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I've been using video tutorials to help me learn songs on guitar. I'm seeking an app that I can use on ipad or iphone that will allow me to import a video file and make a selection with A-B markers, for instance, and have the video play between them. I would also like to have the option to slow the video down if I choose. I know there are apps that allow this with audio but I'm hitting a wall finding such an app for video Do you know of such an app?

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Where can I buy some fresh, delicious gooseberries in London ... today only? I'm about to fly out of the U.K. and have a massive craving to eat some before I leave -- we don't get them in California (although feel free to correct me on that).Friends have seen them at farmers' markets over the past couple of weekends, but I haven't. I have searched Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury's, and Tesco branches across London with no luck so far. I've eaten more than my fill of gooseberry-flavoured yogurt, and would be happy to eat gooseberry pie or tart if that's the next nearest thing. I can travel to north, central, or south London, but it must be today!

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Should I find a piece land to buy that I could move to decades from now, in case of severe climate change effects? If so, where? How about Fairbanks, Alaska?Say I believe that the impacts of climate change will be varied and wide-ranging, not limited to coastal flooding. I might have 50 or so more years to live, but say I also believe global warming projections are, if anything, optimistic. So, I want to plan for what's projected to happen in at least double that time. I'm not a prepper, I already live north-ish (in Massachusetts), and I don't imagine that anywhere will be really safe from the impacts of climate change. But a piece of land seems like a reasonable place to park a chunk of our savings until either 1. we need the money in retirement and sell, or 2. climate changes are looming enough that we move there. If it's not a good idea, why not? If it is, why aren't lots of people who have savings doing it? How would you pick the region to buy in? I'm thinking: cheap, far north, not coastal, reasonable property taxes, and in the U.S. (since we're citizens). What else? Here's a straw-man: Fairbanks, Alaska. I know next to nothing about Fairbanks, except hey, it's far north, easily the U.S.'s coldest city, inland, relatively populous. As for being a great place to live, I figure anyplace would change in climate-pressured scenarios, anyway. Would you nominate somewhere else, though?

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The American workplace is an unaccountable, near-dictatorial private govenment with sweeping powers over our lives. Why can't Americans see this? And what should be done about it? [SLVox] Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson makes this argument in her book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It), based on her 2015 Tanner Lectures in Human Values. She elaborates on these themes in an interview in Jacobin. But Miya Tokumitsu, writing in the New Republic, warns that "[i]n reality, the employment landscape is even more dire than Anderson outlines." (Related previously: F*ck Work!)

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Maybe you're thinking, "the best thing I could possibly do right now while I'm sitting at work is watch live video feeds of railroad crossings and hope that the occasional train passes by." If so, then you might be surprised to know that there's never been a better time in recorded history than right now! Start by checking what's currently live on the YouTube accounts of Virtual Railfan, Railstream and Big Trains TV. Most videos in this post include ambient sound — even if traffic noise is quiet the trains will be loud. For more a whole lot more, see below. YouTube live streams provide four hours of timeline scrollback, so the impatient can rewind to the last train crossing to get a quick fix. The URLs of live streams frequently change even when the locations don't. So it's usually better to start at the streamers' YouTube channels rather than link directly to streams. This is also a way to find new streams as railfans get permission (and/or funding) to set up more cameras. Virtual Railfan: This has the best quality of the rail fan video streams and the locations are good, providing multiple camera angles, high-quality high-framerate video, and a very tightly moderated live chat. Current locations are Ashland, VA, where two tracks divide Center Street, La Grange, KY where a main rail line is literally on Main Street sharing pavement with local traffic, La Plata, MO at an Amtrak station, and the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, PA, with a remote-controlled camera that chat moderators can move on request. Railstream: Currently has two publicly accessible live streams, one each for cameras positioned back-to-back on a track in Chesterton, Indiana. Paid membership at their site provides access to up to a dozen more cameras at other locations. Big Trains TV: Has three cameras positioned at New Bridge Road in Bergenfield, NJ. There is a moderated live chat. The frame rate on these cameras is kind of low, which can make watching hard on the eyes after a while. Galesburg Railroad Museum in Galesburg, IL: A siding with camera views up and down several tracks. North Camera 1. South Camera 2. RailCam Mierlo-Hout has one stream at a grade in the Mierlo-Hout district of Helmond, southeast in The Netherlands. The live chat stream is mostly in English. RoanokeRailcam [silent] has one camera aimed at the switching yards in Roanoke, VA. The Leek and Rudyard Railway [silent] is a steam locomotive line in Staffordshire, England with a rail camera at one station. (Link is to the video because the channel, for some reason, does not show it.) HAB [silent] has a camera at Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa, Japan, where you can see high-speed Shinkansen arriving and departing. If that's not enough to zone out to, there are also dozens if not hundreds of live railway streams outside of YouTube. Some streams have music on the soundtrack. The indexes below rarely clean out dead or hijacked links, and many sites require Flash. So be aware and browse safe. RailServe.com indexes over 300 live railcams from many countries, some of which require viewer registration. WebCamPlaza lists a few dozen streams, with notes on with media type. MyLiveStream has even more links to streams mostly outside the U.S.

