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I'm a freelancer/independent contractor, and a dual U.S./Canadian citizen. I now make money from clients in both countries, deposited to bank accounts in both countries. How the heck should I approach taxes? Snowflakes inside.In previous years my freelance clients have all been in the same country as me, wherever I was living at the time. This year I've taken on clients from both countries. My primary country of residence is the U.S. but I still maintain a Canadian mailing address and make regular trips to Canada. To make things more complicated, my Canadian client mails Canadian cheques to my U.S. address, which I deposit electronically to my Canadian bank account--I then convert and transfer the funds. Yes, this would obviously be easier if I were simply dealing with them in terms of U.S. funds deposited directly to my U.S. account; I'm working on it. I wasn't an accounting whiz to begin with, and am really confused now. Would the best course of action be to file taxes in each country for monies earned in that country? Is it time to see a real accountant? And what if I don't make enough this year to justify that expense? Thanks for any advice you can give on this extremely boring and frustrating topic.

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94 yo puts in a pool for the neighborhood kids. Who needs a thousand lakes when your neighbor lets you use their pool? Keith Davison (94) after the death of his wife of 66 years got sick of sitting around, staring at the walls and crying, so he came up with the idea of putting in a pool so his neighbors would come by. Still, Davison is first to admit, from an economic standpoint, there's no sense to be made of a 94-year-old installing a pool. He just doesn't care. "I'm not sitting by myself looking at the walls," he smiles. Besides, Davison asks, "What else would you think of doing where you could have a whole bunch of kids over every afternoon?" Davison says the kids won't be having all the fun. He still enjoys swimming himself after the children have gone home. I guess next to having good fences, the best neighbors are ones that encourage you to use their pool.

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I recently moved back to the Twin Cities and am looking for jobs! I would like advice on employers I should consider and/or websites to search.I recently got a degree in museums and have been applying for jobs in museums. There is, however, a lot of competition in this field. I'm interested in looking at positions in other areas. I've been searching on the MN non profits job board, especially for positions relating to education or other museum-adjacent fields, however I'm also interested in looking at the for-profit sector and am turning to MeFi for recommendations of companies. I have some experience in administrative work, usability/market research, and education. I have worked at a product design company and enjoyed the creative environment with fewer coworkers. I've signed up with a temp agency (though recommendations for other temp agencies are also appreciated) and I plan to search for jobs on county, state, and city websites as well as at the U of MN. A friend pointed me towards the field of "instructional design" which is somewhat intriguing. Other ideas for job titles I could throw into general job search sites would be welcome as well. Where else should I be looking for jobs? Any companies that you recommend I take a look at?

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My 1-year-old has one eye larger than the other, and his primary care provider recommended getting it checked out. But all the pediatrician eye doctors we came across either (a) only see older children, (b) only deal with complex conditions or surgeries, or (c) are optometrists. Any recommendations for a Seattle opthalmologist who works with toddlers and can help with our issue?

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Airlines allow kids to fly as unaccompanied minors at age 5. My husband's kids are 6 and 9 and have flown with parents frequently and successfully. Is this too young for a direct 100-minute flight?My husband's kids (6 and 9) live in a city that is a 100-minute plane flight from us. Since his divorce, he has flown every other weekend without fail to spend his custody time with them in that city. They spend holidays with us in the city that we live in. His custody agreement with his ex-wife says that she is required to allow them to fly unaccompanied as soon as they are old enough according to airline regulations. She has previously suggested that they do so on occasions when it has been convenient for her, but it hasn't actually happened yet. She is very high conflict and has also expressed that she will never agree to anything that makes my husband's life more convenient, and that she enjoys the thought of him wasting his time and being cramped into tiny narrow seats. We don't have any desire to stop traveling to the city in which the kids live for nearly all of our custody time. However, we would like to occasionally have the kids travel to us as well, mainly because we have much more for them to do here, and we also want them to feel very at home with us as well. If the kids fly as unaccompanied minors, they would be escorted by a parent to the gate, handed off to a flight attendant assigned to chaperone them, and met at the gate by the other parent. Is 6 and 9 just too young to do this? They are very good, well-mannered kids, and they have each flown with their parents extensively (more than 10 round trips in the past 2 years) and are comfortable with it. We just want to make sure that this is a reasonable thing for them.

