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"Maybe the story is the difference between the writers on the panels and the writers in the audience. That story is the creation of a celebrity class. That story is the fine line between jealousy and envy: I want everything you have versus I want everything I can have. Or is the story simply vanity?" Choire Sicha of the Awl reports on (and attempts to schmooze through) the two-day New Yorker literary festival

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Sure, Her Story is great and all, but what if you want a classic cheesy FMV murder mystery game, full of scenery chewing and dodgy programming? Then you're in luck! Created by a Tim Follin, a long time video game composer, Contradiction: Spot the Liar! has spawned a bit of a cult following on the video game site Giant Bomb after Giant Bomb East did a Quick Look and was then so engrossed they recorded a supplemental Quick Look and is now continuing their playthrough as a premium feature (paywalled). The actors and producers have noticed the attention and have responded in kind, recording thank you videos and vines. They even (with the help of community members) managed to prank the GBeast podcast. Tim Follin and Anarosa Eizaguirre have been answering questions on the forums as well. There's also a non-GB lengthy interview about the genesis and production of Contradiction.

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What style glasses is Michael Douglas wearing in Ant-Man?They look like a clubmaster style with clear plastic. Fell in love and want them for my next pair. Where can I find them?

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Herbalife is an MLM company that its detractors believe is nothing more than a pyramid scheme. But, John Hempton manager of Bronte Capital disagrees. In a long post he sets out why "it is the stock in the portfolio I am most proud to own. It is also the stock about whose long-term prospects I am most bullish." 20,000 words of economic analysis sounds a dry read. But think again, exploring the economics of this one peculiar company is a rabbit hole of fascinating portraits on globalisation, psychology and everyday life around the world.

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I'm trying to find out if anyone successfully escaped from a Japanese-American or Japanese-Canadian Internment camp during World War II. I'm aware that some people found legal ways to leave and others fought in court for their right to stay at home. (I also know that some people were killed trying to escape.) My (Japanese-American) daughter would like to know this.

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Copyright owners of the song "Happy Birthday" have built a stead yearly income of two million dollars a year by giving rights to use the song publicly for about $1500 per use. This copyright claim was fought in court recently, and a "smoking gun" was discovered in the process that places the public use of the song a number of years before the copyrighted work for hire, and as such, argue the plaintiff's lawyers, make the song conclusive in the public domain. Read more here. More on the copyright status of "Happy Birthday" here and here.

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The Rise of the Reducetarian (yup there's a word for that) Like tofurky? Thank a reducetarian. Part-time vegetarians are the ones driving vegan restaurants, vegetarian blogs and meat-free options at restaurants and grocery stores. While we all know that vegans are just better than most people, for a variety of reasons not everyone is up to the challenge. So for those of us who've cashed in our v-cards, but still want to contribute to the health and environmental benefits or live more compassionately, there's reducetarianism.... aka flexitarianism.... ask conscious moderation. Think one person (or one day) doesn't make a difference? Think again: ... the rise of vacillating, part-time vegetarians who are actively trying to reduce their meat consumption is more significant than the growing number of categorical, self-identifying "vegetarians" or "vegans." This has led to an evolution on the supermarket shelves—the number of food products carrying a "vegetarian" claim has apparently doubled to 12 percent, while one in eight meat buyers would now consider buying half meat and half vegetable protein across a week's shopping. (Read Mintel's full report here) Maclean's article "The Rise of the Flexitarian" Reducetarian.com The Original Reducetarians

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I have two days to kill time starting either in Lugano or Zurich. Where should I go?If Italy, some place with amazing food would be great. Otherwise I am open to options. Train travel preferred but I can take a flight that is less than two hours. Also not looking to be somewhere terribly hot (given it'll be in August) or too boring (i.e. no people).

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I've got a job offer in San Rafael. Great! I live in San Francisco without a car. Boo! Since public transit outside of SF proper is a nightmare and buying a car is a deal-breaker for me, is 511 Rideshare a reliable option?Other maybe-useful information and questions - I'm flexible with regard to exact arrival time and pick-up locations, but I might need to stay later on some nights - can you have a different morning and evening carpool? How much does it generally cost per week, or is that up to the carpool driver? I'm also open to other options. I've looked at the ferry schedule and figure it wouldn't be too hard to get a ride from a coworker from the ferry station to the office, but the schedule is very infrequent. Bus trips also start at a minimum of 90 minutes and two transfers, and I'd rather not spend over 3 hours on a bus every day. And of course I don't have money to take Uber every day.

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Facebook's bias training: "There are different forms of unconscious bias that can prevent us from cultivating an inclusive and innovative workplace. In these videos, we discuss four common types of biases: Performance Bias, Performance Attribution Bias, Competence/Likeability Trade-off Bias, and Maternal Bias."

