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The Verge interviews Werner Herzog, a passionate German film maker with his own version of cynical seriousness. Topics discussed include the value of film schools by negating their value, the inherent violence of Pokémon Go and the role of technology in extreme situations [TW: rape, violence].

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On being lesbian in a straight marriage (approx. 26 mins podcast) A conversation between two friends. Malaysia remains one of the countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal.

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The Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died on Wednesday at the age of 87. He wrote eight symphonies, nine operas, 12 instrumental concertos, plus a wide variety of orchestral, chamber, instrumental, choral and vocal works. Some examples of his music: - Fiddlers for string orchestra (1952). - A Requiem in Our Time for brass ensemble (1953). - Symphony no. 3 (1961). - Piano Concerto no. 1 (1969). - Vigilia ('All-Night Vigil in Memory of St. John the Baptist for mixed choir and soloists' / 1971-2). - Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra / 1972). - Annunciations (Concerto for Organ / 1977). - Angels and Visitations (1978). - Angel of Dusk (Concerto for double bass / 1980) [previously]. - Symphony no. 7 ('Angel of Light' / 1994). - Rasputin (opera / 2001-3). - Incantations (Concerto for Percussion / 2008).

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Edgar Wright, director of the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy (made up of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End) has shared his 1000 favorite films. The films are ordered chronologically starting with Robert Wiene's 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and ending with...*spoilers, sweetie*.

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Full transcripts of all seven Generation Kill episodes. "Goddamn it, Rudy. Go to your little quiet place and chant, motherfucker."

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David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief, Musician, Cowboy, and Actor, Dies At 97. David William Bald Eagle, who died on Friday aged 97, was born in a tipi on 8th April 1919, in Cherry Creek, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. His name in Lakota translates as Wounded in Winter Beautiful Bald Eagle. In his long, extraordinary life, he was a champion dancer — both ballroom and Lakota styles — a touring musician, a rodeo cowboy, a tribal chief, an actor, a stunt double, and a war hero. He danced with Marilyn Monroe. He drove race cars. He parachuted into enemy gunfire at Normandy. He played professional baseball. He was a leader not just of his tribe, but also of the United Native Nations. Bald Eagle advocated for indigenous people and their rights and worked continuously to preserve Lakota stories until the day he died. "I know we can't go back there, back to where we were," he told the Rapid City Journal in 2003. "But we can tell the young ones how it was and they can remember, and they can bring it back. They can return." To learn more about the late Chief's legacy, check out this multi-part interview produced by the WoLakota Project, an initiative dedicated to promoting the oral traditions, wisdom, culture and language of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate -- the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people to whom Bald Eagle was deeply dedicated.

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What Pokémon Go Would Sound Like Narrated by David Attenborough

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On July 28, 1916, Cecil Sharp and Maude Karpeles collected their first folk songs from residents of the southern Appalachians, along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. These songs, along with songs collected by Olive Dame Campbell (who had given Sharp the idea the previous year), were published in 1917 in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, now one of the major reference works of American folk music. Mike Yates' article Cecil Sharp in America covers Sharp's collecting in America in detail, with excerpts from his journals. And last year as part of the Library of Congress' Homegrown concert series, Brian Peters and Jeff Davis gave a concert/lecture about the collecting sessions, performing a number of the songs collected: Sharp's Appalachian Harvest (Unrelated bonus video: A 1912 film of English folk dances performed by Karpeles, Sharp, and others.)

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I was speaking with a former US Representative about carbon pricing and she basically said "it's never going to get through Congress, the fastest way is to get Obama to issue an executive order". I asked a group that works specifically on trying to pass a national revenue neutral carbon tax about this and they didn't think it was possible. I asked a few other politics buffs and was told the same thing. Is this former Member of Congress not sure of what she's talking about?

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I've been drinking too much for the past decade and I know in my mind that I should probably give it up. I can hold the thought of all of the rational reasons why I should stop, but I need to get over that hump where I finally announce that I need to go sober. How do I finally get there?Maybe some of it is embarrassment, as I often drink a 1L bottle of wine in an evening by myself. No one else knows how much I drink. Maybe some part of me internalized the thought that I'd "hit rock bottom" eventually, but instead I just found that I was a rather "functional alcoholic" and have been in the long habit of ending my evening nicely drunk. The thought of giving up that late night "me time" ritual terrifies me a bit. And I worried my slightly manic and OCD late night tendencies might return, and the insomnia that goes with them. I have no interest in alcohol just as a drink. I only drink to get intoxicated. I'm never tempted by drinks at lunch with coworkers, or even at dinner. If I can't drink to get drunk, I just say no. When I am intoxicated, I know that it is just time to relax and say goodnight, to put the projects away. Now that I am approaching my 40s, I notice my blood pressure, cholesterol and weight are creeping up, and of course the wine is a major part of this. I do not have a lot of self-respect for myself, and in fact have dealt with a lifetime of physical dissociation, but I do have a partner and a child, and I want to be around for them as long as I can. There is a voice in my head that says "I don't want to go out like Rob Ford."

