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The dress was found and confirmed blue/black. It is also actually blue/grey in the picture, you can confirm with a color picker. And the color is way too far blue/black to be a simple color balance issue - if you adjust it to look such, the image looks even worse because the highlights and shadows are not natural.
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Oh, and a shock that I was kind of prepared for, but is rarely mentioned and a very real issue - getting around without GPS. If you aren't with a tour, I highly recommend making plans for data connectivity (a potential issue itself since you can't just pick up normal phone SIMs like in the west, and stores are frequently out of rental devices if you don't book well in advance), or having a tablet/phone with offline maps (I used MAPS.ME pro since google maps for android didn't allow offline caching in Japan). City layouts in Japan are very complex/haphazard, rarely on a grid, and almost no streets have names since addresses are done by ward and block. Finding an address can be near-impossible without either electronic or local help.
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None of these shocked me when going for the first time this year, but I knew pretty much all of them going in. The more shocking differences are the depth and feel of the cultural differences which are hard to explain in a tour guide. The solitary feeling of Tokyo for example - millions of people in close quarters, but everything about their lives and culture distances them from one another. Don't get involved, don't do anything which may disturb others (which includes staying quiet and not showing emotional reactions to random occurrences), follow your route and get to your destination (reflected in driving, walking, biking and commuting). When required to interact, always be polite (which westerners used to frank responses often mistake for kindness - trust me, it's not always). Even knowing superficially that this difference exists, how that makes you feel while navigating the city isn't something you are likely going to be fully prepared for. In particular, if you have to have real interactions with people (business or social), learning how to read the situation properly can be a real challenge. That said, a lot of Japanese people understand and expect that, thanks to exposure to western culture, which helps.

You may not even realize how different that can be from what you are used to until you go -and even more fun - when you come back. The Japanese are so quiet and polite that I actually found it more jarring coming home and getting on public transit at the airport - suddenly everyone is making noise, strangers talking to each other, couples yelling at each other on the train... yeah, part of me definitely preferred the quiet solitary feeling. :)
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They aren't really 30K though, they only run 30K used now because they are a collector's item. Even the 12K is high, they ran around 10K when they were originally sold (a local audio shop had them as a centerpiece when I was a kid). Sennheiser designed them to be the most over the top, over-designed, cream of the crop headphone in the world, and released a limited number of units (not enough to make any real money off of). It was specifically to show the world what they are capable of. They are still considered by many to be the best headphones ever made (with some competition by Stax + third party amplifiers).

Bottom line, they're a showpiece, like a limited edition car. It's for the elite to buy, and the average consumer to oo and ah over what could be possible. They aren't scary, they are actually a really impressive and interesting piece of technology and design. Overpriced? absolutely, though not so much for this guy since he obviously got them at the low point before they became a hot item for 6K. If you ever get a chance to listen, do. I've only heard them very briefly once in a meetup environment, which was not the best, but no doubt they are incredible.

You know what's scarier to me? The amount of profit made off a pair of headphones like the Beats, all due to a name (and color options), and which are also overpriced if you know anything about headphone design. Sennheiser (and Shure, and AKG, and Beyerdynimic...) proved their worth via engineering, while Beats made a killing through marketing.
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As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I would like to say - just asking someone if they are OK is usually little to no help. People respond to that question with generic answers and react in predictable ways to avoid confrontation. Too often we ask that question and move on, and all that does is trigger further frustration and feelings of solitude. If you want to help someone you care about with depression, you have to actually demonstrate that you care in a meaningful way or they will just close themselves off further. You have to find a way to break through the shell, and that can be different for everyone. Most of all though, be a friend - not a facebook friend, a real life, get dinner or take a hike or go on a roadtrip with, share and trust a piece of your life with, friend. More often than not, that's what someone suffering from depression needs first. The rest you can work out as you go.
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More like the worst game that I keep playing for hours on end with friends. It's odd, but destiny went from potentially revolutionary game to popular guilty pleasure.

