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SL Jezebel from 2019. "I don't believe in ghosts, but maybe I do, just a little. I certainly believe in the power of haunted tales, and the Lady in White is one of the most common structures for ghost stories... she's often cast as a thin woman with long flowing hair, wearing a Victorian-style nightdress and wandering along roadsides, through cemeteries and churches, under bridges, and through the woods. She exists in contrast to the Woman in Black and the Woman in Red, two other ghostly types that flit through our history. They are always mysterious, dressed in monochrome, lacking distinguishing features— blurred non-people—reeking of sadness. Even in death, what a woman wears is important. Even after death, her outfit still matters." An exploration of the role of the white nightgown in (mostly Western) ghost stories.

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I want this jacket but it is only available in children's sizes. Can you point me toward a similar one that can fit an adult? The things I like about it: It is relatively heavy and structured, not like a regular sweatshirt material hoodie. It is fuzzy/furry. It has a pattern.

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Unfortunately I have to drive for work sometimes. How should I track this? Have tried a notebook in the car but often forget to complete it. Do you have an app you like or some other system?I prefer to pay instead of free for better privacy protections/no ads if using an app.

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Liberty University, an Evangelical college in central Virginia, requires all students to adhere to the Liberty Way, an honor code that forbids, among many other things, alcohol consumption and pre-marital sex. Pro Publica investigates how the college has used threats of disciplinary action for violations of the Liberty Way, as well as other practices that violate Federal law, to discourage sexual assault survivors from coming forward and to punish survivors who pursue justice. This one comes with content warnings for sexual assault, bureaucratic abuse of survivors and their supporters, and attempted suicide. Seriously: I found it pretty hard to read, and you should feel free to skip it if these are difficult topics for you.

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I'm trying to figure out if it's even possible to view St Louis Blues hockey games in the St Louis area without having to subscribe to DirectTV or cable. Can it be done?My parents want to cut the cord, but their sticking point is that they want to be able to watch every Blues game that they can watch on cable. I thought ESPN+, but it only shows certain games. The NHL links to NHL.tv which redirects to ESPN+... I found a random website that says Bally Sports Midwest carries it, but it looks like that's only available from DirectTV, which would mean paying $85 a month just for hockey. Am I missing something or is this it? They are not at all tech-savvy, so although I am and am happy to help them set something up, it would have to be very easy for them to operate when I'm not around. I was just going to buy them a Roku and set them up with a few streaming channels, but then NHL defeated me... Any suggestions welcome, thanks!

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I have the now-discontinued IKEA HURDAL Wardrobe. It opens with a key, which has broken off in the lock. I have already ordered a replacement key from IKEA, which should arrive within 2 weeks. How can we open it in the meantime?

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I'm playing the Echoes of the Eye DLC for the Outer Wilds and have made good progress, but there is one bit I'm stuck on that I would like help with without having to resort to an online guide which might get too spoilery. Details inside.I'm stuck on getting up to the top level where the plinth to turn off the lights is in Starlit Cove. I have complete the other two main 'special' areas to get the techniques there, but I'm stuck on this one. I've tried seeing if the burnt building is relevant but it doesn't appear to be, and I've tried attempting to get the strangers to use the lifts by focusing my lantern at them. Pretty stumped at this point. Can you give a hint about the sorts of things I should be trying? Please don't just give me the exact solution :)

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I want to use WhatsApp temporarily for travel. ISO of a workaround to use WhatsApp for phone calls without granting WhatsApp permission to access ALL my phone contacts.Per EFF (last reviewed 8-12-20) "WhatsApp will request access to your contacts. If you grant this access, WhatsApp will have a full list of your contacts' phone numbers. If you do not grant this access, you can manually add each of your contacts for chat messages, however you cannot make a new call without granting WhatsApp access to your phone's contacts." Is there a way of creating a secondary contacts list and pointing WhatsApp at it for voice calls? As well as for chat without manually inputting a contact for each chat message? Any other workarounds for using WhatsApp without exposing my full contacts list to WhatsApp? (Note: I am not interested in non WhatsApp communication recommendations or in convincing small travel vendors to stop using WhatsApp.)