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Do you like your telephoto lens for an iPhone 6+? I'm a little overwhelmed by the online choices and by the divergent opinions in the ratings. So I'm hoping for some tried and true or otherwise fairly solid recs here.What I want: * Has to fit the iPhone 6+ well with a glass screen protector. I don't plan to fiddle with the screen protector at all. * Ideally under $150 -- cheaper than that, of course, is even better * Has to be available within a few days (ie Amazon prime) * I want it to shoot both close-ups of objects that are relatively nearby (i.e., yard deer) and the sky (I especially want this now on Amazon prime for eclipse photos.)

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I have come to terms with the fact that the eclipse glasses I ordered online are never going to arrive. I am struggling to find them locally (Seattle, WA). Is there anywhere that definitely has some in stock?Places that I have tried already: - Seattle Public Libraries - Warby Parker - Several hardware stores - Bartells - Fred Meyer Is there anywhere in Seattle that has them left in stock?

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Sonic Mania: The Return to Form You've Been Waiting For [The Verge] "For years, Sonic has been in need of a shake-up. Ever since the 16-bit era ended, the iconic mascot has struggled through one console generation after another. Some of his post-Genesis adventures were terrible, a handful were good, but most were aggressively mediocre — a sorry state for one of the biggest names in the medium. While Super Mario evolved over the years with inventive new takes on platform games, its longtime rival stagnated. Sonic has remained an enduring brand, thanks to comics and cartoons, but it hasn't been an important force in gaming for some time. Sonic Mania has been billed as a return to form for the series. It's far from the first game to claim that mantle, so it's easy to be skeptical. But Mania is different than its predecessors. Most notably, it brings the series back to what made it so popular in the first place: blazing-fast side-scrolling action." [YouTube] [Trailer] • "Sonic Mania is a celebration, a digitized block party of blistering speeds and bright worlds." [Kotaku] "Much of Sonic Mania's success is owed to the many fans turned designers attached the project. In seeking to produce the best retro remix possible, Sega recruited well-known modders and hackers. Christian Whitehead, known for porting Sonic games like Sonic CD to new platforms and Simon Thomley, a modder who worked on the topsy-turvy ROM hack Sonic Megamix, worked on the project, and their enthusiasm is clear. Level designer Jared Kasl's work is arguably the most noteworthy. There is extreme care built into every loop, spring pad, and corkscrew. The disparate pieces all mesh into remarkable experiences. A remake of Sonic 3 and Knuckles' Lava Reef zone gleefully takes the original level and stitches it together with enemies from both Sonic 2's Hilltop Zone and Mystic Cave Zone while adding the dangerous traps of Sonic the Hedgehog's Marble Zone. Long-time fans will undoubtedly be pleased with these mixes, while newcomers will enjoy some of the best elements from the series' highest moments. All of this is further boosted by a bouncy soundtrack that takes famous tunes and adds bolder baselines and powerful percussive embellishments." • "They've given it to the fans." [Polygon] "That feeling of barely controlled speed is Sonic's original schtick, and it's leveraged for everything it's worth here. Levels feel much bigger than they were in the Genesis games, with many, many more paths to barrel down, even as many enemies and bits of scenery hit your sense of nostalgia like a bucket of ice. When it's working, this speed is exhilarating, and remarkably, no other game has ever managed to capture the same lightning in a bottle that Sonic did. Sonic Mania, more than any Sega-led project of the last 20 years, feels exactly the way I remember the original trilogy. As I made my way through the revamped, reimagined Green Hill Zone that starts the game, it was hard not to feel a little giddy — could someone have made a Sonic that feels as good as I remembered the originals feeling? As it turns out, Sonic Mania is maybe too faithful. Sonic & co. are capable of incredible speed, it's true, but there's a sluggishness as they work their way toward it. It's not just stopping that takes a long time, which, hey, at least that makes sense. There's a windup to just about everything, from movement to jumping." • "1992 is alive and well. Christian Whitehead and team turn in a beautiful rewrite of the 16-bit Sonic games with all-new stages." [Eurogamer] "It's representative of a project that doesn't merely restore the past with the care of a museum curator touching up a faded portrait, but also twists and expands it, to create an experience that is equal parts nostalgia pang and giddy excitement. To put that in slightly less grandiose terms, Mania is Sonic without 20-odd years of slowly accumulating bullshit. The wider pantheon of sidekicks - Shadow, Silver, Big the sodding Cat - have been cast headlong into the screaming cosmic abyss from whence they came, reducing the playable line-up to the Holy Trinity: Sonic himself (who can use each shield power-up's special ability), long-suffering fox acquaintance Tails (who can fly and swim) and beefy echidna rival Knuckles (who can smash through certain walls, climb and glide). The game's 12 zones mix comprehensive, extremely playful reworkings of classic levels from Sonic 1 through Sonic & Knuckles with three brand new stages - all designed by Whitehead, fellow Sonic guru Simon "Headcannon" Thomley and Major Magnet studio PagodaWest using the Retro Engine, a proprietary technology built specifically to support features from the 32-bit console generation and before."