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YANML or advocate, but I hope someone has been in a similar position.In May, I had my first mixed episode and subsequent Bipolar II diagnosis. Before anyone arrived at my current diagnosis I ended up at the ER due to intense suicidal thoughts. Up until then, I have had a heavily documented depression diagnosis along with a family history of bipolar. I have been treated for depression by a general practitioner since 2014. My GP, through the same hospital, had recently ordered blood work for thyroid, magnesium, iron, and a metabolic panel—all of which were fine. At the ER, I explained this to the attending physician, but he chose to reorder the same tests without first checking my prior results. In addition, he ordered a drug test despite saying "he didn't believe I was on drugs." My husband, who is also my mental health power of attorney, was present the entire stay. These were not presented as optional or negotiable tests despite presenting a clear alternative (checking the prior results). I am now on the hook for over a thousand dollars in bloodwork that I cannot pay. Do I have any ability to negotiate the cost? Talking to my insurer was completely unhelpful. This was already a nightmare of a stay. I was held for 7 hours in the ER with my infant daughter in tow. We were trying to determine if we needed to arrange childcare, but the staff promised that their outsourced mental health advocate would be there shortly, soon, or "in the next 20 minutes". We even attempted to get the doctor to release me to another—any other—healthcare provider. Nope. They claimed I could only be released with sign-off from this outside party. When I finally was released, I was told that August was the soonest I could be seen by a psychiatrist or psychologist in the same hospital system (over three months). I ended up pursuing private psychiatric care, which I am now paying for out of pocket. Hence, why I cannot pay the ER bill. The episode has been managed with medication and I'm doing better, although it's not sunshine and roses by any stretch of the imagination.

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Détour — A very short film by Michel Gondry, shot on an iPhone. In French, with English subtitles. (via Alas, a Blog) Michael Gondry previously, 1, 2,

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Google search is inconcluisve, so I turn to you, dear hivemind. I need to convert a large number of DOC files to DOCX. I do not have Microsoft Office, but I do have Open Office (which doesn't let you save as DOCX, afaik). I have found single conversion tools online, but a single document takes 5 mins to convert. I am not confident enough to run any sort of command prompt. What solutions exist that I cannot find?

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Basement Reels, a Canadian-based group making ~5min short films, both serious and silly, tailored to the Tamil diaspora community. (via tamilculture.com) Brown Guys vs Brown Girls Leaving the HouseIf Guys Had Puberty Ceremonies (context)Questions that White People Ask Tamil People (← 101 on what "Tamil" means)Sex Before MarriageBeing Gay in a Brown HouseholdCasted AwayCan't Tell Anyone (Sexual Abuse / Rape Culture Short Film)

