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German LEGO fan Beryll Roehl has a fascination with a period in LEGO's history when the company sought to improve the quality of their bricks. These rare fifty-year-old-plus bricks come in some fascinating colors and textures. LEGO fan site The Brothers Brick has an interview with the artist here.

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For a year or so my clothes and bedding were getting small quarter inch tears in them. I finally found the source of the problem. The clothes were getting hung up on the torn grating inside the dryer. help me find a way tp patch this without having to replace the grating or take the back off the dryer. DIY, I don't want to hire someone to fix this.

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I need some brown sandals that work for problem feet, which are also work appropriate for an employer that accepts fairly lax stabdards. I'm trying to decide between Olukai Upena and Chaco z cloud. Opinions wanted.I'm open to other options as well. I need supportive sandals with good shock absorption and minimal need to be broken in. I really like the metatarsal footbed of ABEO sandals but the ones I have don't have enough support. This means when I wear them I get purpura all over my legs and feet due to a medical condition. I want something that I can get away with wearing to work in Florida. The dress code is fairly lax but I want to still look professional so I need more of a solid brown than the multicolor cloth of many Chaco styles. I also don't think I can do Birkenstocks because they seem to require using the muscles of the toes to keep them on the feet.

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I'm having trouble Googling this as all questions seemed to relate to passenger ships and not yachts. It looks like the Jones Act was amended to exempt yachts (assuming it was foreign flagged). I guess the question is, could I reasonably just go to Hawaii and dock at a temporary slip without a government ID?I'm not going to do this, but the only obstacle I can think of is the harbor requiring an ID even if I paid in cash. I guess an easier example would be sailing to Mexico, use my passport then sail back and never go through customs. I've never been ID'd at a yacht club and it occurred to me: how do they prevent this from happening?

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After seven years of work, a reasonably accurate port of Super Mario Bros. has been made for the Commodore 64. YouTube.

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I've just finished my master's in library and information science (yeah, I know), anyway, I'm now starting to apply for jobs and I'm stumped by what to write in a cover letter for an academic library internship. I'm supposed to write statement regarding my career goals and interest in academic librarianship. I don't have any career goals beyond "get a job in a library" so how am I supposed to articulate something more than that?I know that the libraries are a tough field to crack and I have experience working in a school library (my day job), so I haven't really allowed myself to have any "goals" related to specific types of library jobs because I've been told I should just take what I can get in the field, because it's so tough. I mean, I think working in academic libraries would be nice. There are lots of opportunities in academic libraries to provide cutting edge services and, for example, I love doing cataloging and related bibliographic services, and those positions are more likely to exist (in my experience) in academic libraries. I really don't know what they would like me to say, that I've always dreamed of working in an academic libraries? That it's a calling? Same thing with my career goals in general, like... do they want me to say a position I want in the future? Because I don't know! I probably won't get this position anyway, because I haven't actually worked in an academic library (although that isn't a requirement), so it's probably a long shot. I would like to give this application a shot, though, any advice?

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I've been in a state of low-level anxiety for the last several months regarding an academic journal article I am not qualified to write about and really struggled with. Now I have to do the final proofs, I'm paralyzed with horror. I seriously don't want this to be published. But I can't back out. Please help give me strength to see this through and not care about what happens after...Long story short, I got roped into a collaborative project with some other folks and ended up researching and writing on a topic I was excited about but which it quickly became clear that I am very unqualified to write about. The research was hard and I really struggled to pull it together, and frankly, most of the article is ass-covering, and objectively bad. Everyone else's contributions are amazing. Somehow it got through peer review, but it was very, very rushed -- one of our collaborators had an in with a journal and they got it pushed through the review process, and I don't believe my article got nearly the kind of going over/skewering it should have. Lots of people have looked at it and have been nice and encouraging about it, but I mostly believe they are trying to be kind to me (and one or two people I sent it to ghosted on me rather than give me feedback). Anyway, it went through review, now it's in proofs, and the proofs are due today. And for the whole of the past week I have been putting it off, literally physically nauseous every time I try to open it to do the check, until today, when it is absolutely finally due. And here I am writing this rather than dealing with it. I should say that I write quite a few things (for instance, another article coming out this year which I am proud of and think is excellent) and this is the only article in the past several years I have had this level of anxiety about. It's partly because it's not really in my field (though it is my first contribution to a field I want to move into and eventually be taken seriously in) and I know the people who are in that field will absolutely crap on it. I also know that a lot of people are watching what I write (this will be the first journal article I publish since my monograph came out) and I absolutely hate to think how much and how humiliatingly this will bomb. I also know all about imposter syndrome etc, but just knowing about that is not really helpful at the moment. And also, I don't have these feelings about my other articles. I guess I'm asking for some kind of a perspective check on all these feelings, and perhaps some short motivational essays, thoughts & coping mechanisms to fortify me as I go back to these *&*$ proofs. Every time I think about how people will see this article after it's published, I freeze up and can't breathe, and I have crazy fantasies about disappearing, running away, just pulling out of the whole thing. I know I won't even want to look at my article when it's published, but I can't stop others looking at it. But I can't back out of it. So please help me find the strength somehow to see this thing through to the end... Anonymous to protect my academic/publishing identity.

