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    "Starting next year, Illinois public schools will be required by law to include LGBTQ history in their curriculums. On Friday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed House Bill 246, which mandates that the subject be taught as of July 1, 2020. The measure stipulates that students must study “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.” The bill also includes similar mandates for African American history and that of various other groups, including Polish, Irish, Italian, Hispanic and Asian Americans. In keeping with the bill’s objective of promoting a diverse and inclusive history curriculum, it requires that “events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression” be taught as well. After the bill passed the state Legislature in May, one of its co-sponsors, Democratic Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, hailed it as “one of the best ways to overcome intolerance.” “It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” she said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.” In a statement released Friday, Victor Salvo, Executive Director of the Legacy Project, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy group, called the measure a “life-saving law” that has placed the state “on the right side of history.” “To deny a child information that could give them hope, that could help them feel less alone, that could help them feel like they mattered ― while at the same time condemning them to hearing bigoted slurs in the hallways of their schools ― is a cruelty that every feeling adult has a responsibility to stop.” - Huffington Post CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly attributed quotes from Victor Salvo of the Legacy Project to Equality Illinois, another LGBTQ advocacy group. This is absolutely massive and wonderful news for the queer community. Educating today's youth about the past will only ensure a brighter future. It may only be one state, but I'm hoping that this is the ripple that radiates around the country.
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    So my latest venture into woodworking had me building a spice rack for my kitchen as I'm trying to learn to cook. I was going to just buy one off Amazon until I seen how much they are for just the cheap looking wood ones. I thought to myself, "Hey, I have tools and like to build stuff!". Thus began my attempt to make my own. The following is what it looked like at different steps from start to finish. I ended up basing it off the one I was going to buy from Amazon. I still spent less money building it than it would have been to buy the thing. Holy crap they are expensive. The rack I build can hold 21 glass jars of spices measuring 1.75" x 1.75" x 4". This thing was SO much fun to build and it really didn't take much time either. I spent about 4-6 hours a day for 6 days but most of that was time spent waiting for things to dry. The basic box: The basic design: The components after stain/lacquer is applied: And the final product with everything assembled, glued and backboard in place, with a wide shot of my kitchen sink / stove for size comparison:
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    Baal I'd say you are a horrible person for suggesting leds but you didn't say rgb leds so it's ok. Lol As far as how much I saved: the ones I was looking at on Amazon were between 70 - 200 bucks for the size I went with. I put about 50-60 bucks into materials, stains, and lacquer. So I saved a good amount there. @MadCast: Epic Here you go @MadCast: Kitty Stark
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    Chatter during explanations is a major pet peeve of mine, and many others have voiced similar complaints. It slows everything down and causes people who are actually listening to miss important information. When running an event, don't be afraid to tell people to clear comms. The group will be more upset about waiting for random commenter #7 to finish interrupting you than they will if someone gets cut off. Also, if it is your event, it is entirely on you to ensure it starts as smoothly as possible. Keeping comms clear when explaining/instructing the group is imperative. When attending an event, especially during set-up, if the person in charge lights up in Discord (or whatever VOIP you happen to be using) stop talking, full stop. It is exceedingly rare for your question/comment/joke/whatever being voiced during an explanation is more important than the entirety of the group trying to play in a reasonable amount of time. If it is something that you feel is important, it will still be important when they are done. Many questions are answered just by waiting and listening. Typing it out is also another solid option. There are times to joke around, during set-up is not, nor is it ever likely to be, one of those times.
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    I'll throw one together real quick
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    THOTTYTHEHOTTHOT That has got to be the best username I've seen in a while. I look forward to seeing you around, hit me up if you're ever down for a game.
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    The ball is the right hands. I'd balk at any other choice. He can pitch us in the right direction. He'll hit it out of the park.