Maybe that's just a sign that we need more engrossing, long running but casual-friendly coop games that aren't purely MMOs. It's what drew a lot of people there, and it's what's holding a lot of people there for now despite the problems - because the closest competition is borderlands and not only does it get stale, but it's not as easy/comfortable to just jump to another "fireteam" or activity when one of your friends is done for the night.

One thing is for sure though, if Destiny doesn't get more meaningful content quickly, it will die within months as people get bored and move on with their lives.
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"Aliens are always smarter than us."

Aside from the fact that shows such as Star Trek are filled with stupid or technologically inferior alien cultures, the implication that this trope should be stopped is kind of silly. Any alien species we are capable of making contact with in the foreseeable future would have to be far more intelligent than us in some way or another - that's not a trope, it's a fact of life which makes the story more relate-able.

Similar issues with things like evil aliens and explaining time travel - there are many, many counter examples and they are plausible or worth exploring, so it seems kind of silly to say they should be stopped altogether. That part of the joy of sci-fi.

I definitely agree that the brain power one needs to die though. It's too completely and obviously false to keep playing with. :)
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The guy was trained to try to keep them on board but not to be a complete ass in the process. This is very much the CSRs fault. I've known some Comcast employees and the company is full of crap, but this kind of aggressive behavior with customers is not tolerated. Also, I don't know Comcast's specific rules but in other companies they are given a hard limit of 2 or 3 requests and then they are just supposed to move forward specifically to avoid incidents such as this one.
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And dentists. As someone who works with dentists I feel like I should point out that the majority - especially the good ones - are very detail oriented and pragmatic, often a little OCD. It goes with the nature of the job. That a dentist successful enough to have that kind of cash would go through so many steps (cost, flight duration, boarding pass, gate destination, luggage tags, "spelling mistake", etc) and get on the plane is rather flabbergasting.
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Definitely not the airline's fault, though $376 plus 50,000 miles ($500 worth of rewards on most airline credit cards) is *far* less than the cost of the first class transatlantic tickets and frankly not really very generous to someone who is clearly a BA or partner airline frequent flier. I've seen better offers to people for silly mistakes even on domestic US flights.

Which brings up another point though - the first hint should have been the cost of the tickets - an order of magnitude more than the cost from portugal to spain, be it in points or cash. He obviously has far more money than brains since at no point did he ever verify his travel plans in any way shape or form. Also, spending 30K+ in non-refundable bookings on a trip to Granada?! damn. He's a moron, a liar, or both.
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Do not use small paper/cardboard boxes like this. Doing it like this is a fire hazard - many routers get very hot and require proper air flow. I have actually seen a linksys router melt partially due to being in a cabinet with the top vents covered too much. If you use a larger box with proper cuts for venting then you could use wood, otherwise use plastic or metal to provide a little safety, but regardless do your best to provide ample airflow. These are not meant to be placed in small confined spaces.
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I still wouldn't nap there because other people would be going in and out. I used to always just find a decent chair in a quiet corner and conk out for a while. I actually find it easier to take a short nap sitting rather that laying down.
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Seems like they skipped some chains - I don't see O'reilly being on top in every market shown, especially those traditionally dominated by NAPA, nor do I believe foot locker should be on top in some of those places (could be wrong though).

I definitely wonder if they counted Fred Meyers with Krogers (they should be, they are the same just a different name for tradition's sake) though, because I find it especially hard to believe Whole Foods beat them all along the west coast - especially when the natural foods market is split with strong competition local chains like New Seasons in Oregon, and in recent years, Fred Meyers themselves.
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While interesting in theory a whole lot of those are either blatant lies or specific to certain managers that would quickly lose their franchise if reported to corporate. If you work in a place that does this crap, report it up the chain or to your local public health department.

Not that there aren't plenty of reasons not to eat fast food...
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