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I think I'm going to grow out my hair again for the first time in about a decade, what are some styles beside just center part/ponytail that look decent on a guy? (details inside)I have full bodied hair that once it breaks 8 inches goes into full 70s rock style curls (think robert plant). I had my hair long years ago but the only thing I ever really did was wear it center parted and as a big mess of curls or pulled back in a ponytail. Is there anything else that can work for a guy? I don't mind things that read as "feminine" I just honestly have no idea what to do beyond super basic styles.

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Anyways, here's Wonderwall ... In addition to this intriguing curio you've just enjoyed, The Mike Flowers Pops has a large catalog of curdled classics for your consideration. Among these are: Light My Fire Don't Cry For Me Argentina Call Me (audio only) Velvet Underground Medley (audio only) MacArthur Park (audio only) and many more!

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Woke up Monday with a rash on my face. Now little bumps are appearing on my right forearm. I haven't done anything out of the ordinary. Can you develop sudden allergies to something and react this quickly?So Monday morning when I was washing my face, I noticed my cheeks felt dry and scaly. It was slightly pink, not raised, not super noticeable unless you touched it. I do have sensitive skin, but this came on so suddenly it felt like an allergic reaction to something. I was hoping it'd get better with time, but it didn't. It got redder throughout the day and felt slightly swollen by night, a bit itchy by this point. I put some benedryl cream and a tiny bit of old clobetasol on it that night. Tuesday the rash felt less swollen, but still slightly red, like I'm blushing, and skin still dry and irritable. I didn't apply anything else. Wednesday it's still about the same. Cheeks and nose feeling like sandpaper. Around noon, I noticed my right forearm had tiny little bumps all over, kind of like goosebumps. Not red or itchy, but slightly bumpy all over. It is now Wednesday night and bumps has spread more over the arm. Still not red or itchy, but looks as if I brushed up against something I'm allergic to. I have no idea what is causing this. I haven't eaten anything new or put anything new on my skin. I went swimming in a public pool Sunday for less than 20 minutes. It is chlorinated, but I've never had issues with it before. I do have a cat that's been with me for seven months now. Could I be suddenly developing an allergy to cats? Is that even possible considering how quick this was? I'm in Texas if it matters. Could it be heat? Sun? Fleas(just got the house treated on Tuesday)? Anyone experienced something similar? I'm thinking if it doesn't change tomorrow I'll call a doctor.

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Until this year, Vermont had never formally decommissioned any roads. Ever. This has had some implications.... [via jessamyn's Twitter]

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When 'meh' just won't do: blep. But maybe you're not a cat person. In which case: blop. And yes, there is a place for all other animals - meet blup. (Previously.)

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Someone apparently found a strange horror "game" that was uploaded to a remote corner of the deep web, accessible only via anonymizing tools like Tor. No one seems to know what it is or who made it, and apparently the link hosting the file is now down. All we have to go by at the moment is part of a playthrough (note: potentially unsettling material): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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Example 1, Example 2, Example 3This is from an anime that ran this Spring: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha VIVID. The story is placed on a planet called "Midchild" where everyone speaks Japanese, but all the signs are in English. (And all the computers speak English, except for the ones who speak German.) Don't ask. The first sign says, "Battle 01 MIKAYA CHEVELLE VS MIURA RINALDI". The second one says "WINNER MIURA RINALDI". In the third one the upper white box says "Vivio Takamachi" and the lower white box says "Miura Rinaldi". All the others say "Eliminated". (But the left side is cut off.) The background says "INTERMIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP". I tried cutting out "Rinaldi" from the third one and feeding it to "WhatTheFont" and it whiffed. It had a lot of suggestions and none even came close. As stylized as it is, it is entirely possible the studio created it for the show. But that's also a huge amount of work and this is not a high budget show, so I think it more likely they found and bought it. Anyone have any clues as to what it is?

