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What holiday/celebration is this? I believe it's Latino/Christian. It happened within the last week. It might be "Feast of...". There is a custom of street races. It's celebrated in NYC. (Some of this might be wrong.)

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I am looking for example, both from the US and elsewhere, of successful (meaning 'actually implemented and not just talked about') restorative justice approaches to instances of direct interpersonal violence (as opposed to explicitly political violence), specifically with a view toward taking these approaches out of the twittersphere/opinion pages of lefty publications and putting them into practice in the real world. See below the fold for details.In the wake of the death of a Barnard student in NY, several of my friends in the area have been talking a lot about responses to this event that aren't "more police, more arrests", which is (stunner) the default response from the city. These conversations have mainly focused on community-led restorative justice and increased involvement from the Columbia community (the Columbia campus abuts Morningside park, and their real-estate acquisition in the past few years has been a disruptive force for Harlem residents). However, I can't actually call to mind an instance of restorative justice in practice as a response to this kind of event, even though I know that there are examples. Neither can any of the very well-meaning, well-educated, social-justice-oriented New Yorkers I have spoken with about it. This is a problem. It's to have any kind of credible or productive conversation about how communities and activists can respond without some kind of understanding of how communities and activists have responded in the past, how those efforts have played out, and how to make future efforts successful. Do you have any reading recommendations?

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I'm in the final stretch of my working life and planning retirement. A good number of my similarly-situated friends have gone the route of turning over their assets to an investment manager, and generally seem happy with that decision. However, being a lifelong DIY-er, I'm undecided whether to go the investment manager route or invest on my own by selecting a few low-cost index funds or ETFs. Pros, cons, and other random musings within.Coming down on the side of professional management: they are professionals and therefore better at this than I am; they offer products that I otherwise wouldn't have access to; I can safely ignore my investments and let the pros worry while I go plan my next vacation. On the other hand, in the DIY camp, some experts say finance pros are mainly interested in separating you from your money, and that a few well-chosen index funds will suit your needs just as well. Costs for asset management run about 1% of assets under management per year, a tidy sum. I've seen investment managers push various investment/insurance combo products and other esoteric investments. But I'm a little skeptical as to whether these are more beneficial for me or the commission-earning investment manager. Confession time: I have not had great results managing my assets to this point, although admittedly in the past I've strayed pretty far from the "well-chosen index funds" path. I resolve to do better in the future. I also invest very conservatively, thus getting below-average returns. I do have interest in personal finance, and have been learning more about it in recent years. I've tried a robo-advisor with a slice of my money, and got worse returns (with a higher risk profile!) via Wealthfront than the portion I handled on my own. I've considered engaging a fee-only planner. However, the afore-mentioned friends have had zero success finding one, so I'm not optimistic about that. So - do I let the pros handle it? Or devise a sound plan and manage the cash myself? I welcome all perspectives, but if you happen to derive income as a personal finance professional, please disclose.

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Looking for Backpack recommendationsI travel non-stop. Recently this Burton backpack got stolen. Size may have been 25L. It was a present and I was always shocked about its quality and how well it was thought out. I traveled the world for many years with it. Unfortunately this model seems not to be available anymore. I looked today at Burton Backpacks and I was shocked too, but this time how poor they were made and how bad they were thought out. So any recommendations for a backpack? I am not so price sensitive. My old Burton one lasted me for 5 years, showing little tear and wear while being constantly used. Requirements: * Small. 25L to 30L I guess * Durable, very high quality * Many pockets, ability to store laptop

