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The Ambush at Sheridan Springs. How Gary Gygax Lost Control of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Last week, American doom/stoner metal band Sleep released a single entitled 'The Clarity', their first new recording in over sixteen years, via the 2014 Adult Swim Singles series. Tensions following the delayed release of Jerusalem/Dopesmoker (a 63 minute song that's seen no fewer than three different versions released) ultimately splintered the band into two entities, guitarist Matt Pike's more thrash-oriented High on Fire and the hypnotic mystical drone of bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros' and drummer Chris Hakius' (who was replaced in 2008 by Emil Amos) OM. Since 2009, Sleep have been playing live again, first with original drummer Hakius and since 2010 with Jason Roeder from fellow Bay Area noisemakers Neurosis. Here's their set from Hellfest 2013 in France (prev), where they played at approximately the same time as Whitesnake, albeit on a different stage. Rumors began to surface early this year that Sleep were recording new material, which brings us to Sleep spending nearly ten minutes strangling a heavy as hell sound from their cleanest production to date with 'The Clarity', available as a free download (song #7 on the page). Bonus: 2008 documentary on the evolution of psychedelic metal: Such Hawks Such Hounds (here's the segment devoted to Sleep and Dopesmoker)

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My MD prescribed a kind of leg bracing, anticipating relatively quick results. My physical therapist is like no way. How do I get to the bottom of this without causing awkwardness?My MD and physical therapist work in the same large hospital (in the same building, but different wings). My physical therapist hinted that we might need to pause physical therapy last week. Also last week, my MD prescribed additional therapy in terms of a) strength training and b) a particular kind of bracing. My therapist is saying that nobody will do the bracing on an outpatient basis because of liability concerns. She is making strong claims about how only X will provide the results that I am trying to obtain through physical therapy. But I am having insurance problems covering X. So my physical therapy is ending, albeit temporarily. This is not the result that I want, although I may have to accept it until I get my secondary insurance in order. If my therapist and MD didn't work with the same patients in the same facility, I'd go straight to my MD and be what's up with this, I'm getting conflicting information. I'm hesitant to do this because of the professional relationship the two have. How to navigate. THANK YOU

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"It's underwhelming fossil fish of the month again. That wonderful time of the month where we take a look at one of the underwhelming fossil fish specimens in the Grant Museum collection. By staring at and reading about unloved, unspectacular fossil fish specimens I hope to increase global fishteracy as well as explore the question, why do we have material like this in museums? What is the point? What is the value? Maybe we also learn something important about ourselves. Something like, 'I don't find bad fish fossils particularly fascinating'. Which isn't a bad thing at all. It's the journey not the destination that matters right?" (via Allison C Meier)

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My husband is going to be traveling from Billings, MT to Eugene, OR and is still trying to determine the best route to take. He will be towing a small trailer with a Ford Ranger and he's not very familiar with mountain driving, so would like the easiest route, time is less important. Any suggestions, or even general tips I can pass along?

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Michel Martin, in her last week as host of NPR's "Tell Me More," responds to conversations about work/life balance such as Anne-Marie Slaughter's much-commented 2012 "Why Women Still Can't Have It All", (previously) where "the discussion too often ends where it began: with privileged, mostly white women at the forefront." "Women of every background face challenges when they try to balance careers and families, not least of which is the expectation that they should feel guilty for working outside the home even when they have no choice. But women of color often face additional pressures that white women are far less likely to encounter." Martin marshals damning statistics as evidence of these additional pressures: black women have fewer resources with which to confront a sphere of familial responsibility that for many is culturally defined more broadly than it is for middle-class white women. Black women doctors, for example, earn 52 cents compared to their white male counterparts, and middle-aged black women have an average of $5 in assets, compared to $42,600 for their white women in the same age range. Martin concludes, "the silence and the distance between women of different backgrounds and ethnicities must end. Our problems are often different, but we need to seek solutions together." In an All Things Considered interview with Ari Shapiro, Martin discusses her motivation for writing the National Journal cover story, which she calls her own "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." The cancellation of the network's only show exclusively dedicated to covering race, education, women and social issues is the subject of its own racially charged debate.

