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I'm comfortable with computers, but far from an expert. But other people see my comfort and presume that I'm a total pro and ask that I take a look at their PC, because "its running too slow". What FREE bit of software would you recommend to optimize a person's Windows 7 PC so runs a bit faster or smoother? These users all use the Microsoft Suite and Firefox. Is there FREE software on the PC that deletes old caches or files or something similar?

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Rest in peace, Terence Bayler - groundbreaking NZ actor, Monty Python alum, and so much more. Mr. Bayler's role in 1952's "Broken Barrier", the first New Zealand post-WWII film, was his professional debut. He and his co-star, Kay Ngarimu, were celebrated with a postage stamp for NZ's cinema centenary. He's perhaps best known by a couple of generations as Gregory in "Life of Brian", the renowned and once-controversial parody of a messianic crucifixion. He often played gentlemen of elevated position in Monty Python sketches, and worked several times with Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam in non-Python projects, including the standout role of Leggy Mountbatten in "The Rutles". He also portrayed the Bloody Baron in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", a powerfully memorable MacDuff, and several dozen other interesting characters, including two different roles in classic Doctor Who episodes. Toby Hadoke's affectionate eulogy is certain to be a comfort to those who will miss him most.

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So-called 'mirror spiders' can "manipulate the mirrors in situations where they might feel threatened."

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"The Hyde Amendment was first authored by the late Representative Henry Hyde (a devout Roman Catholic) in 1976. He expressed the desire to outlaw all abortions, but Hyde knew that he could only effectively target women in poor communities." 35 States + D.C. deny a woman's coverage just because she is poor. #BeBoldEndHyde The Hyde Amendment Has Been Hurting Women for 40 Years, But Its Days Are Numbered (Cosmopolitan): The Hyde Amendment has been around for so long that many politicians view it as intractable, as though it is nothing more than ugly wallpaper that's too much of a hassle to replace. Even the Obama administration has indicated as much, calling Hyde a "longstanding federal statutory restriction" and reinforcing Hyde when the Affordable Care Act was passed. But it's not an acceptable political compromise to force women struggling financially out of safe abortion care. Nor is it acceptable that the Hyde Amendment forces 1 in 4 poor women seeking an abortion to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

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CEO Documentary: "THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS is a docu-thriller that dives into the grey zone underneath European democracy. An expedition into the world of the 15,000 lobbyists in the EU-capital, of the PR-conglomerates, think tanks and their all embracing networks of power and their close ties to the political elites." Spoiler: "2500 Lobby Structures are based in Brussels, 15,000 lobbyists, the 2nd biggest lobby industry in the world, only Washington DC is bigger..." [slyt - Warning - it starts slowly, but is worth sticking with.]

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I'm looking for tips on how to become a better reader.I'm a fairly quick reader when it comes to scifi/fantasy but classics and non-fiction are another story. Can you share any tips on how to keep going for when reading becomes difficult, or maybe a little less entertaining? I've slogged through some classics that were immensely satisfying, eventually. I did drag my feet and took way longer than I normally would with an equivalent sized scifi book. On an intellectual level, I know that my book diet should not consist solely of "candy", but I can't seem to follow through. What things have made you a better reader?

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KNOCKOUT ROCK BOUNCER RACING IS INSANE (20 min youtube video, but 5 minutes will give an good understanding of the sport as a whole). A rock bouncer is a vehicle designed for driving up and over difficult terrain and obstacles. Races are normally run as time trials with the biggest cheers coming not from finishing but for any vehicle that rolls and lands back on its tires. Racing head to head up a section of bolder strewn mountain ... pretty much what it says on the dented tin.

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I'm looking for a beginners Premier Pro tutorial for a 13 y/o. My daughter has taken an interest in learning to edit video and I'm having a hard time showing her the basics in Premiere. I'd like to find something with a sample project so she can follow along.

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Has anyone here combined a regimen of buproprion and diazepam to treat depression and anxiety?First, in big bold letters, YANMD! 've been a more-or-less lifelong user of buproprion (Wellbutrin) with fairly acceptable results. It takes the edge off and makes the roller coaster more into a livably bumpy ride. Plus, it's been the only antidepressant that has never hit me with side-effects. That, alone, is a huge plus. That said, while I was maintaining, I was still under the dark, heavy shroud of daily depression. I'm currently at 300Mg/day. Last week, owing to a medical need entirely unrelated to my depression, my PCP wrote me a temporary script for 5Mg/day of diazepam (aka, good old valium) Oddly, I have never in my life taken valium, and I was utterly unprepared for what happened next. While it seems to be doing a good job at its intended use, the psychological effect has been miraculous. It's as if a veil has been lifted. I simply feel...open and clear. My therapist noticed right away something was different at our session this week. My posture was completely different...open, positive, unguarded. My wife is amazed at how different I am now. In just a short week, we're closer and communicating more than we have in years. I dare say I'm actually...happy? Honestly, I've not felt this connected and alive in my roughly 50 years of depression, so you can understand my giddiness and sense of "Holy shit! Is this what I've been missing all this time?" Now, don't get me wrong. I've done quite a lot of drug experimentation over my long life, so i definitley know the difference between a big, druggy "happy" and what has been going on this week. But, of course, there are questions. Has anyone here utilized this combination over an extended period of time? From what I can determine, this is not a common drug combo, and I'm unclear what long-term use of diazepam will do to me. Of course, long-term use of Wellbutrin isn't exactly harmless either, so, I guess it's always a game of trade-offs. Anyway, I'd love to hear from anyone who might have incorporated diazepam into their antidepressant regimen, successfully or not. Or, form med pros with any definite opinions about this combo. Thanks!