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My question, in a sentence, is this: given that my app works perfectly, what is a reasonable cost to pay someone else to place it or post it in the app store?Here is the sequence of events: 1. Last year, a tech company built a really cool app for my company. They posted it in the app store. It works fine on the iphone and the ipad. (My definition of really cool is idiosyncratic, and -- like most apps -- it would probably be of interest to a relatively small number of people.) 2. I stupidly neglected to pay something like a $100 license extension fee. This means the app was removed from the app store 2 months or so ago. 3. I want to get the app reposted. I am unsophisticated enough to believe that this is a relatively mechanical process. However, the tech company wants several thousand bucks for "R&D on existing code; enhance the existing app, as per latest standard and make sure it is compatible with latest iphones. Do the basic enhancements in existing functionality to work properly with testing. Upload app to Apple and navigate approval process" -- per their bid. They basically want about 10 times what I have unsophisticatedly assumed would be an appropriate price to upload the app. 4. I spoke to them, explaining that I am willing to gamble that the app will work on the latest version of IOS, etc.; it worked fine a few weeks ago when it was downloadable from the app store. They seem intent on requiring R&D, enhancements, etc., that I do not want and that are arguably an overcautious response to the situation, & they explained that the workload in uploading an entirely completed app would necessarily call for a couple of thousand dollars in labor. 5. Although I likely have a very uninformed perspective on this stuff, the app IMO is not especially groundbreaking or taxing to IOS, and I doubt that it is likely that recent updates have made it obsolete as is. Given that they have the code and it worked fine in the past, is this really a $3000 job (their estimate)? They don't seem interested in my preferred alternative, which is just to charge me for their time in uploading the damn thing & navigate the approval process -- and gamble that it works just fine, and I find it hard to believe that just the uploading is that labor intensive. Then again, I don't have the technological expertise that they do, and maybe I am just deluded about the actual work of uploading an app. Although the alternative explanation -- that they don't particularly mind overcharging me -- has some force as well. They've been very nice about it. I told them that I didn't think my partners would go for a self-created but unanticipated extra expense of this magnitude, and then I suggested I'd like to have access to the code. I then figured I'd ask the hive mind about it: In the middle of my writing this post, they emailed the code to me more or less immediately. So maybe they really believe that they're asking for a reasonable price. I am just utterly confused by this, given the huge divergence between my (admittedly ill-informed) estimate of what a reasonable price is and theirs. Related question: how could I find someone else to give me a second estimate? Is this an elance-type job? Is it a Mefi jobs posting candidate? I think this is probably not something I could do myself.

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I am going on a vacation to Norway and Sweden at the end of August, which involves flying into Bergen and taking a series of train rides around until I end up in Stockholm. I am a complete train newbie, how to trains work?I'm from western Canada where we don't really do trains. So I have experience flying, taking buses, driving, and none with train riding (other than as novelty rides or city-transit). So if someone could walk me through what going on a train ride (preferably in a Norwegian or Swedish context) that would be wonderful. Given that I bought tickets online, how early do I need to get to the train station? Do train stations have security like an airport? Or do I just wander onto the platform (like at a greyhound station for example)? What do I do with my luggage? Do I check my bags and get them back at the end?

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Dear Design Student - In Praise of the AK-47 (NSFW language) The AK-47 is often cited as a well-designed object. And this case is usually made by pointing out that the AK-47 is easy to use, maintain, take-apart, modify, and manufacture. It's a model of simplicity. And the original design, introduced in 1948, is still in use, even as the AK family has continued evolving... ...So where is the problem? Surely, a designer's job is to design something to the best of their ability. As a designer, you are required to do your best work. And we've all had to design something we weren't too crazy about. In which case your responsibility is to improve the design. How do you improve an object that's designed to kill without making it more efficient at killing? Mike Monteiro, echoing his How Designers Destroyed the World talk, on weapon design, and the ethical and moral responsibility of designers to "to design work that helps move humanity forward".

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'The Numskulls' is a comic strip that started way back in 1962 in the British comic The Beezer that is now published in The Beano. It may seem a bit familiar... what happens when the Numbskulls watch Inside Out?.

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Monday that the White House will take advantage of a loophole in the 1994 law that banned incarcerated Americans from using Pell Grants to pay for college, "developing experimental sites that will make Pell grants available" to prisoners. This move, which has long had the backing of philanthropists and lawmakers, will be announced Friday with the staff of the Goucher College Prison Education Program in Jessup, Maryland. After three to five years of data-gathering, Democrats and the White House hope that the ban will be completely eliminated. (Previous data gathered by the Three State Recidivism Study and the RAND Corporation suggests that college educations are cost-saving measures that significantly reduce re-offence and re-incarceration.)Previously: Higher Education Inside and The liberal arts teach the techniques of freedom.