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I need your job adviceI was in a job that had a toxic environment. People leaving left and right, dysfunction, micromanaging, backstabbing etc. I got a new job at a new co. which seemed amazing - everything I wanted and right in line with my experience and skill set. More responsibility in that I would be tasked with putting structure around what we do by developing and implementing processes and procedures as well as building new models around what we do. I also had to learn all the new systems as well as how they use them; the clients and their preferences/backgrounds as well as managing a lot of other office stuff for others like calendars, email and lots of stuff that just came up that was given to me with zero training and left up to me to figure it out. My 4th week they told me they were disappointed that I hadn't put together processes and procedures as well as fully built the new models. They said I was supposed to hit the ground running. I did actually put together the models, but the subject matter requires a lot of research and I was told it was expected to know them in and out and could answer any question as to why I did it the way I did it etc. They knew I was an in-depth research person when I was hired - that's part of why they hired me. So that took about 2 weeks, with me checking in several times until I got it to them and that was "way too long". I think they expected me to do it in a couple of days and I could have thrown something together very quickly but then I wouldn't have really known on a deeper level why that was a good way to build it, which I was told was expected. Also, I haven't put in place a whole process for certain things yet, but I've been sitting with people to see how they do things so I can get a feel for what I'm trying to change. All the while, they've been throwing other stuff at me to do nonstop with no explanation but quick deadlines. Most of these things I have had no experience with (which I did tell them in the interview process). So I've had to figure out how to do all this other stuff on my own, which literally takes 10x as long and obviously I can't focus on the process building. I've had to start asking the boss to help me prioritize what he gives me because everything is urgent and needs to get done right away. This is my 6th week and they told me today they don't think I can do the job. I have done the exact things they want me to do in previous jobs and I know I can do it. They asked why I don't every come in early or work late. I told them I come in a half hour early most days and I've stayed late a few times, especially my first two weeks. I also rarely take lunch. I don't even leave my desk. Most everyone else arrives at 8 and leaves at 5, plus they told me that it was pretty much an 8-5 job in the interview so I thought it was okay to work 8-5 (though I do come in early most of the time). They told me today I could resign with no hard feelings and they'd give me 4 weeks pay. I was horrified. They said they'd give me a few minutes to think about it and then I was supposed to let them know if I wanted to stay or go but if I passed up the opportunity to go, I would be under the microscope and heavily scrutinized and if didn't live up to expectations I would just be fired. I said I wanted to stay and work at it. This is mainly because I don't want to be fired but also because ever since week 4 I've known this is a bad job and I have an initial phone interview somewhere else tomorrow and I want to at least still have a job for that. My questions: 1. How long is a realistic time to learn a new job? I thought at the minimum I'd be given a good three months to get into the swing of things before I would be expected to have completed basically everything on my job description (develop and implement this, put that into place, etc). My job offer says that within three months I was supposed to basically have an understanding of systems, procedures and culture, which I think I'm on track for. It doesn't say I'm supposed to have put all these things into place by then. 2. I was leaving a bad environment and I'm in one that seems even worse and I am really upset that something might actually be really wrong with me. How can I tell if it's me or if it's the job? My last job and the job before that were all long-term, I left on good terms and I had excellent feedback. 3. I am really devastated and humiliated by this. It was supposed to be such a great opportunity and I was really excited about it. My last job has already been filled (not that I'd want to go back to that environment). I'm really hoping tomorrow's phone interview goes well, but if nothing comes of it, should I just quit? I just feel like I can't do anything right there (when I talk about certain things, such as illustrating my thought process in why I've constructed things the way I have, I'm not saying it right. When I write things, it's not good because it's not the way they would write it, so I'm a "bad writer", even though I gave them about 8 writing samples when I interviewed). I feel like they'll just bide their time until they can fire me. Is it worth it to wait so I can collect unemployment? The week I put in my notice at my last job, several people (amounting to 25% of the total staff) quit. Even though they knew I was working my notice, they called and asked me to start early and it was awkward for me to say I'd like to finish up all the loose ends at my other job, as I had promised. It was kind of a red flag but it was too late for me to go back so I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Quitting now wouldn't be a massive hardship, financially, but it wouldn't be great. I probably have a couple thousand dollars and that's it. Any advice you could give would be great. I am really devastated over this and don't know what to do. Happy to answer any questions.