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I'm suffering from excruciating loneliness, and it's grinding me down. I haven't had a real relationship in more than six years, and I simply don't need any more "me" time. Please, could you help me think up some ideas for where I could meet real, live, reasonably youthful, reasonably mentally healthy, reasonably intellectual guys ... in person?I'm in my late 40s, and people generally seem to think I'm about a decade younger. I'm cute, personable, inclined toward the intellectual, but not unfun. People seem to like me. But I'm totally in the wrong age group to meet and mate in NYC, and I'm slowly losing my mind. I need help. I want someone old enough to have mostly sorted their careers, and already had or decided not to have had children. (I have none.) So I'd really rather date men who are at least 40. I've been on and off OkayCupid for three years now, so I think I've given it a good shot. And, oh, how disheartening it's been. In my age group, it's mostly a vast wasteland, as the founders of the site have helpfully documented. Of those men that do peruse the site, they are often ... not well-adjusted. Drinkers, near shut-ins, nervous wrecks, the embittered, those with prior commitments, those with lickety-split agendas, etc. To make matters worse, I am somewhat introverted, and an uneven flirt, at best. It's really not the right kind of forum for me. I did the bar thing for a while, but all I met were drunks, or men so much younger it was unthinkable, so no to that, too, and it's really not my scene anyway. I've gone to lectures, readings, classes, arty and political events, but if there are men, they always seem to be already hitched. (I don't play sports or hike, so I suppose that doesn't help.) I am reasonably confident about my life at this point. I have spent the last few years sorting out my own career, and things are going well in that department. I have a few friend-friends in town, but not nearly enough, especially since more than one recently coupled, and so are less present than before ... so I keep making regular efforts. I think I'm a pretty good catch, surely there's someone out there who would want to go out with me, right? Some nice college professor? Someone two years past their divorce? A shy late-bloomer? An artist? Statistically, it seems like that has to be true, as a lot of NY is coupled, right? And if so, where are they? What can you think up for me? p.s. I know variants of this question have been asked before, but not in my particular demographic and not recently.

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I live near some battleground states-- Iowa, Wisconsin... should I take a week to go canvas in those states? Donate money? Something else? My schedule is pretty flexible-- what's the most impactful way for me to help her get elected?

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I would like to read some fantasy/secondary world novels that deal heavily with political machinations - the more complex and backstabby the better.I loved The Goblin Emperor and the political maneuvering in A Song of Ice and Fire. While I realize that fantasy often tends towards more warlike sword-waving climaxes, I'd love to find some books that focus on court politics or its equivalent, and characters accomplishing their goals through cunning. (I would also accept books where the *villains* operate through cunning and political wrangling and then are defeated by sword-wielding heroes, so long as the political wrangling gets a good bit of focus.) Explicit magic in the setting is fun but not required. However, I would like to request that the setting be definitely not Earth.

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"From his collection of 2,500 vinyl LPs, the rock star has selected his greatest discoveries, and some record-buying memories as well.... In December of that year, my band Buzz broke up, but not without my demanding we play "I'm Waiting for the Man" as one of the encore songs at our last gig. Amusingly, not only was I to cover Velvet's song before anyone else in the world, I actually did it before the album came out." [From 2003]

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In the midst of today's choas and confusion, I bring you an uniting cultural landmark - What's Happening Season Two Episode 16 featuring the Doobie Brothers. For the uninitianted- What's Happening, a TV show inspired by Cooley High. And the Doobie Brothers a band from California, that staretd out playing biker country rock who via personell changes morphed into a blue eyed soul outfit, whose lead vocalist had a solo hit that provided the basis for a hip-hop classic. In any event, the episode is a great late 70's period piece.

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tqdm (تقدّم, or "progress") is a fast, extensible, low-overhead progress bar for Python. It is primarily developed by Casper da Costa-Luis and Stephen L. To use, just wrap the tqdm method around an iterable: for i in tqdm(range(1000)): sleep(0.1)

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I'm setting up a website for my freelance consultancy. What infrastructure should I use?I'd like to keep the site quite simple, with just a few pages - About, Services, Testimonials - and I wouldn't even be perturbed if those were all on one page. I'd prefer not to use a service like Squarespace, but please tell me if I'm wrong about that. These are my imagined requirements: - Some images and embedded videos - Easy for me to maintain/modify - Looks good on mobile and desktop (Bootstrap?) - Portable - not locked in to any particular host/service - Write headers and footers once, not on each page - Not too hard to set up a blog in the future I got Jekyll installed to serve this up over GitHub Pages and thought: "Do I really need all this stuff for three pages?" I still think GH Pages will work, but I'd be grateful for advice about getting set up. Thanks!