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I had a severe iron deficiency, diagnosed in June. My numbers have improved a lot but I'm still.... really, really struggling, in more ways that one, and my doctor has no idea what to do.I've asked a couple questoins about this--sorry for the repeat questions. My doctor hasn't been very helpful so far. At the end of May, my hemoglobin was 10.8, iron ~40, ferritin 3, saturation around 10%. I felt TERRIBLE--completely exhausted, very dizzy, chest pain, short of breath, tachycardia, very weak, just overall awfulness. I was afraid to shower because I felt so faint all the time. I couldn't do anything. My doctor told me to take an iron supplement and come back in three months. In retrospect, I'm pretty appalled they didn't do more, but I can't change that now. I had some better days in June, but in July I had two heavy periods from going off birth control, + a heavy one mid-June, and my symptoms went crazy again. I went back to the doctor, who retested my levels. They were: ferritin 22, hemoglobin 12.something, iron 100, saturation 25%. So, that's a big improvement! But I still felt crummy, and I still feel crummy now, mainly profoundly exhausted. Here's what's gotten better: No more chest pain My anxiety is much better The tachycardia is much better I'm not getting skipped beats I'm not getting short of breath I can DO more, even if I'm dealing with a LOT of exhaustion. I'm in the process of moving, and last week I went to my new apartment three times and scrubbed it clean (with help) and wasn't utterly wiped out, though I was very tired. I can stand for longer, though standing is still very hard. Last week I set a new record by standing for 30 minutes without feeling too faint. Symptoms I still have: PROFOUND fatigue. It does wax and wane, but it's overall debilitating. What happens is within 30 minutes to an hour of waking up, I get hit with this wave of exhaustion, and I feel like I need to lie down. My eyes get heavy, I'm exhausted, I almost feel disoriented. The bulk of the feeling seems to settle around my eyes. Severe brain fog--I can't think. I'm still getting lightheaded sometimes. Although I can stand for longer, it's still very hard to stand (just stand, not walking) without feeling faint and exhausted. I'm having on and off digestive problems (semi-diarrhea). Even though it seems to be getting better, I'm still deeply struggling. I am just so exhausted and I'm terrified it won't ever go away. I can't do anything I enjoy. I can't run, I can't go to yoga class, I can't hike. Going to the store is so difficult for me. The fatigue hits me and I get disoriented and exhausted and it's just impossible to go shopping. And I just.... I don't know what to do. This is taking away my quality of life. I'm miserable. The last time I went to the doctor she told me she didn't know what to do with me, which felt awful. All I want is to be able to do things I enjoy, and I literally cannot, and it's really fucking me up emotionally (I have a therapist already). Is it possible for symptoms from anemia to linger like this? I know optimal ferritin is above 50 and I'm not there yet. Moving IS also exhausting, so perhaps that's causing an increase in symptoms. I think this is either leftover from the low iron OR the iron uncovered/triggered a new health condition for me. I didn't have any of these symptoms before the anemia. I also feel the same way I felt when the ferritin was very low--I don't have any new symptoms, and it's not getting worse. It's just THERE. IF it could be something else, what do I say to my doctor? What do I ask for? I have had: a stress test/stress echo, tests for B12, vitamin D, an electrolyte panel, a mono test, my thyroid tested (though I don't think it was a ~full panel~; not sure how this works but it was just TSH), obviously the iron panel/CBC, aaaand probably some other things I'm forgetting. I'm as certain as I can be that this isn't depression; it feels very physical, definitely unlike any emotional symptoms I've ever had before. My doctor has been good but if she can't help with this I'm definitely going to get a second opinion with an internist. I'm desperate for relief. I'll do anything. TIA.

