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I'm in the process of posting vids that were never posted online (or haven't been available in a few years). Here's a trio of vids from VividCon 2016, online for the first time ... only a bit late:

All the Way Home
source: due South seasons 1 & 2
music: Peter Mulvey
premiered in: VividCon Auction, made for ride_4ever

What will follow you? -- A Benton Fraser character study.

Download & stream on AO3.

Good For You
source: UnREAL season 1
music: Selena Gomez feat. A$AP Rocky
premiered in: VividCon Challenge: Descent

Then her mother gave her a knife, and said, "Cut a piece off your heel. When you are queen you will no longer have to go on foot."

Download & stream on AO3.

In Dreams
source: The Two Faces of January
music: Ben Howard
premiered in: VividCon Challenge: Descent

"Just the carcass of a man, now alone inside his skin." A tale of deceit, betrayal, and death.

Stream on AO3. (Download coming.)
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Posted by 3491again

I recently read Jennifer Boylan's She's Not There. I loved the setting in a New England college campus, among artsy, English department types. What are some other recent-ish memoirs (late 1990s - present) set in that environment?

As with Boylan's book, the point of the memoir can be something else (in this case, being transgendered). It's the setting that I'm looking for.

I prefer books written by women in general.

Jerry Lewis is dead.

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:05 pm
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Posted by shockingbluamp

He was 91. Joseph or Jerome Levitch March 16, 1926
An American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He and Dean Martin were partners as the hit popular comedy duo of Martin and Lewis. Following that success, he was a solo star in motion pictures, nightclubs, television shows, concerts, album recordings and musicals.

Lewis served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted the live Labor Day broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon for 44 years. Lewis received several awards for lifetime achievements from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Posted by Fizz

Nintendo Switch owners weigh in on an iconic debate: Are hot dogs sandwiches? [Polygon] "Nintendo posed an important question to Switch owners several weeks ago: Is a hot dog a sandwich? It's one of society's most contentious debates, one with no clear-cut answer. But the results of the company's poll are in — and Nintendo doesn't seem so happy about them. In a June Ask Me Anything session on Reddit with Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, fans first prompted the polarizing debate. When asked if Koizumi thought that a hot dog "counts as a sandwich," his response was a flat "no.""

Rapping 4 Kids

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:53 pm
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Posted by Potomac Avenue

I'd like to introduce my kids to Hip Hop (they are tiny, 3 and 1). I play it for them (I have a couple playlists of censored songs), but I'd like to show them some performances. What live performances or music videos or concerts can I play, specifically of rappers rapping but without either curse words or copious beeps?

It'll probably have to be old (any era is fine), but maybe there are new things that aren't full of curses or scary violence descriptions (like the Same Drugs video but not about drugs?)?

Also, please do not suggest anything wack, like Rappin' Bug Bunny or something. I'm looking for actual rap music (or hip hop for kids that is fun and not wack if it's out there-- namely by POC not white people doing epic raps of some kind).

(Youtube links extra appreciated)
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Posted by aimeedee

A close family friend is at college on a sports scholarship. This past spring he contracted Lyme disease and after months of neurological and physical struggles, he's been told he can't play sports for the foreseeable future. I'm looking for any and all options he may have.

He's completely distraught, as are all those who love him. So far I've found the Jewish Free Loan Society (he's not Jewish, but the loans don't seem to require that) but I wonder if there are other grants, scholarships, etc. out there for him. He can't afford to take on large student loans. He lives in LA and goes to school in Maryland, if that makes a difference. Google is not helping, or I don't know where to look.

Thank you!

Sinus cyst

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Posted by barexamfreak

Anyone here has a sinus cyst? It was seen a couple of years back in a X-ray panoramic of my teeth and now I have an appointment to see an ENT because I am feeling some pressure
Did they take yours out? How was the surgery? How big was yourcysy? Did you have any symptoms?


Aug. 20th, 2017 02:05 pm
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When I ask you not to show images of that torch march, or of the Swastika, it's not because I think sweeping them under the digital rug will Solve All Our Problems about race in America.

We all have to work through our own mental crap, the stuff we inherited from parents and society and friends. That's our job. That's each individual person's job -- to figure out for 'self what is true and right and honest and compassionate.

But that doesn't mean we are obliged to take on what those symbols represent. We are not obliged to be on the side that believes that hatred, racism, and genocide will make a better world.

We know that's not true.

In the meantime, we do not have to do the Nazis' work by spreading their images, by giving them our minds. We don't owe them that. We don't owe them anything, not one thing.

