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Dan Hicks, Bay Area music icon, dies at age 74. Last night Clare Wasserman announced that her husband, musician Dan Hicks, had succumbed to liver cancer. Hicks, along with his ever-changing band The Hot Licks, started in the same 60s San Francisco psychedelic rock scene that birthed Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead but followed a separate path with an acoustic sound that incorporated Western Swing, Hot Club of France, jazz and folk. Here's the classic Hot Licks from 1972 performing "By Hook or by Crook" and "Shorty Falls in Love". A more recent performance at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch of "The Piano Has Been Drinking". And finally his signature song, "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?".

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I'm looking for a scifi book where two alien species live on the same planet, with different speeds of living (it is not Fire Upon the Deep).A friend who is into "hard scifi" recommended a book, and I am trying to remember the name. It is not Fire Upon the Deep, but my mental connection may be screwing up my recollection. In any case, can you name any SciFi books that have two species living on the same planet, having two different lifecycle speeds: fast and slow? Perhaps this planet is just a "moon". It may be a longish short story. It is probably by a brand name author. I do remember looking up the book the day of, so, final criteria: it has a wiki page :)

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For pretty terrible (and irrelevant) reasons, I haven't filed my taxes in (I think) 5 years. Now I really really need to do them, but I don't know how to start and I get panicky just thinking about the insurmountable piles of paperwork, potential money owing, and even criminal charges. I'm in QC, Canada. If anyone else has dealt with late filing or voluntary disclosure in Quebec, please help!I was a student for 3 of those 5 years, but earned money working full time over the last 3 years. I have T4s from the previous 2 years, and my employers made deductions, but I was freelance before that. I'm not sure if I made the low income cutoff or not. I don't have tax receipts from university either. My papers are not exactly organized. Researching online, it seems I need to make a voluntary disclosure to the CRA, which requires (or benefits from) consulting a tax lawyer. Though I'm not living in poverty, money is tight and I'm worried about the cost. Will a lawyer actually make sense of all my taxes and paperwork, or would I need an accountant in addition if I can't organize my taxes on my own? (i can't). I would love someone to just make it all go away. Do I need a tax lawyer? If so, how do I find a good, cheap one? Thanks

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I spend a lot of time thinking about and feeling inadequate, especially about my appearance. What helps to make this better? And what might help me to feel less angry about it all?I'm in my late 20s and I feel really undesirable a lot of the time. I am a little bit overweight, blotchy skin, frizzy hair... etc etc. When I go out with friends to bars or club nobody ever EVER hits on me or tries to pick me up (except occasionally for older men in their 50s or 60s). I remember reading somewhere that women who are unattractive (and, I think, women who are older), just end up becoming invisible. People don't really see you. That's how I feel a lot of the time. The majority of my relationship experience has been with people who have seen me as a bit of a stop-gap and as good enough for now. It's been almost two years since my last relationship ended and for a large chunk of that time, I've been looking for another relationship. Several people I know, mostly acquaintances, have also been single for months within this timeframe but it seems like all of them, within two months of deciding they want to date, are in healthy long-term potential relationships. They are attractive, skinny, long straight haired, clear skinned women. I am very much not. I want to stop comparing myself to other women. I want to stop being so angry with this society that puts women's appearance at such a premium. I've read this previous post and found it helpful. At the moment, I've started running and meditating, which are good. But what next? What help's with this simmering resentment underlaid with all this inadequacy?

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Classic Era Warner Bros outakes, 1936-46. The breakdowns of 1941 part 1, part 2 The breakdowns of 1946. 1944

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I recently got a great offer from my company for a paid sabbatical of one month. Their conditions are to use it on a personal project of some sort and give a presentation afterwards. I. E. "Don't stay at home and watch TV."I'm in Germany, gay, single. Love hiking, biking, traveling etc, so my nnitial ideas so far are to do another alp crossing hike (did one last summer) , a bike ride along the Danube as far south as I can go, or a 4 week Spanish crash course in Barcelona. I'm not rich, so traveling to Australia or new Zealand us probably not an option, but the US would be. (flights are cheap, and heard some nice things about the Pacific Crest or Appalachian trail.) What would you do with a month of free time if you were me?

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Rescued piglet in a dress and a rescued kitty: a love story

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Alan Partridge: I don't need TV, I've got two Nutribullets

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Most construction projects are bumpy....but this one, starts out smooth.

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So I've got a Windows 10 VM set up on my MacBook. One thing I really like is the fact that I can use the Caps Lock key in Mac OS to switch to Japanese input (i.e. Caps Lock on = Hiragana input). Is there some way to finagle Windows 10 to work like this instead of the fiddly shift-Caps Lock type shortcuts that seem to be the norm?

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The Great British Television Map "I'm an American, but I love British TV series, and so does my wife. As for Geography... I'm a bit more into that than she is." So, this informative map showing the locations depicted in most of the most popular British TV series*... and where they were actually filmed (if it differs)**. A map of American TV locales had previously been (ironically) made by British cartoonist James Chapman; oddly, he hadn't done a 'TV Map' for the UK, but he did do a 'Rock Music UK Map' * NOT including the UK version of Big Brother ** SPOILER: Doctor Who was NOT filmed On Location.

