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That was amazingly adorable! 😀
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New site for renting bikes, surfboards, and ski equipment from locals around the world.
Spinlister is the world leader in peer-to-peer bike, surf, and snow rentals with users from over 100 countries.
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Neat idea -- I'd like to use it first before contributing to it by loaning my stuff out... but that's pretty selfish of me to admit it, right?  Oh well.  I'll investigate it further anyway, thx to Rowan.
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Hey everyone! I know a lot of you were excited to hear about Ms. Marvel, so excited that you ran out and bought it, even though many of you rarely buy comics.

Well, there's another fantastic solo title that launched recently, also headed by a terrific WOC character -- Storm. Sadly, sales for Storm have not been through the roof the way they were for Ms Marvel, probably because it hasn't gotten anything like the publicity and mainstream coverage. In fact, the sales are so low that there is speculation (see link below) that it could get cancelled shortly.

I read Storm and love it. This is my plea/suggestion to you: if you ran out and bought Ms Marvel, please also run out and buy Storm. The next issue is on sale this Wednesday, Nov. 19. 
Do you see that? Do you see those numbers up there? Those are the sales figures for Storm in the month of October. Let me tell you why this is bad. Now for years I heard people saying how much they...
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I usually don't buy single issues, but I'll definitely make an exception to keep a Storm series by Greg Pak going.
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Since they were requested in another thread, here are my AirBnB tips, speaking as someone who has used it nine times, and only had one bad experience and one so-so experience (both times when I didn't follow my own tips).

1. The most obvious: look for places with a fair number of good reviews. Avoid places with no reviews (or bad reviews, even more obviously).

2. The second most obvious: look for places with verified AirBnB photos (the photos will have "AirBnB.com Verified Photo" in the upper-right, instead of just "AirBnB.com").

3. Avoid places that look like no one lives in them -- places that are operated solely as AirBnB lodgings.

4. Similarly, avoid places that are run by hosts who have more than one or two properties. I find these underground hoteliers tend to be shady and have substandard places.
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Isn't it though! The more I learn about Spanish law the more confused I get about Spanish law.
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Laughing a lot at this Know Your Meme entry this lazy Sunday morning at the Patch. This is the stuff that historians (or English majors?) will be writing about in a hundred years.
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I saw that meme on Tumblr about a month ago. Confused the heck outta me at the time before I looked it up. Didn't realize it was such a new thing.
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The last of the shots from the hat shoot are up!
Explore mzrowan's photos on Flickr. mzrowan has uploaded 1799 photos to Flickr.
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They came out so well!
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Cool new film alert!

"PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story.  It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families.  Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.  As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all."

Now available for rental or purcahse on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and others. (Also playing in a dozen or so theatres in the US.)
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the ...
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Definitely one to add to my DVD list.
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European travel hack, brought to you by me settling into a hotel room in Sweden.

Many European hotels have a power-saving feature that cuts off all power in the room -- both outlets and lights -- if your hotel room keycard isn't in a slot by the room door. While I admire the intent, I find it intensely annoying to not be able to, say, charge a device while I'm out, or plug in an alarm clock or travel humidifier and leave it running.

Here's the hack: any card with a magnetic stripe will work in that slot. It doesn't have to be your hotel keycard. Right now I'm keeping the lights on (metaphorically; I actually do turn off all the lights when I leave) with an old NYC MetroCard that happened to be in the back of my wallet.

(Note that you should probably keep the Do Not Disturb sign on your door while out if you do this, lest your subterfuge be discovered by housekeeping.)
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Another option is to request two room cards. One for the power and one for the door. 
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I found out about this organization a few weeks ago. Last night I listened in on one of their webinars for potential new mentors. They seem legit and like they're doing good work. And it's definitely an easy commitment on the mentor side: one hour per week for the school year, all online, at your convenience, via their email system and discussion boards.

If you're interested, you have to sign up by September 12 for this school year.
icouldbe.org mentoring the next generation through the internet - connecting youth with career mentors over the internet
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+DrWex They have a structured set of activities that the kids go through aimed at helping them build their self-worth, figure out what they'd like to do after high school, finish high school, and get into the appropriate post-secondary training/education/program.
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I was already leery of this book when I saw the headline.

I got even more leery when I saw the author's picture.

The leeriness grew when they quoted him talking about his formative time experiencing racism in Hong Kong for a few years while exercising his privilege to travel and work internationally with ease.

But it was this quote that sealed the side-eye, as it were: "The other part is looking around at the people I know and all the forms of racial passing that mask your identity. Some are subtle, like someone who starts practicing yoga and wearing an Indian third eye. Then there are all the white people who've taken on aspects of hip-hop culture — the clothing, the speech." Dear sir: that is known as "cultural appropriation". It's not remotely the same as "racial passing".
Jess Row’s new novel, “Your Face in Mine,” explores “racial reassignment” and what it could mean for identity.
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For years I've been sad about how terrible travel pillows are. I tried a lot of them, and they all made me less comfortable than having no pillow at all. I've been using a foam cervical collar (like this one: http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Cervical-Collar?skuId=792521) for ages. That's still the most economical option that will actually work, but lo! There is a new player on the scene!

Meet the Evolution travel pillow: http://www.cabeau.com/products/evolution-travel-neck-pillow.html
I tried in on a recent bus ride and it's everything I could ever dream of in a travel pillow. It supports on both sides and in the front, but doesn't push my head forward. It has a pocket for earplugs. They also have an inflatable version if you want something that packs down smaller.

To go with it, I recommend the Brookstone NapForm Eye Mask: http://www.brookstone.com/NapForm-Eye-Mask Very comfortable, doesn't push on my eyes or my nose, and zero light leakage.

Together these will set you back $70, but if you really need to get some sleep on a plane/bus/train, this is the way to do it.
Travel in comfort with Cabeau's Evolution Pillow™, a premium memory foam travel pillow, designed by travelers for travelers.. Learn more now!
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I also have given up on travel pillows - not that I travel as much as you do. Last few times I've flown anywhere, I've just let myself curl up sans any pillow, & strangely, my neck did not hurt. Not even after a 21 hour flight! The sleep mask looks good -  I get a lot of light in my bedroom from the security lights outside my building.The one I have from a healthfood/massage therapy place, is only 2 thicknesses of  very pretty fabric, yet presses against my eyes, so I usually end up ripping it off. What about sweating with this NapForm mask? I sweat a lot into the cotton eye mask , even on cooler nights. That plush one looks like it'd be quite hot to wear.
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Found out this weekend that the new Sally Hansen Color Foil line is basically the much-lamented Chrome line reborn. Same metallic shine, same one-coat-quick-dry wonder. Also same downside: without a topcoat, it starts rubbing off in a couple of hours.
Breakthrough formula with real aluminum for a whole new kind of reflectance. Get ready to bring your nails into the spotlight. 
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"Reflectance" is totally cromulent, and even means what you think it would. 
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