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"So, my life was not too bad. It was during the period where I was still panhandling daily and doin' good at that due to looking much younger than my eighteen years. It was weeks before I went to jail again and became straight up regular homeless and got all the way sunk into street prostitution and then severe mental illness. It was before the years when I was utterly severed from even one note of music I liked. So, in other words, at that moment, I was somewhat holding it together." (link goes to a magazine article scan). Carla Bozulich (of Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers and others) has a heart-rending epiphany in the wire magazine. (via | previously)

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It's more than likely my 5 and a half year old daughter is undergoing precocious puberty. Now what?She has a doctor's appointment next week for a bone age test and based on that a referral to an endocrinologist. She has all the symptoms: underarm hair (plus the accompanying body odor). Pubic fuzz. Coarse hairy legs. Breast buds. She is big for her age (67lbs) and 4ft 1 inch tall but not at all fat. She is more muscular and is very athletic. I've done the research about the medical aspect of it - how she can be given medications to counter the estrogen etc etc..my concern is more with the social aspect of it. Oh, and she has an autism diagnosis (high functioning but significantly socially impaired) She's totally not aware of what is going on, and probably isn't understanding anything I've been trying to explain to her (because of her diagnosis). My questions and concerns are all over the place: 1. How can I help her understand what is going on with her body? 2. She's 5. She has underarm hair and BO. I've started using the crystal deodorant on her (to combat the BO) but her underarm hair is quite visible. (it's summer and she's wearing tank tops and taking swimming lessons). I cant imagine shaving a 5 year old! (she's black so the hair is VERY noticeable. The pubic hair is easier to cover since she isn't cavorting around naked.) 3. How do I protect her from those that may take advantage of her? She's 5 in a 12 year old's body trapped in a 3 year old's mind. Any ideas, resources etc that can set my mind at ease? Also any treatments I should avoid or push for? This is all new to me. Thanks

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Parisians claim that in Paris, one is never more than 400 yards away from a Metro station. In Los Angeles, I am equally certain that one is always within 400 yards of a palm tree. Scores of streets are lined with them; they are ubiquitous in domestic and public gardens; they rise from hilltops; they tower above cemeteries; they front museums, movie studios, hotels, hospitals, municipal buildings, modest apartments, and lavish villas; they are clustered around swimming pools; they dominate the skyline — they are everywhere, and have never been more popular. The city's 200-year love affair with palms has never ceased, and rather than waning, the affair is waxing. From the first palms planted by Spanish padres to the city of Beverly Hills, which recently, in an act of cosmetic alteration, created a palm-lined, palm-bisected thoroughfare on upscale Rodeo Drive, the palm has been the tree of choice for Angelenos. Lately, as I have been scanning the local horizon, the pervasive palms have begun to make me feel queasy. In fact, they now irritate me. I long to see a vista uninterrupted by the skinny, merciless palms — they mock the very idea of shade, and in a region with abundant sunshine, their presence is exasperating. Like alien invaders, reckless colonizers, and "escaped exotics," as invasive plant species are known, palms have driven out more modest species, claiming, as autocrats do, the exclusive right to reign supreme — they alone signify the arboreal realm of Los Angeles despite their inability to provide shade, their over-reliance on water and their environmental incongruity. The palm has run its course: it is time to rethink our attachment to the outmoded fantasies palms represent. Los Angeles, by appreciating and planting its native trees, could expand upon its one-dimensional image and emerge from its palm addiction. Apart from the beauty and usefulness of the native trees, they tell the real story of the city, and do we not deserve the truth? Or is the palm dependence too strong, the opportunity for planting too great, the mythology too entrenched? Are we content with Los Angeles being visualized as a place of grotesque exaggeration, unstoppable frivolity, cultural banality, and overall flimsiness, with the palm tree as its perverse symbol? Was Sumner Spaulding right? Is Los Angeles so chimerical and insubstantial that it is nothing more than stage set? The palms of Los Angeles, histrionic poseurs that they are, would support Spaulding's claim.