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I can't tell if once I clock out I'm happy or just sleepwalking.I recently got a new job that is fairly intense and focused (lots of mental work) but has a good work/life balance focus such that I'm rarely in the office more than 40 hrs/wk. There are perks like an easily accessible commuter shuttle. My commute is over an hour each way. This is not totally uncommon (thus the shuttle) but many of my coworkers express surprise or (feigned?) shock at the killer commute. However, I really don't mind commuting. I chose where I live for personal reasons and I am happier there than I would be living closer, and I've always enjoyed being in a moving vehicle, looking out the window and reading or listening to podcasts or daydreaming. Sometimes I even nap on the way home so I'm more refreshed when I see my partner. (I like to pack a travel pillow in my bag.) I'm quite happy with the arrangement, which to me feels like built in introvert recharge time. I do realize that I spend a lot of my free time sort of frittering it away, however. There's the aforementioned reading/podcast listening/daydreaming. But we also cook simple dinners, and I usually go to bed early (still a night owl on an early bird schedule). So a lot of my time outside work is purely relaxing, not many chores or personal projects. I occasionally go to sports games or to the pub with my partner to play trivia, and we like to travel and visit our friends and families. I catch up with people on the phone (not many friends in this area yet). But I don't play a musical instrument, or make art, or anything like that. To make things worse I work in tech where people say that if you don't have projects outside of your day job, you're not a REAL developer (where is your passion??) etc. I've always enjoyed working institutionally and spend my time learning new things rather than building or working on ambitious personal projects. I worry that I'm actually kind of lazy and isolated and should be... doing more with my personal time. I feel I have a "rich inner life" and don't always crave more. I enjoy spending time with my partner but even when we had no commute a big chunk of our weeknight evenings was quiet decompressing so we're not missing much there. (I prefer spending planned quality time tbh.) I would like more friends in the area, so perhaps I should do more activities. But I'm mostly happy. One of my most perfect, happiest memories ever was sitting in a restaurant alone with a book, eating a rack of ribs and drinking a perfect margarita and reading some kind of detective story. I reeeaaally enjoy those moments of blissful solitude. Am I missing something here? Is this how normal people spend their evenings? Should I be more productive, and is my love of my commute somehow dysfunctional? I'm not sure but I don't know many other adults with professional jobs so I would love to hear some feedback. I feel a little weird about how much I love to be alone.

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Hi! I'm thinking of starting an interview podcast but I have varied interests and I'll be talking to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. I like names like 'The Joe Rogan Experience', "Skeptic Tank' and 'The Church of What's Happening Now' coz they don't really have a focus and could be about anything (and they are) but I'm struggling to come up with something similar. Any help? Thanks in advance!

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For reasons that aren't important to this question, we quit making payments on our upside down mortgage early this year, with the intention of negotiating a short sale or deed in lieu with the mortgage company. It's late July and we are still in the house, and haven't even heard from the mortgage company since April, when they rejected our application for relief because the title is "cloudy."Apparently, the title still shows the mortgage company that went bankrupt in the 2008 crash as the primary lien holder. (The mortgage has been sold a few times) The bank said it would take a few weeks to clear up the paperwork, and once that was done we could start over with the mortgage relief request. Our financial situation is improving rapidly, and while it was a slam dunk that we couldn't afford this house with our cash flow 6 months ago, it might not be such as slam dunk in the near future. I'm a little worried the bank will be less willing to let us walk away if our cash flow situation is much improved. FWIW, my FICO score has stabilized over the last three months, so not paying the mortgage (everything else is current) has apparently done all the damage it going to do to my credit rating. One more complicating factor. We'd like to move to a different town in the near future, and my wife is actively looking for a new job in the future locale. Anybody been in this situation? Do I lay low and wait for the mortgage company to gets its act together? Do I get a lawyer and force the issue? If my wife gets a new job before this resolves do we pack up and leave the house empty? I'm really confused about what my next step should be.

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If I wasn't experiencing it myself, I wouldn't believe my current reality. I have never been treated with such vindictiveness as I am by my current supervisor. It is hard to detail everything, but to sum up: he is retaliating against me because I filed a complaint against him and now I am having to get representation to fight. The rub though is, that my issue might not fall under one of the protected EEO categories and I am finding that, at least in a federal government setting, that may be somewhat prohibitive in my legal fight.Still, I have to believe that there has to be some kind of controls in place to look out for me, an employee who is being egregiously bullied by someone even if it is not necessarily sexual or racial discrimination (although it could be, who knows? I still don't know why this guy has it out for me to be honest.) What I'm looking for are stories in which you fought the system and won and advice on how I can do so also, especially in a federal government setting, but not necessarily. If you have ever been the victim of workplace bullying anywhere, PLEASE tell me something encouraging! Does it get better? Did you fight? Did you try to pray it away? Did you just leave it be? I specify in the title that my position is a federal position to hopefully minimize some of the "just get another job" advice. As most know, one doesn't just snap a finger and obtain a federal job, it's not like it is in the private sector in which you can manipulate situations (ie contact hiring managers and such) to increase your success rate at getting interviews and opportunities to be hired. And once you have established a federal career, even if it's not an ideal position (in my case for twelve years now), it's difficult to just walk away from it. With that out of the way, I am experiencing bullying by a supervisor and I do not know how to best navigate this situation. There is an Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) meeting scheduled for next week, but in the interim he has decided to retroactively propose to suspend me. He is citing an incident in which I filed a complaint against him (he damn near assaulted me, no lie) over a month ago. Needless to say I filed the complaint the day it happened and he has waited a month after to retaliate, even though there is already an ADR meeting in place to try to de-escalate the situation! How bizarre is that? Anyway, given that he is outright lying and trying to smear me, I have decided I need legal representation for said meeting. I meet with my lawyer this Thursday. I do not know what angle she will take, but I suspect she will try to manipulate the case to fall under one of the protected EEO categories, since that is what the federal government prioritizes. But if she doesn't, what are my options? Can I beat this? I have not done anything wrong and I do believe anyone who is objective and fair would side with me, but I don't know who will be mediating and I don't know the personalities of the other players involved. Will they look out for him or will they be open to hearing my side? I am so nervous. I have never felt more discombobulated in all of my days. I hardly eat (and I'm already thin) and I can barely sleep. I feel like I'm being terrorized in a sense. I just need someone somewhere to offer me both some concrete advice on how to best approach this issue and real talk on what to expect. I just want to feel better for two seconds and I know that you fine folks are both wise enough and compassionate enough to help me in this. Thanks in advance for any and all input.

