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The Tragically Hip are the most Canadian rock band. They have a new album coming out next month. They're going on tour. And today they announced lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

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"This is the world highlighted in those maps, brought to the fore by drug deaths and bullets to the brain--a world in which a significant part of the population has been rendered unnecessary , superfluous, a bit of a pain but not likely to last long. Utopians on the coasts occasionally feel obliged to dream up some scheme whereby the unnecessariat become useful again, but it's crap and nobody ever holds them to it."

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I received a very short tie clip as a gift, but I'm not quite sure how to use it. It's of a similar size as this one on ebay. Usually I'd use a tie clip to fasten the top and bottom layers of the tie to my shirt placket, but since the clip is so short it doesn't even necessarily reach the bottom layer of some ties. So how should I use it?

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I have a Kenwood Chef. I'm thinking about buying some of the attachments. What are your recommendations? Are the attachments worth it or are they useless? Do you use yours?

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Noel Cruz is an artist who purchases Barbies and official franchise dolls, strips all of their factory paint, and remakes them into faithful portraits of iconic celebrities and beloved characters using acrylic paints and tiny brushes. His dedication to detail extends to hair styling and commissioning custom clothing to bring a doll to life. Mr. Cruz is also an accomplished portrait artist, rendering his subjects with sensitivity and fine technique in graphite. His full gallery at deviantArt has some NSFW dolls, but they are separated into their own gallery. His commercial web site features a short Q&A that goes into his artistic process.

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UK-filter, so beware: US laws do not apply. I moved into a new flat about a year ago and have since received various overdue fines and letters of demands for someone else. He wasn't the previous resident, I have no information about him, so I've been sending the mail back, labelled UNKNOWN, NOT AT THIS ADDRESS and SERIOUSLY DO YOU GUYS NOT GET THIS. (Having accidentally opened one, I know that it's for two speeding fines in Reading a few years ago.) I've just received a letter from a debt collection agency saying they "require evidence of the current occupiers" to "amend their records" and "prevent further visits". So do I respond?The outfit is called "Collect Services" of Egham. They're asking for some intrusive information - my name, whether I own the place, who it was purchased through, copy of tenancy agreement ... I'm disinclined to cooperate. They'll have my name and some of my personal details then and there's no promise that the mail will stop. Googling the business reveals the usual slightly shady debt collector behaviour. On the other hand, I'd like to avoid any further mail or a debt attaching to the address. Opinions or experience?

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I have recently gotten rejection letters from all of the PhD programs to which I applied for the coming fall. Now I'm back to square one and I think I need to figure out what's wrong with my approach so far. Basically I want the hive mind to tell me exactly what steps it thinks I should take to find the right school and make my application competitive. Can you help?First, let me say that I understand there are many out there who may look at the details below and say doing a PhD is probably a mistake, a waste of time, gruelling, won't help my job prospects, etc. Let's take that as read if we can and move on. Now, about me. I have a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Rowan University. I'm a 4.0 (okay, 3.94) student. I graduated summa cum laude. I'm very interested in just straight up classical general relativity (more on that later), but also cosmology, and some particle physics. I have undergrad research experience, but only in materials science, nothing related to astrophysics/astronomy. This is my second attempt at getting into a PhD program in physics/astronomy/astrophysics. See the link if you want to know what happened the first time. The short version is I got into two schools I wasn't very excited about and decided not to go to after visiting. Instead I got an internship doing detector characterization at NASA Goddard. That has since turned into a full time job. Yay for me but I still want to keep going with academia. So, I'm going to do this thing all over again next year, but I want to get started early this time and do it right (3rd time's a charm?). There's really not anything I can do about my academic or research record. My current work is certainly related to astrophysics but involves no actual research. That is I'm not going to be producing any papers, nor would I know how if I wanted to. I think the thing I need help with is the more ephemeral/social parts of finding/picking a school and making myself attractive to a professor/department. For instance, today I got the opportunity to meet a string theorist and I told him the short version of what I'm telling you all and he said something along the lines of, "General relativity? No, don't say that. Tell them you're interested in particle physics.". What? He explained how no one's doing general relativity anymore and it's been subsumed under other research areas for the most part, but how would I ever have known that? I think this illustrates how entirely naive I am about what even the landscape of physics research is and how I find my place in it. So, how do I: 1. Find out what kind of research I should even be telling them I want to do? Is astrophysics too broad? Is sub-millisecond pulsars too specific? 2. Find out who them are? How do I identify which schools, research groups, professors are doing the kinds of things I'm interested in AND are accepting new students AND I have a chance of getting into. Difficulty: I am absolutely terrible with names. I literally forget the names of non-blood relatives I have known for years at holiday time. That string theory guy? Met him about 12 hours ago. No idea what his name is. 3. Give my application the best chance of getting through the process? I assume the only real things I have control over are essay portions and recommendations. I show my essays to former professors, friends who are good at writing, and colleagues and they basically say "these are fine". I really need specific concrete examples here. For example, a suggestion of "read current research" in reference to 1 and 2 is too vague. I have an ArXiv feed sent to me daily, but it's just a firehose of papers I have no idea how to parse or assign importance to. Another unhelpfully vague suggestion would be, "talk to people in your field". Who? Where? How do I find them (see above). What should I be asking them about? Something like "go to this website, look for papers that have a blue star next to them and contact the fourth author listed on a Thursday" is more my speed. Sorry if I'm asking for a spoonfeeding, but baby needs a PhD. Thanks in advance.

