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How do I prepare physically for hiking in mountains in 4 months when I live in a flat, cold place?I'm going on a roadtrip to Denver and The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks in the end of June/early July. My boyfriend and I would like to hike (to see the views and experience nature) during this trip. I imagine most hiking will be in the Tetons and Glacier (we're staying at Many Glacier Hotel so will be close to potentially awesome hiking trails). I have hiked in the past (Nepal, Peru, Colorado) but living in Chicago means it doesn't happen often and, to be honest, we're more city/museum people than outdoorsy people. We both do project-based work where we might work intensely for 5 days, one day off, and then another 5 days. Or work for weeks straight and then have a few weeks off. Because of this lack of schedule I gave up my gym membership a few years ago and neither of us is in great shape. However, we live in Chicago and don't own cars so we walk many miles each day, don't have desk jobs/are active are work, and bike (slowly in traffic) for transportation so it's not like we're completely sedentary. And although we may feel okay biking 40 miles in Chicago in a day it's a lot different on inclines and at altitude. Obstacles/Excuses: Erratic work schedule 12-16 hour work days - often arriving at 6am and not getting back to my hotel/home until 10pm Business travel (I've been out of town for the past 3 weeks - most hotels have a treadmill or two but see above on timing) Last minute travel or job bookings (i.e., 1 week in advance) Closest gym is a Planet Fitness (1 block away when I'm at home) which I don't like but could go to just to get started. There's also lots of boutique yoga/spin/whatever in the city if there's something specialized I should try when I'm in town and not working The boyfriend has asthsma-like issues with his lungs but usually it's in humidity or extreme cold - not sure how the altitude will affect him What is the best way to prepare for hiking so we can be "in shape" enough to enjoy walking on inclines and at elevation? Is it all about cardio, leg strength/squats, core, focusing on losing weight/diet? Can anyone suggest a short routine I can do (ideally in a hotel room) I could focus for the next few months enough to feel good enough to enjoy the outdoors? I'm a realist about what is possible in this time frame but a little of fitness will be worth the effort.

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Increased screen-time for teens impacts psychological well-being , but so does too little screen time. Similarly, phubbing, or phone-snubbing, your partner impacts your relationship. Ditching devices can be particularly hard, as as apps and games are designed to be "addictive" (while Internet Gaming Disorder is a "Condition for Further Study" in the DSM-5, there's no formal designation for "tech addiction"). So what to do? There are lots of options and ideas, from setting new boundaries for yourself and your kids, including "Tech Shabbat" (which isn't a new idea). In increasing levels of tech disengagement: Smartphone Detox: how to power down in a wired world How to disconnect from social media but stay connected This is what it's like to not own a smartphone in 2018 19 Reasons We Should All Start Writing Letters Again

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How did you start contributing to open source projects? Looking for advice on identifying an appropriate project and participating in a (healthy) OS community.For folks who are regularly involved with open source: how did you do it? What are some of the implicit rules and codes of conduct that would be helpful to keep in mind? Was it possible for you to make a real contribution as more of a low-intermediate-level developer? Did you find a mentor, either somebody you could bounce ideas off of in general or somebody specific on the project? I'm familiar with the advice to "contribute pull requests to a tool you already use," but the projects I use most frequently are probably way too prominent for my contributions to be helpful (pandas, jupyter, visual studio code, godot, django, etc.) Ideally I'd love to help out on a project related to civic/open data, digital scholarship in the social sciences, exploratory data analysis, etc., but I'm open to all kinds of things. I'd love to find a slightly smaller project that I might be able to get more significantly involved with over time (I'd like to devote a few hours a week on this). Also any tips on identifying communities that are welcoming and inclusive to diverse contributors (in terms of identity, but also folks with non-traditional tech backgrounds, etc.) would be great too. Thanks!

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Birth Becomes Her - Winners of the 2018 photo contest on maternity. [NSFW - naked people, babies being born, breastfeeding] Overall winner Labor - People's Choice Winner Maternity - Winner

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"Marie Miranda cooked potato salad, pastelillos and rice for a group of 30 socialists and Emerald Equity tenants gathered in Alex's apartment for the DSA Housing Working Group meeting. The socialists came to hear the tenants' experiences, and tenants came to give powerful testimony of landlord abuse. There was standing room only as people crowded into the living room and leaned in from the kitchen to hear the tenants speak. One by one, in Spanish, the tenants gave harrowing accounts of abuses spanning decades, including the death of one tenant's father due to management's negligence..." Rats In The Hallway (Indypendant) how a group of working class women and the NYC DSA teamed up to fight hostile landlords pushing out rent stabilized tenants. (Article in Spanish, Ratas en el Pasillo)

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In which Abhishek Singh recreates a scene from The Ring using Augmented Reality, so the friendly character Sadako can follow you around your house. The scene in the US remake, and more in The Verge, Road to VR and Gizmodo. The character on Wikipedia (Maybe don't answer the phone if it rings while you read this FPP).

