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India is gigantic, India is colorful. India is also chaotic, noisy and polluted as the photographer Kristian Bertel has pictured. These and many other attributes characterize one of the most diverse countries on the globe. On a journey through India, a country so diverse that you think you are traveling through different worlds and pure luxury and wealth are often faced with a few meters of poverty, dirt and disease... Traveling in India Traveling across the subcontinent of India takes you through vibrant cities, encounters numerous cultures and encounters a varied geography. With swanky temples, lively markets, lively festivals and delight in the culinary diversity of the country. More than 1.1 billion people live in the second most populous country in the world. That is almost four times as many as in the whole of Europe. However, you do not have to assume that you are bumping into crowds everywhere. Most of the population is located in the fertile plains of the Ganges. Alone in the cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata live about 40 to 50 million people. India has a lot of visitors to offer highlights. One can get to know the capital Delhi but also Varanasi, the sacred Hindu city and both have their charms. In Ellora in Maharashtra, one can take a look at the temples hewn in stone. Tradition and culture in India With the dimensions of the Indian continent, it is not enough that over time a number of cultures have formed there too. You basically can not speak of a unified Indian culture because the cultures are just too different. Add to that the gigantic distances. The Indian culture is strongly influenced by the four main religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. All have left their mark in the form of palace and fortifications and sacred buildings. The variety of Indian culture one will also discover on the basis of the many cheerful and boisterous festivals that run throughout the year. The most famous are Diwali, which is the Festival of Lights and Gandhi Jayanti and Indian culture includes many culinary delights. For some, however, it will take your breath away, they are so sharp. What unites India in cultural terms is the Bollywood film industry. Even in the smallest nest, the stars of the industry are known. Another common feature is respect for the other. In the traditional welcome ceremonies Indians fold their hands, bow slightly to their counterparts and say 'Namaste' and this custom comes from the Hindus. Photographing the Indian culture Essence is often synonymous with the soul and for the photographer and his photographs from India. He is a photographer, who has traveled in Rajasthan, one of the most colorful provinces in India. He specializes in travel and portrait photography. As a dedicated traveler he is always tries to depict life in a pure and simple and unstaged way. Giving the viewer the feelings and emotions, he experiences while photographing, is what he tries to accomplish in each of his photographs. The state of Rajasthan is really worth a trip for which the India traveler should take enough time. The photographer had stayed in Varanasi far too long, but this city, with its timeless atmosphere and unconditional will to tradition, can really please your heart. It should also be noted that I have also been struck by various kinds of adversity. It is well known that India is not only the land of contrasts, contrasts and extremes in cliche. Hopefully, this travel article will inspire you to go to India.

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I'll keep this brief. I'm currently visiting Los Angeles and would like to participate in the Women's March here on Saturday. I'm a tourist staying in Venice Beach with a rental car and a bike. What would be the best way to get downtown and back for the march? I've asked around and heard horror stories from last year about the transit options: impossible parking and traffic, trains too crowded to board, overstressed Uber and Lyft systems. Are there shuttles I should know about? Better times for the trains? Any ideas would be welcome! Thanks!

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As Tom Phillips, the UK editorial director, leaves Buzzfeed, his parting piece describes the 29 stages of a twitterstorm in 2018. Related: the 29 stages five years ago (MetaFilter thread). Unrelated: MetaFilter content previously amplified by Buzzfeed.