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I'm trying to remember the name of a film I saw. It was probably made in the 1980s or 1990s. It's about two girls that meet in the countryside while biking. They strike up an unlikely friendship and then run away.There is a gun involved in some way in the plot. There are also ideas that they may be lesbians. It was either in French or German. An art house film, not a porno. Does anyone know this film? I think it's well regarded and relatively well-known and just can't recall the name myself at the moment.

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I didn't know that there are so many kinds of daikon

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Is this really the most recent thread about harness/leash training a cat? There's lots of good information about the training aspects, but many of the product links are old. What's new in cat walk fashion (sorry) since 2012?We adopted approx-5-year-old Maggie Murderface two months ago. As far as we know she's always been an indoor cat. We hadn't planned on harness training her, but she's interested in the outdoors and very chill, so we think she might take to it. What are her best harness options in terms of safety/ease of use/returnability if she hates them?

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A few months ago this computer went lame. And the network connection wouldn't connect. I completely refreshed the OS. Tried two different USB network cards. Nothing. So I was using an old garbage can laptop for a while, one day opened this puter and it connected. And then it didn't. Rinse/repeat. But now mostly it's connecting.But now the puter has gone insane, continually using LOTS of CPU cycles with Service Host Local System the culprit. DuckDuckGo tells me that's been a problem since XP, most likely culprit being Windows Update. So I killed update under SHLS and hey, it resolved CPU usage. Until it didn't So I stopped windows update process under Service Host Local System each reboot and it helped, until it didn't. And now it won't update no matter what I do. The CPU is running crazy again, until I go and kill update again, but the computer is still acting nuts, mouse tracking all slowed up and gummed up, I'm real close to getting out my six pound sledge hammer and putting this thing down. Before I do that I'll put Linux Mint on it, which I will anyways. But even when I put Mint on it I'd like it to be a dual-boot machine, Windoze and Linux. For that to happen I've got to be able to use Update, and figure out and fix whatever is causing this thing to have gone berserk. Searches online reveal that plenty of other people have had this happen but it seems no one has a conclusive, definitive answer. "Turn off Windows Update" is bandied about a lot, also "SuperFetch" (whatever hell that is) and then about seventeen million other answers which answer nothing that I can see. Pretty much all I see is a bunch of ppl staggering around blindly, scratching their head, annoyed as I am. I'll reload the OS. I'll do whatever. Tell me what to do and I'll do it. So. Please. Do tell. Any help appreciated -- TIA!

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My Lenovo 11.6 laptop is history (motherboard) after four years, so this is what I need: - Same size and SSD - Considerably more disk space than the 28G the Lenovo had, which after a while wouldn't even accommodate Windows updates - A battery you can easily remove without being a confident tech person! - Under $299 new - Preferably a fairly rapid processor (my other lappies have really slowed down over the years) That's all I can think of for now. Thanks. Some kind of major brand wanted.

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"Many of the benefits cited do have some basis in evidence, just not always especially good evidence. And even when the evidence is good, the benefits are smaller than many people realize." An economist looks at the statistical evidence for three hot-button "best practices" in baby-rearing.

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I'd like a big porch box maybe the size of a small dumpster. Thank you in advance for your help.