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I live in New York, and I'm considering ordering two Siberian kittens direct from the source. How stupid is this?Our beloved Siberian recently passed away. We are very lonely without cats, and so we want kittens sooner rather than later. Most of the US breeders have long waiting lists, and one of them recommended this particular Russian breeder. And the Russian kittens are definitely cuter than the American Siberians we've seen so far. This is very important! Our last beast was a supermodel, so we're reluctant to settle for anything less. In addition to the reference from the US breeder, we have a reference from another customer (who is making another order which would ship with ours). Yes, it's probably more ethical to get shelter cats, but we want perfect cats and those rarely end up in shelters (our last one was from a friend who had to give her up). We looked at shelters and didn't see anyone exciting. So answers suggesting that won't be useful. The real question is: is there something in general about Russian cat breeders we should know? Or about long-distance flights for kittens? (We still might end up getting local kitties, but these really do look great!)

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I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside.As part of my Master's, I have to do a translation project. 5000 words, no big deal. The only problem is that the book I choose to excerpt my translation from can't ever have been translated into English before, which rules out pretty much all of the books I know/have read, since my taste in French runs to BDs and the popular stuff. I'm looking for books that fit one or more of the following parameters: a) by a diaspora/PoC (ideally WoC) author, because I'm really sick of old white men. b) not TOO argot, since I'm not going to have as much time to do research as I would like. c) in one of the following genres: YA, sci-fi, romance, microhistory, general non-fiction. I'm not a huge fan of Serious Literature and/or angst about Identity and the Diaspora Experience (get plenty of that with Indian authors in English) but needs must I'll deal. d) available on Kindle or in physical form at amazon.com/amazon.fr. Merci mille fois!

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This cover of the Police Gazette magazine references "supermarket sex" (?) being invented by a particular "gangster". Who were they referring to?I'm aware that this was a tabloid, but was this referencing a real event (I think around 1967)? Were people concerned about supermarket sex at the time, beyond this magazine? Would this be a reference that people would have gotten, or was it just an attention grabbing non-sequitur?

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I recently graduated with a degree in film from a Chicago school, but more and more I find myself only interested in documentaries, podcasts and articles. How can I break into journalism at a time when the future of journalism is so uncertain?I've made a start as a freelancer, covering events, crime, protests, etc. as a photo/video journalist. While my photos and videos are certainly high quality, I haven't made nearly enough money to live off of. I have applied for several jobs, but they nearly all want someone with 5+ experience. What can I do to get myself started? And/or what kind of job should I look for that will pay the bills and allow time to freelance and gain experience? I understand it isn't the best time to get into journalism (especially without a journalism degree) but surely there must be some path to follow.

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Hi, all. We're considering relocating to Sacramento (leaning towards midtown or the East side) and need to find short term housing while we get the lay of the land. Corporate housing seems insanely expensive ($125.00 per day! wtf?); is there another way to rent a furnished 2 bedroom place that's not airbnb or craigslist?Basically, we want to give Sacramento a go; the Bay Area where I was born and raised (and prefer to live) is simply too expensive to justify living there. We're traveling with some expensive computer equipment and camera gear, so safety (both the neighborhood and the rental itself) is our primary concern, followed closely by cost. If you think it's better to rent/lease elsewhere in or around the city itself, please suggest those options as well. We'd planned on a 1 month corporate rental in Sacramento and hoped to find a house, townhouse or condo to rent or lease for 6 months to 1 year after that, but if you know of a fantastic place or area we should jump right into a lease on, please let me know. We work from home so a safe neighborhood is a must; we also do a lot of cooking so a modern kitchen is preferable, washer and dryer in unit, central heat and air, at least a one car garage in a safe neighborhood. Long-term, we'd really love to live near a hip, walkable area like McKinley Park or midtown, but are not averse to living elsewhere if we could get more bang for our buck and the house is very nice. We like the idea of living where all of the action is, but truth be told, we're homebodies who value a quiet place to retreat to more than a bar-hopping, loud, "happening" neighborhood. Close to the action, but not in it would be ideal. Roseville is out, unfortunately, because of the controversy surrounding cancer and Roseville's Union Pacific Railyard pollution. Thanks very much in advance!

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A friend just brought back a dozen Willapa Bay oysters on ice. I love oysters, but have no idea how to shuck 'em, and (apart from the chance of impaling my hand) I'm somewhat leery of eating raw oysters clumsily shucked.Do I man up, find a YouTube tutorial and have a dozen slurps of (probably crunchy) oyster? Shuck 'em now, but pan fry 'em tomorrow for breakfast? Let 'em sit on ice and shuck / fry tomorrow morning? Certainly relevant: I don't have any cocktail sauce or horseradish, or even lemon. It's not like I drown 'em in that shit, but still... I can probably put together some capers, vinegar and soy. Possibly relevant: I'm not at all worried about eating 'em raw. If raw oysters were going to kill me, they'd have done it by now. What doesn't kill me, has made its last mistake. But I hate getting clumsily-shucked oysters. Or at least, paying for 'em. If I wanted crunchy oysters, I'd have shucked 'em myself!

