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A statement posted to the Russian space agency's website said a meeting of the Roscosmos science and technical council considered Russia's future human spaceflight plans, favoring the continued use of the International Space Station until 2024.Then Russia plans to remove its modules from the International Space Station to form an all-Russian complex in orbit.

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I used to have some 50+ min long remixes called Tooty Frooty or Frooty Booty...they were a series only up to about 4 I think. On this guy's site, the first one had a picture of an orange, which may have been dancing. The songs would combine the Beetles with rap and country (Beetles + "ain't nothing but a gold digger" for example). The first song of the first "frooty" mix was very "twangy" country about a woman who wants god to give her a car. I can't find this anymore on my computer and search brings up nothing.

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My fiance sold and shipped some very expensive, heavy, one-of-a-kind electronics to an online friend overseas. They were damaged during international shipping. The purchase price was over a thousand dollars and the items are literally irreplaceable. Who is legally liable here? What are the ethics? We *cannot* afford to reimburse this expense.I've never sold anything online myself, so I don't know how this situation should be handled. We live in the US, the buyer in another country. Payment was accomplished via Paypal many months ago. My fiance only recently shipped the items (they are friends, he's a procrastinator, and the buyer didn't mind). The bank account that was attached to my fiance's Paypal account was closed quite awhile ago. The deal wasn't done through eBay or Visa or any other vendor with consumer protections, only Paypal is involved. My fiance offered to insure the items for the full purchase price, which the buyer declined to pay for. My fiance is firm in insisting it was the buyer's responsibility to pay for the insurance. He is willing to lose the friend over this matter. If we were flush, I'd want to make it right regardless of fault. But we cannot afford to reimburse this, as we live paycheck-to-paycheck and the money the seller paid was spent months ago, when we got it. I am primarily concerned about protecting our assets. Is Paypal going to come after us for this money if the buyer opens a dispute? Or has enough time passed since the payment that we're probably OK? Is there any risk that we would be sued or at risk of garnishment? Does the fact that the sale crossed international borders come into play at all here?

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My friend has a background in visual art (mainly years of oils, watercolors, some crafts) and has recently started exploring graphic design. So far she's done some projects for friends and family (website design, logos, packaging, card designing, etc). She'd love to do more of this kind of work on a freelance basis, but isn't sure how to find it. Should she advertise on Fiverr, or Elance, or...? How does this work and how do you get started as a freelance graphic designer? Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated!

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Lead Paint. It's been noted here before, but here's a new lead->crime connection, based on barn color: Red (Iron oxide) good. White (Lead) bad. Here's where and when. And the year-old gasoline-soaked earlier Mother Jones citation The graphs are pretty persuasive. Of course, correlation does not imply causation. But correlation does make you go "Hmmm."

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Nice bike stolen in San Francisco - where to try to find it?I have a super-cute racing green Brompton which cost me a lot and got stolen in the Mission district after I left it locked up on South Van Ness and 14th (outside Rainbow foods) for 15 minutes. It sucks. I'm not from here, but have been reading a lot about this phenomenon and saw that a lot of stolen bikes end up at flea markets in Oakland. Can anyone say whether this is still a thing and if so where I should go look? I don't want to be a total martyr for my bike, but I'd like to make some more of an effort before I give up and get the cheapest folding bike I can find. p.s. I've already filed a police report, registered the serial number, tweeted to the stolen bike sites, etc.

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"In recent months, a number of writers and photographers have begun to utilize Instagram beyond its common use as an application that enables the creation, stylizing, and sharing of personal photographs to a particular group of friends and acquaintances, and rather as a journalistic tool. In particular, writers like Jeff Sharlet (#Nightshift // A Resourceful Woman ) and photographers like Neil Shea have paired their photos with short narratives, constrained to 2200 characters by Instagram's caption limit. The effect is similar to that of "Flash Fiction"—short, impactful self-contained stories—except that these stories are true and paired with a photograph of the subject." Further Reading * Sharlet: About Humans of New York: "He's a photographer w/ quotes; I'm a writer w/ snapshots." * New York Times: Instagram's Graveyard Shift * The InstaEssay Archive. Other Essayists * Quince Mountain * Nicole Greenfield * Blair Braverman * The Illuminated InstaMag

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COUNT THE RINGS, I KNOW?! amirite? Except, no, I find it really difficult to count the rings as the chainsaw obliterated a lot of them, and the wood doesn't lend itself to clear rings. How else can I estimate the age of this tree?It (and its sibling tree) was a Peruvian Pepper Tree and died in the drought. The branches extended into the power lines, and we decided to remove them. So how old were they before we chopped them down last fall? We moved here back in May of 2008 and they were fully grown by then. I think I can post additional photos of them in their glory, if that would help.