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I am looking for quiet, free, public or publicish places in Toronto to meet with 2-15 other people for talks. Do you know of any?I am involved in a few activities where it'd be really nice to be able to reserve a free, quiet place to get a small or medium group together in a place that is not one of our houses for a couple hours and be able to hear each other speak or present. Bars/restaurants with reservable rooms are fine (and are our current solution), though we're very interested in spaces where no one needs to buy anything for us to be there. We've checked library rooms, but the ones we can reserve ahead of time have associated (reasonable) fees. What am I missing? Are there rooms in community centres or schools or universities that we're missing? Any specific teahouses or restaurants? Government buildings? Friendly communal living areas? These spaces would be especially magical if they were TTC accessible and maybe downtown or west of High Park.

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I have light gray curtains. (How) can I successfully dye them a color like a vibrant marigold orange or golden yellow? If that's not possible, what about a turquoise or a cobalt? I think they are a natural fabric like cotton or linen, but I'm not sure. How do I find out what fabric they're made of so I can select the correct kind of dye? And, to help match the color scheme, what color should I paint the fireplace mantle?Dyeing to me seems kind of arcane and mysterious, so I'm grateful for any technical advice you have on making it work and not ending up with weird-colored, unevenly-dyed curtains. Currently my house is painted white, with gray curtains and gray trim for the fireplace. I want to move toward a more vibrant color scheme but keep the white walls. I'm loosely basing my desired house color scheme off the colors of the stained glass in my front door. The colors I'm going for are red (already have a deep red couch so that's covered), orange (like in this painting of a lobster mushroom on my wall), yellow (don't have anything yellow yet), and some sort of turquoise or cobalt or other striking blue (planning to use this color on the fireplace mantle). I am leaning toward yellow or marigold or orange for the curtains -- I feel like the filtered sunlight through the curtains would look better with a warm color than a cool color. I don't think I want my living room to feel like the inside of an aquarium. Also I think that a dark blue would be too dark next to the dark red couch... But I'm open to ideas. There are three windows in my living room. I've thought about having them all the same color, three different curtain colors (one per window each of yellow/orange/blue), or two curtain sets of the same color and one of a different color. What would look best? I am planning on painting the fireplace mantle (which is currently gray) in whichever blue I decide to go for, which is part of why I'm hoping to make the curtains a warm color (for contrast). I I could potentially do the mantle yellow or orange instead of blue, but I think that would clash with mostly beige colors of the ancestral family map that's above the mantle, and also has a thin stripe of blue in its matting. Oh -- I also sometimes throw flowers up there in the little ceramic vases next to the map, usually a stem or three in orange, red, or yellow. Should I just match the mantle to the blue in my stained glass but make it a bit deeper? I'd love if people can suggest (1) explain dyeing to me, especially what my options are for fabric that already has a light gray shade, (2) suggest color schemes, and (3) link to specific suggestions for shades of blue for the mantle. Thank you for hoping me be coherently colorful!