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English Profanity in Hong Kong Movies Vol. 02 - 香港電影 英文粗口 . (Someone made a .gif of the best scene.) Also: Vol. 01. [NSFW]

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Vox cartoon breakdown of rise in US economic inequality.

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I am starting a personal translation project. I plan to translate a few paragraphs a day from Italian into English from a classic work of Italian literature that is mostly unknown to English speaking audiences. It kind of makes sense for me to share this online for kicks and giggles and motivation. What's the best platform for me to use, given the format and subject matter?

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Lynne Murphy's blog is 'Separated By A Common Language'. It turns out being polite is different in the UK and the US and there are specific differences in the way each culture (and subcultures thereto) use please. The Allusionist has interviews and more links, and a follow-up with more about 'thank you' and reader responses along the lines of 'this explains so much'. Also, the 'Cincinatti please'!

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Rafael Reyes is a former gang member, author, restauranteur, and founder of Diamond Dogs, an art and music collective for retired gangsters. Together with Tijuana electronic artist Dave Parley, he is also San Diego's Prayers, a self-described Cholo Goth (or killwave or occultwave) project combining 80s synths and electronic loops with autobiographical accounts of street life in Sherman Heights and occult themes. They've toured with The Cult and collaborated with the Pet Shop Boys (h/t to hippybear's recent post) on the strength of songs like Young Gods and their cover of Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls. The term Cholo Goth has inspired some chin-stroking consideration and approval of the genre:I think Cholo Goth, as a music genre, is appropriately classified. It is then simply gleaning from goth culture to create something that is (without trivializing meaning to the individual) less substantive, yet unrelated. Whereas trying to identify as a subculture, implys a relation or inclusion with goth, and is ultimately harmful to the substantive, structured meaning of the goth culture. However I feel even being identified as a music genre has the potential for an eroding effect upon the goth subculture, as it can confuse the etymology, and those seeking to get into goth. The moment we allow those trends or neotribes to be considered part of the goth subculture, however, is the moment goth no longer has meaning. Also as I pointed out previously, this appropriation, or cherry picking certain aspects of goth culture apart from the others, and without respect for their meaning, can also be harmful to goth itself. Darkness =/= goth and outcast =/= goth sums it up. From Noisey: Meet Prayers, the San Diego Cholo-Goth Duo Who Want to Break Down Every Barrier In SightNOISEY: You've always preferred industrial and goth music. You must have caught shit for that coming up as a gang member. Leafar Seyer: Of course I did. I fought to be who I am. I got into physical fights to be able to dress like this. People around here wanted me to conform to look like what they consider to be a gangster. My homies would be like "What the fuck?" But I'm not part of that hip-hop culture. I grew up listening to industrial and death rock—Christian Death, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys—bands like that. So I've always stayed true to my roots even though I'm a gang member. I never jumped around when it came to music because that's the sound that always spoke to me. That's the sound I identified with, even though the neighborhood I grew up in was completely the opposite of that. So I fought and fought and fought until I won and they finally gave up. Man, I've been shot; I've been stabbed. I got stabbed right here in my forehead [points to scar]. That's a gang knife right there.