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My dog just had an accident inside for the second time this week and probably the 15th this summer after 8 years of never having one. I am getting really fed up. Warning: gross descriptions of dog poo inside.My 8-year old dog keeps having loose stool accidents inside. They're not quite diarrhea- just extremely soft with huge globs of mucous and drips of poo everywhere. These accidents mostly happen in the middle of the night, but they also sometimes (like today) happen during the day. These accidents are followed by (I think) a couple of days of loose stool when we take her out. Today one of the dogs also peed in the house which neither of them has ever done since they were puppies. Her mood and behavior have both been totally normal- she's not asking to go out any more than usual and doesn't seem distressed. My boyfriend took her to the vet in early June after a few of these incidents and all of their tests came back negative. This all started this May. I have a few hypotheses about what's going on, and all of them changed around the beginning of this summer. Environmental- She has had these accidents both at my house and my boyfriend's house. It seems like maybe she has them at his house only when we've recently stayed at my house, which we have not done much since the beginning of the summer, but I'm not totally sure about that pattern. She had a good streak (sorry) for about the past month when we didn't stay at my place at all, but she's had two accidents since he's been out of town and I've been back home this week. There's a fenced-in yard at my house and she sometimes grazes on tall grasses/weeds (which obviously were not there pre-April/May), although she's always done this and it's never caused a problem before. I went outside yesterday and cut down everything that she could munch on just in case. She never had these problems when I was staying at my house more full-time. We haven't had any chemical treatments or other environmental changes in the house or yard. Dietary- We switched her food around May to Taste of the Wild High Prairie from Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. My dog has known food allergies that have been totally under control with non-shitty dog food but these allergies never involved GI distress. Both dogs seemed to react poorly to this change in diet--the other one's hot spots got worse--so we finished the bag and bought a bag of Pacific Stream yesterday. The vet didn't know what was wrong when we took her there in in June but suggested we try a bland diet of chicken and rice, but she's allergic to chicken and refused to eat the plain rice so we eventually gave up (I know) and went back to her regular food. She didn't have any problems when we switched her back. Stress- She's been mostly staying at my boyfriend's house since May. She's high strung but generally very adaptable and I've never had a problem with her getting stressed while traveling or staying with friends. He's very strict with her, which has resulted in improvement in her behavior that I'm very happy about, but could also be stressful. However, the fact that it's gotten worse since he left doesn't support that hypothesis unless she's stressed out because the pack leader is gone. I'm wondering if there's anything that I'm not considering or things that I can do to make her feel better and prevent me from having to wash my carpet yet again this summer.

