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Where can I go pond skating near Stratton, VT?I'm a city kid, and I have only ever been ice skating on man-made rinks. Everyone I know who grew up in colder climes says that pond skating is where it's at. I'll be taking a ski trip up to Stratton soon, and I'm curious if there is anywhere that I can go pond skating near there. My google-fu has failed me. Any place within a 45 minute drive of Stratton/Manchester should do the trick.

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"The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation." (SLtheUSAToday) "The memos seek to end that practice, known as "catch and release," by ordering the construction of more jails along the southwest border to house detained immigrants until their cases are resolved." "The new directives also allow Customs agents to send some people directly back to Mexico, whether they're Mexican or not. Under previous administrations, people from Mexico and Canada could be deported directly back home. But people from all other countries, such as from Central America, had to detained until they could be flown back to their country of origin."

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We'll be flying in for a conference on Memorial Day, and we need to find 2 dinner venues, one for 17 & one for 10 people. I was thinking Antoines (I'm a tourist so I love the back rooms and the idea of our project name on a Baked Alaska), but their cheapest prix fixe is well over the limit for our university ($59). Our conference is next to the Superdome, so I'm looking in the French Quarter/CBD within walking distance. Thanks for any suggestions!

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I need some new summer sheets. I know it's February but it's already 75 degrees every day where I live so I guess it's time to take the flannels off. My only criteria is that they be striped or patterned in such a way that I know how they go on the bed without doing it wrong first and then having to turn them around every single time.I'm not too concerned with cost. I don't want to spend like a thousand dollars for no reason, but they can be kind of expensive. I am in the United States. Where'd you get your favorite sheets?

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Nebraska Will Become A 'Mecca For Hackers' If Right To Repair Bill Passes. As "right to repair" bills continue to gain traction, Apple lobbies against them in the cornhusker state. Was it all started by John Deere? [previously, previously-er]

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The place it was purchased has closed. The chair looks like this. Please help me. Thank you.

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[U.S.] auto debt hit a record in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, when a rush of year-end car shopping pushed vehicle loans to a dubious peak of $1.16 trillion. ... It's an alarming number, big enough to incite talk of a bubble.

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How To Keep A Healthy Distance From Your Terrible Co-Workers - in which Dante Jordan sets out a case for avoiding interaction with one's colleagues at any and all cost.

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The gravesites of more than 170 Jews were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in University City, Mo., sometime over the weekend. And on Monday, the Anti-Defamation League reported a wave of bomb threats directed against Jewish Community Centers in multiple states, the fourth series of such threats since the beginning of the year, it said, a development that elicited comments from a White House spokesman and Ivanka Trump, neither of which used the phrase "anti-Semitism" or mentioned Jews. Last week, in response to a question about the White House's response to rising anti-Semitism, President Trump told Ami magazine correspondent Jake Turx, "That's an unfair question. So here's the story, folks. No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person."

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Is there any service that takes passengers from anywhere in Thailand to anywhere in India by sea?

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What do we do?Hello y'all, I will try to make this as brief as possible. Six years ago, I started dating a wonderful person who is an academic. I moved to his city when he got a postdoc, turning down my own prestigious PhD opportunity in the process. The whole thing went very sour - I enrolled in a grad program that wasn't right for me, suffered a debilitating bout of depression and physical injuries as well, and we ended up breaking up when he moved for another job. That was three years ago. We have worked our way back together very deliberately and slowly - believe me when I say that we are doing such an amazing job communicating, sharing our feelings and being much more honest than we were in the past. He is kind and funny and a good man - we are trying to really plan a future. We both spent three years trying to get over each other and failing. But of course, he's on the job market again. He's gotten a job offer from a wonderful school that is extremely far away from our respective cities - I know academia, and it's the kind of job offer that comes along once in a blue moon. However, in the interim, I have developed much better coping skills in my current city, found good mental health professionals to help me, and, as of this past fall, finally found a job that I really really love. The idea of moving again for his career feels very very scary and like a recipe for a lot of resentment. Even though I am technically the more portable person here, I just feel like I have already made a big move for him and, if we are really in this together, there has to be some give and take. It literally took me three years after grad school to find a full time job that is relevant to my career - I just started doing it! I don't want to stop! I've talked about this with my therapist and we've all been talking honestly and clearly, but that doesn't change the facts of the situation. He definitely has serious reservations about the job too, including the fact that it wouldn't be right for me. But I'm afraid that this kind of sacrifice on his part will lead to lifelong resentment. Even though he can stay at the job he currently has for at least another year, jobs like this just don't come along very often. Mefi what do I do? I'm making myself sick over this worry, and so is he. I think he's my person, but I need my person to show me some of the effort that I've already exerted to make this work. Thanks, y'all.