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The comedian and political satirist Ahmed Albasheer is the most popular media figure in Iraq —half of the country regularly tunes into his show. An outspoken critic of government corruption, Albasheer has also lamented the failure of the 2003 U.S. invasion and the toppling of Saddam Hussein to bring democracy to the country. [Reason/Youtube 50:41]

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Compiling pointers for a friend whose 3rd grade daughter has executive function issues. Snowflake details inside. Are there any good resources available (preferably free) for how to help their daughter?The issues are specifically related to doing her assignments or other tasks, getting distracted while working on things, transitioning between tasks, doing multiple things at once and decision-making. Some examples: when the next item on her list is "practice violin" and her violin is not available, she will become paralyzed rather than moving on to the next thing. When she is doing something such as walking quickly, she cannot process instructions that are given to her. Both parents work full-time and have limited resources, so "hire a nanny with expertise in executive function" or "quit your job so you can help your child full-time" are not on the list.

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I've been given a 'backup' key, and the key undoes the lock in the garage door, and then.... I am to do something else to get the door open, without breaking someone's garage door lift system. I don't know what that something is.Thanks to the bomb cyclone I and many many neighbors are without power. I have lived here for just a couple months. My landlord is out of country and is not easy to contact. There's a lock about 5.5 feet off the ground in the middle of the door. The key 'opens' that, by which I mean the entire lock cylinder comes out of the hole towards me, and is attached to a metal wire (exactly the kind of metal wire you would expect would be used to pull, say, a garage door). About 8-10 inches come out without me pulling. Questions: 1. Am I supposed to pull MORE of the metal wire out towards me? or at this point has it 'done its thing' and I should just try lifting up the door?I did try pulling on it, hard, but I didn't feel it 'give' at all. 2. Have also tried lifting the door. It was very reticent. I could only get it about 6 inches off the ground. It's a large door, a two-car-garage door, but again it felt like it was pushing back more than it wanted me to pull. It felt like that was more than just gravity. My lift up did not produce any momentum towards further pulling. Making all this even more fun, it's pouring down rain. Thanks for the help

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I'm looking for the name of a feel of music that I want to turn on in certain situations (mostly getting stoned and playing games, or getting stoned and watching a camp fire, or getting stoned and riding bikes). I have a few example songs linked inside, and I'm hoping my dreams will come true and will discover some great music!In a single sentence, maybe something like: "Neil Young in a garage with a bass player and drum player, and they just play a ton of guitar solos and really groove together without singing." So, a real basic band - guitar, bass, drums. And maybe some others thrown in too, but no organ, orchestra, or choir, etc. I really enjoy the raw energy of Jethro Tull, Stand Up, and would love to have it be all instrumental, and get rid of the flute and organ. Pink Floyd, of course, really moves me and i love the vibe, but I'm hoping for something simpler and more raw. Khruangbin is AMAZING but it also sounds more over-produced than what I'm looking for. If they could just JAM for a while, and be more raw and less compositional. Have to mention the Eagles, as well. I'd love to have just their instrumental bits all jammed into a album. I'm not so into prog rock or metal where it gets very technical, or with complicated instruments, or spacy-sounding stuff. I'm not so into jam bands where they're up on stage just jamming, I want stuff that ROCKS. I'm not so into funk or funky beats, that's great stuff but it doesn't ROCK. Not looking for stuff with much acoustic rhythm guitar. I'd love to hear suggestions albums to work through, but I'd really love a brief explanation of what the sound is I'm looking for, too.I mostly listen to jazz and electronica so I'm not really well versed in the ways of the rock. If there's something really obvious I'm missing, please mention it!

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Finally, a questionable sixteen-year journey comes to an end: the finale of Charlie the Unicorn, in which they finally explain what the hell is up with those two other obnoxious unicorns. Previously and again. Here are the previous parts, in one video.

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My head measures 24 inches, and this means almost all winter hats are too small, don't cover my ears, pull themselves off, and cause headaches. Which is too bad, because I love hats! I found one site last year that sold hats in actual sizes, but otherwise my google-shopping-fu is failing me. Please help me find a wool or cashmere hat in size XL! Simple skull cap style preferred, but still need my ears covered. Thanks in advance.

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Please recommend any nonfiction or news stories that have a surprise twist or ending (think: real-life O. Henry situations). The more dramatic the better. This is for a high school literature class. Thank you!