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I want to make a beet slaw for adding to lettuce-based salad. The thing is, I'm unlikely to eat it all immediately, so I want to make a bunch, put it in a jar in the fridge and consume it over a period of weeks. I want to do this without dying of food poisoning, mold eating, or fermented beet alcohol poisoning.I really like the beet slaw at Freshii, but I can hardly afford a daily $12 salad. The employees tell me that in addition to beets, it contains carrots, cabbage, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I also like a beet salad that I have made myself from raw beet, apple, and carrot + dressing. However, both the Freshii slaw (I assume) and my own get eaten right away. I searched for recipes online and they all assume you're eating it right away. I want to make some and put it in the fridge and not eat it right away. Ingredients I approve of: beet, carrot, cabbage, apple, pear, fennel and probably others. So my questions are: 1. Are a vinegar and oil mixture enough to ensure something like this won't spoil? 2. Do I need to actually fill the jar with enough vinegar and oil that the vegetables are fully submerged? 2.5 Is there anything I need to know about vinegar:oil ratios? Either for food safety or flavour reasons? 3. Can I include apple or pear or will these brown and get gross? 4. Any other things I should consider including? 5. Should the beets be cooked? Recipes I found only say yes, but the beet salad I've made before is raw and I think the Freshii slaw might have been raw, but it's hard to tell. I assume everything else would be raw? 6. Other tips/thoughts welcome. I do not want to learn about actual canning nor do I have the necessary equipment for such endeavors.

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Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns. As if it couldn't get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute. (Hm, I'm pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said "xyr", in retrospect.) via All Things Linguistic Useful resources for participating in discussion of nonbinary identity and pronouns: Ohio U's Trans 101* : Primer and Vocabulary guide; GLAAD's Transgender Media and Education Program guide. Pronouns, previously: Yo is a pronoun, yo.; Why is gender ever a thing?; Growing up without gendered pronouns

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"Marilyn Myller" - a stop motion short by Mikey Please [previously]

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I'm working with two collaborators on a project, and I'm looking for a small temporary meeting space for three people, somewhere in Manhattan, for use only in the evenings.I'm working with two collaborators on a professional/pro-bono architecture project, but we all live in different locations -- except for the fact that we all pass through the lower half of Manhattan on our way to/from work. We're renovating our usual office space is under construction, and we're temporarily taking side projects, so long story short, we're only meeting twice a week. So, for the next two months, I need a space with wifi, and a desk with three chairs, that I could reliably access from around 6pm - 10pm, twice a week. We'd be bringing our own laptops. I'm not looking for cafes/bars to work in. I'm explicitly looking for places designed for working, and that would that have such a space with availability and would be willing to rent it out for a small fee. Co-working spaces would be ideal, but ~$500/mo is higher than what we want to pay, since we won't be meeting that often at all. It kills me to know that the city is full of spaces that empty out at the end of the day, and I'm wondering if AskMe knows any spaces or suggestions that would be amenable to such an arrangement. Thanks!

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I'm searching for visual reference material, in the area of kinetic natural phenomena - think falling rocks, volcanic eruptions, flowing magma, good tornado sequences, anything menacing, optimally POV. Photorealistic preferable, CG perfectly suitable, any duration, web or DVD sourced, docs or movies. Thanks!

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At the end of a project, regardless of how the rest of the world feels about it, I am almost always sad and angry at myself about how it went. Sometimes I imagine myself being punished for imperfections, e.g. by being attacked and beaten to death with pipes because of bugs in submitted code. Other times I project this unhappiness and anger onto other people, e.g. imagining that colleagues are disappointed in me, until they actually say outright that they are pleased with how something went.I have always had a bit of a perfectionist streak, and in the past had a hard time dealing with less-than-outstanding performance. (Sobbing on the phone to my parents about a B- in college, for instance.) As I've gotten older, I've developed more perspective on these issues, but they still seriously impede my ability to relax, since I am often feeling like I need to make up for these past failures by working more! harder! etc., or I'm just inhabiting a really unhappy mental place. So at the moment for instance I should be making plans for a long-overdue vacation that I promised my husband we would take, but when I start to do so I am choked by feelings that I do not deserve this vacation, that I should take on more work and stay home in order to "make up for" some things I wasn't happy with in my last project. This is especially irrational because a) the client on that project I want to "make up for" claims to be happy, and b) any future project I might take on would not be for that client anyway. So the only restitution involved would be to some sort of perfectionist deity of the protestant work ethic, or something. To get some obvious points out of the way: I'm not suicidal or depressed. If I think objectively about how I feel about my life, it's good and I'm grateful for it. Lots of things are going well for me. I have a career I enjoy with good pay and lots of variety, I'm happily married and living in an area I like, I see friends as frequently as my introverted nature can really handle. I eat and sleep regularly, use no illegal drugs and alcohol in moderation. While I get less exercise than I probably should, that's largely a function of long work hours. I don't think I have low self-esteem overall: when I'm not in one of these moods, I am able to acknowledge various positive aspects of my skills and personality, and I know there is a reason that I keep getting new client work. I don't generally think I'm incompetent. I just... feel humiliated and furious after individual instances of work. I know Metafilter well enough to know there will probably be some "get therapy!" replies, but that is not really what I'm looking for here. Therapy where I live is usually for people with genuine mental illnesses, and in any case I feel that this is something I ought to be able to deal with myself. What I'm looking for is reading, meditation, and/or CBT-ish techniques that people have found helpful with dismantling this kind of thinking.