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Even though I am generally happy, I sometimes have a hard time with a breakup from last year. I know it wasn't love. But it's messing me up. Confusion inside.Long story short; I had a great sexual relationship, we wanted different things, he wanted out. (My previous post talks about how I dealt with that.) I've been doing well aside from things I have no control over, like financial obligations, and I have been doing a little casual dating (fun!). But every so often now something reminds me of my ex-lover and I am set afire. It is usually a physical thing like someone with similar features or scent. It's crazymaking and I've never experienced this before: a specific, intense sexual desire for someone that I was already involved with yet wasn't a romantic partner. Possibly necessary background: The last time we saw each other we talked literally all evening into morning, like we had to squeeze in all of the words and jokes and stories we'd never again have the opportunity to tell. The goodbye sex was half-asleep yet probably the most intimate and tender we had. Days and weeks later things became clearer. I should have given him more intimacy instead of my sometime-aloofness. When I think about how he was and how I was, I know that I should have trusted him more. All this makes me a little sad. Not that I believe I broke him or whatever; just that it could have been even better for both of us. I don't know if that explains what's going on with me now. If this is just lust then it would be easier to fix. Aside from intensity, it doesn't seem like limerence because I don't fantasize about a relationship other than what we had. I don't know what to do. I want to stop feeling guilty or whatever, especially after all this time. The conventional wisdom is to find other partners or at least flirt outrageously with a vast number of people. But I am wary of being with others because I don't want to end up comparing. And ultimately I fear the real reason for my current mental space is that I so regret how I handled most of the relationship, the need to time-travel back and fix it (myself) is sublimating into passion. Not sure that even makes sense. Given what/how this all happened, what should I do to stop having these regrets? And how can I stop desiring him--can it be done?

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My first child is due around the 25th of June this year. Due to various health-related reasons my wife will be having a C-section for the delivery. Silver lining is we get to pick the day!Obviously we don't have too much latitude around the expected due date (June 25 +/- a week or two). However since this is right around when school typically ends (Vancouver, Canada) a week or so can make a big difference! Thoughts so far: * Elementary school typically ends on June 29th. Parents often take kids on vacation out of town once school is out, leaving theoretical July birthday parties bereft. * Having to cram for exams on your birthday sucks. * Canada day is July 1 -- fireworks on your birthday would be awesome. * Having his 18th birthday (2034) on a Saturday after the last provincial --> June 24 or July 1? * At some point in the future my son might find and read this very post (waves hi). So... bearing all of that in mind, please share your thoughts and feedback regarding this decision! Are there any critical factors that we're not thinking of? What would be meaningful to a elementary-school-age kid? To a highschool-age one?

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"You probably haven't heard of the Constitution Party. They have no seats in the House or the Senate, and probably never will. They don't have any spokespeople telegenic enough for Fox News. They've only been around since 1991, and they've only been called the Constitution Party since 1999. (They were the Taxpayers' Party before that.) Basically, it's a party for conservatives who think Republicans are too secular." - GOD AND COUNTRY, Kaleb Horton spends 36 hours with the dying embers of The Consitution Party

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My partner proposed to me yesterday! Hooray! We will be planning a very small wedding (under 20 guests). Here's the thing: neither of us like the woman my brother is dating.Long story short, my brother has been in a relationship with a woman for 3.5 years, so obviously (I think?) the invite is mandatory. However, this is someone who emotionally abuses my brother, and has threatened on several occasions to break up with him, because she doesn't approve of his level of ambition. Does anyone have any experienced or advice for me? This is not someone I want in our wedding pictures, or really, at our wedding. If I don't have a choice, I don't have a choice. My only solution was to only take "direct" family pictures, but I would be sad to be leaving out the man that my sister is with, because he is darling.

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A pun generator [via mefi projects]

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How to snakes: These snakes are just writhing with potential.