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I think they're Spanish, but I really have no idea. I'm looking to buy some online. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.

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Isn't there some kind of penalty if you sell your home too quickly?My cousin purchased a condo 10 months ago that she liked well enough, because nothing she LOVED was available. Well now apparently one she loves has come along and she's thinking of just getting it. I don't know the details except that it costs 20k more than she spent on her current home and she seems to be ok with this, but I'm nervous that the loss she accrues will be too much. Because of the location she can almost certainly get at least what she paid for the place.

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I have a Citibank credit card and I make payments in cash at a local branch (this is my preferred method of payment because I get paid mostly in cash). I do not have a Citibank checking account. Today the teller told me that from now on, anyone making a cash payment must show their driver's license and provide their SSN, phone number, home address, and occupation. Why?It feels intrusive and weird that they're demanding all this information (especially the occupation part). What are they doing with it? Are they trying to catch/deter tax evasion or money laundering or something? (If so, this doesn't seem very effective because you can still make cash payments at the ATM without giving this information.) Is this some kind of new law that all banks must follow, or just a change in Citibank policy?

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The Families Who Negotiated With ISIS - "Until recently, they had not known of one another, or of the unexpected benefactor who had brought them together. They were the parents of five Americans who had been kidnapped in Syria." Lawrence Wright details how five American families, brought together by the Atlantic Media Company's David Bradley and assisted by a team of experts he assembled, fought alongside and even against the U.S. government to try and rescue their beloved children: Jim Foley: "The others depended on Foley to keep their spirits buoyed. "This guy, he was a man," Nicolas Hénin, another French hostage, later told L'Express. "He remained upright, dignified." He added, "When I see his mother's reaction, I recognize her son. They are made of the same metal."" Peter Theo Padnos (aka Theo Curtis): "Sorry Mom, I should have listened to you." Steven Sotloff: "He was in Tahrir Square the day President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, in 2011, and in Libya the following year, where he first met Jim Foley. For Time he provided crucial coverage of the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, where four Americans were killed, including the Ambassador. . . . During that period, when American foreign policy depended on information arising from these zones of conflict, Sotloff never made enough money to have to file a tax return." Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig: "One of his friends coined a verb, "to Kassig," which meant "to selflessly put oneself in harm's way in order to help others in need, all the while looking suave and sexy."" Kayla Mueller: "At one point, they heard a guard say that she was Muslim, and Kayla corrected him. The guard was impressed. "She's stronger than you," the guard told another prisoner. "She doesn't pretend."" "In directing the families' efforts, Bradley was in some respects usurping the role of several federal agencies, and yet the families had largely lost faith in their government." Beautiful photographs of the families by Carla van de Puttelaar.

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That's right, celebrate that "Muffintop" There's also this delightful little diddy by Awkwafina, "My Vag"

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The New York Times suggests putting peas in your guacamole. Following up on a suggestion it made two years ago, the Times is offering a guacamole recipe from ABC Cocina in Union Square: a collaboration between the restaurant's chef-owner, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his chef de cuisine, Ian Coogan, that contains green peas. The suggestion has been met with dismay from guacamole-lovers around the country, including the President himself. But it's not a political issue: in Texas, for instance, Republicans and Democrats alike agree that the New York Times shouldn't mess with guacamole.

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I think a lot of (speculative fiction author) Robert Sheckley's work is brilliant and masterful. Especially the stuff he published in the 1950s and 1960s. But I've wondered for years why there was such a sharp decline in quality in it around the 1970s and thereafter. Does anybody know?It's almost as if much of the work he published in the latter part of his life was written by a different person. It's, relatively speaking, awful. I don't really think it's just a matter of taste, either -- the wordplay and jokes, the pacing and tension, the ideas he plays with, etc., are all (it seems to me) obviously and almost objectively worse in his latter work. Was there some kind of organic injury? Is there a possibility that alcohol and drugs were consumed to excess? (I was reminded of Sheckley by the title of this recent question.)