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I was just hired for a well-paying p/t time in my regional hospital system. That's great, but it's shift work. How do I stay sane, healthy, and motivated to continue work on my side hustle? And oh, advice for working in the hospital system too, please.Where I live--Kingston, Ontario--can be notoriously hard for employment, especially since the best paying jobs are in the hospital system, Queen's, St Lawrence, or RMC. I count myself really lucky to have impressed HR to have been quickly offered this opportunity. (I've been unemployed for over a year. My chequing acct has a whopping $11 in it.) It's doing scheduling/staffing, if that informs your answer. The hours will be: noon to midnight, 5 am to 5 pm, 1 pm to 9 pm, 5 am to 1 pm, rotating as needed. It's part-time, but I am so used to keeping a fairly regimented 9-5 schedule even at home working on my podcast and beer columns that I must admit I'm a little terrified. I used to work weird hours in my 20s when I was a barista but it's been a long time. How do I make sure I stay on track with good eating and exercising when my usual times for these things will vary? And sleep? I worked so hard to have a regular sleep schedule! My partner and I are childfree so there's no little ones to worry about, but it will be strange to be on an opposite schedule. If you do shift work, how do you cope? And if you work in a hospital, how to adjust to a work setting that isn't like an ordinary office?

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I've been given an unused Apple AirPort Express. Great! Maybe I can finally network my printer and print wirelessly from it. Given the specifics of my current WiFi configuration, can you help me figure out the best and/or easiest way to do this?I have: an unused AirPort Express from about 2014 (I'm guessing) an existing WiFi network from my Verizon provided router/modem a Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer The printer is, unfortunately, a good ten feet across the room (and a well trafficked walkway) from the router/modem. I can't move the router/modem, and I'd prefer not to move the printer, either (it fits really nicely in the side table where it's been living, and there's no good space for it near the router/modem. Since I don't have a base station to connect it to, I assume the easiest solution is to just get a looooooooong Ethernet cable to connect the AirPort Express to the router/modem across the room. Does that seem like the best solution?

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"Why Did Two-Thirds of These Weird Antelope Suddenly Drop Dead?" More than 200,000 antelope died in 2015. Scottish crossbill faces climate change extinction Climate Change Spells Extinction for Pikas of Lake Tahoe Huge Puffin Die-Off May Be Linked to Hotter Seas Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers In pitiful animal die-offs across the globe — from antelopes to bees to seabirds — climate change may be culprit

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I will try to keep this short. I have had lifelong OCD/Anxiety/Depression. I tried meds in the past. I have been in therapy for a decade. I've done it all, including ketamine infusions. Docs want me to try meds again. Info insideI have had lifelong mental issues, primarily OCD. I was on meds years ago and came off when they weren't working and causing very significant side effects. I went through a crying/shaking/suicidal withdrawal. I think that it may have been the daily Xanax, but I'm not sure. I NEVER want to feel that way again. I have been off meds for 5-6 years. I have remained in therapy and have done ketamine. 4-6 months ago I started seeing a therapist from the OCD Foundation that specializes in OCD (ERP etc). I also found a psychiatrist through the same site. They want me to try meds. The PDOC suggests Luvox as it it the gold standard. He wants me to get up to 200-300 as quickly as I can and stay on it for 6 months to see if it is working. I am TERRIFIED of feeling worse. I have been on Luvox before and feel that it never worked. The only thing that has changed since then is that I have been exercising and eating healthy for years. I wasn't at the time. I also know that I have MTHFR A1298c ++ and supplement with methyfolate and b12. I am much healthier. I got my vitamin D levels up etc. I did Promthease and populated my 23&me but didn't come up with anything useful. Here is my dilehma: Do I try Luvox. He seems to think that I need to be on it for 6 months to know if it is working as long as I can tolerate the side effects. I don't care about stigma, I am scared of side effects and eventual withdrawal/poop out. He said not to worry about those things. I have been on other things in the past – Wellbutrin , Prozac, Zoloft, benzos, etc. I know that I was on the generic Luvox. Perhaps that is why? Will the methylfolate help? I am worried about being tired (already am), losing my libido (been low due to depression) and not being able to drink (can I have ONE beer with friends once a week). I am worried about serotonin syndrome. Can I continue nightly marijuana Please help me feel like it is OK to try this....or are my fears valid? These docs act like these drugs are no big deal