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What tips or suggestions can you provide, for fostering a dog from the shelter (when you already have two dogs of your own)?Here are my two little ones: Zelda and Desmond. Zelda is 4 years old and 20 pounds; Desmond is 2 years old and 12 pounds. Here's the sweet boy we're going to foster: Cash. Cash is 1 year old and 45 pounds. This foster program involves us taking care of him until he's adopted. We know to keep our dogs separate from Cash for at least 10 days. We've done short-term fostering before (once even with Cash), and it's been... not great. Keeping both our dogs and a stranger dog happy, well-exercised, etc., while they can't be in the same area is pretty exhausting. It's especially hard because our dogs scream bloody murder if they're locked in an area without us (ex: putting them in the backyard while my husband and I are inside, or locking them inside while we're in the backyard). Can you provide any suggestions or advice? Anything, in particular, to make it easier managing keeping a dog separate from the other two? Complicating the issue is the fact that Desmond has proven himself to be a bit antagonistic to other dogs in his space. Especially dogs that are multiple times his size who are in his house. He does great with dogs of all sizes at the dog park, but not in his house. Any suggestions for how to train Desmond to be less of a jerk, or how to help maintain the peace, will be appreciated. Additionally, if you have any suggestions about how to (slowly, safely, and after an appropriate amount of time) introduce Cash to our pups will be appreciated. And if your advice is "Don't foster this dog," please don't. It wasn't our plan. But now the shelter is full, and Cash needs a place to go or his life might be on the line. And he's a sweet, wonderful, good dog who deserves a shot at life. So, here we are.

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I'm looking for a good dentist in the East Bay, one who won't try to push unnecessary things but who also really knows their stuff.I thought I had found my platonic ideal of a dentist, but then he went and retired, and the folks who bought his practice are raising all kinds of red flags for me, especially in light of this recent discussion. I mean, I've managed to make it for more than four decades without even a single cavity and all of a sudden I need invisalign (to the tune of $4K) or my teeth will all rot out? At the very least I need to get a second opinion. So I'm looking for a good dentist in the East Bay, one who won't try to push unnecessary things but who also really knows their stuff, since my mouth is pretty simple but my husband has what we might charitably call "complicated" teeth. I've checked the archives for previous questions about this, but the most recent one is from 2014. Bonus points for Berkeley/Oakland/Emeryville, but I'm willing to travel a bit for someone I can really trust.

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What are some songs I can "warm up with" on keyboard before a show to amuse myself and others? difficulty: not actually a musician.I'm going to be playing a keyboard in a bunch of shows with a new wavey/punk kinda band. I'm looking for some ideas for songs to noodle around on as we're setting up, for checking levels, etc. But! I'm not a musician and can't play anything other than single notes at a time (luckily that's all I need to be able to do for this band!) I'd love to find some songs that would be easy enough for me to figure out in advance and play as a warm-up. Things that might be recognizable to some and/or get a chuckle. Any genre will be considered. Ironic or goofy is fine but not required. I'm going to leave out details about the potential audience in order to avoid sounding like a dork. I'll be embarrassing myself on a Microkorg and literally at the level of "I have a cheat sheet telling me what notes the keys are". I don't really know modern pop songs so probably not so much of those, and I'm also not so interested in modern indie stuff. As one very specific example, I'll probably be learning the intro to this. And no need to tell me how to play things at the moment! I'm just looking for ideas. Thanks!!

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Do you know of any alternatives to this bag? It's just a shoulder bag but the handle on the top is important to me. Available in the UK, ideally less expensive than this. Thanks!

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In 2010, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell released a folk opera concept album called Hadestown, based on live performances by Mitchell, her collaborator Michael Chorney, and a 22-person cast. Nine years later, after an off-Broadway production at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016 and revised productions in Edmonton, Canada and London, England, Hadestown opened on Broadway on March 17 of this year. It was developed for the stage and directed by Rachel Chavkin, best known for directing the musical Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812. The NYTW production was also recorded, and released under the title Hadestown: The Myth. The Musical. Hadestown adapts the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to a depression-era-inspired post-apocalyptic setting, intertwining the story of Orpheus and Eurydice with that of Hades and Persephone, narrated by Hermes. It contrasts Hades's industrial underworld with the organic world above, the cynical gods with the idealistic young lovers, and the rich and powerful with the poor and powerless. It touches on power politics, climate change, and building walls to keep out the poor. Art, hope and love meet the inevitability of fate. The song, "Why We Build the Wall" has been covered by artists including Billy Bragg, Ben Fisher, Ben Dunham, Lilli Lewis, and Robert Neustadt. Written over 10 years ago, lyrics include: The enemy is poverty And the wall keeps out the enemy And we build the wall to keep us free That's why we build the wall We build the wall to keep us free Because we have and they have not Patrick Page, as Hades, performing the song with bricks tattooed on his arm, says "When I first sang it, Donald Trump was a joke. Then he was a candidate. Then he was the nominee. Then he was the president. And I look in people's faces: some people are very afraid. Sometimes I see people cry during that song. Some people sing along with the song." Other Broadway leads are André De Shields as Hermes, Amber Grey as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. The score combines folk, pop and Dixieland with rhythmic work shanties and ethereal arias, accompanied by a seven-piece onstage band. Anaïs Mitchell talks Hadestown - BroadwayDirect Hadestown Is A Broadway Musical Like No Other - Forbes Hadestown Took the Long Way From Community Theater to Broadway - Vulture Way Down, Hadestown ... Way Down Under The Ground - Metafilter, previously

