the heat exchanger, but he said that the rust wasn't the cause of the incident and it wasn't falling on the part of the tubes where the gas comes out. Furnace Guy even drove away to get a more sensitive CO detector, to try to diagnose the problem, since he said certain CO concentration levels can help point to different problems. He said the CO, gas valve, gas burners, and pilot light all looked fine to him, he couldn't smell a gas leak when the boiler was on or off, and his soapy water test found no leaks. He reassured us that he was extra diligent in his inspection since his own license was on the line. He said he had no idea what caused the issue, but his data & assessment said the boiler is safe to operate, and that the Gas Company Guy's infraction note indicated that Gas Guy had also deemed the boiler safe and only shut off the gas because it's mandated for boilers that are overdue for maintenance. Furnace Guy was from a reputable company and he himself seemed extremely professional and hyper-conscientious in his inspection and communication, and he says it's fine to run the boiler. But... what happened and what do we do now? The incident reminded us of when you let too much propane into an unlit barbecue, then light the flame, and the gas all explodes at once with a quick hot poof. That would explain the noise, the air pressure that opened the boiler room door, and the brief orange flame. BUT - there doesn't seem to be a way for that to happen, since the pilot light was burning consistently, so the gas shouldn't have been able to build up. Even if the pilot light did go out and somehow the gas continued to be released, the pilot on this furnace must be manually re-lit, so that would have just been a gas leak, not a mini-explosion. We wondered if there could be a small leak in a gas line allowing the gas to leak out at a low concentration and build up until it ignited - but the CO readings and the inspection of the gas lines don't support that, and again the pilot light was on. We wondered if something could have temporarily covered the part of the gas tube that lets the gas into the boiler - like a rust flake, dust bunny, leaf, mouse, anything. Could the gas have built up behind that obstruction then all been released at once. Furnace Guy and a Fire Fighter both said theoretically that was possible but they saw no evidence of it since the boiler was clean, the rust flakes weren't in the gas-release area, and there was no debris or ash. So- we now have this boiler that's cleared to run for the next year - Furnace Guy thinks it's good for a few more years before it eventually fails due to age. If we had a clear explanation for what happened, and felt we could prevent a future incident, we would keep it for another couple of years. But we're nervous because the problem was such a mystery, so we don't know if it might happen again. 1. What do you think might have happened? 2. What should we do? Given the mystery, we're leaning towards replacing it. But is there any other test or explanation we could consider? Thank you for any advice.

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I was playing a record, and went to raise the cue lever on my record player and it just...came out. Can it be fixed?I was playing a record, and went to raise the cue lever on my record player and it just...came out. There's no signs of breakage. The cue lever looks fine and undamaged. But I can't figure out how to get it back in. I've spent a lot of time googling this, but it doesn't seem to be a common problem. Most other posts I found involve broken plastic and other signs of damage, which I don't see here. I have three questions: 1. Is it possible for me, a person with the technical know-how of a 2 day old goldfish, to fix this? 2. If the answer to 1 is no, is there a convenient way to get this repaired? I'm in the SF Bay area if that matters. 3. If the answers to 1 and 2 are both no, can I still use this record player provided I am very cautious when lowering the needle? Model: Audio Technica ST-LP120-USB Picture of the issue

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I'm getting a special person a folding whittling knife for the holidays this year. The brand I've selected has a personalization option with a limit of 30 characters, and I'd like to use a phrase from science fiction, fantasy, or something.I thought I'd hit on the perfect phrase with "No matter how subtle the wizard", referring to "No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style," from the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust, but it's 31 characters. *sad trombone* Special favorites of theirs are Roger Zelazny, Babylon 5, and Lois McMaster Bujold, N.K. Jemisin, and The Expanse, but they are so broadly read that if you have a good one, don't hold back if they're not on this list! Blades, cutting, whittling, carving... all fair game! Hope me, hivemind!

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I'm looking for recommendations for online CBD product resellers. That is sites that aggregate products from different brands and then resell them through an online store while keeping the brand identity intact. Basically sites like Amazon or Etsy but that will actually sell the product and ideally be less evil.One of my employers is looking to expand their online sales of CBD wellness products. Sites like Amazon or Etsy won't allow these sorts of products but there are sites that do (e.g. Cascadia Hemp Company.) I'm having some trouble figuring out how to search for more places like this. Do you have suggestions for search strategies or recommendations for sites you've used or visited? Some snowflakes: 1. The site has to keep our brand intact. Ideally they would buy at a wholesale rate and resell, but them selling and us doing the fulfillment, or even maybe consignment sales are also potentially fine. 2. US only, but the location of the reselling business in the US doesn't matter. 3. Stores that emphasize small producers and product testing and transparency is a big plus. 4. It doesn't necessarily have to be a site that only sells CBD products. I'm not interested in ideas on how to get around places like Amazon or Etsy's rules.