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Confessor. Feminist. Adult. What the Hell Happened to Howard Stern? (SLNYT)

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As some of you may have guessed, we've been watching the Great British Bake Off on Netflix, and we have a desperate need to try schichttorte. Does anyone know where we might find one in NYC? And yes, I'm pretty sure I'm spelling that right.

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My parents devote a lot of time and travel to seeing my younger sister's family, and very little to seeing mine. I'm feeling resentful and confused over how unbalanced everything seems. I want my parents to be actively involved in the future of my immediate family, but it feels like we're always going to get table scraps of the time and attention that they give to my sister's family. Do I even have a right to be upset about this? How can I talk about it with them?A couple of years ago, I discovered that my parents have been doing a lot more to help my sister and her husband than I had thought. My dad would come to their house regularly to do odd jobs and maintenance. He also picked up their babysitter every morning on the way to work, and my parents regularly gave them money to pay bills. They also did the more common grandparents stuff that I already knew about, such as keeping their kids for at least one night every week. I didn't get too upset about any of this, telling myself that my parents had the right to do whatever they wanted with their own time and money. To give everyone some background, I've been living with my girlfriend and her child for the past several years. (My parents have been very welcoming to my girlfriend and her child, treating them as full family members, so I really don't think the underlying issue here is that my sister is in a traditional family structure and I'm not.) My sister has been married for about eight years, and she has one pre-school aged child and one toddler. My parents are near retirement, and as far as I know they are in good financial shape. My sister and I have almost no relationship in the sense that we don't make an effort to speak to each other outside of birthdays and family events. I'm not sure why this is. We grew up in a loving, stable home, and I didn't pick up on any favoritism when we were both kids. I don't have anything against my sister as a person, and I'm not sure what she could have against me. I've tried to be more in touch with her in the past by sending facebook messages and texting, but her lack of responses sent me a pretty clear message that she just wasn't interested in that kind of relationship with me. I've basically given up on things being any different. I can't really imagine my sister's family making future trips to see "Uncle Chuck" and the cousins, or vice-versa, and that makes me sad. I started to get more affected by all the support that my parents give my sister after she moved away from our hometown about a year ago. I've since found out that my parents are making a twelve hour round trip every other week to see my sister and spend time with her kids. Our dad has had back issues for a long time, and this is pretty much the opposite of what would be good for his back. It's common for my parents to drive down to see my sister, spend the weekend with her while babysitting for her two kids, and then offer to spend an hour or so getting lunch with my family on their way back because we live in a city that's on their route back home. It makes me feel jealous to know that my parents will spend considerable time and money to see my sister, but will only fit me and my family in as a pit stop on their way back home. The last time that I went back to my hometown to see my parents, I was surprised by how much they seemed to have aged in a short time. It really seemed like doing all this stuff for my sister was taking a physical toll on them. I told my mom that I was concerned that they might be doing too much for my sister, that I wanted them to spend their upcoming retirement having fun and focusing on themselves, and that my sister and I were both adults who could take care of ourselves. My mom replied that my sister was "not like you" and "needed a lot of help." I'm not sure why my parents would think that my sister is so incapable of handling her own financial and parenting responsibilities, given that she's a very intelligent person with an advanced degree who's never had trouble finding and keeping a well-paying job in her field. To be fair, my sister's family is facing financial difficulties because of some bad decisions my brother-in-law has made in his career. My parents will be selling their house in a few years. They have told me that they plan to move away from our hometown when this happens. I've let them know several times that I'd like for them to move to the city where I live now so that I can see more of them and they can spend time with my family. I'm worried that this isn't going to happen, and that instead they will move to the city where my sister lives and spend all of their time and effort with her family. I miss my parents, and I don't want to go the rest of my life seeing them once every several months, which is the status quo. I'm feeling very confused about all of this for a number of reasons. Is it wrong of me to feel resentful about how my parents choose to spend their own money and time? Is this just about my sister being in a situation where she really does need help (two young kids, spouse with an unstable employment history) while I'm not? Should I just let all this go and accept it as a crappy thing that's not going to change now that I've said my piece to mom and she's given me her justification for all the help my sister is getting? I feel as though I am being penalized for being responsible and putting off some major life goals (having my own biological child, buying a house) until I can afford them on my own. My parents will be making one of their "pit stop" visits to see me on their way back from my sister's place in a few weeks. What (if anything) do all of you think that I should say about the situation?

