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Recently I found a good deal on a direct drive DJ turntable which was manufactured for the japanese market. I know japanese consumer electronics run on 100V while US runs on 120V. I have heard conflicting things on whether this would be an issue. It seems like the turntable would likely run but I have heard some reports that this difference in voltage might eventually damage it. Is a power adaptor a permanent solution to this problem? Is a power adaptor even necessary?

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Meet Ulf. He lives north of the Arctic Circle and makes boat. He swims daily (brief male buttock shot), does household chores, and relaxes. Ulf is content. [10 minutes, Vimeo]

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Try to find a Christmas song I saw on YouTube years ago. It's sung by a young woman, I think in a big city, I remember coffee cups, possibly Starbucks reds, and that there was a lyric about liking Christmas "even though I'm a jew..."

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I have a good female friend whom I have some history with and a girlfriend. My friend is hurting as I prioritize her less and my girlfriend more. I want to respect both of them and their feelings.I have a friend, A, whom I met a year ago and became close with. Our relationship was a friends with benefits situation, but heavy on the friends part. We went to restaurants, explored the city, hiked, cooked at home, texted frequently, etc. She insisted that we weren't dating and did not want to be in a real relationship. That was fine with me because I didn't think we'd be compatible in a long term relationship anyway (differences over money, family, etc). Over time we became, what I would consider, best friends. While this was happening, I continued to explore online dating in the hopes of finding a partner for a relationship that had long term potential. All with A's full knowledge and approval. About 6 months ago, I met B. She had the traits I was looking for in a long term partner so I stopped the benefits part of the FWB arrangement with A and started dating B to get to know her. As B and I dated and spent more time together, I had less time to spend with A. I also cut out activities with A that would seem too relationship-y like cooking together. I currently go to the gym with A a few times a week and get dinner or coffee maybe once or twice a week. A and I still feel like close friends, but any physical and romantic interest is gone from both of us. In the mean time, my relationship with B has grown to the point where we're discussing marriage. B is aware of my history with A and finds the situation a bit uncomfortable but hasn't told me to stop being friends with A. Initially, I tried to get them to meet, but neither one wanted to meet the other. At one point in the past, I had told A I would take a weekend vacation with her, but I didn't have the time so it kept getting pushed off. Then I started dating B, who is too uncomfortable to let me travel alone with A. I had to tell A that the trip was no longer an option. A refuses any compromises like bringing B or other friends. In fact, A now hates B and never wants to meet her. A is so hurt by my backing out of this trip (and all the cutting back in the friendship we've had to do) that she wants to end our friendship if the trip doesn't happen. I've talked to both of them about this. A thinks she's made all the sacrifices and that B is controlling, unreasonable, and not concerned with A's feelings at all. B thinks A is a toxic friend who is causing me undue stress and has some growing up to do. I just don't want to hurt either of them, but it seems I've worked myself into a corner and that's not possible. Now my questions: (1) Where did I go wrong, and how am I an idiot (because it feels like it's all my fault)? (2) Is there any way to smooth this specific situation over? (3) How do you balance the needs of close friends with the needs of an SO?

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Help me figure out where my family should live in San Antonio.It seems very likely that I will soon be offered a job on the south side of San Antonio, just west of Harlandale. If so, we will need to move very quickly. I'll be looking for a three-or four-bedroom rental home in a good school district for my young children. I would prefer to pay no more than $1200 in rent (less is better!) and prefer no more than a 30 minute commute. Variable: my wife will be looking for work, probably in elementary or middle school teaching, and we have no idea where in the city she might wind up, so general accessibility to much of the town is another plus. Help me narrow things down. What areas should we consider?

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My beloved ipod nano (4th gen) has finally died after a solid 6 year run. What are my options for a replacement?Required: -battery life >6h continuous audio, absolute bare minimum (12h+ strongly preferred) -screen sufficient to see track names and scroll to new songs (indifferent to colour/video) -well under 200$ -not a phone -8GB capacity was fine, but wouldn't like to go lower Preferred: -much longer battery (ipod was great at first, would go on for days...not as great in the end but even then never died during the day on a full charge) -durable (I will drop it SO many times, I promise you...everything I had before the ipod broke within a year) -as cheap as possible Bonus if: -no itunes or other software needed -small enough to fit happily in female-sized pockets (ipod was great since it was so slim) -higher capacity (I love the ones with a microSD slot allowing upgrades) -user friendly, easy to navigate, etc For reference my old ipod was pretty much ideal in every way except price, and having to deal with itunes. Otherwise I'd just get the newest nano, which doesn't look too awful (~150$ CAD for 16GB, could be worse but still more expensive than I'd prefer). No idea if the battery life is still good on the new models anyway. From reading past threads here and reviews elsewhere, the Sansa Clip+ seems like an excellent choice, and is very cheap. However, not many people mention battery life in the threads here, and a number of reviews (ex) specifically mention problems with battery life, with reviews ranging wildly from "dies after 3h" (totally unacceptable) to "great battery life" or "not the advertised 15h but still gets 8-10h" or "usually lasts all day" (not ideal, but acceptable). It seems like the batteries on the Clip+ might not have great quality control, so it's variable? Battery life is the most important factor for me, with cost a close second - I want something that I can listen to for an entire workday without stopping to charge it (i.e. minimum 6h, but ideally also the longer days, like 12h or more). I will only be using it to play mp3s, with the screen on the dimmest setting, but shuffle/scroll around to find songs a LOT (pretty much between every song). It seems like a lot of people on here own/have owned the Clip+. Can anyone give me more details about the battery life they've gotten with it, or similar models like the Zip or Fuze? Will the battery life of the clip+ drive me to madness or is it tolerable? Is it worth paying an extra 20-30$ to get a Fuze or Zip, especially battery-wise? Anyone with experience of the battery life of the newest iPod nano, for comparison? Any alternative suggestions? Thanks!