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The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over [Kotaku] "This week, Yacht Club Games launched Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight: Showdown, the final two entries in what's become a five-game saga. As part of a now-finished compilation, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, they mark the end to an odyssey that started nearly seven years ago. And now, in December of 2019, Shovel Knight is finally complete. The compilation, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, contains all four campaigns and the multiplayer mode. It's over. Done. No more widening the scope, no more adding just a few more levels here and there. "We promised ourselves: Nothing after this," said Velasco. "We've gotta be done, move on to something else."" [YouTube][Game Trailer] • Why Shovel Knight was the right game at the right time [Polygon] "Shovel Knight served as a vessel for the spirit of 8-bit gaming from the halcyon days when the NES reigned supreme in millions of living rooms. That spirit moved Dan Adelman. A graduate of Columbia University, Adelman spent four years at Microsoft helping to lay groundwork for the business side of the Windows publisher's original Xbox console before joining Nintendo of America as head of digital content and development in November 2005. "When I joined Nintendo, there were already some plans for digitally distributing the classic NES, SNES and N64 titles via Virtual Console, but there was no strategy for how to expand digital distribution to include new games," he said. [...] "Everyone was saying, 'There will never be a Mega Man game again. I'm so sad,'" D'Angelo said. "And then here we come storming in with this game that feels much like a Mega Man experience." Yacht Club's campaign oozed 8-bit charm and rekindled veteran players' nostalgia. Rather than reveal all their information on day one, the team unwrapped their Kickstarter over the month-long period. Every week brought exciting reveals such as silhouettes of the Order of No Quarter, the bosses players would face in the game." • Shovel Knight: An Indie Masterpiece [Den of Geek] "One of the most important things Yacht Club Games did in developing Shovel Knight was honor 8-bit platformers without getting sycophantic about it. There's really nothing in the way of overt references to other games. Shovel Knight's shovel drop isn't outright ganked from anywhere. Instead, it's a combination of Link's down-thrust from Zelda 2 and Scrooge's pogo cane from DuckTales. The bosses feel very Mega Man-esque, but beating them is based more on general combat skill than on figuring out which power-up is most effective against which boss. The awesome world map looks a lot like the one from Super Mario 3, but the way more of it gets gradually revealed by a moving storm cloud is inspired by a Capcom game I've never even heard of called U.N. Squadron. The intent was never to stuff in specific references to other games, but rather, as Yacht Club puts it, to go with a "distilled idea of what we remembered" of 8-bit gaming. This is how to do homage properly: show reverence to your influences, but also show off your awareness of how important the ambition in those titles was by trying to improve on these concepts you so respect. Interestingly, Yacht Club's ability to meaningfully improve upon and move beyond tired attempts at emulating 8-bit gaming is hugely dependent on how utterly dedicated they are to it. I mean, they're so into the NES they actually took into consideration whether or not to recreate the ugly sprite flickering many NES games suffered from (they wisely decided not to)." • Shovel Knight: King Of Cards - Royal Refinement [Gamespot] "King of Cards, the third (and final) Shovel Knight expansion, feels almost like a full-blown sequel. Starring the memorable King Knight, it harkens back to the gameplay of the original Shovel Knight adventure in both structure and execution. It's filled to the brim with varied and challenging levels, each more refined and focused than before by building on the many established strengths of this enduring franchise. [...] Whether you're challenging foes at a table in a tavern or bashing them into oblivion with your scepter, King of Cards is like comfort food if you already have a taste for Shovel Knight. It doesn't stray from its established formula and often sticks closer to the format of the first game in the series rather than the more experimental expansions that came after it. And while its well-balanced platforming and demanding combat are a treat, its use of existing boss fights and enemies with little to no change in their mechanics saps some of the surprise out of these exciting encounters. It's been a persistent issue in each of Shovel Knight's expansions, but the King of Cards' attention to level design and deeply engrossing gameplay do help mask it better than before. If this is meant to be a farewell to Shovel Knight's first adventure, it goes off with all the spectacle and confetti it deserves."

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Many years ago, a friend showed me a paperback art book. The art style was very much 1970s psychedelia (all black-and-white linework, IIRC), and the book was almost certainly from the 70s. I'm pretty sure it was explicitly marijuana-themed. I think the images were accompanied with short passages of text. What might this have been?I don't remember whether the book was all artwork, or had passages of just text. I remember that the artwork looked like being stoned feels, if that makes any sense. The style was definitely recognizable as 1970s, but it wasn't just standard-issue Peter-Max/Dead-poster psychedelia – it also had a style of its own. Weirdly, it reminded me a bit of the line art that I've seen in hippie cookbooks of the era, or even certain Tolkien editions. I recall one of the first pieces in the book as a two-page spread of a fanciful naturescape, including marijuana leaves, with text singing the praises of weed. (But I might be making this entire paragraph up.) Ring any bells? The artwork was rather striking (at the time, anyway – I was probably stoned myself, haha), so I would expect it to be reasonably well known. Thanks!