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Public radio stations WNYC (New York), KPCC (Southern California), and WAMU (Washington, D.C.) have joined together to acquire key assets of Gothamist and its associated sites LAist and DCist. The acquisition is being funded in large part through philanthropic donations from two anonymous donors. Is this another indication of the rising wave of nonprofit journalism? Post from the November 2017 shutdown of Gothamist and DNAinfo.

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Hi, I run an event series that uses ascii art to advertise our shows each month in a email blast formatted in HTML. We send through mailchimp. The Ascii displays correctly across all browsers and mobile platforms except the Gmail android app. Any advice for how to ensure this displays correctly in the Gmail android app? Thanks so much.

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Confinement (promo) is an ongoing horror-comedy animated series by Lord Bung based on the stories of the SCP Foundation (Previously). The episodes so far: "The Cannibal" (SCP-082), "The Singing Forest" (SCP-407), "The Robot" (SCP-1360), and "The Girl in the Iceberg" (SCP-1836).

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Rations for various RPG Races

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I'm in love with a man I've been with for six complicated years. My ten year old girl believes this man is her entire world. Honestly, he is our entire world. I don't know that he feels the same way for me anymore. I think he's interested in a woman he works with as I'm not allowed to visit his workplace even though I know many of his workmates for decades. I digress. Three weeks ago, my younger sister told me she has cancer. I found out two and a half weeks ago that I have cancer. It's in it's early stage, so I'm lucky. I don't know if I should tell this man I love that I have cancer. I don't think he's in it to win it with me and I don't want him prolong the relationship with me because he feels bad for me. He stayed with an old girlfriend for several years because he felt bad breaking up with her while her mother was dying of cancer. Do I bother telling him I have cancer?

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I've been a bit of an employment nomad for years and so have never really kept much "stuff" at work - tell me what items you keep in your desk/cubicle/office make it a better place.I've been used, for geographical and other reasons, to changing jobs every other year. I'm at a point where this is probably not going to happen for another five years or so. It's been pointed out to me that I am beyond minimalist at work - everything at my current job that I've brought with me over two years will fit easily in my backpack on the bus home today. It has been pointed out to me that perhaps this sends a "he's not planning on staying" vibe which has indeed been my mindset but is not anymore. As such - I'm interested perhaps in "nesting" a bit. I live in a cold climate, so I currently keep two pairs of shoes in the office in the winter, a mug and a french press, a water bottle, a charge cable for my phone, coffee and tea, and a brush for toque hair. At one job I kept a photo of my wife in a frame on my desk (but forgot to bring it to the last two), but otherwise haven't been particularly interested in decorative elements but am open to expanding my mind. So - MeFites, what items or accoutrements bring you joy or perform vital functions at your desk/cubicle/office?

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Cocaine & Rhinestones is a podcast on the history of 20th century country music hosted by Tyler Mahan Coe. The first season, 14 episodes plus a Q&A show, is now complete. In addition to the podcasts, there are transcripts and research notes for each show. Coe does a deep dive into specific songs: CR005 Breaking Down Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee important artists: CR014 Ralph Mooney: The Sound of Country Music the business of country music: CR007 Harper Valley PTA, Part 1: Shelby S. Singleton and the darker side of country music: CR003 The Murder Ballad of Spade Cooley Episodes build on what came before. Start with the first for the full experience: CR001 Ernest Tubb: The Texas Defense Previously mentioned here.

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My best friend's ex accidentally ran over their beloved dog yesterday and she is devastated. I loved the dog as well and am heartbroken. He was just buried hours ago where he was killed. I'd love to do something nice to memorialize her dear pet and show sympathy and support. What are some thoughtful ideas, mefites? Thanks so much.

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Looking for 2-3 minute monologues on the theme of contradictions for a class of 15-16 year old students. Plays ideal, TV and films also good - even poetry or books at a pinch.My husband's drama class all need monologues for their exam pieces. They are 15-16 years old, have a range of abilities and from diverse backgrounds (he teaches in an inner city school in the North of the UK.) The material needs to be suitable for the age range but he can edit out bad language if necessary. The theme of contradictions can be interpreted in any way at all! We've looked at previous threads and are hopeful that you will be able to come up with some unexpected and creative ideas!