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In this day where closing studios is the established and accepted norm, we want to do our part to combat the norm. We want to challenge how success is measured and point out that money shouldn't be the only applied metric. In an industry that is smack full of impostor syndrome, depression, anxiety, and other things that are sometimes associated with the emotional work that goes into creativity, it is also important to think about how we measure success and failure. Of course money is important, as an enabler, but sometimes you need help creating something that doesn't only serve commercial value, but an artistic need. Not acknowledging that is to miss the point of making games. For us, Kathy Rain is a success because it has something to say and players are hearing it. Creating it has changed the developer's life, and through it we've been able to help tackle things that aren't usually seen in games. And finally, because it raises our portfolio as a publisher, so in that regard it is even a business success. Even though Kathy Rain has momentarily failed financially, it has succeeded in so many other ways. We should all think about how we perceive and handle our misses instead of only embracing our hits. For us, Kathy Rain feels like a success. Clifftop Games is a success.

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Sand Marble Rally - 33 competitors! A thrilling race that benefits from excellent camera work and superb play-by-play to keep you on the edge of your seat! If you'd like more - here's the Sand Marble World Rally Championship, the exciting 750 Sand Race, the unpredictable mixed-marble Oddball Race complete with a bonus rally, and finally the Street and Forest on/off-road spectacular. If you prefer your marble action to be more serene and less adrenaline-pumping, be sure to check out Jelle's Marble Runs channel.

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James O'Keefe accidentally stings himself

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American guy, longtime expat living in Asia and Europe. I'm comfortable financially with social security plus freelance writing/marketing gigs – but not especially in love with my work and want to try a new venture.I can put about $20K to work to try this new venture. At heart, I'm a horse-trader, who loves to buy and sell things. Have never done it consistently or as an income generator but would like to try. Ideally, everything would be done online since I'm too nomadic to put down roots. Would also like to sell to those who are least affected and last affectedWhat goods might I focus on to make such a venture work. I spend a lot of time in Thailand, Japan, and Spain so any ideas which are specific to those areas are good. I'd like to do the following: Find in-demand, luxury artsy items/goods, buy at a price which lets me markup sufficiently to make a decent return on my time and money. Then sell to a select buyer audience online. I'm confident and capable in marketing to niches. It's part of what I do in my marketing freelance work. I have about $20K to put into this and would hope to deal in items in the $500-$1000 range. At heart, I'm a horse-trader, who loves to buy and sell things. Have never done it consistently or as an income generator but would like to try. I am confident in getting my goods in front of buyers to sell but feel a bit uncertain/doubtful about which specific items might be good to deal in. Suggestions, advice, caveats?

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A theory about what Duran Duran's song, "The Reflex", is about—isn't that bizarre? "Once this is understood, the second verse is obvious to the point of comedy. 'I'm on a ride and I wanna get off' is about as straightforward as Simon LeBon is capable of being, and the bits about not slowing down the roundabout and not wanting to be around 'when this gets out' border on literality."

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All the financial advice I see recommends maxing out tax-advantaged retirement accounts, which is what we've started to do. However, we don't know if we'll retire in the US. Should we redirect some of those funds to short-term savings? Snowflakes below.Spouse and I both are both citizens of another country (that doesn't have a tax treaty with the US). We have been here since graduate school. Because we spent most of our 20s getting PhDs, we started retirement savings pretty late. We're now in our early 30s, and have accumulated about $150k in 401k's between us, and started maxing them out last year. I'm also maxing out my Roth IRA. I'm worried that this is a short-sighted move because we don't know if we'll retire in the US, and given this uncertainty, it feels like a house would be a better long-term asset. We live in a high cost-of-living city, so there isn't much left after rent and retirement savings. We do save every month for a downpayment, but we could accelerate it if we minimize our future 401k contributions (i.e., only contribute enough to get a match). Advice from anyone who is or has been in this boat? Relevant variables: we have emergency savings, no debt, and no kids (but planning on them in the next couple of years).

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Your guide to nearly every audio, video, film, and data media format that's ever existed. Or, browse formats in order of the decade they became "obsolete" - arguably, anyway. [Previously.]

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