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This 1970s Cookbook Has You Covered (Lizzy Saxe, LitHub).

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What is the best Adam Sandler movie? This is a ranking of the best Adam Sandler movies, as opposed to Adam Sandler's best movies — that would imply a universal value, which I reject; this is about relative value. I ranked Sandler's movies not by which was the best movie (again, whatever that means!) but by which was the best at being an Adam Sandler movie.

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The Suits of James Bond is a site created by Matt Spaiser, which aims to be the "ultimate resource for James Bond style and the first catalogue of all of 007's outfits". Its many articles include (00)7 Rules to Wearing a Suit with a James Bond Mentality; A Guide to English Bespoke Suit Style; Ian Fleming: The Wardrobe Model For James Bond; and What Kind of Underwear Would Bond Wear?. There's also an initial Sartorial Guide to the forthcoming movie No Time to Die. Neither a Bond fan nor a clothes-horse, I only stumbled upon this site having searched for the name of the third pocket one sometimes sees on suit jackets: 'the ticket pocket', as I now know it to be.

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I'll be spending Christmas in Paris. Yay! I arrive at CDG mid-afternoon on Christmas Day. My friend who lives there tells me the strike will still be going strong through the holidays.I found this question from the summer, which recommends Uber, but I'm thinking they might be stretched thin with the strike and I might need other options. Does anyone in Paris have a read on ground transportation to/from CDG with a general strike during Christmas week? Merci!

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He's a giant of sports media. A self-made man who's overcome tremendous odds to become the biggest star at ESPN. But now that he's reached the top, where does Stephen A. Smith go from here? To find out, Drew Magary attempts to keep up with the take-master himself. A compelling long-ish form profile and interview of a man who - as a non-US resident - I previously knew only from his occasionally being lampooned on Deadspin. I hope folks more familiar with him will find it as interesting as I did.

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Soraya Roberts recounts the complicated history and enduring legacy of the feminist blogosphere (2001-2009). "Some of the most prominent feminists who have survived the blog years and still have careers are a little bit more me-focused than others," said Latoya Peterson, the editor of Racialicious. "Let's just put it that way." I'm not as diplomatic as she is, so I'll just put it straight: While a group of mostly white, mostly New York-based feminist bloggers were making their names in the aughts, it was the radical selfless activists on the margins of the blogosphere who erected the scaffolding for the feminist internet as we now know it today. As Brittney Cooper, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, told me, "The wokeness that we see in this generation is indeed a direct result of all of this labor."

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Any chance to reduce the odor, fumes and to make our house more tolerable or know it's safe? Never heard of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) until we choose to sand and polish the hardwood. It was 350 VOC for what that indicates.Appreciate any sort of help if possible. Our wood floors were treated via polyurethane 3d ago. They put the furniture on the floor again but wow...the stink...and it's noxious -- gives headache and chest tightness -- the symptoms you google (which is not great for home improvement btw). For some the stink can last months!(per google again) -- hoping it does not get to that for us. TIA.

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Until recently I could use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom out from Google Street View to aerial view, and continue to zoom out as much as I wanted. Now zoom only works in a very limited range within Street View. Chrome vs Firefox makes no difference.

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"Reuters Graphics has taken a close look at the franchise's iconic weapon..." The data is presented in a unique way - keep scrolling to see lots of neat tidbits. Some highlights: -The best record (so far) goes to Rey, who's single win puts her at 100% wins. -Anakin manages to lose three hands over the series. -Mace Windu gets the lightsaber duel trifecta by losing a hand, dying, and falling from a great height.