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I'm 29, 30 next year. Female, POC. I've had dreams of becoming a television writer since my teens, and, right now, I'm in LA working in the industry at an executive level (but I work on the business/marketing side of things, not the creative). Been here almost 4 years. I'm super-super adjacent to what I *want* to do (write). But I'm almost too good at the adjacent position, and I'm scared that I'll never get to pursue the real dream.Frankly, I can't stand my job. I'm burned out, uninspired. Ready to do something else. I have dreams of leaving to do something part-time/remote/low-stress and *really* work on my writing -- have a few projects under my belt, but nothing really substantial. I wonder if leaving is a cop-out and if I'm foolishly giving up a prestigious title/salary to pursue something with little chance of any return. And hey, working in the industry in this position is better than not working in it at all, right? I think? (The networking! everyone says) After a breakup that's thrown into sharp relief the things I'm unhappy about in my life, I'm trying to brainstorm alternatives to mindlessly working alongside "the dream" for the next 30 years. Should I maybe try to go freelance? Do the biz dev/marketing thing as a consultant while I work on writing? Or maybe I'm just thinking about this the wrong way. Basically, I don't know if I'm whining and should just (stay miserable and) keep the job, or try to fit my career/job prospects around writing. Any ideas on the following: day jobs for writers; letting go of attachment to titles and salaries and prestige; "making it" as a screenwriter -- are welcome! Thank you!

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Is it likely that workout clothes that look and feel just like swimsuit material would be visibly damaged in a pool?I saw a previous askme asking if it was ok to swim in workout clothes and most of the answers were saying "They're not made for swimming, they will be heavy and uncomfortable." I have some workout clothes that look & feel exactly like a swimsuit except they're better quality & have much better coverage & support. But because they are solid black in color, I was wondering if there was any way to find out in advance if I jump in the pool will I come out wearing a bleached mess. Because in my experience a lot more things are bleach resistant these days but black dye is a special case. I'm not worried about increased wear & tear over time, just want to know if they'll make it through a few times at least. I'm also not talking about working out in the clothes and then getting into the pool. These would be just for swimming.

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I feel like my workplace people skills are suboptimal at best, and I would love some input about how to best deal with colleagues/seniors/people reporting to me. Caveat: workplace culture does not respond well to changes, and places an enormous premium on seniority, meaning : authority cannot be challenged. Details below the jump.How would you handle- (1) a very talkative, very disorganized superior you report to, who doesn't seem to grasp the concept that time spent talking (not about work) is time wasted? (2) workload that has ramped up abruptly due to lack of human resources and looming deadlines? Esp coupled with (1)? (3) general resentment percolating within a small section about being singled out for extra work by the SuperBoss (who is not reporting senior, and neither is the project, strictly speaking, my responsibility). Note: I asked for neither the extra work nor the extra attention, and am in fact worried that I do not have enough time/resources/knowledge for the former. They say they know I can manage it, with an encouraging smile. Very pleasant, but practically of no help at all. (4) manage possibly unreasonable expectations about being able to complete personal checklists since a fair bit of work gets reorganized with no warning by superiors (5) make people reporting to me work harder. I do not like ordering about and I'm so anxious to seem reasonable in my expectations and approachable that I end up doing half their work myself -_- of course they've sized me up as a total sucker. I like my work proper but this is beginning to make me dread weekday mornings. And it's been less than a year! All help gratefully accepted, thank you!

