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So in random google searches turning up unexpected gold...

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I wondering if there had ever been such a thing as Jem snap bracelets (like ya do), tried googling it, AND THEN I FOUND THIS: 


Jem and SheRa Lesbian love - hand-painted canvas cuff with jewel snaps


(I am not entirely sure if I recommend that shop, incidentally, but I found this piece delightful regardless)

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Organic Spinach From Meijer, Target, Wild Harvest, And Cadia Recalled For Possible Listeria

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ucm439760It’s not always fun when our predictions come true, especially when that prediction is about how contaminated food from a single vendor is about to trigger recalls in a variety of places across the food supply. On Monday, we predicted more organic spinach recalls to come, and we were right. Packages of frozen organic spinach from four additional brands have now been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria bacteria.

What should you look for in your freezer? Here are the potentially-listeria-contaminated products that have been recalled:

Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach (sold at Target): These are a 10-ounce steam-in-bag package. Bring them back to the store where they were purchased, and call 866-672-0811 with any questions.

Cadia Organic Cut Spinach (Only in California): 16-ounce frozen spinach package.

Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach: 16-ounce frozen spinach package; distributed to warehouses in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Check your spinach against the UPC in the recall notice.

Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach: 16-ounce frozen spinach packages. Check sell by dates by state on the recall notice.

For all of the brands except Simply Organic sold at Target, call (804) 385-3772 with any questions.

According to this latest recall notice, the original source of the spinach was Green Vegetable Company in Oxnard, California.

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The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beard growth over time

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The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red have included one slightly bizarre new feature to the upcoming game: Geralt's beard will grow over time.

In a statement made to Eurogamer, the studio's communications chief Michael Platkow-Gilewski confirmed the protagonist's facial hair has a variety of beard "states" that will triggered over time. Players can alternatively choose an unchanging style of facial hair by downloading the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC coming to the game.

"The beard grows as time passes and when Geralt moves between locations. The beard has several "states" and these states determine its length - the longest is really long but it's not Gandalf-long," Platkow-Gilewski explains.

"When you download the free Beard and...

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This character's beard can fucking grow as time passes, but some shops still can't figure out how to animate playable women characters?
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Year of the beard
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"the longest is really long but it's not Gandalf-long" FUCK YOU THEN

How to set up your own free VPN server on AWS

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So, we all know the benefits of using a VPN like privacy, anonymity, unblocking websites, security, overcoming geographical restrictions and so on. However, it has always been hard to trust a VPN provider who could potentially log and intercept your internet traffic! Launching a private VPN server will give us the best of what a VPN truly offers. This guide will walk you through all the steps to running your own VPN server in about 10 minutes.


Advantages of a Private VPN Server

Simple: Non-techies should also be able to follow this guide easily.
Quick: 10 minutes is all it takes to follow this guide and create a private VPN server.
Private: Dedicated VPN server for your use only.
Secure: Encrypted & password enabled VPN server with no logs.
On demand: You can start / stop the VPN server as required.
Global: One or more VPN servers in 9 worldwide regions (including US, Tokyo, Singapore).
Device support: Supports PPTP and L2TP with IPSEC which means you can use the VPN server on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC, MAC, and even most routers (to support Apple TV, Chromecast).
Free: New Amazon AWS customers have a free tier server for the first year.

Creating your Private VPN Server

1. Setup a free Amazon (AWS) cloud account.
Visit http://aws.amazon.com/free/ and complete the signup. If you already have an Amazon AWS account then please login and follow on.

2. Select a region for your VPN server.
The VPN server can be in the following locations – North Virginia, Oregon, California, Ireland, Frankfurt, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, São Paulo. All your traffic will flow through the region that your VPN server is hosted. The selected region will appear in bold next to your name on the top header bar.


3. Open CloudFormation in the Amazon AWS control panel.
You can follow this link or click on the cloud formation link from the AWS page.


4. Start creating a stack with CloudFormation. Click on “Create Stack” button on top of the page.



5. Setting up the template for the stack
Enter a stack Name say MyVPN (you use what you like). Then under Template, Source, select “Specify an Amazon S3 template URL” and paste in this URL https://s3.amazonaws.com/webdigi/VPN/Unified-Cloud-Formation.json and then click Next.


6. Setup VPN access details in the Specify Parameters page
Speed: Select Standard.VPN-Free and this should do for most use cases. We have also added faster server options if you ever require VPN with multiple simultaneous video streams and so on.
Username: VPN username for your VPN server.
VPNPassword: VPN password for your VPN server.
VPNPhrase: VPN passphrase the L2TP – IPSEC connections on your VPN server.

7. You will then be taken to the Options section and you can click Next without having to fill anything on this page.


Finally, you will see a review page as in the screenshot below. Just click on Create and the VPN server will be created in a few minutes.

8. Monitoring the VPN server creation

You will see a page which shows that the status is Create in progress as below.


Within about 2 minutes you should see that the stack create in progress is complete as below.


9. Obtain the private VPN server IP address

Once the stack status shows as CREATE_COMPLETE you can then click on the Outputs tab.


Now in the outputs tab you can see the server IP address as highlighted below.