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Remember the Bible story of the Golden Calf? Moses left the Israelites unattended, and in his absence, they pooled their gold jewelry, melted it down, and made an idol, specifically in the shape of a calf. Moses returned to find them worshiping this Golden Calf.This seems odd, considering the reputation for being a pragmatic people commonly attributed to the Jews, and the often pragmatic basis for the Jewish laws, and the fact that some of the scriptures have a pragmatic focus (Leviticus devotes a whole chapter to recognizing leprosy). Why a calf? And how could they believe that there was some supernatural power in a deity they themselves consciously created?

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Every year when I try to set up a google email list for a class I teach I have to figure it out all over again because they've changed it. Please help me figure out this year's iteration. All I want is to make a group out of contact emails that my students send me that I can use to send out class-related emails and pdfs of reading and homework questions. This year, 'groups' seems to have changed to 'labels', and while I can make a labeled list of this year's students with a name (Spring 2017), I can't seem to type in the group label and email the bunch with a single emailing anymore. When I search, I seem to get answers that refer to older iterations of groups. Or labels. Or whatever it's called now. What are labels even for? Does gmail no longer do what I want it to do? Is this one of those cases where people in a company continually make changes to a perfectly good product just so they can justify their continued employment? Could someone please point me to one of those 'explain this to me like I'm in 5th grade' webpages that tells me how to do this? Or just explain it to me like I'm in 5th grade. I feel like I'm going to have to give back my PhD.

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Granted, you are not my dog's veterinarian but I'm still looking for thoughts from thoughtful people. Do we keep doing what we can to keep our dog alive or is it time to have end of life discussions with our dog's vet?We have a 13-15 year old mutt I've known most his life and who we took in a little over five years ago. As a pup he was hit by a car and had his hip repaired. Several years later he had cancer and survived that quite well. About six months ago I came into the room to do our morning routine and found he couldn't stand at all. I rushed him off to the vet and they rehydrate him and tell me he'd been poisoned, likely by something he ate off the ground. His arthritis stepped up a bit after that (he is getting old, after all.) Any pain meds they give him seem to make him sick which results in yet another visit to the vet. Not too much later he got really sick again and was having several accidents a day in the house in addition to pacing for hours at a time. This time he was diagnosed with Cushing's disease, for which he's a textbook case. Meds for Cushing's have minimized the accidents and seem to enable him able to function well enough for the most part. He's losing hair that simply won't come back (part of Cushing's) and he still can't take pain meds without getting sick. He still paces several hours a day and if he's not moving he tends to fall and needs help getting back up (on the order of 10 ames a day). While he doesn't seem to exhibit much in the way of pain symptoms I hate seeing him have any pain at all but with pain meds making him sick that's no help. He's been a wonderful family member so it's quite hard to watch him go through all this even while we do what we can. He doesn't seem miserable but he's also clearly not in great shape between old age and Cushing's. What's next? When? Our family knows we probably don't have much longer with him but what's our decision making point? My dog's vet pauses at having this hard discussion and says it's my call and really won't give advice or even pointers. It's frustrating but I get it. I know it's my call but I'm looking for advice, some helpful points to aid thinking, and then decision making. What would you do? How much longer do I do what I'm doing? When? How? (throwaway email address: [email protected], if needed)

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I've started a new job as a teacher in a primary school in China. I only work 20 hours a week, but every day has large gaps where I don't have a class (1.5 hour lunches, 1 hour exercise, etc). What are some tasks I can accomplish during these breaks? Any great habits I should develop? I have access to a breakroom and a computer and will be working in a built-up area.