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El Pueblo Unido was written by Sergio Ortega and Quilapayún as for Salvador Allende's government. The song went on to become an anthem of resistance for Chileans in exile and opressed people the world over (wiki) . Today, 7 weeks into what is being called a new Chilean Awakening, Inti Illimani sang the song in front of half a million people in la Plaza de la Dignidad (ex Plaza Italia) in downtown Santiago. It starts like this: De pie cantar [luchar], que vamos a triunfar Avanzan ya banderas de unidad Y tú vendrás marchando junto a mi Y así verás tu canto y tu bandera Florecer. La luz de un rojo amanecer Anuncia ya la vida que vendrá... Standing sing [fight], we will succeed Unity flags are already advancing And you will come marching next to me And so you will see your song and your flag flourish. The light of a red dawn Announce the life that will come... Full lyrics in Spanish & English

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Candidate Cenk Uygur has been criticized for offensive comments about women, among many other things. Sen. Bernie Sanders drew criticism this week after endorsing Cenk Uygur, a California congressional candidate with a history of using racial slurs and making demeaning comments about women. Uygur is running for the seat left vacant by the resignation earlier this year of Rep. Katie Hill. (previously) On Thursday, Sanders called him "a voice that we desperately need in Congress," according to the Los Angeles Times. But others say Uygur has been using his platform for years to make offensive statements about women, Jews, Muslims, and other groups. Sander's has un-endorsed Uygur- but there is evidence he was warned and forged ahead anyways until the backlash fomented. Oddly, in a race Sander's endorsement might have real meaning, the Senator from Vermont has been silent. Some progressives are disappointed that the Vermont senator has yet to back Texas Democrat Jessica Cisneros. The Vermont senator's absence is particularly glaring because of the breadth of support Cisneros already enjoys. The Laredo native, who at 26 would be the youngest-ever woman elected to Congress, is backed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and a broad array of progressive organizations and labor unions that typically stick with incumbents. The latter group of endorsers includes EMILY's List, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a branch of the Communication Workers of America, MoveOn Action, and the League of Conservation Voters. As of today, Senator Sanders has not endorsed Jessica Cisneros.

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Up until recently, I never worried about getting enough sleep. I grew up in a typical suburban house, and the noise insulation was really great. Every single night I wanted to go to sleep, there was no background from either inside or outside because my bedroom was in a distant part of the house facing the backyard.When I was in college, I lived in the dorms for 3 years. Though I lived with many roommates, sleeping was never an issue as I would always just coordinate my sleeping schedule with theirs. If my roommates wanted to have a late night playing video games until midnight, I would join them and my only obligations the next day would be walking to classes on campus and studying. So it wouldn't bother me staying up late certain nights as I could nap on campus as needed during the day and the school calendar was only 9 out of 12 months anyway so there were enough breaks to catch up on sleep. My last year at uni I lived in what was close to a mansion off campus. I had an upstairs bedroom and the place was so large that again, my room was quiet relative to the rest of the house. I wouldn't hear roommates talking, watching tv, or entering and leaving the house. I knew at the time it was a pretty good setup. Now I've been out of school a few years now living in a tiny nyc apartment with a roommate. And it's absolutely infuriating. Because the place is so tiny, I hear everything. When my roommate wakes up, when he showers, what he's watching on tv, etc. And because my commitment now is a 40 hour week, I need enough sleep to function. So if I want to go to sleep at 11 for example and my roommate still hasn't come home, I find it useless trying to navigate it. Either I can try sleeping and then inevitably wake up when he comes home as I'll hear the door close, his footsteps around the apartment, brushing his teeth, etc. Or I can wait until he's finally asleep around 1230/1 and then be exhausted the next day from not getting enough sleep. I've never had this problem before as I've never lived with a roommate in such a small space. I've followed the advice on the internet but nothing works: - sleeping with earplugs will eliminate lower volume noises but exaggerate louder ones. So if I wear earplugs and try sleeping, my roommate closing the door when he gets home sounds even louder than it would otherwise -for playing white noise to be loud enough to drown out my roommate, again it would be so loud that it wakes me up in the middle of the night too. At that point I turn it off but then I hear my roommate when we wakes up early so I have a night of fragmented sleep -running a loud box fan has the same impact as above -outside of paying an absurd amount of money to soundproof my room, the soundproofing measures such as getting a bookshelf, acoustic panels/curtains hardly had an effect either I know part of the problem is me but I also think the apartments here aren't helping. I really think I'd fare much better living in a house because I know that although no situation is perfect, at least I'll be able to function. Right now my life is trying to navigate finding time to sleep which isn't a way to live. I've heard suggestions to live alone but the previous times I've tried it I really, really disliked it. I know I can do it if necessary but in the past I haven't handled it well. Not only did I find it depressing but I could never relax as my office really isn't chatty and my attempts at chatting up my coworkers are usually futile. So then instead of being able to relax in my apartment after work, I have to run around the city and find bars/events to go to just so I can have some sort of socialization. While again, I understand nothing in life is perfect, I find this equally exhausting. It felt like every second of my day had to be occupied while I lived alone or I felt like I was getting stir crazy. The benefit of having a roommate is I can go home knowing there will be some sort of socialization waiting when I'm there. I just want to live with a quiet roommate with normal sleeping hours but for some reason this has evaded me to this point. I also find it harder to get quality roommates each passing year as I think many people come to similar situations as myself and just find it easier to live alone than having worry about the aforementioned problems. I even made an ad that mentioned quiet hours during the week between 11pm-7a but this ad received less responses than the one in which this wasn't mentioned. I think this may be in part to me coming off as neurotic. (Which I can concede a bit but I find is so hard to believe that there aren't other people who feel similarly) Has anyone else gone through this? Thanks

