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A client located in the Caribbean wants to pay me via PayPal ; I am in Canada. I don't have a PayPal account, and I'm not sure how it all works. They will pay me in USD, which is great. I have a US dollar account at a major Canadian bank. How do I get the PayPal payment into my USD account? Any help would be appreciated, especially from those who have a Cdn bank account.

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My computer apparently picked up an infection while it was turned off. I know that's not right. What really happened?I am usually the person other people go to with their computer problems. But this one has me completely flummoxed: Today I went to work and turned on my computer as usual. As soon as I did my first Google search the cavalcade of crap began. Pop-ups, browser redirects, fake antivirus notification, the usual. This happened across Chrome, Firefox and IE. I was able to remove the infection, but I am curious about where it came from. I last used my computer Monday night. No one has used the computer since then. I checked the system log. Program manager showed that the offending programs were installed today, at the time I first logged on. They don't show up my downloads folder. I didn't see any installation screens. The last thing I downloaded was a bunch of Creative Commons photos from Flickr. That was Monday. The last software I installed was on the 21st and I didn't notice anything amiss then. In fact I installed the same software on my home computer and it has no malware. The building was closed all day yesterday and until 3pm today. As far as I can tell, my computer was off for that whole time. The only thing that makes any sense is that I downloaded these a while ago and something just triggered them to install today. Is this a thing? What gives?

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A San Francisco deputy public defender was handcuffed and arrested at the Hall of Justice after she objected to city police officers questioning her client outside a courtroom, an incident that her office called outrageous and police officials defended as appropriate. The Tuesday afternoon arrest of attorney Jami Tillotson as she denied police officers' attempts to take photos of her client without explanation raised questions about police intimidation, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said at a Wednesday news conference. Officers took Tillotson to a holding cell in Southern Station, where she remained handcuffed to a wall for approximately an hour. After Tillotson was led away, Stansbury photographed and questioned her client and another young man who did not have an attorney present. Officers refused to tell the young men or Tillotson the reason for the detention. "Public defenders have a duty to protect the constitutional rights of their clients," Tillotson said at a noontime press conference Wednesday. "It was surreal to be led away in handcuffs for doing my job, something I do every day."

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An associate professor of biology with two children speaks more negatively about the effects of balancing work and family on his career: "It's a disaster." [1] The majority of tenured full professors at some of the most prestigious universities in the country, who have the most power to hire and fire and set the workplace expectation of long hours, are men who have either a full-time spouse at home who handles all caregiving and home duties, or a spouse with a part-time or secondary career who takes primary responsibility for the home. [2] A study released last November focused on male academic scientists finds [WaPo] that they still feel that sharing parenting — and in some cases, even other domestic responsibilities — is in conflict with their career, sometimes unresolvably. The study (PMC full text) suggests that male scientists are likely to have relationships where their own career is prioritized over their partner's, and even to forgo parenting altogether. It also finds that around one-third of male academic scientists are in more egalitarian relationships, but that these scientists tend to experience "increased work-family conflict." It's not all bad news, as the authors note that newer models of masculinity allow for more egalitarian models of fatherhood, but the authors also point out that "the predominance of traditional men among the full professors in our study suggests that the ideal worker norm may continue to have lasting power and to provide extensive benefit to those who follow it."

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I want to read, watch, or hear things that teach or discuss how to make electronic music. But from a creative or structural perspective, not a solely technical perspective.So, I finally feel comfortable in the mechanics of Reaper, my software of choice. But electronic music! It's so overwhelming! The slate is blank! A DAW is just this giant ridiculous menagerie of sounds and possibilities! Almost everything I've seen is actually just technical directions, helping you figure out how to do what you want in your DAW-- but this presupposes that you know what you want to do. The analogy of this to, say, the acoustic world might be seeking information on how folk songs are typically constructed, rather than something that tells you how to physically fret a guitar with your hand. What can I read or watch that will help me get a little foothold into anything? Just by way of one random example-- beats! What makes a good one? What are common electronic rhythmic tropes? What process does one artist or another go through to create a beat? etc. etc. I know people are going to ask what genre I'm talking about, but I'm open to anything, whether it's experimental sound collage, dubstep, ambient drone, pop remixes-- whatever. I just want something informative, inspiring, or interesting. Thanks a ton!

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My cat is sad because . . .

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I have a 2012 Nexus 7 that hasn't been successfully turned on in over a year. After the last time I used it, I was without it for a few months. When I returned, it didn't seem to react to being plugged in to charge, even leaving it charging for a whole day. I didn't have time to deal with it then, so now it's been sitting on a shelf for many months. Can it be resurrected, or is it probably just dead?