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Pomodoro or other customizable timer: I have been using BeFocused Pro which I like a lot. However, I use Toodledo for my tasks. What I would like is a Pomodoro or other interval timer that can remind what to do on the breaks... yoga, train dog, go for a walk etc. And i want to specify them depending on short or long break.I can't use Toodledo reminders for this because the Pomodoros don't line up exactly to certain times. I am specifically looking for something that will let me customize the break message on a Pomodoro. It is essential that the 4 short breaks/1 long break functionality be existing. I've heard of Alfred for Mac. Is this something I could do with Alfred? Open to any suggestions for Mac. If I could somehow link the "break" coming up in BeFocused to a workflow in Alfred that would show me the break activity list? I don't actually know how it works. Please only suggest things that you have actually tried because believe me I've explored nearly every Pomodoro app out there. I do not need a recommendation on a Pomodoro app :-) Thank you hive mind! Bzzz bzz!

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At an age when most kids need supervision to do their homework, hundreds of thousands of minors are crossing continents alone. [SL The New Yorker]

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Looking for examples of nonprofit organisations or other types of social enterprise who are doing innovative work or focusing on innovation as a way to meet social needs, particularly examples that break away from or subvert the charity model. I'm interested in not just product innovations like the foot pedal washing machine or the hippo roller, but actual innovation in the way services are designed and delivered, perhaps like microfinancing more generally, but examples of specific programs or organisations known for a different approach would be appreciated.

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We are getting a hot tub! But what kind? Should we buy a new Softub or should we get a used hard shell tub (which one?) We have never done this before and we want your advice on the kind of hot tub to get to suit our lives. Many more details below the fold.About us: we are renting a place in Santa Cruz, CA, and may not be staying in the city for many years (we don't know), but we don't want to wait until we are sure of where we are living before getting a hot tub, because years are passing and a hot tub is the only thing that keeps us from pure happiness all the time. Our landlord is fine with whatever. Here's our dilemma: We think it would be dumb to spend $4000 on a hard shell tub we will just have for a year or so, hence the idea of getting a (portable) Softub. But maybe a Softub isn't comfortable (no benches) and it is silly to spend $4000 on something not comfortable. Do you have experience with this? - We could get a used hot tub: but is that just asking for trouble? Our house is a big hike down a hill, so moving it in is a huge ordeal. and we love the idea of a Softub being about $10 per month on electricity; are there hard shell hot tubs that cost about that much? - We are a couple with a toddler; we are thinking of getting a 4 person hot tub, since it will be mostly just us in there. is that a mistake? - We are in general handy people and not that fancy; we live in the woods. We don't need the world's most fantastic hot tub but we also don't want a POS that we spend all our time trying to maintain or fix. How can we not screw this up? - What else are we not thinking about? It seems like i have done 100% of the online research to be done and every hot tub has a handful of people who love the thing and who hate it. it gets confusing. I realize this is a lot of confusion. We have many strengths; making expensive purchases about things we don't understand is not one of them. Thank you for your help.

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Help me help my friend become a better SFF writer. Snowflakes inside.So I (stupidly) agreed to edit a friend's attempt at fiction. Previous to this, my editing experience has been with people with strong writing chops but bad spelling and grammar. This person, on the other hand, has a good grasp of the English language, but their writing is... terrible. Clunky, lumbering, and addicted to telling rather than showing. I would like some resources to throw at them that will help them get better, preferably internet-based. So far I have Writing Excuses and Stephen King's On Writing, but that's about it. This person is attempting to write science fiction, if that helps narrow down possible avenues of research I can point them to (I'm a fantasy writer, so. Not in my wheelhouse at all.)

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Is there an audio version of Václav Havel's The Power of the Powerless available in English?