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Hi. I am curious to find some literary magazines to subscribe to. Whether it is North American, European, South American, etc (but in English if provided). I am trying to find some works on short stories, poetry, art, horror, thriller, victorian-ish writing, creative essays, humour, nature, creative non-fiction, political satire, etc. The scope of genre is eclectic and wide-ranging. I am very keen on learning about cultures and cultural standpoints on political and social ideas that might differ from western thought -- or the opposite. What are some must subscribed literary magazines? * I have a 12 month subscription to the New England Review from Middlebury College.

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WoW Lore TLDR: The first Warcraft lore tl;dr on the internet to use nesting. "Warcraft's lore is intimidatingly complex. It's a chronicle that spans millennia, from the dawn of time and to World of Warcraft's latest patch. Unless you've taken the time to read every book or sift through the wikis, it's not always easy to understand what's going on, who certain characters are, or why the hell it even matters. That's a shame because the lore, while intimidating, is one of the richer mythos in gaming. Fortunately, Reddit user SinanDira has a solution. WoW Lore TLDR is a website that takes the entire backstory of Warcraft and condenses it into digestible bullet points that you can quickly sift through." [via: PC Gamer]

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My mom got one bump like this and a few hours later has more. PICS They're all over here body meaning one here or there on her torso, arms, legs. One pic shows an unirritated/undisturbed bump, the other is irritated because when it was just one she thought it was a pimple and tried to pop it.My mom has all the standard vaccines as far as I know. She also has had the shingles vaccine. She has an appointment with her rheumetologist for RA tomorrow, so this probably doesn't warrant an ER visit but I just want to be sure. What could it be? Also, I have an infant under 3 months who she saw yesterday. Should I be worried about contagion?

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Donald Trump Says Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions. (SLYT). From J-walk, who called it "Best video I've seen all day"

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Hello, I'm looking for a digital content software that will allow a closed set of contributors post displayable files in a variety of files formats, such as jpeg, PDF, and other common types. Ideally they would be able to tag these posts and comment on them, as well as link them hierarchically to each other. Honestly, it sounds like a private Facebook group might be good for this, but I'm looking for something with a bit more possibility for innovation and that isn't Facebook.I just led a study abroad program, and I'd like my students to post pictures, emails, journal entries, and text messages related to our trip in a way that provides opportunities for us to link the records together through tagging or metadata. The records would also be organized by subject or event as much as possible. I know that this is asking for a lot, but I'm curious to see what's out there that doesn't have a steep learning curve. Thanks!

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I discovered Simeon ten Holt's Canto Ostinato recently. I love the versions with a single piano and with four pianos. Today I found out it's been performed with many other instruments. What are some good recordings?

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I am learning piano for the purpose of playing standards and singing them (at the same time!) and having a swell time with it though I'm no Art Tatum. I'm looking for a certain kind of song.I'm not an accomplished musician. The level of playing I'm doing right now is playing a bass note and a chord with not much embellishment beyond that, though I'm getting better at finding the right inversion and stuff. Songs that seem to work well and that are fun, well...I'm currently doing "Bewitched" and it seems to suit me. I sometimes blunder through "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" or "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" (apocryphal someone asked Fran Landesman for a one sentence summary of the beginning of The Wasteland and that quip was what she and Tommy Wolff set so exquisitely.) The general theme seems to be something like wryly rueful, sophisticated in sensibility, and maybe slightly camp. (I also printed out "Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did" but am making a hash of it.) Any songs come to mind in this vein? Particularly ones that are not fiendishly difficult? Which is partly to say: I love Sondheim but it ain't gonna happen. Thanks for any suggestions!

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No laughter? Nothing!...what is happening? I don't feel I've truly laughed in years. I've noticed that my reactions are pretty monotone. Recently I am self aware that I also have a hard or awkward time talking to people (and people I've known for years). I used to be the funny one, could think of comebacks instantly but now I feel like I can't come up with anything. People find things funny in their normal life...my work friends laugh at stuff and all I can muster is a fake laugh. What is wrong with me? I don't feel antisocial but I'm wondering if I'm some kind of weirdo?

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A Tribute to Indian Women Architects

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