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...you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth." RIP Danny Aiello, 86.

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I want to put shelves for my art supplies over my art table. The most I can pay is $50 and I'm not at all handy. I live in an apartment but landlord won't care if walls get damaged a little. I don't want anything that rests on the table. Can anyone recommend some very specific ideas for things to purchase or super foolproof things to rig up?

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I have a My Passport from WD that has suddenly gotten some bad sectors and corrupted directory. Willl= formatting it fix all that?

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Elastic Terrain

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Do prepackaged bags of already-popped popcorn "on the cob" exist? Or did my mum dream this up?Thanks to this thread, I'm reminded of how disappointed my mum has been that she hasn't been able to find a particular brand of popcorn she once had on a road trip. She stopped at a gas station somewhere along I-76 in CO, and, being a popcorn lover, was intrigued by the idea of "fresh off the cob" popcorn that was sold there. It was a standard snack bag that was professionally made -- not like a homemade item packaged to sell. She loved it and has searched for it ever since, but to no avail. This was a couple of years ago, and I was not there, so unfortunately I don't have any more details. Googling has only led us to find the cobs you pop yourself, either on the stove top or in the microwave. She specifically wants the already popped kind, but I'm struggling to prove that this is a thing that really exists (or did exist at one point!). Have you seen/heard such of such a snack? If so, do you know where we could buy some?

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I'm trying to figure out this weird thing on my company's website. I'm not strong with WordPress (other than basic html and css) and I need assistance. Our account is free so we don't really have access to the phone/chat assistance. Where do I look for help?I'd be happy to pay for the time spent. Does anyone look at the MeFi jobs subsite? I need help quickly.

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Does a poor person need a will? I'm only covered in life insurance for the amount of my yearly salary which isnt much now. I know I have a tendency to flip flop between wanting cremation or burial or donated to science but I just figure the plans of the living determine how to care for the dead. I dont want (continued)to be a time consuming burden to whoever is left to arrange for my leftover extra dirty laundry and burial. If I really dont have any valuables and no children so what does the will do that doesnt get done on its own? All of this is hypothetical to my passing in the present tense. I am looking around my cluttered apartment wondering if I were to die would my family have to fight my landlord for the spare cash I have or the title to my car.

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