Awesome, you should now have your private VPN server running in the IP address shown in the outputs tab. Please note that the IP address is unique for your server and you need it to connect your devices. Now your VPN server is ready and let us connect to it.

Connecting to your private VPN server

Each device has its own configuration to connect to a VPN server. We have added a how to for a few popular devices below. Please note that your private VPN server supports both PPTP and L2TP with IPSEC. This means that your VPN server supports most devices out there including older routers. You can connect to your VPN server with either PPTP or L2TP as supported by your device.

The parameters for your VPN connection are
Server Address: The IP address from step 9 and this is unique for your VPN server.
VPN Username & Password: From step 6 above. Same username & password for PPTP / L2TP VPN.
VPN Passphrase: You set this up on step 6 above and only have to be used with an L2TP connection.

Examples below use PPTP but you can also find out how to setup L2TP with IPSEC on various websites.

1. Setting up VPN on an Android 5.0

2. Setting up VPN on a MAC with the PPTP connection.
First open System Preferences, then Network and follow the screenshots below.

3. Setting up VPN on Asus RT-AC68U router


4. For all other devices please search for Setting up PPTP VPN on my iphone and so on. You can also setup an L2TP IPSEC VPN which is more secure but might not be supported on all devices.

Tips / Suggestions

1. If you want to delete your VPN server then just open CloudFormation section or visit https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudformation/home Make sure you select the same region that you created your VPN server. Then just click on Delete Stack button and your private VPN server will be removed.


2. You can have multiple VPN servers all over the world. You just have to repeat the setup steps in this guide by selecting different regions. Please note that AWS free tier gives you a total of 750 hours a month free. You can also delete and create VPN servers as frequently as you want.

3. Setting up a VPN connection on your router will allow all devices on its network to use the VPN server. This could be beneficial for use with AppleTV / Chromecast and any device that does not support a VPN.

4. You can test if your VPN connection is active by just searching for “what is my ip address” on your favourite search engine. The IP address reported will be that of your private VPN server if everything is your connection is enabled. If your VPN connection is not enabled or if the VPN server settings are not complete then it will report your ISP’s IP address.

5. We love your feedback and let us know if you face any issues in the comments section below or on our github page for setting up your private VPN on AWS.

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NGL, I will probably try to use this to watch the BBC stream of Eurovision this May.
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From the comments: https://github.com/jlund/streisand

"Streisand sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, sslh, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file with instructions that can be shared with friends, family members, and fellow activists."

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This is what it means to age gracefully…

God save the queen

I’m sick of the media telling us women can only be beautiful during a very tiny portion of their lives. Look at this amazing person, and tell me she hasn’t always been and remains to this day drop dead gorgeous.

Ladies, you’re always and forever beautiful. Remember that.

I’m not saying that beauty is the most important thing, I’m only saying your age will never steal it from you. So just keep rockin’ it.


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Brace Yourselves For A Frozen Organic Spinach Recallapalooza

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lasagnaWhen food items with ingredients in common that were sold at multiple retailers are recalled because of the same food-borne pathogen, that’s a sign that the source may be that ingredient that they have in common. hree recent recalls from Amy’s, Wegmans, and Costco show that it may be wise for people who are young, old, sick, or pregnant to stay away from organic spinach.

It takes a long time and a lot of work to definitively trace the path of illness-causing bugs through the food system, but it’s possible that these three recalls may be linked.

The first spinach recall comes from Costco stores in the Bay Area of California. They recalled 24-ounce tubs of La Terra Fina Organic spinach dip and spread. Recalled products have “best by” dates of March 24, April 1, April 14, and April 20, 2015. Customers are instructed to throw away any unused dip and contact Costco for a refund. If you have any questions about the recall, call La Terra Fina Terra Firma at 510-999-0050.

Northeastern grocery chain Wegmans has recalled 12-ounce bags of frozen organic spinach with “best used by” dates of January 26, 2017 and February 2, 2017. You can return the product to the service desk at the store where you purchased it, or call their consumer affairs line at 1-855-934-3663. Wegmans identified the supplier as Twin City Foods in Washington state.

Amy’s, a company that markets organic vegetarian or vegan packaged foods, also received word about potentially contaminated spinach from an unnamed supplier. They’ve recalled 73,897 cases of frozen meals, including the following:

  • Vegetable lasagna
  • Tofu vegetable lasagna
  • Garden vegetable lasagna
  • Tofu scramble
  • Enchilada Verde (meal)
  • Spinach pizza
  • Brown rice and vegetables bowl
  • Stuffed pasta shells bowl
  • Vegetable lasagna warehouse club pack
  • Gluten-free tofu scramble breakfast wrap
  • Gluten-free and dairy-free vegetable lasagna
  • Family-size vegetable lasagna

Customers can return the meals to the store where they were purchased for a refund, and can call Amy’s at (707) 781-7535 if they have any questions about the recall.

Listeria usually only causes a short stomach bug in healthy adults: they might experience a headache, vomiting, diarrhea, stiff muscles, and a fever. However, it can be very dangerous to people who are sick, immunocompromised, or pregnant.

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I'm strong till the finish, cuz I eats me spin--oh, uhm...
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