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Virgin Boy Eggs. Is It Real? Hard To Tell. Snopes is noncommital.

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A federal court panel has ruled that two of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts were racially gerrymandered and must be redrawn within two weeks. Critics of the 2011 Republican-led redistricting contend the map lines were drawn to concentrate black voters in districts that reduced their overall political power. North Carolina is home to 3 of the nation's 10 most gerrymandered congressional districts.

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Workmen just came to my new apartment to remove a broken washing machine. After they left, I found a crushed AA battery where the machine was left. I have no idea how old it was or if they crushed it moving the washer. There was liquid on the floor, but that could have been from disconnecting the washer. How do I clean this up safely?I have removed the battery with a dustpan and broom and double bagged it for disposal later (on my balcony) I'm cleaning the area with water and a mop. I'm running a vent. What else should I be doing? Would it be safest to toss the mop? Am a worrying too much or not enough? An answer seems beyond my Google Fu.

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Every Coen brothers movie, ranked from worst to best. Their latest, Hail, Caesar, just misses the top ten. Would that it were so simple!

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Jun cooks Fluffy Omurice Jun cooks Koi fish sushi Jun cooks Chicken Nanban A few more (Haku-less) videos are on the YouTube Channel. Still more on Twitter and Instagram.

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I'm after a bunch of things I can make to challenge myself that aren't expensive or dangerous that will give me some level of discomfort.my therapist calls this the "stuff it up challenge". There are 4 categories. * Making a "wrong" choice - like choosing something off a menu that I wouldn't normally eat (but I already do that -so that's not going to challenge me) or wearing clothes where the colours clash. *Doing something out of character - like saying "How do you do?" instead of "G'day" when meeting someone. * Do something in a different order (I don't think I have any particular routines, but I guess brushing my teeth before I get in the shower would be a bit weird) And making a mistake on purpooose. (do you know how difficult it is to leave the M in the first line as lower case? but at this point, I'm stuck on typos - I need others.) If your discomfort challenge doesn't fit those categories, that's fine - the point is to get used to not being able to control situations, and being okay with it, to not catastrophise over non-issues (what will they think of me, how will I manage). What doesn't fit is a long-term goal strategy like running a marathon - yes, that's a challenge that's outside of my comfort zone, it's true, but it's not something I can easily throw into my daily experience, and it requires a level of committment that is not part of this thing. (Also, this is from the guy who taught me that it was important to do things half-arsedly in order to move away from perfectionistic traits). You don't need to categorise your idea. Like I've decided to go to the beach and wear a bathing suit without covering up all the lumpy bits. It's both out of character and a "wrong" choice.

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The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Resource

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The exterior of our house needs attention. Professional attention.We have: water damage to the wood siding, peeling paint, woodpecker holes, old failing repairs from prior woodpecker damage, wasps (it's February and one appeared in our house in a room with a closed window, wtf), failing gutters (we clean them out, doesn't seem to make a difference), maybe some other birds are poking around up there. Y'all get the idea. So, as best as I can tell, we need: Some sort of pest control service (to get rid of current pests and seal up parts of house where they are getting in); Repair or replace siding; Replace gutters; Paint. What is the order of operation here? How many types of tradespeople do we need? This is obviously a lot of work to be done and we'd like it done well. (The prior owners of our house were big fans of DIY and it shows, unfortunately.) Who do we call, and who do we call first? Have you ever had this kind of work done on your home and can you give us advice? Are there home improvement forums that focus on these things?