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Need advice on optic audio splitters...I understand that digital optic audio splitters like these are for one source (a TV, say) to go to multiple audio devices (receiver, soundbar, etc.). Is the reverse true for these splitters? The question: I have a PS4 that only plays its audio through the crappy TV speakers. I have my cable box (not my TV, it doesn't have an optic audio port) going to a Samsung soundbar via an optic audio cable. I am willing to buy a second optic audio cable. Will the optic splitter work if I want this: PS4-------\ Optic Audio Splitter-----------Sound Bar Cable----/

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I'm going to Thailand and Cambodia this spring. I'd like to read novels and poems about these places, ideally in translation.I found this 13-year-old question, but most of the recommendations are for books originally written in English. I'd much rather pick up something originally written in Thai or Khmer and translated into English. I'm not looking for travel guides (that's what the internet is for) but for a sense of the culture. I'd lightly prefer fiction and poetry over memoirs/nonfiction, but if you've read a nonfiction account that you found compelling and well-written, that'd be cool too.

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Is traveling to Mexico City during Holy Week (Semana Santa) a bad idea?I'm considering traveling to Mexico City for vacation the last week in March, which encompasses the entire week of Semana Santa before Easter (March 25-31). My friend and I are visiting another friend who will be living there, and we'll want to do the regular tourist stuff--museums, historic sites, etc--as well as exploring neighborhoods and trying to find off-the-beaten path fun gems and generally running around town with the friend we're visiting. He does not live there yet (though he has before, just not around Easter), so he's not really able to give me an accurate account. I've done some googling, and it's basically half split between "oh it's great because all the locals go to the coast and the city is peaceful" to "all the businesses are closed except for the museums which will be really crowded". Are there any native or current residents that can give me the real deal on whether or not this is a good week to visit? Are there other times during the Spring that are not good times to visit (we're trying to get there before May at least)? Also trying to avoid American 'spring-breakers' but I'm assuming they'll all be in Cancún anyway and not much more of a problem than usual, right?

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Zeynep Tufekci discusses in new longform piece for Wired about how technology and the rise of social media is forcing us to rethink how we conceptualize free speech and censorship. (SLWired)

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A new system is being developed by the Railway Technical Research Institute in Japan to equip trains with sound effects to scare deer away from the tracks and prevent collisions. Researchers have seen the number of deer sightings go down by 45%.

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What's the best option for a flip phone for my kid to use mostly for emergencies? Requirements: Cheap so he can lose it, would probably make 1-4 calls/texts a week, no plan, just non-expiring minutesBonus: I can just order it online so I don't have to talk to a phone salesperson. Bonus: It can play mp3s

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I recall reading a very short sci-fi story (perhaps in an anthology) about humans on a moon colony? plotting resistance against a robot uprising. The entire story (to my hazy recollection) centers on a meeting of the human resistance debating how they can defeat the powerful robots. What is the name and author of this 50s or 60s era? short story?There is debate and dissent with some humans despairing that the robots are just too powerful to oppose. In the end, the humans decide their pass code will be the word that rhymes with orange... and at that moment, the humans who opposed resisting the robots started glitching out.. they were robots all along. Human capacity for metaphor in communication confounded the robots need for rigid literalism. I tried googling this only to find someone responding to this same question on "good reads" but the question itself had been deleted and as far as I can tell there were no answers. :( I read this as a child in the late 80s and if I had to guess I would say it's Asimov or Clarke but googling that hasn't worked either so maybe it isn't? But I *think* the era of writing was 50s or 60s...

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She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look. [slLongreads]

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I need to file asap because of identity theft. I have my W2, but haven't gotten a tax form from an IRA yet. I didn't take any money out of it, but don't really understand how it works- if there was a "dividends reinvestment" and capital gains reinvestment, do I need to report that somehow? It's a very small account.