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How do I learn to just go with the flow and accept the never-ending flow of communication and requests at work? My INTJ brain is always bracing for the worst!Everyday at work, is a constant flow of interruptions and questions and impromptu conversations, and emails, and IMs, requests, and silence, and meetings, and tasks, and urgent to-dos and mundane tasks, and phonecalls from people who don't want to put things in writing, and questions, and answers, and more questions. Phew! With all this unplanned activity, my INTJ brain struggles to just go with the flow and I'm often in a defensive mode, because I view all this communication as disruptive to what I need to get done. For example, I hesitate to reply to IM's from certain people, or don't pick up the phone when it's an unknown number, or read over an incoming email once and don't respond, and before I know it, 10 new emails about 10 unrelated topics have buried it. In reality though, impromptu conversations and questions, and open communication, help me learn things and complete things overall. How can I remind myself of this, stop being defensive, and be more receptive myself to realtime communication? If you have a similar work environment, how do you approach this -- any particular philosophy (or even quotes) that you go by?

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Currently I drive a large SUV and have decided that my next car will be a Prius. But I'm torn over whether to buy new or used. Details below the fold.I'm 95% sold on a Prius over other models since I have driven Toyotas and have had very positive experiences. I also like that the Prius is a mid-sized car. Currently I am debating about getting a brand new car or used (probably a 2014 or 2015 model). The two criteria that are most important to me are safety and cost (total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the car). I am looking for as many safety features as possible: Blind-spot assist, Lane departure warning, Automatically brakes to avoid collisions). It appears that in order to get those features, I need to go with the high-end model. Below are what I see as the pros and cons for each option. What else am I missing? Reasons to buy a new Prius - More top safety features (some are now standard in the Prius) - The discount for buying a used Prius is less than many other used cars - Slightly better interest rate - I think there is typically a period of free maintenance and service? - Longer time before battery needs to be replaced - Slightly better fuel economy Reasons to buy a used Prius - Lower purchase price (I estimate I'll be saving around $10K) - I drive a lot and park in a lot of garages and on city streets, resulting in dents and dings in my cars. I like not worrying about minor scratches and would worry about keeping a new car looking nice. - Slightly lower insurance costs What else am I missing? Right now I am leaning towards the used car since $10,000 is a lot of money. But would it be better in the long run to go with the new car?

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A while ago I mixed a little tea tree oil into maybe a cup and a half of olive oil (non-extra-virgin). You were supposed to wash your face with it. I tried that and didn't like it, and now I've had this bottle of oil sitting in my shower for months. What else can I do with it, especially without putting it on my body? (The googlenets say to put it on my hair... *shrug*?)

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I am looking for a book I read when I was in primary school. I have always thought the title was Sister, but the name is too vague to bring up any good matches on Google or book sites. Read in Australia between 1990 - 1995.Here is what I remember about the book: ~ Title: Sister (I thought) ~ Borrowed from primary school library, Australia, 1990 - 1995 ~ Blue/purple cover, I seem to remember butterflies ~ A period piece I think, as I'm pretty sure the toilet was an outhouse The story details I remember are: ~ Girl with a mother who has a mental illness or disability (this may not have been spelled out, but was alluded to) ~ Not sure where the dad was, dead? ~ Mum has a baby and the girl has to help with the birth (becoming a sister, I guess) ~ The girl gets her period and as she has never had anyone to talk to about puberty, she thinks she is having a baby due to helping her mum deliver the baby earlier, and the blood that was involved (I think this is where the outhouse came into the story) This book is the first book that made me cry, and my own sister seems to remember it too, but we cannot for the life of us find any record it. Does it sound familiar?

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This has always been one of my greatest interests. I get such a thrill out of visiting and searching for locations used for films (or TV, I guess). There doesn't seem to be a whole lot out there. There's the Filming Locations page for each entry on IMDB, there's http://www.themoviemap.com/ and other similar things, but I'm looking for more like a community/forum where people can ask and discuss and figure things out.

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I have a Fort Knox Defender 6026 gun safe, 2004 edition. Per internet search, new models of the safe sells for well over $2000, though the new version has fire rating of 90 minutes, while mine is rated for 50 minutes. I plan to craigslist the safe, but I want to see if the hivemind can advise what's a reasonable sale price to expect.I inherited the safe from the house's previous owner. I don't own guns or any other valuables like jewelry so don't really see a reason to keep it. New ones cost >$2000, but has better fire resistance time. Here is the link to the newer version with the same model number. So I don't know what to reasonably expect for this 2004 model. An acquaintance offered me $200 to take it off my hands, but that feels awfully low for what it is selling now (or am I just being too greedy?)

