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"Weird Al" Yankovic - 77 Cover Songs Supercut. On his most recent tour, Al and his band would do a straight-up cover during the encore at each show. Song breakdown in the YouTube description.

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What was this music I heard on the radio? The format was a singer backed by a wind band. Generally, tempos were energetic, but vocal delivery was melancholy. What seemed distinct was that a number of the pieces featured clarinet with a sad inflection, almost a bit Klezmer-style. 'Banda' seems to be the closest genre to what I heard, but recordings don't come close to what I remember.The recordings of banda I've found online don't have the same character. The brass section sounds almost synthesized, and the clarinet playing seems a lot more conventional.

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Friedrich Nietzsche or Janelle Monáe?

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For those who followed my last question about a music library shared between several devices, I chanced upon a strange solution that I think will work for us. Spotify's local file system (along with Resilio sync). Now I need to be able to change Song title and artist tags on the file metadata so Spotify names them right. What software do you recommend? (mac)

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I'm going to be starting a new recovery group, so far I'm just planning a pilot group in Portland, Oregon. The format will be different than most recovery groups, and the emphasis is that everyone is in recovery from something. Help me brainstorm!I want to start a recovery group with a new, reimagined format, one which emphasizes self empowerment about choosing what recovery looks like for you; where "take what works and leave the rest" is the starting premise. One that focuses and recognizes peoples inherent strength, intuition and potential for self-organization, rather than arbitrating a static, unchanging set of rules which inevitably become obsolete, dogmatic and potentially counterproductive. What I've got so far is that each meeting, a specific type of coping strategy or tool or concept or group exercise* is introduced by a volunteer, discussed for a bit, then open it up for checking in, (I have more specific ideas about all this, but thats the basic idea). Also have a wiki for topics people have brought up? *a few ideas or sessions I would hold myself: Introduction to mindfulness Harm reduction strategies Medications as allies "playing the tape out" Living with dual diagnoses A bunch of cbt and dbt concepts The role of trauma in addiction The gut-brain axis As you can see, a lot of these concepts are applicable to recovery of any kind, not just substance use, and almost everyone's in recovery from something. What would your ideas for such a group in general? Advice? Potential pitfalls? Would you attend if it was in your area? What are your complaints with current recovery culture? What would it look like if recovery was reimagined to be dynamic and changeable? Do you think I'll get enough volunteers to present? What topics would you potentially being up? Anyone want to help in any form? Feel free to pm me, as well.

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How do you keep up the energy to sustain initiatives, particularly if you have to put in a lot of the energy?I'm not very good anyway at keeping going on stuff. I have great ideas but lose willpower or, more often literally forget about stuff so I will start a diet, keep it up for a week and then not just slip up but genuinely forget all about it... So given that I'm not great at this kind of thing when it's just me, I find it even harder when I have to put in the energy to keep others going too- eg getting a reluctant child to practice reading every night or pushing forward improvements to team dynamic that need a bit of encouragement. How do you keep that momentum going and specifically encourage others to keep going without nagging or getting frustrated?

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I recently checked into a hotel while two people in dog costumes nuzzled and pawed at each other behind me, because I had been invited to attend Fur-Eh, an Edmonton-based furry convention. In part because I am a hardworking writer, but mostly because I've heard these conventions are a great place to score drugs, I spent three days hanging with furries. Here's what I learned. 5) Here's what a furry convention is 4) The media has not been kind to furries 3) So here's what the appeal is 2) A furry convention is inevitably full of shenanigans 1) In the end, it's really nothing that remarkable

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The first recorded goat kidnapping was in 1953. The animal was the property of the United States Naval Academy, the perpetrators were from West Point, and a football tradition was born. This wasn't about ransom; it was psychological warfare in the name of Army football.

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Sending disabled people to inaccessible centres causes pain and distress. Worse, it leads to them being denied benefits. (SLGuardian)This is Britain's benefit system in a nutshell: a wheelchair user is told to negotiate 44 steps to get her benefits. Linda's letter informs her that if she thinks she'll "have difficulty" using the stairs, she should "ring the helpdesk", so they can "make alternative arrangements for you". Calling a helpline is little use when you're deaf; panicked, Linda had to ask a friend over to contact the DWP for her. I ask Linda what alternative the DWP officials told her she could have. "None at all," she says, "despite my friend, a MP and my doctor all saying I can't get up or down any steps."