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Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?

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Yesterday a Fisa court judge issued final authorisation to a programme banned after Congress banned bulk collection of telephone data in the USA Freedom Act. Today The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system.

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There seem to have been lots of developments in text to speech since the subject was last raised, and I was wondering if anyone could point me to a solution fitting some specific criteria for an arty project. Details inside:Here's what I'm looking for, not all absolutely essential but the more the better: - can convert to audio files, not just read text (required); - can convert 250+ word texts (required); - software that resides on my hard drive, not Web-based; - multiple voices, without copyright restrictions on public-performance use (this might be the tough one; see http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/43290/are-the-apple-text-to-speech-voices-copyrighted) - as free as possible; - able to incorporate other purchased voices as time goes by, if I can find a supplier without public copyright restrictions on said voices.

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It's Time to Legalize Polygamy: Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism. No, Polygamy Isn't the Next Gay Marriage: Group marriage is the past—not the future—of matrimony. The Case Against Polygamy: Chief Justice John Roberts says the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling paves the way for plural unions. He's wrong. Why Polygamy Is Inevitable John Roberts: I ... can't help but think this decision opens the door to legal polygamy The Fascinating Politics of Polygamy Polygamy Attorney On Gay Marriage Decision: SCOTUS Opinion 'Resonates With Our Arguments' Polygamy Is More Popular Than Ever Emory Law Journal symposium on a constitutional right to polygamy [Direct Link]

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Everything Wrong With The Terminator [YouTube] [Spoilers!] [duh..] via: CinemaSins Everything Wrong With Terminator 2: Judgment Day Everything Wrong With Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Everything Wrong With Terminator: Salvation

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So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks!So basically, I became a mechanical engineer because I was good at math and science, and I was good at my engineering courses, and it seemed like a stable industry where I could make good money right out of college with a bachelor's. Writing this now, all of those things are true. But it's not my passion. I took a couple of programming classes in high school, and loved them, did great in them! I took matlab and C++ classes in college for my degree, and loved them, did great in them! In my current job, I occasionally have the opportunity to write Matlab codes to automate my data processing, and it's by far my favorite part of my job, to the point where I've been reprimanded for spending way too much time adding features to my scripts to the point where I neglect my other assignments. These really should have been clues... So now I'm here, a moderately young adult in a field I'm competent in but honestly feel kind of meh about, personally. Programming seems fun to me not only because I'd have more fun doing the job, but also because it would have more flexibility than my current career. I could live in different cities, there's the possibility of remote work, and all sorts of other freedoms that engineering at a large firm has locked down pretty solidly for me. I want to go back to programming and actually make it my career, but I'm a bit stuck, for several reasons, all of which I could use help on. Let's tackle them individually: -I'm not that concerned with learning to code. There's a million free resources, I just need to take advantage of them. That said, if anyone has any specific recommendations, I'm all ears. -I don't really know what it's like to code as a career. Will I be miserable? I know we're not all going to be working for The Next Facebook, but am I staring down the face of a cubicle farm for the rest of my life? -I really have no model for how to get a job other than college>career fair>interview>large corporate behemoth. How am I supposed to go about this? -I'm not horribly miserable at my current job, and I do make decent money, so I'm ok with ideas and suggestions that involve long -term planning while I'm still here. -I know that no matter how carefully I plan, I'm going to take a pay cut with my career change. If I really decide to do this, I'll start serious savings now. How else can/should I start preparing? How should I do this? Have you guys ever made similar shifts in your life? If I'm going to do this, I'd like to do it now, while I'm still in my 20s.