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Mr Bellastella & I are going to visit Vieques this fall. We had a lovely experience in Culebra two years ago, stayed at a small guesthouse and loved it! Vieques looks like a place we will really enjoy, and we like the idea of a room or casita, or guesthouse. We're looking at Esperanza, but that's not written in ink yet.The particulars: two mid 50's adults. We'll be there for a week. We are on a budget, and would like to be walking distance to beaches, attractions (the Malecon!!) and scenic areas. Ideally there would be a kitchenette or basic cooking facilities, so we can do breakfast/other meals as necessary. Local charm would be most welcome! A quiet restful place would be great. So, got any personal experience with renting a vacation place on Vieques? Recommendations, suggestions, things we shouldn't miss..bring it on!

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A young baby in our family is very alert, active and friendly and my sister and myself both found ourselves referring to her as 'canny'. But when we were asked what the word means, and why it applies to her, we couldn't quite explain it. Is there any one on here, probably from the North of England, who could have a go at explaining 'canny', meaning and usage (and possibly derivation?)

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I was physically ill as a child, in the hospital more than school, and through young adult years as well. Mom was/is classic hypochondriac. As an adult for the last 20 years and in my early 40s, I have let it hurt my work record and advancement.Where anyone else can push through the day, I battle at night and have scripts ready in my head because I am so used to calling in just enough at work. Or I make it to work (a success) and then wimp out and go home, which is a killer on esteem. I have a decent job, do great work and do just enough until I miss work again because of a "migraine", or "flu" that I truly perceive to be worse than most are. Sore throats = strep, if you get it. It isn't that nothing is there but that I certainly believe "I can't handle it!" I know I can benefit from CBT/ACT counseling as I have with anxiety and mood things. This thinking is so ingrained (35 years plus?) that I am curious if any others have successfully overcame this thinking habit and what has worked for them. Buried beneath is something I bet that says "I am different", or "I can't do it", or even worse "I am special" which wreaks havoc on the best of us and is somewhat narcissistic. I have tried linking behaviors up, like keeping all my things close to the shower or doorway so I would have to get up. I have a pup that helps now (along with an encouraging wife)...It is just so blasted frustrating because I miss at least a few days or more a month, which may not sound like much but adds up and should be a canning offense in some jobs. It is calculated to a degree that I skim by with that PTO. I am well-liked at work but I can imagine this is annoying and it has been brought to my attention as it should be. *anything(s)* that have helped you, please share. I want to be the average go to work dude. I am not sure how to "toughen up".

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My ancient Kodak Photo Siphon needs a part, a rubber adapter to connect it to a kitchen faucet. I can't find a suitable part anywhere. This used to be something carried in every hardware store, but now I can't find anything even close to it, in stores or online.Let me show you what it looks like in action, it's the orange thing on the faucet. Some of you might recall I did an elaborate experiment to prove that it is faster to thaw frozen food in a big sink full of cold water, rather than under running water, it looked like this. But anyway. The collar broke and the whole adapter is unusuable. I have looked everywhere to find a replacement. And now this is getting serious because I have a photo project that is being delayed because my Kodak Siphon is not working so I cannot wash my prints properly. Here's a pic of the broken adapter. Normally you would roll back the top of the collar until you got the diameter of faucetyou needed. Now that top part broke off and it won't hold on the faucet. The orange part is about 2.75 inches and the top is about 1.75 inches. It has a little tube on the bottom that is about 4/5 inch, it is hard plastic and inserts into rubber tubing with a hose clamp around it (sort of like you'd see hoses clamped on your car). I remember replacing this before, it was a part you could get at any old hardware store. But I have searched and searched and found nothing in stores or online. And I can't use a screw on adapter, my faucets are too corroded and I have to take this thing on and off constantly. So can anyone help me find this rubber nozzle adapter thing? My current photo project is totally dead without it.

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I banged my poor little toe into the corner of the coffee table two weeks ago. I seem to have either sprained or broken it. It doesn't seem to be getting better, in fact it's hurt worse than ever the last couple days.The toe was bruised and slightly swollen the first couple days, but the bruise has healed now. I think it's still swollen, a bit. I can move it, but it hurts. YANMD, but should I see one? Curiously, the pain has now started radiating up my foot in the last couple days, and it wasn't doing that before. I'm concerned that I might have broken it, and it's healing wrong, somehow. On the other hand, a stubbed toe seems like an absurd thing to see a doctor about. But I rely on my feet as my sole form of transportation; I need them not to hurt!

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Currently have A+ and Net+ certs and work at a small firm as a customer service tech and have accumulated 2 years hands on experience at the moment. I'm beginning to contemplate a move across the county in about 2 years. would it be worth it to go and get my MSCE, or will having 4 years practical experience be enough to wrangle a new job?