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I own a record shop and am tired of paying high prices (and insane shipping) for plastic record dividers that invariably break. I think I can get someone to cut or create me my own but have no idea what the technical terms are that I need to search in order to find a company to do it. I'm in Toronto and would like to meet with someone locally. What should I be googling? Thanks.

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Broncos fan says he dropped $20k on Super Bowl tickets without telling his wife. [Bleacher Report] Justin Kerrigan, a Denver Broncos fan, told NBC Bay Area that he was probably going to be dropping a cool 30 grand on a trip to Super Bowl 50, including $21,000 on (four) tickets alone. The craziest part: He never talked to his wife about how much he was spending to cheer on the Broncos live.

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So, my wife and I are not cooks. But for Christmas, we were given flavored balsamic vinegars: one each of blackberry ginger, dark chocolate, and strawberry. What is a good way for us to use these? Salad dressings? If so, what kind of salad goes well with chocolate vinegar? Or should we pour it over ice cream?

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I recently saw a neurologist for my chronic cough, which has been diagnosed as neurogenic by a cough specialist. The appt was one of the worst medical experiences I've had. While I don't know if he did anything illegal, I'd like to report him somewhere. I'm also wondering if there's a way to get out of paying him. More inside.I spent over a year trying to diagnose a very persistent cough, went through all kinds of tests, before I found an ENT that had a cough specialist who realized my cough was neurogenic. Unfortunately, I moved away before we could really get started on treatment. In my new location (Virginia) I started all over with a GP who couldn't help referring me to an ENT who couldn't help who finally offered a neurologist referral. I went to the appointment and started to describe my symptoms and such to him, as well as tell him about all the diagnostic testing I'd already undergone. He interrupts me right away and says he doesn't believe I have a neurogenic cough and is not going to prescribe any of the usual medications for it. I asked him what my problem was, then, and he said it was environmental factors. I asked for more specifics and he refused to give any. He gave me a brief, odd exam. I was there for my cough, yet he didn't hear me cough or listen to my lungs. He did have me take off my shoes so he could examine my feet. The general tone was him not listening to me and then not explaining anything he said. Then I went to check out, and the receptionist told me he had ordered me an MRI and a lot of blood work. He didn't mention either of those to me, so I have no idea what they are about. (I canceled both.) A week or so later, I got an after-visit summary in the mail. Under "Diagnoses," he had written "Chronic cough" but had also written "Demyelination of central nervous system." Which is not something he mentioned to me at all. Plus, since that diagnosis can include things like MS, explanation is usually warranted. So then I got a bill. I have Medicare so can end up with hefty copays for specialists. This guy wants $170 for that visit. I have no idea if you can appeal a medical bill on the grounds the doctor was wtf, but I'd like to. In conclusion, I don't feel that this doctor is very professional, and I'd like to voice that to someone. I think he is in charge of the clinic, so I can't complain to an immediate supervisor. Who can I complain to? Again, I am in southwest VA. Also, are there ways to avoid paying the bill aside from just not paying it?

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The Calvert Journal's Special Report: Red Africa: When international socialism met the developing world Building blocs — How Ghana's architecture was reimagined with a little help from communist Europe The sound of independence-era Africa Black in the USSR — The children of Soviet Africa search for their own identity Art, image and ideology — The history of Soviet relations with Africa, told in pictures Waiting for Tito — Unofficial scenes from a presidential tour of Africa

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Why does Samuel L. Jackson do Capitol One commercials? Why did Shatner do Priceline ads? And I just saw Mario Lopez in a toe fungus treatment spot. Do they really need the money? Especially Shatner, who I imagine has tons of residuals from Star Trek. Other specific examples appreciated, the more ridiculous the product and well-known the celebrity the better.

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this is what happens when i stay up 5 hours and 13 minutes past my bedtime [from bitches gotta eat]

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[Book recommendation filter] Must be literary. Must be wildly absorbing. Ensemble casts of characters preferred but not required. The longer, the better. Did it sweep YOU off your feet? Tell me about it!I spent my teen and college years reading so many novels and short stories that I OD'd and, ever since, have been on a steady diet of 90% non-fiction and 10% lit. The most maddeningly absorbing novel I've ever read - not the best, just the most unputdownable - was Murakami's "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." It had that otherworldly combination of sadness, mystery, peculiar characters, magical realism, wit, legend, nimble dialogue, malaise... and when the book ended I felt like I'd lost a limb, or a best friend. I'm not looking for a replica of that book. Just a replica of that experience. (As a reference, a few of my other favorite novels: Julio Cortazar's "Hopscotch", Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping", Yasunari Kawabata's "Thousand Cranes", Malcolm Lowry's "Under the Volcano", Damon Galgut's "In A Strange Room", Dellilo's "White Noise", everything by Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O'Connor, Annie Dillard, and Cormac McCarthy) Please recommend gripping literary novels. Title, author, and a brief synopsis (no spoilers, natch) are appreciated. P.S. I'm really into Hal Hartley films right now - bonus points if you know of any great novels that bear similarities to his work!

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