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What are some good novels that have a high-concept speculative element in the background, but aren't quite about that?Like, all the animals on earth have mysteriously died-- but the book is actually about an elderly couple's relationship. Or, science suddenly discovers that ghosts are among us-- but the book is a coming-of-age story about someone who just happens to live in that reality. Or whatever. Looking for speculative twists on reality, not full-blown fantasy/sci-fi worlds. Thanks!

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I'm interested in improving my social or networking skills for a better perspective on life.I've always had a small group of friends even when I had been in the same school district for ~13 years. Frequently, I'd make friends in the start of the year depending on class or location and by the end I'd have to start over again. For example, I did have one friend for over 3 years and I become friends of her friends by association. (Eh, except that I haven't contacted my HS friend since she sent me a belated friend break-up email 2-3 years ago.) As a result, I've become accustomed to spending time alone or having solitary hobbies from a young age. This is normal for me but every time someone asks me about my friends, I feel awkward, because I can only name some online friends. For clarification, I like my online friends and I'm not interested in meeting up because we don't really share that many aspects. I can speak from personal exp. that while it's OK to spend time discussing x topic online it's challenging to find other interests IRL meetings. I like online communities, blogs, and forums. I able to relate with people online easier than IRL and there's all kinds of hobbyist places for niche interests. However, they tend to be connected to a specific interest and once I've move on or care less I end up losing their friendship too. Right now, I have a few pen pals and online friends I keep in contact over email often. It's odd to admit that I just have no idea how to maintain long term friendships in person. I have tried joining clubs, school, and reading self-help books. Many of my friendships revolve around a common interest for example games or reading. At the start, I'll become extremely excited about discussing the topic and then the other person will slowly lose interest over time. In the end many of my old friends age out of common hobbies and I notice the distance because there's no relevant topics to discuss. Alright, I'm not great at small talk but I do make a effort to be engaged and ask polite questions during conversations. I don't think I'm actively driving away people who I've met by being rude or ignoring them. I do stop talking about my favorite topics if the other speaker shows signs of disinterest or boredom. I keep thinking there is some fundamental flaw that I'm not aware of that prevents me from being friends with people over awhile. It's as if every time I meet a person I'm trying to estimate how long they will keep in contact with me or get bored. In the past people have called me "aloof" or "distant" but I'm not actively shutting out people on purpose. I try to be relevant and a helpful friend as possible. For awhile I wondered if it was related to my depression or pessimistic outlook but I think I've always been like this even before. For example, I dislike it when people ask me if I date, because it's difficult to explain how I can't even maintain a friendship longer than 2-3 years and only if we attend the same school or location. Overall, I've accepted that it's a challenge for me to maintain friendships because I'm not exactly extroverted/outgoing. I don't want to impose myself on other people if they suddenly stop responding to my calls/emails. So, many of my friendships tend to "fade out" than end abruptly one day. However, I'm now concerned about the negative effects on my future career or networking opportunities. I don't expect to be best friends with my co-workers or every person with a slight connection to my interests at all. I'm worried that it will cause me to be isolated at work or close doors for careers due to my inept social skills. Side note: I have a history of social anxiety/ASD and in treatment atm. Previously. I'm curious if anyone has any advice to improve my situation or recommend resources for social skills/networking. Thanks.

