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My streaming gem: why you should watch I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore | Film

2020 has been a long nightmare of a year, one that has constantly defied the rules of time and space in terms of how much bad stuff can happen in such a short amount of time. The cascade of awfulness never seems to end. Amid all this chaos, the responsibilities of adulthood – work, chores, bills – feel insurmountable, and the world around us feels unrecognizable. One of the only things getting me through it is cinema, and the movie I keep returning to for its insightful portrait of this pervasive malaise and our simmering resentment in response to it is Macon Blair’s directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.

Blair has long been known for his collaborations with childhood friend-turned-creative partner Jeremy Saulnier. He played a supporting role in Saulnier’s directorial debut, the horror comedy Murder Party. Blair then starred in (and produced) Saulnier’s Blue

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50 Kitchen Gadgets Under $50 To Make You Feel Like A Professional Chef

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They say a chef is only as good as the tools in their kitchen, and as someone who has recently developed a love of cooking, I can confirm this is 100% true. The right equipment can make or break your kitchen experience, but you don’t need to splurge to have everything you need. Some of the best kitchen gadgets are under $50, so you can stock up on a bunch and live out your chef fantasies on a budget.

Trust me, making a delicious meal is easy as long as you have the right tools to assist you. Need to do a good bit of chopping? Having the right knife and steady cutting board makes it so much easier. Not sure if your chicken is cooked through? A meat thermometer will quickly solve that problem. Plus, there are tons of fun kitchen gadgets that make

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Some of Hong Kong’s poor finally feel at home in 290 sq ft modules

HONG KONG (Reuters) – When Lau Kai Fai, his wife and teenage son moved into a new Hong Kong flat last month, he thought the 290 square feet (27 square metres) of space in his “module home” felt like “winning the lottery.”

Among the first Hong Kongers to move into such prefabricated dwellings, built as a transition for people awaiting public housing, Lau’s family more than tripled the space they had squeezed into. Now they sit together for meals, rather than eating in turns.

While tiny by the standards of many cities in rich countries, the new home represents a big step up – even if temporary – for Lau, 70, in one of the most crowded urban areas in the world.

“It feels like a home,” Lau said. “The previous flat was only a place to sleep.”

Lau is the beneficiary of Hong Kong’s latest initiative to ease a

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Shirking from home? Staff feel the heat as bosses ramp up remote surveillance



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For many, one of the silver linings of lockdown was the shift to remote working: a chance to avoid the crushing commute, supermarket meal deals and an overbearing boss breathing down your neck.

But as the Covid crisis continues, and more and more employers postpone or cancel plans for a return to the office, some managers are deploying increasing levels of surveillance in an attempt to recreate the oversight of the office at home.

“It has really ramped up,” says Dr Claudia Pagliari, a researcher into digital health and society at the University of Edinburgh. “People are home working, and many organisations are beginning to want to track what they’re doing.”

Such surveillance comes in many forms. “Some of it is as simple as ‘checking in’,” Pagliari says, “stamping your timecard in a digital sense. You might have to do your work

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RV renovation: Big changes, small decor touches make a motorhome feel homey | Food + Living

After being grounded for months, we’ve become antsy, craving adventure and escape. But with social distancing recommendations still clipping our wings, plane, bus and train travel seem worrisome.

Home still feels safer than anywhere else. What to do? Why, take that home on the open road. That’s precisely what a motorhome or camper lets us do. It’s no wonder that the RV Industry Association reports a sharp uptick in RV sales and rentals.

“Our inventory is down to a dozen vehicles,” says Autumn Quinn, marketing manager of Dylane RV Center, Denver. “Normally we would have about 80 vehicles on the lot. Spontaneity and freedom are key attractions to travel by RV, and they are precisely what families are looking for after all those COVID constraints.”

Lee Vought of Stoltzfus RV of Adamstown agrees. “We have four RVs in the lot. Normally, we’d have 100.”

Dealers say that RV manufacturers are

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Give it to me straight: What do contractions really feel like?









Guys, there is so much to look forward to about pregnancy and birth: The adorable socks, that thing babies do when they grab your finger, and, you know finally getting that other living thing out of your stomach.

But wait…that requires actually pushing something the size of a watermelon out of your vagina (*cringe*). How the heck is that supposed to happen, you ask? Contractions. Here’s the lowdown on those ever-so-helpful (but ultimately painful) baby-pusher-outers.

I need a refresher: What are contractions?

“A contraction is just a squeezing of a muscle,” says Dr John Thoppil, an gynae at River Place OB/GYN and an assistant professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine.

When you’re having a baby, that muscle in question is your uterus – and the harder that muscle squeezes, the more it hurts, says Dr Thoppil.

That muscle is

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The Material Pairing That Gives Jessica Alba’s Kitchen Its Luxe Feel

When you want your kitchen to look especially elevated, you can’t go wrong with a zellige tile. We’ve oven sung the praises of this Morocco-originated material since noticing its increasing popularity last year. More recently, however, another covetable celebrity kitchen proves that this backsplash idea can do no wrong, especially when paired with a chic metallic contrast.

In a photo she shared of her 12-year-old daughter, Honor, Jessica Alba gives a glimpse at her simple yet refined cooking space by Clements Design. Glossy white zellige tiles stretch from counter to ceiling, and above her Lacanche range is a wide brass hood. These two design elements might look sleek on their own, but together they make a more dramatic statement (which complements her simple marble countertops and Farrow & Ball Down Pipe–painted cabinets rather nicely).

This design idea isn’t limited to massive interiors, even if Alba’s kitchen is on the larger

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Tobias Lear House renovation would make George Washington feel at home again – News – seacoastonline.com

PORTSMOUTH — A master carpenter, wallpaper historian, “paint detective” and wall-covering expert form a historic preservation dream team assembled to restore the 1730s Tobias Lear House, before it opens as an inn next year.

Stephen Foster bought the Portsmouth home, which is on the National Historic Register, a year ago. It was suffering from deferred maintenance in the historic South End with its chipping exterior paint visible from every view.

The sale came with a preservation easement that requires maintaining the historic integrity of everything there now, into perpetuity. That easement was a deterrent to most buyers, but Foster has done this before.

He was featured in the Washington Post in 2014 for applying the same restorative vision, and resources, to a rundown 1763 Virginia plantation property called Wilton House, now available for short-term rentals.

A Washington, D.C. resident, Foster was sent a Portsmouth Herald article about the poor condition

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