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I'm 32 weeks pregnant with my first child. Meanwhile, my sweetie's father is succumbing to cancer (so, by the way, is my stepmom, whom I love dearly). I'm interested in tips on how to cope with tough stuff like this while pregnant, how to both be supportive and get the support I need right now.That's the gist. Now, some longwinded navel gazing context. I am trying my best to be as as supportive as possible. To my mind, this means: a) Lending an ear and trying to lend uncritical, sensitive input when asked for. This is difficult as my perspective on what is going on, how the family is responding and the demands they make up on my SO is completely at odds with theirs. b) Understanding that SO needs to spend as much time with his father as possible, and trying to keep in perspective what is at stake for them in terms of time together. Namely, that SO needs to do as much for his family as possible to avoid future regrets. SO travels a lot- 1 or 2 weeks out of every month for work as it is, and has accompanied his father to every cancer treatment (that he has been home for) for the past 2 years. By comparison, he has made it to 2 prenatal care appointments total since I became pregnant. I've also been cutting him a lot of slack in terms of contributing to day to day stuff, which is fine for now but not workable longer term when the baby arrives and my own mammalian responsibilities ramp up. c) Not burdening SO with my own fears and issues with how this newly urgent family situation is cutting into our last months together pre-baby, or how totally alone and freaked out I feel right now. This is particularly sensitive because of past dynamics between myself and his family and my general fear that his family's needs (many valid needs now, but the broader pattern, in my opinion, is of insane demands which must be answered without delay or discussion) will take priority over what the new baby and I will need in the coming early days. d) Not putting up a fight about things that I probably would have otherwise, such as SO spending valentines day with his parents instead of with me (not a huge holiday person, but again, just wanting quality time together before the baby arrives) and agreeing that the baby will have SO's last name, which has become quite important to him as his father has become more ill. I think C is where I'm really struggling. At 32 weeks pregnant, intense hormones, physical discomfort, my own grief about my stepmom and natural anxieties about being ready to have this baby arrive are sapping me of whatever emotional resilience I might otherwise have. I don't feel like I'm really all there for him, for the baby or for myself. I feel really alone and fearful that what's ahead of me is about 100x the demands on my ability to nurture, and put the baby first, and perhaps not the kind of help and support from my partner that I was counting on when I got pregnant...which makes me feel selfish and unprepared to be a parent. So, formerly pregnant mefites, is this a biological imperative of being pregnant? It feels like I'm hard wired right now to be self-centered and focused on this baby, ergo myself, but I'm not fully able to do it because I know that my partner needs me to be the stable/caregiving one right now. How can I better support my partner? Is it fair to share my anxieties and fears about this stuff with him at this time? And parents all, how did you parent a newborn while grieving and or caring for someone else?

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When I buy something, I can go to my credit card (Chase) website and see the charge nearly instantly in the Temporary Authorizations area. What determines how long it takes to go from there to Posted Activity?I've noticed that sometimes it takes about a day. More often it takes 2 or 3 or sometimes 4. I have a couple of shops who's charges disappear from Temporary for a day or two and they turn up in Posted. I'm guessing that when I charge, the chargee sends the card a message 'hey, she's just spent money so reserve some funds now and we'll send you the exact amount soon'. So it the mystery as simple as some chargees are slower than others in collecting their money? Or is there something else going on? (I'm asking only out of idle curiosity. I'm pretty anal about my credit card charges and so check way too often and have always wondered about this odd timing thing.)

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Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut, Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot, and outspoken alien visitation believer, has died at age 85. Selected in the fifth group of astronauts in April 1966, he served as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 9 and as backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 10. His only space flight was Apollo 14, with Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa. It garnered much attention due to the near-tragedy of the previous mission, as well as being the only lunar mission involving one of the Mercury astronauts. During the mission, Mitchell conducted an ESP experiment with several of his friends. Beginning in the 1990s, he became a vocal advocate for the idea that aliens had visited the earth, interacted with terrestrial leaders, and that their presence had been covered up for over a half century. NASA's official response was "Dr. Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue." Apollo 14 now becomes the first lunar mission in which all three members of the crew have died.