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Hi all! My family used to buy me paperback children's books back in the 80's like the Great Brain stories, Henry Huggins/Ramona series or How To Eat Fried Worms; stuff in that sort of vein. I recall Dell Yearling being one of the common publishers. But there's one series that I only half remember that I'd love to read again.The basic premise was of a turn of a century'ish family living in a brownstone, doing what they could do to get by. The stories centered around one of the daughters of the family, who was probably about 10 years of age. I believe I had two books from this series, roughly the same length as your standard Ramona book, and I recall that there was one book that I didn't have. One of the books had a subplot where the girl somehow came across a mission-type place that helped poor people and she saw a beautiful new doll that was destined for a little girl less fortunate than her. She really wanted the doll but didn't look the part, so she somehow obtained scissors and made some holes in her stockings so that she could look poor and get the doll. She was then able to obtain the doll, but on her way home realized that she would have to explain the presence of the doll and the holes in her stockings to her mom or dad. I would have read this in the early to mid 1980's, in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Does this ring a bell at all?

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I'm looking for interesting and diverse scenes and monologues that would work well in an acting class for female students, approximate age range 13-22.If you're able to provide an easy way for me to find the specific scene (like a link to the video online, or a specific episode number), that'd be a tremendous help! Hoping to transcribe good scenes without having to watch an entire series. Here are some more specifics: - One or both characters should be workable as a young woman, age 13-22. - Diversity matters! I want different races, ages, confidence levels, social demographics, etc. Also, I would love to include at least one genderqueer or FTM transgender character. - I can re-write to change genders and ages if the scene works. - It's fine if one character has more focus than the other. - Comedic or dramatic TV, film, and webseries are all fair game. Naturalistic theatre is OK too, but highly theatrical dialogue won't work. - I would prefer not to use scenes that rely heavily on flirtation or seduction. - Good role modelling: No intense violence, cruelty, overt sexuality, or hard drug use within the scene itself, although it's ok if the series or movie has some harsh content. If a scene is good but has some overly mature content, we could edit/re-write it somewhat. Scenes I have so far that I think would be great: - Juno - Discussing pregnancy options - Dear White People - Coco talking about hair - United States of Tara - some of the Marshall and Charmaine scenes, re-written to adjust age/gender - Orphan Black - Tony learning about his origins - 30 Rock - Liz and Jenna, re-written so they're rehearsing a highschool play instead of a TV show - Firefly - Kaylee talks engineering - Six Feet Under - Claire discusses grief with her brother Thank you!

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It's primarily about joining the conversations that are happening in this comics community of ours, helping to support and amplify those messages, and encouraging others to join. I love this industry. I've been working in it, when I've had the good fortune to have the opportunities, since I was like 17 years old. To see the way the industry has evolved in even the last few years is amazing–we're seeing things (slowly!) become more representative. We're ahead of the curve in many ways in comics and we're also behind the curve in many ways. - Boom Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon talks to Comics Alliance about Push Comics Forward, "a movement to actively shape what the comics industry SHOULD look like in 10 years."

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Have you and your significant other ever had a rad valentines that involved collaborative planning, surprise AND romance? Tell me everything!So..I'm trying to think of scenarios that can preserve the fun and romantic nature of having each of us surprise the other in some fashion, while also being pragmatic (i.e. making sure we actually have plans that we'll both enjoy). We've discussed going out to eat, and while we could both simply pick a place.. well, that kinda seems boring, because there's no element of surprise. As an alternative, I thought maybe we could both pick a general place we want to spend Valentines weekend, one of us picks a bed and breakfast and the other chooses where we'll eat. Can you help me think of other awesome, collaborative ideas that I can propose to my gal over wine tonight? Hurry: she'll be home in an hour..

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I probably should have asked this weeks ago... My husband and I will be in Portland, OR, for Valentine's Day and we'd like to have a nice but not ludicrously expensive dinner. We like Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, northwestern, seafood. Neither of us eat beef. Doesn't need to be fancy but does need to take reservations. We'll probably be eating early-ish, maybe 6 pm, which will hopefully help us find a spot. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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I have a 2012 version of the Nexus 7. It's been bugging me to upgrade to Lollipop.Lately, it's bugging me to install Lollipop. I have no problem doing so as long as it doesn't slow my beloved tablet to a crawl. No one I know has a 2012 and had updated. If it's important, my brother rooted (?) it. though that didn't make a difference with the KitKat update. So Hivemind, should I leave well enough alone or go ahead and update it. As far as usage, i use it to read books and play one world building game.

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I'm trying to set up several micro USB charging stations in my house and car, and I'm realizing that I retain very little from 9th-grade Intro To Electronics. Set me straight on how current works?Suppose I have a 2.4 amp USB charging cable plugged into the wall. - Am I right to understand that the practical effect of the amperage is that it determines the speed with which devices will charge? Will it charge a device twice as fast as a 1.2 amp charging cable would? - If I attach a Y-shaped splitter to the charging cable so as to charge two devices at once, does that cut the current in half, causing each device to charge half as quickly? Or does it have a different effect? - If Device A is plugged into one side of the Y-shaped splitter, which is plugged into the charging cable -- does the presence or absence of a Device B on the other side of the splitter affect the charge received by Device A? - Why might it be the case that a device can charge when plugged directly into the charging cable, and can charge when plugged into the charging cable through a single Y-shaped splitter, but cannot charge when plugged into the charging cable through a succession of two Y-shaped splitters? - Do all the same rules apply if I'm using a car charger rather than an outlet? - Am I right to guess that the circuit created by the succession of Y-shaped splitters is in parallel rather than in series? Thanks in advance!