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So we landed in NY City yesterday with a ten year old girl whose interests start with Harry Potter (and sometimes seemingly end there as well). Looking for things to cater to her curiosity. More details inside.This is a "Children's Wish Foundation" (she's fine now) trip so we have the Harry Potter and Cursed Child thing covered, as well as The Lion King broadway show. The trip is semi-scripted for us by the foundation, but we have several free days in the next week. From this recent AskMe I heard about Puffs which I think she would enjoy. She is interested in seeing dinosaurs (so AMNH) and also some Impressionist painting. ColorFactory also looks interesting. She is also interested in codes and cryptography, but I wonder if SpyScape is too old or mature for her? She is a big reader and can handle a large vocabulary but she is also a gentle 10 year old. She likes to read Potter, certain historical fantasy (the series with the mixed up Greek Gods), Warrior Cats, and the like. The Ride, which appears to be a comedic meta-tour, looks interesting but again, for a 10 year old? Also, she has moderate hearing loss, wears hearing aids, but too-loud is potentially a problem. Anyway, if you have some ideas for great, child-friendly NY City experiences then post away. Our hotel is in midtown but we can get around.

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I recently enjoyed this article about the internal drama within Facebook and would like to read more like it. I'm particularly interested in things like crisis management, boardroom coups, and executive ousters--the more dramatic and underhanded the better--as viewed from the inside. It doesn't have to involve silicon valley, just large and powerful companies and the machinations within. I might also be interested in nonfiction books of this nature. Where can I read more?

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I've decided to keep Passover for the first time since I've been considering converting to Judaism since I got engaged. My fiance doesn't keep kosher, so we don't have that to contend with, but I'm going to follow his lead and avoid all chametz for the week. At home it doesn't seem too difficult, but I have a formula I follow at work that I'm not sure how to manage without rice or pasta or grains.For breakfast I eat yogurt with granola (at my desk; I don't eat at home so something like matzo brei wouldn't work). For lunch I meal prep on the weekends so I can eat the same thing every day for the week and not have to think about food prep each day and save money. So I usually make a big pasta dish, rice or grain bowls, chili with beans, or Indian or Chinese food served over rice. The starches are the main staple of the meals and serve to keep me satiated during the day. And the idea of eating just a slab of meat for lunch isn't that appealing. I know I can do things like egg salad or tuna salad on matzo, but that also doesn't sound very filling. Do I just have to give up the idea of one big easy bulk meal for the week and assemble a whole bunch of nibbles and deal for the week? I'd love to see if anyone has any creative ideas I'm not thinking of. I don't have any food restrictions other than avoiding the chametz. Thanks for any suggestions!

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A friend who espouses a "firstborn psychology" claims that 75% of the world's population are firstborns and their negative personality traits have a major detrimental impact on society. I can find nothing to corroborate this. Are there such statistics on birth order? (As a firstborn who doesn't fit the profile, I'm considered an anomaly, he says.) I'd appreciate anyone's input on the subject before I attempt to refute his theory.

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What classic or modern western novels would you recommend to a genre newbie?I've been thinking about how western novels are a big gap in my reading experience and I'd like to fix this. I'm interested in either old genre-defining classics, or more recent works written with modern sensibilities. Not too interested in anything in-between (yet). I'm more curious about "straight" western recommendations rather than weird west or supernatural, but if you have a really good recommendation I'm open to changing my mind. I strongly prefer standalone novels to series', and avoid doorstoppers when I can. Here's a random grab-bag of authors I usually enjoy: Agatha Christie, David Mitchell, David Wong, Jasper Fforde, Scarlett Thomas, Joe Abercombie, Terry Pratchett, Charles Stross, Michael Crichton and KJ Parker (Tom Holt less so). In terms of content, I like at least a bit of action. I'm not fond of long drawn-out introspective narratives or misery porn - I have a very limited stomach for foregrounded racism/sexism (Raymond Chandler is at my limit) or very explicit sexual/physical violence (I can bear Warren Ellis, but not Stephen King). I realise this is a bit of an open question, so I'm grateful for any recommendations.

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an entire pack of Boston Dynamics robot dogs It only takes 10 Spotpower (SP) to haul a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot (~1 degree uphill, truck in neutral). title via BoingBoing post

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