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I need footwear for the out-of-doors across that's appropriate for at least three seasons, if not four. While my feet are snowflakes, I don't think I have to worry about stepping in snow ... do I? What about rainy puddles or streams?We're headed to a bunch of National Parks in the second half of September (we fly back to DC on October 1). Parks include the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Great Basin (where we'll do a cave tour). The general rule for Yellowstone is that you should pack for all four seasons, and while it's unlikely there will be significant snow on the ground when we're there, it's not impossible. The north rim of the Grand Canyon will also be cool, if not downright cold, and Bryce is at similar altitude. Meanwhile, I have feet that literally never stop sweating, and I hate the feeling of wet socks. I have also somewhat recently learned that heavy soles with reinforced heel cups (think: boots, but also: even light or street hikers) interfere with my gait enough to exacerbate a knee injury. And I have never liked padded socks, but it wasn't until I figured out the heavy shoe thing while in physical therapy for the knee injury that I realized how much I need to feel the ground for my gait to work naturally (in hindsight, my hatred for sock liners is probably related). What all of those things have combined to mean is that I really like the Merrell Trail Glove 3 shoes I bought a couple months ago, in advance of this trip. If I wear breathable enough shoes and light SmartWool™ socks my feet don't get (or stay) so sweaty that it's an issue, and my gait is much more natural. Assuming that temperatures in a couple of those parks could get down around freezing temperature while we're there, do I need to worry about getting something waterproof, or should I just carry a spare pair of socks in case I step in a puddle? If I need waterproof shoes, what's like the Trail Gloves (zero drop, minimal padding, no big, rigid heel cup) but waterproof? Are there socks like SmartWool™ that aren't $15/pair, especially non-padded ones? Extra extra snowflake details: NB Minimus shoes don't work for me at all because of the really tight heel stitching — I almost got blisters just from walking around the REI shoe department. At the same time I bought the Merrells I also bought some Vivobarefoot Trail Freaks. I don't like them as much as the Merrells, but if I really need something waterproof I might not hate the waterproof version of the Trail Freaks. And I bought and returned a waterproof pair of Columbia trail runners because they ran too narrow for even my B-width feet. I'd like to keep the total stack height low and the soles as flexible as possible.

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Hivemind... what two songs are these?

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I want a unix command that's basically less but I want to be able to insert something into the file as I'm monitoring it with less -FBasically I want to monitor a log and then flag in the log when something happens externally.

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I would like to hear about how you've been able to raise a kid and care for an affectionate yet skittish cat. How did you do it? I'm particularly interested in stories about kids between the ages of 2-10.My husband and I have started talking about having a child soon, and I'm feeling a bit of anxiety about it. Right now, one of my biggest concerns involves my very sweet but very needy cat, who is currently the only pet in the house. He's 5 years old, indoor only, totally attached to me, and merely tolerates my husband. Like many cats, he hates loud noises and unpredictability. He loves to cuddle (only with me) and play (pretty much only with me). He's begging for my attention right now, in fact. I've read enough questions about how to handle a cat and a baby, and I think I know how we can handle that situation. I'm more worried about life with a bigger kid. I've watched my 6-year-old nephew repeatedly roughhouse his little sister in spite of his parents' protests, and I'm worried that my kid won't be able to resist terrorizing my beloved pet. Is a kid is just going to make my cat's happy life irritating and lonely? For the record, he doesn't have a companion because of my husband's allergies. Also, I think he's grown accustomed to being a single cat.

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Stealing White: How a corporate spy swiped plans for DuPont's billion-dollar color formula By Del Quentin Wilber [Bloomberg Business] "At first, you're like: Why are they stealing the color white? I had to Google it to figure out what titanium dioxide even was," says Dean Chappell, acting section chief of counterespionage for the FBI. "Then you realize there is a strategy to it." You can't even call it spying, adds John Carlin, the assistant attorney general in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice's national security division. "This is theft. And this—stealing the color white—is a very good example of the problem. It's not a national security secret. It's about stealing something you can make a buck off of. It's part of a strategy to profit off what American ingenuity creates."

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Drone flight over (and in) the ruins of Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers. (SLYT, 2:25) (via)

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What is Design Fiction? "the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change. That's the best definition we've come up with. The important word there is diegetic. It means you're thinking very seriously about potential objects and services and trying to get people to concentrate on those rather than entire worlds or political trends or geopolitical strategies. It's not a kind of fiction. It's a kind of design. It tells worlds rather than stories." — Bruce Sterling Examples of Diegetic Prototypes in Design Fiction. For a deeper dive, enjoy A Design Fiction Evening with Julian Bleecker, Nick Foster, James Bridle, Cliff Kuang and Scott Paterson. (video of three 20 min talks + 30 min discussion) We met to talk about design. And fiction. And the ways of approaching the challenge of all challenges, whatever it may be. We talked about expressing the opportunities those challenges raise as distinctly new tangible forms. As well as the essential value of mundane design. We talked about clarifying the present. We talked about designing the future. And doing both of these things with design. And fiction.