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For nearly 1,000 years, the Gorgan Wall was the longest and mightiest border wall ever built. It was twice as long as Hadrian's Wall, and its construction is an unsolved mystery to this day. [SLTwitter]

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Looking for a fairly recent comic book series about some rent-a-cops who guard an alien spaceport on Earth.The aliens aren't really hostile but more indifferent to earthlings, but when they come out of the spaceport need to be guarded to stop them killing earthlings or being killed due to culture shock. The port is an economic endeavor, not so much a political or diplomatic one. Nobody knows much about the aliens. There is an evil corporation running things. It's gritty and dark and despairing and for the life of me I can't remember its name.

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My recent-high-school-grad 17-year-old niece will be in Paris for a month, starting next week. She's been there a few times, and as before will stay with a family outside the city. Her grandmother and I wish to gift her with something that might goose her to venture outside her comfort zone in the 'burbs and check out cultural riches in the city.Niece's parents give her enough money to do what she likes. What her grandma and I seek here is along the lines of, say, a month-long paid-for pass to historical sites or museums that provide an English-speaking docent, AND/or a map/calendar to whatever Parisians do in the early summer that might expose her more fully to everyday life and people. Whilst also being fun. Analogous maybe to outdoor movies in summertime L.A., or civic music festivals everywhere, or . . . or . . . or? Niece has little French - she's needed little in her previous visits, as the home life she's been in there speaks English. She has a clique of friends in place after the past few summers, though who knows if they still share the same interests, which I gather was mostly flirting with neighborhood boys and checking out stores on their few forays into Paris proper. Niece has had a fine time with all that and may want nothing more than the same, but is there some way we can enable an expansion of opportunities to experience Paris from afar?

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I accepted a job offer today, and am now wondering if I made the wrong decision.I recently (in the last 2 years) completed a Masters degree and am working in a relatively specialized field. It's been hard to find a job in my specialization, but I've managed to cobble together contracts that are related but not quite in my field to get me through the last couple years, including several months of unemployment last year. (which took me to a pretty bad place/was terrible for my depression) My latest contract is coming to a close and I managed to (finally) get a job in my field. It's exciting and an opportunity I feel like I should take. Only problem, I have to move (to a town I've lived in before/am familiar with/several hour plane journey away). At the time I applied, it felt like the right choice, and I was excited about the possibility. Since applying, my life circumstances have changed (I've recently managed to get a way nicer apartment than the one I was living in, and in the last two weeks I've started dating someone I actually like) I accepted the job offer today and have been crying since. How can I know if I made the right decision?

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As part of a culturally-responsive teaching program, I've been tasked with assembling a list of recent short stories (5-20 pages) to share with an Asian-American population of adolescents. I would very much like if the characters reflected, even in broad strokes, the readers' backgrounds. Any and all suggestions welcome.I've been very successful in creating similar short-story lists for my Latinx, African-American, and recent-immigrant readers, but I'm really struggling to find good, short, Asian-American fiction. Recently, I've tried (and failed) to sell the students on stories by Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston and Jhumpa Lahiri, because ... they're just a little subtle / mature / old-fashioned/ internal for the age group. I'm working with 12-14 year-olds, who prefer realistic and adventure fiction. Advice/resources welcome.

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Life will be much easier if I can take frozen pesto sauce in my checked bag when I fly to Vancouver in a few weeks. Will it be allowed?We're flying to Vancouver BC from the US in a few weeks, sightseeing and then joining 15 other people on a huge houseboat on Lake Shuswap five days later. I'm responsible for preparing one dinner for everyone, and I just read the houseboat FAQ and it's clear the kitchen isn't set up for cooking to that scale, despite the fact that it theoretically sleeps 22. I'd like to make pesto at home, vacuum seal it, freeze it, and then pack it in a thermal bag with a chemical ice pack in my luggage. There will be a freezer at the place we're staying in Canada, so it will only be exposed to above freezing temps for the two flight legs (6 hours) and two 3 hour drives (we're spending one night at another place with a freezer midway between Vancouver and Lake Shuswap.) When it's my turn to cook, I can just saute some chicken (which I will buy in Canada), put some pasta on to boil, toss a salad and break out some garlic bread: easy. TL;DR Will my frozen pesto be confiscated by Canadian authorities at the Vancouver airport ? I've looked around the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Canada Boarder Services Agency and there's a lot of information about raw ingredients and commercially prepared foods, but nothing about homemade foods that combine categories (e.g., cheese, nuts, fresh basil, fresh garlic, olive oil). Hope me avoid the heartbreak of confiscated pesto!