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A classic 5-over-1: retail on the ground floor, topped with several stories of apartments one wouldn't want to be able to afford. The words THE JOSH have been appended to the canopy above the main entrance in a passionless font. Why Is Everything So Ugly?

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I know the Aura Mason Luxe cannot be wall-mounted. However, can I put it on a picture-ledge? So this question basically amounts to: Is there something long and stiff that sticks out the back that would make this difficult or is the cord relatively easy to position off to the side?

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For 20 years, Clarissa Crader has done everything in her power to get Justin Campbell care for his schizophrenia. He just got off probation after beating an elderly man. Now what? [TheCity.nyc]

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What Twitter [or social media more broadly] Does to Our Sense of Time (archive.ph) an essay by author Jenny Odell. "Entrainment, a term that originated in biology and then spread to the social sciences, refers to the alignment of an organism's physiology or behavior with a cycle; the most familiar example would be our circadian rhythm. The signal driving entrainment, in this case light and dark, is called a "zeitgeber" (German for "time giver")... The concept of entrainment points to the ways in which our experience of time can be affected by so much more than the number of hours we have in a day."

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I've seen the footage of the Tampa police chief flashing her badge to get out of a ticket, and I'm confused.Tampa police chief Mary O'Connor was in a golf cart when it was stopped because it didn't have the proper tag. She asked the officer "Is your camera on?" Is this police code for "Turn off your camera." or "Delete the following interaction." As the aftermath showed, this recording cost her her job. Did she expect it to vanish?

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Where in NYC can I both use a laptop and eat until 11pm or midnight on a weekday?I'm trying to get some serious writing done, and would like to find a place I can go camp out for several hours between work and home on weeknights once or twice a week. (I work in Midtown and live in south Bed-Stuy off the A/C, but would go a bit out of my way for this.) Any ideas? It's difficult to find places that hit all three criteria, especially since so many businesses have closed or changed their hours since covid started.

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I am looking for educational science-culture-history podcasts that use crimes and other community-disrupting events as narrative framing to tell the story of something more meaningful.I don't care for true crime podcasts. They sound like reality TV to me with all the interpersonal relationship drama and cliffhangers and overall prurience about them. But I just listened to the Stuff You Should Know episode on the Phantom of Heilbronn and I'd like to hear more in that vein: hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant use a thoughtful narrative about a series of crimes to tell the story of how forensic DNA for prosecution/exoneration came into prominence, how national/international DNA databases came together, how blind faith in a technology can contribute to its failure, why Germany's history required a separate set of rules for that country, etc. I'd enjoy more podcasts like that, whether individual episodes or podcasts that do this regularly. Other community-disrupting events like riots or marches or natural disasters would work too if they reveal things about the society, make use of a new technology, precipitate important process or policy changes, etc. Bonus points for hosts that don't insert themselves into their podcasts or ooh and aah at each other's parts of the script. The amount of personal chatter between Josh and Chuck on SYSK is about my maximum (as opposed to something like You're Wrong About, which I like very much and recommend, but the host/s are more integral to the stories and their interactions play a larger role than I'm looking for here), and their tone is low-key and authentic. Hosts that are more professorial than friendly are welcome too.

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I can't fly drones so i need an auto-levelling drone that has some follow-me function. I don't need to fly it out of my own line of sight.I'd just think it was fun to have little vids of my hikes and summers and things. I don't want to spend DJI mini money though. Do you have any experience of the various budget models that come up when i google?

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I'm writing my first book (non-fiction) and I will have dozens of sources I need to keep track of as well as outlines/brainstorming stuff. What do I need? What is the best approach to organization?RIght now I have dozens of bookmarks in my browser, a folder full of photos and junk, and a Word document. This is not sustainable. The book is about historical events but it's not going to be a traditional chronology so I can't just put segments on a timeline (though some pieces will need to be structured like that). Must haves: - works on Windows 10 - ability to tag items with multiple tags and search the whole thing by tags (filtering and sorting by other attributes would be great too, like type or date modified) - syncs with my existing cloud software (Dropbox or OneDrive) - display support for different languages (interface in English but will display text in Russian and Ukrainian) - can eventually export to some normal format other programs can read - has a good tutorial (not in video format!!!) and customer support - will work offline Wish list - spellcheck/grammar check - can link to stuff on my cloud drive (specifically images) - help with citation formatting - can grant access to others (view only is fine; it's not a collaboration) - not a subscription service Don't need/want - daily goals, progress bars, motivational quotes, etc - mobile app (fine to have, but I will rarely use it. I'm on iOS) - free open source; I'd rather pay for something that isn't likely to be abandoned, and has actual support I'm sure I've missed some things that I don't even know I need, so any advice on approaching this would be welcomed.

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