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Since Sunday Minnesota Vikings fans have raised more than $150,000 for the New-Orleans based charity What You Give Will Grow founded by Saints punter Thomas Morstead. Morstead said 100% of donations will go directly to Children's Minnesota to support their Child Life department. Early in the New Orleans Saints / Minnesota Vikings game Morstead was injured making a tackle that prevented a touchdown. Though clearly in pain he kept playing for the entire game which ended with a surprising last-second touchdown and a Vikings victory. Once the uproar subsided the two teams still had to meet on the field for one last snap, the mandatory point after touchdown play. Despite his injury, he was the first Saints player to come out of the locker room and back onto the field. After the game a Vikings fan posted on reddit the suggestion that they donate to Morstead's charity as a show of respect. They had no idea just how much would be donated or that it would come right back home. Morstead said "It's humbling to have fans from an opposing team doing something like this – it just shows that football is more than a game and it really is a community. Minnesota fans had no idea when they made donations that it would come back to their own community – but what you give does really grow and we're honored to be able to support the child life program at Children's Minnesota – this is what our foundation is all about."

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Arriving early afternoon Wednesday, should I get a cab or just take the bus?My first inclination is to get a cab or Uber because LAX makes me uneasy and I just want to get out of there as fast as I can. But then I noticed that there's a Big Blue Bus that will take me right by my hotel, for only $1.25! From what I can tell, there's a shuttle that goes from the terminal to the transit center by parking lot C. So, sounds easy enough, right? Anyone who has used public transit to/from LAX, do you have any tips? Arriving on Delta (terminal 2 or 3 I think), taking just an overnight bag, I will have a traveling companion. Thanks!

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I am looking for a one-unit grid of document holders, but I have no idea what to call this and thus how to search for them. I know they exist. Extra points if you can link me to where they're being sold.Okay, to help paint the visual image of this: do you know how people have those plastic things on their office doors for people to drop off documents when the door is closed? Start with that visual. Then imagine a unit that is a sort of grid of those (but with their own backing, not relying on the door backing). It's a wall-mounted unit with multiple document slots, sitting at an angle so the papers have fallen into those slots but are visible (as opposed to, say, a "cubicle" mail-sorter kind of thing). People drop off documents in those slots and/or pick them up. Basically, this might be used for organization of print jobs and perhaps in other things, too. I just have no idea how to Google this because I can't seem to get the right terms to start them showing up anywhere (Amazon, Staples, etc.). Thanks!

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I plan to start looking for a new job soon. I haven't even logged into LinkedIn since shortly after being hired at my current job. I'm worried about how my employer will react if/when they see I've updated my LinkedIn profile.For many reasons I won't go into here, it is time for me to move on from the job I've had for 5 years. I'm sure this should involve updating my LinkedIn profile which I haven't touched, let stagnate, since shortly after starting in my current position. It's a very small company and I'm connected to one of the owners on LinkedIn. Said owner is my direct supervisor's spouse. What do I say or do when I'm confronted about updating my LinkedIn profile? They will almost definitely notice, and will almost definitely freak out that I'm leaving. I cannot afford to lose this job before I have another one, but I don't trust my supervisor not to get rid of me before I'm ready. My current role is office/administrative assistant. Can I job hunt without the LinkedIn profile? Is there any way to update my profile without my boss being notified? Is there a decent alternative to LinkedIn that potential employers appreciate as much they seem to appreciate LinkedIn?

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...hoping each time, that his next leap will be the leap home. The complete Quantum Leap journey A visual representation of Dr Sam Beckett's entire Quantum Leap journey. For the Television issue of Special Request.