In Second Life terms, they're griefers. They get their rocks off by causing trouble, by hurting people, by causing damage. Unfortunately, in real life, I cannot press two buttons and ban them from the US. I don't have that power here. Neither do you.

So we need to keep them out of our heads. And not allow them to add to the pile of stuff we're already dealing with.

It's important to know who your enemies are. It's also important to know when they are trying mind games and to not let them win.

(Apologies if this is not as thoughtful as usual. I have a hell of a headache.)
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Posted by MovableBookLady

Ever seen "Enter the Dragon," the Bruce Lee masterpiece? Then you've seen Angela Mao. She portrayed his sister who got killed, in an epic battle between her and Robert Wall, a famous martial artist. I actually thought that was the highlight of the film. Anyhow, she disappeared from Hong Kong film-making in the early 90s and recently resurfaced in Queens NYC. The main article is a NY Times profile of her. This next article was posted last Thursday about an upcoming appearance of hers Angela Mao appearance

Gifting a tree

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Posted by houseofleaves

Some close relatives of mine are getting married this September, and I would like to gift them a weeping willow tree. They live in suburban Connecticut. I live in a different state, and unfortunately I have no ability to pick-up/deliver a tree while I'm visiting during their wedding weekend. I see that there are various online tree delivery stores, but I'm concerned about quality and hardiness. I don't want to pay $150 for something to be delivered that dies within weeks. Have you had success with this? Also, do you suggest waiting until the spring? I read that weeping willow trees can be successfully planted in either early fall or early spring.

Jack and the tomato stalk

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:23 pm
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Posted by soren_lorensen

I prune my indeterminate tomato plants with much success but I always have the same problem come August: my tomatoes are about 12 feet tall. Can I decapitate them?

My whole garden got off to a slow start this year so my tall tomato issue is happening late in the game. But I'd kind of like these plants to stop getting taller and setting more fruit and instead concentrate on ripening the fruit that's already there. And they've gotten way taller than my 8 foot stakes can accommodate and the tops are bending and falling over everywhere.

Other tomato-pruners, what do you do? Can I just lop their tops off and keep them just as happy? Will the fruits ripen faster if I do, or would that just be a means of controlling the vine insanity? What can I do that won't kill them or make them sad?

Eclipse: I want to see the sky?

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:21 pm
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Posted by zachlipton

At this moment, I'm sitting in the path of totality in Kansas City. But...clouds! Should I stay or should I go?

The original plan was to drive up to St. Joseph or stay in Kansas City, but the weather report isn't looking great, with lots of high clouds in the forecast. Where would you go?

The best conditions look to be out west in Casper, but getting there by tomorrow isn't looking very practical. Does it make sense to head east to Columbia tomorrow? Further east? Is there any point in staying in the Kansas City area with so much of the sky forecast to be cloudy?
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Posted by muirne81

I'm an arty 30-something creative professional who moved to the middle-of-nowhere a few years ago. Between aging out of 'what's cool osmosis' & rural isolation, it's become increasingly difficult to discover new music - what's trending, what's interesting, what's indie. My only local terrestrial radio stations are 50 Shades of Christian Pop. (Many of my neighbors have never heard of Taylor Swift or even AC/DC, folks. That's the level of isolation here.) Where can I go online to quench my thirsty ears?

When I have data left over at the end of the month (rural internet, y'all) I'll poke around on Itunes & SoundCloud but I'd really love to know if there are good podcasts, apps or resources that showcase what's interesting & new. My Itunes library contains everything from afropop to folk/singer-songwriter, so as long as it's not heavy metal, I'll check it out!

Not THAT kind of cottaging...

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:23 pm

Medical Marijuana and COPD/Asthma

Aug. 20th, 2017 03:44 pm
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Posted by furtheryet

Should I tell my doctor that I've been vaping?

I will start out by saying that I know I've acted stupidly. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, here is what has happened: I have COPD and asthma. I also have chronic pain for which I've a medical marijuana card, recently received. When I got the marijuana card I was told that vaping was safe for my lungs. This seemed too good to be true, [which it was...] but I tried that route anyway.

Within a month I started having pain in my back upon breathing. I've thrown out the marijuana and am no longer vaping or using. If I use in the future it will be edibles. I've only stopped vaping for a week. The pain in my back persists. It has kept me from physical activities due to the pain.

I see a pulmonologist and I have an upcoming visit to see her. I will have a pulmonary function test at that time. Is it important for her to know that I have been smoking marijuana? Is it important for her to know I've been smoking anything? I'd rather not tell her anything. Thank you for your input.

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