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My brain is sick of the same old same old. I need some ideas for new topics I could easily delve into as a layperson.My usual interests are not doing it for me right now. I need to find some new-to-me topic that I can get into. Not really looking for a hobby. Not so much "something to do" or "something to make"... I'm looking for something to learn about. Requirements: Must not require an advanced knowledge of some related topic to begin (so not, say, calculus.) Reasonably inexpensive to learn about (I'm willing to buy a few books but don't want to pay for a class.) Here are some topics I am already interested in. I am looking for something different than and unrelated to these: Religion, Spiritual, New Age, folk magic, Tarot, Enneagram, art, crafts, needlework. Other topics of no interest: Cooking, Baking. Bonus points if you can direct me to a good beginning resource for the topic you suggest. :)

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"Since 2002, Sharon Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, have been the world's standard-bearing funk-bringers," according to Maxwell George, writing about Jones for the Oxford American. "On Sharon's stage, delivery and dance moves are queen, and in her audience one can rediscover the lost arts of performance: command, direction, showmanship, sincerity." Horns, funk, soul, strength—Jones and her band bring it just for you. George, on the genesis of Jones's calling: Down south, Sharon discovered music—at church, on the radio, and in the audience with her father at a James Brown concert one summer. "He jumped on the stage," Jones recalled, and the J.B.'s dropped into something and James Brown started moving his feet. "I was eye-level with the stage. And I was like, 'Dad! Look, Dad, he's floating.'" So she sang. At church. As part of wedding bands. And kept singing, even though she was "told by music-industry executives that she was 'too black, too fat, too short and too old' to become a star. She worked as a corrections officer at Rikers Island prison for a while, and still kept singing. A chance meeting with the co-founder of Daptone Records in the mid-1990s proved to be her big break, and led to a series of albums with the Dap-Kings, who also backed Amy Winehouse. Here's how they introduced themselves on their first album: Mr. BINKY GRIPTITE: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Daptones super-soul review. (Follow it up with "Pick It Up, Lay It in the Cut," from the same album.) More, you say? Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Full Performance (Live on KEXP). "100 Days, 100 Nights." "Stranger To My Happiness." That last video is Jones triumphant—after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and a course of chemotherapy. She beat the cancer. For a time. She's undergoing more treatment, and spoke with the Guardian about continuing to perform in the meantime. (She also talked about it on "Fresh Air": link to audio; transcript.) Her experience balancing the two is captured by a new documentary, Miss Sharon Jones! Again from the Guardian: For the film's soundtrack, you and the band recorded a new song entitled I'm Still Here. It's not only your most autobiographical song but the title also seems to be a forceful statement of purpose. [Jones:] When I was 57 and I was diagnosed with cancer, I didn't think I would see my 58th birthday. So that's why I say, "I'm still here." I'm 60 now, so 60 years came along and I'm still here! No retreat. She's still here, and she's still bringing it. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, previously.

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I need somewhere to find a list of which athletes (and their country) are participating in which events. My google skills are failing me.The Olympics site is useless. Wikipedia has some country information, which is the information I actually need. Unfortunately Wikipedia doesn't have the information for all events. NBC has no information except about the Americans. Is there a list somewhere online?

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Every three or more weeks is not cutting it, Everyone I have spoken to at the therapist office acts like I'm unique in my feelings and is at a loss for any answers/solutions.Hello, I am struggling with anxiety and overthinking, and have been attempting to see a therapist for it. The problem I am having is I keep having 3 or more weeks between appointments. This is really frustrating. I struggle to remember or keep in mind things during that time scale, if there are even any things put to me to practice or keep in mind. And heaven forbid I am sick or otherwise unable to attend an appointment, that exacerbates the problem. Am I crazy? Has media given me false ideas about what therapy with insurance is? How does one find a therapist they can see once a week? At least for a few months at the start. Do I need to pay more? Why is the place I'm going not offering that? I'm at a point where I'm struggling with really difficult thought patterns and I need more support. My go-to analogy for explaining my feelings is to compare it to discussing philosophy with a 10 year old for 45 minutes, and then saying "see you in 3-4 weeks!" and expecting them to remember everything next session. I know therapists are busy, and that it's a very tough job. But I don't understand how this can be effective treatment. I can't remember what was upsetting me in the days following my last session when it was 3 weeks ago.

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R.I.P. Jerry Doyle. He was a star of epic science fiction tv series Babylon-5, then host of talk radio. Dead at 60. B-5 Great Maker J. Michael Straczynski confirmed this on Twitter and also wrote an obituary.

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