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WWE, the Royal Rumble, Corporate Entertainment Culture, And When It All Goes Wrong.

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I'm creating a short story unit for my grade 12 students and so I'm looking for 5 or 6 good, suspenseful ones that will (hopefully) really pique their interest--even the ones who hate reading.I've used "The Most Dangerous Game" in the past with great success and will be including it in the collection. Can you help me out by suggesting some other ones? Ideally with a link where I can print it out. Thanks!

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Your Son Is Deceased The shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, looked almost routine to people in Albuquerque. The city has one of the highest rates in the country of fatal shootings by police, but no officer has been indicted. Of the sixty-three officers who joined the Albuquerque police force in 2007, ten eventually shot people.

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I lit a match yesterday. I am afraid that the matchbox and everything the match touched will spontaneously ignite. Please reassure me with science, or, failing that, tell me what to do to avoid spontaneous ignition. Thank you very much!From what I have read, safety matches work by reacting the potassium perchlorate (box states that perchlorate is present) on the match with the red phosphorus on the striker, using friction between the glass embedded in both to generate the necessary heat to convert the red phosphorus to white phosphorus and start the reaction, fueled by the sulfur also present in the match. What I have not been able to figure out is whether other sources of heat or friction could initiate this reaction, or another hazardous reaction, once the two combine. If a match is unsuccessfully struck against a striker, is it possible for perchlorate residue left on the striker to later react with the phosphorus under conditions other than a match being struck? Could a fully extinguished match reignite itself? If you run a used match under the bathroom tap, could any of the match's components react in a flame producing manner with other residues, such as mineral scale or toothpaste, later on? If water from rinsing a used match were to come into contact with fabric, would the fabric ignite upon laundering? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, what should be done to prevent fire if these things occur? Thanks muchly in advance!

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A documentary-esque, full-length music video for Africa Express's rendition of Terry Riley's In C. The recording includes: Adama Koita on kamel n'goni; Alou Coulibaly on Calabash; Andi Toma on assorted percussion and kalimba; André d Ridder on violin, baritone-guitar, and kalimba, as well as conducting; Badou Mbaye (perhaps) on djembe and other percussion; Brian Eno, Bijou, and Olugbenga on vox; Cheick Diallo on flutes; Damon Albarn on melodica; Defily Sako and Modibo Diawara on kora; Guindo Sala on imzad; Kalifa Koné and Mémé Koné on balafon; and Nick Zinner and Jeff Wootton on guitar. Olugbenga's diary of the trip. The WSJ on the group's origins. Previously

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Can anyone recommend carpenter jeans that last more than six months?My wardrobe is stuck in the 90s, but we have a relaxed office so it all works out. The carpenter tool pocket works superlatively as a carry pocket for my cell phone. While I might scrounge around in the datacenter from time to time, it's a rare occurance so I don't really need knee padding or firehose canvas cuffs or whatever. I'm specifically in the market for jeans with the tool pocket by the knee commonly called carpenter jeans. However, I'm having a problem with the jeans in that form. My most recent acquisition was some Carhartts, and they both developed tears and holes where the rear pocket attaches at around the six month mark. So I'm looking for a brand that makes carpenter jeans, but which is more durable than whatever brands Fred Meyers might have on sale this week. I'm not great with fashion and fabric; but it seems like the cheap pants are thinner and shorter lived. But I'm not sure if more expensive brands even have that pattern anymore. Or which brands are expensive because they're durable vs expensive because they're expensive. Anyone have recommendations on carpenter jeans that will last multiple years?

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Are You Internet Sexual?[NSFW] Welcome to Chaturbate[NSFW], where live-cam performers engage in the wild and the weird. But watch it long enough and you realize that social media has created a whole new sexual persuasion. So, how "internet sexual" are you?

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Youtube user dotflist has a playlist collecting classic TV themes and openings ....except something seems to be slightly off

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Decorating-challenged man with limited colour sense has large family room (24' x 30') with walls divided roughly half way up the wall (on three sides) by narrow (4") shelf/plate rail. Is there a general guideline/rule for painting such a room with one colour up to and including the rail and another colour from there to the ceiling?Room has high ceiling (8.5') which will be painted white. Hoping to use a darkish taupe somewhere in the mix but not wedded to this. Room has lots of natural light (glass sliding door on one side and long, narrow window on the other). Does light always go above dark in terms of painting or the other way? What colour should go on the wall which has no division? Not really looking to make the room seem bigger but definitely want to avoid the "rec room vibe"

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From the King of Clickbait to the "President" of Instagram to the Parody Twitter Illuminati...As The Washington Post says: "Everyone's stealing jokes online--Why doesn't anyone care?"

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"'I'm not that kind of guy. He was a physical man,' Hackman said of Popeye [Doyle] in the Ebert interview. 'We had to go back and re-shoot the first two days of scenes because I hadn't gotten into the character enough. I wasn't physical enough.'" (Steven Hyden's piece on actor Gene Hackman at Grantland.) And here's the 1971 Roger Ebert interview referenced (also linked in the article).

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