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I want to make a $25 donation to a group that takes only bitcoin. What is the easiest way to buy bitcoin?I looked and there are no bitcoin ATMs nearby me. I'd prefer to just buy some via credit card online, but if that's not a good idea I won't. I have paypal, apple pay, venmo if those are ways to get it. I am zero percent interested in keeping any, and don't care if I lose $5 or whatever on the transaction, so best price is not a concern.

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RIP and TCB, DJ Fontana. Best known as Elvis' drummer, Fontana backed Elvis from 1954 to 1968. He could deliver a machine gun on Blue Suede Shoes, or he could simply 'get out of the way', but his work with Presley "helped define the rhythmic foundations of the last several decades of pop music". He recorded 'approximately' 460 cuts with the King for RCA. The band is back together. DJ Fontana was 87.

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Because I did not re-sign a contract with my school, my health insurance will end at the end of this month. This summer, I will be living in two different states to work, and then eventually moving permanently to a third state in late August. Should I just chance it and go insurance-less until my contract starts with my new employer in August?

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Looking for the title of a strategy/action/combat combo game. Three different types of units, each with a different "mini-game". I remember a jeep that was a forward scrolling object dodging game and an anti-aircraft unit that was a Missile Command-style shooter. The third might be a tank of some kind. At the top level was a map where you moved these units around and attacked enemy units, triggering the mini-games. Help me get this out of my head by giving it a name.

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Enchanting Illustrations Carved From Old Books What happens to old hardcover books that no one wants any more? There's donation and recycling, but it seems that as often as not they end up forgotten, in boxes and piles in garages, attics, or basements, where they can grow musty and moldy. But sometimes they can be repurposed, and if they find themselves in the hands of illustrator Isobelle Ouzman, they can be art. Making the old new again, Altered Books aren't what you expect when you open the cover. Here's my favorite - what's yours?

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Psocids in the bedroom: how do I make sure I remove as many of them as possible from clothes and stuffed animals?This is a "sister question" to my previous ask about finding bugs in a handbag of mine- upon further inspection, I discovered some psocids/book lice on a few item of clothings and stuffed animals, prompting more doubts that I hope I'll be able to clear up with your help. -First things first, right now it's summer where I live and the humidity level of the room is currently around 56%. Most of the research I read on psocids states that it should be kept under 50% in order to kill them- is it worth it to buy a humidifier in your opinion? Would a portable one suffice or would you pick a more expensive machine? Opening the window and the door at the same time, even for almost an hour at noon, doesn't seem to reduce the level at all. -Onto the items. Freezing them is not an option, because family does not appreciate the thought of bugs so close to food. I do not own a dryer, so that's a no go as well. My plan of action would be: placing them in the sun for a couple of days at least; vacuuming them thoroughly; putting them in the washing machine at 40°; letting them dry out in the sun again. Would this ensure I kill both adults AND eggs? Should I keep the items "quarantined" in plastic bags and repeat the whole process –or parts of it, if so which?- after a couple of weeks to kill insects that may have hatched afterwards? Another issue is the water- most of those things can only be washed at max 40 degrees Celsius and I don't want to risk ruining them, but still wonder whether the water would be hot enough. What do you think? Any suggestion on which detergent to use, if any in particular? Lastly, should I run the self-cleaning cycle of the washing machine afterwards, to ensure I don't have any live bugs/eggs in there? I'm honestly concerned about this and, whilst I get no house can be 100% insect free, I'd love to get the situation under control as much as possible, so any help is highly, highly appreciated. Thank you so much.