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As part of my continuing attempt to build a wireless bridge to bring the internet to my house, I have obtained two used Tranzeo TR902-11f 900Mhz wireless access points sans any power supply. Please help me find (cheaply) POE injectors for these WAPs. According to the data-sheet[pdf] they are supplied by POE at 18v 1.1a (output) with 7 watts max. I have never set up a POE device before, but I assume that I need two POE injectors at 18v 1.1a (output) but, do they also have to be specifically at 7 watts or is the datasheet telling me that 7 watts is the maximum output of the WAP? Also, in case anyone is wondering, trees with leaves do indeed form an intermittent but effective barrier to 2.4Ghz wireless signal transmission even at short distances (< 500ft) with no other barriers. Also, cheap 2.4Ghz panel antennas are not particularly directional. In addition, it's possible to find much cheaper non-Ubiquiti branded 900Mhz WAPs on your favorite internet auction website.

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In the Persian song "Gole Bita" (گل بیتا) what does the word "Bita" refer to? Is there a flower called "Bita," or is that too literal of a reading?Through Google searches I have found that the word "Bita" means "Beautiful / Unique," but I'm wondering if in this context it means something else or refers to something else. Thanks in advance!

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Many of the details in this question still apply. Logistics aren't that big of a deal anymore, and I'm chipping away ever so slowly at my social anxiety and fluency issue, but I'm still without prospects and now about $12k in debt on account of some reckless impulse spending and unpaid debt from college. Can the hivemind help get me out from under this? Snowstorm inside.Apologies for the word vomit but... I'm hoping that people will read at least some of the background information from my previous question, because I don't have the mental fortitude to elaborate again here. Short version: How can a 25 year old with cerebral palsy, massive debt, a pretty severe stutter, chronic fatigue lifted only temporarily by overconsumption of energy drinks, a weak work ethic ( with ADD) and no experience aside from a few extremely short volunteering stints get a decent job? All my life, people have held my hand, metaphorically and otherwise, and now, in the big scary adult world of interviews and competition, I can't help but feel like I don't stand a chance. This has given me incredibly thin skin and has nurtured a " what's the point?" narrative in my head that I can't get rid of. Aside from that, I don't know where to start, I don't know who to ask for help, and I don't know that I'll ever want or be interested enough in anything to pursue it despite all these snowflakes. Honestly? I'm afraid I might end up homeless, or in a minimum wage job at best, after my parents are no longer here. I want to start being an adult. I'm intelligent, sensitive and street-smart. Why do I feel like that counts for nothing in my life and what can I do to put that to use? Note: Before anyone asks, I've been in a combination of psych and speech therapy for about a year now. It's helped, but I still feel like all it's doing is putting a bandaid on my issues. I'm also on Prozac, which helped for about a year but isn't doing much now. I've tried Provigil, various benzos and other antidepressants, all with mixed, never impressive results.

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The elasticity of the term "transgender" has forced a rethinking of what sex and gender mean; at least in progressive circles, what's determinative isn't people's chromosomes or their genitals or the way that they were brought up but how they see themselves. Having rejected this supposition, radical feminists now find themselves in a position that few would have imagined when the conflict began: shunned as reactionaries on the wrong side of a sexual-rights issue. It is, to them, a baffling political inversion. What Is a Woman?: The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism.