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During a long car ride this past weekend, I put on some episodes of Wow in the World for my four year old, and he loved them. I particularly liked that they were better than his usual request of poppy kids music. Unfortunately, episodes only come out twice a week. What are other podcasts, preferably short and educational, that are aimed at young kids?

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My background: B.S. in Psychology (with a Minor in Anthropology). Just graduated. I haven't found a job yet (I graduated in May) and am wanting to become a User Experience Researcher. With zero experience in design or the tech industry, I'm wondering how to break into this field. I learn best through a structured in-person setting, where I can learn alongside others and have access to mentors. Should I get a Master's in HCI, or should I take General Assembly's User Experience Design Immersive course?I know that User Experience Research (or Usability Research... these fields have so many names!) is part of User Experience Design (UX Design). However, I've been told (and have realized for myself) that my talents and interests lie more in the research side rather than the design side. I'm very analytical, and enjoy research. I've always wanted a job doing ethnography work. I see those commercials where a guy/gal is talking to a group of people about their experiences with a product (I'm sure, like with most things, this process works differently in the real world than it does on screen). I've always wanted to have a job like that. I'm interested in what people think, and how they work and interact with the world. As a quick aside: interpersonal communication is my TRUE passion (I found this out as a senior - too late to change my minor), but besides academia or becoming a marriage counselor, I can't think of a career where I could use further education in this body of interest. Becoming a college professor sounds cool but too long of a road and too much competition, and being a marriage counselor sounds like hell. Anyway, it seems like UX Design engulfs every search I do - there are few courses teaching UX Research, and most jobs seem like they just want a UX Designer. It's a bit annoying. Here's the deal: I'm unemployed, I have no experience with a real career, and I already know what I want to get into. With nothing to show to employers however, I'm not sure what to do. I learn best by doing hands on work, and with both UX Design and Research, hands on work seems to be a collaborative activity with others, not something you can just solo teach yourself and add to your portfolio like design. Although even that would require a collaboration, now that I think of it. Thus, I don't see how online solo learning of UX would move me forward, without the ability to collaborate with others. I'm not going to build an app or website to conduct UX research over - programming and web development aren't part of my talents. I unfortunately don't have any friends in any applicable IT industry that I could collaborate with. And so the three remaining options that I see are: 1. A UX Researcher internship: I've been searching, but they want people who have experience conducting UX Research. It's a catch-22 - I need experience to gain experience. 2. Getting a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction: While this would give me a pretty thurough education, it would come at a significant cost: Time and Money. Especially money. And I regularly read that to get a job in UX, often a Master's degree isn't required. 3. A boot camp, such as General Assembly's User Experience Design Immersive course. This is expensive ($13,950), but not as expensive as a Master's. It's a ten week extreamly intense program which purports to teach from the bottom up people who are transitioning into UX via unrelated careers. Additionally, it's taught in my area - Austin, Texas - and the students and instructors I would work with would be familiar with Austin (a significant help in networking). I'm heavily considering General Assembly, but I want to make sure that it pays off. I've done a megaton of research, and by and large they have a very positive reputation. It doesn't immediately lead to a job, but within 6 months (or less), most people find an entry level UX job. However, from some alumni, I have also read that it's a big help to have prior design experience. Others say it's not, but that does give me a bit of pause. Also, I only want to be a UX Researcher, not a Designer. Still, General Assembly's course sounds like my best bet. But before I throw down the money, does anyone any experience with General Assembly? Should I take a closer look into getting a Master's? Are there any other ways that I could get into UX Research given my limited background? Thank you!