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Men in miniskirts take stand for women's rights in Turkey Turkish men have taken a stand with a simple, unconventional approach to combatting violence against women— miniskirts. (TW: Sexual assault and murder) Related: #ozgecanicinminietekgiy Turkish Men Are Wearing Miniskirts to Fight for Women's Rights (This link seems a bit milder/less graphic -- still: TW, it briefly describes the violent incident that sparked these protests.) Turkish Men Wear Miniskirts In Support Of Women's Rights After Brutal Murder

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Where in Austin, Texas can I find a women's down coat or other warm, femme-looking winter coat tomorrow? (Extra challenge: tall and broad-shouldered.)On Thursday at 7 AM I get onto a plane to fly to upstate NY for a job interview. I will not have time to shop between arriving at the airport and the interview. It is forecast to be well below freezing there, the warmest coat I own is inadequate, and I would like to not be miserable. The "femme-looking" part is unfortunately something I strongly prefer not to compromise on. I am trans, and have learned the hard way that when I wear gender-ambiguous clothing to meet people for the first time, it tends to lead to bad first impressions. It shouldn't be true, but it is, and my goal here is to get this job rather than to change the world.

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How much and what sort of guidance should I provide for the art skills of a precocious preschooler?My 4 year old loves what could be described as "enrichment activities." LOVES THEM. One of his favorite parts of the week is sitting down with Daddy to work on his "Green Book" (his Handwriting Without Tears workbook). He also loves a lot of the activities I've cribbed from Zvonkin's book on pre-k math circles (found from this post on the blue) This is great by me -- my friends have often described me as having a great personality for teaching. I enjoy doing it and am excited by it. Handwriting is no problem. Literacy? No problem. Math? Great! I, however, have a dearth of skills in the visual arts. Working to acquire or develop visual art skills doesn't bother me. The issue lies in being able to coach a precocious 4 year old. For example, give him a coloring book, and he'll color a snowman purple (or some other unusual color). Is this something I should be correcting at this age? What are age appropriate skills in terms of drawing stick figures? Further, what does the development of visual arts skills look like at this (and future) age? I don't have a frame of reference from which to assist in this development. I'm looking specific resources that provide guidance on how much and what type of encouragement to provide to my son. Any guidance is appreciated.

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Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote it for the smooth harmonies of the Mills Brothers in the 1935 film Broadway Gondolier. Fats Waller popularized it with more spark and swing soon after, and Art Tatum performed a blistering yet tuneful version that same year. Young heartthrob Frank Sinatra crooned it in 1945, and 11 years later Mel Tormé crooned it some more. Thelonious Monk had a humorous take on it in 1964, while 1968 saw two wildly different versions from Oscar Peterson and an actual Lulu. Need more? Here's The Four Freshmen, Leon Redbone, and Ellis and Branford Marsalis. TV loves Lulu too! Sanford and Song on Sanford and Son, and Circe on the Justice League (voiced by Broadway singer Rachel York). But here's what happens when Lulu's back on Sesame Street. (With introduction by Mr. Hooper, Bob, Susan, Matt Robinson's Gordon, and a very orange Oscar.)

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I am looking for some sort of display panels for the elevators in our library. They will need to be bolted onto paneling. They should be durable and able to accommodate an 8.5" x 14" poster.The posters will be to keep students up to date with the library's renovation progress, so the display panel should be easy enough for us to replace the posters with updates, but hopefully not easy enough for students to add their own commentary! I've checked the usual library supply sources (Demco, Brodart, etc.), but everything I've seen so far comes up short in some way. Any suggestions for new sources or products welcome!

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meet the unlikely Airbnb hosts of Japan

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There is a large dragon statue at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, and it has what I think are Chinese characters on it. Can someone tell me what it says?

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How Madden Ratings Are Made (SL538)

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Flooring for a basement room -- what are my options?We're buying a house that has a basement family room. There's currently carpet in it, but it needs to be replaced. I think there's just concrete under the carpet (though I'm not 100% sure of that obviously). I'd like the floor to be not freezing in the winter, but I also really don't like carpet. My husband is thinking laminate click-lock floating floor, so we can stick an insulating layer under it pretty easily and cheaply. I hate the look and feel of laminate, but I can't think of a better option. Can you? I'd love tile, but it's probably more expensive and time-consuming to install, and would probably be freezing. And I don't think hardwood is a good idea, right? Could I do linoleum? I'd like the budget for this project to be less than $3K. I don't know the exact measurement of the space, but I'd estimate the room is about 200sf.

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Any recommendations for shows similar to University Challenge and Only Connect? I think what I love about these is how non-showbiz they are. It's just people who have exceptional breadth of knowledge and enjoy competing for its own sake. TV, radio, anything is welcome.

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"Foregrounding the back of Martin Luther King's head, Selma's poster is an act of protest in itself. But as a recent book on black movie poster art shows, many past poster designs have obscured, caricatured or edited out black actors altogether." Isabel Stevens writes on black movie poster art at the British Film Institute (BFI).

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