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"Truth be told, you should really set aside a weekend and watch all 83 sets back-to-back. But until then, here's a cross-section of favorites, from pop to opera, hip-hop, jazz, rock, country and whatever genre is broad enough to contain the Sun Ra Arkestra." 2014: The Year In Tiny Desk Concerts (here's the full list ).

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I go to New York about once a year, and have been to many restaurants over the years -- both high-end and (more often) not so high end. My favorite restaurant used to be Bellavitae on Minetta Lane, but it's been closed for more than a few years now. Tia Pol in Chelsea is still around, but I was there last time.We (staying in Midtown) are going to be in the city in early January and I am looking for a nice romantic(ish) -- i.e., not too loud and noisy -- restaurant. I have been reading and looking at all kinds of reviews and frankly I am exhausted. So far I am thinking about Aldea. It looks nice - is it? We like all kinds of food -- no restrictions. But we're on a bit of budget -- so not looking at the very high end. My question: Can you suggest any (new maybe?) restaurants in New York that are romantic, not too noisy and have excellent food? And -- if you know -- is Aldea good?

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What great DIY food gifts are out there that can be made on short notice, don't contain pricey specialty ingredients, and can be packaged in cellophane or something similar, to be transported and given out as individual treats?Here are my (hopefully doable) guidelines: 1. Can be made quickly/on short notice (no homemade vanilla extract) 2. No pricey one-off ingredients like walnut oil or feuilletine or who knows what else 3. Can be packaged individually, preferably in a cellophane bag, or could also do mason jars. 4. Semi-nonperishable (nothing refrigerated like lemon curd or jarred cheesecakes) 5. Not a cookie Some ideas I've come across that are possibilities but not thrilling: unique/fun rice krispy treats, muddy buddies, rosemary crackers. I'd love to do homemade caramels but don't have a candy thermometer. Would prefer sweet stuff, but good savory suggestions are alright too.

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I'm kicking my band back into existence after 15 years. Where does one find professional and committed fellow players in L.A. nowadays?I've been very active in my adopted city as an audience member, occasional engineer, and freelance media type, but nobody who knows me in my "new life" really knows me as the serious songwriter/musician I once was. The last time I went looking for bandmates was in the late '90s, so I'm curious to know what the best options are in 2015. Craigslist seems like a strictly amateur option, and a city as creatively dense as L.A. surely must have other, better online avenues, beyond just networking with the folks I know (95% of whom are in multiple bands already). Thoughts?

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beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air ...and the blowback.

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This Friday, Darlene Love will perform "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show for the 28th and last time. She's performed it every year since 1986, on both Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman. Here's a supercut compilation of her performances. Some of the individual performances are also available: 1986, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, (2007 was cancelled due to writer's strike), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (Darlene Love previously.)

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I go to a no-tip hair salon. I do not see the owner. Is it appropriate to give a cash tip for Christmas?

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Seattle's unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck — "In short: There is no plan to resolve the dispute over cost overruns, which are ubiquitous on projects like this; at $4.2 billion, it's the most expensive transportation project in state history. The tunnel will have no exits - no ingress or egress - throughout the entire downtown core (which makes the support of downtown businesses all the more mystifying). It won't allow transit, only cars. It will be tolled, highly enough, by the state's own estimates, to drive nearly half its traffic onto the aforementioned side streets. It will be a precarious engineering feat, the widest deep-bore tunnel in history, digging right between a) Puget Sound and b) the oldest part of Seattle, with vulnerable buildings and God-knows-what buried infrastructure. Also: Pollution. Climate change. It's the 21st f'ing century. On and on. People said all this and more, in real time, to no avail." Seattle, Pull the Plug on the Tunnel Unless You Can Answer These Seven Questions But to answer the question-should we juice this lemon?-depends on whether Seattle can figure out if the project is still viable. (Moon has an excellent op-ed you should read about this.) So, if I have any magical predictive powers left, my advice is to answer these seven questions. If you can't get the answers, or if the answers suck, kill the tunnel. 1. What is the timeline to finish this project? 2. What is the plan if the tunnel-boring machine breaks down again? 3. How many more setbacks can Seattle Tunneling Partners (STP), the private contractor digging the tunnel, afford before it abandons the project? 4. If the contractor does pull out, what's the state's backup plan? 5. If the tunnel boring machine fails and the state decides it needs more money, where will that money come from? 6. How much more can the ground settle before we close the viaduct? 7. When the viaduct closes-not if, when-what is the city's plan for traffic around downtown, Ballard, and West Seattle? Ask all of these questions, Seattle. And if you feel the answers you're given are inadequate, press harder. When it comes to megaprojects, obfuscation is par for the course.