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I've liked this guy for quite a while. We're part of a meetup group that he leads. We are around the same age (early 30s, he's two years older). I've always found him to be a great leader and great person all around, despite my crush on him. Recently I told him this, and it wasn't in an overly gushing way. Just a sincere compliment. I was almost crying when I told him, so I was speaking from the heart.He slowly turned red and said wow, just wow, thank you, and that he didn't know what to say. He said wow a lot and his eyes grew big. Then he said it meant a lot and that I'd made his day. He was looking at me with an expression that was like a mix of thoughtfulness and awe. I can't really explain it well in words. No one else was around, it was just me and him. Could this mean he likes me, or was he just blushing because of the compliment? I ask because one of my other (female) friends told me that guys normally don't blush and that blushing is more of a woman thing. So if he blushes he must really like you since it's a reaction he can't control. Is my friend correct or are we reading too much into the situation?

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Hi. I work at a nonprofit organization, and we have a non-governmental grant that pays for my salary and program expenses. It's coming up on the end of the grant year, and I have leftover funds. I'm not sure I agree with a directive coming from my boss about how to allocate the leftover funds in the budget. I need some people with on-the-ground nonprofit experience to tell me if my ethical line is stricter than the general best practices one. My understanding is that at the end of a grant, if there's money left over you spend it. Or you ask to carry it over beyond the end of the grant. I get it. Last year, though, instead of spending, my boss said we will be keeping any leftovers. If you meet the grant outcomes and have leftover money, you keep it. This year, I asked our financial person where to allocate the money, and she said to put it in salary, specifically towards a particular staff member. But this staff member didn't do anything for my grant. (This is where it seems weird to me. If this person didn't work on the grant, why can you say salary went to them?) My boss came to me to talk about it, and he said that even if a particular person didn't work at all on my grant, that the rest of the money should just go to salaries. I said I thought that seemed off, weird, and really is that OK? His reply was "I used to think that way too when I started years ago, but it's not unethical at all. This is just how it's done." If it matters, it's a question of about $3000 out of $120,000. Is he correct? Is that really OK? Do you know where I could find a resource explaining what kind of numbers fudging is OK and what kind isn't?

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MovieBob Reviews: PIXELS [YouTube] [NSFW] [Adult Language]

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Grindr: The Musical (somewhat NSFW) Bonus content: My Straight Brother Reads My Grindr Messages (VERY NSFW)

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I'm looking for a reputable source for high-quality posters. Is there a "best source" online for these types of things?In particular, I'm looking for Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. posters, though I'd look through anything late-80s through early-90s. It can either be concert posters or album posters. Vintage would be awesome, but I'm happy with great reprints as well. U.S.-based stores would be preferable.

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Spirit of the Nation. The Guardian has invited readers to submit their uninspiring holiday photos. That is all.

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I'm accumulating a lot of IKEA Samla plastic storage boxes, particularly the 11 x 7 x 5 ones, using them for toys (Lego, Hot Wheels, etc.). Has anyone found a shelving system that these will fit neatly into? Thanks!At the moment, they are stacked in wobbly piles in the playroom. I'd like to have them accessible on the wall. I'm actually kind of surprised that IKEA does not sell custom shelves for these.

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Feminist writer Anne Thériault of bad-date-tweeting fame posted a series of tweets about the deadly feminist animal in her natural habitat. Less than an hour later, voice actor D.C. Douglas transformed the static text into a David Attenborough-esque documentary narration.

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I won some money in California and taxes were automatically withheld, even though I'm not a resident of CA. I filed CA state taxes to get the withheld amount back, but I didn't hear back about my refund. When I tried to contact California's Tax Powers-That-B, they have no record of my filing and I've conveniently lost all of my paperwork to prove that I did it.I usually file for free online via turbo tax, but because I had this extra California hiccup to deal with, I went to a VITA site and had my taxes filed for free by volunteers. I recently moved and I've lost all of my tax paperwork and the contact info for the people that filed my taxes. I know that my federal and home state taxes were filed successfuly (because I owed and the money has been taken out of my account). I tried to get a transcript of my CA tax return and they had no record of it. Now, when I try to file online, CA's e-file option is offline for the rest of the year. I tried to do the paper form myself, but I'm really confused. I can't figure out if I need to include my income that I didn't earn in the state, or just the amount that I won. I would rather avoid going to an expensive accountant because the amount that I won wasn't even that much (~$5000) and it has all been used for bills and such. I don't mind doing the work myself, I just need a bit of guidance.

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Sauna Mänual ov Finland Män – 7 Ruuls You Must Knou. Finland Män häv rispekt for thö Sauna. Thö wörld is kold, thö Sauna is worm. Tis is ofishöl Sauna Mänual ov Finland Män. (Sauna Mänual ov Finland Vomän. Seim äs Män but dount care apaut neipör kar. Then throu Löyly.)

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