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Doctors agree: My feet are the flattest. An arch collapsed in one foot but not the other. Highly recommended, expensive insoles are good for the first 1,000 feet but don't make any difference thereafter. I wear a splint at night and losing weight. Aside from amputation, what should I be investing in or spending my time doing?

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Looking for AMS / membership software for non-profits. Again.Follow-up on a question I put forth two years ago, I thought to check once more with the hive for recommendations since there are new solutions coming out all the time. I've spend a couple of weeks on-and-off with CiviCRM this summer, but have to accept the fact that it's unfortunately too messy for me to ever get anyone else to use it, and a pain to setup and maintain. So, here are the feature requirements: * membership profiles with custom fields edited by admins only * membership access control - who can see what info * mobile accessible as well as web or native app. I have a ton of ponies to add, but above are the bare-bones requirements. We're ≈500 members, and I'd like to software to be accessible by all members so that they can update their personal info and contact other members in their departments. Unfortunately, this puts most AMS solutions out of our reach since many charge $pu/pm and my budget for this is tiny. An alternative would be to only let our dept admins access to the platform, but even so there's 30 people who need access and that too becomes expensive. I've been trying to get people to use Trello.com for task management and @DM, but it's not taken off. So besides AMS/CRM software I've been looking into Slack, Ryver and similar group chat/forum solutions to solve both problems with one platform. So far I haven't found any such solution which allows creation of custom fields. (This "custom fields" requirement is in order to be able to create lists of those have access to the graphic dept, woodshop, etc, as well as "member is renting locker 2 & 3") Any solution which would fulfil the above requirements is kosher. I've even considered setting up LDAP/AD with custom fields on a QNAP and letting members access that somehow, but that seems overly desperate even for me.

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The United States vs Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier is called to account for his crimes. He needs a miracle. He needs a decent lawyer. He needs Elle Woods. He just doesn't know it yet.

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The 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded yesterday. Here are the winners of the prize, which honors "research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK": Reproduction: to the late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males. Economics: to Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson, for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective. Physics: to Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik, and Hansruedi Wildermuth. for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones. Chemistry: to Volkswagen, for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested. Medicine: to Christoph Helmchen, Carina Palzer, Thomas Münte, Silke Anders, and Andreas Sprenger, for discovering that if you have an itch on the left side of your body, you can relieve it by looking into a mirror and scratching the right side of your body (and vice versa). Psychology: to Evelyne Debey, Maarten De Schryver, Gordon Logan, Kristina Suchotzki, and Bruno Verschuere, for asking a thousand liars how often they lie, and for deciding whether to believe those answers. Peace: to Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek Koehler, and Jonathan Fugelsang for their scholarly study called "On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit". Biology: to Charles Foster, for living in the wild as, at different times, a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, and a bird; and to Thomas Thwaites, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats. Literature: to Fredrik Sjöberg, for his three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead. Perception: to Atsuki Higashiyama and Kohei Adachi, for investigating whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs. Previously.

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The Australian mosque. On Australia's contribution to Islamic architecture.

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Violist and impresario Ashleigh Gordon talks to the Boston Globe about the problem she and her multimedia project Castle of our Skins had when they set out to perform works by black composers: "we could list on maybe one hand, between us, black composers that we knew of." At the African-American Meeting House on Beacon Hill on June 7, the third season of the Castle of our Skins project wrapped up with Freedom Rising, a tour through the history of black confinement in America, from slavery to Attica to mass incarceration and beyond. The modern music accompanied narration that included poetry and letters from inmates throughout American history. Gordon and COOS co-founder Anthony Green are interviewed about the concert here. Gordon's experimental string trio Sound Energy will perform Jeffrey Mumford's a veil of liquid diamonds this weekend to start the fourth season of Castle of our Skins.