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On February 2, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines advising all sexually active women to abstain from alcohol unless they are on birth control. The recommendation and related infographic were quickly criticized. Ms. Magazine: "If you are a woman with the physiological ability to become pregnant, your role as a potential baby incubator apparently supersedes your right to make decisions regarding your own body. " The Mary Sue: "The mention of "injuries/violence" under the "risks" section strikes me as tacit victim-blaming, and including the risks that drinking can have even for women who can't get pregnant seems a little puritanical." The Atlantic: Protect Your Womb From the Devil Drink The Guardian: "We can't tell women not to drink for fear that they might be pregnant without also telling them that it's their right to make their own reproductive choices. I would suggest a little less fear-mongering and a little more support for women who need reproductive healthcare – including abortion care." The reaction on Twitter. The Onion weighed in as well. The CDC recommendation was endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Guy Falls Asleep At Work, The Internet Takes Him On Photoshop Adventures

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My cat seems to have a cold -it seems like she has really bad nasal congestion and eye discharge. Should I take her to the vet? On the one hand I think no, because last time she had these symptoms (July) the vet said there was nothing she could do, and I don't want to stress her out for nothing when she's already uncomfortable and possibly prolong this. On the other hand "Making bad noises when breathing= doctor" seems like a pretty good guideline to follow in general.This has been going on for I think 3 days. I think she's about 17 years old and generally in good health otherwise. She's eating, drinking, napping, patrolling the house, and litter boxing as usual (like a champ). I'm running the humidifier for her, making sure she has enough water and giving her extra wet food. But she seems really uncomfortable (she has a particular kitten-like mew for these times) and it's stressing me out. That's why I'm not sure if taking her to the vet would be more for her benefit or mine.

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On February 5, 1916, 100 years ago today, the Cabaret Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland, marking the beginning of Dada. Happy birthday, Dada! Classic "Ripley's Believe It or Not" video of Marie Osmond reciting Hugo Ball's 1916 sound poem Karawane. (Previously) 10 female Dadaists you should know Dada Centenary events in Zurich The Cabaret Voltaire is up for sale.

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Can anyone identify the font used to spell out 'Beach Party'? Bonus points if it is available for free somewhere! Gratzi

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My husband is subject to a broad non-compete for his industry. We'd like to consult an employment lawyer on whether it's too restrictive, but we're not sure what state to find an employment lawyer in. YANMYL, but maybe you can help me find a lawyer.His job is in Arizona, but the company is a very complicated multi-national, and the offer letter states this: "The terms of your employment will be interpreted in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, except where the public policy of the forum state requires a different result." So that's my main question - if he wants to get an employment lawyer to consult, should he look in Arizona or Massachusetts? If he needs to look in Massachusetts, what's a good way to get in touch with one, considering that we are not wealthy by any means and don't live there? More details if desired: The offer letter references a non-compete agreement (separate document) that says he can't work in any way for any competitor in a long list of product types (basically all products the multi-national company makes stuff for, although my husband only works on one specific product line) for one year, and doesn't give any geographic restriction. My husband might be interested in working in one of these other industries on the list, where he hasn't had any connection with his current company's product line, and the non-compete might be less enforceable. It's my understanding that in Massachusetts there is currently a legislative drive to get rid of non-competes, so it might become pretty important to see what state this applies in.

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Where do you find reputable house sitting gigs in the US and build your network and trust as a good house sitter?My husband and I are looking to relocate back to LA for just the extended summer (May - Oct). Instead of trying to find a sublet, I was wondering how difficult it would be to find house sitting gigs from a few weeks to a month or even longer. It doesn't even have to be continuous gigs since I could stay with a friend or road trip in between appointments (or even find housesitting gigs in other states). I work remotely so as long as I have internet connection I am able to attend to house needs at most times of the day. How feasible is this? I know there are websites with paid subscriptions for people looking for house sitters or to housesit and I am wondering what websites are best for this. I am in already in a caretaking/sublet situation for the second year in a row so I am not new to it, but I would also want to build my reputation as a good house sitter and I would appreciate any tips or advice.

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