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A story told by my grandfather sparked a fascination. Far to the east lies a land, wild and vast, inhabited by the legendary warriors who rescued my grandfather. Mongolia. For fifteen years, I've returned to this country, seeking to understand the raw beauty and tenacity that shapes those who call it home. A stunning photo essay

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Two papers published yesterday suggest that Neanderthals were creating cave art in Europe thousands of years before modern humans arrived on the continent. As well as using pigments on cave walls, they were painting lines and one, very spine-tingling, hand print. Palaeolithic archaeologist Becky Wragg Sykes on the findings and some more context. The papers: Dating from three caves on the Iberian peninsula: a red linear motif in La Pasiega (Cantabria), a hand stencil in Maltravieso (Extremadura), and red-painted speleothems in Ardales (Andalucía). Dating symbolic finds from Cueva de los Aviones (southeast Spain) that suggest they were made 115,000 to 120,000 years ago.

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On two subsequent plane rides, I ended up talking with people who were bragging about how they went to Mexico and got a full set of dental implants. In both cases, the men said they paid 75% less than what they would've paid in the U.S. I don't remember where in the country they went, but it might've been Mexico City or a dental office in the outskirts.I remember in the mid-2000s, the rage was medical tourism. I even remember calling my BCBS provider and being directed to a website that showed where in the world insurees could go to get certain procedures done at a lower cost. I was amazed that BCBS was recommending this. Has it shifted to dental tourism now? Are there places being recommended that Americans can go to get high quality dental work for low cost? Like with the prescription drug debates involving Americans going to Canada a decade ago, the American Dental Association can't be very happy about Americans going South for implants.

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Our hospital is having a couple of Sri Lankan visitors for two weeks to observe and take notes around improving their hospital back home. We've volunteered to host one of them. What I know: he's male, a manager of an emergency department, so I assume middle class, Tamil and Hindu. What can we do to make his stay as comfortable as possible?My partner's a vegetarian so cooking without meat isn't a problem. I feel like serving what we'd normally eat would be appropriate as we wouldn't go to Sri Lanka expecting pizza and burgers for every meal. We've got a 1 year old running around and I'm not sure about limiting his nude time (aka every time we're home) - would he take offence or would it be normal for him? Mostly we're just curious about cultural nuances and little things we should avoid or promote to make him feel more welcome.

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How Hollywood Salaries Really Work

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"Transgender people enlarge life and our understanding of spirituality and justice and the nature of God and Christian community," says Jo Inkpin, Australia's first openly transgender priest, who tells her story to the ABC.

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I am going to serve dinner for four including two vegetarians, one vegan, and one of the vegetarians needs to avoid FODMAP-rich food.Assume I am a competent cook with a decent kitchen and access to a good range of ingredients. I need to come up with a delicious dinner where no one eats meat, someone won't eat any animal products and another person can't eat legumes or things from the onion family or wheat-based baked goods and many other fruits and vegetables. I would like to have a menu that everyone can eat without modification, but I can deal with things that meet three out of four people. Your suggestions please! I live in New Zealand and so cannot use suggestions involving foods only available in North America. I can get hold of decent tofu, tempeh and various fake meat type things though.

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"I believe in non-violence, as a way of life, as a way of living." Get In the Way, a documentary about congressman, civil rights leader, and hero John Lewis is currently streaming on PBS.org. John Lewis previously on Metafilter: Gun control sit-in in the House. "Because of you, John." - Barack Obama The PBS page includes an educational guide for teachers and a discussion guide for discussion groups (with an especially good selection of Lewis quotes for a "quote exchange" activity). Lewis also tells the story of his work in the civil rights movement in the three-part graphic novel March; the third volume won the National Book Award and brought all three volumes to the top of best-seller lists. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. (Lewis award starts at 29:10.) Bonus John Lewis video: Congressman Lewis speaks on the floor of the House against the Defense of Marriage Act and in favor of marriage equality: I will not turn my back on another American. I will not oppress my fellow human being. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation. (transcript) Note: The PBS stream of Get In the Way may not be available in all locations; apologies for anyone who can't access it. Also, it's due to expire around March 2. It's available on DVD; check your local library. It may also be on some paid streaming services.

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"The End of the F***ing World" is an extremely dark-humored British TV adaption of Pennsylvania native Charles Forsman's graphic novel TEOTFW. The 8-episode first series appeared first on the UK's Channel 4 in October, and is now on Netflix. Episodes are roughly 20 minutes, with very fast autoplay, so the entire series can be binged in under 3 hours. Rotten Tomatoes: 97%.

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With Joss Whedon not directing Batgirl anymore here's 9 rad women who could take his place.

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