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My wife wants to buy an expensive artwork for the house. While I also find it beautiful, I don't think it's a good idea, financially. We're at loggerheads. Help me think this through.My wife and I both work, although I'm the main breadwinner. We've always pooled our money – we have a single bank account, and have no concept of "my money" and "your money". It's all "our money". Whilst we're financially stable, our rate of saving is not high. The amount we are able to save per month is in the low 3 digits, and at the rate we're going we won't be able to live off our pension after retirement. Both children will be entering secondary school in the next couple of years. University fees are further on the horizon. My career's on a plateau. The artwork costs in the low 4 figures. It's considerably less than a month's salary, but probably about as much as 6 months' savings or an overseas holiday. The art is beautiful (I was the one who originally showed it to her). My wife wants to buy something special for our 20 year anniversary. I've always been frugal, possibly to a fault. My wife often buys things I consider extravagant (new teacups when the old ones are worn but servicable, too many birthday presents for the kids), but I I don't want to be a nag (I really, really don't want us to argue over money) and many times I agree with a purchase in retrospect. And I appreciate that you buy things to make you happy, not just out of necessity. Often she has to talk me into buying something for myself that I want, but don't want to spend money on. I am terrible at buying gifts. So even though I may sometimes voice my disapproval, I pretty much never veto any purchases. But I feel the amount at play here makes it different. I feel that for us, this is financially reckless. I feel that looking out for our financial health is partially my responsibility, and that if it comes down to it, I do have a veto. My wife knows how I feel about this, but she is for pressing ahead. I'm weighing up going against my feelings, and preserving peace in the relationship and making her happy.

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Minneapolis alt-hip-hop artist Lizzo won [Luke Burbank's and Andrew Walsh's podcast] TBTL's "Song Of The Summer" bracket battle with her single Good As Hell (beating out competition from JT and Sia and Avett Brothers and many others). It's easily MY song of the summer, but Lizzo is awesome way beyond this one song. A small selection of her songs (in no particular order) includes Phone, My Skin, and Faded. Jezebel interviewed her a while back, for a bit more insight into Lizzo. Previously

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Daniel Jovanov does car engine sound impressions. Impressions good enough to impress a trio of professional race drivers. (He was also on Australia's got Talent a few years ago)

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Meg, an 11-year-old yellow Lab and her human, David Jackson, found a tiny baby bunny in the back yard—and two ravens looming overhead. Because Jackson was raised near the woods and knew the birds were a threat, he decided to hang around with Meg and watch the bunny until the ravens were gone. While they waited, Meg and the bunny began to play. Bonus: Labs and baby humans

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I'm anosmic (born without the sense of smell) and I have weird smell-related questions pop into my head sometimes. Usually I ask whoever's around, but it's late and no one is presently available so I'm turning to you: how much meat has to be in food to be able to smell that there's meat involved?I'm vegetarian and obviously can ask or visually inspect food to tell if there's meat involved, but it just occurred to me that perhaps people can tell without asking if it's, say, chicken ravioli versus spinach. Or if there's shrimp hidden in the spring roll. And so on. Please advise.

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What to do, (if anything,) about a hedgehog trying to get into the house? About 6 weeks ago, a hedgehog took up residence in my garden. A couple of weeks ago, I went out to dinner, forgetting to close the door from my kitchen to the garden and he apparently wandered in. After I found him, I left the door open overnight so he was back in the garden by morning. Now, he tries most evenings after dusk to get back in, scratching at the door and making my dogs crazy. I'm starting to suspect he may be a domesticated variety that was simply dumped. If that's the case, I'm a bit worried about him come winter. What do? Is there any way to easily tell if he's wild or actually an abandoned pet?He first showed up on the stairs leading up to the small apartment complex behind my garden, seeming lethargic and confused. I thought he may be sick or starving so I gave him some bits of hot dog and a few cherry tomatoes, all of which he devoured. I've also left a small amount of dog kibble out for him once in a while after I've shut the dogs in for the evening. When he came into the house, he wouldn't have found any accessible food on the floor, or in his reach (because, dogs) so I have no idea of his motivation to get in. My reason for suspecting he might be an abandoned pet is that he'll curl up into a defensive ball if the dogs are near, but the few times I've encountered him outdoors, he seemed pretty relaxed to my presence. Obigatory critter pics here: http://imgur.com/a/9QjYQ Note, I'm in southern Switzerland, very close to the Italian border.

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My BF and I saw an ad for the upcoming Deep Water Horizon movie, and I commented that there seem to be a lot of these "men trapped in desperate situations" movies. He wanted suggestions for "based on actual events" that aren't exclusively men. Trying to google turned up a lot of unhelpful results. Any ideas?

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Vice has posted a treasure trove of photos and interviews from The Cave Clan, Melbourne's legendary group of storm drain loving urban explorers (complete with a secret headquarters, The Chamber).

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Sixty-One Glimpses Of The Future

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Abaddon is a "poem of love and destruction" expressed in the medium of dance. Director Rogerio Silva also provides a breakdown of the visual effects used in the video. The video is written and directed by Rogerio Silva, and choreographed and performed by Harriet Waghorn and Troy Savic, with music by Alaskan Tapes. Edifice is another great dance video from the same director, and performed and choreographed by Carmine De Amicis and Harriet Waghorn.

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