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Conservationists See Rare Nature Sanctuaries. Black Farmers See a Legacy Bought Out From Under Them. Tony Briscoe, photography by Rashod Taylor, special to ProPublica (Oct. 14, 2021) Ward remembers a time when much of Sweet Fern Savanna belonged to Black farmers, including him. Peering beyond the barbed wire fencing and signs threatening to prosecute trespassers, he could see the patch of land where he once grew soybeans. The small patch of land — two adjacent parcels, totaling 3 acres — represented a chance for him to carry on a family legacy that extends back 60 years in Pembroke. Ill and unemployed, Ward lost his properties after he failed to pay $1,511.40 in taxes; they were purchased about a decade ago at county auctions by the preserve's owner, an 85-year-old conservationist from Chicago's south suburbs. "How did they get all of this?" Ward wondered aloud.

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The Methods of Moral Panic Journalism Michael Hobbes (of You're Wrong About fame) shows how stories about 'left-wing illiberalism' are the latest moral-panic stories.

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The point is that longtermism might be one of the most influential ideologies that few people outside of elite universities and Silicon Valley have ever heard about. I believe this needs to change because, as a former longtermist who published an entire book four years ago in defence of the general idea, I have come to see this worldview as quite possibly the most dangerous secular belief system in the world today. –Against longtermism by Phil Torres, an essay about the dangers of a philosophical movement that prioritizes all future potential humans over actual living ones.

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In ways both large and small, American society still assumes that the default adult has a partner and that the default household contains multiple people. Many who live by themselves are effectively penalized at work too. "Lots of people I interviewed complained that their managers presumed they had extra time to stay at the office or take on extra projects because they don't have family at home," Eric Klinenberg, the author of the 2012 book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone and a sociologist at NYU, told me. "Some said that they were not compensated fairly either, because managers gave raises to people based on the impression that they had more expenses, for child care and so on."

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Historiansplaining is a history podcast by Samuel Biagetti, a historian (and antique dealer) with a Phd in early American history. A small-time podcast with sometimes surprising range and depth and a few real gems, broadly structured in three series: 1) How the Western world became "modern" 2) "A History of the United States in 100 Objects." 3) Myths of the Month Also on YouTube Also on Twitter Also on Patreon

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Mainland Chinese Horror & Censorship [11:11] Thai Horror Is So Underrated [13:35] A Brief Overview on J-Horror (Part 1) [15:08] (Part 2) [13:18] For non-Mainland Chinese horror, see The Eye: Philosophy of Chinese Horror [11:49] and Mr. Vampire: How to Write Family Horror [12:54]. For J-Horror left out of the overview, there's Noroi: Realistic J-Horror [13:53]. For K-Horror there's a (spoilery) Train to Busan: How to Kill a Character (or three) [13:18] Chinese-Canadian filmmaker and photographer Yang Zhang's YouTube channel Accented Cinema features video essays with an emphasis on East Asian films of all kinds. His essays on Ip Man were featured previously.

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Cho Sang-woo wears a minimalist watch in Squid Game, seen briefly when he checks the time. Image here. Anyone know what watch it is, or where I can find something similar?Unfortunately it only appears very briefly - this was the best screenshot I could capture!

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Don't take candy from strangers and don't feed your personal information to bots. If you spend any time on Facebook you've probably noticed a blizzard of question memes coming from clickbait accounts. You've likely either commented on them yourself or seen comments from close friends. Many of these posts look like they're probing for answers to security/verification questions, but the ugly reality is that your passwords are nearly worthless. Chances are your passwords are already circulating on the dark web, sold in batches of millions for as little as a few thousand dollars. Unless you hold the password to something wildly valuable, like major corporate or government assets, nobody cares except kids playing around.

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What is this semi-antiquated illustration *layout style* called? To be clear, I'm looking to identify the placement and structure of the images on the page in a regular and usually symmetrical fashion, rather than the style of the illustrations themselves. Is there a term for this type of layout structure? Catalog Style or something seems close, but I can't find any clear answers via the googles.

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posted about 21 hours ago on metafilter
A video-series about two Dutch guys building a Celtic Roundhouse in Ireland. They're trying to keep the use of modern tech to a minimum.

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