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Right now I'm using Dropbox to work from home 3 days a week but when I'm done editing the files someone at the office has to save them back into our network folder. I had been emailing my boss at the end of my work week but I want some way to sync it back to the network automatically. I need a better solution but I know almost nothing about networks.We are using Windows 7 and there are about 5 computers at the office connected to the network by a cable. So right now my system is this: go to the office on mondays, work a full day and then copy any files I need to my Dropbox folder for the next 3 days of work at home. On Thursday I email my finished work to my boss and he is supposed to use those files if anyone needs to have access to them before I get back to the office the next week. My boss is super busy and not very detail oriented and has been annoyed a few times that my files are not saved to the network. Sometimes someone in the office will think whatever is saved to the network is the current file and will work on the old one, not the new one that had been emailed out to my boss. I need another solution. I can't fit all of the network files into the Dropbox folder and even if I pay for more storage I don't think I can link to existing folder sets to be synced. Also I am worried a lot of syncing programs would not work well with the network. (Not recommended for Dropbox.) Can someone recommend me a trusted solution? I don't need to run programs remotely, just access the files and most importantly put the files back in place when I'm done working on them. It doesn't need to be free but hopefully not too much $. I can have my colleagues turn on my computer every morning or most likely I will just install the software to the main network computer where files are all saved and that computer is on all day during office hours. Thanks!

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Our baby was born six weeks ago, and we're saving some of our parental leave time for later this year. We're planning a four week road trip in late June-early July, starting and ending in San Francisco. We'll definitely make stops in Southern BC (Victoria, Salt Spring Island, and Bamfield); Banff, and the Grand Tetons. Other stops are negotiable. We'll probably book Airbnbs (or similar) for most nights, with some occasional car camping. We're looking for recommendations along the west coast, through the interior of BC, and northwest US: hidden gems and sweet spots to stop, to sleep, to eat, campsites that would be ideal with baby, etc.Additional: We'd like to be able to do some hiking after snow has melted, so we're thinking of saving the mountainous parts of the journey for July. We'll spend at least a week or so on the west coast of BC (Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) since we have family to visit/stay with there. We'd like to travel through the Olympic Peninsula. I've read some previous threads with great suggestions about road tripping with babies, but would appreciate any other tips on keeping baby happy, breaks, and just how much slower everything will be with a little one (I know, a lot, but like twice as long? three times as long?)... Thanks!

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SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! [SFWA.org] The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is pleased to announce the nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. Novel: • All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan) • Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga) • The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Ninefox Gambit,Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK) • Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor) Novella: • Runtime, S.B. Divya (Tor.com Publishing) • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing) • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing) • Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing) • "The Liar", John P. Murphy (F&SF) • A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing) Novelette: • "The Long Fall Up", William Ledbetter (F&SF) • "Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea", Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed) • "Blood Grains Speak Through Memories", Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) • "The Orangery", Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing) • "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay", Alyssa Wong (Uncanny) Short Story: • "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies", Brooke Bolander (Uncanny) • "Seasons of Glass and Iron", Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood) • "Sabbath Wine", Barbara Krasnoff (Clockwork Phoenix 5) • "Things With Beards", Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld) • "This Is Not a Wardrobe Door", A. Merc Rustad (Fireside Magazine) • "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers", Alyssa Wong (Tor.com) • "Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0", Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed) Bradbury: • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler; Laika Entertainment • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy; Lucusfilm/ Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures • Westworld: ''The Bicameral Mind'', Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; HBO • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston; Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios Norton: • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers) • The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin's) • The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK; Abrams) • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor) • Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch) • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books) • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman (Candlewick)

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The Time Of Your Life is a 30 minute play/dance piece showing a man being swept quickly through the iconic moments of his life. Written and performed by the Gecko theatre company, The Time Of Your Life was one of the last programmes ever recorded at BBC Television Centre and was broadcast live on BBC Four in November 2015, as part of a two hour farewell to the studio. The show also included Richard DeDomenici's Redux Project, a very funny live recreation of historic moments from the BBC's archive; No Guts No Heart No Glory, a play based on interviews with Muslim female boxers from the North of England (the full version of this doesn't seem to be online); and Tourettehero's Broadcast from Biscuit Land (which unfortunately doesn't seem to be online at all).

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