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This is my first winter in an apartment with radiators and I am trying to understand what to expect from them. So far, it pretty much feels cold all the time. Is this normal?I'm on the top floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn. The thermostat is on the ground floor. It is set to 75 degrees and I'm told that if the temperature in the apartment drops below 75 the heat will turn on. The temperature in my apartment has never been 75, it hovers between 66 and 70. (Admittedly, this is not crazy uncomfortable, but it still gets a little chilly - enough so that I question the accuracy of the thermometer I've been using. For example, when it's 66, I need to be in longjohns and wool socks, or else I'll be freezing.) The radiators DO turn on periodically, but never for very long, and it never gets particularly toasty in here - certainly never anything that feels like 75. Is this to be expected? Is it just the case that when the downstairs is 75, the upstairs is bound to be a little cooler? This is a little counter-intuitive to me, but it would explain what's happening. Perhaps my core temperature is just cold? Does anyone have any wisdom or experience they can share?

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Dr Dobbs, one of the oldest programming publications announces the end.

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Report: Darren Wilson's Key Witness Lied About Everything: A summation of the findings of The Smoking Gun's investigation into Sandra McElroy also known as "Witness 40", a key witness for Officer Darren Wilson which may have been instrumental in preventing an indictment for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. [previously]

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One of my favorite little and silly gifts to give people is adopting a lobster from the UK's National Lobster Hatchery. What are other similar inexpensive and slightly silly -- but ideally also socially/environmentally conscious -- gifts you like to give people? Ideally it's a similar deal where they don't actually get more stuff to deal with, or if they do it's some sort of small acknowledgement that they won't feel bad about throwing out or recycling.

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How do I adjust my pumpkin pie if I'm making them smaller and with crusts from scratch?I recently got a silicone mini pie dish that makes four 3-inch pies. I've made pumpkin pie in the past, but always with pre-made 9-inch pie crusts. Now I'm trying to make tiny pies, and am confused in my attempts to join this data together. I'm okay with some of the basics. I have four balls of dough in plastic wrap in the fridge right now. But for the next step I'm a little confused, since I pre-bake pumpkin pie crusts, and I can find example recipes online for pre-baked crusts from scratch, but they all assuming 9-inch pies. Some recipes are saying I should freeze my pie crusts before baking them? Why? How much will this change the baking time versus a 9-inch crust? Anything else I should know?

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Where are the best trivia nights in Austin, Texas? I am looking for something that is fun, but treated seriously and with thoughtful, wide-ranging, difficult questions.I used to participate in the trivia night at Pacific-Standard in Brooklyn and loved it, so if you are familiar with that trivia night (a long shot), I am looking for something similar. I visit Austin a lot because of family but don't live there. Super bonus points if you are aware of any trivia nights this December 26 or 27.

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On Dec 15, 2014, Microsoft announced the first public beta preview for new Skype Translate, a service which will (eventually) work as a go-between to help break down language barriers during voice calls. The initial trial is Spanish <> English only,</> [2m marketing video] but that's only the beginning. How, though, does it work? And the even bigger question, DOES it work? (The answer appears to be yes.)

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I enjoy reading erudite yet caustic criticism of literature.One example would be Michael Hofmann's recent review of Martin Amis's The Zone of Interest that is utterly scathing. I am looking for specific reviews or names of reviewers that have such a reputation. I am not looking for general criticism about the humanities, philosophy or theory (tedious criticism that I loathe). Thank you.

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I'm looking for recommendations of books and resources on cerebral palsy.We found out yesterday that our twins are showing early signs of cerebral palsy. It's not a diagnosis yet and might not turn out to be one, but I don't know much about it and I'd like to learn more. I saw this post and will be checking out those blogs, but I'm also looking for book recommendations. Books about therapy, parenting kids who have cerebral palsy, or memoirs of people who are living with it would all be great. I know I'm always asking you guys for book recommendations, but ...... well, you're good at them. Thank you very much!

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So, I was born at a summer camp (well, in a nearby hospital, but that was where we lived when I was born). Since then, there have been 7 other kids born there, and as the oldest I'd like to give them all something as a sort of "welcome to the club" gift. But what?? Requirements inside...Currently our ages are: 39, 35, 30, 28, 13, 11, 1, and 0 (4 days old!). Half female, half male. So it needs to be: --something we would all like --something that can be personalized to say "Camp Stevens Native" or whatever (also our symbol is a sprouting acorn if that gives you any ideas) --something not too expensive, because I need to buy 8 of them...maybe $20 at the most? --something that will continue to be available in the future, since there will probably be more of us --something cool that will hopefully be a treasured possession

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Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure.We know about Kahn Academy and code.org; they're great, but they're not what we're looking for. We're in the US, near Seattle.

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