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  1. How do you generally cook? What types of meals? It is easier to suggest recipes that could be added to the repertoire when that is established
  2. This is tricky. Single meals are relatively easy to come up with, but fitting them in a limited diet and keeping it balanced might need an expert eye. I guess considering all meals and the limit on legumes you need to keep an eye on protein intake. Have you ever tried Haloumi? As cheeses go its taste seems mild to me, it might be too salty for your requirements though. Perhaps seitan (based on gluten) rather than legume or fungus based meat-replacements? Couscous based meals seem an option, they go well with nuts stirfried vegetables (pepper, spring onion, courgette, tomato), and even dried fruits. Pumpkin slices/wedges out of the oven might work as well.
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    Laurel or Yanny?

    This is worthless when you first prime people with expectations
  4. That feeling is familiar to me. In my case it has to do with the communication and interaction that is inherent to sex. Part of it due to being on the autism spectrum, I've built so many shells to control it and present to the outside world that it takes lots of time to open up and be me. And the way my mind is such a fundamental part of how I experience things that is necessary for enjoyment. Another drawback of these shells is that at some level I am constantly checking if I crossed (social) borders and strayed from 'normal', which is of course devastating in flirting/dating because I will always steer to normal friendly relations as a safe basis.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    In the UK amazon has a first in series sale for the next month. Which has some books of interest at £0.99 to 1.99 eg City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman The novelization of the original Starwars trilogy :p A Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett The Red Knight by Miles Cameron (the thread on the series seems popular) And some more works that might be interesting, in and outside genre. Some of the deals seem to be matched elsewhere.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    For those in the US and Canada, the Tor.com bookclub giveaway book of the month is The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. (available until may 19th).
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    My Podcast: Celtic Myths & Legends

    I probably know the least about Manx folklore (even though with this set this sin't saying much), so I'd like to hear about that most. But any of these will have new things for me.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Nice. There was a similar event on the Dutch Island of Texel that popped up on my twitter feed. People were mostly cycling around I think, but the island is home to lots of shore-birds and grassland birds in addition to the common civilization followers. Seems a very long day of nice and friendly competition.
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    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    It always amazes me that people from a country run by neoliberals since the 1980's look at the hodgepodge of conservatism and technocracy that is the EU and think it is worse it that respect.
  10. There is so much out there that could be adapted. It all depends on what direction one would want to go, and how close one wants to keep to the source material. The recent Dirk Gently series are great fun, but hardly a close adaptation of the books for example. edit: there are oodles of great Urban fantasy series out there that could be adapted. And in between the rough boundaries set by the aforementioned Dirk Gently, American Gods, Wynonna Earp, Midnight Texas, The Magicians there is so much room left in setting and quality. Malazan books series would be closer to the Expanse than to GoT, but there is much with cinematic potential in there.
  11. Apparently that is not quite what he said. The translation is closer to "Trump can have the peace prize (for all I care), all we need is peace". eg Time: Japan Times:
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    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    It is different in details, but both are based in the exact same objectification and de-personalization of women. That is not the message. The idea is that you can't tell which man is a dangerous potential rapist. Which is a world of difference from seeing all women as tokens that don't act in the way the PUA or incel or whatever other bunch of misogynists we are talking about deem proper.
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    Literature featuring anthropomorphic characters

    There is still some out there I am aware of, Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) has anthropomorphic birds in a portal fantasy. The aforementioned Children of Time. The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander is a borderline case with intelligent Elephants and humans. In comics they might be more common, eg Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
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    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    I can imagine, I can only take it in small doses and I am hardly the target of these people.
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    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

    The prime source that chronicles the misogynist communities on the internet I am aware of is We Hunted The Mammoth, which has some of the reactions to the Toronto attack. Enter with care, since they are terrifying. http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2018/04/24/incels-hail-toronto-van-driver-who-killed-10-as-a-new-elliot-rodger-talk-of-future-acid-attacks-and-mass-rapes/
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky is on sale for £1 or equivalents at the moment. As his novella Ironclads, which I didn't know about.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    The passage of the seasons is nice. For a few weeks we had Great Tits singing fiercely to defend their territories, and now the same trees are used by European Goldfich for the same purpose. And I am expecting the swifts to be back in the city within the next week.
  18. The hand-shake has been a hot button topic in integration discussions in (Western) Europe for a while (in local Dutch news items on a cursory search go back at least a decade). There was a related issue in Belgium in the last weeks. The Christian party had put an Orthodox Jew on the ballot for local elections, but he decided not to stand in the end in part because he refused to shake hands with women. http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/Politics/1.3182328
  19. Islam has changed, France has changed. And it isn't like France hasn't been very practical on their views on religion in the chase for power before. On the one hand this is a country where the Catholic majority waged wars and finally expelled the Calvinist minority. On the other a most Catholic nation waging wars with protestants against the Holy Roman Emperor itself (30 years war). And of course they had a long history of diplomatic ties and alliances with the Ottoman empire, because they did have common enemies (which happened to be Christian). Keep in mind this is France, an aggressively secular nation where you are supposed to keep your religion at home. Which gives a strong shield to those punishing people showing their religion, specifically in ways that are not traditionally French.
  20. Thief of time had death by chocolate, Lu-Tze, and Susan so it has its great points. But it is indeed not one I'd choose for a list like this. When I encountered it I looked in disbelief that they'd choose it over Night Watch. Only to realize later that they'd luckily included that one as well.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    A collection of Dutch nest-cams here https://www.vogelbescherming.nl/beleefdelente. The navigation is in Dutch but should be obvious. I don't think all nests are occupied yet (apparently the kingfishers are notably missing so far). And because no plans survive reality he jackdaws (kauw) hijacked the nesting location that was intended for and used in past years by barn owls (kerkuil). While the hawk (havik) is nesting in the location previously used by white-tailed eagles (zeearend).
  22. It is a weird list with some interesting entries. Flawed as any list, but some merit. Some books seem included because they represent authors that people mostly love for books outside the timeframe. They managed to get some science fiction in. And going by the summary of Pratchett's Thief of Time some of the recommenders don't actually understand the books they read.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Thanks both, it is always nice to hear about some personal experience. I'll have a look at what is available locally as well. My usual decision cycle is measured in months though, so I am unlikely to make a final decision soon. edit: I'll probably have to handle whatever I buy, since I do wear glasses and they will have to work well with that. edit2: oh, the store of the national bird protection organization is the next town over.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    This gives me a serious buying itch. My own binoculars were probably cheap when I got them as a present decades ago, and pre-date most of the modern coatings. Off to browse then.
  25. Drug discovery and development cost billions, rather than millions (although there is a healthy debate on the best way to calculate costs. Having said that current for-profit is a disaster for keeping cheap proved drugs on the market so we need a different system in addition to that. Cancer is not a single disease, it is a collection of hundreds upon hundreds of them, which is why a universal cure is very very far away.