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Yeah. It's another one of these. Two fantasy series I read as a child with titles and authors I can't remember. Maybe you can?Series one: our Standard Fantasy Hero (boy, the Chosen One) must collect coin-like tokens with a Greek cross symbol inscribed on them. Arthurian legend is involved. As is a drown green witch goddess. That's all I've got. Series two: a more alien world, same chosen one archetype. Two key scenes: he encounters a species that is fascinated by mankind and has therefore constructed giant sculptures of human organs (eyeballs, etc.). At one point he crosses a bridge and there are horrors crossing with him that are invisible to him but that his companion can see. A dead king with a throne room that has a grate over it forcing supplicants to crawl. These would have both been in a small town American public library in the late 80s. Anything?

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I've been in therapy since December. My therapist is great. We've mostly worked through the issues that I came into therapy with, and things were going good...until she recommended that I join a clinical group. And that is the very thing that is spiking me my suicidal ideation as of late. I'd like to get out but it's becoming very clear that I can't, and this is becoming a very big problem.To recap, I suffer from depression and anxiety and have a variety of issues that come with that. I feel good about what we've worked on since December, but the general feeling of hopelessness was still there. Given my high suicidal ideation and two prior suicide attempts, in January my therapist recommended that I go on antidepressants. Which I did. For a variety of reasons, I went off them in late-March. Looking back on it, going off my meds was a fantastic decision. I was experiencing high SI on them and since going off them it has definitely increased. I even had a 2 week span without any of those thoughts. However it was shortly before this time that I was perhaps at my very worst that my therapist has seen me, and she recommended I do psychological testing with another therapist at the practice. Which I did. When the results came back very negative, that is when she recommended I enter group therapy. Despite always being reluctant to the idea of it when she had brought it up before, I said OK. So all of this happened during a time when I started feeling really better. When I did my psych test, I was feeling really bad...but it was weeks later when she got the results and recommended group therapy, at which point I went off the meds and was doing much better. I've been in group DBT therapy for two months, and it is increasingly becoming a problem. After the first week I went, I didn't want to go back. But I did. However after this past week, I just can't keep going. (I should mention that my therapist previously led these group DBT sessions at the very practice I'm doing it at. So there's that.) While I still experience SI, and I don't think that will change anytime soon, lately it has been lower...except for about group. Group is the very thing that is giving me suicidal thoughts. In DBT we talk about TIB, which is Therapy Interfering Behavior, and I strongly believe with no exaggeration that going to group is that. There is nothing wrong with my group therapist or the people in group, but I can't keep going. Before group on Wednesday, I seriously contemplated killing myself...specifically because I didn't want to go. And then I went. I feel forced. I feel cornered. She has stated multiple times that if I discharge from group, then she will give me two weeks to find another similar clinical setting, and if I don't then she will have to terminate. This is even with my saying that group is the thing causing me this discomfort and high SI. A few months ago I brought up in session and how I'm attracted to her and feel attached to her, which is what is making this so hard. I don't want to get a new therapist. My attraction to her is a non-issue as far as focus in session goes, and one of the main things we are working on is developing attachment to others outside of therapy. There are a couple ways I can proceed from here, but I feel like nobody is listening to me. I get that this is her clinical recommendation, but this is having a negative impact on me and may be the very reason I go to the hospital within the next week. Help! Am I missing something here? This all feels out of my control. I would have zero distress over the past week if it weren't for this, and I think it's ripping me apart.

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I'm changing jobs, and my work Gmail account will be out of commission after my last day. I have some old emails I'd like to retain access to (for sentimental, not business, reasons) but will probably not have time to hunt them all down before the deadline. When the account is closed, will old emails still be visible in Mac Mail, or will it clear them out when it syncs?I don't know exactly how the process works on the back end -- i.e., whether control of the account is transferred to someone else in the company or whether the account is actually shut down.

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Is there a specific literary term for the character in autobiographical fiction who represents the author? In other words, Sal Paradise is Jack Kerouac's what? "Alter ego" is the best I can come up with, but I feel like I've heard a more specific term. Related question: Is there a different term for characters in autobiographical fiction who represent real people other than the author? In other words, Old Bull Lee is William S. Burroughs' what?

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