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MRAs Make 46-Minute Cut Of 'The Last Jedi' That Edits Out All The Women [Pedestrian] "Uploaded to The Pirate Bay yesterday by an anonymous user, the "The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit" is, according to their own description "basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff". You might be wondering how this is possible, seeing as the film is still a ways off from its DVD release date, but the intrepid nerdlinger(s) who decided to make this possible were so impatient for a version of TLJ where boys don't get old off that they used a dodgy camrip with hardcoded subtitles." • Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast dunks on sexist fan edit that cut out women [Polygon] "People should know by now that if you do something egregious online, the internet will find a way to dunk on you. Such is the case with a recent attempt to reimagine Star Wars: The Last Jedi without any of the female actors involved. A report from Pedestrian cited a 46-minute version of The Last Jedi, titled The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit, which accomplished its goal of removing almost any appearance of a woman in the movie, save certain characters like General Leia Organa. To compare, the full-length version of The Last Jedi runs for more than two and a half hours. Notice of the fan edit made its way to Twitter, where director Rian Johnson added his own commentary to the conversation floating around Twitter about the movie." • An MRA Edited the Women Out of 'The Last Jedi' and It's as Bad as You Think [Broadly/Vice] "The Chauvinist Cut, on the other hand, reminded me of when the audio on a strategy video game fucks up and leaves your army characters repeating the same phrases over each other, like "Taking heavy losses!", "Fire on the speeders!", and "That's an order!" Most coverage of the cut would have you believe that there are simply no women left in the fan-edit, but that's not totally accurate. As the movie opens with General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) about to fire on the Resistance, we actually see two women on his ship. They remain in the fan-edit, but they also don't have names and only say things like, "Armed and ready, sir," and "It's never going to penetrate our armor!" (See what I mean about a malfunctioning video game?) That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of The Chauvinist Cut. Women do exist in this dark-sided universe, but they must stay silent unless they are prompting male characters along with perfunctory dialogue. Rose, for instance, only has about three lines left in the edit, and the storyline with her sister as well as her adventure with Finn to the gambling planet of Elerion are totally cut." • Everybody's Dunking on This Sexist, "No Women" Fan Edit of 'The Last Jedi' [Inverse] "Where would the new Star Wars movie be without its many powerful female figures? At least this one guy wants to know, because he's so unhappy with The Last Jedi that he turned the 152-minute movie into a 46-minute episode of men doing things in space. The user describes the cut as "basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff." What does that translate to? There's no Admiral Holdo at all, Kylo Ren kills Leia in a series of non-emo epic moments, and Rey's powers are nerfed significantly, with heavy edits made to the epic Kylo and Rey team-up against Snoke's guards: "Kylo takes on more of Snoke's guards, Rey struggles with a single one." In this version, Kylo Ren "is more badass and much less conflicted and volatile," inexplicably becoming the hero of the story despite literally assuming leadership of the First Order — which is already the Nazi regime of the Star Wars Universe to begin with. Every female character's role is diminished or eliminated, with the description even going so far as to say, "No bomber heroism by china girl in the beginning.""

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Michelle Allison on the links between diet, death & neo-reactionary thought:"Why do the people who have it all, who live on the bleeding edge of technological advancement, contribute in massively influential ways to our culture, who are massively financially rewarded, NEED EVEN MORE? To the point of doing away w/ enlightenment ideals and democracy itself? It seemed impossible to understand, and then my index card reminded me: because when you can't navigate your fear of death, can't even SEE it, nothing is ever enough. You can reach the top of the existing hierarchy and at the end of it, you're still human, still going to die." Michelle wrote "Eating Toward Immortality" earlier in the year & has followed it up with this sizeable twitter-thread extending that article to include thinking about neo-reaction in terms of Terror Management Theory. The links she drops at the end of the thread: The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophiles and Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement. For a chaser, I recommend Phil Sandifer's Neo-reaction a Basilisk: Essays on and Around the Alt-Right but you'll have to stump up actual fiat to read it.

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Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?

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My company sells its advertising services to Fortune 1000 companies. We are trying to create a more comprehensive list of sources of information about companies' advertising activity. for example, we learned through an article that an old brand was about to be revived, we pitched them and signed a big deal. What other sources are we missing? Familiar with AdAge, Ad Week, looking for more sources like that. Thanks!

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