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My apartment is directly above a 24 hour gym. In fact, my bed is right above the weight room, so I hear people throwing weights around at all hours. Needless to say, this is disruptive to my sleep and it quite unpleasant.Because I was unable to look at my apartment before moving in (I moved from out of state and I needed to find a place quickly) I did not know about the gym below my apartment. It is not obvious to other people unless they hear a crashing sound below. I am moving out soon (thank god) and my building manager is showing my apartment to others. How can I subtly let people looking at my apartment know about the terror hidden below? I am gone most Sundays (this is when my building has open houses) and I don't want to piss off my building manager, as I suspect he will have some say in how much of my deposit I get back. However, I would like to prevent others from enduring the nightmare I have for the past year. I'm a humanitarian. Thoughts?

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This guy I met online has been texting me for the past few days and we sometimes would text back and forth for several hours but we haven't talked on the phone yet. Two days ago, we decided to meet up at the park but ended up cancelling it because of bad weather. We rescheduled the date to another day. Since then, I noticed him stop initiating convo with me and ignoring some of my texts unless I ask him a question. I'm confused as to whether or not he's still interested in me or if he's trying to take a break until the date? Has anyone been through this before?Also I wanted to mention that I suggested that we meet at a coffee shop instead since we couldn't do outdoor, and he insisted to reschedule the date. Also, does that mean he's not that into me? Thank you!

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The last 12 months were amazing for me. Professionally, as a (now associate) professor in the physical sciences, I won promotion and tenure, won 3 major federal grants (totaling over $2M combined to fund my research lab), and published over 10 papers. I'm over the moon with joy, especially regarding the funding, as my lab was really limping along due to inadequate funding a year ago. In my personal life, my elementary school age kids are thriving and we took a once-in-a-lifetime tropical vacation. After a ton of hard work over the past 5 years (babies, assistant professor phase, accompanying travails) life feels really good.Friends and colleagues greet this with mixed response. Some are thrilled for me. Others seem to take my success as a 'threat.' Just yesterday, a colleague asked me how I was doing and I listed everything going well. The colleagues response was along the lines of, "now you're making me feel bad for my lack of accomplishment!" I've heard this more than once from colleagues, and similarly from, for instance, old friends who have trouble conceiving children. I recall from similar 'periods of success' in my life that some old friends seemed to withdraw when I shared my good news. I wonder, is there something about the way I share personal good news or discuss it that is off-putting? Or is this more about them and not so much about me?

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Flying into Heathrow from the US, arriving in the evening on a Saturday. My wife thinks we should take the tube from the airport to our hotel in Kensington (the hotel is a short walk from the West Kensington station). Help me figure out a couple of things.First, is it even possible? Looking at the map online, it looks like we would need to change from one line to another at some point, but I don't see where that point would be. Second, is it advisable? We live in the Boston area and are familiar with the T and are not terribly intimidated by using public transit, so no problem with using it in principle. However, we'll be tired, traveling with a young teen, and toting some luggage. Are the lines we would be on safe, and could we manage to get where we want to go without much hassle? If you think this is NOT a good idea, how would you get from Heathrow to West Kensington? I think my wife is mainly thinking about the potential cost of taking a cab or reserving an airport car, but I would rather pay the money to get where I want to be in one piece.

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I currently live in DC and am moving to NC on August 13th. I am planning to purchase a new car at some point in the next two months. Ideally, it would be before the move because that means a safer and roomier ride down. But I can't figure out if we might have to pay a bunch of fees twice - and can't get a straight answer from dealers. [mi]I plan to purchase a Subaru Forester at a dealer and trade in my current Honda Civic. The Civic is on its last legs - and I really like the Forester for its safety record, space, and ride. I am planning to move to Chapel Hill, NC on August 13th and plan to get a driver's license down there. I have a DC license and own a property in NC. I've been talking with dealers in MD and VA but am not sure if I can purchase a car at a dealer in one of those states and have it registered in NC, where I own property but do not have a driver's license yet. I would rather not pay title, tax, fees twice - but want to make sure my car is safe. If it's a matter of several thousand dollars, I'm likely to wait. A few hundred, less so. Does anyone know how this process works? Thank you, Mel

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