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My dog has fantastically, horribly, monstrously overactive anal glands. The vet believes it may be due to allergies, but so far no treatments have been successful. I am reaching the end of my rope.My beloved little gooberface dog unfortunately has wildly overactive anal glands. She doesn't seem to be able to express them on her own while pooping, as is the norm. Instead, they either fill to the point of painful swelling, where she scoots with an unholy vigor on everything from the sidewalk to the bath mat, often leaving her poor little butt super sore, or they leak horrible noxious ass juice, sometimes explosively expressing themselves all over me, my house, and and my sanity. THINGS WE HAVE TRIED: 01) Leaving them to sort themselves out on their own. This was a terrible failure, the details of which can be left to your imagination, Dear Readers, but know that I am now on couch #3 since April. 02) Having them expressed weekly at the vet's office. This is the current state of affairs, however she still expresses them at least once on her own in between vet squeezings. This is always in the house and never on a walk. This leaves me in a constant state of anxiety over when it might happen next. I dread coming home from work to find that she's done it on her bed, on the couch, on the wall. I am aware of the existence of Nature's Miracle, yes. 03) Bulking up her stools to the point of comic enormity. She gets canned pumpkin on her food, plus psyllium husks and flax seeds. Her poops are very large, very firm, very solid, perfectly regular, the Platonic ideal of dog poops. Thus far it has had no effect on the natural expression of her glands. 04) Putting her on a strict hypoallergenic diet. She's on a rare protein Royal Canin prescription diet, which has completely cured all her other allergy symptoms: no more flaky skin, no more dandruff, no more licking of paws due to foot fungus, no more chronic ear infections. It's all gone, except for this One Terrible Thing. 05) Warm compresses. I've been putting warm wet paper towel compresses on her butt for about 10 minutes before every walk, in the hopes of stimulating her glands to let go of their terrible bounty while she poops. This does not appear to have had any effect but she seems to find it soothing, especially on days when she's been scooting badly. 06) Tiny diapers. I got her a pair of doggy continence bloomers with a bunch of diaper inserts. Unfortunately, the only size that fits her also has an overlarge tail hole, which exposes her entire butthole, rendering them useless for butt juice protection. THINGS WE HAVE NOT YET TRIED BUT I AM WILLING TO ATTEMPT: 01) The vet has offered to teach me how to do the expression myself. I'm a little hesitant to try, not because it's revolting, although that is an unavoidable fact, but because I have a neck injury that causes problems with loss of feeling in my hands, and my grip is uncertain. I'm afraid I might oversqueeze and hurt her poor little butt. THINGS WE WILL NOT BE TRYING: 01) I'm aware that there is surgery to remove the glands, but the fact that it can result in permanent fecal incontinence makes it a no-go. I can barely deal with the butt gland issue, and I know for a fact that I would not be able to deal with a poop-filled house for the next 10 years of our lives. I would also feel like the world's hugest asshole if I asked the breeder to take her back once I basically broke her butt. The vet did recommend it as an option but admitted that there wasn't (yet) an actual medical necessity for doing it. Her glands aren't infected or impacted, they're just supercharged. The breeder has offered to take her back and give me a full refund. This is my last-ditch option, I love this silly little meatloaf and don't want to give her up. At this point I am open to pretty much any suggestions on how to defeat these monstrous fucking ass glands, up to and including actual prayer to the pantheon of deities of your choice. At her most horribly prolific they expressed startlingly copious amounts of fluid 4 times over 6 days. There were 2 full veterinary expressions during that time in addition to her explosions. I spent most of that week fantasizing about being crushed by a falling chunk of frozen space pee. I would also be glad to hear anyone's personal stories of success or failure with the ass gland surgery for their pets. Please help me keep my dog without losing my mind.

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A day-by-day map of World War I. Legend: Maroon = Central Powers and annexed lands. Burgundy = Areas militarily occupied by the Central Powers. Red = Central Power puppet or client states. Brown = Central Powers in an armistice. Pink = Central Power gains for that day. Dark blue = Allied powers Blue = Central Powered lands militarily occupied by the Allies. Blue-grey = Allied powers in an armistice. Light blue = Allied gains for that day.

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