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I just got back from the Travelers' Rest music festival, two days of music in Missoula, Montana curated by The Decemberists. The main stage acts were all great, but I want to laud their second stage acts, starting with the first band to play all weekend, opening Saturday, Caroline Keys And The Lanesplitters and a sample track: Fort Benton. The Sasha Bell Band was the 2nd second stage band. Love Is Alright is a recent studio track from them. Here's the band performing Castle Keep at a local Missoula music joint. [handheld live recording] Next up was Alialujah Choir, who were utterly electrifying live. Here's a studio track: Building A Nation, which features a theremin solo. Here's a second track: A House A Home. Eyelids was pretty thrilling if you liked 90s "indie rock" vibe. One sample would be the track Camelot. Another sample: Falling Eyes. Sunday's opening second stage band, which also opened the music for next 8 hours of bands, was percussion band 1939 Ensemble. Sabotage [not a Beastie Boys cover] seems to the only video they have online, but they do have a live performance of Prince Street also. Kyle Craft was next, blowing the doors off the doorless tent with glam bombast, playing songs like Eye Of The Hurricane. Heck, he was so great, here's a KEXP live performance [23m30s]. The name Olivia Chaney might be familiar to fans of The Decemberists, as she is the lead of related band Offa Rex. She did a solo set, including The King's Horses and Imperfections. The final second stage act to play for the weekend was a band from Thailand playing sort of psychedelic surf rock, Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band. Homemade Thai instruments and Western music merge in tracks such as Chackim or Phua Kao.

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I recently switched jobs within my field and ended up working at a university. It offers employees a small tuition allowance. If you were in your mid-thirties pining for a higher paying career path, would you take advantage of this? If so, what degree would you get?Me: Mid-thirties, BS in poli sci, MPA. Been doing slightly stuffy bureaucratic work in non-profits and state agencies for ten years, still making a straight-up humiliating amount of money. Didn't exactly pan out the way I wanted it to. I'm slavering to do anything else as long as I can eventually add a digit to my yearly salary. My opportunity: Around 6 free credit hours of classes per semester. My previous credits transfer, so I'm looking at around 4 years of part-time school to finish without putting any money in, slightly faster if I want to pony up some cash of my own (or find scholarships). I think I could handle about half-time enrollment without going crazy. My question: Would grabbing a different degree make a hair's difference in my actual real-world prospects? This isn't Harvard; it's a middling state school. I am a bit of a hobby coder, so I would like to think that snagging a CS degree and putting some work into some personal or open-source projects would get my foot in the door in the tech world, but maybe I'm too old for that? Maybe there is something more lucrative I'm not thinking about? Or maybe there's no damn good reason to put in the work and no matter what I do I'll be stuck in the bread line forever. I don't know! Given my situation and my motivations, how should I proceed?

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I have been dealing with symptoms of extreme fatigue for about a month now, sleeping 10+ hours a night and still desperate to take naps during the day. I am so drowsy sometimes that I feel it might be unsafe for me to drive and do other necessary functions during the day.I requested a blood workup from my doctor, and the tests she decided to run came back normal, but I am definitely not feeling normal. Wondering what next steps are. These are the tests she ordered: fasting glucose, fasting lipid panel, TSH, hemoglobin A1C, potassium, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, CBC, alanine aminotransferase. I feel like Vitamin D should also have been tested, and perhaps even urine. I would appreciate some advice about what else might be useful to have tested to try to get to the root of this problem. Thank you.

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I'm working on the design for a website. Can you point to any websites that have an excellent style for block quotes / extracts from external references, pullquotes, citations, and similar elements? I am hoping to find some inspiration.I'm particularly interested in sites that do a good job of integrating smaller sections from longer external sources, as I am almost certain there has to be an innovative way of exposing the relevant information.

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In my daughter's AP Government class over the summer, her instructor is posting little clues to help her class know which news stories they should be aware of. Most of them have been relatively simple, like "Oh Lordy," "Mooch," "Fire and Fury," etc But they have different levels, and the most difficult one, posted on 8/4, was simply "49 48 23"I'm a pretty big news junkie, but I just can't figure this one out. I thought maybe it was referring to parallels. The 49th parallel is the US-Canadian border, for instance. But I don't see any news story associated with that, and it doesn't explain the other numbers. HELP

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It's been a while. And now, just as they are about to launch their biggest rocket so far, Copenhagen Suborbital's founder Peter Madsen has been arrested for murder.

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